Let your child study overseas if you can afford it?

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I prefer my child to study in an overseas university

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Let your child study overseas if you can afford it?

Postby UncleLim » Wed Aug 11, 2010 4:33 pm

If money is not an issue, would you rather your child have a university education abroad?

Singapore is a very small place. Yes, there are a few universities to choose from locally... but the culture, the people, the attitude of staff and students are roughly the same, bearing the Singaporean hallmark.

If given the chance, would you let your child broaden his or her experience somewhere else?

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Postby hquek » Wed Aug 11, 2010 4:37 pm

Very hard to say since kids are so small. I would be worried, I would be fretting - is he eating well, is he mixing with the wrong co etc. But IF I can afford it (or better still, if he gets a scholarship - I can dream), I would want my kids to have that overseas exposure. More so about independent living and learning to fend for yourself in a foreign land; learning other cultures etc.

And it doesn't have to be US/UK/Australia, if his chinese can make it, China will be an interesting option. But I think I'll draw the line at other developing economies. :P

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Postby kuzco » Thu Aug 12, 2010 9:13 am

I so so agree with what hquek said. Took the words right out of my mouth. They need to learn to be independent, widen their minds and meet people of other cultures. The most worrying thing is the right kind of people that they mix with while overseas. My bro's former schoolmate died of a drug overdose while studying overseas. Very scary and sad indeed. :(

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Postby hquek » Thu Aug 12, 2010 9:38 am

I read in news and also heard about kids who blew all the tuition/living money their parents remitted in casinos. That one also mind-boggling. :!: :!:

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Postby foreverj » Thu Aug 12, 2010 9:42 am

Yes, definitely! Especially if she can get into the Ivy league kind of schools. Other than just the brand name, we believe strongly in an overseas environment which would give our dd the exposure she would never get by staying in Spore all her life. It will open up her eyes and expands her mindset that "one mountain is taller than the other". :roll:

I once was asked during an interview (for a job in a US MNC) whether I've ever lived over an extended period in a different country. The fact that I haven't caused me some reduction in points or at the very least, a less than favourable impression. Of course, it could have helped if I've worked overseas too. Point is - the overseas exposure, the experience of living alone, independent and surviving it all..

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Re: Let your child study overseas if you can afford it?

Postby DadOfGirl » Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:38 pm

UncleLim wrote:If money is not an issue, would you rather your child have a university education abroad?

Singapore is a very small place. Yes, there are a few universities to choose from locally... but the culture, the people, the attitude of staff and students are roughly the same, bearing the Singaporean hallmark.

If given the chance, would you let your child broaden his or her experience somewhere else?


Only if he/she qualifies by getting Good SAT score on 2250 Out of 2400. Else , it is clear that he/she would not use freedom responsibly.

And also one more criteria... Habit of reading books...Else will get bored with plenty of time & fall in bad company.

Essentially to sum-up if he/she is comfortable with one self/Self-aware & has found his/her calling( interms of what profession to pursue in life)

Also only US/UK... not anywhere else.

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Postby flametree » Thu Aug 12, 2010 2:26 pm

Only if he/she qualifies by getting Good SAT score on 2250 Out of 2400. Else , it is clear that he/she would not use freedom responsibly.

may i ask how does scoring good SAT score of 2250 reflects whether child will use freedom responsibly?

Also only US/UK... not anywhere else.


Also why only US/UK?

BTW, it's in my hubby and my plan that our kids pursue their tertiary education abroad.

thanks in advance

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Postby DadOfGirl » Thu Aug 12, 2010 2:57 pm

flametree wrote:
Only if he/she qualifies by getting Good SAT score on 2250 Out of 2400. Else , it is clear that he/she would not use freedom responsibly.

may i ask how does scoring good SAT score of 2250 reflects whether child will use freedom responsibly?

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Someone has said in this thread that there are cases where 'tution fee' blew away in casino......Surely such are iresponsible rich kids who got into overseas uni without qualifying with high score...Unfortunately lots of University take students with low score.

General rule of thumb..... kids with good SAT score would never do that

Australia is education hub for those who cannot qualify in home country... hence only US/UK....

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Postby flametree » Fri Aug 13, 2010 9:38 am

DadofGirl,

thanks. i have a better idea now. :D

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Postby hquek » Fri Aug 13, 2010 9:42 am

DadOfGirl wrote:Someone has said in this thread that there are cases where 'tution fee' blew away in casino......Surely such are iresponsible rich kids who got into overseas uni without qualifying with high score...Unfortunately lots of University take students with low score.

General rule of thumb..... kids with good SAT score would never do that


Not true that it's only rich kid. I read in ST some time back about a scholar who blew his allowance on gambling or something. Scholar leh....I think results must have been decent.

Anyway, parents who intend to do that must ensure their kids are trained to be financially prudent and street savvy first. If they just give and give when kid ask, or mollycoddle the child too much, I think it's quite likely that kid may go crazy at the first taste of freedom.

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