“A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”
In an increasingly pluralistic world that demands original scholars and leaders who think critically, creatively, and across boundaries, immersive encounters with a foreign culture are among the most valuable experiences that a college education can provide. Striving to educate citizens who will thrive in a multicultural environment, we have made international experience a key tenet of education at Yale-NUS.
Study abroad invites students to leave their comfort zones. Whether cultural, linguistic, culinary, or even physical, such experiences foster intellectual nimbleness, emotional resilience, and openness toward others.
Study abroad is also a critical link in humanising and deepening knowledge through experience, application, and integration outside the Yale-NUS classroom. Academically, international experience in other learning environments complements the Yale-NUS curriculum. Experiences on which students embark on will be well-integrated with their studies in the Common Curriculum and individual majors. Just as importantly, a strong study abroad programme will enhance areas of our curriculum where we do not have as much coverage or depth as in our areas of traditional strength.
Are you keen on learning or gaining greater proficiency in a language, experiencing a different culture, or conducting research? How about taking classes not offered on campus or simply gaining new perspectives on your major or your future vocation? Whatever it is, study abroad will help shape a truly global education.