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Australia remains most popular study abroad option

Australia seems to be the most popular destination for Singaporeans thinking of furthering their studies overseas.

SINGAPORE: Australia seems to be the most popular destination for Singaporeans thinking of furthering their studies overseas.

Consultancy agencies, which help students find a place in overseas institutions, said that on average, they assist more than 100 students each year.

Most of the study abroad agencies that operate in Singapore work with educational institutions from the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.

They told Channel NewsAsia that while the weak British pound (1 GBP = S$2.10) means more students are applying to study in the United Kingdom, Australia remains by far the most popular destination, with more than 80 per cent of students applying for universities Down Under.

The majority prefer Australia because it is relatively easy to get into its top universities, and the time difference is three hours at most.

Medicine, law and business courses are popular among Singapore students, but recently, more seem to be pursuing the humanities and health sciences.

Chan Khai Leok, director at theRightU, said: "We see that there's an increasing number of activities related to the arts, film and culture in Singapore.

“We have Baybeats and film festivals, and large companies like LucasFilm have come to Singapore as well. This gives parents quite a bit more confidence in their child studying an arts or humanities related subject, and coming back with a job ready for them."

More local institutions are also teaming up with overseas institutions for joint programmes, allowing students who want to try an overseas-style education to do so locally.

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