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Revealed: The Most Popular Courses Among Singaporean Students Right Now

Uncertain about what your study abroad journey would look like? Here’s a list of courses that Singaporean students are looking at.

We understand what it’s like when you’re faced with a sea of courses available from various universities and colleges in multiple destinations.

Traditionally, popular majors comprise engineering, business, health sciences, social sciences and psychology. For students who’ve just gotten their A Level, Diploma and IB results, it becomes a case of pursuing the most ideal course in the most ideal university or college.

What about today? What are the courses that appeal most to Singaporean students who plan to study abroad and where do they intend to pursue them? We’ve done some digging to uncover 5 courses most popular with students today.

1. Medicine courses in Canada

While entry requirements for each Canada medical school differ, the country remains a hotspot for aspiring doctors and medical practitioners, besides having an attractive and safe environment. Each medical institution is well-equipped with state-of-the-art training facilities and infrastructure, as well as offering a wide range of graduate-level programmes that are taught within an immersive, inclusive culture.

Some examples of Canada universities that offer medical degrees include McGill University, Toronto University, The University of British Columbia, McMaster University and Dalhousie University. IELTS is also one of the prominent tests to gauge English fluency during the application phase, and a medical degree in Canada takes roughly three to five years to complete.

2. Robotics and Mechatronics in Canada

Recently, more Singaporean students are taken a heightened interest in the areas of robotics and mechatronics. Specifically, there’s an intention to pursue specialised diplomas, such as the Diploma in Mechatronics and Robotics at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) as well as the Diploma in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technician – Automation and Robotics at the Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology.

Mechatronics is a sub-field of engineering that enables the creation of intelligent and versatile electromechanical systems, with courses (like the popular Canada diplomas above) offering a unique, multidisciplinary combination of modules that combine knowledge in electronics, mechanics and computer programming.

3. Banking and finance in Canada

It seems like many Singaporean students have started to shift more attention to Canada as a potential study abroad destination, given that the three most popular majors they intend to pursue are all derived from Canada universities.

With regards to banking and finance courses, Canada universities has produced countless graduates who have gone on to join global banks and financial institutions all over the world – making an impact in what is a challenging but dynamic industry. Of course, before you enroll, you’ll need to find out what are the different types of finance degrees out there, then pick from a range of courses that would suit your needs. At IDP, our dedicated counsellors are capable of helping you with that!

4. Fashion Design in Australia

While studying fashion design feels like a far-fetched dream for many Singaporeans, it has actually become fashionable (pun-intended) with quite a number of students planning to pursue it – specifically in Australia.

While the fashion industry can be both inspiring and demanding – it isn’t all just glamour and fame – students can expect to grasp the roots of fashion design by learning from the right lecturers and courses. Some popular ones include the Master of Fashion (Entrepreneurship) and Bachelor of Fashion (Design Technology) at RMIT University. Get to pick up essential skills from sketching and manipulating clothing textiles, to understanding fashion design history and events.

5. Artificial Intelligence in Canada

As technology continues to move in leaps and bounds, students looking to the future are planning to pursue courses that will equip them with skills of, well, the future. What is available right now, like artificial intelligence (AI) courses, did not even exist a few years ago.

Self-driving cars, industrial robots and web search are possible because of the application of AI, and students can get to learn about different models of intelligent interaction multi-agent systems, computational vision and more. Enough of the hard lingo – but if you are keen to further your passion in this field, Canada has become a viable destination for you to pursue you dreams, in institutions such as the University of Waterloo and St. Clair College.


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