Are you an aeronautical engineering student thinking about participating in a study abroad program—a program that would allow you to study and live for a semester or year in a foreign country? Have you considered Singapore as a possible study abroad destination? Although not your typical study abroad locale, the country of Singapore has become a hotbed for international students studying in many different fields, including the cutting-edge discipline of Aeronautical Engineering.
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Singapore, known officially as the Republic of Singapore, is a sovereign city-state and island country situated in the southeast portion of the Asian continent. The independent nation is located off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, roughly 85 miles (137 km) north of the equator. Made up of the lozenge-shaped main island of Pulau Ujong (widely known as Singapore Island) and over 60 much smaller islets, Singapore is separated from Peninsular Malaysia by the Straits of Johor to its north and from Indonesia’s Riau Islands by the Singapore Strait to its south. Singapore is highly urbanized, with very little of its native primary rainforest remaining. Its territory has consistently expanded through land reclamation.
Singapore is organized as a unitary multiparty parliamentary republic with a Westminster system of unicameral parliamentary government. The People's Action Party has won every election since self-government in 1959. Slightly over five million people call Singapore home, of which roughly 2 million are foreign-born residents. Singapore is highly diverse: 75 percent of the population is made up of native Chinese, followed by significant minorities of Malays, Indians, Eurasians, and others. This diversity is reflected in the country's four official languages — English, Malay, Chinese, and Tamil — as well as in its official policies that promote multiculturalism.
Singapore is one of the world's leading commercial hubs, with the fourth-biggest financial center and one of the five busiest ports on the planet. The country’s globalized and diversified economy depends heavily on trade, especially in manufacturing, which makes up about a quarter of Singapore's Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Part of the reason for the country’s success over the years has been its excellent system of higher education, especially in the technical and scientific disciplines.
Aeronautical Engineering Education in Singapore
Aeronautical Engineering is a highly advanced field of study that is offered as a degree program at a select few of Singapore’s universities. The program is offered at both the undergraduate and graduate level, leading to Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s of Science degrees, respectively.
The field of aeronautical engineering is the branch of engineering that focuses on the research, design, development, construction, testing, science and technology of aircraft. The field also deals with the aerodynamic characteristics of aircraft, including the various behaviors and related factors that come into play, including airfoil, control surfaces, lift and drag. In recent years, aeronautical engineering has become one of two major and overlapping branches of aerospace engineering, with astronautical engineering being the second.
In Singapore, the degrees in aeronautical engineering are referred to as a BEng (Bachelor of Engineering) and MEng (Masters in Engineering). Aeronautical engineering degrees at the undergraduate level usually span four to five years, but many institutions allow students to progress directly into a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering, extending the course length by an additional two years. In these cases, the same courses are offered for the first two to three years.
The Aeronautical Engineering programs at Singapore’s universities features instruction that is primarily lecture-based, with students also completing coursework and laboratory exercises, attending tutorials and participating in field trips. Group work and group design work may also be an element, with independent study expected in all degree programs, and assessment divided between examinations and coursework projects. Depending on the institution, students may also be treated to expert lectures and even experience rides in a flight simulator.
Why Study Abroad in Singapore
Singapore is a fantastic locale for study abroad participants who are interested in pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Singapore plays host to a number of highly-ranked institutions of higher learning; schools that host thousands of international students each year. Singapore is an ultra-modern country with a diverse population, and thus offers a fascinating cultural experience in conjunction with academics. In their downtime, students will find an immeasurable number of sites and attractions to keep them busy, including:
The Art-Science Museum of Singapore
The recently-opened Art-Science Museum of Singapore is an excellent addition to the country’s many highly-touted museums and galleries. Here students will find an interesting collection of art and artifacts from around the world, as well as a vast range of science exhibits that are part of the museum’s permanent collection.
Singapore’s Esplanade, also known as the Theaters on the Bay and Esplanade Mall, hosts a number of arts and performing arts centers, together offering a number of exhibits and an amazing array of shows in the bay area of the city. In addition to the entertainment offered along the Esplanade, visitors can also shop at the many high-end stores and boutiques located here, and take advantage of five-star dining at one of the many great restaurants and cafes.
Fort Canning Park
A surprising yet welcome green space located in the heart of downtown Singapore, Fort Canning Park is a great place to relax and unwind after a long day of studying. The park, which is one of the country’s most significant landmarks, offers many great walking trails, benches and picnic tables, as well as several miles of trees, gardens and fresh air.
Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is an enormous and vividly colorful futuristic park situated in the bay area of Singapore. Crowned “World Building of the Year” at the 2012 Architecture Festival, this region of the country is famed for its skillfully landscaped gardens, majestic fountains and overall quality of construction.