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Old 04-21-2011, 12:14 AM   #21
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finally received offer letter for REP!

after feeling anxious for so long thanks to ultrasac and endless, i've finally breathe a sigh of relieve and look forward to starting school


Applied for NTU scholarship. However, I missed the 1 week window for submission of the requirements such as testimonial after the application. But, I still met the 1 April deadline. Haven't been called up or anything so do any of you know if they will void my application if i never submit everything on time?



@screenedkiss: think u should give a call to ntu, they r the best ppl to tell u the right answer.
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Old 04-21-2011, 09:35 PM   #22
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Hi all, can I check with you all: If you were offered a place for REP but you did not apply for any NTU scholarship prior to this, is it too late to apply now?
i think so. deadline is close, and i believe they adhere to it strictly. furthermore, they're already offering people scholarship at the moment, so i think it's too late.

however you can always try for mid term scholarship after your 1st year. good luck!
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Old 04-22-2011, 09:00 AM   #23
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@screenedkiss: think u should give a call to ntu, they r the best ppl to tell u the right answer.
thanks! shall try it some day
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Old 04-22-2011, 09:02 AM   #24
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i think so. deadline is close, and i believe they adhere to it strictly. furthermore, they're already offering people scholarship at the moment, so i think it's too late.

however you can always try for mid term scholarship after your 1st year. good luck!
noted with thanks! i believe you're offered REP too? :P able to advise me on the tuition fees aft tuition grant? :X
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Old 04-22-2011, 09:26 AM   #25
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Sure!

With reference to this link: http://www.ntu.edu.sg/REP/Pages/CourseFees.aspx

your total tuition fees for 4.5 years will be $72k. Apologies on my previous explanation, I think I was wrong. In any case, I'm pretty sure the sum of $72k is after tuition grant. This average out to be about $16k per year. You may wish to double confirm with the university again.

Hope this clarifies.

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Old 04-22-2011, 11:02 AM   #26
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Pursing REP without a scholarship is rather costly. Almost equivalent to an MBBS degree. My 2 cents.

But from my knowledge, all those offered REP are given some kind of scholarships, either the Nanyang Scholarships or recommended for private company ones ( Keppel, etc..)

I was offered the former (though i rejected the offer)
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Old 04-23-2011, 01:23 PM   #27
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Yeah I got my REP offer too, but I'm having second thoughts honestly.

1. It's not an B.Eng, it's a B.EngSc, though I really don't have any idea how employers may perceive that. Less experience more theory maybe?

2. Look at the curriculum for the first two years - it gives you grounding in at least three(?) different disciplines of engineering, but I don't think they'd grill you on one particularly; that makes you a jack of all trades, master of none doesn't it?

3. I don't see what justifies the exorbitant tuition fee being charged.

4. This is going to be the guinea pig batch - take into account that this programme was conceived only two years back. I don't know about you, but it does worry me a little.

5. I'd like to think that a lot of what they have planned now is really just on paper. Not that I'm scared they can't deliver some of the stuff, but having no track record is, again, bad.

6. It's model is to include business and the arts into the course, but looking at the curriculum (excluding Year5), it doesn't look any different from a normal engineering course with several electives being taken. I guess there's always the choice of say, taking a double degree in engineering and business in NUS, staying in UTown, and getting pretty much everything this programme offers.

7. The website seems to emphasise the Y3 experience in Berkeley a lot. Yet I still fail to see how this would be different from taking two semesters as an exchange, especially in NUS.

Not to say that the programme is bad. It seems pretty good to me, but I still don't really have answers to the above. >.>
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Old 04-23-2011, 01:41 PM   #28
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Yeah I got my REP offer too, but I'm having second thoughts honestly.

1. It's not an B.Eng, it's a B.EngSc, though I really don't have any idea how employers may perceive that. Less experience more theory maybe?

2. Look at the curriculum for the first two years - it gives you grounding in at least three(?) different disciplines of engineering, but I don't think they'd grill you on one particularly; that makes you a jack of all trades, master of none doesn't it?

3. I don't see what justifies the exorbitant tuition fee being charged.

4. This is going to be the guinea pig batch - take into account that this programme was conceived only two years back. I don't know about you, but it does worry me a little.

5. I'd like to think that a lot of what they have planned now is really just on paper. Not that I'm scared they can't deliver some of the stuff, but having no track record is, again, bad.

6. It's model is to include business and the arts into the course, but looking at the curriculum (excluding Year5), it doesn't look any different from a normal engineering course with several electives being taken. I guess there's always the choice of say, taking a double degree in engineering and business in NUS, staying in UTown, and getting pretty much everything this programme offers.

7. The website seems to emphasise the Y3 experience in Berkeley a lot. Yet I still fail to see how this would be different from taking two semesters as an exchange, especially in NUS.

Not to say that the programme is bad. It seems pretty good to me, but I still don't really have answers to the above. >.>
Well.. In the first place I wonder why didn't you pose these questions to the interview panel, since you can hardly get a better answer than from those professors themselves.

Regarding pt 1 & 2, since it's awarding the bachelor of engineering science, it is definitely a more general degree of engineering as compared to those specialised engineering degrees. However, they allow "specialisation" for this but it is much diluted compared to the other degrees.

Regarding pt 3, good question.. I wonder too.

Regarding pt 4 & 5, if you're not a risk taker and if you're skeptical, then by all means you can reject the offer. Students applying to the upcoming SUTD are taking an equal risk too, if not more since SUTD is just about to be established, as compared to NTU which has years of history.

Regarding pt 6, whatever that you propose is a good alternative, or maybe even better for some.. It has more flexibility too. But REP provides more convenience since it is already structured for you. Up to personal preference i guess?

Regarding pt 7, if you try asking the seniors, I'm sure hardly anyone spend their exchange at top universities like oxbridge or HYBSP... Don't think it's that easy since it's extremely competitive. Even going on exchange itself is not guaranteed at NTU.. currently only 50% of the students are eligible.

Anyway, those were just my personal insights, no offence intended. hope it helps.
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Old 04-23-2011, 06:14 PM   #29
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Regarding pt 4 & 5, if you're not a risk taker and if you're skeptical, then by all means you can reject the offer. Students applying to the upcoming SUTD are taking an equal risk too, if not more since SUTD is just about to be established, as compared to NTU which has years of history.
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Agree with you on this one. I took up the SUTD offer though
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Old 04-23-2011, 07:25 PM   #30
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Personally, I feel that everything about this course is great, except for the costs part.

Seriously, I do not think the costs is justifiable considering most of the course content is similar to other courses, but the cost of REP is 2+ times that of other courses. If not for the costs part I would have accepted my offer already. But now I'm trying to see if I can get some scholarship/funding, or at the very least have a sound financial plan before I finally decide to accept this offer.

Btw, from what I understand, banks give out study loan for up to 90% of the course fees. However, due to this much higher uni fees, do any of you know if banks will lend out 90% x 72k = 64.8k? and if they really do lend out 64.8k, how is the repayment like?
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