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Old 27-05-2007, 03:37 PM
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Default Cambridge or local university?

In today's Sunday Times, the personal career adviser gave a 19-year-old girl this answer: go for Cambridge.

However, it won't be an easy decision for the girl, as "it would be an extremely heavy financial burden" on her family.

The costs and fees for an international student at Cambridge include:

- Tuition fees. This depends on the type of course taken up, and can range from about S$27,500 to a whopping S$66,500 per year. For the girl, who intends to study natural science, it will cost her family about S$36,000 per year in tuition fees.
- College fees. This depends on the college (there are 31 colleges in Cambridge). The fees can range from S$10,000 to S$13,500 per year.
- Living expenses. It is estimated that living expenses will set a student back by S$20,500 to S$24,000 per year.

So, assuming that the girl is going to spend 3 years at Cambridge, it will cost her family around $200k (in Singapore dollars) for her entire Cambridge education.

This is a huge sum of money by most standards.

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