1)      Johor Bahru (JB)

Located just a quick 50-minute drive from Singapore (or two hours if the causeway is jammed), JB is the perfect sem abroad location for people who can’t commit to leaving Singapore. This often overlooked gem offers students the perfect balance between academics and retail therapy. If you miss the sweet embrace of Freshman 15, get ready for the endless allure of cheap cafe food at a third of the regular price in Singapore. For the easily homesick, be comforted by the knowledge that you can always take a day trip back on the weekends for a good old hearty dining hall meal.

Recommended for: Urban Studies Majors
Not Recommended for: Philosophy Majors

2)      North Pole

For those who are dying to escape the heat of Singapore, but who are also too hipster for mainstream locations, this is the location for you. Venture all the way up the Northern Hemisphere and discover this gem for the festive soul. Immerse yourself in the local cuisine of milk and cookies. Consider picking up some useful skills from the locals such as sled carpentry or jingle bell jingling. In addition, you get to be the first academic to conduct a one-man ethnography on the mysterious red-clad resident there. A sem abroad at the North Pole is guaranteed to be a jolly good time!

Recommended for: Anthropology Majors
Not Recommended for: Philosophy Majors

3)      North Korea

North Korea is the perfect location for those who want to take it off the grid for a semester. Break free from the chains and obligations of social media as you traverse into this reclusive state. This location is perfect for Global Affairs Majors who want to dive right into the heart of potential nuclear warfare. Make sure to not miss out on exclusive modules such as “YCC4444: Introduction to Democracy” and “YCC6666: Great Dictators; Great Haircuts”. For an exhilarating weekend getaway, pay $8000 to be smuggled across the border to South Korea. Only downside: it might be a little challenging to bring back any souvenirs for your friends and family.

Recommended for: Global Affairs Majors
Not Recommended for: Philosophy Majors

4)      Outer Space

Our next recommendation is absolutely out of this world! Take a break from the hustle and bustle of human civilisation. Substitute your needless anxieties about class participation with the fear of your capsule losing connection with Earth, leaving you stranded in orbit with 500,000 other pieces of space junk. This location is guaranteed to offer Environmental Studies Majors a new perspective on our planet. No other location allows you to take a step back and look at the bigger picture like space does. Write your papers while watching the ice caps melt in real time as you drift aimlessly through the Milky Way.

Recommended for: Environmental Studies Majors
Not Recommended for: Philosophy Majors

5)      NUS

This location may come as a surprise to many, but the National University of Singapore takes the cake as The Mocktant’s top recommendation. Located but a stone’s throw away from Yale-NUS, NUS offers a step into an almost foreign world. Immerse yourself in a fully foreign yet also fully local experience. Get ready to lose weight as you attend a college no longer overflowing with free food! Sit your entitled ass down on the NUS shuttle buses to experience the difficulties of requiring more than 5 minutes to get from one class to the next. Practice some empathy and figure out what it’s like to be at the receiving end of disapproving glares as you attempt to study in the library through the night. So stop casting your horizons so far out. What you were looking for has been right next to you this whole time.

Recommended for: All Majors
Not Recommended for: NUS Students

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