Originally Posted by sourcat
To all re-applicants: Why bother? You know how the policy is like in Singapore. Foreigners over locals. If you're taking a gap year I suggest you move on instead.
It's funny how our local masters students are rejected, yet the foreigners who come in want financial aid, security in Singapore etc, but are afraid of having their sons serve the military and give back the security what they have enjoyed studying and working here. Yet these people are preferred over good locals, so you just can't win.
Make sure you have a real backup plan in life
I don't see why it's an issue that foreigners such as myself have concerns as we commit ourselves to study and work in a foreign country for 10 years. This has nothing against Singapore in particular - we would all have concerns if we study in other foreign countries as well. If you have to go through the same process as us - say you apply to a medical school in US - you would also be concerned what life would be like AFTER graduation. I don't know if Singapore really prefers foreigners over locals so I cannot comment on that, but I'm pretty sure international students are accepted not just because we are foreigners but because we are qualified. Also, not everyone who applies will get an acceptance letter. Local students with master degrees would not make them great applicants automatically. Medicine is competitive EVERYWHERE - most applicants have to apply multiple times before they receive the good news. With such fierce competition, luck is also a factor as well. I agree with you that re-applicants need to have a good backup plan, but your discouraging tone is unnecessary.