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Intern in one of the safest cities in the world – Asian countries top the list

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Feeling safe in a certain city is an important factor that gets considered when deciding whether one should move there or not. Not knowing what to expect when doing an internship in a foreign country where the language barrier is a challenge is already scary enough. Thus, for a lot of people, safety plays an important role in this decision making. The odds of someone moving to another country where they speak a foreign language are directly proportional to the safety of its city. The higher it ranks as safe, the more likely someone will be to make the final decision and decide to go there.

Asian countries are still far away from becoming a popular place to do an internship despite offering a wide variety of internship positions to foreigners. However, for someone looking for an internship abroad with the possibility of learning a new language and not having to worry about safety, some Asian countries might just be the place to go. Then the three safest cities in the world just happen to be in Asia.

For the third time in a row (2015-2017) Tokyo has been ranked as the safest city in the world by the Safe City Index 2017 with Singapore and Osaka following right behind.

 

1. Tokyo

The greater Tokyo area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world. No wonder Tokyo is home to some of the biggest international companies of the world like Toshiba, Toyota, Nikon, Honda and Fujitsu, to name just a few. Tokyo balances past and future perfectly by mixing its traditional culture with the passion for everything new. The capital of Japan is also the city with the most number of Michelin stars awarded by the Michelin Guide. Tokyo is the go to place for everyone looking to learn from Tokyo’s culture and innovation, whilst also enjoying some of the best food that Japan has to offer. Tokyo is also the place to be if you are into manga cartoons, cosplay, crazy gadgets and the latest technology. The streets teem with locals in funky costumes, flashing smartphones and playing videogames in one of the city's many game cafes. Even more interesting, Tokyo is host to a number of themes cafes and bars. From owls and cats, to monsters and fairytales, your dining experience can be never be more unique than what you have in Tokyo. 

People who arrive in Tokyo from abroad often notice immediately that Japanese people are far more polite and curteous that they are used to from back home. The Japanese put a lot of value on good manners and will make sure that visitors are treated well. Ask for directions or help from anyone in the street and that person will most likely go out of their way to help you out - regardless of English skills. The Japanese are truly among the most friendly and welcoming people, and as a visitor you will feel very well taken care of. 

 

“Shibuya crossing, often compared to Times Square in New York City”

 

2. Singapore

Singapore is a city and a country all-in-one and is fast becoming one of Asia’s hit-list destinations. Singapore is an island which limits its capacity to expand on the ground. However, just like in Manhattan, instead of expanding horizontally it expands vertically which means tall buildings are quite common. The city is also known as “Garden City” and is home to a UNESCO World Heritage: the Singapore Botanic Gardens (the lungs of the city). Singapore is also known as a financial centre and a transportation hub. Many multinational companies like DBS Bank, OCBC Bank, JTC Corporation and Singapore Airlines have their headquarters in the city whereas the port of Singapore is a major go-to port for cruise ships.

What Singapore lacks in size, it makes up for in variety. The city boasts a number of distinct districts that offer visitors unlimited entertainment, culture, dining and architectoral exploration. With nationalities from all over Asia calling Singapore home, it's no wonder that this city-state is among the most culturally diverse in the region. 

 

"Marina Bay Sands"

 

3. Osaka

Osaka, the third-largest city in Japan, is not your typical black and white city. Offering more colors than most cities, Osaka’s buildings are covered in neon lights. It has always been a city where things move faster and interactions between people are usually defined by boldness, cheekiness and some playful jab. However, not everything is about the colors in Osaka. The city is also home to multinational companies such as Panasonic.

 

Whether its Tokyo, Singapore or any of the other cities that have ranked under the tag of “safe” in Asia, the possibilities of doing an internship abroad, learning from some of the best multinational companies in the world and feeling safe are endless. Doing an internship in Asia will not only enhance your professional skills, it will also give you the chance to learn a new culture (and language) and enhance your personal skills as well. Which Asian city will you choose as your destination for your internship? 

 

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