This year's June holiday was an unusual one for 17-year-old Abigail Sim.
She got a glimpse of what it took to discover cures for diseases, toured Munich, and stayed with a German host family - all on a trip that was fully paid for.
The second-year Victoria Junior College student spent three days this month in a lab at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), a renowned German science and engineering institution.
There, she helped a PhD student with research on new anti-virulence drugs, which fight antibiotic-resistant infections.
For seven hours each day, she tried her hand at lab techniques, from purifying chemical compounds to separating molecules.
At first, she was worried that she would not be studying for the A-level exams like her friends, but she said her mother told her this was "a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity". "It was very exciting as I've never had the chance to use the labs in universities in Singapore," said Abigail, who hopes to study medicine at the National University of Singapore or Monash University in Melbourne.
She was one of two students - the other was Tampines JC student Elicia Nadya Elvis Isyak, 18 - who spent 10 days on the trip exploring the German university's three campuses in Munich, Garching and Freising, both located north of Munich.