Study in Singapore

Multicultural, visually stunning, and one of the world’s most developed economies, Singapore is now working towards building the future - by...

Multicultural, visually stunning, and one of the world’s most developed economies, Singapore is now working towards building the future - by investing in education. Now acknowledged as a globalised economy and known for its political stability, Singapore, has emerged as an education hub in South East Asia and is now in the process of attracting some of the best talent.This includes inviting some of the finest universities to set up campuses or bring in certain courses to Singapore. The result is over 70,000 international students from 70 countries!
Contemporary yet traditional - an apt description for a city, where hi-tech wizardry rubs shoulders with Chinese, Malay and Indian traditions, running the gamut from Feng Shui to ancestor worship. From a tiny island nation of immigrants, Singapore has come a long way to become the hub of 21st century Asian cultural and technical progress. Consequently, an educational opportunity there, should be quite an interesting option.
Already having gained recognition as a mega tourism and shopping destination, today, Singapore is working hard at emerging as a global schoolhouse. It now aims to become the education hub of Asia, and nowhere in the continent would you find a dynamic city that has attracted the world’s leading educational institutions, packed into an area of 670 square kilometres. Singapore, home to four million people of many ethnicities and nationalities, offers a diverse and distinctive mix of educational services in a safe, cosmopolitan and comfortable environment.
Education in Singapore draws from the latest knowledge across the globe, blending the east and the west. Students have an extensive choice between local and foreign schools and a wide array of courses.What’s more, some prestigious international educational institutions have established their presence in Singapore.The foreign universities include INSEAD, University of Chicago, SP Jain, IIM Bangalore, the MIT-Singapore alliance,Wharton-SMU alliance, Cornell-NTU alliance for hospitality management and Tisch School of Arts, among many others.
“An added advantage is that there are over 7,000 MNCs, which look to absorb postgraduates,”says Magdalene Lee, Director, Education Services-Singapore Tourism Board. She adds that students in Singapore are allowed to work while studying, to a maximum of 16 hours per week.“But they are more interested in gaining internships to build their resume,”she elaborates.
The Economic Development Board (EDB) of Singapore is the key body involved in facilitating the process of bringing a foreign university to Singapore. It has started ‘The Global Schoolhouse Initiative’ - inviting specialised foreign institutions, to set shop in Singapore.“It started with INSEAD, with a vision of ‘one school, two campuses’, so neither is a lesser campus. Most foreign universities come with a traditional base - engineering, science, MBA and diversify to include areas like culinary arts, design/art, hospitality etc,”says a representative of the EDB.
There are many other initiatives like corporate training- ie moving further from full-time students, to short-term training for those who are already employed.
In fact, to broaden the purview of an education hub, Singapore is the regional head quarters for organisations like Informatics, Universitas21, Thompson Prometric and International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO).
An ideal example of mixing business with pleasure, Singapore is an education destination to watch out for!

Financial assistance

The most popular scheme for international students is the Tuition Fee Loan Scheme. For studies at a local university or polytechnic, the scheme administered by the Ministry of Education (MOE) loans up to 80 per cent of tuition fees and is available to all students. As an international student, you are eligible for the same grant, subject to the signing of a deed with the Singapore government, undertaking to work in Singapore, for a company registered in the country for three years, upon completion of your programme.To view scholarships offered by the government and local educational institutions, which are open to international students, log on to http://www.singaporeedu.gov.sg To help more international students make an informed decision on studying in Singapore, the Singapore government has mandated the set up of Singapore Education, a promotional arm for education opportunities in Singapore.

Other things you need to know:

For universities and polytechnics, the academic year generally commences in July/ August and comprises of two semesters.
Check the website of the university of your choice to see if you meet the course requirements. Apply directly to the educational institutions as all of them accept online applications. Some institutions or courses may require you to undergo an interview or placement test, so be prepared for that, too.
Entry requirements vary from institution to institution. As English is the common language of instruction, most institutions require students to meet a minimum standard of English and TOEFL and IELTS scores are taken into consideration.
An international student is required to apply for a Student’s Pass and visa (if applicable) from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA). For details visit: http://www.ica.gov.sg
Living expenses come to about Singapore $750 - $2,000, including accommodation, food, transport, telecommunication, books and medical insurance.
Accommodation options range from University Halls of Residence to boarding houses to sharing apartments with other students.

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