Why study in Singapore?
Singapore is the bridge between the East and the West for centuries. Located in the fascinating Southeast Asia, continues to embrace tradition and modernity today. Unique is the word that best captures Singapore, a dynamic city rich in contrast and color where you’ll find a harmonious blend of culture, cuisine, arts and architecture.
Premier education hub in Asia
Singapore is the premier education hub in Asia. Driven by excellence, Singapore education offers a broad base curriculum and global perspective to equip students with the relevant qualification and training that serves as a springboard to a brighter future.
Affordable Quality Education
Tuition fees are affordable and the cost of living in Singapore is still significantly lower than of many developed countries. With Singapore’s tradition of meritocracy talented students with need for financial assistance can find the help they need in form of scholarships, bursaries and study loans.
Multicultural & Harmonious
Singapore may seem like a small dot on the world map, but the island state bustles all over with attractions and activities. The nation’s rich multicultural heritage is highlighted through the various ethnic groups (Chinese, Malays, Indians, Eurasians) living together harmoniously. Singapore’s high standard of living is also something that students can be assured of. In a survey reported in The Economist in March 2002, Singapore’s quality of life surpassed that of London or New York.
To ensure that the private schools in Singapore safeguard students interests and welfare through high quality and regulatory standards, Singapore has put in place an Education Excellence Framework, consisting of two key initiatives:
Case Trust for Education, was launched by the Consumera Association of Singapore (CASE) for Private Education Organizations (PEOs).
Singapore Quality Class for Private Education Organizations (SQC_PEO) is administered by SPRING Singapore. The SQC_PEO scheme serves as the industry standard for organization excellence in the private education sector.
Private Education Organizations
In Singapore a vibrant variety of private schools offer a broad range of programs. There are also foreign Specialized Institutes in Singapore that have either set up campuses here or have tie ups with the local polytechnics to offer cutting– edge programs in niche areas.
Study in Singapore’s Private Institutes
GRADUATE DEGREES: The Private Institutes offers degree in partnership with popular universities from countries such as United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. These universities confer the degree and certification. Hence, private institutes provide students with the opportunity to attain qualifications from these foreign universities whilst studying in Singapore’s affordable and comfortable environment. For Postgraduate studies in Private Institutes admission requirements vary from program to program. The duration for Master in private institutes may range from 12 months to 16 months. The GMAT, GRE Scores are not compulsory for admission.
BACHELORS DEGREE: The Private Institutes offer bachelors degree program in almost every subject. The duration of the bachelor’s course is 3 years to 4 years. The admission requirements vary from program to program. The SAT, TOEFL and IELTS are not compulsory for admission. The students completed their 12th or 11th Std. or equivalent to Singapore A level can apply for the bachelor degree in Private institutes.
Post Graduate Study in Singapore’s Public Universities
GRADUATE DEGREES: There are three main types of challenging graduate programs in the Public Universities: Doctoral (Ph.D.), Masters’ and the Graduate diploma.
Doctoral: All doctoral programs are primarily research based. Duration may range from 3 years to 5 years. Students can take admission for PhD course after completion of their master’s degree. PhD students need to submit a research proposal. Student need to appear for GRE/GMAT & TOEFL/IELTS exams for admissions.
Masters: Master degree program are primarily designed to prepare students for practice of profession. The duration of graduate courses may range from one year to two years depending upon the university. The various Master degrees are MA, MS, MBA, MFA etc. Generally, an applicant must have at least a good bachelor’s degree and two years work experience. In addition, an applicant whose native language or medium of instruction for the bachelor’s degree is not English must have a good TOEFL score or IELTS score. Applicant applying for admission in engineering, computer science, science should also preferably have good GRE scores. Those applying for business-related courses should have obtained either GRE or GMAT scores.
Graduate Diploma: Is offered as a terminal qualification and provides limited professional training in a specific niche. The Graduate diploma is often favored by those students who seek additional exposure to an area of interest. It is one year full time course of study for graduates.
Diploma in government Polytechnics in Singapore
A Polytechnics education is a popular route in Singapore for student inclined towards practice-oriented studies at the diploma level. They offer a wide range of courses such as Engineering, Business Studies, Mass Communication, Design and Info-Communications. Specialized courses such as Optometry, Marine Engineering, Nautical Studies, Nursing, Early Childhood Education and Film are also available for those who wish to forge a specific career path. All courses are conducted in the English medium and follow a credit accumulation modular system that allows students to pursue and complete their courses at their own pace. Under the system, students will take a prescribed set of modules and accumulate credit units for those modules they have passed. Modules are assessed immediately upon completion of the required academic work in a semester.
It takes 3 years to complete a full-time diploma course. Students that have completed class 10 or 12 in India, are eligible for polytechnic courses.
The main intake for the Government University is Aug and few courses have Feb intake. The Polytechnics have April / September intake, and the Private Education Organization have multiple intake (Jan/ Feb/July/Aug/Sep/Oct/etc.)
Entry Requirements + Eligibility
Student who have completed class 10 or 12 in India, are eligible for polytechnic courses. Class 12 student are eligible to apply for undergraduate program at local universities. For undergraduate program admission is as per the entry requirements for each program. The criteria for entry Singapore’s public institutes are generally quite high and competitive. International students can also apply to Private Education Organizations (PEOs), which offer courses from certificate to postgraduate levels. PEOs conduct their own admission and applicants should check the application procedure with the PEO directly or seek advice from Certified Singapore Education Specialists.
International students enrolled in Singapore’s public universities and polytechnics as well as foreign institutes of higher learning are allowed to work part-time up to 16 hours per week during school term. International student’s who graduate from Institutions in Singapore enjoy a choice of career options, with great demand for qualified individuals in talent-hungry Singapore. In Singapore, exciting jobs can be found in media, hospitality, hotel and catering, information technology, design, banking, engineering, nursing, telecommunications, marketing, healthcare and many more.
Not surprisingly, students can use their Singapore education as a springboard to a great career both in and outside of Singapore.