Singapore, the “Lion City” is known for its economy and financial success. The nation is among four “Asian Tiger” economies (along with Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan) apart from this, it’s also one of the leading education hub in Asia , Education is priority in Singapore and the nation is recognized as a ‘global schoolhouse’. This island nation is famous for its universities and student friendly climate. It has been seen in global surveys on research and innovation, Singapore is the most prominent country in the list. It may be a small country, but scope for higher education in Singapore is significant. English is the officially designated language for the education system. Every year, an increasing number of international students at all levels of education makes the decision to study for their degrees in Singapore.
Education has always been the key to growth for development of Singapore, particularly since 1965, when it became independent republic. Singapore’s universities education aspires to prepare students not only for today’s world but also for a world where there will be jobs that have yet to be invented and challenges not yet foreseen. Education System in Singapore comprised with pre-schooling, primary education, secondary education, pre-university education and higher education. The Ministry of Education is the main official Government body of Singapore that directs the formulation and implementation of policies related to Singapore. The education system in Singapore with its flexibility and diversity has joined ranks with the existent leading education systems of the world and has emerged as a premier destination to pursue higher education in world-class universities with state-of-the-art infrastructure.
With its highly affordable education and top-notch courses in computer science, law and animation, Singapore is an excellent study destination for international students. Many of Singapore’s institutions of higher education are internationally ranked, with so many good course opportunities in various fields. Additionally, institutions from the USA, UK and Australia have opened satellite campuses in Singapore to offer their courses at a subsidized cost. International student’s desires to pursue education in Singapore will enjoy access to world-class technology in conducive learning environment.
|Higher Education Structure in Outline|
|Pre-University Education||Post-Secondary Education|
College students have a wide choice when it comes to accommodation. Being an international student you’ll need a place to lay your head at night and relax too! And you can choose any suitable accommodation in any location.
The living cost you incur shall depend on your lifestyle
|Accommodation (You will choose one of them) (Approximate)|
|• Off Campus (Rental)||S$500 to S$1200 per month|
|• On campus||S$500 to S$800 per month|
|• Home-stay||S$600 to S$1200 per month|
|Other living expenses (Approximate)|
|• Groceries and eating out||S$300 to S$400 per month|
|• Public transport||S$100 to S$150 per month|
|• Personal expense||S$200 to S$400 per month|
|• Miscellaneous Expenses||S$100 to S$500 per month|
|Estimated Annual Cost Of living - S$11000 to S$20000|
*These amounts will vary accordingly depending on your personal needs and lifestyle pattern.
The main academic intake takes place in September each year with a smaller intake is January and the deadline for September intake is June. There is a range of entry requirements that you need to meet both for your visa application and University criteria i.e. academic requirements, English language requirements etc. International students who wish to study in Singapore will need a valid visa. In order to apply for a study visa you have to go for application process which is linked to university application and student accept study visa with their letter of approval. This letter works as a visa and it can be used at entry checkpoints. Apart from this, for Singapore visa you will require one more important document i.e. a student pass. You need to apply two month earlier before your course commence. To obtain your Student Pass, you have to sign up with the special Student’s Pass Online Application & Registration System (SOLAR). A Student Pass allows you to work during your studies in 16 hours per week in term time & full time in holiday. But you need to check course regulations first because all students are not allowed to work during term-time.
Pre-departure checklist will help you to keep everything organized and save you from last minute hurdle.