Singapore is the trade center for the whole world and one of the most highly urbanised countries in the world. Today Singapore is the fastest developing country in the world with a booming economy. A majority of the MNC's and even education institutes are stepping into Singapore, it has now become a centre of attraction for businessmen and students alike. The booming growth in Singapore has resulted in higher employment rates and the educational advancement is also attrating a lot of students from across the various corners of the world.
The benefits of studying in Singapore are increasing as the time passes. The country is fast becoming an economical hub as the per capita income has increased manifold over the last few years. Many universities and institutions in Singapore now offer globally recognized courses, paid internships and the surge in tourism has increased the availability of jobs and PR options. Many universities from UK, USA and Australia have now established their campus in Singapore reducing the cost of education substantially while maintaining the quality and reputation of the qualification awarded. Since it's as close as any of our neighbouring countries it's become a hotspot for most of Indian Students.
Singapore is also preferred in particular by student of hotel management and hospitality. With the international focus on Singapore for Trade, Services as well as tourism, this is one sector that has the highest employment rate.
Education System in Singapore
||Permissible Age Range
(as at 1st January of Year of Admission)
||6 to 8+
||7 to 9+
||8 to 10+
||9 to 11+
|| 10 to 12+
||11 to 13+
This is a critical level where students sit for the major examinations i.e. Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) held towards the end of the year*. Schools will normally not admit new IS at this level.
||12 to 14+
||13 to 15+
||14 to 16+
||15 to 17+
This is a critical level where students sit for the major examinations i.e. the GCE 'N' or GCE 'O' Level Examinations held towards the end of the year*. Schools will normally not admit new IS at this level.
||16 to 18+
This is a critical level where students sit for the major examinations i.e. the GCE 'O' Level Examination held towards the end of the year*. Schools will normally not admit new IS at this level.
||16 - 18+
||17 to 19+
This is a critical level where students sit for the major examinations i.e. the GCE 'A' Level Examination held towards the end of the year*. Schools will normally not admit new IS at this level.
||This is a critical level where students sit for the major examinations i.e. the GCE 'A' Level Examination held towards the end of the year*. Schools will normally not admit new IS at this level.
Singapore has more than 66,000 foreign students of 60 different nationalities. Foreign nationals have the choice of either studying in international schools which follow various international education systems or in government schools under the Singapore education system.
The country's bilingual policy has attracted many foreign students keen to polish their English and Mandarin proficiency.
There are only 8 Universities and 5 Polytechnics in Singapore and rest all are Private colleges.
Polytechnics in Singapore provide three-year diploma courses and accept students based on their GCE O-level, GCE A-level or Institute of Technical Education (ITE) results.
Polytechnics offer a wide range of courses in various fields, including engineering, business studies, accountancy, tourism and hospitality management, mass communications, digital media,humanities, social sciences and biotechnology. There are also specialised courses such as marine engineering, nautical studies, nursing, aviation management, social enterprise and optometry. They provide a more industry-oriented education as an alternative to junior colleges for post-secondary studies. About 40% of each Primary 1 cohort will enrol in polytechnics.
Polytechnic graduates with good grades can continue to pursue further tertiary education at local and many overseas universities, notably those in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, and be exempted for modules completed in their polytechnics.
Polytechnics have also been actively working with many foreign universities to provide their graduates a chance to study niche university courses locally. For example, Ngee Ann Polytechnic has engaged Chapman University in the United States to provide a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Producing for graduates of the School's Film and Media Studies department. Likewise, Nanyang Polytechnic has tied up with the University of Stirling in Scotland to provide a course in retail marketing. This is known as the Poly-FSI tie-up.
EduTrust is a quality certification scheme introduced by the Ministry of Education as part of the Private Education Act to strengthen the existing registration framework and enforcement provision to regulate the private education sector in Singapore.
Differentiating the EduTrusted PEIs:
All EduTrusted PEIs will be awarded according to the following categories based on their award scores:
Federal statistics office estimates that the current population of 82 million will shrink to between 65 & 70 million (by 2060) assuming a net migration of 100,000 to 200,000 per year. As of December 2004, about seven million foreign citizens were registered in Singapore, and 19% of the country's residents were of foreign or partially foreign descent. The United Nations Population Fund lists Singapore as host to the third-highest number of international migrants worldwide.
In spite of the black history, Modern Singapore is welcoming & progressive thinking. Democracy, Equality before law, globalization have all resulted in a free & open society giving dignity, respect, opportunity & level playing field even to foreigners.
EduTrust Gold Award (4-year validity)
EduTrust Silver Award (4-year validity)
EduTrust Bronze Award (4-year validity)
||EduTrust Provisional Award (1-year validity)
The lowest level is EduTrust Provisional (valid for 1 year) which has been achieved by 43 private schools.
The next level EduTrust Certified has been achieved by about 23 EduTrust Certified Institutions
Cost of Living
For Undergraduate programs the fees varies from institute to institute between S$ 6,500-7,500 and for postgraduate programs the fees ranges from S$ 7,500-,8,500.
The standard of living in Singapore is amongst the highest in Asia. Compared to other countries the cost of living here is relatively low, and basic items like food and clothing are very reasonably priced.
An international student in Singapore spends on average about S$750 to S$2,000 a month on living expenses. The amount varies depending on the individual lifestyle and course of study.
These estimated cost ranges in the Table below gives a rough guide of the basic expenditure an international student may incur per month.
When planning your budget, you will need to cater for these items:
||$400 - $1,500
||$80 - $100
||$300 - $450 (Based on $10-$15 a day for 3 meals)
||$20 - $150
|Books & Stationery
||$30 - $100 (varies with course of studies)
|Medical Hospitalization Insurance
||$5 - $300 (depending on insurance policy)
||$100 - $300
An international student in Singapore spends on average about S$750 to S$2,000 a month on living expenses. This amount of course, varies depending on your individual lifestyle and course of study