The type of host institution you’ll study at depends on both your area of study and the qualification you’d like to be awarded.
The only one-of-its-kind, Singapore’s Institute of Technical Education offers programmes that are technical in nature, and is the national authority for setting skills standards for the certification of skills in Singapore. Study areas include applied sciences, business, design and media, electronics and information communications technology, engineering and hospitality. Students may choose between full or part-time educational or traineeship courses.
Polytechnic institutions that provide training for specific skills directly geared towards the workplace. Programmes offered are practice-oriented, and are available at diploma and degree levels. Polytechnics are key providers of continuing education and post-employment professional development services.
Singapore has a number of universities that are publicly-funded, private, national, and branch campuses of foreign tertiary institutions. Whilst specific programmes on offer vary between institutions, students are able to undertake study in post undergraduate and postgraduate levels across most general fields of study.
There are also a number of unique, independent educational institutions that offer specialist courses of study across degree and diploma levels. These institutions are not funded or regulated by the Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE) and so prospective students should be sure to research study options thoroughly and confirm details directly with their host institution.
A typical Bachelor’s Degree in Singapore is about three-four years in duration for full time students. Students are able to undertake studies both in general areas, i.e. Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS), or more programmes with a more specific focus within those fields such as a Bachelor of Science (Business Analytics). Students undertaking programmes of study in general fields will have to select an area they will specialize in within that field. This area is called a ‘major,’ and students will need to complete a quota of subjects within it in order to be awarded the title. Some programmes offer students the chance to complete a secondary tract of study within the same field with a lower required subject quota, called a ‘minor.’ Different majoring, mentoring and credit options should be pursued directly with each institution.
Students may complete postgraduate study programmes at both Masters and Doctorate levels, across all areas of general study. A typical Master’s degree for a full-time student is one-two years in length, whilst a PhD may take between two-five years to complete. Specific requirements, course and credit options for postgraduate programmes varies between institutions more significantly than undergraduate studies, and should always be researched thoroughly and confirmed directly with host and home departments. Postgraduate study takes a deeper, more specialized focus upon a field of study than in undergraduate, and so students should be more decisive about their subject choices.
The academic culture of Singapore aims to provide students with a holistic, broad education. Singapore is an increasingly international country, and from secondary school level emphasizes importance of students learning English as a common working language.
Teaching style in Singapore is systematic, pragmatic and instructional, based on pedagogical traditions from both East and West. Examinations are considered necessary and key parts of educational assessment, with professors placing crucial focus on preparing students for exams as thoroughly as possible. Curriculum emphasises understanding and proficiency of specific learning procedures and worked examples to acquaint students with concepts covered in the broadest way possible. Students are pushed to understand what they’re learning as well as why they’re learning it, and so are better equipped to deal with the ‘real-world’ application of class content.
Whilst some classes encourage discussion, education in Singapore is generally teacher-lead and assumes students will follow course content with individual attention. There is key cultural value placed on hard work and meritocracy, with importance placed on grades. Whilst recent initiatives have been put in place to shift focus from the important of grades, university culture is generally quite competitive and students will often complete independent research in addition to set coursework in order to maintain a high academic standard.
Applicants are advised to submit their student pass applications at least 2 months before class start date.
Visit the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website for more related information.
New applications are to be submitted at least 2 months and not more than 6 months from the course commencement date.
Applicants are not required to be present in Singapore while their applications are being considered. Hence, applicants are advised to apply for a Student’s Pass before arriving in Singapore as no extension of stay will be granted while the applications are under processing.
Applicants are advised to enter Singapore to complete the formalities for the issuance of a Student’s Pass only after their applications have been approved.
They will be issued with Student’s Passes within one month from the course commencement date.
Singapore offers a high, yet affordable quality of life. The cost of living in Singapore is significantly lower than that of developed countries such as Australia, UK and USA. An international student in Singapore spends on an average about SGD 750 to SGD 2,000 a month on living expenses, including accommodation, utilities, food, transport, clothing, telecommunications, books, medical and personal expenses.
Singaporeâï¿½ï¿½s Ministry of Education provides tuition grants to student enrolled at local universities and polytechnics. International students who avail of the tuition grants are required to work for three years upon graduation, either in a Singapore-registered company or institute overseas.
An array of scholarship are open to international students. Selection is usually based on academic merit, leadership and co-curricular records. Scholarships available to Indian students include the SIA-NOL Scholarship and Youth Scholarship.
Provides a loan of up to 90 per cent of the subsidized tuition fees payable for university students and up to 75 per cent of the subsidized tuition fees payable for polytechnic student.
Bursaries – Awarded based on financial need and usually do not exceed SGD 1,500 per year.
Study Loans – Generally payable upon graduation at favourable interest rates.
A Visa/Student pass allows an International student to remain in Singapore for the purpose of study. An international student is required to apply for a student pass if he/she has been accepted by an education institution to pursue full time studies in Singapore.
The website to apply for the visa is www.ica.gov.sg
How many days prior the student can apply for visa? 60 days prior to the course commencement date.
Document consists of 3 sets:-
Form 16 & Form 36.
Passport copy of atleast 6 months validity.
Acceptance form that comes with the COL.
Passport size photograph (against a white background).
Last 3 months IT returns.
Parents’ salary slip / Employment Letter.
Savings in liquid assets of S$30,000.
All academic documents attested and notarised.
Visa Application Fee
The visa application fee is S$30.
Visa Processing Time The normal processing time for a new application is about 4 weeks (2 weeks for Private Education Organizations that are awarded the 4 years EduTrust Star/EduTrust status) upon the receipt of a duly completed application by ICA. Some applications may however take a longer time to process
If the student has studied from an English Medium School, then he gets a waiver on IELTS and TOEFL, but the student has to arrange for a letter from the instituition that he has got the waiver. For further information you can visit the Visa Counselor at Kaizen.
International students who graduate from Institutions in Singapore enjoy a choice of career options, with great demand for qualified individuals in talent-hungry Singapore. Students enrolled in Singapore’s public universities and polytechnics as well as foreign institutes of higher learning are allowed to work part-time upto 16 hours per week during school term. They need to obtain prior permission from the Student Liaison/Affairs Office of their respective institute. Students can work full-time during vacations. International students enrolled in the Private Education Organisations are not allowed to work part time during their course.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.