Why is Singapore an excellent Study Abroad Destination?

Singapore has outpaced the other Asian countries in terms of world class education rapidly emerging as the most popular study destination in Asia. It is particularly popular among Indian students because of its close proximity to India. Few other countries can match the quality of business programs that universities in Singapore offer.

A striking feature of Singapore is that its universities have affiliations with top international universities in UK, USA and Australia offering unparalleled benefit of degrees awarded by these highly acclaimed universities.

What are the different types of Institutions in Singapore?

There are various types of educational institutions in Singapore such as Public Universities, Polytechnics, Foreign University Campuses and Private Education Institutes.

How many Public Universities are there in Singapore?

There are Six Public Universities in Singapore, which receive funding from the government and are given the flexibility to strategize, innovate and differentiate themselves.

  • National University of Singapore
  • Nanyang Technological University
  • Singapore Management University
  • Singapore University of Technology and Design
  • Singapore Institute of Technology
  • Singapore University of Social Sciences

Which other institutes can International students opt for other than the Public Universities in Singapore?

International Students can opt for the following Colleges and Universities in Singapore other than the Public Universities.

  • Singapore Institute of Management
  • Management Development Institute of Singapore
  • James Cook University Singapore Campus
  • Amity Global Business School – Singapore
  • PSB Academy
  • Curtin University of Technology, Singapore Campus
  • S P Jain School of Global Management, Singapore
  • LASALLE College of the Arts

What are the admission criteria for application to the Public Universities of Singapore?

The admission criteria for application to the Public Universities of Singapore are decided by the University based on

  • The principles of merit
  • Extra-Curricular Activities and Social contribution (Volunteering Activities)
  • Open competition amongst the pool of eligible applicants
International students, are subject to more stringent admission criteria, admitted over and above the places set aside for Singaporeans and are subject to a cap.

How can we ensure whether the degrees offered by the Private Education Institutes of Singapore are globally recognised or not?

The programmes offered by the Private Education Institutes of Singapore are accredited by top universities of UK, USA, and Australia like University of London, University of Buffalo, University of Wollongong, RMIT University etc., and the degrees for the accredited programs are awarded by these top world ranked universities. As such you can be rest assured about the global recognition of the degrees offered by these institutes.

How can I be sure if the private institute is authentic and provides quality education?

The Institutes in Singapore are Edu Trust Certified. The Edu Trust Certification Scheme (Edu Trust) is a quality assurance scheme administered by Council of Private Education (CPE) for Private Education Institutes (PEIs) in Singapore. It aims to distinguish private institutes that are able to consistently maintain a high standard of quality in the overall provision of education services and make continual improvements that lead to positive student outcomes.

Do I need a student visa for Singapore and how do I apply for it?

Yes, you need to apply for a student visa to study in Singapore. The online visa application has to be done once you get an offer letter.

Can international students at the local universities or polytechnics work part-time during the term time?

An international student can work during the school term without a work pass if he/she is a full-time matriculated or registered student in one of Institutions approved by Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and holds a Student Pass issued by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).

The student can work up to 16 hours a week (maximum) under an industrial attachment programme conducted by his/her university. The industrial attachment can be either compulsory or elective but it must contribute towards his/her graduation requirements.

However international students are not allowed to work part time while they are studying with Foreign University Campuses or Private Education Institutes.

Can international students work during vacation without a work pass?

International students can work during vacation without a work pass if they are:

  • Full-time matriculated or registered students in one of the approved institutions
  • Holding a Student Pass issued by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA)