WHY STUDY IN SINGAPORE?
Singapore has a rich legacy and culture, and like many of its ilk has many a surprises up its sleeve. It was however not like that earlier, but with the determined and continuous effort put in by prominent leaders and the public, the city-state today has emerged as an important trading destination in Asia. Diverse cultures, languages and religions give Singapore a cosmopolitan look. The Government of Singapore sensing the potential and need for quality education in nation building has pumped in huge revenues into the educational sector and has also made it one of the priority sectors of the country. By choosing to study abroad in Singapore, international students have an opportunity to not only be plugged into an education system that promotes excellence, but also be a part of a global community.
SINGAPORE STUDY & LIVING
An Emerging Educational hub
It is no secret that Singapore will lead the educational revolution in the 21st century supported by an unfaltering educational infrastructure and globally revered scholars to guide the students. The Universities of the land are among the best is also supported by The Times Higher Education QS World University 2008 rankings, as a number of them featured in the top 50 list.
A holistic approach to Education
Singapore`s educational system has seen a complete overhaul of its traditionally British-based education system and today encompasses all that is required to succeed in contemporary times. Consequently, the emphasis is on nurturing natural talent and helping the individual achieve his true potential. At the core of its educational structure is its bilingual policy (English with Malay/Mandarin/Tamil) ably supported by a comprehensive curriculum that reflects commendable innovation and entrepreneurship. There is an international mix of institutions which provide the students an ideal platform for sharing of knowledge and ideas with their counterparts from across the globe.
Singapore is considered a favoured education destination today as it is well connected with the rest of the world via a vibrant communication network, be it by sea or by air. With a high Internet penetration of 76% students enjoy being connected with the rest of the world with a click of a button. Students are also well connected to rest of the island in an unrestrained manner which helps them undertake various recreational sports and mingle with students belonging to diverse cultural background to understand their traditions and culture.
Feel at Home
While pursuing higher education in Singapore you will experience a high standard of living compared to the likes of London or New York. It`s a safe country to live and study in and there is great respect for rules and regulations within the state. There are students from different communities and cultures which makes living and studying in Singapore a fulfilling experience.
UNDERSTANDING THE EDUCATION SYSTEM
This is mainly offered by kindergartens and childcare centres and is basically a three- year programme. Students enrolled are usually in the age group four to six. Well groomed and well regulated by the government these institutions provide the necessary skill sets before the kids move into a more formal educational setup.
It is mandatory for a child in Singapore to undergo six years of primary education, comprising a four-year foundation stage from Primary 1 to 4 and a two-year orientation stage from Primary 5 to 6 before he is enrolled in any higher education.
Students here undergo four or five years of secondary education under the Special, Express or Normal Course. The Special and Express Courses are the building blocks that pave the way for higher education in the form of the Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education 'Ordinary' (GCE 'O') Level examination in four years. The Normal Course, on the other hand, has students choosing from for the Academic or Technical stream, which in turn facilitates admission to the higher level Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education 'Normal' (GCE 'N') Level examination after four years of study. On successful completion of the course students can even opt for the GCE 'O' Level examination in the fifth year. The curriculum of the secondary education programme covers subjects like Mathematics, Science and Humanities. In the Secondary 3 level, students take up electives of their choice which again is determined by whether they are in Arts, Science, Commerce or Technical stream. The Singapore education system focuses on developing students with critical thinking and intellectual skills, as opposed to imposing some repelling ideas that end up destroying their key skills and intrinsic talent.
Deserving students can apply for financial aid which will be offered if they meet the eligibility criteria. Financial aid is provided to deserving candidates in the form of scholarships from ASEAN Scholarships; SIA Youth Scholarships; A*Star India Youth Scholarships; MOE Scholarships for Pre-University Studies; Hong Kong Scholarships & Awards.
There are various courses for which the students (regardless of nationality) are given tuition grant. The candidate who already holds a degree or higher qualification will be eligible for Tuition Grant if they wish to pursue a second course of the same or lower level so long as they did not attain their bachelor`s or higher degree through subsidy by MOE or sponsorship by the Singapore Government (this includes the receipt of a government scholarship such as those offered by the Ministries, Public Service Commission and Statutory Boards for local or overseas study). Graduates seeking admission to the Graduate LL.B. Programme (GLP) will be eligible for Tuition Grant regardless of whether they have obtained their degree with subsidy or sponsorship from the Singapore government. However, there is a limited number who can enjoy this grant given by MOE. Singapore Permanent Residents and international students who take up Tuition Grant will need to sign the TG Agreement and work in Singapore-based companies for 3 years upon graduation.