Many students are going to UK, US and Australia for their degree and employment however Singapore is not less popular. These days many students are willing to study in Singapore due to its modern vibrant culture and excellent education system. Education priority in Singapore is recognized a ‘global schoolhouse’ and numerous opportunities are provided for international students.
Singapore, the ‘Lion city’, is known for its economy and financial success. The nation is among four Asian Tiger economies. Lion City name is justified as Singapore is one of the world’s financial leaders. Singapore is stepping towards leadership in higher education both in Asia and worldwide.
One must be wondering why to choose Singapore for higher degree destination. Singapore is known for maintaining high standard of teaching and learning as well as Scientific research. Singapore has strong links with industry and after completion of study one will be able to experience some practical experience and find employment in the desired industry & domain.
Singapore has six national Universities & the most prestigious university is National University of Singapore which is ranked 25th in QS World Ranking for 2012/2013. National university is known fir its top level law courses, computer science, mechanical, engineering, geography, accounting and finance, pharmacy, communication and media studies, statistics and, modern languages. Other highly ranked Institutions and University is Nanyang Technology University and Singapore management University. Not only this Singapore have many private institutions too along with foreign Universities with campuses in Singapore like Chicago Business School and Technische Universitat Munchen. Singapore universities regularly collaborate with foreign universities which raises their overall standard of education.
However government is currently making some cuts to international funding opportunity to ensure more place for domestic students. Despite of this there is still thousands of places available.
Official language of instruction is English so that adds an advantage for international students. Nation is bilingual as English is combined with 3 mother tongues. (Mandarin, Malay, Tamil) that serves whole new experience to experience new language. This adds an advantage to Indian students as they are well verse with these.
Cost of studying is still reasonable as compared to (UK, US, &Aus). Singapore uses Singapore dollar which is not equivalent to American dollar. On average one is expected to pay US$10,000 per annum. However, it depends on your course and institute. Arts courses are less expensive as compared to Science.
One more advantage- all students whether domestic or International are eligible to apply for tuition grant offered by Singaporean Ministry of Education. This can be applied after you have been offered a place in institution. These grants cover mist of the cost of tuition fees. Grants are not repayable however in return you are required to sign a bond which will commit you to work for Singapore registered company for at least 3 years. Period of bond is longer for students of medicine (6 years) and dentist (5 years).
When we talk about US and Australia; visa is not heck of a problem very fair and simple visa policies. Once the Singaporean University accepts your admission you will be sent with a visa with their letter of approval IPA (In Principle Approval). This letter works as visa and can be used as a visa at entry checkpoint.
Steps you need to follow for visa processing:
- First of all you need to submit documents like Form V-36 and V-16.
- Acceptance letter of college,
- Birth certificate,
- Employment letter showing duration of work,
- V 395 form filled by sponsor,
- Bank statements stating SGD 40,000 for degree program.
- Another document needed is Students pass.
You need to apply for it not prior 2 months before your course. To obtain this pass you have to sign in with special Students’ pass online Application and Registration system (SOLAR). A student pass allow you to work during your studies but not more than 16 hrs a week.
For non-native English speaker in order to be accepted by college or University need to present proof of Language proficiency. One has to pass ToEFL, IELTS or equivalent exam. It is important to have excellent language skills in English to study in Singapore.
Visa fee is SGD 40 and additional SGD 30 for those who require a single entry visa to travel to Singapore.
Once you have completed the form online you need to print it and submit in person to Student Pass Unit. Processing time varies from 5-10 days. If your application is successful then you will be issued with IPA letter from host in institution.
Simple procedure will get you to your dream country and you can see your dream come true i.e. studying abroad.