Singaporean institutions over the last decade have steadily climbed up various educational ranking tables. Be it doing a Fine Arts course at NAFA or studying Computer Science at NUS, Singapore offers a wide array of accredited programmes across subject categories.
Why Choose Singapore?
As an Indian student looking to study abroad, Singapore makes perfect sense as the destination. Here are some reasons:
- There is a huge community of Indian expatriates.
- Programmes are taught in English
- Many institutions offer attractive merit-based scholarships
- There is an entire locality that’s known as “Little India”.
- The weather is tropical, similar to most of India.
- Culture, traditions and food are fond memories of Indian lifestyle.
- Air-fares work out much cheaper because of the distance and frequent flights.
What are some of the top-ranked institutions in Singapore?
Some of the top-ranked institutions in Singapore are - National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Management University, SIM University and the Singapore University of Technology and Design.
How to Apply?
At the university level, all institutions have their own admissions process and detailed application forms. Students are advised to visit the website of the institution where they plan to study and get more information. Alternatively, they can contact one of our study abroad counselors on 1-800-103-9634 or 1-800-103-2581 for more information.
Do I need to submit IELTS Scores?
Most institutions will require applicants to submit a proof of English language proficiency. This varies from course to course and institution to institution. Undergraduate degrees require an IELTS score varying from 5.5 to 6.0. Postgraduate programmes require an IELTS score ranging from 6.0 to 7.0. Students who have completed the International Baccalaureate Programme at the high school level are usually exempted from having to submit IELTS scores.
How much will it cost and can I apply for scholarships?
Studying in a public university will definitely be less costly when compared to studying in a private university. Based on the duration of the course students should earmark between Rs 8 lakhs to Rs 20 lakhs to fund their studies. Scholarships are offered by select institutions and this is usually deducted from the course fees. Students are also advised to cross-check with the university for details on research grants and private funding opportunities.
Can I find private accommodation?
Most large universities offer assured accommodation for first-year international students who apply on time. There is a huge demand for university accommodation and the places get filled fast. Students can choose from private student hostels, apartments and home-stay options available in Singapore. It is advisable to finalise the accommodation before travelling to Singapore.
How do I get a Student’s Pass?
Once your admission is confirmed and you join University at Singapore you should contact the International Student Team and submit a form to apply for a Student’s Pass. The form is processed by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority. The Student’s Pass offers students discounts on public transport and is an extremely useful thing to have.
What is the EduTrust certification?
As per laws framed by the Singapore Government, only those institutions, which are recognised by the Council for Private Education and accredited by EduTrust, can admit international students on to a programme. The “Fee Protection Scheme” also ensures that students get full value for their money and are not cheated by anyone. So be doubly sure that the institution that you apply to has an EduTrust certification.
What are the rules regarding part-time work?
You should remember that your primary goal is to complete your degree with a good academic score. Part-time work options for international students are limited. Some opportunities are available on campus itself. Students can work part-time up to 16 hours a week during class time and full-time during vacation.
What are my chances of finding a job in Singapore after I graduate?
To be honest, it is a heavily competitive job-market with first preference given to Singapore nationals. The advantage of Singapore being a global hub for all leading international companies is that employers look for the right balance of talent and positive attitude. So students aspiring to hunt for a job in Singapore after graduation are advised to secure the Employment Pass Eligibility Certificate (EPEC). This allows students to stay in Singapore for one full year and hunt for a job. Quick connectivity to places like Thailand and Malaysia broadens the area where you can look for a job.
Can you share information on student visas and the immigration policy?
Singapore operates a Consulate General’s Office in each of the following cities - Mumbai, New Delhi and Chennai. Visit the website for more information on visas, application fees and documents to be submitted.
Singapore is all set to welcome you as an international student. What are you waiting for? Apply today!