In general students looking to study in Singapore must apply well in advance. Priyanka Saxena, from EGE Global, tells us that for students looking to apply for Fall 2014, they must get their application process started right now.
Initially, students should prepare for SAT, GRE, IELTS, and TOEFL as per program requirements. By the months of October or November, students should be ready with their test scores. By December, students should assimilate all documents needed. By January, students should be done with the application sheet. The deadline for sending in applications is usually March or April, so students should consider applying early January or February, if they want to be considered for scholarships. It would be advisable if they have their applications and documents sent by January or February. Post application, students may have to wait for a response from the university for two to three months. By the month of May, students should hear from the schools they applied to. They should then start getting their financial matters in order, which could take anywhere near a month. Students who would like to go for educational loans should know that the turnaround time for loans is generally 15 – 20 working days. All this should be done by the month of June or early July. Students should then apply for the student visa which takes 15 days and acquire the student pass. They should then be able to join their program by September of October.
In case students want to apply for the Spring Intake 2015 (January), they must start the application process by the beginning of the year 2014. Priyanka advises us to have 15 month-buffer for the application process, as some processes may take us longer to complete than planned and that shouldn’t play a factor in delaying admissions.
To sum up, here are the basic steps of application:
- Step 1: Students should prepare for their SAT, GMAT, GRE, IELTS and TOEFL tests.
- Step 2: Students should know which universities and schools they are applying to and start writing their SOP’s.
- Step 3: Simultaneously they must arrange for recommendation letters.
- Step 4: Students must fill up the online application and upload documents and send them through. In Singapore, Priyanka observes that many universities do not require students to send their school transcripts, but just mark sheets suffice.