Singapore, a city rich in culture with a cordial blend of culture, art, architecture, and educational services is considered the foremost education hub in Asia. Let’s take a deeper look at the education in this rich country.
How does the education system in Singapore work?
Primary Education in Singapore
Singapore school follows six years of compulsory primary education which is divided into Primary stages 1 to 6. At the end of Primary Stage 6, students sit for the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE). At around age 12 a child may enter the next stage that is the stage of Secondary education.
Secondary Education in Singapore
Secondary education in Singapore comprises of three courses or paths – Special Course, Express Course, or Normal Course. The special and express courses help students clear the O levels while the normal courses bifurcates into academic or technical streams. In total, a student may spend 4 to 5 years in secondary school in Singapore. After this the student passes on to Junior level where he can begin studying his speciality in earnest.
Junior College in Singapore
Junior college – also called pre-university in Singapore – comprises of two years of study in a special stream. If the student chooses to study in a central college, then it may be three years. The student prepares for his tertiary education and clearing is A level exam. The course syllabus comprises of the student’s mother tongue and four Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education ‘Advance’ GE A level subjects.
University Education in Singapore
Singapore Universities rank among the top global universities. They offer a wide variety of courses ranging from animation to law, architecture, and Literature. English is usually the medium of instruction.
Many universities in Singapore offer scholarships to students from around the world making education affordable to underprivileged students. Students must acquire a student visa and later a work visa if they want to work during or after completion of the course.
Top Universities in Singapore
Some of the better known and popular universities in Singapore that offer programs for global students include:
National University of Singapore (NUS)
The NUS ranks 11th in the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Ranking. It is also one of the most popular study destinations in Asia. The university offers a wide variety of disciplines from engineering, technology, sciences to management, art, and music to both undergraduate and postgraduates. With its high performance for many years, it ranks 6th in the world for civil engineering and one of the 10 best universities in the world for social science and management.
The NUS is known for its research in areas of biomedicine, engineering, social, natural, and life sciences. It is also hosts three of Singapore’s five Research Centres of Excellence (RCE). In addition to this the NUS also has 29 research institutes. This means students studying at the NUS who are inclined towards pursuing a career in research can get involved in during or soon after completion of their course. Not only will you get a chance to actively participate in research but you will also gain exposure to international academic and research networks lie the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) and the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU). So if you are inclined towards a career in research, the NUS in Singapore is your university of choice.
Courses offered by NUS with approximate tuition cost –
MBA – 27 L – 34.2 L
MS – 19.3 L
BE/BTech – 20 L – 20.5 L
BBA – 15.6 L – 16.9 L
BSc – 20 L
Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
In the southwest of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University is rated as one of the 13th best in the world and 3rd best in Asia. QS World University Ranks NTU as a best for QS World University Rankings and material sciences. It has two campuses, one in Yunnan Garden and another in Novena, Singapore’s Medical District. The main campus at Yunnan is the larger of the two spread over 200 hectares of land. The Novena campus houses research centres and laboratories. The NTU is also home to the Chinese Heritage Centre, a national monument in Singapore. The NTU is also credited with offering the largest collection of courses. Amenities include twenty five halls within the campus. The university has a total capacity to comfortably accommodate 15 thousand students and 5000 faculty including researchers.
When you enrol at the NTU you must make a choice between coursework and research. Under the Coursework stream you can study design, media, art, electronic engineering, social sciences, and humanities. The research stream offers courses in humanities, chemical and biomedical engineering, physical and biological engineering.
Courses offered by NTU with approximate course fees –
MS – 10.4 L – 20.1 L
BE/B-Tech – 16.8 L
MBA – 19.7 L – 50 L
BBA – 19.4 L
MBBS – 34.4 L
Singapore Management University (SMU)
Another well-known university in Singapore, the SMU was the first private university funded by the government. The Singapore government appointed Ho Kwon Ping to help with the growth and progress of the SMU. The university collaborated with the Wharton Research Centre and signed the Wharton-SMU agreement establishing four schools, three centres, and one library.
Ironically, SMU follows the American module of learning. The university offers courses in almost all major disciplines including business management, accounting, and economics under their undergraduate, postgraduate, professional, and specialized degree programs.
Courses and approximate fees at SMU–
MBA – 20 L – 60 L
BBA – 22.8 L
MFin – 19.3 L – 21.9 L
BE/BTech – 22.8 L
MIS – 17.9 L
Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS)
In 2005 Singapore Institute of Management – then known as the UniSIM – was established as a private university. In 2017, it was restructured into the sixth autonomous university, the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), and was brought under the Ministry of Education.
SUSS University offers 32 part-time undergraduates’ courses for those who want to work and study parallely. The same courses are also offered full time for those who want to focus on their education. The SUSS has both full time and associate faculty who are experienced and knowledgeable about their field of study. The university boasts of a placement rate of above 90%.
Courses offered by SUSS–
BBA- 7.9 L
MBA – 11.9 L – 17.8 L
MEng – 3.4 L
INSEAD – Singapore
The top B-school in Singapore, the INSEAD (Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires) was established in the year 1957 and ranks among the top business schools in Asia. MBA is the most popular program. Indeed the university was established with the primary goal of creating innovation and inspiring people around the globe. There are many other subjects to choose from. There are also some specialized courses taught by industry experts and professionals. While the INSEAD is primarily a B-school, you can get great industry exposure and insights under the tutelage of the experienced faculty and expert professionals.
Courses offered by INSEAD and approximate costs –
MBA – INR 69.4 L – INR 71.6 L
MIM – INR 31.6 L – INR 31.7 L
What was once Singapore’s PSB (Productivity and Standards Board) Academy, is today called The Future Academy. The Future Academy (TFA) focuses on the new economy and so do the courses offered there. The academy has a beautiful campus Marina square and another at Jackson square with newly constructed buildings, greenery, and abundant parking. The FTA boasts smart classrooms, high-tech labs, and research centres with the latest equipment. Students can enrol for undergraduate, post graduate and doctorate programs both full time and part time. There are a total of six schools offering a range of programs including finance, business management, computer science, human resources, hospitality and tourism, cyber security, languages and more.
Approximate cost for various PSB Academy Courses
MBA 16 Months INR 10.7L – 11.6L
BBA 1.3 – 2.3 Years INR 8.5L – 9.5L
MIM 1.3 Years INR 8.5L
BHM 2.3 Years INR 6L
BSc 2.3 Years INR 10.9L
BE/BTech 1.3 – 2.7 Years INR 6.9L – 13.6L
MS 12 – 16 Months INR 11.7L – 14.5LSP Jain School of Global Management
SP Jain offers the latest technological learning, audio-visual infrastructure, and lecture halls for the students. Undergraduates and Postgraduates enjoy facilities like a huge school library with a study area and rooms for breaks, group discussions or self-revisions. The campus spans a seven-acre land in downtown Singapore which is easily accessible by public transport. The heritage building houses offices, accommodation, classrooms, lounge, hall, and cafeteria. Another non-heritage building which was earlier the dental college now has hostel accommodation for students, faculty offices and a leadership hall. Programs are full time at both undergrad and post grad levels.
Approximate cost of courses offered by SP Jain
MBA- 23.6 L
MIM – INR 19.3 L
BBA – INR 15.5 L
These are seven of the most popular destination universities in Singapore for study abroad students. There are others too of course but we felt that these are the most popular ones. If you want to study in Singapore, you should be able to speak the international language English with reasonable fluency. Before you seek admission there are a few things you should check out.
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