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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Complete Guide to Studying in Singapore

Guest post by Akansha Arora (Submit your essay)

How about pursuing your further studies in a country that is one of the most vibrant and modern and has an excellent education system. Not only quality, Singapore also brings to you numerous opportunities for employment. If you are one of them wishing to study in Singapore, read the following article to know about everything that you need to study in Singapore.

The ‘global schoolhouse’ as the country is often referred as to marks a strong impact on the education system of Singapore. The country prides in itself for providing excellent quality education and maintaining high standards of teaching and learning. The country offers you opportunities of practical education along with the theory lessons. So, a student that graduates out of a university in Singapore is ready for corporate placements.

The improvising of quality standards in Singapore can go back to the British Rule in the country where British-based education was introduced. Today, it is one of the leaders in higher education not only in Asia but the world.

Before you choose Singapore as your study abroad destination, satisfy yourself with some facts.

Some Facts about Education in Singapore

Why Singapore? If this question is still playing in your head and then the facts will convince you for sure.
  • With its six national universities and more than 30,000 students in the two largest universities, Singapore sure is a welcoming country for students
  • The National University of Singapore is ranked amongst top universities in fields like mechanical engineering, law, geography, communication and media studies, statics and modern language.
  • Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University are among other top universities in Singapore
  • A number of foreign universities have their campuses in Singapore
  • Other than the national universities, Singapore also has a number of private institutions
  • International Students in Singapore account more than 15% of the total students studying there
  • The official language of instruction in Singapore is English

Money Matters: Know the Cost of Studying and Living in Singapore

Tuition Grant Singapore Ministry of Education
Tuition Fees: If compared to the three big players in study abroad destinations; The UK, the USA and Australia, then Singapore has the most reasonable cost of living and education. This is another reason that pulls a lot of students towards Singapore.

The tuition fees and education costs depend on the course and university that you choose to study. On an average a course in Singapore would cost you around 14,000 SGD (Singapore Dollar).

You can apply for tuition grants to the Singaporean Ministry of Education even if you are an international student. In return the Ministry of Education signs a bond that requires you to work for a minimum of three years in the country once you finish the course.

Cost of Living: Singapore offers one of the best standards of living in Asia. The cost of living if compared to the US, UK and Australia is pretty less. On an average the cost of living can cost you between 750 SGD and 2,000 SGD. It depends a lot on how a person decides to live in the country.

The following table summarizes the cost that you will have to bear for basic necessities:


Necessities
Cost (in SGD)
Utilities
80-100
Food
300-450
Public Transport
20-150
Telecommunications
30 onwards
Stationery
30-100
Personal Expenses
100-300

Accommodation: The cost of accommodation in Singapore depends on the type of accommodation, its demand, location, facilities etc. The place can cost you a price that is between SGD 400 to SGD 1600. Other than these, the universities have hostel accommodation at a reasonable price sometimes included in the tuition fees.

How to Get There? – Visas

Guide to Studying in Singapore for Malaysian Students
Like every country, international students who wish to study in Singapore will require a student visa to do so. The process of visa application is directly linked to the university application and every student who is accepted at the university will receive a letter of acceptance or approval. With this letter of approval, the students receive a visa that can be used at entry points in the country. There is no such need of applying a visa otherwise.

Other than this, there is one more thing that is needed to study in Singapore. It is a student pass. It is one such documents that allows you to work while you are studying. This student pass is issued by signing up to the Special Pass Online Application and Registration System. Apply for this pass two months before the course commences.

Know Singapore

Agreed that the basic purpose of you being there is education. But other than that there are some things that you must know so that you can live a memorable life during your tenure in the country. The nation is multicultural that has excellent opportunities both in terms of professional life and social life.

The climate of the nation is hot and humid almost all months of the year. Major tourist destinations in and around Singapore include:
  • Singapore Zoo
  • The Orchard Road District
  • Sentosa Island
  • Tiger Sky Tower
  • Shopping Belts
Do not miss these when you are staying in Singapore.

Lastly

One of the best developed economies in Asia, Singapore is considered as a major hub of global commerce and trade. Hence, the courses offered by the universities and the cost of living is manageable and relatively less than the other developed nations of the world.

Recommended reading: Why studying in Singapore is not as good as you think?

Akansha Arora
Akansha Arora is a professional writer and blogger who loves to pen down her views on a number of topics that interest a reader. She writes keeping in mind the current scenarios and wishes to keep her readers well informed. The above article guides you about everything if you wish to study in Singapore. You can follow her on google.com/+AkanshaArora2112
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