“Malujah Singapura”, Singapore has acted true to these words from its national anthem, which means ‘Onward Singapore’. This country has shown remarkable growth in the last two decades and has secured a prominent position globally. Singapore is counted among the world’s best countries when it comes to the standard of living, cultural diversity, modern urban life, and financial success. Thinking about what we are going to talk? Well this blog talks about pursuing higher education in Singapore and how you can avail the best opportunities.
Singapore has also registered steady growth in the education sector and is considered as the best study destination in Asia and 4th best in the world. Indian students find it a good abroad education option due to its proximity and affordable education cost. There has been a steady growth of 20 % in the number of Indian students enrolling in Singapore. If you are looking forward to studying in Singapore, this article will discuss some important things you should consider before choosing Singapore for your further education. But, before we do that, let’s look at some interesting trivia about Indian links to Singapore.
Singapore and India have a lot in common. The following are some interesting facts that connect Singapore and India:
- Tamil is one of the official languages of Singapore
- Singapore and India came under the same rule during the Chola Dynasty
- Love Bollywood? You won’t have to miss the movies there, many theatres and multiplexes play Bollywood movies in Singapore.
- Diwali, Eid al-Fitr, and Bakri Id are public holidays and celebrated grandly in Singapore
- Biryani is an essential dish in Malay weddings.
If you find these interesting, how about the fact that Singapore is just 90 hours road trip from Delhi, and there is a place called Little India in Singapore, where you can find all your favorite Indian dishes cooked just the way you get it here. Now, let us discuss the factors to be considered while applying for education in Singapore:
1. Education Pattern and Colleges
Singapore is a great place to spend your college life and has ranked in the QS’s top three ‘Best Student Cities’. The government and the education administration in the country is determined to get the country recognized as a global ‘Schoolhouse’. Singapore is known for its high standards of teaching and scientific research. Singapore has many private and national universities that cater to diverse educational needs.
The three most prestigious universities in Singapore are the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University. Apart from these, many foreign universities have their campuses in Singapore like the renowned Chicago Business School and Technische Universitat Munchen.
2. Visa and Enrolment process
As good news for international students aspiring to study in Singapore, the process of getting a student visa is quite hassle-free. You don’t have to apply for a separate student visa as the process is linked to the admission process and all students who get accepted in Universities in Singapore, get their visa along with the approval letter.
The approval letter, also known as the In-Principal Approval (IPA) letter works as a student visa, and you can enter the country by producing this letter at all checkpoints. One other crucial document that you’ll need to study in Singapore is the Student’s Pass that you’ll have to apply for after two weeks of getting approval and before one month of course commencement.
3. Education and Living Expense
Due to the high standard of living, the cost of living and education is significantly higher than all other study destinations in Asia. However, when compared to the world’s top three education destinations, the education cost seems pretty reasonable. The tuition fees vary according to the course of your choice, for example, art courses have lower tuition fees than science courses.
The average tuition fees in Singapore can be around INR 6.5 lacks per annum. When it comes to living costs, international students have the option of staying either on-campus or off-campus. The cost of living is comparatively less when you stay on-campus. However, this option is not always available. The average living cost in Singapore can range between INR 8 lacks- 16 lacks per annum.
4. Job That Pays the Rent
Given the high cost of living, many international students have to look for part-time jobs. There are many job options available to international students in Singapore. However, the student is allowed to work for a maximum of 16 hours during the session. There is no such limitation on the students during the vacation, and they can work fulltime. If you are enrolled in a university, no separate approval is required to work part-time.
5. English Proficiency
Singapore has four official languages, which are Chinese, Malay, Tamil and English. English is the official language of instruction, and all universities conduct courses in the English language. Indian students should take a note of the fact that all universities in Singapore give huge importance to English proficiency. To get admission, you’ll have to score very high in any English language test like TOEFL or IELTS.
Just 90 hours drive from Delhi, Singapore is the best study destination near India. It has the right infrastructure and environment to give you the best career opportunities. Although, there is a high competition for getting enrolled in Singapore Universities, with determination, hard work and precise planning you can secure a place for yourself and take the first step towards a great career.