Why Singapore?

  • World-class education system providing highly recognised global qulifications
  • Fascinating blend of Eastern and Western cultures
  • Great ethnic & cultural diversity
  • Excellent dining, shopping, and nightclub scene
  • Well maintained & highly impressive economic and urban planning infrastructure

Location and Geography

Located at the tip of the Malaysian peninsula, Singapore (officially the Republic of Singapore) consists of the island of Singapore and some 63 islets within its territorial waters. The main island is about 42 kilometres from west to east and 23 kilometres from north to south. It’s a mostly undulating country with low hills.


The climatic condition in Singapore is generally hot and humid. The temperature almost never drops below 20°C, even at night, and usually climbs to 30°C during the day. Humidity is usually over 75%.

Education System

Originally based on the British model, the Singaporean education system has evolved to meet the needs of the globalised economy. It has moved from a fairly rigid orientation to incorporate emphases like personalisation of learning, advanced technology, innovation, and creativity.

The Singapore education structure is quite complex, with students being diverted into different programmes/levels of study as soon as secondary school (four to five years), and then again streamed into different pre-universities[KT6] (two to three years) depending on their exam results and other qualifications. Students who don’t want to pursue university studies but do want professional qualifications go to polytechnics (three-year diploma programmes) or the Institute of Technical Education.

The universities in Singapore often feature in lists of the top universities in the world. There are currently three local universities in Singapore. A new fourth local university will open its first intake in 2012. There are also foreign universities in Singapore which have either set up a physical campus or have joint collaborations/programmes in tie up with local universities.

Specific Information for International Students

International students applying for admission to education institutions in Singapore must provide documentary evidence of having completed the age-based education level. In addition, institutions will normally conduct entrance examinations for international students in the subjects of English, mathematics & science.

The admission procedure however differs from institution to institution and students are required to contact the specific educational institution they wish to study at in Singapore to know in detail and specific the entry requirements of the program of study you are interested in. To start with, the following web link would be helpful: http://www.singaporeedu.gov.sg/htm/mis/faq01.htm

Singapore Visa Application

International students must apply for a student pass which can vary depending upon what is studied and where. The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority websites contain the correct information about student pass types and requirements, and how to apply.

Related Links for more information:

www.gov.sg Official Singapore Government website
www.ica.gov.sg/index.aspx Immigration and Checkpoints Authority
www.moe.gov.sg/education Singapore Ministry of Education
www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions Official Malaysian government website
www.mfa.gov.sg Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs
www.singaporeedu.gov.sg/htm/stu/stu0107.htm Education system overview