Study in Singapore
Singapore is a city-state and an island nation made up of 63 islands. Mainland Singapore is one of the most densely populated regions in Asia. Singapore is an anglicized version of the name 'Singapura', which means the 'Land of the Lions'.
The modern history of Singapore commences with Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles setting up a trading outpost for the East India Company in 1819. In 1963, Singapore declared independence from the British and joined the Malay Federation. In 1965, the country broke apart from the Malay Federation, and since then Singapore's progress from an underdeveloped country to a financial and technological hub has been an inspiring story.
Asia's Emerging Higher Education Hub
The National University of Singapore (NUS) is ranked 12th and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is ranked 13th in the lastest QS World Universities Rankings for Asian universities. Other popular and leading institutions in Singapore are:
- LASALLE College of the Arts;
- Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA);
- Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS);
- Singapore Institute of Management (SIM);
- MAGES Institute of Excellence;
- Dimensions International College.
Singapore is extremely popular among students who wish to study courses in animation, design, game development, music, etc. Courses in law and combined post-graduate courses in management and engineering are extremely popular choices for students from South-Asia. With numerous technological companies having offices in Singapore and some institutions offering scholarships for students with a 'work in Singapore clause', Singapore has become a popular study destination for Indians.
- The courses are taught in English.
- Tuition fees and living expenses are less compared to the USA and the UK. A lot of scholarship options are available as well.
With many Indians and Sri Lankans living there, Singapore has a strong South-east Asian community. Student life is pretty exciting in Singapore!
- The country’s strict law enforcement policy and stable political environment offers students a lot of safety.
- Zero tolerance to racism and drugs.
- Some institutions offer courses in partnership with leading American and Australian institutions.
- Well-connected to the rest of Asia as Singapore has one of the best airports in the region.
- With good academic performance, chances of securing a job in Singapore are high.
Singapore as a Study Destination
With its highly affordable education and top-notch courses in computer science, law and animation, Singapore is an excellent study destination for Indian students. The visa process is simple and hassle free as well. International students have the option of completing a top-notch course that is on par with what is being offered in the UK and the US, at a much-cheaper cost in Singapore. Being very proximate to India also means cheaper air-fare.
Additionally, institutions from the USA, UK and Australia have opened satellite campuses in Singapore to offer their courses at a subsidized cost. With so many positive factors in place, Singapore is all set to become the number one study abroad destination for Asian students.
Post-education career opportunities
International students have the option of applying for a one-year, non-renewable Social Visit Pass that allows them to search for a job in Singapore after completion of their degree. Post this 1-year period, students can get an S-Pass (applicable for mid-skilled foreign employees), or an Employment Pass (applicable for foreign professionals, managers, and executives). In both these cases, the employer applies for the pass on behalf of the candidate.
Singapore’s education is ranked third globally according to the latest Learning Curve Report published in 2014 by the education firm Pearson. Recently, the Singapore Government has decided to bring down the percentage of international enrollments from 18% to 15%. Regardless of this change, Singapore remains an attractive option for Indian students owing to its interesting programs, prestigious national and international institutions, and its proximity to India.