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’.
Students who opt for higher education courses in engineering also have a good chance of securing jobs in Singapore after their internships.
With numerous technology 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.
- With many Indians and Sri Lankans living there, Singapore has a strong South-east Asian community. Student life is pretty exciting in Singapore!
- Some institutions offer courses in partnership with leading American and Australian institutions
- With good academic performance, chances of securing a job in Singapore are high.
- The country’s strict law enforcement policy and stable political environment offers students a lot of safety.
- With so many positive factors in place, Singapore is all set to become the number one study abroad destination for Asian students.
EDUCATION SYSTEM IN SINGAPORE
Singapore has six national universities, with its two largest universities having more than 30,000 students each. Singapore’s most prestigious university is the National University of Singapore (NUS) which ranked 25th in the QS World University Rankings for 2012/13 and is one of the highest-ranking universities in Asia.
It’s important to know that English is the official language of instruction in Singapore, so all international students who wish to study abroad in Singapore can expect courses taught in English. When it comes to everyday life, more than 75% of the population speaks English too, so students who wish to study abroad in Singapore will have no problems in communicating with locals.
Indians who wish to study abroad in Singapore: in order to be accepted by a college or university for study in Singapore, you will need to present a proof of language proficiency. It means you have to pass an official language test (for example – TOEFL or IELTS). Singapore has very high standards when it comes to language proficiency and universities have demanding entry standards, meaning it’s not likely they will accept students without good English. For these reasons, it’s important to have excellent language skills if you wish to study abroad in Singapore.
Duration of Bachelor's
Undergraduate programs in Singapore generally take up three to four years. There are a few private universities that fast-track degree programs and lets students complete their degree programs in two years but those kinds of degrees don’t have the same weight as three of four-year degree programs. It is recommended that students should ideally go for three-four year programs instead, which is best suited for industry standards.
Duration of Master's
Master’s programs in Singapore last for around one and a half to two years. Many Singapore universities offer programs affiliated to the UK or Australian Universities, such as James Cook University or Curtin University campuses in Singapore. In Australia, master’s programs are generally one and a half to year degree programs and Singapore follows this trend.
The Primary intake is in September and other colleges have multiple intakes i.e., for every four months like Januaury, April, August.
NOTE FOR STUDENTS
When asked if Indian students prefer Singapore as their study destination for their UG or PG programs, Undergraduate students, who fall under the heavy influence of their parents, mostly tend to pick universities like NTU or NUS.
Whereas, postgraduate students seem to be free about their university for study for their masters and tend to pick institutions like MDIS and James Cook University. For masters in engineering, students seem to show interest in NTU, as it is considered to have high academic standing in the field of engineering and strong research areas post-degree completion.