Singapore is an island country located in Southeast Asia. Its total land surface area is 716.1 square kilometers. It is separated from western Malaysia by the Straits of Johor to the north and eastern Malaysia by the Singapore Strait to the south. Singapore is urbanized and its land has gradually expanded through land reclamation.
Singapore is the fourth largest financial centre in the world. Its economy is diversified and depends on the manufacturing sector. It ranks high in economic competitiveness, education, and healthcare.
Singapore comprises 63 islands; some of which are Sentosa, Pulau Ubin, Pulau Tekong, and Jurong Island. There is very little original vegetation in the country. To rectify this, the country has started few tree-planting campaigns in recent years to soften the harsh effects of urbanization and improve the quality of life. The country mostly has a tropical rainforest climate.
The current human population of Singapore is just 5.3 million out of which 40 per cent are foreigners. Chinese, Malays and Indians are the major ethnic groups. Buddhism is the wide practiced religion in the country followed by Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism.
Since its Independence in 1965, Singapore has emerged as a “Global House”, offering a diverse and distinctive mix of educational programs. The education sector accounts for about 5% of Singapore’s GDP . The ever-popular National University of Singapore is ranked 25 in the QS World University Rankings. The majority of international students come from various countries like Australia, China, Japan, India, and the US, among others.
The cost of education in Singapore is lower as compared to the other European countries and the USA. the cost of a two to four year bachelors program may vary between $19,000 and $40,000 and the cost of a Masters program is around $20,000 .
Education in Singapore is controlled and monitored by the Ministry of Education. With an annual education budget of around $9.28 billion, Singapore has developed state of the art campuses, and innovative teaching methods, making the educational experience truly world-class. Chinese, English, Malay, and Tamil are the four official languages of Singapore and English is used in all educational institutes. Universities in Singapore have very high standards for language proficiency tests, minimum IELTS score of 6.5 and 580 in paper based or 93 in computer based TOEFL are required .
To decrease the burden of tuition fees and supplement cost of living, Singapore provides many scholarship programs to deserving students, such as the Inlaks Fellowship Program, the SIA Youth Scholarship, the Nanyang Scholarship, and the J.N Tata Endowment, among others.
Prior to its independence in 1965, Singapore followed the British education system but the system was overhauled completely and today the Singapore model of education is technologically advanced and one of the best in the world, scoring high in the OECD PISA rankings and quality of higher education. The Ministry of Education directly controls the education policy and it is mandatory for every citizen to undergo at least 6 years of classroom training. A staggering literacy rate of over 96% is proof of the success of this program.
Its bi-lingual policy and broad curriculum emphasize creativity and entrepreneurship. With presence of more then 7000 multi-national companies, many of them part of fortune 500 group, Singapore provides a unique opportunity for industry experience which no other country can offer. The National University of Singapore was recently ranked 25th best University by the QS world university rankings. A right blend of private and public universities provides an unmatchable educational experience. The Singapore government has collaborated with more than 16 different universities worldwide to open up centers of excellence in Singapore offering various programs.
The “Singapore Education” initiative was started by the Singapore government in 2003 to promote education and make Singapore a global learning destination. This has brought a positive change since more than 20% of currently-enrolled students belong to foreign countries.
The students, whose college admissions have been approved, have to apply for a student’s pass at least two months before the commencement of the program.
1) A valid passport with minimum validity of 6 months.
2) A Student’s pass application form and a sponsorship letter from the concerned institute are also required.
3) Two recent passport size photographs.
4) Previous mark sheets and certificates.
5) Valid TOEFL or IELTS scores.
6) A bank guarantee of $4000.
The cost of the student Visa is around $100 and there is an additional fee of around $16 for applicants with non-Singapore passports.
It takes around 7 days after successfully submitting all the required documents.
With its diverse population as well as its cultural and geographical closeness to countries like India, China, Indonesia, and Malaysia, Singapore has a multicultural and multi-faith heritage reflected through the presence of people practicing different religions like Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Taoism. Throughout the year Singapore experiences two monsoons, the North-eastern monsoon and the South-eastern monsoon, because of which the climate is very pleasant.
ACCOMODATION: When compared to the other European countries and the US, living expenses in Singapore are quite low. A typical room in a university residence costs around $700, whereas rental costs vary between $630 and $850 per month .
TRANSPORTATION: Singapore’s public transport network ranks among the world’s best, with a variety of commuting options like, buses, light rail, mass rapid transit, and taxis making travelling very convenient as well as economical. The average cost of transport is around $80 to $160 .
FOOD: Singapore’s cuisine reflects its multicultural heritage, with a mix of culture from the west and the east, the diversity in choice of cuisines is endless –American, Chinese, French, Indian, Malaya, Thai, and native Singaporean are available. Additionally, various fast food chains like KFC, McDonald’s, and Subway, among others, are present all over Singapore. The monthly costs vary from $240 to $430, depending upon the lifestyle.