Introduction to Studying in Singapore

Singapore’s Education System

Before coming to Singapore, one should be familiar with Singapore’s education system. A very complicated system is laid out here by Singapore’s Ministry of Education (MOE):

The Singapore Education Landscape by Singapore's Ministry of Education (MOE).

For simplification, most international students come to Singapore to study in one of four kinds of schools:

  • 1) Primary or Secondary Schools (Public)
  • 2) Polytechnics (Public)
  • 3) Public Universities
  • 4) Private Schools that partner with Western Universities to offer University Degrees

Grace Education International (GEI) helps international students to enroll in any of the above kinds of schools. See below for more information on each kind of schools.

1) Primary or Secondary Schools (Public)

What they are: Primary Schools are the first 6 years of a student’s education and Secondary Schools are the following 4 years.
Age of student: 7 to 16 years
Why study here: Parents send their children to study in Primary or Secondary schools in Singapore to get a good foundational education early on in their life. These students will either graduate with an “O” or “A” level certificate and can enter Polytechnics or Public Universities thereafter.
How international students can enter: The student normally comes to Singapore around June (or earlier) to study in a private school to prepare for a government examination that occurs around October. If he passes the exam, he can enter a primary or secondary school the following year.
How GEI can help: GEI can arrange for the student to study in a private school to prepare for the government examination (Mathematics and English subjects). GEI also helps students to find a guardian or hostel for the student if necessary. Furthermore, GEI will help students integrate to Singapore’s culture and make Singaporean friends through continuing to serve and help the student settle down in Singapore – click HERE to find out more.

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2) Polytechnics (Public)

What they are: Polytechnics provide 3-year diploma courses. Many students enter Polytechnics once they finish their Secondary School.
Age of student: 17 years+
How international students can enter: Depending on the country the student is from, he would need to have completed between 10 and 12 years of education in his home country – and of course be able to understand English.
Why study here: Students who have finished at least 10 years of formal education can opt to enter a Polytechnic. They will get a Diploma at the end of 2 or 3 years and normally continue their education in a Public University.
How GEI can help: GEI can help students to apply for a place in any of the Polytechnics (Singapore, Ngee Ann, Temasek, Nanyang and Republic). GEI also helps students to find accommodation. Furthermore, GEI will help students integrate to Singapore’s culture and make Singaporean friends through continuing to serve and help the student settle down in Singapore – click HERE to find out more.

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3) Public Universities

What they are: Public (or non-private) Universities include National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore Management University (SMU) and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). They are high-ranking Universities (ranked in the top 50 in the world) that are not easy to enter unless a student has very good high school grades.
Age of student: 19 years+
How international students can enter: A student who has very good grades can try to enter Singapore’s Public Universities using his high school (12 years of formal education) results. If the student’s results aren’t too good, it’s better to try to enter a Private School/University (see below).
Why study here: Singapore’s Public Universities are very good Universities. This is the best choice for a degree in Singapore if the student can get in.
How GEI can help: GEI can help students to apply for a place in any of the Public Universities. GEI will also help students to apply for tuition grant and loans. GEI also helps students to find accommodation. Furthermore, GEI will help students integrate to Singapore’s culture and make Singaporean friends through continuing to serve and help the student settle down in Singapore – click HERE to find out more.

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4) Private Schools that partner with Western Universities to offer University Degrees

What they are: A Private School partners with Western Universities (UK, Australia, America, etc.) to offer the Western University’s degree. The certificate the student gets would be exactly the same certificate if he were to study in the Western University’s main campus in the UK, Australia or America, etc. The Singapore government has recently revamped the private education industry to make sure the private schools that exist are credible and trustworthy – see Council for Private Education (CPE) & EduTrust.
Age of student: 17 years +
How international students can enter: A student who has completed at least 10 years of studies can enter a Private School here. It’s relatively easy to enter compared to Public Universities. At the end of about 3 years or so, the student can get a Bachelor’s Degree from a reputable Western University. One needs to attain a certain level of English before starting one’s student in the private schools but the English study can also be done at the private school.
Why study here: If a student’s grades aren’t good enough to enter a Public University, the student can choose to study in a Private School. The student will get a reputable degree from a Western University for a cheaper price in Singapore!
How GEI can help: There are many Private Schools (that partner with Western Universities) in Singapore. GEI can help students to apply for a place in various reputable Private Schools it represents. GEI also helps students to find accommodation. Furthermore, GEI will help students integrate to Singapore’s culture and make Singaporean friends through continuing to serve and help the student settle down in Singapore – click HERE to find out more.

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