1. One Of The Best Education Systems In The World: Singapore is recognized as having one of the best education systems in the world. Its students consistently outperform most nations in various academic competitions. It has arguably the best education system in Asia.
2. East-West Mix: Cultural-wise, Singapore offers the best of the East and the West. Our first language is English, though we also speak our mother tongue (Chinese, Malay or Tamil) as our second language. We are Asian, yet also modern and multicultural in many ways. This unique mix ensures students coming from an Asian country will not be so intimidated or face too much of a cultural shock coming to Singapore as they would going to a Western nation.
3 No Racism: Because we’re a multi-cultural Asian country, one would hardly encounter any racism unlike in Western countries. Because so many foreigners and Asians are flocking to Western nations to study and immigrate, many Asians do face a certain level of racism in Western countries.
4 Safety And Low Crime: Singapore is one of the safest countries in the world to live in with one of the lowest crime rates. Unlike many western countries where crime is high and many people own weapons, here weapons and guns can’t be easily purchased and it is safe to walk the streets at night. Parents can thus rest assured that their children will be safe in Singapore.
5 Low Cost: Compared to studying in a Western country like UK, Australia or US, the school fees and living costs in Singapore are much lower. Expect to pay between S$20,000 to S$25,000 per year in total for course fees (for Business, Tourism/Hospitality, Science and IT courses) AND living expenses to study in Singapore as compared to between S$35,000 to S$60,000 per year to study in countries like Australia, UK and the US.
6 Easier To Get Student Visas: The Singapore government is fully supportive of attracting international students to study in Singapore. Their Global Schoolhouse project aims to bring in 150,000 international students by 2015 and we’re only at around 100,000 as of early 2011. This means that it’ll be easier to get student visas to study here than it is in many Western nations where the political sentiment is against too great an inflow of foreigners.
7 High Standards Of The Private Education Industry: Since late 2009, the Singapore government has revamped the private education industry by establishing the Council for Private Education (CPE). The CPE has raised the industry standards and this has resulted in many smaller private schools either closing down or merging with other private schools, with the bigger and more established ones remaining. Now, every school that recruits international students needs to pass a certification scheme called “EduTrust”. Students have more protection now and the private education industry has become more credible. For more information, go to our section of the website about CPE & EduTrust.
8 Economic And Political Stability: Singapore is well-known for stability in its economic and political realms. It remains one of the freest and most competitive economies in the world and has one of the fastest growth rates for a mature economy. Politically, different cultures and races peacefully co-exist and things have been stable with no internal unrest many decades.
9 Vibrant Cosmopolitan City: Singapore is uniquely vibrant and cosmopolitan and will give students a taste of what it is to live in a global city. It is an important global financial centre with an equally thriving arts, entertainment, shopping and nightlife scene. Studying and living here will definitely be a unique experience that one can’t get in any other country.
10 Future Job Prospects: While no country can guarantee a student a job or permanent residency (PR) status upon graduation, Singapore is one of the developed countries in the world most open to immigrants and foreign nationals working there. While there’s been a political reaction in the West as more and more foreigners are entering and working there, there’s less resistance in Singapore to skilled (educated) foreigners (especially Asians) migrating and working here. In fact, the sentiment here is that more foreign skilled workers are needed for Singapore as a nation to continue to thrive economically. Singapore is in one of the most strategic geographical locations in the world – being in the midst of many emerging economies in Southeast Asia and Asia. The future is definitely bright here for international students.