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Singapore has earned the title of the "World's Greatest City" by CNN. International candidates who aspire to study in Singapore will have the experience of a lifetime while laying the groundwork for a future at the forefront of their respective fields.
TOP 3 UNIVERSITIES IN SINGAPORE
National University of Singapore
Vision: A respected and trusted partner, dedicated to supporting the academic life of the university.
Mission: A people centric team which provides high quality and valued added services to our stakeholders, through staff empowerment, collaborative engagement and innovative solutions.
Core Values: Professionalism | Empathy | Teamwork | Adaptability | Passion
Nanyang Technological University
Vision:The professional and dynamic Administration
partnering with stakeholders in achieving EXCELLENCE.
Core Values: Customer Focus | Collaboration | Respect | Trust | Integrity
Singapore Management University
Vision: To be a premier university, internationally recognised for its world-class research and teaching.
Mission: SMU aspires to generate leading-edge research with global impact as well as to produce broad-based, creative and entrepreneurial leaders for the knowledge-based economy. SMU is committed to an interactive, participative and technologically enabled learning experience. .
LIFE IN SINGAPORE
Though Singapore is very small in size, the country has a booming and extremely stable economy. Singapore gets a lot of foreign investment because it has a skilled workforce, corruption-free society, low tax rates and well-developed infrastructure. The unemployment rate of the country is very low. Students choose Singapore as their study abroad destination because it has endless career opportunities. Apart from the international business investments, many reputed international universities have invested in Singapore.
Singapore is ranked as one of the safest city to live on Earth, hence you will not have to worry about your safety at any time of the day or night. Living in the Lion city also mean that you will not need a car, so no struggles to find a parking. Indeed, the public transportation is punctual, efficient and easy to understand whereas the taxis are convenient and affordable (Singapore is ranked 9th country in the world with the cheapest cab fare for short trips).
The rapid development and internationalisation of education in Singapore has got the third rank in the QS Best Student City Rankings 2013 and has the highest achieving students in international education rankings, with its teenagers coming top in tests in maths, reading and science. This comes true because of the internationally recognised local universities of Singapore. The education system of Singapore adopts the western ideologies as well as methodologies to encourage the independent learning among students.
There is no other better place than Singapore especially if you want to pursue a business degree. It is one of the most business-friendly countries of the world.
Singapore also has very strict laws against drug use, leading to one of the lowest rates of drug use in the world.
But there’s more to this island republic than strict laws and a booming financial services sector. Singapore is a true melting pot of cultures, languages and religions, with its mixed Chinese, Malay and Indian population each contributing elements from their native cultures to create a hybrid identity which is unique to the city. Although a secular state, Singapore hosts an eclectic multitude of religious beliefs, making it not uncommon to find a mosque next to a temple amidst the gleaming skyscrapers, adding colour and interest to the cityscape and reinforcing the ideas of mutual respect and social cohesion which are so important here.
This strong mix of cultures and ethnicities will leave no one bored of exploring the country and does not create a barrier towards the foreigners as the official language spoken is English.
Indeed, British culture is also a big influence on Singapore, which comes as a result of both a large expatriate population and colonial past. This has led to the region being dubbed as a place where “East meets West”, which gives an insight into the cosmopolitan, inclusive nature of the place. One such example of Singapore’s diverse cultural influences is its food, with its authentic mixture of Asian, Asian-fusion and Western tastes and styles talked about reverently by nearly all who visit.
Furthermore, living in Singapore means being closer to the neighbouring countries of SouthEast Asia, which are also rich in history and culture.
In recent years, Singapore has also invested heavily in arts and culture, to aid its plethora of festivals, museums and public gardens, with the goal of helping to develop its image as more than just a hub of finance and business.
Finally, Singapore is a perfect blend of East and West and it contains incredible religious and cultural diversity. Here, you will get the opportunity of meeting students from all over the world. Students from more than 30 countries come to study at the top universities in Singapore. This will get you the advantage of being familiar with an inter-cultural environment as well as excellent global networking opportunities. You can learn and exchange a lot of things with each other.
APPLICATIONS, FEES AND VISAS
► Applying to universities
In order to study in Singapore as an international student, you will need to apply directly to your chosen institution. So your first port of call, to check deadlines, application procedures and any other details will be with the institution itself – consult the official website, and contact the international office directly with any questions. There may be limitations on how many courses you can apply for at any given institution, so make sure you check the fine print.
► Applying for a Student Visa
International students wishing to study in Singapore will need a student visa. This will be issued along with your letter of approval (also known as your in-principal approval or IPA) once your application has been accepted by a recognized university. Your application is subject to previously recognized qualifications, evidence of the required paperwork, and proof of sufficient English language skills.
While this automatic issuance means you do not have to worry about applying for your student visa, you will have to apply to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) for a Student Pass within two weeks of getting accepted. This also has to be no earlier than two months before and no later than one month prior to the start of your course. You will have to do this through the Student’s Pass Online Application & Registration System, known as SOLAR, which the institution at which you have been accepted will register you with.
To apply online for your Student Pass, log on to SOLAR with the registration details your school has provided and fill in and submit eForm 16 via SOLAR. This will require valid passport details, the address of your university, your email address and a recent photo.
To complete the process after arrival in the country, you’ll need to make an appointment with the ICA and bring your disembarkation/embarkation card granted on entry into Singapore, a passport-sized picture, a printout of a signed and completed eForm 16, a copy of your in-principle approval, and a recent medical report on the correct form. When collecting the Student Pass, a signed copy of the terms and conditions form must also be supplied. You will be charged S$30 (US$22) when submitting your application and a further S$60 (US$43) when the pass is issued.
Your Student Pass will allow you to work full-time in the school holidays and 16 hours a week in term time for most students.
► Funding to Study in Singapore
Both domestic and international students are also eligible to apply to the Singaporean Ministry of Education for a tuition grant, after having been offered a place on a course. This covers much of the costs of university tuition fees. In return for this grant, however, international students must sign a bond committing themselves to work for a Singapore-registered company for at least three years after completing their degree, in order to ensure the country benefits from the skills of those it educates. The period of this bond is longer for students of medicine and dentistry (five or six years).
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