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Under Graduation in Singapore

Singapore is the 3rd most popular study abroad destination for Indian students, next to USA and UK. The country’s high standard of education, proximity to India, and a high level of safety and security attract a significant number of Indian undergraduate aspirants.

Quality of education

The quality of education in Singapore is closely tied to its ambitious economic objectives. This has resulted in an education system that is amongst the best in the world. Institutions in Singapore focus on harnessing the full potential of their students while preparing them to contribute extensively to the development of the world economy.

Undergraduate education structure

  • The duration of undergraduate courses is three to four years, and students take around 20 credit hours every semester
  • BA or BS degree is awarded at the end of the course
  • Institutes in Singapore have a flexible undergraduate curriculum; students have the option of pursuing a double-degree, double-major, or joint-degree programs
  • Academic performance is measured by grade points on a 5-point scale
  • Some universities accept credit transfer from recognized institutions, and the minimum grade received is above “B” which is equivalent to 75% - 80%
  • Students cannot apply with an undecided major; however students applying for engineering have the option of selecting their specific branch post the first semester
  • Singapore institutes follow a stringent attendance policy with above 90% attendance requirement for each semester

Admission process

Top schools in Singapore look for:

  • aggregate of 95% in higher-secondary examination
  • good scores in SAT ; three SAT subject tests are required (one of the subjects must be Mathematics)
  • strong extracurricular or co-curricular background
  • predictive grades for 12th grade if the student is in final year of school

Optional requirements:

  • SAT score if the student has studied from ICSE, CBSE or IB Board (SAT is mandatory in case of state board)
  • AP examination scores, which are considered by institutes such as NUS, SIM, and Yale-NUS

Institutions usually do not require:

  • TOEFL or IELTS if students have passed out of English-medium schools and have scored over 75% in English
  • LORs (unless specified)

Popular courses for Indian students

Engineering

  • Engineering programs are hands-on, focused on projects and research, and include internships
  • Students often spend a year away from the home campus to study at another renowned university, either in Singapore or another country

Computer Science

  • The Singapore Government’s Intelligent Nation Masterplan (iN2015) has increased the need for IT professionals, thus making computer science programs even more popular
  • Many schools collaborate with national and international businesses to offer their students wide industry exposure via seminars, guest lectures, and internships

Media Studies

  • Singapore is a top destination for communication and media studies in Asia
  • Media studies programs hone a broad range of skills, from media installations and creative writing to interactive media and critical thinking
  • This multi-disciplinary course is grounded in experiential learning, and students are required to complete projects for local or international clients, participate in competitions, and successfully complete internships with local or global businesses

Top schools

Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

  • NTU has earned several world titles, ranging from the fastest-rising young university in the world (Courtesy :Times Higher Education) to ranking 8th in Asia Pacific for scientific research (Courtesy: Nature Publishing Index)
  • Aerospace Engineering is a popular program among Indian undergraduate aspirants at NTU

Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)

  • SUTD has collaborated with MIT to design its undergraduate curriculum, co-teach its subjects, and facilitate student exchange programs with the school
  • Its program in Architecture and Sustainable Design attracts many Indian undergraduate aspirants

Singapore Management University (SMU)

  • The Business Management in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources program is popular among Indian undergraduate aspirants
  • SMU is the first school that has made internships mandatory for its undergraduate students to make them employment ready. One in five graduates is offered full time employment via internship
  • According to the Graduate Employment Survey 2014, 92% of SMU graduates were employed within six months of graduation
  • SMU graduates regularly get higher-paying jobs compared to graduates of NUS and NTU

Cost of education

Cost of undergraduate education varies from school to school and from program to program. Many institutions allow international students to work 16 hours per week without additional paperwork that helps them manage their living expenses.

Popular Courses Tuition Fees Per Year Living Expenses
Arts and Social Sciences SGD 29,000 SGD 12,000 – SGD 24,000 per year
Engineering/Computer Science SGD 37,000
Media Studies SGD 37,000
Architecture and Design SGD 38,000
Medicine SGD 135,000
Law SGD 37,000

1 Singapore dollar (SGD) = 47 INR approximately

Post-education options

Singapore’s concentration of technical and engineering firms is often a safe bet for Indian graduates seeking employment, and multinational corporations in Singapore are also keen to hire Indian graduates. To work in Singapore Indian graduates need to get an S-Pass or Employment Pass.

Singapore has revamped its education in the last two decades from rote-style learning to focusing on critical thinking and innovation, and honing industry-level capabilities. The country’s ideal of meritocracy has attracted the best students globally and its highly-competitive programs produce the most coveted talents in the world.

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