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The Best of Singapore Colleges and Universities

July 2016

Singapore is a multicultural nation that provides excellent opportunities, both professionally and socially. It is a vibrant city-state providing wide-range of opportunities for international students who are looking to experience a true cosmopolitan lifestyle. Singapore is situated just 137 kilometers north of the equator in south-east Asia between Malaysia and Indonesia, giving it a hot and humid climate.

Singapore, the "Lion City" is known for its economy and financial success. The nation is among four "Asian Tiger" economies (along with Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan). The name was inspired by the rapid growth these nations enjoyed in the second half of the 20th century. This is a name well deserved, since Singapore is one of the world's financial leaders known for its businesses and success.

Singapore is ranked third in the INSEAD Global Innovation Index 2012 and first in the Innovation and Information Technology Foundation's 2011 Innovation and Competitiveness report. It is also ranked second in the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report for 2011-12. All these rankings prove Singapore's place within the global economy and financial success, which in turn translates, and contributes to the quality of education offered in the country.

The people of Singapore value organization and order. It has excellent transport within the city and it provides easy access to other countries via its award winning international airport. It is famous for its punctual trains and wide roads and you can expect excellent services and plenty of business opportunities. At the same time, Singapore is a truly cosmopolitan nation full of various vibrant cultural influences. Its multicultural Chinese, Malaysian and Indian population makes Singapore very unique and exciting.

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The Top Tourist Attractions in Singapore include:

  • The Orchard Road district (full of shopping centres and hotels).
  • Singapore Zoo and Night Safari.
  • Singapore shopping belts (The Orchard Road, Marina Bay, Bugis Street, Chinatown, Little India, and more).
  • The island of Sentosa with Tiger Sky Tower.

Entrance Exam

SAT-1400 is required if taking admission for Bachelors program in public Universities of Singapore, GMAT-550, and GRE-310 for Master programs from Public University for Singapore Colleges no GRE, TOFEL, IELTS, GMAT


August is a major intake for some programs. Jan is intake for public Universities and there are multiple intakes for private institutions in Singapore.

Duration of Courses

  • Polytechnic Diplomas: for 3years,
  • University Degrees: for 3 years,
  • Private Sector Degrees: 2-3 years, SMU
  • Postgraduate Degrees: 1 - 2 years

Popular Courses in Singapore

Singapore Universities offer a wide range of courses.

  • Management Programmer (MBA) etc.
  • IT Courses (Telecommunication) etc.
  • Engineering Courses
  • Tourism Courses
  • Art & Design Courses

Singapore society is knowledge based driving in the global economy. Education is the only factor responsible in shaping Singapore's economy. The medium of education in Singapore is both English and Malay/Mandarin/Tamil which is a major factor contributing to the strength of its education system.

There are 34 universities in Singapore, of which six are national. The two best known, the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) both feature very highly in the QS World University Rankings® 2015/16, offering courses in a wide range of subjects to their student populations of over 30,000 each.

The Best of Singapore Colleges & Universities are:

1. JCU Singapore

JCU Singapore (registered as James Cook Australia Institute of Higher Learning in Singapore) is fully owned by James Cook University Australia, the leading tropical research university in Australia. The university established the company in Singapore in 2003 as part of its expressed intent of "Creating a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide through graduates and discoveries that make a difference".

The university is ranked in the top 4% of universities in the world and is the leading It offers a suite of university level programs at the JCU Singapore campus, specifically: Undergraduate programs in psychology, business, accounting, marketing, tourism, information technology, and environmental science Post graduate programs in psychology, guidance and counseling, business, accounting, and information technology Doctorate programs in psychology Importantly, all programs offered follow the same curriculum as the Australian versions but are contextualized to the Asian environment. This ensures high quality, while maintaining a local relevance at the same time. Additionally, JCU Singapore offers courses at the pre-university level, specifically designed to provide pathways for students who are unable to immediately attain university entrance standards. The pre-university programs are: English language preparatory program (3 levels designed to improve students' English to the level required for University undergraduate or post graduate degrees) Foundation program (an eight-month university preparation program for students who are unable to meet our normal entrance requirements) Student enrolment at the campus has grown rapidly from 34 students in 2003 to approximately 2500 students in 2011.

The campus is truly multicultural, with students from Singapore and across Asia, in particular China, India, Indochina, Indonesia and Malaysia. Additionally, students enroll from Europe and the United States. JCU Singapore has two campuses, located at 600 Upper Thomson Road and 10 Ang Mo Kio St. 54. The campuses provide students with access to a full range of facilities and services to support their learning. Facilities include lecture and seminar rooms, a fully equipped library, computer laboratories, an onsite bistro and access to a variety of sporting facilities. All courses are registered with the Council for Private Education (Registration Number 200100786K) and our operations are governed by EduTrust. In 2008, we achieved the Singapore Quality Class for Private Education Organizations accreditation. The campus provides the opportunity for international and local students to earn a "real Australian degree" without leaving Singapore.

2. Curtin Singapore

Curtin Singapore is the Singapore campus of Australia's Curtin University, offering pathway, undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Curtin University is ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2014. It is ranked 25th in the world for universities under the age of 50 in the QS World University Rankings 2014 and has received five-star overall excellence rating in the QS stars rating 2014.

3. Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS)

Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) The Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS), founded in 1956, is Singapore's oldest not-for- profit professional institute for lifelong learning. MDIS has two main subsidiaries: Management Development Institute of Singapore Pte Ltd (MDIS Pte Ltd) to oversee its Singapore academic operations, and MDIS International Pte Ltd to further its globalization strategy. MDIS provides well- accredited courses.

4. SIM Global

Get a Global Education in Singapore with SIM GE over 23,000 students. More than 105,000 graduates. A host of awards and accolades. Time and again, SIM Global Education has confirmed its position as one of Singapore's most preferred Private Education Institutes. The Singapore Institute of Management (SIM Group) is the leading provider of higher education and professional training in Singapore. Founded in 1964 under the initiation of Economic Development Board

SIM GE offers high-quality overseas Master's and Bachelor's programmes through partnerships with reputable international universities and institutions from Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and Switzerland. Ranked as Singapore's top private education institution for pursuing postgraduate degrees in the JobsCentral Learning Rankings and Survey 2013, SIM GE's postgraduate offerings cut across disciplines such as business, digital marketing, finance, engineering business management, supply chain and logistics management and more.

There are year-round activities from more than 70 student clubs and 12 special interest groups, offering students ample opportunities to pursue their interests and stay plugged into the latest industry trends. Global networking opportunities and career preparation courses further equip students with ready to work skills.

5. Lasalle College of Arts

LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore is a leading tertiary institution in cutting edge contemporary arts and design education and practice. The college offers 30 undergraduate and post-graduate programs in art, design, film, animation, fashion, dance, music, theatre, art management, arts education, art therapy, and art history. The faculty is led by a community of award-winning artists, designers, educators and researchers, and their practice-led research sets LASALLE Founded in 1984 by De La Salle Brother Joseph McNally - a visionary artist and educator - LASALLE is a not-for- profit, private educational institution. LASALLE receives tuition grant support from the Singapore Ministry of Education. The degree programmes are validated by Goldsmiths, University of London.

Benefits of studying in the Best of SINGAPORE Colleges and Universities

1) You can get a scholarship.

It's not exactly surprising that "The World's Greatest City," is also the "World's Most Expensive" one, as recently determined by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). But don't let this deter you from pursuing your higher educational dream of studying in this extraordinary location. Tuition fees are less than many other Asian nations, and scholarships, grants and fellowships abound for international students who know where to look. These include the following:

The Singapore Scholarship of the Embassy of the Republic of Singapore: This merit- based scholarship program offers support to government-endorsed students from ASEAN member countries enrolled in full-time undergraduate degree programs at the Nanyang Technological University, the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Management University in all fields except medicine, dentistry, architecture and law.

2) You will study in one of the best education systems in the world.

Your future is already bright, but a Singaporean education offers even greater gleam. While the entire continent of Asia is heralded as a rising star in the world of international higher education, Singapore is outpacing the rest in establishing itself as a force to be reckoned with thanks to dogged government initiatives focused on the importance of educational innovation -- not only in terms of acquiring superpower status, but also specifically -- and uniquely -- as it pertains to the country's own economy. Grads of Singaporean higher educational institutions are primed and ready to conquer the ever-evolving global economy as well as their own local one thanks to a shared vision, explicitly defined outcomes as well as strategies toward their achievement.

3) You will assure yourself a degree highly renowned by employers.

Singapore was ranked as one of QS's top three "Best Student Cities" in 2013 for a multitude of reasons. Of course, there is its extraordinary reputation as an epicenter for higher education, research and innovation thanks to a combination of government imperatives, top-ranked universities, a collaborative spirit and a magnificent quality of life.

Because of Singapore's renowned superiority in the field of education, employers increasingly seek out its grads -- both in Asia and across the globe. Both NUS and Nanyang Technological University score higher in the QS World University rankings, due in no small part to their ability to attract top students and faculty from all over the world. The city's commitment to educational imperatives makes it one of the world's most desirable spots for students -- not only because of the education they receive while there, but also because of the many doors opened by a Singaporean degree.

4) You will experience a student life like no other.

a. Safety Matters
Aside from the fact that Singapore is a diverse, beautiful and vibrant place to live, it also excels in terms of safety. Strict laws and correspondingly low crime rates mean that city streets and public transportation methods are exceptionally safe.

b. Diversity Abounds
Diversity isn't just accepted in Singapore, it is abundantly welcomed.

c. Anytime, Anywhere
If action is your endgame, then there's no place quite like Singapore. The city is alive with people and activities throughout the day and well into evening.

d. You Pay for What You Get

5) English Abounds

While Singapore may seem like a far-off destination, international students quickly acclimate to life here thanks to its four official languages, and the remarkable prevalence of English -- spoken by a full 75 percent of its population. In fact, English is Singapore's official educational language.

The competition to study in Singapore is fierce thanks to a recent cap placed on foreign enrollment by the government in order to ensure places for nationals. To get the best chance at acceptance, you will need a high IELTS/TOEFL score.

Once accepted to a university, you have just two weeks to apply online for a Student's Pass after which you will receive an in-principle approval letter. Keep this letter handy: it incorporates your visa and is necessary to pass through security checkpoints. Upon arrival, you will be screened for TB and HIV. A clean bill of health is required before you can be issued a student pass.

Tuition fees range widely depending on the institution and your course of study. While education is not cheap, it is still less than many other Asian countries. Many international students receive tuition grants to help offset the cost.

Finding an affordable place to live can be a challenge. The housing office of your admitting university is a valuable partner in this process. Additionally, arranging for short-term hostel accommodations in advance can save you stress upon arrival.

Students hoping to work while in Singapore can take on 16 hours of part-time work and full-time work between terms without a work permit.

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Do visit your nearest Edwise branch & choose your university carefully under our expert guidance and ensure that you have all your paperwork in order. Once you apply, and the wait is over, you can really begin to look forward to not only studying in a beautiful and vibrant country, but also to a life experience quite like no other.

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