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Singapore, known as the Lion City, is a fascinating blend of pan-Asian cultures, ethnicities and cuisines, exquisite natural beauty and fine British colonial architecture. Above all, it is a high-tech modern city where Asian traditions eagerly embrace both the benefits of global tourism and the challenges of tomorrow.

Why Study in Singapore

  • Singapore is an island city-state with a diverse cultural and linguistic heritage and a thriving modern economy.
  • It is a centre of global commerce and trade, with one of the world’s most business-friendly economies.
  • With limited natural resources, the success of Singapore is based on its population’s entrepreneurial capabilities and drive to succeed.
  • In 2012, Singapore was host to over 90,000 international students.
  • The Singaporean Government is committed to see international education grow, and by 2015 plans to attract 150,000 students.
  • The combination of Asian schooling and Western-style practices has made Singapore an educational hub in Asia, and a number of international institutions, such as INSEAD, MIT, University of Chicago amongst other top-ranked global universities, have created satellite campuses there to serve as a launch pad for their entrance into Asia.


The education system in Singapore

The education system in Singapore evolves around the premise that every student has unique aptitudes and interests..

The education system in Singapore follows a four tiered model, which includes:

1.Primary schools
2.Secondary schools
3.Pre-tertiary level at Junior Colleges or Polytechnics
4.Tertiary education at a university.

  • Primary Education

Primary education starts at age seven and consists of 2 stages

1.A four year foundation stage (Primary 1 to 4)
2.A two year orientation stage (Primary 5 to 6)

Then students have to take the national Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) and are placed in the secondary schools according to performance in the PSLE.

  • Secondary Education

Students are placed in different secondary education tracks or streams:

  • Special
  • Express
  • Normal (Academic)
  • Normal (Technical)
  • Pre-Tertiary
  • Upon completion of this tier, the results determine which pre-universities or post-secondary institutions students apply to.Students who wish to pursue for a professional-centred diploma education go on to post-secondary institutions such as the polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE).
    • Tertiary

    After completion of two-year or three-year courses in Junior Colleges or Millennia Institute, students may go ahead to earn degrees awarded in the Universities.

    • Polytechnics

    Polytechnics in Singapore provide 3-year diploma courses and, they accept students based on their GCE “O” level, GCE “A” level or Institute of Technical Education (ITE) results.

    Polytechnics offer a wide range of courses in various fields, including engineering, business studies, accountancy, tourism and hospitality management, mass communications, digital media and biotechnology.

    There are also specialized courses such as marine engineering, nautical studies, nursing, and optometry. They provide a more industry-oriented education as an alternative to junior colleges for post-secondary studies.

    Graduates of polytechnics with good grades can continue to pursue further tertiary education at the universities, and many overseas universities.

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