Education is a top priority and focus for Singapore as its people are its only resource. Hence, the quality of the educational system in Singapore is one of the best in the world.
Singapore was ranked among the Top 3^ in the world for its educational system in 2015 and was ranked first* in both Mathematics and Science across 140 countries.
English is the medium of education in Singapore but its bilingual policy makes it stand out as an excellent destination for studying. Students will also get to learn a second language in addition to English, such as Chinese, Malay and Tamil which are usually their mother tongue.
In addition to the mainstream schools, there are other choices available for individuals who are more interested in pursuing an education according to their needs and talents, such as the Singapore Sports School, the School of the Arts and the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.
International students who wish to study in Singapore will have to apply for a Student’s Pass unless they hold a Dependent’s Pass or an Immigration Exemption Order. The admission into public schools is subject to availability of vacancies, among other criteria.
^IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2015 *World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016
Foreign-System and Private Schools
There are more than 30 foreign-system or international schools in Singapore. This provides an option for expatriates who prefer getting their children into a school with similar curriculum to their home country or whose primary language is not English.
With over 300 private schools in Singapore, there is a wide variety of courses and professional programs to choose from. Do ensure that the school has the proper accreditation from the Council for Private Education.
Institutes of Higher Learning
Singapore has 5 autonomous universities that have specialization in various fields, ranging from the arts and social sciences to medical and technology to design, as well as engineering. They are the National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore Management University (SMU), Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and Singapore Institute of Technology (SiT).
Other local or international institutions specializing in the arts, business and technology, as well as polytechnics are available to meet the unique needs and preference of the individuals.