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What is the benefit of studying in Singapore?
The biggest benefit are its cost-effective programs. Tuition fees in Singapore are affordable and the cost of living is also significantly lower than in other developed countries.
Singapore is well connected via sea, air and telecommunications to all parts of the world. It is also close to India so students can visit home during academic breaks. It’s also a global business hub with well-developed infrastructure, political stability and open business policy.

Do I need a Visa and Student Pass to study in Singapore?
A foreigner must apply for a Student's Pass if he/she has been accepted by an educational institution to pursue full-time studies in Singapore. Dependent’s Pass holder studying in a Government/ Government-Aided/ Independent school/ Foreign System School/ Kindergarten registered with MOE or Childcare center licensed by MCYS.
Visitor who has been granted a short term Visit Pass at the Singapore Checkpoint and wish to attend a short course that can be completed within the validity of the initial Visit Pass granted to him/her at the Singapore Checkpoint or 30 days, whichever is shorter.
Upon receiving the Letter of Acceptance from the school which is valid for 2 weeks, the applicant must proceed to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) to apply for a Student’s Pass. For applicants who require a visa to enter Singapore, please ensure that your application for the Student Pass is submitted to the ICA at least 2 months and not more than 6 months before the commencement date of the course.

How do I apply to study in Singapore?
From 2012, MOE will hold a Supplementary Admissions Exercise for International Students (S-AEIS) in February / March every year. This means that there will be two exercises for admissions into a particular school calendar year, for example, in September / October 2011 and February / March 2012 for admissions into Academic Year 2012. This initiative will provide better facilitation and convenience to international students (IS) as well as streamline the administrative processes for our schools.
Previously, IS who were unable to participate in the September / October AEIS may sit for and must pass the Qualifying Test (QT) before approaching individual schools for further school-based admissions tests. Many approach more than one school to increase their chances of admission and are often required sitting for different admission tests by the schools they are applying to. International students who wish to start school at the beginning of Academic Year 2012 are encouraged to register for the 2011 AEIS.

What do I need to do before applying?
Check the course brochures or website of the University of your choice to see if you meet the course requirements. Apply directly to the institute with the relevant certification and documentation. Please note that local universities accept online applications. Some institutions or courses will require you to undergo an interview or placement test. Upon acceptance, you will be sent a Letter of Offer. Applicants who apply online to local universities can check their application status online. Sign the acceptance form and return it by the closing date. You will receive a package and should plan to be in Singapore at least two weeks before the semester commences.

Private Schools
Private schools conduct their own admissions exercises which are usually publicized in the media or course brochures. Check that the school is registered with MOE or that it has attained the Edutrust certification from the Council for Private Education. Check the course brochures or website of the school to see if you meet the course requirements. Verify that the courses offered, certification, school facilities and international student services meet your expectations.
Apply directly to the school accompanied by the relevant certification and documentation. You will be kept informed of your application status and sent a Letter of Offer upon acceptance.

Foreign System Schools/International Schools
Foreign System Schools, or International Schools, conduct their own admissions exercises which are usually publicized in the media or course brochures.
Apply directly to the school accompanied by the relevant certification and documentation. You will be kept informed of your application status and sent a Letter of Offer upon acceptance. Check the course offered, certification, school facilities and international student services meet your expectation.

What are the entry requirements to study at educational institutions in Singapore?
These are different for different institutes. Here is the brief lowdown:
Government, Government Aided and Independent Schools
International students without DP, IEO and whose parents are not SC/SPR and who wish to seek school admission to Primary 2-5 and Secondary 1-3 levels in mainstream public primary and secondary schools respectively are to take part in the Admissions Exercise for International Students (AEIS). For more information on admission, access the International Students Admission section of the Ministry of Education website.

Admissions Exercise for International Students (AEIS)
AEIS involves a centralized test on English and Mathematics, and applicants who pass the test would automatically be offered a place in a suitable school, based on available school vacancies and their performance in the centralized test. There would be no school choices. To register for or find out more about AEIS, please visit the AEIS webpage.

Applying Directly to Schools
International students without DP, IEO and whose parents are not SC/SPR and who are seeking admission to Primary 2-5 and Secondary 1-3 but are unable to make it for the AEIS exercise and those who are seeking admission to Primary 1 or JCs may approach their schools of choice directly to apply for admission.

Step-by-Step Guide for Applying Directly to Schools
Admission is subject to the availability of vacancies, provided there are no SC/SPR children on the schools’ waiting lists, and the schools’ admission criteria.
International students without DP, IEO and whose parents are not SC/SPR and who are seeking admission to Primary 2 - 5 or Secondary 1 - 3 are required to sit for and pass a Qualifying Test (QT) before making a direct application to schools.International students seeking admission to Primary 1 or JCs are not required to sit for the QT.
Submit your application at the school of your choice with the required documents. If there is a vacancy; you will need to pass a placement test conducted by the school. Applicants will be tested on subjects such as English, Mathematics and Mother Tongue Language (where applicable).
Upon passing the test, the school will issue you with a Letter of Acceptance (LOA). The Letter of Acceptance is valid for two weeks, during which time; you must apply for a Student’s Pass with the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA).The applicant must return to the school with a valid student’s pass within 2 weeks of the LOA’s date of issue. Otherwise, the applicant will forfeit his / her admission to the school.

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