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Closer to home and value for money

Cultural similarities, pricing and proximity to India make this island nation state a preferred destination for Indian students

education Updated: Sep 15, 2010 09:39 IST
HT Horizons Correspondent
HT Horizons Correspondent
Hindustan Times

Living away from home in completely new surroundings is as daunting as it is exciting, therefore it is important to understand and appreciate the change.

Over time, students abroad grow to love their new surroundings and have an incredible experience, says Sohail Sardana, currently in his fourth year of graduation. He’s pursuing a double degree in Bachelor of Science (Economics) and Bachelor of Business Management in Singapore.

Since studying in the US is expensive, Sardana was serious about Singapore, which was relatively cheaper and closer home – barely four hours away. The generous scholarship provided by Singapore Management University made his decision easier.

Why Singapore?
Singapore has emerged as an international education hub offering a rich spectrum of courses in diverse fields. It also offers the best multicultural backdrop for students looking for a safe and secure environment. Its three local universities rank among Asia’s best and are among the leading universities of the world. More than 16 Leading Foreign Universities (LFUs) have also set up centres of excellence in education and research in Singapore. A wide range of quality Private Education Institutes (PEIs) provide added diversity to the nation’s education landscape.

Popular programmes
Universities in Singapore offer a wide variety of courses in streams such as management, engineering, medicine, biomedical sciences, computing and IT, HR, law, logistics.

The management courses in Singapore are of immense interest to Indian students. Management institutes in Singapore offer courses that combine the best of the East and the West, offering valuable global management perspectives.

Session commences
Academic intakes depend upon the course and institution. In general, academic intake takes place in the months of August and January.

When to apply
Students usually start applying three to six months prior to the intake. Entry requirements vary from institution to institution.

Eligibility criteria
The eligibility for postgraduate programmes is as follows:
a. A Bachelors degree from a recognised university
b. Good GMAT /GRE score
c. Prior work experience (at least two years)
d. Good TOEFL/IELTS scores for candidates who did not have English as the medium of instruction at the tertiary level

Eligibility for Bachelors degree programmes is:
a. Students must have completed at least 12 years of education before applying for undergraduate courses at Singapore universities.
b. TOEFL/IELTS scores are not mandatory for Indian students but some institutes insist on TOEFL/ IELTS depending on the course.

Accommodation options
Students will be offered with a wide variety: hostels, rentals, paying guest apartments and boarding establishments to suit different budgets and needs.

The Ministry of Education offers scholarships especially for international students at different levels of study: Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secondary Scholarship; ASEAN Pre-University Scholarship; ASEAN Undergraduate Scholarships, as well as the Singapore Scholarship for ASEAN students are some of the scholarships offered to students to pursue their tertiary education.

Tuition grant scheme
Currently, the Tuition Grant is around S$26,400 for a lab-based undergraduate programme and S$19,000 for a non lab-based programme in the university and S$13,600 for a diploma programme in the polytechnic. In return for subsidised education, foreign students are required to serve a tuition grant bond by working in a Singapore.

First Published: Sep 14, 2010 11:35 IST