By Melissa Phanjoo
Singapore is an increasingly popular destination, whether it is for study, work or pleasure. This vibrant and culturally rich environment is ideal for students. Both undergraduate and postgraduate courses are available from a wide range of universities that recently have gained a very strong reputation around the world. Singapore is seen as being the 15th best city for students according to QS.
The National University of Singapore: This University is ranked the 24th best in the world by QS and is in the top 10 for medical, chemical, geography, civil and electrical engineering to name a few.
Yale-NUS College: The first liberal arts college in Singapore, which is very unique in Asia as it is only one of a few. They are a collaboration between the National University of Singapore and the US Yale University, which is a beneficial perk for students as it increases their prospects.
Nanyang Tech University: This is a great university ranked 41st in the world. The institution offers several postgraduate options, including research, joint and coursework programmes.
Singapore Management University: A specialised university for courses including statistics, law, computer science and accounting and finance. The university is one of the best known institutions in Singapore.
Singapore University of Technology and Design: The University is in a partnership with the well-known US University Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Therefore this university has a fantastic reputation for being a high-ranking and prestigious especially in regards to studying technology and design.
Why Study Business in Singapore?
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) ranked Singapore as number one out of 82 countries for its "efficient and open economy". Therefore Singapore is officially the best place to do business in the world! Singapore has come top of this annual report for seven successive years. Singapore also topped the World Bank's ease of doing business report, which compared189 countries, in 2014.
With such high accolades it’s easy to see why studying business in Singapore makes a great deal of sense.
The calibre of business orientated universities and courses on offer reflect Singapore’s global reputation. The National University of Singapore’s Business School and INSEAD’s Singapore Campus are strongly challenging the US and Europe’s most prestigious institutions. The QS Global 200 MBA Rankings 2014/15: Asia Pacific, puts Singapore based institution INSEAD and the National University of Singapore, Business School in the number one and two positions respectively. Nanyang Business School is also ranked in the high position of 10 and Lee Kong Chian School of Business is at 21. According to QS’s global World University Rankings by Subject 2015, the National University of Singapore is ranked at number 11 and 13 for, Business & Management Studies and Accounting & Finance.
The Financial Times global MBA rankings; INSEAD (although listed as France and Singapore) is ranked at 5 and the National University of Singapore’s Business moves up 2 places to number 31.
Studying business in Singapore has become one of the wisest decisions any international student can make.
Tuition and Living Costs:
In comparison to other destinations including the UK or USA the tuition fees are relatively cheaper, although there may be fluctuations depending on the university you attend. However there is a great incentive to studying in Singapore as 52% of international students have the opportunity to receive financial aid.
Application and Visa Advice:
As a Postgraduate wanting to study in Singapore you must first apply directly to your desired organisation. It is essential that you check for deadlines and look to the institution you’re applying to for answers to questions regarding the application process.
To study in Singapore you are required to have a student visa, which will be issued with a letter of approval when accepted from your desired university. The university will require the appropriate qualifications, proof of sufficient English language skills and the relevant paper work.
Once you have been approved by your university it is essential to apply for a student pass. The student pass will allow you to work 16 hours during term and full time in holidays. In order to apply for a student pass utilise the website solar, and input the information given from your university into the eForm. Once in Singapore you must make an appointment with ICA with relevant documentation to finalise the process.
Other Things to Entice you...
Singapore is known for their amazing and diverse cuisine. When studying definitely take advantage trying all the new and different foods it has to offer. Trying the local delicacies is a must as Singapore provides a mesh of Chinese, Indian, Indonesian and Malaysian influences.
The top 3 dishes to try would be Bak Kut Teh (pork-rib soup), Wonton Mee which is a pork and a wonton dumpling dish and lastly Fried Carrot Cake. The top restaurants in Singapore that offer affordable and delicious food include:
Maki San: They have unique customise-your-own sushi option; it allows you to mix-match and be creative with food. The address is 2 Handy road, the Cathy. The price range is between £3-£6.
Swee Choon Dim Sum: One of the best dim-sum places in Singapore. The address 191, Jalan Besar, Singapore. The price range is £2-7.
Eighteen Chefs: This is a student favourite, they encourage creative ways to eat your food and have a student discount offer. The prices vary from £3-£12. Address: 8 Grange Road, Cathay Cineleisure.
Whist in Singapore why not visit the islands impressive attractions and sights. Head to the coast and visit the Palawan beach, then Palawan Island, a rope bridge walk from the main beach. If in need for retail therapy, visit the famous Orchard Road named as one of the world’s top shopping streets. Chinatown and little India are great places to eat, as well as explore the different cultures. The Singapore flyer is a big wheel, where you can take in all of Singapore’s beauty. Lastly I would suggest visiting the gardens by the bay, where you can view the super tree structures, and impressive man-made cloud mountain.
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