Singapore boasts a range of publically-funded and autonomous institutions offering a variety of Bachelor's degrees. As well as Singapore institutions, the country also offers foreign tertiary education through branch campuses over a range of industry-specific programmes and disciplines including: business and finance; animation and game software engineering; and media and film.


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Sinagpore's education system has been described as "world-leading" with education minister Michael Gove announcing in 2010 that Singapore was among those picked out for commendation when looking at ways to improve the British education system. They currently have two universities, National University of Singapore (NUS; 24) and Nanyang Technological University (41), in the top 200 according the the 2013 QS World Rankings.

Degrees are all taught in English. They do not ask for specific grades when applying, but accept A Levels, the IB and other international qualifications.

International students undertaking a degree in Singapore are offered a "tuition grant" which gives them a reduction in their tuition fees. In return students are required to undertake employment in a Singapore-registered company for three years upon completion of their degrees so as to discharge some of their obligations to the Singapore public for the high subsidy to their university education. All international students admitted to the Faculty of Medicine are required to undertake employment with the Singapore Ministry of Health for six years while those admitted to the Faculty of Dentistry are required to undertake employment for five years. 

Subsidised fees under the "tuition grant" are between £7,500-£11,500 per year depending on the university and the course. Medicine and Dentistry fees are more expensive at £22,000 per year. Non-subsidised fees, where students don't have to undertake employment having completed their degree, cost approximately £18,000 a year. 

The NUS estimates that a student will need £240 a month for accommodation and a further £300 a month for living expenses. 

Universities in Singapore offer a large variety of scholarships and finance schemes, and you should check with the university you are applying with to see whether you qualify for one. For example, the NUS offer a Work-Study Assistance Scheme whereby needy students are able to supplement their finances through part-time work on campus. 

When you can apply depends on your sixth form qualifications; if you've already undertaken your A Levels the application process takes place between October and April, while if you've yet to receive you A Level results the application process takes place between October and January. Again, see each individual university website for more details. 

University commences in the late Summer/early Autumn and degrees last either 3 or 4 years.


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