Study in Singapore
Perfect basic education, bilingual teaching, equal emphasis on Chinese and English. The Singapore Government opens the Primary School Elite program to Chinese students. Lower tuition than in domestic international schools or bilingual schools. Stringent laws, stable social environment that makes the countrya suitable choice for young students.
Bilingual environment, basic Chinese education, better adapted environment. Geographical advantages, convenient flights.
Lowest grade accepted
Private or public
Private VS PUBLIC
Public schools require low tuition and have guaranteed teaching quality. Private schools pay more attention to the overall quality of students. Private schools may be considered when there are no vacancies in public schools.
Grade one for children aged 7. Students who apply for admission into Grade 2 to Grade 5 have to study in a local primary school preparatory class for 3 to 6 months.
7-year-old children will be admitted to Grade 1 in public schools. Those who apply for Grade 2 or above have to take AEIS and will be arranged by the government to appropriate schools and grades after passing the exam.
Public: about RMB 200,000
Private: about RMB 300,000
Student visa policy
The student visa is valid for the length of the course and extra half a year to facilitate the renewal or other arrangements.
The visa application requires simple materials and the issuance rate is high.
Mothers can accompany their children until they are 16 years old and may apply for a special work permit for employment one year after the children are admitted.
Immigration Policy after graduation
Undergraduates or graduates who study in public universities (such as the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University) will receive an invitation of permanent residence from the government before graduation. Students who study in other types of colleges and universities need to apply for permanent residence after three years of working or living in the country.
Advantages of Primary and Secondary Schools in Singapore
Singapore is recognized as the country having the best political stability in Asia and has the lowest crime rate in the world. The bilingual environment here cannot be replaced by other countries. The education system Singapore follows the education system in the UK and practices conductive education.
In Singapore, public primary schools are inexpensive and bilingual. They are also excellent springboard to secondary schools and immigration application in the country. Mothers can apply for a dependent visa and work legally in the second year.
Female Dependent of A Holder of Student’s Pass
Singapore vigorously implements the policy of issuing visitor visa to mother/grandmother whose child/grandchild is studying in Singapore on a Student’s Pass. This policy manifests the determination of the government of Singapore to “recruit talents when they are young”. The purpose is to train bilingual talents who can adapt to the development of Singapore. The mothers are allowed to work and have income to support the schooling needs of the children and the living needs of both. Primary and secondary schools in Singapore, both public and private, enroll foreign students and allow the mothers of students under the age of 17 to accompany their children in Singapore.
AEIS, Admission Exercise for International Students, is introduced by the Ministry of Education of Singapore. The exam is taken in September or October every year and the result is announced in December.
The students who pass the exam will be assigned by the Ministry of Education to the nearest primary and secondary schools run by the Singapore government. These students will be enrolled in January of the next year.
International students who do not pass the AEIS exam may register for the S-AEIS exam in February of the following year. Those who pass S-AEIS will be enrolled in June of the following year.
Chinese students who are 7 to 16 years old on January 1 of the year can register for the AEIS exam.
Primary 1 to Primary 5
1. For children aged from 7 to 12.
2. Participate in a training course for 3 to 6months (for AEIS).
3. Applicants who pass AEIS will be assigned by the Government to appropriate schools.
Tips: The duration of primary studies in Singapore is six years and the sixth grade is the graduation grade. International students can not apply for admission in the sixth grade directly. They should start at least from the fifth grade.
Secondary 1 to Secondary 3
1. For children aged from 12 to 16.
2. Participate in a training course for 6months (for AEIS).
3. Take the AEIS exam required by the Government to get admitted into a secondary school in Singapore.
4. Children are assigned to different grades based on their age and basic knowledge for more scientific design of course progress.
Tips: The duration of junior high school studies in Singapore is four years and the fourth grade is the graduation grade. International students can not apply to get admitted in Grade 4 and have to start at least from the third grade. After graduating from junior high school in Singapore, students will take the “O” level exam and those with good grades can be admitted into government-run institutes of technology or junior colleges.
Education System in Singapore
The existing primary teaching system in Singapore is good for the physical and mental health of children. Singapore is so good at teaching students to master mathematical skills and methods that many foreign schools draw on its teaching methods:
The six-year primary education is divided into the four-year basic stage (primary 1 to primary 4) and the two-year orientation stage (primary 5 to primary 6).
At the basic stage, the main subjects are English, the native language and mathematics, and other supplementary subjects include music, art and crafts, PE and civic education. Students start to learn science from the third grade.
In order to enable students to fully realize their potential, schools adopt a diversion education system based on the students’ learning ability in the fourth grade.
Students have to take PSLE in the sixth grade to be enrolled in the government-run secondary schools.
In Singapore, in addition to the public education system and the private education system, there is an international education system, which is what we usually call international college. International colleges accept students from all over the world and they are the common choice for the children of envoys to Singapore or of employees in multinational companies. International colleges generally adopt educational systems that are similar to the education systems in the home countries of the students or international general courses (such as IGCSE and IB).
Pathways: International colleges in Singapore usually provide kindergarten, primary, secondary and high school courses. Students can start through from kindergarten to high school in an international college. The courses offered by each international college are slightly different, but they are basically international general courses.
Canadian International School
American Stamford International School
Australian International School
UWCSEA International School
NEXUS International School
While studying in an international college, the student can take the AEIS exam as a mean to get transferred into a public school. International colleges offer IB courses for students from kindergarten to Grade 12, including IB PYP at the primary level and IB MYP at the secondary level. The courses are intense and difficult, which help students better to be admitted into public schools.