International Student Admissions: General Information on Studying in Singapore
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- Preparing to Study in Singapore
- Admission to Pre-schools, Private Schools & Post-Secondary Institutions
- Age Criteria for Admission of International Students
- Student’s Pass
- Guardian’s Particulars
- Primary Level Admission
- Exemption from offering Chinese, Malay or Tamil as a Mother Tongue Language
- Monthly School and Miscellaneous Fees
- Boarding Facilities
- Information on Schools
Preparing to Study in Singapore
International students seeking admission to mainstream schools in Singapore should note that English is the medium of instruction. International students are strongly encouraged to prepare themselves before taking the Admissions Exercise for International Students (AEIS) tests. They should be familiar with the English and Mathematics syllabi of the level preceding the one they are applying for.
International students who are successfully admitted to mainstream schools are strongly encouraged to prepare themselves in advance for a new school environment where English is the language of classroom instruction, and to familiarise themselves with the relevant curriculum for their level.Back to Top
Admission to Pre-schools, Private Schools and Post-Secondary Institutions
International students who wish to seek admission to a pre-school, private school or post-secondary institution (e.g. university or polytechnic) should approach the pre-school, private school or institution directly.Back to Top
Age Criteria for Admission of International Students
The Right Age
International students should ensure that they satisfy the age requirements for the levels they are seeking admission to. MOE does not recommend admission to levels where international students will be more than two years older than their classmates.
The following age ranges are for new international students seeking admission and former international students seeking re-admission into schools.
|Level Seeking Admission To||Permissible Age Range
(as at 1st January of Year of Admission)
|Primary 1||6 to 8+|
|Primary 2||7 to 9+|
|Primary 3||8 to 10+|
|Primary 4||9 to 11+|
|Primary 5||10 to 12+|
|Primary 6||11 to 13+
This is a critical level where students sit for the major examinations i.e. Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) held towards the end of the year*. Schools will normally not admit new IS at this level.
|Secondary 1||12 to 14+|
|Secondary 2||13 to 15+|
|Secondary 3||14 to 16+|
|Secondary 4||15 to 17+
This is a critical level where students sit for the major examinations i.e. the GCE ‘N’ or GCE ‘O’ Level Examinations held towards the end of the year*. Schools will normally not admit new IS at this level.
|Secondary 5||16 to 18+
This is a critical level where students sit for the major examinations i.e. the GCE ‘O’ Level Examination held towards the end of the year*. Schools will normally not admit new IS at this level.
|Pre-University 1||16 - 18+|
|Pre-University 2||17 to 19+
This is a critical level where students sit for the major examinations i.e. the GCE ‘A’ Level Examination held towards the end of the year*. Schools will normally not admit new IS at this level.
|Pre-University 3||This is a critical level where students sit for the major examinations i.e. the GCE ‘A’ Level Examination held towards the end of the year*. Schools will normally not admit new IS at this level.|
* Students are to consider if they will have sufficient preparation time for major examinations which will be held towards the end of the year before approaching the schools of choice directly. Otherwise, students may consider admission to a lower academic level within the permissible age range. Admission is subject to availability of school vacancies and the school’s assessment of the student's level of ability.Back to Top
In accordance with the Immigration Regulations, a foreigner who wishes to study in a Government / Government-aided / Independent School requires a Student’s Pass, unless he / she is a holder of a Dependant’s Pass (DP) or an Immigration Exemption Order (IEO). For more details on Student’s Pass applications, please refer to ICA’s website.Back to Top
International students are required to provide their guardians’ particulars to the school. The guardian should be either:
- A Singapore Citizen / Singapore Permanent Resident above 21 years old, or
- The parent of the international student if the parent is working / staying in Singapore
It is a requirement for international students to have a guardian when they are studying in local mainstream schools. The guardian is responsible to account for the child under his/her care. The guardian must be contactable by the school and any change in guardianship must be reported to the school immediately.Back to Top
Primary Level Admission
International students admitted at the primary level will be expected to complete the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) like all local students, before proceeding to the secondary level.Back to Top
Exemption from offering Chinese, Malay or Tamil as a Mother Tongue Language
As part of the Singapore education system, all students are required to offer their mother tongue language as part of the curriculum. Exemption from the mother tongue requirement may be considered on a case-by-case basis after admission to school. Application for exemption should be made through the school principal, who will refer the application to the Languages & Literature Branch, Ministry of Education, for consideration.Back to Top
Monthly School and Miscellaneous Fees
The school and misc fees payable by SPR and IS in 2012 and 2013 are as shown in the table below.
|School Fee (S$)||Misc Fee* (S$)||Total (S$)||School Fee (S$)||Misc Fee* (S$)||Total (S$)|
|Junior College / Centralised Institute||Singapore PR||80||22||102||160||27||187|
* Maximum which schools can charge
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The rates of school and miscellaneous fees payable are reviewed by the Ministry of Education and individual schools from time to time.
Students studying in Autonomous Schools are also required to pay additional miscellaneous fees. Please check directly with the schools on the actual amount of miscellaneous fees payable.
The school fees payable for Independent Schools vary from school to school. Please check directly with the schools concerned for the fees payable.
A listing of private hostels in Singapore can be found in the Yellow Pages of the Singapore Telephone Directory.Back to Top
Information on Schools
The contact information of mainstream schools in Singapore can be found in the School Information Service website.Back to Top