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Study in Singapore Overview

About Singapore

  • Area:  692,7 km²
  • Population (2020): 5.704.000 people
  • Density: 6,389 people/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
  • Currency: SGD

The Republic of Singapore is the smallest country of Southeast Asia, located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, south of the Malaysian state of Johor, north of the Indonesian island of Riau,  and about 85 miles (137 kilometers) north of the Equator

The geographical location of Singapore

Singapore is a diamond-shaped island, surrounded by many other small islands. Two roads are connecting Singapore and the Malaysian state of Johor, first is the artificial road called the Johor–Singapore Road in the north, crossing the Tebrau Strait; and the second is named Tuas, a western bridge connecting Johor. Jurong Island, Pulau Tekong, Pulau Ubin, and Sentosa are Singapore's largest islands, among others. Singapore's highest location is Bukit Timah Hill at 166 m.

The urban area was formerly concentrated only in the northern, surrounding the Singapore River, which is now the trading center of Singapore, while the rest of the rainforest is moist or agricultural. Since the 1960s, the government has built many new urban areas in remote areas, creating a Singapore with close-up homes everywhere, although the central area remains the most flourishing. The Urban Planning Commission is a government committee specializing in urban planning activities with the task of efficiently using and distributing land as well as coordinating traffic. They have made detailed planning for land use in 55 areas.

Singapore has expanded its territory with land taken from the hills, seabed and neighboring countries. As a result, Singapore's land area has increased from 581.5 km² in the 1960s to 697.25 km² today (approximately the area of Can Gio district, Ho Chi Minh City), and will likely increase by another 100 km² by 2030.

Urbanization has made many rainforests disappear, now only one of them remains as the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. However, many parks have been preserved with human intervention, such as the National Botanical Garden. With no fresh water from rivers and lakes, Singapore's main water supply is from showers retained in reservoirs or river basins. Showers provide about 50% of the water, the rest is imported from Malaysia or taken from recycled water - water obtained after desalination. Many recycled water factories are being proposed and built to reduce their dependence on imports.

Economy of Singapore

Singapore has virtually no resources, raw materials have to be imported from outside. Singapore has little coal, lead, lava, clay; no freshwater; narrow cultivated land, mainly for growing rubber, coconut, vegetables and fruit trees, therefore agriculture does not grow, annually must import food to meet the needs in the country. Singapore has the infrastructure and some of Asia’s and the world's leading highly developed industries such as seaports, shipbuilding and repair industries, oil refining industry, sophisticated machinery processing, and assembly. Singapore is a leader in the production of electronic computer drives and semiconductor goods. Singapore is also the leading refining and transit center in Asia. Singapore's economy relies heavily on trade and services (accounting for 40% of national income). Singapore is also considered a leading country in the transition to a knowledge economy.

Weather in Singapore

Singapore has hot and humid air with average temperatures between 23 and 33 degrees Celsius. Besides, the weather is sunny all year round, with little rain at the end of the year.

Security in Singapore

Singapore's safety, low crime rates and premium living standards are well known in the world. These are the factors that contribute to a truly ideal learning environment for international students. And when stacking books after school, a world of sports, entertainment along with breathtaking scenery and sounds is ready to help you relax and meet your senses. With so much excitement waiting for you on every corner of Singapore, you'll never get bored or want to leave.

Study abroad smoothly

Singapore grants student visas very easily without financial proof; relatives visit students without visas; many cheap routes, extremely close to Vietnam and similar weather; make it very easy to adapt for Vietnamese students. Singaporeans speak English as their mother tongue, so the environment of communication, living and learning is very convenient. Singapore is even more suitable for students to take bridge courses: studying at an early stage in Singapore, then moving to major countries such as Australia, the USA, or Canada.



Singapore has long been known as a country with a developed education system, with many training systems from preschool to university, a system of private-public schools to international schools that help students have many choices. Choose the right one for you. With a diverse system of Public and Private schools, International, Singapore helps students have many suitable environment options.

Education System in Singapore

Early education 

The duration of Kindergarten education in Singapore is 3 years, for children from 3 to 6 years old. The preschool environment helps children learn how to behave with people around them and prepares them for the elementary education program. In Singapore, there are more than 200 schools dedicated to Early Childhood Education.


Children in Singapore study the Primary school curriculum for 6 years from Primary 1-6. International students can study with local students right from Primary School. However, international students must take the AEIS exam to have a chance to enter Singapore's Primary system from Primary 2 onwards. At the end of grade 6, children must pass the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE).


Students at the secondary level must study this program for 4 or 5 years with 2 systems depending on the ability of each student. Students entering the Special and Express systems will complete the High School program in 4 years. Students who choose Normal one will study for a period of 5 years. After finishing high school, students take the O Level exam for the opportunity to continue their studies in a Junior college (JCs) or Polytechnic or Institute of Technical Education (ITE).

University Foundation

Based on the results of the O Level exam, students can apply to study at the University Preparatory School (Junior College). The University Foundation Program will last for about 2 years, helping students build a solid foundation for a university program later on.

After completing the University Foundation program, students take the A Level exam for the opportunity to study at Singapore's public universities or enroll in private universities in Singapore or in the world.


If the results of the O Level test are not successful to enter the University Foundation program in Singapore, students can apply to colleges in Singapore. When studying in the College program, students will learn to practice the profession to the maximum, so they will not be surprised when they go to work.

Currently, many students choose the College program because it saves time, has the opportunity to practice and earns money sooner. After finishing the College program, students can also apply to study at universities in Singapore.

Higher education

After getting the results of A-Levels, students can apply to study at one of the 5 prestigious Public Universities of Singapore:

  • Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
  • National University of Singapore (NUS)
  • Singapore Management University (SMU)
  • Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)
  • Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)

If students do not pass into public universities, they can also choose prestigious private schools in Singapore that are affiliated with universities in the TOP 200 in the world. This is also a popular choice among students in Singapore.

School system in Singapore

1. Singapore Public school

Are government schools registered and regulated by the Singapore Ministry of Education. The Singapore government invests a large number of funds to prioritize the development of the public school system, implement preferential policies, support tuition fees, scholarship programs, grants, etc for native students and international students. Singapore's public schools are highly appreciated for the quality of teaching and modern facilities.

Primary and Secondary School

The Singapore Primary and Secondary systems are rated as one of the best education systems in the world. The combination of Eastern and Western elements forms a diverse and flexible color in teaching and learning methods, creating a difference and outstanding strengths only in Singapore education.

Parents who plan to study abroad for their children under the age of 18 often choose Singapore's public education system. The learning environment is entirely in English, the way of teaching and learning is effective, the cost is very economical and it is also the safest, most comfortable and modern living and learning environment in the world. The close geographical distance, visa-free entry allows parents to visit their children at any time, creating a strong bond between mother and child when the child is young.

College - University 

Singapore has only 5 public colleges and 5 public universities. Therefore, the entry requirements of Singapore public colleges and universities are very high, requiring applicants to have good academic records and actively participate in extracurricular activities as well as social activities. However, graduates from Singapore's public colleges and universities are always welcome by employers. When looking at the degrees you graduated from public schools, they will know how capable you are. International students graduating from public colleges and universities will have an easier and more authentic opportunity to settle in Singapore.

2. Singapore Private school

Singapore Private Schools are schools owned by private companies or operated by non-profit organizations. Private Schools in Singapore are allowed to enroll international students from Primary School, High School to University Foundation Programs, College Programs, and Undergraduate Programs.

Primary and Secondary School

For international students who have not passed the entrance exam to Singapore Public schools or want to attend Singapore Private schools, then transfer to other countries.

College - University 

Singapore has many private schools that are allowed to train from foreign language/English certificates, to pre-university, college, bachelor, and graduate programs. However, when choosing a private school, priority should be given to the schools in the TOP 3 best private schools in Singapore and pay attention to the partner universities with the school in the TOP 200 in the world. Because your degree after graduation will be highly appreciated by employers, bringing open career opportunities anywhere in the world.

3. Singapore International school

International schools in Singapore offer training programs from Primary, Secondary, Pre-University, and University. The number of international students studying here is quite large, not only from Asian countries but also international students from Europe and America. Tuition fees at international schools are much higher than those at public schools (3-5 times) and compared to private schools (2-3 times). Therefore, for students under the age of 18, Vietnamese parents often send their children to public schools to have low tuition fees and ensure the standard curriculum according to the Singapore Ministry of Education. If their children do not pass the entrance exam to a Singapore Public School, parents can choose to send their child to a Private School that provides the best training program for their child's major.

Singapore Government Full Scholarship

The scholarship is for full-time undergraduate courses at one of the following Singapore universities: Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore, or Singapore Management University. Students applying for the scholarship can apply for any field of study, except Medicine, Dentistry, Architecture and Law. The study period can last 3 or 4 years depending on the industry.

Scholarships are awarded based on the candidate's academic performance and through public examination.

Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  •  Currently a first or second-year university student at a university in Vietnam or a 12th-grade student who will take the high school graduation exam next year;
  •  Have an excellent academic record and a good command of English.

This scholarship covers tuition fees for the duration of your studies, a living allowance of $4,300 per year, accommodation allowance based on the room rate at each university, and round-trip airfare from Vietnam to Singapore. and vice versa. There are no binding conditions for students awarded the Singapore scholarship. Students awarded this scholarship will return home after graduation to contribute to the development of their country.

Shortlisted candidates will have to sit for entrance exams to Singapore's universities. Candidates will be further selected based on the results of the entrance exam and will have to attend an interview round organized by the aforementioned universities.

ASEAN Singapore High School Scholarship

The purpose of the ASEAN scholarship program is to create conditions for excellent students from ASEAN countries to develop their talents and have well-preparation when entering the new millennium.

ASEAN scholarship winners will study at schools selected by the Singapore Ministry of Education. The Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training will select middle school students with outstanding achievements for this scholarship program. Students who apply for the ASEAN scholarship if they fail to do so will be considered for a Merit scholarship (excellent students whose profile has not yet met the requirements of the ASEAN scholarship program may be considered for a Merit scholarship. – scholarship worth S$1,000/year).

Every year, at the end of April – the beginning of May, students will start applying for scholarships. July and August is the time to select and interview qualified applicants. The list of students who passed the qualifying round and the interview round will be officially announced in September. Scholarship winners will complete the procedures and enroll in Singapore at the end of October.

Requirements to apply for the Singapore ASEAN Scholarship

Students aged 14-16, who have Vietnamese nationality, graduated from high school, have excellent academic records, good English communication ability can apply for the ASEAN high school scholarship program.

Scholarship Value

Full scholarship for the whole study period including tuition fees, accommodation, and settlement allowance ($1,000 when applying to study in Singapore – this fee will be paid to the Ministry of Education of Singapore) and equivalent living expenses of $2,200/year (for high school level), and $2,400/year (for pre-university level).

Every 2 years, students will be supported with round-trip airfare to Vietnam once.

There are no mandatory terms attached to the scholarship program. In addition to the ASEAN scholarship program of the Ministry of Education of Singapore, two long-standing universities of Singapore: NUS, NTU also annually offer attractive scholarship programs for students from Southeast Asian countries in ASEAN.

Exam subjects of the ASEAN scholarship

  •  Math: you should review grade 8 and 9 math with both complete solutions and multiple choice. Carefully read the title.
  • English: multiple-choice exam, pay attention to vocabulary.
  • IQ: can be consulted at

Exam locations in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. HCM. Only selected people will be able to take the exam and interview, the results will be returned to the registered student's email.