Singapore has six national universities, with more than 30,000 students in its two largest universities. Singapore’s most prestigious university is the National University of Singapore (NUS), which ranked 25th in the 2012/13 QS World University Rankings and is one of Asia’s top universities.
The National University of Singapore ranks among the top ten in many fields, such as law, computer science, mechanical engineering, geography, material science, accounting and finance, pharmacy, communication and media studies, modern language and statistics. Other high-ranking institutions in the country are Nanyang Technology University and Singapore Management University.
In addition to these universities, Singapore also has a wide range of private institutions, including foreign universities with campuses in Singapore, such as the Chicago Business School.
Currently, around 18% of all students in Singapore are international students. However, the government is currently making some cuts to international funding opportunities to provide more space for domestic students.The objective is to reduce international enrolment to 15% by 2015. Despite this, there are still thousands of places available for international students wishing to study abroad in Singapore. Another important fact for all prospective international students is that English is the official language of instruction in Singapore. At the same time, the nation is officially bilingual, as English is combined with one of three mother tongues (Mandarin, Malay and Tamil). This is a great opportunity for international students to study in English but also to learn a new language and culture while studying abroad. If you wish to study abroad in Singapore, you must apply directly to the college or university that you are interested in. It’s therefore important to understand that the deadlines surrounding administration are made within an institution itself. In addition to this, universities and colleges may limit the number of courses you can apply for, so it’s important to take this factor in consideration.