Globalisation is here to stay indefinitely and students who want to work in our interconnected global world should study in Singapore. Singapore has a stellar reputation for educational excellence attributed by its highly-developed public education system. On top of that, Singapore also shines as a centre of international educational hub such as its world class local universities like NUS which is ranked as Asia’s top university this year and ranked 11th this year in the world, while NTU, which is another of its home-grown university is ranked 12th this year, which moved back one rank from last year’s placing in the World University Rankings. This is a remarkable feat as Singapore is a young nation of only 5.6 million people, yet it is home to two of the world’s top 15 education institutions. Are you now convinced to study in Singapore? Not yet? Then, read on!

Cosmopolitan City

Singapore is a cosmopolitan society that is not only safe AND secure to international students with low crime rates and virtually zero natural disasters, but it is also one that is technologically progressive. Students will be able to enjoy the easy accessibility to world-class technology and learning environments in Singapore since Singapore is a place where the East meets West and the old-world and new-world comes together in Southeast Asia.

Strategic Geographical Location

Singapore is located strategically in Southeast Asia, making it a fantastic hub for traveling. Southeast Asia is composed of eleven countries of impressive diversity in religion, culture and history. Singapore has many neighbouring countries including Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia and the Philippines. You can easily travel by land, air or sea and hop over to any of these countries.

Relative Affordability

One of the most common misconceptions about Singapore is that it is outrageously expensive. Well, unless you are planning to buy a house or a car in Singapore, you can actually live in the city at a relative affordability. It is after all a city which offers a one star Michelin food for under $5! Fancy that!

The Language

The national language of Singapore is the Malay language whereas English language is the nation’s official language. Almost everyone in Singapore speaks at least two languages (their mother tongue and English) and prefers to communicate in English. In fact, English is the official education language, so classroom instruction is in English. Thus, the transition into a new environment both in and outside the classroom is made easy with the use of the world’s lingua franca.

Land for the Foodies

There is something for everyone here in Singapore. Yes, you’ll be here to study but if food is your passion, then there is no better place for a foodie than Singapore. You can find almost every type of cuisine available around the clock at food courts and restaurants. With an extraordinary spread of both local and international cuisine, you can definitely go Hakuna Matata with and your studies will be perfectly balanced with yummylicious food.

Transportation

Public transportation in Singapore is inexpensive, punctual and incredibly easy to use. The signs are written in English and all of the stops on both trains and buses are announced in English. You can get anywhere in the city on the trains and buses without worrying about getting lost because the ever-friendly locals are always willing to help. The public transportation is also very clean and they are air-conditioned.

Cultural Melting Pot

Singapore is a one-stop place for you to experience many different cultures. There are several cultural enclaves within Singapore where you can explore authentic Chinese, Indian, Malay and Peranakan culture. These four are the broad cultural enclaves that are most well-know and publicised. However, that is not all as there are other cultural enclaves all over Singapore – modern enclaves which cater to modern day immigrants from other countries such as the Anglo-American, French, Japanese and Korean enclaves. Since just about everyone speaks English, it is incredibly easy to get around and settle into the country whilst immersing yourself in the various cultures all around.

Quality Education Hub

Singapore aspires to become a global education hub and Singapore impresses the world with its achievement. In 2016, Singapore tops the global education ranking in the primary and secondary education. These international rankings – Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) are published every four years based on tests taken by students in 57 countries. As for tertiary education, two universities in Singapore (NUS and NTU) are placed among the top 15 in the world ranking this year. Based on these achievements, the quality of education in Singapore is exceptional and for the same reason, Singapore is solidifying its position as a regional education hub.

As an international student in Singapore, you can expect to be treated equally and with fairness. You will also find that the system is set up to help you succeed in accomplishing your dreams, as long as you are willing to put in the effort. So, what are you waiting for?

Educating children is an investment in their futures, and in peaceful and prosperous societies. Fortunately, Singapore is home to a wide choice of world class international schools. The international schools in Singapore usually cater to a diversity of cultures with no dominant nationality or ethnic group and are especially suitable for highly-mobile expatriate families.

To apply for a place in an international school, you will have to approach and submit application directly to the school or institution with all the relevant supporting documents. For Singaporeans who wishes to enrol in an international school, you would require Singapore’s Ministry of Education’s (MOE) approval to do so. Each school or institution will have its own application process, detailed in the school brochure and websites. Most applications are submitted online and each varies in what is required. However, the general procedures are as follows:

In this section, we will provide you with some general information on the international schools to help you understand the international schools scenes in Singapore. Please note that this information is meant to provide general, rather than an exact guidance as we may not cover all information available. You should also do your own checks relevant to your particular needs or personal circumstances. You may even approach the school directly and arrange for a tour.

*A note on fees: For full information on total costs for your child(ren), we recommend contacting the school directly. Prices are correct at the time of publication (August 2018) but are subject to review and amendment

The following are some of Singapore’s most popular and more highly regarded international schools. Do note that the popular schools usually have a waitlist.

SINGAPORE AMERICAN SCHOOL

Ages taught: Pre-school to Grade 12

School year: August to June

Curriculum: American and Advanced Placement

Location: 40 Woodlands Street 41 (S) 738547

Telephone number: 6363 3403

Website: http://www.sas.edu.sg/

Facilities: Music rooms, science laboratories, computer and technology labs, extensive playing fields for a wide variety of sports, drama studio and auditorium, five lighted tennis courts, two soccer/football fields, a baseball field, two softball fields, one 20m and two 25m swimming pools and a high-ropes course. There are also four large, air-conditioned gymnasiums and two auxiliary gyms for physical education classes and sporting events.

Languages offered: Spanish, French, Mandarin

Annual tuition fees: $20,746 (Pre-school & Pre-kindergarten) to $51,748 (high school)

Application fee: $2,500

Enrolment fee: $7,490 for US passport or green card holders, $9,630 for students not holding US passport or green card

Re-enrolment fee: $2,500 per year

Facility fee/building fee/capital levy/development levy: $6,634

Other fees:

  • Bus transportation: $1,556 to $3,047 per semester
  • Uniforms: $158 to $200
  • School lunch: $5.20 per day
  • EAA courses: $200 to $500
  • English language learning: $6,420
  • Laptop (for high school): $1500 to $2,200
  • Interim Semester (for high school): $0 to $4,400
  • AP exams: $205 per paper
  • IASAS trip (for high school): $125 to $850
  • Student Leave of Absence: $5,000

Nearby condos include: The Woodgrove, Casablanca and Rosewood Suites

TANGLIN TRUST SCHOOL

Ages taught: 3 years to 18 years

School year: August to July

Curriculum: British Curriculum, (I)GCSE, A-Levels, IB Diploma

Location: 95 Portsdown Rd (S) 139299

Telephone number: 6778 0771

Website: http://www.tts.edu.sg/

Facilities: Multi-purpose halls, music rooms, ICT suites, science laboratories, drama studio, an eight-lane 25m swimming pool and learner pool, large outdoor playgrounds, tennis courts, playing fields, running track, fitness centre

Languages offered: Mandarin, French, Spanish.

Annual tuition fees: $21,693 (infant school) to $38,973 (Year 13)

Application fee: $2,675

Enrolment fee: N/A

Facility fee/building fee/capital levy/development levy: $1,541. $3,500 capital levy payable for up to two students per family, waived for third and subsequent students.

Other fees:

  • Exam fees
  • Personal mobile technology device (for Year 5 to 13)
  • Trips and activities

Nearby condos include: One-North Residences, Queens and The Rochester

UNITED WORLD COLLEGE OF SOUTH-EAST ASIA (UWCSEA)

Ages taught: 4 years to 18 years

School year: August to June

Curriculum: UWCSEA designed curriculum leading to IGCSE and IB Diploma in High School

Location:

  • Dover Campus: 1207 Dover Rd (S) 139654
  • East Campus: 1 Tampines Street 73 (S) 528704

Telephone number:

  • Dover Campus: 6775 5344
  • East Campus: 6305 5344

Website: http://www.uwcsea.edu.sg/

Facilities: Olympic sized swimming pools, science laboratories, music rooms, fitness centre and gymnasium, drama studio, high ropes course, climbing wall, multi-purpose halls which can cater a variety of sports, playing fields and tennis courts/

Languages offered: Mandarin, Spanish, French. Depending on the gradeand proficiency, the school can also offer Korean, Japanese, Dutch, German and French, and in the IB Diploma Hindi, Russian and Spanish are added to the list of languages offered.

Annual tuition fees: $38,685 (K1) to $46,350 (Grade 12) for first year. $34,775 (K1) to $42,420 (Grade 12) for second and subsequent years. Tuition fee includes development levy.

Application fee: N/A

Enrolment fee: $410 to $820

Facility fee/building fee/capital levy/development levy: Included in the annual tuition fee.

Other fees:

  • Residential boarding fee: $35,610
  • Amenities fund for boarders: $300
  • Parents’ Association Fee: $30 per year
  • Outdoor Education trips: $6 to $1,260 per year

Nearby condos include:

  • Nearby Dover Campus: Heritage View, The Rochester and The Trizon
  • Nearby Tampines Campus: Ris Grandeur, NV Residences and Double Bay Residences

AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Ages taught: Nursery to Grade 12 (18 months to 18 years)

School year: January to December

Curriculum: Australian curriculum combined with the IGCSE and International Baccalaureate

Location: 1 Lorong Chuan (S) 556818

Telephone number: 6883 5155

Website: http://www.ais.com.sg/

Facilities: 2 gymnasiums, 25m swimming pool, 2 outdoor fields, 3 libraries, 250-seat professional theatre and 2 inquiry centres. There are specialist rooms for Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Music and Technology

Languages offered: Mandarin from 2 years old, progressing to a choice of Bahasa Indonesia, French, Mandarin and Spanish in secondary school. Korean, Japanese and other Mother Tongue languages are also available. There is also the option for ongoing support for non-native English speakers.

Annual tuition fees: $14,126 (Nursery 3 day session) to $42,016 (secondary school). All books, stationery, Parents Association membership is included in the tuition fee. Fee for lunch is included as part of the tuition fee for Early Years students whereas excursion fees are included in the tuition fee for Early Years and Elementary School students.

Application fee: $3,360

Enrolment fee: N/A

Facility fee/building fee/capital levy/development levy: $2,675 for Early Years students and $6,420 for Elementary and Secondary School students.

Other fees:

  • Technology fee: $535 for Elementary students, $300 for Year 6 to 12 students with own laptop, $963 for Year 6 to 12 students with school-provided laptop.
  • English as Additional Language fee: $3,210
  • Intensive Language Course: $4,280
  • Examination fees

Nearby condos include: Chiltern Park, The Springbloom and The Scala

CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL 

Ages taught: Pre-kindergarten to Grade 12

School year: August to June

Curriculum: International Baccalaureate – Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP)

Location:

  • Lakeside Campus: 7 Jurong West St 41 (S) 649414
  • Tanjong Katong Campus: 371 Tanjong Katong Road (S) 437128

Telephone number:

  • Lakeside Campus: 6467 1732
  • Tanjong Katong Campus: 6345 1573

Website: http://www.cis.edu.sg

Facilities: State-of-the-art STEAM maker spaces, an Outdoor Discovery Centre, swimming complex, performing arts and fine arts centre, theatre, sports fields, gymnasium and fitness centre.

Languages offered: All students learn a second language with the exception of those who are taking English Language Learner classes. Students are placed in language classes in accordance to their proficiency level. The languages taught are Mandarin, French and Spanish. There is also a pioneering bilingual English-Mandarin programme for students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 5.

Annual tuition fees: $13,100 (Nursery half day at Tanjong Katong Campus) to $38,710 (Grade 12 at Lakeside Campus) per year.

Application fee: $2,500

Enrolment fee: $3,500 for first child, $2,800 for second child, waived for third and subsequent child.

Facility fee/building fee/capital levy/development levy: N/A

Other fees:

  • Support Programmes for English and Learning: $4,000 to $4,750 per year
  • Field work/excursions: $1 to $6,500
  • Hats and caps: $18
  • PE uniform: $15 to $400
  • Activities: $2 to $3,000
  • Stationery, bags, clear folders, consumables and materials: $0.50 to $100
  • Locks for lockers: $15
  • Exam, testing and marking fees: $1 to $500

Nearby condos include:

  • Nearby Lakeside Campus: The Centris, Parc Vista and Lakefront Residences
  • Nearby Tanjong Katong Campus: One Amber, Aalto and The Esta

DOVER COURT INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Ages taught: Nursery to Year 11

School year: August to June

Curriculum: English National Curriculum

Location: 301 Dover Road (S) 139644

Telephone number: 6775 7664

Website: http://www.nordangliaeducation.com/our-schools/singapore

Facilities: Swimming pool complex, 6-lane running track, full-size soccer pitch, basketball court, playing fields, indoor multi-purpose hall, music hall, computer laboratories, science facilities, and infant and junior playgrounds. Dover Court is a Julliard Performing Arts Social Hub.

Languages offered: Mandarin and French

Annual tuition fees: $14,340 (Nurser half day) to $30,000 (Year 13)

Application fee: N/A

Enrolment fee: $2,800

Facility fee/building fee/capital levy/development levy: $1,500

Other fees:

  • School uniforms
  • Examination fees
  • Compulsory school camps and trips
  • School bus
  • School lunches
  • ECAs and individual instrument lessons
  • Learning Support fee: $120 per hour
  • Therapy fees: $160 per hour

Nearby condos include: Heritage View, The Rochester and The Trizon

DULWICH COLLEGE (SINGAPORE)

Ages taught: 2 to 18

School year: August to June

Curriculum: English National Curriculum, IGCSE

Location: 71 Bukit Batok West Ave 8 (S) 658966

Telephone number: 6890 1000

Website: http://www.singapore.dulwich.org/

Facilities: A theatre and performing arts centre, swimming pool, rugby field, roof-top garden, outdoor study area, multi-purpose room and a gymnasium.

Languages offered: Spanish, French, Mandarin

Annual tuition fees: $15,800 (Nursery half-day) to $42,500 (Year 11)

Application fee: $4,500

Enrolment fee: $3,500

Facility fee/building fee/capital levy/development levy: N/A

Other fees:

  • English as an Additional Language: $3,300 per year (Year 1 to 9)
  • Specialist support for children who need small class instruction: $34,950 to $37,950 per year
  • Admissions assessment fee for specialist support: $535
  • Examination fees
  • Compulsory school camps and trips
  • Learning support or therapy services

Nearby condos include: Merawoods, Hillview 128 and The Lanai

GEMS WORLD ACADEMY (SINGAPORE)

Ages taught: Pre-kindergarten to Grade 12

School year: August to June

Curriculum: International Baccalaureate and IGCSE

Location: 2 Yishun Street 42 (S) 768039

Telephone number: 6808 7321

Website: http://www.gwa.edu.sg/

Facilities: 750-seat auditorium, Olympic-sized swimming pool, dedicated learner pool, all-weather sports field, indoor gymnasium with rock-climbing wall, creative suite studio, music rooms etc.

Languages offered: Spanish, French, Mandarin

Annual tuition fees: $12,600 (Pre-Kindergarten half day) to $39,113 (Grade 12)

Application fee: $1,500 to $1,575

Enrolment fee: $4,000 to $4,200

Facility fee/building fee/capital levy/development levy: N/A

Other fees:

  • Experiential Learning Programme: $400 to $3,000
  • IGCSE Examination fees (Grade 10): $100 per subject
  • IB Examination fee (Grade 12): $204 registration fee, $140 per subject
  • School uniforms
  • School bus fees
  • ECAs provided by external vendors: $30 to $300 per class

Nearby condos include: The Canopy, Lilydale and The Miltonia Residences

GERMAN EUROPEAN SCHOOL (GESS) 

Ages taught: 18 months to 18 years

School year: Commences in August

Curriculum: German curriculum (offered in German) and IB (offered in English)

Location: 2 Dairy Farm Lane (S) 677621

Telephone number: 6469 1131

Website: http://www.gess.sg/

Facilities: 400-seater auditorium, Design Technology Studios, Indoor Sports Hall, Visual Arts Studio, Black Box Theatre, Learning Pods, Drama Facilities, Outdoor Plaza and Play Area

Languages offered: French, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Danish, Russian Swedish, Japanese, Italian, English.

Annual tuition fees: $12,040 (Pre-school) to $33,510 (Grade 12)

Application fee: $945

Enrolment fee: $2000

Facility fee/building fee/capital levy/development levy: $4,890

Other fees:

  • Learning Support: $695/$1,390 (German/European section) per semester
  • Extended afternoon programme (German section): $200 to $1,200 per year
  • English as an Additional Language: $1,390 per semester
  • Dutch as mother tongue: $2,000 per year
  • Examination fees for IB (Grade 12): $1,500
  • Class trips, enrichment week and excursion fees: $200 to $1,600
  • CCA subscription: $260 per semester

Nearby condos include: Southaven I, The Tessarina and Maplewoods

ISS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Ages taught: Kindergarten to Grade 12

School year: August to June

Curriculum: International Baccalaureate (IB) – Primary, Middle and Diploma Levels

Location:

Preston Campus (High School): 21 Preston Rd (S) 109355

Paterson Campus (Elementary and Middle School): 25 Paterson Rd (S) 238510

Telephone number: 6475 4188

Website: http://www.iss.edu.sg/

Facilities: Multi-purpose rooms, iMac Lab, basketball court, playground, sheltered play area, library, nurse office, Music Room, Art Room, field, outdoor eating area, outdoor study area, cafeteria

Languages offered: N/A

Annual tuition fees: $25,040 (K1) to $37,520 (Grade 12)

Application fee: $300 placement fee test

Enrolment fee: $3,600

Facility fee/building fee/capital levy/development levy: $2,675 building surcharge per year, $1,669.20 facility fee per year

Other fees:

  • English as a Second Language fee: $1,600 to $2,520 per semester
  • Learning Support Fee: $1,600 to $2,520 per semester
  • Parent-Teacher Association Fee: $22 per year
  • Examination fee: $600 to $2,000
  • Career Assessment Test: $160 to $400
  • Excursions and field trips: $10 to $1,500
  • School Bus: From $1,630 per year
  • ECA fee
  • Technology fee: $100
  • Ticket to School Events: $25
  • Yearbook: $30
  • School Uniform: $15 to $40 per piece

Nearby condos include: The Interlace, Alexis and The Anchorage

NEXUS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL 

Ages taught: Nursery to Year 13

School year: August to June

Curriculum: International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, IGCSE, International Baccalaureate Diploma

Location: 201 Ulu Pandan Rd, Singapore 596468

*Aljunied Campus to be opened in Year 2020

Telephone number: 6536 6566

Website: http://www.nexus.edu.sg/

Facilities: Auditorium, drama studio, multimedia studio, science laboratories, two playgrounds, 25m swimming pool, two gymnasiums equipped with basketball, volleyball, table tennis, mini-tennis and indoor soccer courts, and two outdoor playing fields

Languages offered: French, Mandarin, and Spanish

Annual tuition fees: $21,660 (Nursery Half day) to $38,584 (Year 13)

Application fee: $856

Enrolment fee: $2,354

Facility fee/building fee/capital levy/development levy: $1,712

Other fees:

  • Textbooks: Up to $500 per year level
  • House T-shirts: $20 per piece
  • Examination fees (IGCSE): $150 to $2,500
  • Examination fees (IB): $1,400 to $2,500
  • Managebac Account for CAS (IB Year 12): $50
  • Yearbook: $20
  • Field trips: Up to $7,000 per trip
  • CCAs: Up to $700 per season
  • Student’s Pass processing fee: $30
  • Visa fee: $60 to $90
  • Intensive English Support fee: $2,675 per semester
  • Additional English Support fee: $56,175 per semester

Nearby condos include: The Marbella, Astor Green and Hundred Trees

ONE WORLD INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL 

Ages taught: 3 years to 13 years

School year: August to July

Curriculum: International Baccalaureate PYP and IGCSE

Location: 21 Jurong West Street 81 (S) 649075

Telephone number: 6914 6700

Website: http://www.owis.org/

Facilities: Five outdoor “Nature Classrooms”, enclosed sports area, basketball court, large field for soccer and ball games

Languages offered: Mandarin

Annual tuition fees: $17,271 (Early Childhood) to $19,857 (Grade 10). Fees are inclusive of 2 sets of school uniforms, academic field trips, textbooks as applicable and technology/IT equipment.

Application fee: $1,016

Enrolment fee: N/A

Facility fee/building fee/capital levy/development levy: N/A

Other fees:

  • English as Additional Language: $4,280 per term
  • ECA fees
  • School bus fees
  • Fees for special class trips and residential camps

Nearby condos include: Lakeshore, The Floravale and Westwood Residences

OVERSEAS FAMILY SCHOOL

Ages taught: Pre-kindergarten to Grade 12

School year: August to June

Curriculum: International Primary Curriculum (Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Elementary School), International Baccalaureate Middle Years and Diploma Programmes (Middle School and High School)

Location: 81 Pasir Ris Heights (S) 519292

Telephone number: 6738 0211

Website: http://www.ofs.edu.sg/

Facilities: Specialist music and arts rooms, auditorium, drama studio, basketball courts, football/rugby field, three sports hall, 50m swimming pool and junior pool.

Languages offered: Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.

Annual tuition fees: $16,000 (Pre-K1 half-day) to $41,000 (Grade 12)

Application fee: N/A

Enrolment fee: $2000

Facility fee/building fee/capital levy/development levy: N/A

Other fees:

  • School uniforms and sports attire
  • Examinations
  • Excursions and field trips
  • CCAs
  • Course/educational materials

Nearby condos include: Oasis@Elias, Ris Grandeur and NV Residences

The education system in Singapore aims at excellence for its students, offering a plethora of choices in preschool, primary, secondary, and tertiary education. The public school system in Singapore is amongst the best in the world; thus making them quite popular for majority of Singaporeans and foreigners/expatriates too. Yes, you read it right. Expatriates in Singapore on employment or professional visit passes can apply for admission to the public schools in Singapore through the Ministry of Education (MOE). If there are vacancies, you would need to obtain student passes for your children from the Immigration Department unless he/she is a holder of a Dependant’s Pass (DP) or an Immigration Exemption Order (IEO). School fees in public schools are considerably lower than in private schools. So, how do you enrol into a public school in Singapore?

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Step 1: Apply at school of choice

The parent/guardian submits the completed application form for school admission together with all the necessary original documents directly to a school of choice.

Step 2: School conducts placement test and issues Letter of Acceptance

School will conduct placement test for the applicant if there is a vacancy. If the applicant passes the test and the school accepts him/her, the school will issue a Letter of Acceptance (LOA). The LOA will indicate in-principle acceptance of the applicant to the school.

Step 3: Apply student’s pass at ICA

Acceptance to the school is subject to the applicant obtaining and returning with a student’s pass from Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) within 2 weeks from date of issue of the LOA. Applicants who are holding a Dependant’s Pass (DP) or an Immigration Exemption Order (IEO) are not required to apply for a student’s pass. He/She can be admitted by the school immediately upon passing the test. To apply for the pass, the applicant must produce the original LOA endorsed by the school to ICA.

*For more details on Student’s Pass applications, please refer to ICA’s website at https://www.ica.gov.sg/

Step 4: Return to school within 2 weeks with student’s pass

The applicant MUST return to school with a valid student’s pass within 2 weeks from the date of issue of LOA. Otherwise, the applicant will forfeit his/her admission to the school.

Important Note: For children of S Pass and Work Permit (R) Pass Holders, they must first pass a qualifying test (Assessment of General Ability conducted by Civil Service College Consultants) before they can be considered for admission. For more information, please refer to the Ministry of Manpower’s website at http://www.mom.gov.sg. The applicant will receive a letter by post on the Outcome of the Qualifying Test. If the letter shows that he/she is eligible to seek admission to a public school, he/she can then approach the school of choice with the application letter for school admission.

Additional Information:

Applications for school admission are accepted by schools subject to availability of vacancies. For admission to Primary One in the following year, the applicant may register with the school of choice during or after Phase 3 of the annual Primary One Registration Exercise. International students who wish to seek admission to Primary 1 in are required to undergo a two-step process:

Step 1: Submit an online indication of interest form via the MOE P1 website

Step 2: International students who have submitted the indication of interest form and are notified by MOE that they can be offered a Primary 1 place in the school, must register in-person at the designated school during Phase 3 of the Primary 1 Registration Exercise of the application year.

Parents should aware of the following:

  • The indication if interest in NOT considered as registration. Admission is NOT guaranteed as there are limited vacancies remaining for international students after places are located to Singaporean Citizen (SC) or Singaporean Permanent Resident (SPR) children. As admission is not guaranteed, parents of non-SC/non-SPR children are advised to consider alternative educational options well ahead of time.
  • MOE will inform parents of non-SC/non-SPR children via postal mail whether their children can be offered a Primary 1 place in a school. Those who can be offered a Primary 1 place must register for the place in-person at the designated school with the original documents for verification.

AGE CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

International students who wish to seek admission to a public school in Singapore should approach the school directly and students are encouraged to seek admission to their age appropriate level. MOE does not recommend admission to levels where international students will be more than two years older than their classmates.

*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.

International students who wish to seek admission to public schools in Singapore must take part in the Admission Exercise for International Students (AEIS) or the Supplementary Admission Exercise for International Students (S-AEIS). This will help to ensure that international students are able to cope with the requirements of the Singaporean education and curriculum. However, admission is NOT guaranteed, and is subject to the applicant’s performance in the centralised test on English and Mathematics. If successful, placement will take into consideration the available vacancies and the applicant’s declared Singapore residential area where possible.

AEIS AND S-AEIS

The AEIS is for international students seeking admission to Primary 2-5 and Secondary 1-3 in the following academic year whereas the S-AEIS is for the international students seeking admission to Primary 2-4 and Secondary 1-2 in the same academic year. AEIS is conducted by MOE around September or October each year for international students who wish to join public schools in January of the following year whereas the S-AEIS is intended for international students who are unable to make it for the AEIS in September or October. S-AEIS is conducted by MOE around February or March each year for international students who wish to join the public school in April or May of the same academic year. The AEIS and S-AEIS consist of a centralised test on English and Mathematics that will assess the applicants’ English literacy, numeracy and reasoning abilities. The fees for the tests ($672 payable via debit/credit card, cash or NETS) are non-refundable. So, please do check for your availability to sit for the test before applying. The following is the schedule for AEIS and S-AEIS in years 2018 and 2019:

AEIS & S-AEIS EXERCISE FLOWCHART

MONTHLY SCHOOL AND MISCELLANEOUS FEES

The rates of school and miscellaneous fees payable are reviewed by the MOE and individual schools from time to time. The fees payable by Singapore Permanent Residents (SPR) and International Students (IS) from 2018 to 2020 are shown in the tables below:

Source: MOE

*Note: Students studying in Autonomous Schools are also required to pay Autonomous School (AS) fee. Please check directly with the schools on the actual amount of fees payable. Additionally, the school fees payable for Independent Schools vary from school to school. Please check directly with the schools concerned for the fees payable.

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