With Singapore A-Level or a polytechnic diploma qualification, you may be eligible for direct entry to a Bachelor’s degree (or undergraduate degree) program overseas in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. It is a 3-4 years program. Students who completed polytechnic diploma may be granted credit exemptions. If your grades do not qualify you for direct entry, you may wish to check out Foundation year program or Diploma pathway program.
Some UK universities also offers sandwich courses. A sandwich course is a four-year bachelor’s degree course in which students undertake a placement year in industry, normally after the second year at university. With a sandwich course, students will have the opportunity to explore their career path, make new business contacts for the future and prepare themselves for their final year at University.
In Australia, international students have the opportunity to spend more time in Australia following the completion of their studies to gain work experience. These work arrangements for graduates, combined with Australia’s strong economy, relaxed culture and high-quality education system, make Australia an attractive destination for students.
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British universities tend to have a strong reputation internationally for two reasons: rich history and research output. Britain’s role in the industrial and scientific revolutions, combined with its imperial history and the sheer longevity of its ancient universities, are significant factors as to why these institutions are world renowned. The University of Cambridge, for example, has produced 83 Nobel Laureates to date – more than any other university in the world. The reputation of British institutions is maintained today by their continuous stream of world-class research output. The larger research-intensive civic universities are members of the Russell Group, which receives two-thirds of all research funding in the UK.
The UK is also an ideal base from which to explore the history and culture of Europe. During your studies in the UK, it is so easy for you to make short trips to Europe even at the weekend!
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The Australian higher education system consists of 41 universities, of which 37 are public institutions, 2 are private, and 2 are Australian branches of overseas universities. Eight universities in the list have grouped themselves together, in recognition of their perceived status and/or history, and classified themselves as the ‘Group of Eight’ or ‘G8’ universities. They are:
- University of Sydney
- University of Melbourne
- University of New South Wales
- University of Queensland
- University of Western Australia
- University of Adelaide
- Australian National University
- Monash University
19 Australian universities were ranked among the top 400 universities and 6 of them were ranked among the top 100 in the world.
Australia is also a great place to live – four of the top 10 most liveable cities in the world are in Australia: Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Perth.
New Zealand educational standards are high and their qualifications are internationally recognised. You can study in a clean, healthy, safe environment. And there are a growing number of international students, so you will not be alone. Auckland is New Zealand’s primary gateway and home to nearly one third of the country’s population. It’s has been ranked the world’s eighth best city in the latest liveability rankings.
There are 8 government-funded universities. University of Auckland is the largest university and the highest ranked New Zealand university in the world.
Which Subject? – Guide to Study Abroad by Subject Areas
Selecting a major is very important and difficult. If you are not sure what you should study in the University, please read our Guide to Study Abroad by Subject Areas
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