International Education in Singapore

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Singapore is one of the most popular cities among would-be expats for many reasons. Singaporeans enjoy an excellent quality of life, extensive and efficient public transport, a never failing economy, a very low crime rate, and a unique culture that’s part Chinese, Malay, Indian and more.

There’s only one real drawback - the high cost of living. Expat life in Singapore does not come cheap, and especially not when education is concerned. Singapore’s international schools are amongst the most expensive in the world. But while they may not be budget-friendly for everyone, they are very well established. Singapore’s schools have a reputation internationally for producing high-achieving, Ivy League calibre students.

The good news is that along with the price tag, the standard of education in international schools in Singapore is among the highest in the world too. The vast majority of schools go above and beyond merely teaching children their curriculum - expect perks like free transport and meals for your child, a wide choice of extra curricular activities and a whole lot more.

As a result of the above, places in international schools are limited. Even in the public school system in Singapore competition is high. Either way you’ll have to contend with waiting lists, so apply as early as possible. If you do go down the public school route, be warned that citizens and permanent residents take precedence over new arrivals to the country.

Since Singapore is a multicultural city with a large expat community, you’ll find a full spectrum of international schools and curricula here. International Baccalaureate, European, American, Indian, Australian, even Japanese - whatever type of education you want for your child, you’ll find it here.

If you’d rather keep your options open, some Singaporean schools even offer ‘hybrid’ curricula. This means they’ll teach more than one curriculum within the school, which you can choose between. In some cases they may even teach elements of two curricula concurrently to the same class. An international curriculum plus a national curriculum is the usual model for this.

Below, we have compiled our top 10 international schools in Singapore. However, there are another 48 schools to choose from in the city. You can find the best international school for your child by personalising your results. Just fill in your search criteria, and we will calculate a personal score for every international school in Singapore based on your requirements.