Relocating to Singapore

Moving to a fast-paced, world-class city such as Singapore can be an exciting but challenging experience for a family.

Children may find new customs unsettling, and teens often miss friends from their home. The responsibility for turning this potentially stressful situation into a pleasant one often falls on parents.

What every parent needs to know about Singapore School Enrollment

OWIS can help to make the transition a seamless one for your family when it comes to education. We provide a one-stop shop for families moving to Singapore and enrolling their children with us.  Whether you are browsing for a school for next year or are working on a short timeline to get your child enrolled at the last minute, we can quickly help you find the right information and any forms you need.

How to sign up for an international school in Singapore

International families can apply to schools directly by submitting an application form along with the appropriate fees and documents.  Singaporean students need special permission from the Singapore Ministry of Education for exemption from Singapore compulsory education above the age of 6 years old.

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Choosing a new school for relocators in Singapore

Selecting a new school for an international student can prove more difficult than it might seem since the city is home to at least 40 international schools.   When choosing a new school, parents need to consider issues such as school curricula, location, fee, after-school programmes as well as the school's values and philosophy.  Each school sets its own policies and standards, so it's important to ask for detailed information when touring a prospective educational setting for your children.

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What you need to know for international schools in Singapore

There are more than 40 international schools in Singapore. These schools can be segmented on multiple criteria for example:

Age Group - Preschools, Primary Schools, K8, K10 or K12 schools

Curricula Offered - Nationality focused or International

Fee - Review all fees, many schools have ‘hidden’ costs for example Building levies or Technology fees.

Location - Central, East, West, North

Academic Year Start - January, April, August

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School forms for application

Each international school in Singapore creates its own application form and process.  At OWIS, we keep things simple for our families by providing a simple online form for families to complete before sending their application fee or school records.  Families with questions can contact our admissions office for help at any point during the admissions process.

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Application services for education in Singapore

Some international families work with overseas educational consultants in Singapore to identify the right school situation for their children.  These services can prove helpful, but ultimately, it is still up to parents to the vet their top choices against their family's unique criteria to determine the best educational setting for their children.

When we decided to move to Singapore we called our daughter, Leah, and told her that we needed to withdraw her from her previous school. At first, she was a bit sad because she did not want to leave her friends behind, however, when she eventually came to Singapore and she saw her new school and we toured Singapore for a bit, she fell in love with this country and now she doesn’t want to leave.

Angelo G.
Moved to Singapore from South Africa

My son and daughter were both sad to leave their last school behind, they had formed great relationships with their peers and teachers. I thought that they would have difficulty adjusting but they had no problems at all. I was surprised at how easy it was for them to move to a new country and brand new school and feel so comfortable. One World definitely created an enjoyable, safe environment for the kids where they felt that they belonged there.

Alison C.
Moved to Singapore from Australia

One of the things I really love about having moved to Singapore is the fact that my children are educated with both teachers and students from all over the world. This would not happen in their home country. Learning Mandarin from birth and also the fact that they can jump in the swimming pool at any time have been added bonuses. We can enjoy the outdoors at any time of year.

Fiona W.
Moved to Singapore from Ireland
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Meet the Admissions Team

Jasween Gill

Admissions & Communications Director

Kristiina Dickinson

Admissions Executive

Sherry Albergaria

Senior Admissions Executive

Yvonne Khor

Admissions Executive

Discover what makes our school philosophy so different

Find out more about our international curriculum options, high teaching standards and holistic approach to K-12 education. Get familiar with our school’s culture and values and see if OWIS is the right school for your family.

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