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Does the Ministry of Education have a list of accredited overseas universities? How do we find out if the degree qualifications awarded by these universities are recognized in Singapore?
The Ministry of Education does not have a list of accredited overseas universities. There is also no central authority in Singapore that assesses or grants recognition for degrees obtained from overseas universities. The reason is that the employer should be the one deciding whether a degree-holder has the qualities desired for the job and the qualification most relevant to his needs. The employer is in the best position to decide how much value he will assign to a person's qualification.
However, in selecting an overseas institution for undergraduate degree studies, it is advisable that students establish whether the institution is a bona fide educational establishment. Such enquiries may be made at the Embassy/High Commission of the country where the university is located.
Professional degrees such as those in engineering, medicine, law, and accountancy should be those recognized by the respective professional bodies. For example, a person with an engineering degree from an overseas university who intends to seek registration as a professional engineer in Singapore will have to check whether the institution that awards the qualification is recognized by the Professional Engineers Board.
In the case of overseas universities offering courses here through local agents, the institutions concerned and their agents are responsible for all aspects of the programmes. It is advisable for students interested in enrolling for such courses to find out as much as possible about the programmes from the institutions or agents, before enrolling in them.
If you need information on acceptance of overseas universities for employment in the Civil Service, please read the FAQs available on the
If I have accepted a Polytechnic Early Admission Exercise (Poly EAE) offer, can I still withdraw my acceptance so that I can participate in the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) or the Joint Polytechnic Admissions Exercise (JPAE)? If so, what must I do?
Should you wish to withdraw your acceptance of a Poly EAE offer, you must submit your withdrawal online via the relevant Poly EAE portal by the stipulated deadline. One who has accepted a Poly EAE offer but does not withdraw by the deadline will be deemed to have accepted the offer and will not be eligible to participate in JAE, JPAE and other polytechnic admissions exercises once his/her offer has been confirmed.
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What happens if I do not meet the admissions criteria?
If you do not meet the admissions criteria and/or course-specific minimum entry requirements, your conditional offer will be revoked. Eligible O-Level students and ITE graduates whose EAE offers have been revoked may apply for admission through the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) and Joint Polytechnic Admissions Exercise (JPAE) respectively.
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How can I appeal for a transfer/change of course?
Students may appeal for transfer to another course or institution only after the release of posting results.
Appeal / Transfer Applications to JC/MI
Students who wish to appeal for a transfer to a particular JC/MI should approach the JC/MI directly. The outcome of any such application will be provided by the JC/MI directly.
Appeal / Transfer Applications to Polytechnic
Students who wish to appeal for a transfer to a course in a polytechnic should approach the institution directly within 3 working days upon the official release of the posting results. You may also go to
for appeal to the polytechnics. The outcome of any such application will be provided by the polytechnic directly.
Appeal / Transfer Applications to ITE
Students who wish to appeal for a transfer to a course in ITE should submit their appeal / transfer applications online at
within 4 working days upon the official release of the posting results. The outcome of any such application will be provided by ITE directly.
Appeals are evaluated by the institution they have approached and the outcome of such applications will be provided by the institution directly.
Are tuition/enrichment centres required to be registered with MOE?
Businesses which are operating as tuition / enrichment centres are to be registered with MOE. A 'school' is defined in the statute relating to education and registration of schools as an organisation for the provision of education for 10 or more persons; or a place where 10 or more persons are being or are habitually taught, whether in one or more classes; or in the case of a correspondence school, the place or places where instruction is prepared or where answers are examined or corrected.
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