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What is the academic calendar like and when does the school term start?
You may view the academic calendar
Information on the next academic term is also available on the same webpage.
The new academic session begins in April every year and there are 2 semesters of 15 weeks each. There is a short mid-semester break of 2 to 3 weeks in June and December and a semester vacation of 4 to 6 weeks in September/October and March/April.
How does SP's modular system help the student in his / her studies?
Subjects are offered as modules. Upon completion of the modules in one semester, the student will sit for the semestral examinations. A key benefit of this modular system is that a student needs only to repeat the failed module instead of all modules. Instead of waiting for one year, this can be done in the following semester. This system allows flexibility and help students pace their learning.
How much time do SP students spend on campus?
As a tertiary institution, the timetable is flexible. There are no structured classrooms lessons like in the secondary school. Instead students move from lecture theatres to tutorial rooms or from laboratories / workshops to classrooms.
The first lecture of the day may begin at 8.00 am and most classes end by 6.00 pm. In between there may be stretches of free time for students to read up on their work or meet their project mates. Many of our students remain on campus after classes for project work, sports and other recreational activities.
Are there any opportunities for overseas exposure?
There are plenty of opportunities for SP students to travel overseas for educational, recreational, immersion or community service activties. These opportunities are not confined to any particular course of study and could arise from various organised groups including SP's Student Clubs and even external, national or international bodies.
For instance, there are exchange programmes to countries like Japan, Korea and Thailand; overseas immersion and credit transfer programmes in China, Finland and the United States, and community service programmes in Vietnam and Philippines. We have sent our students for international competitions to cities such as Bangkok, London and Berlin.
Where can a student go for advice on choice of course and career?
The Inspiring Careers and Further Education Centre (iCAFE) located at the Student Service Center @ T16 Level 1 provides information on SP courses and entry requirements, local and overseas university brochures, accreditation database, career information and job vacancies. Our qualified staff will guide you in making an informed course / career choice.
Which universities grant advanced standing?
Information on advanced standing for SP's diplomas is available at the
Advanced Standing Database
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