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Is Your Degree Recognized in Singapore?

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It is a real nightmare to find out after spending so much time and money, that your degree belongs to a diploma mill which is neither recognized in Singapore nor anywhere in the world. In general, a degree is likely to be recognized in Singapore if it is from a University accredited by the Government of the country where the University is situated. So how do you find out which are these accredited universities?

Simple, the following are ALL Government-linked websites to help you determine if your degree is recognized in Singapore by verifying with the Government of the country (where the University is situated) that it is accredited.

For Australia Accredited Universities:

AQF Register provides a list of Recognized Education Institutions & Authorized Accreditation Authorities in Australia.

For U.S. Accredited Universities:

Office of Postsecondary Education lets you search U.S. Department of Education database of accredited postsecondary institutions and programs.

For U.K. Accredited Universities:

Department of Innovation, Universities & Skill belonging to The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DSCF) displays all institutions that are recognized by the UK authorities.

For Canada Accredited Universities:

Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) has a searchable directory of Universities, Colleges and Schools in the Provinces and Territories of Canada that are accredited.

For New Zealand Accredited Universities

KiwiQuals allows you to search for all qualifications that have been approved by a recognized body and are delivered by an accredited education or training organization in New Zealand.

For those interested in entering the Singapore Civil Service, please take note of the following advice from the Public Service Division PSD,

Generally, a degree is recognized if the institution or university is accredited by the government of the country where it is located. This applies to degrees obtained via full-time or part-time studies as well as distance learning or twinning programmes. For professional qualifications such as law, accountancy and engineering, the foreign degrees must also be recognized by the relevant professional bodies in Singapore.

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  1. Md. Syahril

    Just wanna check whether University College Dublin, National University of Ireland, Dublin is recognised in Singapore? I could not find it from the above list. I look forward for your reply. Thank you.

  2. Patrick

    @Md. Syahril, in that case, you may try checking with Ireland Embassy in Singapore to establish whether “University College Dublin” is accredited by the Government of Ireland. If it’s accredited, the chances of the degree being recognized in Singapore will be higher.

  3. Martin

    I checked the list and my University is listed in the U.S. Department of Education database of accredited postsecondary institutions and programs. Does it mean it is recognized by Singapore goverment ? or Do I have to do anything else? Thank you.

  4. Patrick

    @Martin, no that doesn’t mean that it is recognized by the Singapore Government. In fact, there is no central authority in Singapore that checks or grants recognition for degrees acquired from foreign universities. Recognition of your degree is solely at the discretion of the your prospective employer in Singapore. Having a degree from a University accredited by the Government of the country where the University is situated, only increase the chances of it being recognized here.

  5. Martin

    Thanks for clear that out Patrick.