8 Things you need to know about UniSIM College

With the setting up of new universities, NTU and NUS are no longer the defacto choices of universities for talented students. UniSIM is Singapore’s only private university. At the same time, it is Singapore’s 6th local university. That makes it a local private university which is one of its kind. Let look deeper into this special university.

Brief History

UniSIM college is a subset of UniSIM which is a further subset of SIM group(confusing right). SIM group comprises of SIM global education and UniSIM and was founded in 1964. UniSIM started in 2005 and was granted the status of national university in 2012 where it began offering its own degree. In the beginning, it only provides part time courses catering to working adults, but in 2014, full time degree programs became a reality, as part of the government’s plan to allow 40% of each cohort to attend local universities. UniSIM college is essentially the branch of UniSIM that takes care of the fulltime side of things.


Course Offerings

UniSIM college offers 4 full-time degree programs – in Accountancy, Finance, Marketing and Human resource management respectively.

Accountancy is offered as a single major degree whereas finance, marketing and HR degrees come with minors in either of these 8 fields: accountancy, analytics, communication, human resource, IT, psychology, sociology or supply chain management. Their Human resource management degree is the only one found in SingaporeUnlike in NTU, SMU or NUS in which finance, HR and marketing are specializations within a business degree, UniSIM offers degrees in finance, HR and marketing respectively. This is ideal for individuals who have decided on their interests earlier on in life. You lock on to it from day 1 of university and spend a longer amount of time delving deeper into your subject matter. Bearing in mind that finance is usually the most oversubscribed major in NTU,SMU and NUS, locking on to your course is something very valuable.

Non-academic Components

One thing that is distinct about UniSIM college’s program is the requirement for service learning. It is basically doing voluntary work but with a professional twist. Instead of just sweeping the floor at the old folk’s home, you get to embark on a project for a non-profit organization applying the skills you learn in school.   This mandatory component is consistent with UniSIM’s mission of nurturing professionals with conscience and love for the society.

It may remind you of SMU’s compulsory 80hours of community service work that students have to undertake, the difference being that SMU harps on the number of hours whereas UniSIM is adamant that you have to hone your soft skills through a project. This move makes perfect sense even from a career perspective given that there is a portion in your resume that you can fill in your voluntary experience.

There seems to be a large emphasis on personal development outside the classroom in UniSIM college as students are also mandated to take a OBS leadership course alongside other life skills workshop. Companies are increasingly looking for holistic individuals and thats where you, as a potential UniSIM student can stand out.

Work Attachment and Overseas Exposure

Work attachment wise, UniSIM has similar offerings as its 5th brother in the local university family, SIT: 24 weeks-long work attachment. Not surprisingly, both pride themselves as practice-oriented universities that produce graduates ready for the work force, instead of the academic world. UniSIM goes one step further to say that their work attachment is structured to help you reach specific learning goals, unlike traditional internships(where you get exploited).

Overseas experience is mandatory in UniSIM, which has to be good news for you! Because that is one of the joys of studying in a university.  Fret not, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be away from your home for a good few months, as they have a variety of overseas programs in the form of working , volunteering or studying overseas with different durations. You can definitely find one suitable for you.

GPA System

UniSIM college adopts the same GPA system as NTU. GPA of 4.5 and above upon graduation gives you a first class honors, 4.0 and above a 2nd upper class and so on.

All their degrees are also direct honors in nature which means that your grade at the end of your university stint determines your honors classification.  This is in contrast to NUS business course’s system where you have to study an additional year to qualify for honors.

Course Design

Another unique aspect about UniSIM’s course structure is its flexibility. Originally catering to working adults with a hectic work schedule, UniSIM retains its flexibility for full time students in planning their course schedule.  Students can complete their program in 4 to 6 years. They can even take more classes in the evening and graduate in lesser than 4 years. Students pay tuition fees by the number of modules they take, so there is no worries of incurring hefty fees should you decide to graduate later. Students can even switch from full time to part time studies if they found a job. E-learning capability that allows you to attend your lesson anywhere anytime also plays a part in creating more flexibility for their students.


Speaking of attending lessons in the evening, there are certain modules that are conducted only in the evening which you have to attend. Below you start lamenting, think again. This gives you a chance to meet the part time students who are working adults! Given that UniSIM’s part time courses only admits working adults with at least 2 years of working experience, this presents valuable networking opportunity with experienced people in your industry! Trust us, It is easier to get a job by knowing a senior within the company than by sending your resume over which gets stacked up with hundreds and thousand other resumes.

Tuition Fees

As mentioned earlier, UniSIM has a unique pay-as-you-study scheme to inject flexibility into its curriculum. This is again different from other local universities in which you pay by the number of years/semesters you are in school. Check out more here.

Also, being the 6th local university in Singapore, students in UniSIM can enjoy the tuition grant by the government as well as various other financial aids such as CPF education, bursary, study loans and so on. Click here to learn more about the financial aids.

UniSIM college’s Admission Requirements

If you come from polytechnic and have a GPA of 3 and above, you are quite safe. There is no guarantee as many other factors come into play here. For example, if you are applying to a course which is related to what you have studied before.i.e. Diploma in accountancy or you scored well in maths for Alevels, you gain a higher chance. Non-academic achievements are also scrutinized. There is no IGP released yet.

UniSIM college is stating upfront that they are looking for all-rounded individuals and are asking for essentially everything that proves that about you: testimonials, certificates, working experiences etc. Read how to increase your chance at getting into local university.

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Also bear in mind that UniSIM college’s unique positioning is that they are a college with a heart. Of course, they want students with a heart who could fit into their culture. You have to demonstrate that. Its not too late to go and do some voluntary work now.

Note that all shortlisted applicants will be called upon to attend admission selections at UniSIM.

They will send a video and research topic to applicants to view & research (at least 1 week in advance).

On the actual day, you will be required to write an essay (30 min). Materials prepared 1 week ago will be useful and relevant to the essay question however, you are not allowed to make any references.

Then, you will take an online cognitive test (12 min).Thereafter, you will be involved in a Group Discussion and lastly an 1-on-1 interview. Entire process outlined below, will take about 3 hours.

If you are having cold sweat just reading this portion, fret not. Don’t be deterred by their extensive selection process, because everyone feels intimidated just like you. The best advice we can give is to apply anyway!

Your Time is Now

So you see there’s really a silver lining behind every dark cloud. If you were worried about where to go for your university studies, because maybe you didn’t make the cut for the University of your liking, but there’s other better universities meant for you. You just need to be more open to the options available.

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