Joining a course

You may have heard, through a friend or a website, that we're a very good school. An institution you can trust to take you through this crucial stage in your life. Of course, you have questions. How do you sign up for a course? What documents will you need to suport your application? Are your school fees safe? We hope to answer these questions here.

Students enrol in the School's programmes for many reasons. Many international students are preparing for places in the public school system or institutions of higher learning, or have career or job related reasons. Other prospective students may simply want to acquire a basic level of communicative competence in a language. The School's selection process ensures that students are placed in courses that further their learning objectives. The selection process also provides a high degree of certainty that the student has the capability to succeed in the course.

Preliminaries

The first step in the selection process is your pre-course counselling session with a course consultant. The course consultant's primary role is to serve as a mentor to prospective students, guiding you through the sometimes complex connections between educational means and ends. The course consultant will discuss your educational objectives and plans for future education or career. The course consultant will give you an overview of these courses, and provide you with promotional materials for your reference.

At this stage, you will also be informed of the course administrative procedures, including payment of fees.

Course admission requirements

If you express interest in a particular course, the course consultant will inform you of any prerequisites for your course, and ask you to complete a placement test. The admission requirements for every course are readily available. They are listed on the School website and the publicity materials for each course. The course admission requirements state:

  • the required standard of English in terms of the equivalent level of the education system of the students' home country or any other common international standards such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL);

  • the minimum required equivalent educational level that the student must have attained in the education system of his home country. A prospective student who expresses interest in a course will be requested to take a test to assess his suitability for the course. The course consultant will administer the test and discuss its findings with the students.

Course admission test

If you meet the course admission requirements, you will be invited to sit for an admission test. The School's admission requirements require a certain standard of proficiency in English, which varies for the different courses. The admission test assesses the prospective student's level of English, ensuring that the student will be able to cope with the linguistic demands of the course.

If the test result indicates that you have the requisite ability, the course consultant will invite you to apply for the course.

Based on the result of your placement test, the course consultant will advise on the level suitable to your ability. Should you feel that the level is unsuitable, the course consultant is always ready to hear you out and place you in a level that better suits your needs. If you are still not agreeable to the course placement, the case will be brought to the attention of the Direct of Studies who will advise you further.

Verification of supporting documents

In conjunction with your completed application form, you will submit verified copies of documents issued by educational institutions which prove that you have satisfied the course admission requirements.

The School will verify the authenticity of these documents by checking the original documents. In case of doubt, the School will contact the issuing institution to request verification. If the issuing institution states that a student has not attained the claimed qualification, the student's application will be rejected forthwith. If the issuing institution does not respond to the School's request, the School will admit the student only if the result of his admission test strongly indicates that he is able to cope with the academic demands of the course.

Letter of offer

On acceptance into a course, you will be given a letter of offer . The letter of offer will state the course that you have been accepted into, the amount of fees which you will need to pay and other relevant information.

Student contract

The Committee for Private Education (CPE) is the government agency responsible for regulating private education in Singapore. It requires you to sign a Standard Student Contract with the School. The Standard Student Contract used by the School conforms to the Standard Student Contract format on the CPE website. If you would like to learn more about how private education in Singapore is regulated, please visit the CPE website at http://www.cpe.gov.sg.

The Standard Student Contract defines many aspects of your relationship with the school. It states your rights and obligations to the School, and the School's rights and obligations to you. The Standard Student Contract has clauses which specify

  • the course you will attend, its duration and the certificate or qualification you will receive on completing the course;
  • how your school fees are protected under the Fee Protection Scheme;
  • the terms under which the School buys medical insurance for you;
  • the conditions under which you can apply to withdraw from a course, transfer from one course to another, and defer completing a course;
  • the conditions under which you may seek a refund and the quantum of the refund you will receive;
  • a procedure for resolving any dispute that may arise between you and the School.

Before you sign the Standard Student Contract, you must read it carefully and understand its content. If you have difficulty in understanding the Contract, please speak to our course counsellors or someone else you can depend on to explain the Contract to you. Many of the terms of your Standard Student Contract are explained in plain English in the student handbook.

Paying school fees

You can pay your school fees in cash, cheque, telegraphic transfer or via Flywire. All cheques should be crossed and made payable to "NYU Language School Pte Ltd". For details of the bank account for telegraphic transfers, please contact our admin staff. For international payment via Flywire, please go to nyulanguage.flywire.com. All fees must be paid in Singapore dollars.

You must not pay your fees to a third party, e.g. an agent who has introduced you to the School. All fees must be paid directly to the School.

If your studies are sponsored by your company, your company must pay your course fees by means of a cheque drawn on the company's account at least 2 weeks before your course commences.

You must pay all fees in accordance with the terms and conditions specified in your Student Contract with the School. You are entitled to refunds only as specified in your Student Contract. Please note that the Application Fee is non-refundable.

If your fees are in arrears you won't be able to attend the course sessions and examinations, unless approval is granted by the Principal.

Receipt for payment

You will be issued with an official receipt, with all relevant details, when the School receives your payment.

Your receipt will show the following information:

  • the School's name (as reflected in student contract);
  • your name and identity number;
  • purpose of payment;
  • date of payment;
  • payment amount;
  • the name and signature of the staff member collecting the money and issuing the receipt;
  • receipt number;
  • outstanding amount (where applicable);
  • GST amount (where applicable);
  • insurance policy number (where applicable); and
  • any other information that the School deems necessary (e.g. refund policy).