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This country in the Far East is a perfect blend of the region’s traditional Asian heritage amidst a rapidly developing modern backdrop. Singapore is a country that finds itself on the lists of several top study abroad destinations. A large number of students from over the world work tirelessly to study in Singapore and open doors of bountiful opportunities for themselves. Singapore is home to over 77,000 students from hundreds of countries across the globe who are studying courses in a wide variety of disciplines at the country’s 34 higher education institutions. If you are looking to study in Singapore, you will be exposed to world-class education, exceptional teaching facilities and cutting-edge student infrastructures throughout.

 

Education System in Singapore

Singapore has been consistently ranked among the highest in the world by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) over the years in terms of education. Unlike Western countries and Singapore’s other counterparts, the teaching system in the country helps students work through their syllabus rather than hurriedly complete it contributing to the rat race. This not only helps students study better by comprehensively understanding their coursework but also helps to significantly improve student morale and motivation. 

 

There is a well-rounded education system in place right from when a child enrols in kindergarten. The education system in the country is divided into preschool for children between the ages of three and six, followed by six years of primary school and then six years of secondary school. Students in secondary school are classified into N-level or O-level based on their choice of programme. Students who wish to study further at university, have to take A-level exams after an additional two years of study. 

The Ministry of Education oversees the structuring, maintenance of standards and development of education at several levels in the country. At postsecondary levels of education, the country has a couple of careers and technical education systems which guide students through the country’s higher education channels. 


Despite being a foreign language speaking country, Singapore is home to people from all across the world. This has made English the most commonly spoken language at both school and work. If you are doubtful to study in Singapore owing to a possible language barrier, there’s nothing holding you back because a large percentage of the country’s native, foreign and ethnic populations converse freely in English.

 

Why Study In Singapore?

Study abroad in Singapore has been riding the high wave for the past few years for a variety of reasons. Among the major factors for increasing student influx is that the country has everything one can possibly want. Apart from its stunning architecture and contemporary cityscape, Singapore also has a solid welfare system in place for its residents. This fosters a safe and secure environment for young students coming from all parts of the world. 

 

  • Academic Excellence: A number of Singaporean universities can be found on a number of “The Best Universities in Asia” as well as “The Best Global Universities” lists. The country prides itself on providing an enriching, world-class and exceptional education. What sets Singaporean education apart is that it is global in nature so if you are an international student, you can fit right into their system without feeling left behind.

 

  • Dazzling Career Prospects: Matching its steps with each revolutionary advancement of the 21st century, Singapore has thriving opportunities in each sector. Be it business, technology, engineering or medicine, there’s always something dynamic awaiting students post their graduation. It gives them the chance to advance in their careers like no other. 

 

  • Multicultural Society: People from different parts of the globe call Singapore home. Over the past several decades, people from neighbouring countries and continents migrated to Singapore in hopes of a brighter future. Not only are they reaping the rewards now but this has given rise to Singapore's multi-faceted culture. No matter where you come from, you will feel right at home in Singapore. 

 

  • Quality Of Life: Singapore prides itself on offering its residents a high-quality standard of living. For young students, the country does not compromise when it comes to safety and security. A low crime rate is evident throughout the country. And when it comes to welfare, the country takes the well-being of its residents very seriously too. The country’s people as well as students from international countries were well looked after during the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19.

Top Universities And Global Ranking

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Queenstown, Singapore

Cost Of Living

S$ 8,400

Tuition Fee

S$ 15,836

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Country Rank

#11

Cost Of Living

S$ 8,400

Tuition Fee from

S$ 15,836

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Country Rank

#1

The National University of Singapore (NUS) is a national research university in Singapore. Founded in 1905 as the Federal Malay States Government and Straits Settlements School of Medicine, it is the oldest autonomous university in Singapore and one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world. And in Asia itself.

 

The main campus of NUS is located in the southwestern part of Singapore, adjacent to the Kent Ridge sub-area of ​​Queenstown, with a capacity of 420 acres. The Duke School of Medicine - NUS, a joint medical graduate school, established with Duke University, is located on the Outram campus. 

 

The Bukit Timah campus houses the Lee Kuan Yew School of Law and the School of Public Policy; and YaleNUS College, a liberal arts college established in partnership with Yale University and scheduled to merge with the University Scholarship Program to form NUS College in 2025, is located in University Town (commonly known as Utown).

Jurong West, Singapore

Cost Of Living

S$ 8,400

Tuition Fee

S$ 17,548

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Country Rank

#12

Cost Of Living

S$ 8,400

Tuition Fee from

S$ 17,548

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Country Rank

#2

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is a national research university in Singapore. It is the second oldest autonomous university in Singapore and one of the world's most prestigious academic institutions and Asia. 

 

The university is organized into several colleges and schools; College of Engineering, College of Science, Nanyang Business School, Lee Kong Chian College of Medicine, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Graduate College, National Institute of Education and S.

 

Rajaratnam School of International Studies. NTU's main campus covers 200 hectares (490 acres) of land, making it the largest university campus in Singapore. NTU is also home to several research centres of excellence, such as the Singapore Earth Observatory and the Singapore Environmental Life Sciences Engineering Centre.

Bras Basah, Singapore

Cost Of Living

S$ 8,400

Tuition Fee

S$ 21,400

ranking
Country Rank

#511 - 520

Cost Of Living

S$ 8,400

Tuition Fee from

S$ 21,400

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Country Rank

#3

Singapore Management University (SMU) is an autonomous public university in Singapore. The university is the only city campus in Singapore and one of the few in the world. 

 

It ranks third in Asia behind Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Business School (26th globally) and City University of Hong Kong Business School (28th globally) in similar specialized universities. Since its inception in 2000, SMU has offered education modelled after the Wharton School. 

 

 The college has also received triple accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA.SMU is a city campus that enrols approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offers undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting, business administration, business analysis, economics, financial services, management information systems, law, and social sciences.

Singapore, Singapore

Cost Of Living

S$ 8,400

Tuition Fee

S$ 30,000

Cost Of Living

S$ 8,400

Tuition Fee from

S$ 30,000

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Country Rank

#47

INSEAD is a non-profit business school with campuses in Europe (Fontainebleau, France), Asia (Singapore), the Middle East (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) and North America (San Francisco, United States). As a graduate-only business school, INSEAD offers a full-time Master of Business Administration, Executive MBA (EMBA), Master of Finance, Doctor of Management, Master of Management, graduate degrees in business fundamentals and a variety of executive education programs.

Dover, Singapore

Cost Of Living

S$ 8,400

Tuition Fee

S$ 29,757

Cost Of Living

S$ 8,400

Tuition Fee from

S$ 29,757

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Country Rank

#6

The Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT or Singaporetech) is an autonomous public university in Singapore. The University offers industry-oriented application-oriented courses; it awards its degree programs and specialized degree programs to foreign universities. The University's degree programs are divided into five groups: Engineering (ENG), Chemical Engineering and Food Technology (CEFT), Infocommunications Technology (ICT), Health and Social Sciences (HSS), and Design and Specialized Businesses (DSB).

Available courses to study

Singaporean universities provide courses spanning a multitude of disciplines. Certain universities specialise in certain areas of research and study meanwhile others provide a plethora of options for students to pick from. This wide variety attracts students from all across the world who wish to study abroad in Singapore as they get the opportunity to pick diverse and obscure subjects of study. Some courses with the highest footfall at universities across the country are listed as follows.

With a world that is advancing with every passing minute, one can find boundless opportunities in computer science and technology upon which we are becoming increasingly reliant. Singapore has some of the best computer science and technology programmes in universities such as the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore University of Technology and Design, and the Singapore Institute of Technology. Students can study areas like data structures, system software, programming, web development, and cybersecurity under this discipline.

Engineering is the backbone of every developed and developing country there is and it is all-pervasive. The support of engineering is apparent in a number of sectors and the discipline itself includes areas like electrical, electronic, civil, aerospace, mechanical, and chemical among others under its umbrella. The National University of Singapore, regarded as the best in Asia and among the best in the world, provides some of the best programmes in a variety of subjects in the branch of engineering.

National and international markets are unable to function without sound business management and entrepreneurial skills. That’s the reason proficiency in these subjects has become much required and appreciated in recent times. The discipline of business management deals with the facets of finance, marketing, human resources, international business, business analysis, operations management and much more. Nanyang Business School and the Singapore Management University are famed for their fantastic programmes in the discipline.

The study of the government and political practices has become quite popular in several places mainly due to the need for sound and just governance and political practices. Initially regarded as an unpopular field of study, it has risen to prominence owing to an educated and socially sensitive generation that seeks positive change. The National University of Singapore, Singapore Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and the Nanyang Technological University have a number of programmes in political and social sciences.

Finances

Cost Of Education

The cost of education in Singapore doesn’t necessarily rival that of other countries but falls more or less in the same category as its counterparts. Evidently, bigger universities in the country have heftier fee structures as compared to tuition fees of comparatively smaller universities. Other factors that determine the tuition fees are the course that you opt for and most importantly, whether you are categorised as a home or international student. 

If you are deciding to study in Singapore, below mentioned are the average tuition fees for international students.

 

  • Tuition fees for undergraduate programmes for international students: 17,000 SGD - 39,000 SGD.
  • Tuition fees for postgraduate programmes for international students: 35,000 SGD - 45,000 SGD.

Cost Of Living

Singapore is known worldwide for its skyrocketing cost of living. It's an expensive country to live in, but there’s no doubt that its residents can avail of the best amenities and a highly comfortable way of life. Despite its pricey cost of living, it is known for fostering a very nurturing and positive environment to lead your life. For students, their cost of living would be determined by what kind of and where their student accommodation is situated, and the frequency of transportation use among others. Below mentioned are the average living expenses a student would incur upon living in the country. 

 

Particulars

Expenses

Rent

2,000 SGD - 2,200 SGD

Food

60 SGD - 100 SGD

Transport

110 SGD

Leisure

140 SGD - 200 SGD

Utilities

137 SGD

Major Cities To Study

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An upscale area, Orchard Road is home to luxurious hotels, boutiques, fashion outlets and department stores. Fancy eateries, nightclubs, and other leisure and entertainment hubs are peppered throughout the area making for an exciting place for university students in the city. James Cook University Singapore, the Singapore Management University, and the London School of Commerce are easily accessible from this part of the country. 

Often referred to as Bt Timah, this district is where the Japanese Occupation of Singapore began. A fancy area that is among the most expensive and swanky areas to live in Singapore, it is also perfect for students looking for a bit of adventure where they can pay a visit to the sprawling Clementi Forest. Students studying at the NUS, the Singapore Institute of Management, and the Hwa Chong Institute find it most convenient to live in Bt Timah.

Among the oldest estates in the country, Tiong Bahru is where all the fun lies. Popular for its iconic hawker market, the place is filled with trendy shops, cafes, streetside eateries, shops, bookstores and much more. It is a thriving and vibrant place perfect for young students looking to be in the centre of all the excitement. Several universities are accessible in this part of the country and it is a lively place for students to put down roots while at university.

Dover is a cosy neighbourhood located in Queenstown, students enrolled at the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) and the UWCSEA Dover campus find it convenient to stay at student accommodations in the area. It is also a great place for keen shoppers as it boasts some of the best shopping spots in the country.

A tourist retreat, Sentosa is an island resort town that is famous for its stunning beaches and the world’s largest oceanarium, the SEA Aquarium. It is great for students who love sea sports and enjoy the ocean waters. The island is connected by road, monorail and cable car services.

Admission Process

An undergraduate or a bachelor’s programme can be pursued by a student looking to gain admission to a Singaporean university on the basis of their Class XII or A-Levels qualifications. There is even a TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) or IELTS requirement for international students looking to study in Singapore. A Master’s in Singapore requires a valid undergraduate degree from a recognised higher education institution either from the country or from elsewhere in the world. 

Academic Requirements: A student requires a minimum academic record of 70% to gain admission to a Singaporean university. This requirement is for public universities in the country whereas private educational institutions accept students who have scored even below 60%.

Documents Required For Admission

The primary documents required for admission to any university across Singapore would be records stating past academic certificates and pursuits. Other mandatory documents required for admission are - 

  • Student’s bio-data
  • Passport
  • Required number of passport size photographs
  • Proof of acceptance from institution
  • Student application form
  • Past academic records
  • Proof of funds
  • Visa fee receipt
  • Proof of proficiency in English (TOEFL or IELTS test scores)

Visa Process and Requirements

An international student wanting to study in Singapore requires a student PASS. A visa in Singapore is referred to as a PASS. You are eligible to apply for a student visa upon receiving admission to one of the country’s Institutes of Higher Learning (IHL). Once you fill out your application form, it is submitted to the Student’s Pass Online Application. Your application is further processed by the Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA). 

There are short-term and long-term passes available for students depending on their programme duration and structure. The latter is granted for 3 months and is ideal for diploma and certificate courses. Students enrolling for an undergraduate or postgraduate programme will require a long-term pass depending on the duration of the programme. 

Visa Fees: There are two types of fees with regard to obtaining a visa. There is the visa processing fee and the visa issuance fee. The processing fee costs SGD 30 and the issuance costs SGD 60. Multiple entry fees cost an extra SGD 30.

Documents Required For Student Visa Application

  • Valid passport
  • Student visa application form(s)
  • Visa application fee receipt
  • IHL acceptance letter
  • Proof of funds
  • Past academic certificates
  • Test scores required by your IHL of choice

FAQs

If you are a student withholding a valid student pass and are enrolled at a recognised IHL in the country, you are eligible to work part-time for up to 16 hours a week during your university term.

There are a variety of scholarships available for international students. Institutes and the government alike have made provisions for scholarships to help students hailing from different parts of the world get a chance to pursue higher education in Singapore.

IELTS and TOEFL are mandatory English proficiency tests required to pursue university programmes in Singapore. PTE and SAT are also required by several institutes in the country.

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