Education In Singapore

Study in Singapore


Why Study In Singapore?

Singapore envisages to becoming a “Global Schoolhouse” offering a diverse and distinctive mix of educational services in a safe & cosmopolitan environment. It is the premier education hub in Asia. Singapore, a dynamic city rich in contrast and color where you will find a harmonious blend of culture, cuisine, arts and architecture. More than 16 leading foreign universities have also set up centers of excellence in education & research. Quality private education organizations add further diversity to the nations education landscape.

Tuition fees are affordable & the cost of living in Singapore is still significantly lower than of many developed countries. Talented students who need financial assistance can find the help they need in form of scholarships, bursaries and study loans. Singapore is consistently acknowledged to be a global business hub with its developed infrastructure, political stability and open business policy.

Top Courses

Singapore study has become increasingly popular over the course of 5 years. Many students now prefer to study in Singapore instead of the already renowned USA and UK. This transition is due to the rapid development in the educational sector. They are leading charts for many courses. Some of them are mentioned below:

Banking And Finance: Being the financial centre for business activities in Asia, Singapore has witnessed a spurt in Banking and Finance related courses in the last few years. Of course, one of the reasons behind the boost is the availability of work opportunities in this field.

Engineering: Being a technology hub, Singapore has made a name among international students in engineering courses. Some of the popular engineering courses are: Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Civil engineering

Computer Science And IT: A degree in Computer Science prepares students with particular interest in information technology and computers. Computer science research is related to areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Systems and Networking, Computational Biology, Database Management and so on.

Law: Law in Singapore is such that it is in sync with the law model of most countries. As such, the degree is considered valid and is recognized in countries like Malaysia, UK, US, Australia, Canada among others. Not only that, Singapore’s legal education is seen as one of the best in Asia. The NUS Faculty of Law is widely regarded as Asia’s best law school and one of the most well known international law schools. The Undergraduate LLB degree is awarded after 4 years of study and for students who have a prior degree in any other subject can qualify for the Graduate LL.B. Program, and will obtain their LLB in three years instead of four.

Other Includes
  • Fashion
  • Art and Design
  • Tourism and Hospitality

Career Opportunities

Singapore is consistently acknowledged to be a global business hub with its developed infrastructure, political stability and open business policy. More than 7000 Multinational Corporations (MNC) alongside 1,00,000 small and medium enterprises (SME) have set up their base in Singapore, with many choosing Singapore as their regional hub and launch pad to dynamic markets of Asia. Singapore offers limitless career and networking possibilities to global citizens keen to apply their talents to the opportunities that can be found there.

International students enrolled in Singapore's public universities and polytechnics as well as foreign institutes of higher learning are allowed to work part-time upto 16 hours per week during school term. They need to obtain prior permission from the Student Liaison/Affairs Office of their respective institute. They can work full-time during vacations.

The International students enrolled in the Private Education Organizations are not allowed to work part time during their course.

International student's who graduate from Institutions in Singapore enjoy a choice of career options, with great demand for qualified individuals in talent-hungry Singapore.

In Singapore, exciting jobs can be found in media, hospitality, hotel and catering, information technology, design, banking, engineering,nursing,telecommunications,marketing,healthcare and many more.

Not surprisingly, students can use their Singapore education as a springboard to a great career both in and outside of Singapore.

Education System

In Singapore a vibrant variety of private schools offer a broad range of programmes. There are private commercial, IT, Fine Arts and language schools' in Singapore. The courses offered range from certificate to postgraduate levels. Through partnership with renowned international universities from various countries such as Australia, UK and USA, private schools offer students the opportunity to attain international certification in Singapore's comfortable and affordable environment. There are also foreign Specialised Institutes in Singapore that have either set up campuses here or have tie ups with the local polytechnics to offer cutting - edge programmes in niche areas.

Graduate DegreeThe Private Institutes offers degree in partnership with popular universities from countries such as United states, the United Kingdom and Australia. These universities confer the degree and certification. Hence, private institutes provide students with the opportunity to attain qualifications from these foreign universities whilst studying in singapore's affordable and comfortable environment. For Postgraduate studies in Private Institutes admission requirements vary from programme to programme. The duration for Master in private institutes may range from 12 months to 16 months. The GMAT, GRE Scores are not compulsory for admission.

Bachelors Degree The Private Institutes offer bachelors degree programmes in almost every subject. The duration of the bachelors course is 3 years to 4 years. The admission requirements vary from programme to programme. The SAT, TOEFL and IELTS are not compulsory for admission. The students completed their 12th or 11th Std. or equivalent to Singapore A level can apply for the bachelor degree in Private institutes.

Post Graduate Study in Singapore's Public Universities

Graduate Degrees: There are three main types of challenging graduate programmes in the Public Universities : Doctoral (Ph.D.), Masters' and the Graduate diploma.

Master's Degree: Master degree programmes are primarily designed to prepare students for practice of profession.The duration of graduate courses may range from one year to two years depending upon the university. The various Master degree are MA, MS, MBA, MFA etc. Generally, an applicant must have atleast a good bachelors degree and two years work experience. In addition, an applicant whose native language or medium of instruction for the bachelors degree is not english must have a good TOEFL score or IELTS score. Applicant applying for admission in engineering, computer science, science should also preferably have good GRE scores. Those applying for business-related courses should have obtained either GRE or GMAT scores.

Doctorate: All doctoral programmes are primarily research based. Duration may range from 3 years to 5 years. Students can take admission for PhD course after completion of their master's degree. PhD students need to submit a research proposal. Student need to appear for GRE/GMAT & TOEFL/IELTS exams for admissions..

Graduate Diploma: Is offered as a terminal qualification and provides limited professional training in a specific niche. The Graduate diploma is often favoured by those students who seek additional exposure to an area of interest. It is one year full time course of study for graduates.

Diploma In Government Polytechnics In Singapore: A Polytechnics education is a popular route in singapore for student inclined towards practise-oriented studies at the diploma level. They offer a wide range of courses such as Engineering, Business Studies, Mass Communication, Design and Info-Communications. Specialised courses such as Optometry, Marine Engineering, Nautical Studies, Nursing, Early Childhood Education and Film are also available for those who wish to forge a specific career path.It takes 3 years to complete a full-time diploma course. Students that have completed class 10 or 12 in India, are eligible for polytechnic courses.

Application Procedure

Students who have completed class 10 or 12 in India, are eligible for polytechnic courses. Class 12 students are eligible to apply for undergraduate programmes at local universities. For undergraduate programmes admission is as per the entry requirements for each programme. The criteria for entering Singapore's public institutes are generally quite high and competitive.International students can also apply to private educational organisations (PEO's)which offer courses from certificate to postgraduate levels. PEOs conduct their own admission and applicants should check the application procedure with the PEO directly or seek advice from certified Singapore education Specialists.

Intake :
The Main intake for the Government University is August and few courses have February intake. The Polytechnics have April/September intake, and the private Education Organisation have multiple intakes ( Jan /Feb /July /Aug /Sep /Oct /etc ).

Education Cost

The annual fees for international students at the three local universities are in Singapore dollars.

Course Type

Tuition Fee Per Year

Direct Payment Tuition Fee Payable

Non-laboratory based

23,320 - 38,740

9,540 - 18,500


23,320 - 36,550

9,930 - 11,370

All Polytechnics

15,000 - 18,000


Course Level

Approximate Fees

PG courses

17,000 to 35,000

UG courses

24,000 to 38,000

International Baccalaureate

21,000 to 42,000

Note:*All figures in the table above are approximates only. Costs may differ.

Living Expenses:
Singapore offers a high, yet affordable, quality of life. The cost of living in Singapore is significantly lower than that of developed countries such as Australia, UK and USA. An international student in Singapore spends on average about SGD 750 to SGD 2,000 a month on living expenses, including accommodation, utilities, food, transport, clothing, telecommunications, books, medical and personal expenses (These estimates serve as reference only).

There is wide variety of accommodation in Singapore to suit different budgets and needs. Student should make arrangements before their arrival. Temporary accommodation can be arranged giving student more time to settle. Student can seek the help of the International Student Officer available at most institutes. Some of the housing options available include residence halls, private hostel, home-stays, public and private apartments/ house.


All International Students interested to study in Singapore need a Student Pass that can be obtained through the Singapore consulate on evidence of confirmed enrolment in an academic programme and evidence of funds in bank to support the student through the period of education. The Student's visa process is done by the institutions. The normal processing time for a new application is about 4 weeks(2 weeks for institutions with EduTrust (PEO) status). However, some applications may take a longer time to process. The local sponsor and education institution will be notified of the outcome of the application by post. To live and work in Singapore, foreign nationals must have a work permit or an employment pass.

Type of Singapore student visa:

Student Pass - In Singapore, every visa is referred to as a ‘Pass’ like Student Pass, employment pass and social visit pass etc.

You must submit new applications for Student Pass at least one month before your course starts and not more than two months. To apply for the Student Pass, you must submit your application on the official registration system -- Student’s Pass On-Line Application & Registration (SOLAR) system.

All international students except Immigration Exemption Order holders have to apply for the Student Pass, if they want to pursue full-time studies in Singapore’s IHL.

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