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Singapore is a modern, vibrant nation with an excellent educational system, providing numerous opportunities for internationals who wish to study abroad. Education is a priority in Singapore and the nation is recognised as a ‘global schoolhouse’. A strong emphasis on education started when the British-based education system was introduced by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles (founder of the Singapore Institution, now known as the Raffles Institution) in 1823. Today Singapore is one of the leaders in higher education both in Asia and Worldwide.

Singapore prides itself in maintaining high standards of teaching and learning, as well as scientific research. Another great thing that makes Singaporean higher education stand out are the strong links with industry; as a student you will be able to gain practical experience and find employment more easily in your chosen field.

Singapore is a modern city state with excellent opportunities for education and work. Many global reports show that Singapore is one of the world’s leaders in innovation and research, which in turn makes its institutions of higher education attractive locations for all prospective international students.

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Singapore has six national universities, with its two largest universities having more than 30,000 students each. Singapore’s most prestigious university is the National University of Singapore (NUS) which ranked 25th in the QS World University Rankings for 2012/13 and is one of the highest-ranking universities in Asia.

In many of the subject areas, the National University of Singapore is ranked within the global top ten, such as: law, computer science, mechanical engineering, geography, materials science, accounting and finance, pharmacy, communication and media studies, modern language and statistics. Other highly ranked institutions in the country are Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University.

In addition to these universities, Singapore also has a wide range of private institutions, along with foreign universities with campuses in Singapore, such as the Chicago Business School and TechnischeUniversitätMünchen.

Singaporean universities regularly collaborate with the leading universities in other countries. These connections and collaborations contribute to the overall quality of education offered by universities in Singapore. This is yet another positive factor for international students who choose Singapore as their destination.

Currently, international students account for around 18% of all students in Singapore. However, the government is currently making some cuts to international funding opportunities to ensure more places for domestic students. The goal is to lower international enrolment to 15% by 2015. Despite this, there are still thousands of places available for international students who wish to study abroad in Singapore. Another important fact for all prospective international students is that the official language of instruction in Singapore is English. At the same time, the nation is officially bilingual as English is combined with one of 3 mother tongues (Mandarin, Malay and Tamil). This is a great opportunity for international students to study in English but to also experience a new language and culture while studying abroad.

If you wish to study abroad in Singapore, you have to apply directly to the college or university you’re interested in. It’s therefore important to understand that the deadlines surrounding administration are made within an institution itself. In addition to this, universities and colleges may limit the number of courses you can apply for, so it’s important to take this factor in consideration.

To ensure that the private schools in singapore safeguard students interests and welfare through high quality and regulatory standards, Singapore has put in place an Education Excellence Framework, consisting of two key initiatives:

Case Trust for Education, was launched by the Consumera Association of Singapore (CASE) for Private Education Organisations (PEOs). The scheme ensures good quality student welfare / protection practices and standards. Since 2005, only PEOs who have obtained the Case Trust for Education status are allowed to admit international students in their programmes in Singapore

Singapore Quality Class for Private Education Organisations (SQC_PEO) is administered by SPRING Singapore. The SQC_PEO scheme serves as the industry standard for organisation excellence in the private education sector.

Private Education Organizations

In Singapore a vibrant variety of private schools offer a broad range of programmes. There are more than 300 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.

Study in Singapore’s Private Institutes

GRADUATE DEGREES: The 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.

Doctoral: 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.

Masters: 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.

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. All courses are conducted in the English medium and follow a credit accumulation modular system that allows students to pursue and complete their courses at their own pace. Under the system, students will take a prescribed set of modules and accumulate credit units for those modules they have passed. Modules are assessed immediately upon completion of the required academic work in a semester.

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.

However, the cost of education differs in accordance to the level of study. Here is the average cost of study for an international student:

  • Diplomas- 1 – 2 years: Around S$8000 – S$15000
  • Bachelors- 2-4 years: Around S$24,000- S$40,000
  • Masters- 1- 1.5 years: Cost- S$ 18,000- S$30,000

Given the high fees at the Universities and colleges, the Singapore government established institutes offering skill based institutes for students at much subsidised fees’.

Masters programme fee range for top 5 universities in Singapore:

Accommodation : International students in Singapore have the option of putting up in university hostels, renting private accommodations or government housing. Private hostels both within and outside the campus are also available for students.
Here are some of the accommodations that you can explore in Singapore:

University hostels : Most of the universities in Singapore provide hostel facilities for international students. For securing a hostel accommodation, students have to indicate the same in the application form. However, whether or not you will get accommodation depends on the availability in the University hostels.
University hostels, usually, charge somewhere between S$200-S$700 depending on the type of room the student opts for. The room accommodation, generally, does not include meal.

Rent : International students who do not get or opt not to stay at the university hostels can also explore flats on rent. Usually, rented rooms are available for students in the areas surrounding the university. Rented rooms cost around S$800- S$2,000.

Off- campus hostels or PGs : There are many off-campus hostels available for international students in Singapore. Off-campus hostels can charge a bit higher than campus hostels and the cost varies depending on the facilities offered by the hostel. You should expect to spend more than S$400 monthly.

Housing Development Board (HDB) flats : One of the special opportunities of housing in Singapore for international students are the HDB flats HDB flats are cheap alternatives to private rooms. However, the locations of these flats might not always be feasible for international students who would otherwise prefer accommodations near to the University. Rent for HBDs range from S$250 –S$1000 monthly.

Homestays : International students can also opt for homestays in Singapore. Many families who reside near the campuses offer homestay facilities to students in return for a monthly compensation. Cost for homestays can between S$900- S$2000 which includes meals and a room.

Living expenses : Singapore is one of the most expensive countries in Asia in terms of living standard, especially, for international students. The HSBC report puts the country living cost at nearly S$28000 per annum making it the second most expensive country for international students. Of course, living costs depends entirely on the student and the facilities she demands. Common expenses in Singapore may be:

Food : Usually, the monthly cost for meals can be around S$300 for international students in Singapore. It is usually better for students go for accommodations where meals are included as eating outside everyday could put a heavy burden on your pocket.
Transport: Singapore has a very effective public transportation system which is low a student’s budget. Transportation can cost students around S$100 to S$250 monthly.

Personal expenses : Besides Food and transport, students also have personal expenses that they have to take care of while living in a foreign country. It is advisable to keep around S$300 to meet ones personal expenses in Singapore.

Books and Stationary : While many Universities provide the materials for study and also have libraries, students are still required to refer to books and stationeries beyond the campus as is the case with any university around the world. Keep at least S$200 to take care of such expenses.

Comparison of MBA tuition fee between USA, Australia and Singapore

Singapore is most popular for its management programmes. In the past few years, this Asian country has even become a competition for Management school magnets like USA or Australia. But, do you know, which is the best option for you in terms of cost among?

Here we have a comparison of the tuition fees for top MBA colleges in USA, Australia and Singapore to give you a clear view of the cost involved.

List of Universities

  • National University of Singapore
  • Nanyang Technological University – Singapore
  • Singapore Polytechnic – Singapore
  • Nanyang Institute of Management – Singapore
  • Curtin University – Singapore
  • Nanyang University
  • Singapore Institute of Technology – Singapore
  • SIM University – Singapore
  • Singapore Institute of Technology & Design – Singapore
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas Singapore William F Harrah College of Hotel Administration – Singapore
  • Yale-NUS College
  • Lasalle College of the Arts
  • Marketing Institute of Singapore Training Centre (MISTC)
  • Amity Global Business School – Singapore
  • Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) – Singapore
  • United Asia School of Management (UASM) – Singapore
  • Informatics Education – Singapore
  • Dimensions International College – Singapore
  • FTMS Global Academy – Singapore
  • PSB Academy – Singapore
  • SAE Institute – Singapore
  • Singapore Management University – Singpore
  • S P Jain School of Global Management – Singapore
  • James Cook University – Singapore
  • Auston Institute of Management – Singapore
  • EASB Institute of Management – Singapore
  • TMC Academy – Singapore
  • ERC Institute – Singapore
Visa Description

After receiving the offer letter from the desired institute for particular course, students need to apply for student pass to enter Singapore. Institutes in Singapore will file the Singapore student pass for Indian application behalf of students to Singapore immigration and check point authority (ICA).

Applications are submitted through the Student’s Pass On-Line Application & Registration (SOLAR) system.

New applications for a Student’s Pass must be submitted at least one month and not more than two months before the commencement of the course.

Cost of Visa

Processing Fee

A processing fee of $30 (Rs 1,500) is required for every application submitted to ICA. The fee is non-refundable. For submission via SOLAR+ you’ll be required to make payment by credit/debit card or internet banking.

Issuance Fee

A $60 (Rs 3,000) issuance fee is charged on every student’s pass issued and a further $30 multiple-entry visa fee. The fee is payable when the successful applicant completes the formality to collect the Student’s Pass.


Following documents will be required for application purposes:

  • Valid passport – Your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond your period of stay in Singapore.
  • Completed Student Visa Application Forms – ICA form 16 & Form V36
  • Application fee payment receipt, as you are required to pay S$30, which translates roughly to Rs 1500. An issuance fee of S$60 (Rs 3000) has to be paid once the Student’s Pass is approved and issued.
  • Offer of place – You need to have an offer of place from a Singapore institute/university. The forms are usually issued after the tuition fees have been received.
  • Two passport sized photographs (if applicable)
  • Bank Statements – Funds to be shown = Tuition fee + 8400 S$
  • Fixed Deposit Receipts (if necessary)
  • Bank loan sanction letter (if necessary)

Note : Additional documentation may be required. During the personal interview, additional documents may be requested by the interviewer. These may be documents to prove evidence of academic or financial status –

  • Transcripts, diplomas, degrees, or certificates from schools you attended
  • Test scores that your college required, such as the TOEFL, GRE, or GMAT
  • How you will pay all educational, living and travel costs
How to apply

New applications for a Student’s Pass must be submitted at least one month before the commencement of the course. Applications must be submitted through the Student’s Pass On-Line Application & Registration (SOLAR) system.

1. Registration of Application by an Institute of Higher Learning (IHL)
Before the foreign student submits an application for Student’s Pass through SOLAR, the college must first register the student through SOLAR with the following information:

  • Name, date of birth, gender and nationality of the student
  • Course details, course commencement and course end dates
  • SOLAR application reference number

2. Submission of eForm 16 by Student
Once the college has successfully registered the student, the student may login to SOLAR to submit eForm 16. Applicants must have the following information before logging into SOLAR:

  • A registration acknowledgement notice with the login information provided by the college
  • Passport details (passport number, date of expiry, etc.)
  • Singapore’s address and contact details (if not available, provide the school’s registered address)
  • Applicant’s email address.
  • One recent passport-sized colour photograph

Upon submission of the eForm 16 through SOLAR, students are required to print a copy of the eForm for submission to the Student’s Pass Unit, ICA, to complete formalities for the issuance of a Student’s Pass.


The spouse and children of full-time graduate research students can get sponsorship from the university for a Social Visit Pass to stay in Singapore. The graduate students should get their spouse and children to apply for an entry visa at Singapore’s embassy. When the spouse and children arrive in Singapore, they will be given a 4-week Social Visit Pass at the airport.

Additional Information

You can work part-time for up to 16 hours per week. Work permits are not required for those who want to work during holidays, as they can work full-time without any visa restrictions.

After the degree program is over, international students can submit an application for a one-year Visit Pass to ICA (Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore), if they want to look for employment opportunities in Singapore. This can be done online through e-VP.

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