Study in Singapore
A Quick Intro to Singapore
Singapore is known for being a developed country with leaning skyscrapers and diverse communities despite its young status. As Southeast Asia’s most modern city for over a century, the island is also home to various culture living within it. There is a very diverse way of life with people speaking many languages and practising different culture. Such wide range of culture makes the country very accepting of others turning it into the perfect study destination for students from all parts the world.
Why Study in Singapore?
Singapore is considered to have one of the best education systems in the world. Getting an education here is a ticket to a brighter future. By focusing on the importance of education innovation, Singapore is currently a rising star in the international higher education. This gives you a chance to earn an internationally-recognised degree at affordable costs. Also, thanks to the facilities and educational environment, universities and colleges in Singapore are among the best in the world.
As a country, Singapore is known for its diverse, beautiful and vibrant place to live, but did you know that it also excels in terms of safety? Singapore was named as one of the world’s safest cities. This makes it a perfect place for students who are usually also the curious wanderers in a foreign country. And not to forget, thanks to the country’s strategic location, you will be really surprised at the possibility of going to places within your reach while studying in Singapore. After all, life is not all about simply getting good grades, it’s also a time to explore!
Higher Education in Singapore
Singapore is an emerging hub of higher education with its world-renowned quality universities and colleges which are well-presented in major university ranking systems. Not only are the universities here rank high due to their proven track record, but Singapore itself is on top of student satisfaction and global reputation.
The country’s highest ranking institution, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is not only the highest ranked in the country and Asia, but it is also listed as the top 11 university in the QS World University Ranking 2018. National University of Singapore (NUS) is also not far behind at Top 15.
A. Higher Education Institutions in Singapore
Higher education system in Singapore offers a range of different educational profiles and degrees. Below are the kinds of higher education institutions available in Singapore:
|Public Universities||Private Universities||Polytechnic Institutions||Institute of Technical Education (ITE)||Foreign Universities||Art Schools|
|Funded by the government, and open to local and international students
Although receives government funding, these universities are autonomous – meaning the can strategise, innovate, and differentiate themselves, as they pursue excellence in education, research, and service
|Although privately funded, this institution receives government funding for students to pursue subsidised part-time or full-time degree||Offers practice-oriented studies at diploma level
Key providers of continuing education and post-employment professional development services
|The ITEs Offers technical-oriented studies and develops technical knowledge and skills of the students
Students will have the option of choosing between full or part-time educational or traineeship courses
|Offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees offered by the foreign universities with branch campuses in Singapore||Specialised schools that offer specialist creative education to enhance your artistic ability
Offer diploma as well as degree courses
|National University of Singapore (NUS)
The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)
The Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)
|Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS formerly known as SIM University)||Nanyang Polytechnic
Ngee Ann Polytechnic
|TITE College Central
ITE College East
ITE College West
|James Cook University Singapore
University of Nevada, Las Vegas: Singapore
International Executive Education Center (IEEC) Temple University Singapore
INSEAD Asia Campus
SP Jain School of Global Management
DigiPen Institute of Technology Singapore
EASB: East Asia Institute of Management
|The Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA)|
B. Pathway to Studying in Singapore
The length of your study depends on the path you wish to take. Here’s a basic path and length of study in Singapore
C. Top Institutions in Singapore
While only two Singaporean universities appear in the QS World Rankings’ top 15, the rest of the universities listed below remain exceptional within the country as well.
D. After Study Opportunities in Singapore
Options are plenty for those who have just completed a degree in Singapore. Although getting a job in Singapore is not as easy as what it may seem, the country does have a high demand for excellent foreign talent in certain fields.
If you wish to stay in Singapore, you will need to check your visa requirements. You may visit the ICA – Immigration & Checkpoints Authority website to see your visa options.
Applying to Study in Singapore
A. Language Requirements
International students wanting to pursue a higher education in Singapore should know that English is the medium of instruction used in this country despite having four official languages.
Singapore universities have high entry standards especially when it comes to the English language. Universities will most likely not accept anyone without a good command in English. For international students whose mother tongue is not English, the universities will set their own required IELTS/TOEFL scores and students are expected to meet these requirements.
B. Visa Requirements
To study in Singapore, students will need a Student’s Pass. Some students will need a visa to enter the country along with a Student’s Pass.
Once you are accepted into your university of choice, your student visa will be applied for by the university itself. However, you must apply for a Student Pass to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) through the Student’s Pass Online Application & Registration System (SOLAR), between one to two months before the start of your course. You would access SOLAR using details provided by your university after acceptance, and submit:
- eForm 16
- Passport details
- Your university’s address
- Your email address
- A passport sized photo
Following your arrival in Singapore, you would be required to visit the ICA for the collection of your Student Pass, inclusive of a fee of S$60.
Did you know? The process of application for a Student’s Pass is similar for students who require and visa and for those who don’t – only difference is that if you need a visa, you will have to complete your Student’s Pass application from your home country. Students who do not require a visa to enter Singapore, on the other hand, may apply for a Student’s Pass once they are already in the country. Do note that only students from some nationalities will need a visa to enter Singapore.
One of the main concerns students will have on their mind when deciding to study abroad is the tuition fees and the expenditure they would have to bare over the cost of their studies. Below is a table on the estimated tuition fees for each programme to help you plan your budget before deciding to study in Singapore.
|Study Level||Tuition Fee, Per Year, in SGD||Tuition Fee, Per Year, in USD|
|Foundation / Pre-U||12,000 – 18,000||9,000 – 13,500|
|Diploma||6,000 – 18,000||4,500 – 13,500|
|Bachelor’s degree||30,000 – 60,000||22,500 – 44,500|
|Master’s degree||30,000 – 50,000 (non-medical programmes)
50,000 – 90,000 (medical programmes)
|22,500 – 37,000 (non-medical programmes)
37,000 – 66,500 (non-medical programmes)
Top Courses in Singapore
Ready to Study in Singapore? Check out the top courses and where to study below.
Here is a list of the universities of the top courses in Singapore:
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- Salary outlay in Singapore
- Living costs in Singapore
- Lifestyle in Singapore
- Singapore leads with the Best Asian University of 2018