Study in Singapore

Singapore is becoming a ‘Global Schoolhouse’ offering diverse and distinctive mix of educational services in a cosmopolitan, comfortable and safe environment. Singapore is the premier education hub in Asia. Singapore known for its vibrancy and numerous tourist destinations has some of the top universities of the world. It is known to have a rich multi-cultural heritage highlighted through the various ethnic groups (Chinese, Malays, Indians, Eurasians) living together.

Singapore education offers a broad base curriculum and global perspective to equip students with relevant qualification and training that serves as springboard to a bright future. Singapore emphasizes on all these aspects and provides very productive and competitive education especially in the field of information technology and managements with good value for money by offering internationally recognized degrees at affordable costs.

The best thing about studying in Singapore is its proximity to India which reduces the expanses incurred in this country as compared to major destinations like USA, UK, Canada or Australia. You can balance out your costs if you plan your expenses wisely (for e.g. use public transport which is quite extensive & affordable there.)

The most multinational corporate giants of the world have their presence in Singapore as well. there won’t be any dearth of jobs in this country, which is quite a good reason for students to consider pursuing their higher education in Singapore.

Singapore boasts of premium institutions and globally-renowned universities, recognized for state-of-the-art academics, distinguished faculty members, and cutting-edge infrastructure that provide scope for higher education. In context of innovation and competitiveness, Singapore’s education system is strengthening its position in the global market, gaining recognition from across the world.

Singapore has a number of universities that are publicly-funded, private, national, and branch campuses of foreign tertiary institutions. Whilst specific programs on offer vary between institutions, students are able to undertake study in post undergraduate and postgraduate levels across most general fields of study. There are four national, government-funded universities in Singapore: the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Management University and Singapore University of Technology and Design.

A typical Bachelors Degree in Singapore is about three-four years in duration for full time students. Students are able to undertake studies both in general areas, i.e. Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS), or more programmes with a more specific focus within those fields such as a Bachelor of Science (Business Analytics).

Students may complete postgraduate study programmes at both Masters and Doctorate levels, across all areas of general study. A typical Masters degree for a full-time student is one-two years in length, whilst a PhD may take between two-five years to complete.

The major intakes are: September , July and February

Popular courses for studying in Singapore

  • Architecture and Building
  • Agriculture and Environment
  • Creative Arts, Communication, and Design
  • MBA, Business and Management
  • Arts, Social Science and Humanities
  • IT and Computing
  • Engineering & Sciences
  • Tourism, Hotel and Food Management
  • Law
  • Health, Veterinary Studies and Medicine

Tuition Fees (SGD $)

Undergraduate Bachelor Degree – 10000 SGD$ to 15000 SGD$ p.a.

Postgraduate Masters Degree – 20000 SGD$ to 30000 SGD$ p.a.

An international student in Singapore spends, on average, about S$750 to S$2,000 a month on living expenses. This amount will, of course, vary depending on your lifestyle and course of study. Based on $10-$15 per day for 3 meals at a foodcourt.

Transport costs within Singapore vary between SGD $100 – $150 (Rs.5,000 – 7,500) if you stick to just buses and train. The rail and bus network is quite extensive so you can balance your cost of living in Singapore by using these modes of traveling.

The students must have completed higher secondary schooling or pre-university education and gained minmum 60% above marks in class 12th to get an admission in a University for a Bachelors course. For Top Universities like Singapore Management University, NUS, Nanyang Institute of Technology, the entry requirements are as high as 90% marks in class 12th.

To apply for postgraduate studies, students should have completed minimum 3-4 years of undergraduate studies depending on whether a student wants to take up master’s degree program or a doctoral degree. This 4-year bachelor’s degree offered is similar to that of bachelor’s of engineering or technology offered in India. And for those looking to apply for an MBA course in Singapore universities are required to hold on a minimum: a bachelor’s degree and 2-3 years of work experience.

Also, since English is the medium of education in Singapore; students must be fluent in all aspects of English: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Most universities insist upon a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 for Diploma courses, 6.0 for bachelors and 6.5 for Master’s programs.

The application form can be downloaded from the university’s official website or can be requested to be mailed to candidate’s residential address. There are few universities/institutions that accept only the online completion and submission of the application form. Priority is given is to those candidates who submit the applications well ahead of the closing dates.

The documents required for the admissions and for the assessment are- mark sheets and passing certificates of previous studies, work experience letters (if applicable), reference letters, IELTS/TOEFL/PTE score card to assess English proficiency, ID pages of passport. Additional documents (Statement of purpose and CV) can be asked if required depending on the course you have sele.

Indian students who are studying at private universities in Singapore, who want to stay back and work after completing their degrees usually receive a visa extension of 1–3 months (depending on each institution). On the other hand, government institutions, polytechnics and some foreign leading campuses of overseas universities usually issue Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP) which is valid for 1-2 year, to students who want to stay back and search for jobs, after completing their studies in Singapore.

Part-time work options are not available for students who are studying at private universities. But with government universities and polytechnics, 16 hrs per week of part-time work options are available for international students. However, students willing to work part time while studying in Singapore must enquire with their universities for approval.

Since Singapore has been ranked as most easy to start a business and has a lot of work opportunities to offer to international students post study due to the flexible visa policies and stable economy. Below are some of the top companies which hire international students : Aetos, ANZ, Bank of America Merrill Lync, Breadtalk Group, DBS, Deloitte , Deutsche Bank, Emerson Process Management Asia Pacific, Ernst & Young, ExxonMobil, Far East Organisation, Hong Leong Group, Keppel Corporation Ltd, M+W Group, PSA International etc.

Job Profile Median Salary in Singapore Dollars
Business Development Manager $65,694
Project Engineer $32,770
Software Engineer $58,594
Accountant $45,747
Marketing Executive $32,770

Although most international students in Australia are full-fee paying students, international students may also choose to apply for a scholarship. Scholarships in Australia are offered by the Australian government, education institutions, and a variety of other organizations. They cover vocational education and training, student exchanges, and undergraduate and postgraduate study and research. Australian Government scholarships are not available for international students who are undertaking English language training specifically in Australia, but several Australian institutions offer English language training scholarships. There are many scholarships, grants, and bursaries which can help support you financially with your studies in Australia. They are offered by the Australian Government, education institutions, and a number of other public and private organizations.

The International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) scheme enables international students to undertake a postgraduate research qualification in Australia, allowing them to gain experience while working with leading Australian researchers. The scholarship covers tuition fees and health cover costs for scholarship holders, as well as health cover costs for their dependents.

Students considering Australia scholarships are recommended to begin the application procedure 8-12 months prior to the intake. Scholarship deadlines vary amongst institutions.

  • National University of Singapore
  • Singapore Management University
  • Nanyang Technological Institute
  • Lasalle College of Arts
  • Raffles Design Institute
  • S.P Jain School of Global Management
  • Management Development Institute of Singapore
  • Singapore Institute of Management
  • James Cook University
  • Nanyang Institute of Management
  • Dimensions International College
  • Curtin University of Technology

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