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Study in Singapore

Overview

The city-state Singapore is an ideal destination to pursue higher education. The state-of-the-art standards of education, a solid focus on the research base, and an exceptionally high standard of living attracts students from around the world.  

Studying in Singapore for Indian students is convenient as there are no language barriers. Most Singaporeans are bilingual, English and Mandarin are spoken across the country. 

Your decision to study in Singapore can also prove to be rewarding in terms of career growth. Since more than 7,000 companies operate from here, it is much more feasible to find a job after completing your education from any of the top universities in Singapore.


Singapore as a Study Destination: Highlights

Here’s an overview of all the factors that an international student must know about while planning to study abroad in Singapore: 

Language of Instruction

English

Average Cost of Study

SD$ 17,000 - SD$ 90,000/ year 

Average Cost of Living

SD$ 1,000- SD$ 1,500/ month (excluding rent)

Sources of Funding

Loans, Scholarships, Aids and Part-time jobs

Exams Required

IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, GRE, GMAT, etc. 

Intakes

August and February

Type of Visa

Student Pass

Top Courses

Marine Biology, Business Studies, Banking and Financing, Tourism and Hospitality, Architecture, Medicine, etc.

Types of Degrees

Diploma, Undergraduate Degree, Graduate Degree, Doctorate Degree

Why Study in Singapore?
Why Study in Singapore?

Choosing to study abroad in Singapore can lead to a promising future for more than one reason. Here are the top reasons why study abroad in Singapore:

  • The strict laws in Singapore ensure a safe environment for international students. The low crime rate enables students to explore the state without having to worry about their safety. 
  • Singapore is more convenient than many other countries as a study abroad destination as English is one of the main spoken languages.  
  • Universities in Singapore are known for their academic excellence providing a diverse range of programs. Business courses are a popular choice among students for their higher studies in Singapore.  
  • Be it a student, resident or a local, each one gets to taste Singapore’s high standard of living. Be it the efficient bus services, the well-connected metro service or the sumptuous street food, these are equally available to all. 
  • Singapore offers a great cultural mix for everyone planning to study abroad in Singapore. Students from all around the world travel to Singapore to learn. Therefore, studying in Singapore can be a fruitful networking opportunity. 

Education System

The education system in Singapore is a well planned structured system. After completing 12 years of school education, students can go on for higher studies in Singapore. Higher education in Singapore is managed by the Ministry of Education (MoE) and is provided through a number of educational institutions. 

Here’s a quick look at the programs offered in Singapore:

  • Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Specialized Diplomas: These give you an overall idea of a particular subject and you can specialise the same with an advanced or specialized diploma. They take about two-three years to complete. 
  • Undergraduate Degree: The undergraduate program is a full-time Bachelors in any course. It will take about 3-4 years to complete. Some colleges offer honours programs as well.  
  • Masters Degree: Depending upon the subject of your specialization, a Masters in Singapore can be completed in a year or two. 
  • Doctoral Degree: Although the stipulated time is two-five years, most students take about five years to graduate with a Doctorate degree from Singapore.     

As a foreigner, you’re free to pursue your overseas education in Singapore in any type of Singaporean institute you resonate with. The types of higher education institutes in Singapore are: 

Type of Institution

Key Points

Public Universities

Government-owned universities; Subsidised mostly for the residents of Singapore

Private Universities

Run by private institutes, offer a variety of courses but are slightly more expensive than the public universities

Polytechnics 

Offers various diplomas 

Foreign Universities & Institutes

Branches of various foreign institutes and private academies offering programs and degrees

Art Schools

Private art institutes offering art specialised courses


Credit System in Singapore

Most Singaporean universities incline towards the GPA credit system. These credit scores are reflected with a qualifying alphabet. Students at the most top universities of Singapore require a minimum of 3.2 GPA to clear their course.

  • Most universities in Singapore such as the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore University of Technology and Design follow the 5.0 grading scale. 
  • Singapore Management University follows a 4.0 grading system. 
  • Scoring a 3.5 GPA is considered to be a fairly decent score in Singapore. While a score of 4 and above is well appreciated.

Top Courses

There are a number of courses in Singapore you can excel in. Given below are some of the best courses in Singapore for Indian and International students:

  • Marine Biology
  • Business and Management
  • Banking and finance 
  • IT and Computing
  • Engineering 
  • Tourism and Hospitality 
  • Architecture
  • Medicine
  • Law

The most popular degree courses in Singapore that students opt to study are:

Program 

Duration 

Average Tuition Fees/ year

MBA 

12 - 17 months

SD$ 40,000 - SD$65,000

MSc Maritime Technology and Management

1 year

SD$ 25,000 - SD$35,000

MSc Computer Science

1-2 years 

SD$ 20,000 - SD$40,000

LLB

3-4 years

SD$ 25,000 - SD$ 50,000

BBA

3-4 years

SD$26,000 - SD$28,000

MBBS

5 years

SD$28,000 - SD$42,000

MSc International Tourism Management

1-2 years

SD$20,000 - SD$35,000

MSc in Electrical Engineering

2 years 

SD$25,000 - SD$45,000

 

Engineering
masters
Course Duration - 24 Months
Computing - Artificial Intelligence
masters
Course Duration - 18 Months
Maritime Technology and Management
masters
Course Duration - 12 Months
Industrial & System Engineering
masters
Course Duration - 12 Months
Civil Engineering
masters
Course Duration - 12 Months

Admission Process

The Singapore admission process for Indian students and other international students can be completed online. Here’s how you can do it: 

  1. Decide the course you want to pursue and lookout for the best Singapore universities available for you.  
  2. After shortlisting the universities, check out their official university admission websites to gather more information about the university requirements and its eligibility criteria.
  3. To begin with your application process, fill the application form available on the university official website along with all required documents and certificates. Some universities (mostly private) may also have an offline application system.
  4. Complete the process by paying the required application fees.
  5. Wait for the universities to revert. Once selected, you will have to apply for a Singapore student visa.  

The application process can turn out to be a long and complicated task. Hence, get in touch with our career counsellors at Yocket to simplify the process for you.


Singapore University Requirements for International Students

Learn about the admission requirements for different courses in Singapore. Here are some essentials you will need to check on before applying: 

Degree

Requirements

Diploma 

  • Completed 10th 
  • Relevant work experience
  • Interview may be required

Bachelor’s Degree

  • 10th and 12th scores 
  • IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5-7 or a TOEFL score of 90 to 100
  • SOP

Master’s Degree

  • Bachelor’s degree with minimum CGPA 2.8
  • IELTS/TOEFL 
  • GMAT/GRE
  • LORs, CVs and SOPs 

Doctorate Degree

  • Strong research background 
  • Work experience 
  • Masters in a relevant subject 
  • High GRE score
  • LORs and CV

Cost of Attendance

Singapore is an expensive study abroad destination for sure. The cost of studying in Singapore depends upon the course and university you choose, and also your lifestyle. The overall cost of studying can be divided into two categories – Tuition Fees and Cost of Living.


Tuition Fees

The tuition fee in Singapore is lower for its citizens and costlier for international students. Other than the tuition fee, International students in Singapore also need to pay additional student services charges etc:

Degree Type 

Average Annual Tuition Fee 

Bachelors 

SD$ 17,000 - SD$64,000

Masters 

SD$ 35,000 - SD$90,000


Cost of Living

The cost of living for international students in Singapore is on the higher side.  This is why if you choose to study in Singapore,  you must budget your expenses and plan your expenditure beforehand. In total, you will need about SD$ 1,000 - SD$ 1,400 every month without rent in Singapore. On average, the main components of the cost of living in Singapore for international students are as follows: 

Particular 

Average Cost Per Month

Apartment housing including utilities  

SD$ 2,000 - SD$ 5,000

Food

SD$ 350 and upward

On-campus housing

SD$ 250 - SD$ 600

Books and supplies

SD$ 150

Miscellaneous

SD$ 500

 

Best student cities

Some of the best cities to study in Singapore are:

  • Kampong Glam
  • Jurong East
  • Bukit Batok
  • Pasir Ris

Some of the attractions in Singapore include various outdoor activities, nature and parks, cultural attractions, etc. Some famous places you might visit are Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Cloud Forest, Marina Bay, Chinatown, Clarke Quay, Universal Studios, etc.

Visa

Singaporean Universities are referred to as Institutes of Higher learning or IHLs. To study in any of these institutions, international students require a student pass. A student pass is issued to international students aspiring to study in Singapore for more than 30 days. 

Singapore’s Student Pass Online Application and Registration system or SOLAR system approves student’s passes to international students. To apply for a student pass: 

  1. Confirm that your respective IHL is a part of the SOLAR system. Secure an admission letter from your accepted IHL. Your Institute of Higher Learning will notify and register your basic details to the SOLAR system. 
  2. You will also receive a reference number from your IHL to access your SOLAR student pass account. 
  3. Log in and submit a completely filled F-16 Form and Form V36.
  4. You will need to fill in all the required details and submit the necessary documents such as your passport copy, your statement of funds, your acceptance letters etc. 
  5. Pay the application fee of SD$ 30. 
  6. An additional charge of SD$ 60 and SD$ 30 might have to be paid for insurance and multi-visit purposes. 
  7. Complete the process and wait for your student pass to board your flight. 

Singapore student visas are usually approved within 15-30 days. However, to be on the safer side you should apply two months before the commencement of your course. In rare cases, you might have to attend a visa interview, this might extend your wait for your visa.  

Singapore Study Visa Requirements:

  • Current and legible passport, valid for a minimum of three months.
  • Original receipt of visa application fee payment
  • Invitation letter issued by the IHL in Singapore
  • Bank statements for proof of funds 
  • Bank loan sanction letter (if applying for a student loan), along with proof of investments, if requested by the ICA
  • Transcripts of degrees
  • Test scores - GMAT, TOEFL, GRE, PTE etc.

Top Scholarships

Bagging a scholarship in Singapore is a great way to ease your expenses. This will help you a great deal to reduce your overall cost. Many Government, Non-profit and private organisations sponsor scholarships to study in Singapore. Some of the top scholarships are: 


SINGA - Singapore International Graduate Award

  • International students interested in pursuing a PhD and research in Biomedical sciences, physical sciences or Engineering. 
  • Amount/ Benefit: Monthly stipend of SG$ 2,000-SGD 2,500. One-time airfare grant and a settling-in allowance (once).


ADB - Japan Scholarship Program

  • Students from the ADB borrowing nations pursuing masters in economics, management, science and technology, and other development-related fields.
  • Amount/ Benefit: Benefit: Tuition fees, monthly living allowance, study material, medical insurance, travel expenses. Additionally, a special allowance is given for research and thesis preparation.


Commonwealth Scholarship for Integrated Science

  • Students from the CommonWealth nations pursuing PhD degrees. 
  • Amount/ Benefit: Covers travel expenses, tuition fees and other allowances. Also offers a monthly stipend.


Lee Kong Chian Graduate Scholarships

  • Students from any country who aspire to pursue a PhD at the National University of Singapore. 
  • Amount/ Benefit: Monthly stipend of SG $ 3,300, tuition fees, examination fees and other approved NUS fees, a one-off travel allowance and a one-off laptop allowance.


ASEAN Foundation Scholarships

  • Applicants applying for masters degree and having a  Bachelors in Pharmacy, Medical Sciences or Sciences.
  • Amount/ Benefit: Tuition fees and any other academic fees to study at the  Chulabhorn Graduate Institute (CGI),  air-fare, VISA fees, relocation allowance, monthly allowance, study material allowance and health insurance.


Singapore Millennium Foundation Scholarships

  • International students interested in studying Engineering or conducting research at Masters and Doctoral levels.
  • Amount/ Benefit: Includes monthly stipend and travel allowance.   


SIA Youth Scholarship

  • Students of India, China, and ASEAN nations.based on their academics, entrance tests and an interview to complete Pre -University studies. 
  • Amount/ Benefit: Covers tuition fees, exam fees, living expenses, medical benefits and accident insurance.

Work Opportunities

Unlike many western countries, seeking a part-time gig in Singapore isn’t as smooth as you think. According to law, part time jobs in Singapore for international students are allowed provided: 

  • You hold a valid student pass approved by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA). 
  • The university you have been accepted to must allow you to work part-time along with your studies. 
  • International students with a valid student pass can work up to 16 hours per week in an accepted field of work. 

‘Accepted field of work in Singapore’, means that students are allowed to take up jobs on campus or among the selected few roles that add value to their learning experience. Some of the popular roles students can take up are -

Part-Time Jobs

Average Salary Per Hour

Retail Staff

SD$ 8

Library Assistant

SD$ 14

Sales Associate

SD$ 10

Data Entry Staff

SD$ 10

Business Operations

SD$ 11

Waiting Staff

SD$ 8

Receptionist

SD$ 10

F&B Staff

SD$ 8


Post Study Work Options For International Students In Singapore

The Asian job market is rapidly growing. Singapore has a high demand for IT professionals, foreign language teachers, engineers and others. 

After you complete your education you cannot stay in Singapore with your student pass. However, if you seek a future in Singapore, you can apply for a long term social visit pass during your last semester. By doing so, you will be able to stay and find desired job opportunities in Singapore

Working as a professional in Singapore, a salary of SD$ 5,000+ per month is tagged to be a good salary. However, your salary depends upon a number of realistic job factors. Let’s look at some of the top professions and their salaries in Singapore:  

Area of Specialisation

Average Annual Salary

Software Engineering & IT

SD$ 66,800

Finance

SD$ 87,500

Teaching 

SD$ 91,000

Hospitality and Tourism

SD$ 56,000

Data Science

SD$ 92,000


Work Visa & PR in Singapore

As discussed above, you need a long term social visit visa to stay back in Singapore after your education to find an appropriate job. In case you have a job or you find one, the process to apply for a work visa in Singapore is as follows: 

  • Employment Pass: This is the most commonly used pathway by international students. This post study work visa in Singapore should be sponsored by your employer. These are job roles of specialised professionals of any field or managers of a respected field. The professional needs to have a reputed qualification and a minimum salary of SD$ 4,500 per month to get this post study work visa. 
  • S pass: Foreigners who are mid-skilled qualified professionals apply for this type of work visa. It is sponsored by the employer and the minimum salary for this type of visa is about SD$ 2,500 per month. 
  • Entrepass: This is an entrepreneurial pass for professionals seeking to open their own business in Singapore. Proper company documentation and registration are some of the key requirements for an Entrepass.  

Foreign students wanting to apply for PR, must apply to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA). They must have resided in Singapore for at least 2 years at the time of application, have passed a minimum of 1 national exam or are in the integrated program.

The above details cover every aspect of Singapore you need to closely examine before finalizing the country of your choice for further studies. If you are still facing difficulties, get in touch with a Yocket Professional to further gain clarity.  As for studying in Singapore for Indian students, the verdict is quite straightforward, the best way to pursue your education in Singapore is to bag a scholarship, opt for a high-in-demand course and enjoy the ride! 

FAQs


Is TOEFL required for Singapore?

Ans: Singapore Universities accept the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), also (IELTS) is a commonly accepted.


Is Singapore safe for students?

Ans: Singapore is a safe country. Though even with a low crime rate, great universities & spotless pavements, students will find it difficult to adjust to their culture.


Do universities in Singapore accept year gaps?

Ans: Yes some Universities do accept year gaps, however a student with a year gap and relevant work experience is given more priority as compared to a years gap with no experience.