Studying in Singapore
Singapore is a small island nation and is a very popular overseas study destination. Its multicultural heritage includes Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian history. An international student can learn in English and enjoy an exciting lifestyle in a global city.
Why study in Singapore?
Singapore is an education hub in South-East Asia. It has some of Asia’s leading universities and colleges, and attracts over 70,000 international students every year.
- World-class education in a dynamic, cosmopolitan city at the heart of south-east Asia
- Reasonably priced tuition fees and cost of living
- You may be able to work in Singapore after graduation – in fact, it’s a requirement of the government Tuition Grants.
- Choice of publicly funded universities, private colleges and offshore campuses for top-ranking global schools, including INSEAD and MIT
- Affordable university housing and efficient, modern transport
- Great food, culture, outdoor activities and parks
- Travel to other nearby countries cheaply from this international transport hub
How much will education cost in Singapore?
Tuition fees vary between state-run universities and private universities.
- National (state-run) University undergraduate degrees US$9,000 to US$18,000 per year
- National University postgraduate degrees US$11,000 to US$21,000 per year
- Private University undergraduate degrees US$12,000 to US$25,000 per year
- Private University postgraduate degrees US$16,200 to US$29,000 per year
- Cost of living is US$6,500 to US$17,000, depending on accommodation and lifestyle choices.
International students can apply to the Singaporean Ministry of Education for tuition grant once admitted. Grants range from SG$14,000 to SG$16,000 (US$11,000 to US$12,500) or higher for some programmes such as medicine.
1US$ = SG$ 1.275
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Important information about studying in Singapore
Before applying to study at a Singaporean university or college, it is advisable to get more information on enrolment dates, application deadlines, student visas and language requirements
Main intake : September
Application deadline: June
Minimum visa requirements:
The following documents are required to apply for a Student Pass:
- Letter of acceptance from a university or college.
- For some courses, a local sponsor who is a Singapore citizen or permanent resident over 21 may be needed.
Language requirements. Fluency in English is required to apply for a student visa. GCSE, TOEFEL or IELTS certificates are all accepted.