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Study in Singapore

Singapore, is a sovereign city-state and island country in Southeast Asia. The country's territory consists of the lozenge-shaped main island, commonly referred to as Singapore Island in English and Pulau Ujong in Malay, and more than 60 significantly smaller islets.

Singapore is one of the world's major commercial hubs, with the fourth-biggest financial centre and one of the five busiest ports. Its globalised and diversified economy depends heavily on trade, especially manufacturing, which represented 26 percent of Singapore's GDP in 2005. In terms of purchasing power parity, Singapore has the third-highest per capita income in the world but one of the world's highest income inequalities. It places highly in international rankings with regard to education, healthcare, and economic competitiveness. Just over five million people live in Singapore, of which approximately two million are foreign-born. While Singapore is diverse, ethnic Asians predominate: 75 percent of the population is Chinese, with significant minorities of Malays, Indians, and Eurasians. There are four official languages, English, Malay, Mandarin, and Tamil, and the country promotes multiculturalism through a range of official policies.

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.

Education takes place in three stages: primary, secondary, and pre-university education. Only the primary level is compulsory. Students begin with six years of primary school, which is made up of a four-year foundation course and a two-year orientation stage. The curriculum is focused on the development of English, the mother tongue, mathematics, and science. Secondary school lasts from four to five years, and is divided between Special, Express, Normal (Academic), and Normal (Technical) streams in each school, depending on a student's ability level. The basic coursework breakdown is the same as in the primary level, although classes are much more specialised. Pre-university education takes place over two to three years at senior schools, mostly called Junior Colleges.


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.


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.


Main Courses by Government University - August/February

Polytechnics - April/September

Private Education Organisation - Jan/ Feb/July/Aug/Sep/Oct/etc

  • For Polytechnic Courses – Xth/XIIth Pass from Indian School
  • For undergraduate programmes at local universities - XIIth Pass from Indian School
  • For Singapore's public institutes – Check with respective schools directly
  • For Private Education Organisations (PEOs) - Check with PEO directly or seek advice from Certified Singapore Education Specialists
  • Entry requirements differs as per each programme in different educational organization
Language Requirements:



Under Graduate



Post Graduate



Popular Universities:
  • National University of Singapore
  • Nanyang Technological University
  • Singapore Management University
  • SIM University
  • Singapore Institute of Technology
  • Singapore University of Technology and Design
  • Yale-NUS College
Education and living costs
  • Study Abroad in Singapore and explore the various career opportunities.
  • Though standard of living is amongst the highest in Asia, cost of living in Singapore is comparatively lower than other countries.
  • An Under-Graduate course will cost anywhere between US$6000 to US$7000.
  • A Post-Graduate course will cost anywhere between US$7000 to US$10000
Living Costs
  • Average living costs of an International student range from S$750 to S$2,000 a month
  • Basic items like food and clothing are very reasonably priced
  • This amount of course, varies depending on your individual lifestyle and college or chosen course.
SIA Youth Scholarship for Undergraduate Degree Courses

Singapore Government awards scholarships to government endorsed students from member countries of ASEAN. Scholarships are available for undergraduate courses at NUS, NTU and SMU on the basis of academic merit and are available through open competition. Besides Medicine and Dentistry, all disciplines are open for scholarship. The scholarship will be available for all the 3-4 years of the course. In addition, a one-year bridging or foundation programme will be provided if necessary.

  • Citizen of an ASEAN country (except Singapore)
  • Excellent academic records
  • Good command over English
  • Meet requirements of NUS, NTU and SMU
  • Should not concurrently hold any other scholarships
  • Scholarship will cover
  • Tuition fees
  • Living allowance of S$ 4300 per annum
  • Accommodation allowance based on different room rates at each university
  • One economy class return air ticket from home country to Singapore during the course of study
  • Application Date: Between early June and mid July every year.
VISA Requirements

Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) form 16 & Form V36 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). Singapore student pass application Fee varies from institute to institute. Normally it will take 2 - 3 weeks to get the Singapore student visa passes. The details provided in this page are suitable for Singapore visa for Indian citizen. Singapore student visa for Indian is applied by the institutes in Singapore.

Proof of Financial Sources

As per the Singapore student visa rules, candidate has to show funds which must be minimum 1 day old from date of visa application.

If the funds are as fixed deposit then, bank must issue a letter confirming the availability of same. Bank letter must be dated less than 30 days from the date of visa application.

Singapore student pass requirements for Indian in same order as given hereunder:

  • International student application form
  • Passport
  • One Passport size photo (less than 6 months old)
  • Visa application fee
  • Bank Statements - ORIGINAL for the last 28 days from all sponsors
  • Transcripts (Mark sheets -from 10th class till the last degree obtained)
  • Affidavit of Support to be given by the sponsor on Rs.20 stamp paper (non-judicial)
  • Work experience certificate
  • Fixed Deposit Receipts (if necessary)
  • Bank loan sanction letter (if necessary)

Applicants are encouraged to submit application at least 2 months before the commencement of the course.

If the required documents are not in the English language, officially translated versions as well as copies in the originally language are required.

Premier education hub which offers students an international perspective and diversity of options. Tuition fees are affordable and the cost of living is still significantly lower than of many developed countries. It is well connected via sea, air and telecommunications to all parts of the world. It is fairly close to India encouraging students to visit home during every academic break. It is consistently acknowledged to be a global business hub with its developed infrastructure, political stability and open business policy.