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Things You Must Know BeforeYou Study in Singapore

January 2017

Singapore is a dynamic city rich in contrast and color where you'll find a harmonious blend of culture, cuisine, arts and architecture. More than 16 leading foreign universities have also set up centers of excellence in education and research. Singapore's quality private education organizations add further diversity to the nation's education landscape. Tuition fees are affordable and the cost of living in Singapore is still significantly lower than of many developed countries. Talented students who need financial assistance can find the help they need in form of scholarships, bursaries and study loans. Singapore is consistently acknowledged to be a global business hub with its developed infrastructure, political stability and open business policy.

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Application Procedure:

GNew applications are to be submitted at least 2 months prior and not more than 6 months from the course commencement date.Applicants are not required to be present in Singapore while their applications are being considered. Hence, applicants are advised to apply for a Student's Pass before arriving in Singapore, as no extension of stay will be granted while the applications are under processing.Applicants are advised to enter Singapore to complete the formalities for the issuance of a Student's Pass only after their applications have been approved. They will be issued with Student's Passes within one month from the course commencement date.

Top courses in Singapore:

Singapore's education has become increasingly popular over the course of 5 years. Many students now prefer to study in Singapore instead of the already renowned USA and UK. This transition is due to the rapid development in the educational sector. They are leading charts for many courses. Some of them are mentioned below:

1.) Banking and finance:

Being the financial center for business activities in Asia, Singapore has witnessed a spurt in the Banking and Finance related courses in the last few years. Of course, one of the reasons behind the boost is the availability of work opportunities in this field.

2.) Engineering:

Being a technology hub, Singapore has made a name among international students in engineering courses.

Some of the popular engineering courses are: Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Civil engineering.

3.) Computer Science and IT:

A degree in Computer Science prepares students with particular interest in information technology and computers. Computer science research is related to areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Systems and Networking, Computational Biology, Database Management and so on.

4.) Law:

Law in Singapore is such that it is in sync with the law model of most countries. As such, the degree is considered valid and recognized in countries like Malaysia, UK, US, Australia, Canada among others. Not only that, Singapore's legal education is seen as one of the best in Asia. The National University of Singapore Faculty of Lawis widely regarded as Asia's best law school and one of the top international law schools. The Undergraduate LLB degree is awarded after 4 years of study and for students who have a prior degree in any other subject can qualify for the Graduate LL.B. Program, and will obtain their LL.B. in three years instead of four.

Others include:


Art and Design

Tourism and Hospitality

Living expensesion Singapore

Singapore offers a high, yet affordable, quality of lifestyle. The cost of living in Singapore is significantly lower than that of developed countries such as Australia, UK and USA. An international student in Singapore spends on average about SGD 750 to SGD 2,000 a month on living expenses, including accommodation, utilities, food, transport, clothing, telecommunications, books, medical and personal expenses (These estimates serve as reference only).

Accommodation in Singapore

There is wide variety of accommodation in Singapore to suit different budgets and needs. Student should make arrangements before their arrival. Temporary accommodation can be arranged giving student more time to settle.

Student can seek the help of the International Student Officer available at most institutes. Some of the housing option available includes residence halls, private hostel, home-stays, public and private apartments/ house.

Singapore Scholarships:

The Ministry of Education (MOE) provides tuition grants to student enrolled at local universities and polytechnics. International students who avail of the tuition grants are required to work for three years upon graduation, either in a Singapore-registered company or institute overseas.

Numerous financial assistance schemes are available to students.

Tuition fee loan schemes:

Provides a loan of up to 90 per cent of the subsidized tuition fees payable for university students and up to 75 per cent of the subsidized tuition fees payable for polytechnic student.


Awarded based on financial need and usually do not exceed SGD 1,500 per year.

Study Loans:

Study loans are usually payable upon graduation at favorable interest rates. Some institutes offer loan for other expenses, such as computer.


A number of scholarships are open to international students. Selection is usually based on academic merit, leadership and co-curricular records. Scholarships available to Indian students include the SIA-NOL Scholarship and Youth Scholarship.

Student Visa for Singapore

A student pass (Visa) allows an International student to remain in Singapore for the purpose of study. An international student is required to apply for a student pass if he/she has been accepted by an education institution to pursue full time studies in Singapore.

Where to apply

The website to apply for the visa is


a. How many days prior the student can apply for visa

60 days prior the commencement date a student can apply for Visa.

b. Documents required

Document consists of 3 sets:-


Form 16 & Form 36
Passport copy of atleast 6 months validity
acceptance form that comes with the COL
Passport size photograph (against a white background)


last 3 months IT returns.
Parents salary slip / Employment Letter
Savings in liquid assets of S$30,000.


All academic documents attested and notarised.

c. Visa Application Fee

The visa application fee is S$30

d. Processing Time

The general processing time for a new application is about 4 weeks [2 weeks for Private Education Organizations that are awarded the 4 years EduTrust Star/EduTrust status] upon the receipt of a duly completed application by ICA. Some applications may however take a longer time to process

e. English Ability Requirements

If the student has studied from an English Medium School, then he gets a waiver on IELTS and TOEFL, but the students have to arrange for a letter themselves stating a waiver from their respective institute.

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