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Study in Singapore

Why study in Singapore?

In recent years, Singapore (the “Land of the Lions”) is the hub for academic excellence in South-East Asia with its world-famous Universities, state-of-the-art research facilities, and high standards of teaching and learning. Nowadays, it is one of the most popular student destinations in Asia and indeed the world. Singapore consists of 63 smaller islands and is the second-most densely populated independent country in the world after Monaco. Here are a few reasons to study in this country.

Study in Singapore Several world-famous Universities including Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the National University of Singapore (NUS) (both ranked 11th in QS Top University ranking, 2020) are situated in Singapore

Study in Singapore According to QS Ranking 2019, Singapore is ranked the 20th best student city in the world for studying abroad

Study in Singapore According to the U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems, Singapore is ranked seventh overall (based on resources, Environment, Connectivity, and Output), It ranks first for the relative importance of international students, ranks second for R&D expenditure by universities, ranks fourth for joint publications with international authors, ranks sixth in case of national researchers per head and tertiary educational qualifications of the workforce, ranks eighth for knowledge transfer with firms, ranks 22nd for government expenditure on tertiary education, ranks 33rd for joint scientific publications with industry.    

Study in Singapore According to World Atlas, Singapore has now become a world financial capital (Ranked 4th by The Global Financial Centers Index (GFCI)) with its availability of wealth management advisors and efficiency in capital markets, commodity trade, and insurance.

Study in Singapore Singapore is one of the best countries in the world to do business (ranked 8th according to Forbes). For that reason, several multinational companies come to invest in and also recruit local students.

Study in Singapore In the last few years, Singapore has been recognized as a world leader in contemporary research and innovation. Singapore ranks 8th among the 129 economies featured in the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2019

Study in Singapore According to the Global Competitiveness Index 4.0 2019 Rankings, Singapore ranks first. This ranking measures national competitiveness defined as the set of institutions, policies, and other factors that determine the level of productivity.

Study in Singapore The education standard of Singapore is almost equal to the USA/UK/Australia/ European countries, but tuition fees and living expenses are much cheaper than in those countries.

Study in Singapore The degrees offered by the Universities of Singapore are globally recognized, highly valued, and widely accepted by employers.

Study in Singapore Several scholarships and grants are provided by the Universities as well as the Government of Singapore/Ministry of Education (MOE) to attract bright international students. So there is a huge chance to get scholarships for International students.

Study in Singapore Singapore is the home of regional campuses of many renowned foreign Universities including INSEAD Business School, University of Chicago - Graduate School of Business, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Singapore, James Cook University Singapore, Curtin Singapore, SP Jain School of Global Management, and Amity University. So there is a chance to study at a renowned University staying in Singapore.

Study in Singapore Singapore is famous for its prosperity, cleanliness, low level of unemployment, and crime which makes it a heaven for International students.

Study in Singapore English is widely spoken inside and outside the Universities of Singapore, so there will be no language barrier for international students to study or do daily activities.

Study in Singapore Singapore is known for its multicultural society, with a perfect mix of eastern and western cultures. There are mostly four large ethnic groups in this country i.e., Chinese, Malay, Indian, and Eurasian. It will help international students to adapt quickly.

Study in Singapore Singapore is a lively city with its tropical climate, plenty of museums, parks, cinemas, and restaurants. The transport system is superb, and it is a great base to explore Southeast Asian countries like Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, etc.

Cost of Study in Singapore

The main costs associated while studying in Singapore are tuition fees, accommodation, and living expenses. This cost may vary depending on the Institution’s tuition fees, course, locations, accommodation preferred, and student’s lifestyle. The figures given below should be assumed as guidelines. We strongly recommend students to go through the University website and other sources or take the guidance of any study abroad professional.

Study Level

Singaporean dollars/annum (approx)

INR/Annum (approx)



3 lakhs-9.5 lakhs

Bachelor Degree


10 lakhs-30 lakhs

Master Degree (non-medical)


10 lakhs- 30 lakhs

Master Degree (medical)


24 lakhs- 50 lakhs

There is an option to get a huge amount of Ministry of Education (MOE) Tuition Grant which ranges from 5,000-40,000 Singaporean dollars/annum (approx) for international students depending on your program. If an international student can manage to avail of this grant he/she has to pay a subsidized tuition fee rate. This grant is open to a student who has not received any kind of scholarship. To qualify for this grant, an International student must need to sign of agreement called a Service Obligation (SO) with the Ministry of Education (MOE) to work for a Singapore-based company for three years after graduation. To know more about these, please follow the Service Obligation Scheme.

Living expenses- 7,000-12,000 Singaporean dollars/annum or INR 3.5-6 Lakhs(approx)

Singapore Scholarships for International Students

Study Options in Singapore for International Students

The most popular programs in Singapore for International students are Engineering, MBA, Applied and Pure Science, Hotel Management, Travel & Tourism, etc. The post-graduate program is simply referred to as “graduate study by coursework” or “graduate studies by research”. The degrees offered by the universities are MA, M.Sc., and LLM, etc. The duration of the master’s program is generally between one and two years. Part-time work is also allowed by the university under certain conditions.

Student Visa requirements for Singapore

After receiving the acceptance letter from the University, an International student should apply for a student visa or student’s Pass 30-60 days before the start of the program. He/she has to apply to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) through the Student’s Pass Online Application & Registration System (SOLAR). The visa processing fee is S$30. There is also an additional insurance fee.

Required Documents for Student visa application

  1. University acceptance letter
  2. Valid passport
  3. Application fee + insurance fee payment receipt
  4. Completed student visa application form
  5. Two recent passport-sized photographs
  6. Birth certificate
  7. Medical certificate (according to ICA format)
  8. Bank statement and other documents to prove financial capability
  9. Transcripts of your previous degree/diploma
  10. Standardized tests like GRE/GMAT/TOEFL/IELTS scores

Please check the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and Student’s Pass Online Application & Registration System (SOLAR) website carefully for additional documents before applying for your student pass.

List of Popular Universities in Singapore

Study in singapore National University of Singapore

Study in singapore Nanyang Technological University

Study in singapore Singapore Management University

Study in singapore Singapore University of Social Sciences

Study in singapore Singapore University of Technology and Design

Study in singapore LASALLE College of the Arts

Study in singapore Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts

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