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Study in Singapore - Frequently Asked Questions

August 2020

An Asian hub of education, Singapore is a cosmopolitan country that offers the best quality education to its students. The country offers a fine balance between culture and contemporary. The educational services are top-notch and a significant number of global universities have their campuses located in Singapore.

If you have embarked upon the journey to study in Singapore, there are likely to be a significant number of questions running through your mind. Here's a list of the most frequently asked questions about studying in Singapore

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What are the benefits of studying in Singapore?

If you are looking to receive a quality education in a cosmopolitan and vibrant environment, Singapore is your answer. The infrastructure and accessibility in an international business hub will enable your career to grow in bounds. The education received is economical nature and is excellent with the education framework.

What are the intakes offered?

Universities in Singapore have an intake either in August or February. Similarly, Polytechnics have an April or September intake. On the other hand, Private Education Organisations have multiple intakes.

What are the entry requirements to study in Singapore?

The entry requirements are largely dependent upon the university and course of study. The entry requirements are competitive in nature and you must put your best foot forward to attain admittance. Public universities in Singapore require SAT undergraduate programs. Whilst MBA or other Masters course requires either a GMAT or GRE, varying according to the course. On the other hand, private universities in Singapore need IELTS / TOEFL. However, in some cases, you may not be required to produce the same if you provide a Medium of Instruction Letter (English) from earlier college.

What are the popular courses offered in Singapore?


Here's a list of popular courses offered in Singapore

  • Banking and Finance
  • Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Law
  • Fashion
  • Art and Design
  • Tourism and Hospitality

What is the cost to study in Singapore?

The approximate tuition fees at the various study levels in Singapore can be understood as follows:
PG courses: SGD 17,000 to 35,000
UG courses: SGD 24,000 to 38,000

Will I be allowed to work part-time?

Students are allowed to work part-time with respect to the guidelines stated by the government. A maximum of 16 hours is allotted to students if they have obtained permission from the Liaison/Affairs Office of their university. They are allowed to work full time during the vacation period.

Will I get accommodation facilities in Singapore?

There is a wide variety of accommodation in Singapore. Students can seek the help of the International Student Officer available at most institutes. Some of the housing options available are residence halls, private hostels, home-stays, public and private apartments/ houses.

How much provisions should I make towards living expenses?

Singapore offers a high quality of life. An international student in Singapore spends an average of SGD 750 to SGD 2,000 a month on living expenses, including accommodation, utilities, food, transport, clothing, telecommunications, books, medical and personal expenses.

How to attain a student visa in Singapore?

Students to need to attain a Student Pass which can be obtained through the Singapore consulate. However, this is only done once the evidence of confirmed enrolment in the program and evidence of funds, which can support students through the education process is attained. Colleges in Singapore usually undertake the visa process for you. Although the processing time is 4 weeks, it may take longer than that. Not only the educational institution but the local sponsor is also notified of the outcome. If you want to go a step further and work in Singapore, you need to have an employment pass or work permit.

Through the years, a significant number of international students have decided to pursue their higher education in Singapore. A degree from a Singapore institution is highly revered across the globe, which opens several doors of employment prospects for its students. Thus, attaining an education in Singapore will enable you to seek lucrative careers across the globe. Some of the best institutions for a range of programs are found in Singapore thus, students can be rest assured that they have made the safest bet for their future once they decide to study in Singapore.

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Also read: Frequently Asked Questions about studying in UK



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