Why Study in Singapore?
With affordable tuition fees, world-class education, and globally competitive universities, Singapore has been a haven for international students pursuing higher education in their desired field of study. Did you know? Over the past decade, the government's expenditure on higher education has spiked to 12 billion Singapore dollars. Most universities in Singapore offer diverse courses ranging from business administration to arts, culinary, management environment and finance.
As per the Global Peace Index Report, Singapore ranks amongst the top 20 peaceful nations in the world to study and live peacefully. The thriving ecosystem of nature reserves, wetlands, and wildlife makes this nation one of the exotic South Asian destinations for international students in Singapore to spend time on leisure hours. Every year, Singapore welcomes over 80,000 international students from 100+ nationalities.
- Public Universities in Singapore are funded by the Singaporean government and open to international and local students. Though these institutions are government-funded, they are autonomous; hence they can bring changes to syllabus, teaching methodologies and research-oriented activities.
- Private Universities in Singapore also receive funding from the Singapore Government, and The Ministry of Education monitors the syllabuses. Polytechnic universities/ institutions offer diverse practise oriented diploma courses for international students.
Education System in Singapore for International Students
Home to top-notch universities and colleges, Singaporean national universities rank among the top 20 universities year after year. There are over 30+ private institutions and 6 national universities in Singapore. Singapore's education system is formulated with current market trends ensuring students graduating from the country's universities are equipped with mandatory skills and knowledge to thrive in the competitive world. Over the years, the country has attracted many leading international universities to spread their branches in Singapore.
Public Universities in Singapore are funded by the Singaporean government and open to international and local students. Though these institutions are government-funded, they are autonomous; hence they can bring changes to syllabus, teaching methodologies and research-oriented activities.
Private Universities in Singapore also receive funding from the Singapore Government, and The Ministry of Education monitors the syllabuses. Polytechnic universities/ institutions offer diverse practise oriented diploma courses for international students in Singapore.
How much does it cost to study in Singapore?
The tuition fee for international students in Singapore varies depending on the university and courses you enrol in Singapore. In order to study a UG program in Singapore, the average tuition fee ranges between S$ 51,000 and S$ 115,000, depending on the type of course. For students enrolling in a PG program, the tuition fee ranges from S$ 46,000 to S$ 133,000.
When it comes to living costs, international students studying in Singapore will need to spend between S$ 1000 and S$ 2200 a month. This cost of living in Singapore is an average amount considering all the basic necessities such as food, travel and accommodation. Most students prefer off-campus accommodation in Singapore, which costs around S$ 700 a month.
Level of Study
Tuition Fee (S$)
S$ 6,100 to S$ 20,000
S$ 32,000 – S$ 65,000
S$ 32,000 – S$ 55,000
Student Visa to Study in Singapore
International students applying to study in Singapore should apply for a Singapore student visa/student pass depending upon the nature and duration of the program. It takes up to 10 business days for Singapore student visa to be processed. Students can opt for a short-term visa for courses in Singapore that last up to 3 months, such as diploma and certificate programs. On the other hand, international students in Singapore must apply for a long-term student visa for UG and PG programs in Singapore. International students in Singapore are allowed to work part time for up to 16 hours per week. The student visa cost in Singapore is S$ 30.
As soon as receiving the offer or letter of approval from a university in Singapore, students need to apply for a Singapore student visa to the ICA (Immigration and Checkpoints Authority). Once the university updates students' data on the ICA, the Singapore student visa application shall be submitted & processed through the SOLAR (Student's Pass Online Application and Registration System).
Health Insurance to Study in Singapore
International students in Singapore must have valid health insurance coverage throughout the course tenure to study higher education in Singapore. The MOE (Ministry of Education) mandates health insurance as a prerequisite for the Singapore student visa process.
The Ministry of Education (MOE) requires all international students in Singapore to have a valid medical insurance policy throughout their study period in Singapore. It is advisable to get in touch with our counsellors to know about all available Singapore health insurance before planning to study at any of the Singaporean universities. There are 2 types of health insurance in Singapore such as public and private health covers. International students in Singapore are advised to take up private health insurance to avoid spending lump sums at private hospitals for any medical consultation or physical ailments.
Best Places to Study in Singapore
As a multilingual country with 4 official languages, English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil, international students in Singapore can get an opportunity to meet and converse with diverse cultural people. Though the country is small in its landmass, students have options to choose from many popular cities to study in Singapore.
Each city in Singapore has some best universities in fields such as medicine, law, engineering and management, enabling you to study your favourite course & satiate your needs of expressing yourself and exploring student life in Singapore. Some of the popular cities to study in Singapore are
- Bukit Timah
Popular Courses to Study in Singapore
- Business and Management
- Architecture and Building
- Creative Arts, Communication and Design
- Agriculture and Environment
- Arts, Humanities and Social Science
- IT and Computing
- Tourism and Hotel Management.
Our Partner Institutions in Singapore
- James Cook University - Singapore
- Kaplan Higher Education Academy - Singapore
- Raffles Education Network
- William Angliss Institute, Singapore