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Why Singapore

Singapore, known as the Lion City, is a fascinating blend of pan-Asian cultures, ethnicities and cuisines, exquisite natural beauty and fine British colonial architecture. Above all, it is a high-tech modern city where Asian traditions eagerly embrace both the benefits of global tourism and the challenges of tomorrow.

Singapore is a world leader in research and innovation and has earned the third place in the 2013 QS Best Student Citiesthat stands as a premier education hub with its world class universities and offers Quality Education at an Affordable Cost.

Tuition feesthere, are less than many other Asian nations, and scholarships, grants and fellowships abound for international students.

Of course, there’s its extraordinary reputation as an epic centre for higher education, research and innovation thanks to a combination of government imperatives, top-ranked universities, a collaborative spirit and a magnificent quality of life.

Because of Singapore’s renowned superiority in the field of education, employers increasingly seek out its grads -- both in Asia and across the globe.

Aside from the fact that Singapore is a diverse, beautiful and vibrant place to live, it also excels in terms of safety. Strict laws and correspondingly low crime rates.

Diversity isn’t just accepted in Singapore, it is abundantly welcomed. The mixing of so many unique cultures offers a unique worldview for those who choose Singapore as study destination.

Fact File

Official Name:Republic of Singapore

Full Name :Republic of Singapore

Population:077 million (including permanent residents, foreign workers. (June 2010)


Area:710.2 sq km

Official languages:English, Malay, Mandarin Chinese, Tamil

Major religion:Buddhism, Taoist, Muslim, Christian, Hindu.

Life expectancy:78 years (men), 82 years (women)

Monetary unit:1 Singapore dollar (SGD)


In Singapore, the type of host institution you’ll study at depends on both your area of study and the qualification you’d like to be awarded.

Singapore has a three part higher education system with three public universities (the National University of Singapore, the Nanyang Technological University and the Singapore Management University), five polytechnics (Singapore Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Temasek Polytechnic, Nanyang Polytechnic and Republic Polytechnic), and an Institute of Technical Education (ITE) system composed of the ITE Headquarters and three regional campuses (which will not be dealt with in this country profile), all of which are public. There is also a privately-funded university, SIM University (Uni SIM) that is targeted at adult learners 1 . Only the universities offer degree programs, but polytechnic graduates (and a selected few ITE graduates) may go on to pursue their undergraduate degrees at universities. There is also the National Institute of Education, an autonomous part of Nanyang Technical University that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Education. Apart from these programs, colleges offer a variety of Diploma courses in Hotel and Hospitality management for six month duration (6 month study+6 Month Internship).


The academic culture of Singapore aims to provide students with a holistic, broad education. Teaching style in Singapore is systematic, pragmatic and instructional, based on pedagogical traditions from both East and West. Examinations are considered necessary and key parts of educational assessment, with professors placing crucial focus on preparing students for exams as thoroughly as possible. Students are pushed to understand what they’re learning as well as why they’re learning it, and so are better equipped to deal with the ‘real-world’ application of class content


The students must have completed higher secondary schooling or pre-university education and gained a passing certificate of GCE “O” level examination from Singapore or an equivalent qualification of minimum 12 years of schooling from an overseas country to apply for the undergraduate courses in Singapore. And to apply for postgraduate studies, students should have completed minimum 3-4 years of undergraduate studies depending on whether a student wants to take up master’s degree program or a doctoral degree. This 4-year bachelor’s degree offered is similar to that of bachelors of engineering or technology offered in India. And for those looking to apply for an MBA course in Singapore universities are required to hold on a minimum: a bachelor’s degree and 2-3 years of work experience. Also, since English is the medium of education in Singapore; students must be fluent in all aspects of English: reading, writing, speaking, and listening


In order to be accepted by a college or university for study in Singapore, you will need to present a proof of language proficiency. It means you have to pass an official language test (for example – TOEFL or IELTS).


International students who wish to study abroad in Singapore will need a visa. However, the application process is is linked to your university application. All students accepted to study at a university in Singapore receive their visa with their letter of approval.

It means that successful applicants don’t need to apply for a visa directly since it’s issued with their in-principle approval (IPA) letter which is provided by the institution. This letter works as a visa and it can be used at entry checkpoints.

There is another document needed for studying in Singapore: a Student Pass. You need to apply for it no earlier than two months before your course begins, yet no later than one month before your course commences. To obtain your Student Pass, you have to sign up with the special Student’s Pass Online Application & Registration System (SOLAR).

A Student Pass allows you to work during your studies. All international students can work during holidays but are limited to 16 hours of work per week in term time. However, it’s important to note not all students are allowed to work during term-time, so you will have to check regulations to see if it applies to you.


Similar to educational cost, Singaporean living cost is relatively low when compared with other overseas locations round the world.

The Possible accommodation options generally are Room in Public Housing, University’s Halls of Residence, Room in Private Housing.

Private Hostel Room in Private Housing & Homestay

Monthly Cost of living in Singapore ranges from S$750 to S$2,000 on an average.

  • Legally International students can work part time 16 hours a week while being a student in the college or university.

  • Post Study Work options
  • Some companies in Singapore may require you to sign a bond agreement well before your graduation completion and commit to allow you concessional tuition fees and guarantee you job after your graduation. If you can get such an offer you can get a work permit but it will be dependent on the terms and conditions of the employers and whether or not you are willing to immigrate permanently to Singapore.
    Alternatively upon completion of degree programme, students should submit an application for a one-year Visit Pass (Long-Term) to seek employment in Singapore. In this case only employers can apply for you.
  • Intakes: January , July

    Tuition fee: Diplomas – 6+6 1 (1year) (Cost S$ 6,000 Approx))
    MBA (1year) (Cost S$ 6,000 Approx))

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