Vanita Sinha got through INSEAD. But she wasn’t offered a place in primary campus of France, but in the satellite campus in Singapore. Her parents and she were thrilled because Singapore is just four hours by flight from India. Currently, there are nearly 97,000 international students from 120 nations studying in Singapore.

Undergraduate education
While Accountancy and Business programmes are of three years duration, all other bachelor degree programmes take four years to complete. Dual degree programmes, which allow students to graduate with 2 bachelor’s degrees, take between 4 and 5 years. Integrated programmes, which allow students to graduate with a Masters degree, take about 5 years.


Graduate education

Graduate programmes lead to the award of the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy and Master as well as Graduate Diplomas. There are 2 types of programmes: Coursework and Dissertation, and Research. Strong international relationships and collaboration with leading international institutions allow students to study under faculty from both universities and also attend classes at both campuses. Some such programmes offered include Singapore-MIT Alliance, Singapore-Stanford Partnership, Cornell-Nanyang Institute of Hospitality Management, Singapore-University of WashingtonAlliance in Bioengineering and Financial Engineering with Carnegie Mellon University.


Low cost

It is significantly lower than that of many western countries while the education is at par. The government also provides tuition grants to international students. In return for the high subsidy given by the Ministry of Education, all international students are required to work in companies registered in Singapore for three years upon graduation to discharge some of their obligations to the Singapore tax-payers.

Scholarships too are available but in limited numbers. Most undergraduate degrees charge between S$25000 and S$30000 per annum. Foreign students who receive grants (given to meritorious students) could pay as little as S$11,000 per year! Besides the tuition fee and miscellaneous fee for full-time programmes, the estimated monthly cost of living is about S$700 – S$900


Proximity with India and Safety

The fact that Singapore is only four hours away provides tremendous comfort to parents and students alike. The cost of travel is also low compared to flights to Europe and the USA allowing students to come home more often. Also the lack of crime in Singapore promises a very safe environment for young people to pursue their education.


Part-time work and work permit

A work permit is not required but students are only allowed to work a maximum of 16 hours a week during term time. Also, most students are guaranteed jobs upon their graduation if they have been granted a subsidy by the Government.


Industry-relevant education

Singapore’s education institutions maintain strong links with industry to ensure that courses stay industry-relevant. For example, DigiPen Institute of Technology that offers animation courses has a tie-up with LucasArts.


Simplified visa procedure

The institute will assist the student in applying for the student pass. The Student Pass application must be submitted at least two months before the course commencement date. The student will have to log on to the SOLAR system from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website with his assigned SOLAR application number.The SOLAR Application number will be issued to the student once he/she has been accepted by the school. Student’s Pass applications submitted via SOLAR are processed in three to 10 working days. Upon the approval of the Student’s Pass application, the student will receive an In-Principle Approval letter from the Department of Student Development. Website:

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I wish to become a Neurosurgeon, but first I wish to practice in the United States or Singapore for half of my career and to spend last half of my career in India. Whether my wish is a good one? Is it possible? Is my decision is correct? Kindly commend on my wish?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 7th Apr, 2020

Raja, we have been discussing your career and aspirations for a while now and we appreciate that you want to take Career360's opinion on the matter of your career. So by now, you are aware of the fact what it takes to become a neurosurgeon and what it is to clear USMLE, practise as a resident in the US. We also have discussed the life style and the salary part. Now regarding the first half and later half of the career, we only wish we could predict our timeline on this planet. We do not which might be the first half or which might be the later part. But no wish is bad. If you want to achieve something, you should lest you regret for the rest of your lofe. Now to practise in the US, you may have to appear for USMLE, clear the step 1 and then practise as a resident before you can get the license to practise as a full time neurosurgeon. That is a long process that might take good 4-5 years. You study MBBS in India for 50 months and then complete the 1 year rotational internship and it takes you as many as 5 years. And appearing for USMLE and then working as a resident take another 4 years and so 10 years of your life are spent getting a valid license to practise in the US. And then lets say after 5 years you want to move to Singapore, that takes a whole different processing because you need to appear for their license exam. And you work in Singapore for lets say another 5 years and you come back to India. 15 years of your life are spent studying and getting licenses. But the beauty is within 15 years you can actually get license to practise in 3 countries. So you need to take a call. Or how about you finish MBBS in India, move to Singapore to study your MD/MS and plan on moving to the US? That way the transition is going to be smoother.


I wish to become a Neurosurgeon, I predict that I have a career period of 30 years. I wish to practice half career in the countries of the US, Singapore, the UK, Canada, New Zealand, or Australia and I wish to practice last half of my career in India. Is my wish possible? Is my wish a good one?

Manish Singh 2nd Apr, 2020

As long as you have an active medical license in your country that being india yes you can practice medicine anywhere in the world provided that you have some references who can recommend you to the place you want to work at and a good background check. That is the most important thing to consider. And yes your wish can come true if you work hard for it. All the best


what are the fee structure and scholarships that indian students can avail at NUS for masters in research programme through gate scores ?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 2nd Apr, 2020


fees structure is different according to scheme wise, there is two type of graduate course available,

Government-subsidised graduate programmes

Self-funded graduate coursework programmes

international students who are studying under government subsidised program are eligible to apply for SO scheme , who under so scheme get tuition fees waiver, you must have excellent academic record, need to enroll in any of the masters program, must not received any other government aided scholarships.

for more details you may follow the below link,

fees generally differs with course wise, and it depends on whether you want to study part time or full time. there is many scholarships available around 1000-3000 singapore dollar per month , some of the scholarships schemes are  Common Wealth Scholarship, NUS Research scholarship, Lee Kong Chian Scholarships and others. you may follow the below link to know in details,


For seeking admission in NTU, Singapore through GATE. In which month can we apply for it?

Pooja Kumari 28th Mar, 2020

Hello Anantika,

For seeking admission in NTU, Singapore through GATE,

You will have to apply as per the month in which you want to get into the university.

For August Semester last date for application is 31 January

And for, January Semester last date for application is 31 July. For more information you can go through the official website as well.

Good luck! :)


What is the cost to become a Neurosurgeon in Singapore after completing MBBS in India?

Soutrik Acharya 30th Mar, 2020

List of the colleges for neurosurgeon in Singapore after completing MBBS in India are given below -

1. L a s a l l e college Singapore - Rs. 15,00,000

2. Duke, NUS Medical School, Singapore - Rs. 40,00,000

3. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore - Rs. 20,00,000

4. National University of Singapore - Rs. 40,00,000

5. James Cook University, Singapore - Rs. 15,00,000

Thank you.

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