Study in Singapore: Know top colleges, courses and admission cycle
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Study in Singapore: – Aspirants from India and abroad have vied to study in Singapore as the country has evolved into one of the top education destinations. Popularly known as the financial centre of Southeast Asia, Singapore enjoys its reputation as one of the education hubs of the world. Ranked among the top five places for students in Asia, the city-state promises to deliver all the demands of foreign students on a platter. Singapore is home to a number of top colleges and universities including domestic as well as campuses of international universities making it a popular destination for students as well as academicians. Study in Singapore is also very much sought after as it is the best place to enjoy the benefits of world-class education and as well as be exposed to a global work environment. Best part about life in Singapore is that is known for its technology driven classrooms and an exciting campus life which encourages a milieu of adventurous ideas.


Country Introduction
Singapore or Republic of Singapore, is a sovereign state of area 721.5 square kilometers and lies just above the equator. The country is made up of one main island and 62 islets. According to the Human Development Index, Singapore ranks at 5th position. The country also has the 3rd highest GDP per capita. Among other things, Singapore also occupies one of the top positions in education, healthcare, life expectancy, quality of life and personal safety.


Study in Singapore

A major attraction for international students flocking to study in Singapore is the motley of opportunities for students from all fields of study. Essentially known as the financial centre of Asia, Singapore is popular as a work centre as well with big brands from across the world setting up their Asian headquarters in the city. Not just for students studying graduate and other online degree programmes, but even exchange programme students are able to reap the full benefits of Singapore’s pragmatic approach to learning. What puts it on the education radar is its two most popular universities-National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University, which are ranked among the top universities in the world.

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Singapore is home to over 50,000 international students, which is one of the highest in Asia. Not just that, it also attracts the largest chunk of students from Asia and Europe, especially, exchange students going to study in Singapore for a shorter period. Two of the programmes Singapore is well known for are management and engineering. Many popular universities in Singapore including INSEAD and National University of Singapore (NUS) are listed among the top business schools in the world, which explain the massive rush of foreign students in these universities. The international students community in both NUS and NTU is over 30% each. Finance and computer science also attract a lot of students to Singapore.

Top Universities in Singapore



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Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU)








National University of Singapore (NUS)








Singapore Management University







Study in Singapore: Admission Cycle

The academic session begins in August for undergraduate as well as the postgraduate courses. Candidates should ideally initiate the process an year in advance. For the August session, candidates should ideally start their search for the preferred programmes in July the previous year, and take the prescribed tests and work towards completing the application process. Nanyang Technological University has two intakes viz, August semester and January Semester.


Singapore Admission Cycle

Time line


June- July (previous year)

Research your options

July- August

Register for standardised test

October- March

Prepare the application package and get you test scores.


Start applying

March- April

Applications close

May- June

Colleges start replying to applications

June- July

Prepare your finances, explore scholarships and apply for education loans.

July- August

Apply for the students Visa

August- September

Departure preparations

September- October

Session starts

Singapore Admission Cycle


Level of study

Application start date

Application end date

National University of Singapore



March end

PG(all courses)

August intake- mid May 

January intake – Mid November

August intake – mid November

January intake – mid May

Nanyang Technological University



1st April


August intake- 1 October

January intake- 1 June

August intake- Mid November

January intake- 31 July

Singapore Management University


Mid October

Mid March




Singapore University of Technology and Design


October 1st week




2017 January intake (PhD)- 15th September



January intake – 2 months prior to the deadline

September intake – 2 months prior to the deadline

January intake- 2nd March

September Intake- Mid-September



2nd May

Mid July



30st September

Singapore Polytechnic


Early January


James cook University


NA (rolling admissions)


ESSEX Business School



30th June (October intake)



1st July (October intake)

Study in Singapore: Eligibility Criteria

Academic institutions in Singapore require the globally approved exams for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes like GRE, GMAT, BMAT, and SAT to name a few. Admission requirements also include English proficiency exams such as TOEFL and IELTS.


Cost of studying in the country

Singapore is not only one of the sought after education destinations in the world but also one of the most expensive. In fact, expenses for students who study in Singapore can be compared to countries like Australia and USA. The cost of studying MBA can go upwards USD 62,000 just in tuition fee. The undergraduate courses are comparatively less expensive and may cost between S$29,350 – S$37,550. Other than tuition fees, accommodation makes up for the second huge chunk with expenses averaging on USD 5000 annually. Needless to say, in terms of living, too, Singapore can be heavy on your pocket. Including food and transportation, the entire living expenses in Singapore may go upwards USD 22,000 annually.

Singapore admission cycle: Visa Cycle

Singapore offers a Student Pass to international students admitted to universities in the country. Foreign students should apply for the Singapore Student’s Pass at least two months before the start of their programmes. Singapore has a list of institutes and only students studying in these colleges and universities are able to apply for a Student’s Pass. Before the preparation for your stay in Singapore, international students have to apply via the Student’s Pass On-Line Application & Registration (SOLAR) system. Students are offered a visa covering the course duration. In case students want to extend their stay beyond the duration of their programmes and study in Singapore further, they have to apply for renewal through SOLAR.


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sir am a Indian planning to pursue Masters in Urban Designing in James Cook University. Is that a good university and a good course to get a job in Singapore.?

Kanupriya Gupta 18th Jan, 2020

Dear Aspirant,

James Cook University has started the course of Masters in Urban Designing by collaborating with professionals around the world and therefore, this degree is unique in its ways. This is a collaboration of cultures and they will shine through the course. This course is meant for those who want to change the world through their actions and their career and job opportunities. This Master's degree is only available at this university. The campus is in Singapore from which you wish to pursue and the start dates are February and July. Planning and Urban Design is a 2 year full-time Masters course.

This will help you get a job anywhere in the world in creative roles in all sectors, be it government, not-for-profit, in developing countries where there is a need to impart such knowledge or corporates. As it is singularly established, it will remain a valuable course, wherever you go. You would be able to design cities and would be able to help communities to tackle climate change through your planning. You would be able to work towards issues relating to population, urbanisation, poverty and homelessness, land use and create a culturally inclusive and economically developed environment for those around you. This course will equip you with hazard mapping, planning sub-divisions, ecological sustainability, policy development, environmental law and urban and regional planning. Therefore, you will have special knowledge in the field of tropical planning and you would be able to articulate this knowledge to make a career in politics or research as well if you wish to.

Therefore, it is a good course to move forward with and will surely enable you to get a job in Singapore.

Hope this helps. All the best!


I am a Citizen of India. My Father was working in Singapore as a S pass. Now I compIeted a 12 th in India. I want to Study Engineering in Singapore.What Can I do for Study in Singapore

sarthak goel 31st Dec, 2019

Hello Astil,

You will have to apply to a Singapore university. Since you are an Indian Citizen you will be considered as an international student. Below is the link for some singapore universities:

Below is the link for the application process in singapore universitites:

Since your father is working in Singapore, you may have some additional benefits in applying of VISA or completing some formalities.

Hope this Helps


which university provides undergraduate course of bio technology in singapore?

Yashu Shrivastava 26th Dec, 2019

Hello Sejal

Here is the list of some colleges for Bio Technology in Singapore-

  1. PSB Academy.
  2. NGEE ANN Polytechnic.
  3. Singapore Polytechnic College.
  4. Temasek Polytechnic College.
  5. Management Development Institute Of Singapore.
  6. Republic Polytechnic.
  7. Nanyang Polytechnic.

Hope It Helps

Best Of Luck!


Sir, My son is Singapore citizen. I am Indian. My wife is Singaporean divorced 19 years back. My son is living with me here in India and studied at Chennai school since LKG. Can my son write neet exam and get Medical deat here in India?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 6th Dec, 2019

If your son has a Singapore citizenship, though he has been in India since LKG, he will be considered as a Foreign National. Civilians in India do not usually get dual citizenship and so he cannot be considered an Indian Citizen. Having said that, your son is eligible for NEET if he fulfils the eligibility critera which is mentioned here. And if your son gets a seat in MBBS, he can study in India.


  • Indian Nationals, NRIs, PIOs, OCIs, and Foreign Nationals
  • No upper age limit as of now. The Candidate should be at least 17 years by December 31st of 2020
  • You should have completed your 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry and Biology as your Core Subjects.
  • 50% Aggregate in Physics, Chemistry and Biology for General Category, 45% for PWD and 40% for OBC,SC,ST Candidates.
  • NIOS and Private Candidates are also eligible

Is there any examinations needed to clear for getting admission in NUS singapore for admission in mds after bds graduation from india and how much experience is needed for getting admission in NUS?

Harshita Gupta 30th Nov, 2019
For Masters in dental surgery in NUS Singapore, the eligibility criteria are as follows:
  • A basic dental degree (bachelor's degree or any equivalent degree) is required.
  • You have to give TOEFL or IELTS. The minimum score for TOEFL is 580( paper based), 273(computer based), 92(internet based) and for IELTS, the score should be 7+.
  • There are some health requirements for which one has to undergo check ups of Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.
  • Candidates have to pass part I MDS examination which is based on aspects of anatomy, dental anatomy and histology, physiology, pathology and microbiology that demonstrate the fundamental principles and processes, and their clinical application.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed and may be required to take manual dexterity test.

Hope this helps!!
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