Study in Singapore: Know all about studying in Singapore
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Study in Singapore
: With nearly 50,000 international students arriving on its shores annually for higher education, Singapore rightly deserves the tag of an academic powerhouse in Asia. The popularity of Singapore is the result of a long list of credentials raked up by it in recent years, including a number of highly-rated universities. Ranked among the top 5 student cities in Asia, the city-state also has a stellar corporate reputation, with the National University of Singapore ranked 10th in the world in the Employer Reputation by QS.

In this article, we address the major issues faced by a student when making preparations to study in Singapore, be it related to popular courses to study in Singapore, top universities or student visa.

Top queries before planning to study in Singapore:


 Q: What are the top universities to study in Singapore?

To be regarded as a major education hub, the first condition is, of course, the presence of top-ranked universities, and Singapore does pretty well in this regard. Hogging the limelight are National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University, ranked 12 and 13 in the world by QS respectively. Another university, Singapore Management University, though not featured in the QS list because it is too specialized, is ranked in the top 50 for accounting and finance, and in the top 100 for social sciences and management.

Singapore University of Technology and Design, meanwhile, is the product of a collaboration between Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) of the US and Zhejiang University of China, and is a great place for higher education in Singapore, especially if you would like to add an American flavor to your degree.

Top universities to study in Singapore


QS World Ranking 2015


National University of Singapore



Nanyang Technological University



Singapore Management University

(Top 50 for accounting and finance, and top 100 for social sciences and management)



SIM University




Singapore University of Technology and Design



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Q: What is the cost of studying in Singapore?

According to HSBC, Singapore is the second most expensive academic destination after Australia. So, if you are planning to study in Singapore, you can’t afford to be tight-fisted. The highlight of the cost of studying in Singapore is the uncharacteristically high cost of living, around $20,292, which is the highest among all the countries listed by HSBC, higher even than Australia ($18,012) and Hong Kong ($18,696). 

Postgraduate tuition fees (Master’s level)


Tuition Fee range (approx.)



National University of Singapore

S$32,000- S$72,000

S$26,000- S$43,000

Nanyang Technological University

S$28,000- S$75,000


Singapore Management University

S$38,000- S$64,000


SIM University

S$25,000- S$39,000


Singapore University of Technology and Design



If you are planning to take admission in Diploma and Bachelors courses, tuition fees would look like:

Diplomas- 1 - 2 years: Around S$8000 - S$15000
Bachelors- 2-4 years: Around S$24,000- S$40,000


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Q: How to get admission in university to study in Singapore?

While there is no fixed application deadline applicable across universities in Singapore, the deadline for a majority of them falls between March and June. At the postgraduate level, admissions are conducted in two sessions –January and August, and the deadline varies accordingly. Also, given that there are a number of foreign universities which have their campuses in Singapore, the application deadline at these campuses, again, may be different from home-grown universities.

Coming to academic qualifications, TOEFL, PTE and IELTS scores are accepted as English language requirements for both graduate and undergraduate admissions. Meanwhile, students can submit either GMAT or GRE scores for MBA admissions; GRE, in addition, is accepted for admission to a host of other postgraduate programs as well.

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Q: What are the top scholarships for international students to study in Singapore?

Despite knowing the fact that Singapore is the second costliest destination after Australia, if you are still holding on to your dream of studying in Singapore, you deserve some good news. And the good news is the Ministry of Education in Singapore offers scholarships to the tune of $210 million to international students annually. In addition to government scholarships, there are other top scholarships for international students to study in Singapore like Nanyang Scholarship, which covers full tuition fees, and is offered by Nanyang Technological University;and the Singapore Millennium Scholarships, valued at S$2000, S$3000, and S$5000 for M.Sc., Ph.D., and postdoctoral training, respectively, per month.


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Q: What are the top courses to study in Singapore?

It has almost become a norm: top academic destinations today also offer industry-leading MBA programs in their globally-ranked MBA institutes. And it is no different in case of Singapore, which draws a lot of students from the aspiring-MBA community. Leading the list of top ranked MBA universities in Singapore is INSEAD, which is followed by other recognized universities like National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University.

Engineering also finds its place of pride as one of the top courses to study in Singapore, and along with Management, is responsible for the influx of the highest number of international students into the country.

Some of the other top courses to study in Singapore include Computer science and IT, Law, and Banking and Finance.

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How to get Student Visa in Singapore?  

Students studying in a university in Singapore are given a Student’s Pass which also functions as a student visa. However, the Student Pass is granted only to full-time students who have already been accepted by an academic institute in the city.

For countries which require a visa to enter Singapore, an in-principle approval letter issued by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) can also be used to enter Singapore, in place of a visa. Students are advised to apply for the visa at least a month prior to the commencement of studies, but no more than 2 months in advance.

The visa issuing authority in Singapore is Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority or ICA and the process may take up to 10 working days. Also, since the visa application process is different for different education levels, to get student visa in Singapore, students would be better off if they get familiar with the academic levels that exist there.

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Q: What are the work opportunities in Singapore?

Whether or not a student is allowed to work in Singapore during study is determined by the institute of higher education the student is admitted in. Like in some universities, students are allowed to work for up to 16 hours per week. The best place to know whether an institute falls under the work during study in Singapore scheme is the Ministry of Manpower. However, no work permit is needed to pursue work during holidays.

When it comes to work after study in Singapore, students can opt for the one-year Visit Pass (Long-Term), issued by the CIA, to seek post-study work opportunities in Singapore.


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What is the Working time of Neurosurgeons in Singapore and Hong Kong?

Ina 17th Feb, 2020

Hello Raja,

As Neurosurgeons are also doctors, so there is no any specific scheduled time for a doctor. Yes, there is maximum 8 hour schedule timing for every profession and even it applies for doctors. But being doctor is not just a profession but also an responsibility of service of saving life, So whenever duty calls, they need to attend the patient immediately.

Hope you get my point.

Thank you. GOOD LUCK!!


hi Im Indian citizen I want to study in Singapore but I had work permit of Singapore. Can I get student pass?

Yastika Kumar 10th Feb, 2020

Hi Komal,

Yes you are eligible to get student pass only if you have admission notice from a university in Singapore. Working pass is not a big issue while apply to study there as most of the students who go there to study wishes to have one as it helps them to work and earn extra money because student pass only permits you to work only 16 hours in a week.


I want to study English Litreaure. Which college is best suited for it in Singapore?

Aishwarya Bp 26th Jan, 2020


PSB Academy

NIE singapore (NTU)

Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

National University of Singapore (NUS)

These are the top Universities which provides English Literature Course.

Hope it helps

Thank you

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