Study In Singapore

  • Country’s National Language: English, Malay, Mandarin, Tamil
  • Country’s Currency: (Singapore Dollar = Rs49.49 )
  • Country’s Capital city: Singapore
  • Country’s Population: 5.7 million
  • Country’s Indian Population:9.2%

Country’s Higher Education System

The National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have initiated a number of innovative programmes, including the broadening of undergraduate education, the introduction of a core curriculum, collaborations with top foreign universities, and the establishment of inter-disciplinary centers. The Singapore Management University (SMU) offers a broad-based business curriculum modeled after that of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) nurtures technically grounded leaders and innovators for society and is established in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Zhejiang University.

Being autonomous, these universities can chart their own destiny, differentiate themselves and pursue new heights of excellence in education, research and service, whilst receiving substantial government funding.

Rankings and position at global platform

A whole series of global reports have recognized Singapore as a world leader in research and innovation over the past few decades. Most recently, it ranked eighth in the 2013 INSEAD Global Innovation Index, fifth in IMD’s 2013 World Competitiveness Rankings and second in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report for 2012-13.

Within this context of global competitiveness and innovation, universities in Singapore are also gaining growing recognition, as Asian nations more generally strengthen their position in the global education market. Singapore featured in third place in the 2013 QS Best Student Cities, reflecting the country’s combination of high-ranking universities, high quality of life, and diverse student community.

The 34 universities in Singapore, six of which are national, two feature in the 2013/14 QS World University Rankings®. Both of these, the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University, are ranked within the top 50 in the world, offering courses in wide range of subjects to their student populations of over 30,000 each.

A number of foreign universities have established campuses in Singapore such as the Chicago Business School and Technische Universität München.

Highlights of ranking universities

  University Rankings 2015-16

University QS THE
Nanyang Technological University 13 55
National University of Singapore 12 26

  Business School Rankings 2015

Business School Financial Times The Economist Forbes International Accreditation
INSEAD 4 8 1 Y Y Y
Nanyang Business School 40 56 Y Y
National University of Singapore Business School 31 87 Y Y
S P Jain School of Global Management 19 Y

Programs and courses offered by country

  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Design
  • Sciences
  • Media and Communication
  • Arts and Social
  • IT and Computer Science

Entry criteria

  Masters Entry Requirements

Candidates must demonstrate readiness for graduate study and may be required to submit entry examination scores (e.g. GRE or GMAT). Admission to both coursework-based and research masters requires a good Honours degree or equivalent, in the subject or related discipline. Achieving the minimum entry requirements is not, in itself, a guarantee of admission, since the number of qualified applicants sometimes exceeds the number of places available. Departments may also admit students with a good Bachelor (ordinary) degree who have relevant research or working experience, subject to approval by the relevant administrative body.

  Language requirements

Students whose native language is not English will need to demonstrate proficiency in English in the form of TOEFL or IELTS as part of the admission criteria. The Malaysian University English Test is also sometimes accepted.

Fees structure

The currency of Singapore is the Singaporean Dollar (S$). Fees for masters study are made up of several components:

  1. Application fee (not all universities charge this): S$15-40
  2. Matriculation fee (one-time only): approx S$50
  3. Tuition fees (per annum): S$20,000-54,000 (depending on the institution and subject area)
  4. Amenities fees (per annum): S$10-20
  5. Computer fees (per annum): S$10-20
  6. Health Insurance (per annum): varies depending on institution and scheme
  7. Exam fee (one-time fee): S$200-500

Fees may also be quoted per semester or trimester but interestingly some institutions have 3 semesters per year (i.e. a semester is 4 months!) or only 3 trimesters per year so take that into account when calculating fees.


  Funding of VISA

As per the Singapore student visa rules, candidate has to show funds which must be minimum 1 day old from date of visa application.

If the funds are as fixed deposit then, bank must issue a letter confirming the availability of same. Bank letter must be dated less than 30 days from the date of visa application.

Funds to be shown = Tuition fee + 8400 SGD

Admission procedures

Applications are normally done via the graduate office (or equivalent), although individual programmes may have their own online form. Decisions on admissions are most often made by the Faculty/School after careful evaluation of all applications. Evaluation is carried out based on a combination of factors such as previous degrees and academic record, references, test scores and relevant work experience.


The majority of graduate programmes will admit students twice a year, in August and January, each intake having a specific deadline for application.

Visa policies and procedures

International students wishing to study in Singapore will need a student visa. This will be issued along with your letter of approval (also known as your in-principal approval or IPA) once your application has been accepted by a recognized university. Your application is subject to previous recognized qualifications, evidence of the required paperwork, and proof of sufficient English language skills.

While this automatic issuance means you do not have to worry about applying for your student visa, you will have to apply to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) for a StudentPasswithin two weeks of getting accepted. This also has to be no earlier than two months before and no later than one month prior to the start of your course. You will have to do this through the Student’s Pass Online Application & Registration System, known as SOLAR, which the institution at which you have been accepted will register you with.

Documents required to process visa application

  • International student application form
  • Passport
  • One Passport size photo (less than 6 months old)
  • Visa application fee
  • Bank Statements – ORIGINAL for the last 28 days from all sponsors
  • Transcripts (Mark sheets -from 10th class till the last degree obtained)
  • Affidavit of Support to be given by the sponsor on Rs.20 stamp paper (non-judicial)
  • Work experience certificate
  • Fixed Deposit Receipts (if necessary)
  • Bank loan sanction letter (if necessary)
Standard Visa Processing Timing

The application can be as fast as two weeks, but it’s safer to assume that it will take 4-5 weeks until approval.

Benefits and Opportunities

Singapore is a premier education hub which offers students an international perspective and diversity of options. In an environment that is inspiring and conducive to education, Singapore provides high quality of teaching and research. From an internationally recognized public school system, to world class universities, Singapore ensures a comprehensive education environment. More than 16 leading foreign universities have also set up centers of excellence in education and research in Singapore. Quality private education organizations add further diversity to the nation’s education landscape.

Singapore is consistently acknowledged to be a global business hub with its developed infrastructure, political stability and open business policy.

More than 7000 Multinational Corporations (MNC) alongside 1,00,000 small and medium enterprises (SME) have set up their base in Singapore, with many choosing Singapore as their regional hub and launch pad to dynamic markets of Asia. Singapore offers limitless career and networking possibilities to global citizens keen to apply their talents to the opportunities that can be found there

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