Study In Singapore

A diverse cultural heritage, a thriving modern economy, a global centre of commerce and trade, a business-friendly economy –make Singapore attractive to the international students. The country depicts a rare blend of Asian schooling and Western practices and ensures it a top-rank among global universities.

Many foreign universities based in US, UK, and Australia, have opened their satellite campuses in Singapore and their attraction brings the best Asian academic talent to Singapore. Another advantage of studying in Singapore is that the government pays 75% of the tuition fee for the student;and the student has to work for 3 years there. Indian students, with outstanding academic merit, are eligible for undertaking the 5-star program. Singapore is the top 11th country worldwide, and first in Asia, for its pursuing first grade higher education. Singapore Polytechnics bring a high degree of professionalism, competitiveness and improvement, and offer Quality Assurance.

The tuition fee is low and affordable, and the cost of living is lower compared to developed countries. Moreover there is a tendency to offer scholarships, bursaries and study loans on merit basis. There is a Student Protection Scheme in case PEI (Private Education Institutions) ceases to operate, become insolvent, do not pay penalties, or close shop. Voluntary EduTrust Certification Scheme is a prerequisite to be met by private education institutions that enroll international students.

Singapore has a safe environment where the Crime rate is low.

The choice of a course and the type of scholarship is important in Singapore. Scholarships help a student with academic excellence and prestige to further the journey of his/her career.

Scholarships issued by local universities, are popular and Business Administration remains the best option of study.

For graduates, banking finance services, airlines, and travel industry are hugely popular.

Being the hot spot for education in South East Asia;Singapore stands as a solid connecting bridge between the east and west of the world. The multi cultural diversity it has imbibed in itself because of inflow of different countries’immigrants to study, work and live has converted Singapore into a metropolitan nation. Education, among other industries in Singapore is a hot cake and all credit goes to its amazing infra structure and gleaming standards of the institutions located in there. Let’s take a tour of Singapore’s education!

Education System

Coming to the education system in Singapore and the type of institutions present in Singapore which offer higher education, it can be out in simple words.

Singapore’s educational institutions are of two types. They are Private Education Organizations and Universities.

Coming to Private Education Organizations, these are the institutions which operate under the supervision and affiliation of public universities. A single Private Education Organization can be tied up with different universities for different programs and the certificate awarding bodies will be those respective universities for the respective courses. This provides students with a great benefit to get the international universities’ accreditation by studying under the shady meadows of Singapore for affordable fees.

Hopping on to Universities, Singapore maintains Public Universities which are of utmost standards and maintain global quality in education. These are the universities which brought international recognition, notice and accolade to Singapore for its education. All the graduate, post graduate, certificate, diploma and doctoral programs are offered in universities in all areas of study ranging from Information technology to Fine arts and Languages.

Levels of education

As usual as anywhere round the world, Singapore offers Bachelors degrees, Graduate Diplomas, Masters Programs and Doctoral Programs. Let’s see at each of them in a brief detail.

Graduate Diploma

These diploma programs are usually for students who are seeking strong technical knowledge in their own areas of study so that they could invade the market for skilled jobs in the coming times. These graduate diploma programs usually last for 1 year of time but the range of academics covered will be confined to certain extent.

Master Programs

Like the master programs offered in many countries, Singapore also enriched its universities with diverse range of master programs to be offered to students. These programs will usually last for 2 years. The eligibility criteria will obviously be a little more tougher than that of graduate diplomas. All curriculums like MBA, MA, MS etc are offered in the universities. The students should be able to produce impressive academic performances in their previous studies, attached with a couple of years of real time work experience in the relevant areas of study.

Students are expected to take examinations like GRE, TOEFL/IELTS for their eligibility into the masters programs in Singapore universities. And for MBA program, they’re expected to have given their GMAT test.

Doctoral programs

Doctoral programs are usually the continuation of masters programs of students in their own areas of study which usually last for 3-5 years.

Doctoral programs include the submission of research along with a thesis and this happens after the completion of their master degree.

Like for the masters programs, students are supposed to take GRE, TOEFL/IELTS, GMAT etc to obtain an admission for doctoral programs in Singapore institutions.

Singapore’s Universities has contributed sound knowledge to the student’s globe wide. This has made its presence felt in the QS World University Rankings.

Amongst greatest Universities in Singapore, National University of Singapore (NUS) stood first. Many other universities have dreamt about this before and NUS have achieved.

Subjects in which NUS is now ranked within the global top ten include geography, mechanical engineering, computer science, law, materials science, accounting and finance, pharmacy, statistics modern languages, communication and media studies.

Singapore has more than one string to its bow; Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore Management University are the other Universities which are maintaining quality standards.

The country has also collaborated with top universities in other countries to attract prospective students.

The newly established Singapore University of Technology and Design is one among them. It was in partnership with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US, and Zhejiang University, China.

Few are all set to inaugurate like Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, collaboration between NTU and the UK’s Imperial College London, and Yale-NUS College – the country’s first liberal arts college, established in partnership with Yale University, USA.

Tuition Fees

(A) For new students admitted in AY2013/2014 Faculties / Schools Per Annum Amounts
Fees payable by students not eligible for MOE subsidy2 Fees payable by students

eligible for MOE subsidy1

Singapore Citizens Singapore Permanent Residents International Students3
Research Programmes
Programmes offered by: Full-time Part-time Full-time Part-time Full-time Part-time Full-time Part-time
Dentistry, 70,750 70,750 10,250 10,250 14,350 14,350 34,150 34,150
Nursing 30,600 30,600 8,110 8,110 11,350 11,350 27,000 27,000
Computing, 33,000 33,000 6,400 6,400 8,950 8,950 21,300 21,300
Design & Environment (Building),
NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering,

Public Health,


Arts & Social Sciences, 24,850 24,850 6,400 6,400 8,950 8,950 21,300 21,300
Design & Environment (Architecture, Industrial Design, Real Estate),
Coursework Programmes
Programmes offered by: Full-time Part-time Full-time Part-time Full-time Part-time Full-time Part-time
Dentistry, 78,850 39,450 18,350 9,200 25,700 12,850 61,100 30,550

Public Health,

– Master of Dental Surgery (Prosthodontics) 81,500 21,000 28,350 63,750
[includes Materials and Lab fees of S$2,650]
Computing, 35,000 17,500 8,350 4,200 11,700 5,850 27,800 13,900
Design & Environment:
– MSc (Building Performance and Sustainability)

– MSc (Integrated Sustainable Design)

– Master of Architecture 36,900 8,350 11,700 16,700
– Master of Landscape


36,900 8,350 11,700 27,800
Arts & Social Sciences, 33,400 16,700 8,350 4,200 11,700 5,850 27,800 13,900
Design & Environment:

– MA (Urban Design)

– MSc (Environmental


Scholarship Purpose Level
Regional Studies Programme (RSP) Scholarships To encourage academically able and linguistically talented students to pursue Malay (Special Programme) or Bahasa Indonesia as a third language under the Regional Studies Programme Secondary
Special Assistance Plan (SAP) Scholarships To attract and nurture a group of highly able students who have the interest and capacity to engage China’s culture and contemporary society to pursue Chinese Language under the Bicultural Studies Programme (Chinese) Secondary
Language Elective Scholarships French Pre-University
Art Elective Scholarships To encourage academically able and artistically talented students to pursue the Art Elective Programme (AEP) at the ‘A’ levels H2 and H3 Pre-University
Humanities Scholarships To encourage bright students to pursue Humanities subjects at Pre-U level under the Humanities Programme at the ‘A’ levels Pre-University
Music Elective Scholarships To encourage academically able and musically talented students to pursue the Music Elective Programme (MEP) at the ‘A’ levels H2 and H3 Pre-University

The Lee Kong Chain Graduate Scholarships (“Scholarships”) were established from donations received from the Lee foundation and are the most prestigious scholarship awards for graduate students in National University of Singapore. The scholarship is intended for students who would like to pursue PhD Programs at the University.

  • The scholarship covers a monthly stipend of $3,300;
  • Tuition, examination fees, and other approved fees at NUS;
  • An annual book allowance of $500;
  • A one-off air travel allowance of 2 return tickets of up to $4,000
  • A one-off laptop allowance of $1,500

The award is tenable for one year in the first instance, but subject to the scholar’s satisfactory progress, it may be renewed annually. The maximum period of award is four years.


The applicant’s should:

  • Have graduated with an under graduate degree with first class or second-upper.
  • Be an incoming new PhD student not currently matriculated;
  • At the time of award of the Scholarship, must have been offered admission as a candidate for a full-time higher degree by research at NUS and,
  • Students must be eligible for MOE subsidy. *Please click here for Eligibility Guidelines for MOE Subsidy.

Application Instructions:

This selection will take place twice a year, in August and in January.

Incoming PhD candidates will have to indicate their interest in the scholarship when they submit their application for admission. Apart from the other supporting documents required for PhD admission, candidates interested in the scholarship must also submit a personal essay and a record of co-curricular activities or community service. Short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview either in Singapore or their home country.

The above information is about to change at any time.

Employment Opportunities

Singapore is very particular about students’ employments who are studying in its institutions. Jobs are available to students who are enrolled only in universities and polytechnic institutions. But students who study in Private institutions aren’t entitled to work part time during their course duration.

Students who study in universities and polytechnic institutes are entitled to work for almost 16 hours a week during semesters, however they are allowed to work for full time during semester breaks.

Full time employment in Singapore is always precious for international students as it opens out a new world in front of them which extends its wings wide into global arena. Singapore, as earlier discussed, has become a center for South East Asia and this provides ample opportunities for Students who study in Singapore institutions to get employed more likely.

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