Study in Singapore


Singapore is a uniquely distinctive place. With a total land area of just 646 square kilometers, it is a compact country brimming with the vibrancy of its 4 million people.

Here, you will find a diverse population of Chinese, Malay, Indian and other races, covering a wide spectrum of religions, cultures, and languages, living harmoniously together. The synergistic mix of ethnic groups offers international students a wide spectrum of choices for living and playing in Singapore.

Singapore has a warm and humid climate all year-round, with temperatures ranging from 23 to 33 degrees centigrade. Sunshine is the norm, with occasional rain, especially during the year-end periods. Singapore's safety, low crime rates, and high standards of living are well renowned, offering international students an ideal environment for study. And when it's time to put away the books, a myriad of sports, entertainment, and other fascinating sights and sounds are available to relax your mind and fill your senses. With surprises awaiting you at every corner of the island, you'll never want to leave!

Singapore is a cosmopolitan city and a premier destination for lifelong learning complemented with world-class educational institutions and is considered an education hub in Asia. You will embark on a pedagogical journey that combines the best of global knowledge with the wisdom of Asian insights. Here, you can immerse yourself in the widest range of educational offerings, and embrace a learning environment that is both inspiring and conducive. It is truly a place where you can enrich your mind and life.

Driven by excellence, Singapore education offers a broad base curriculum and global perspective to equip students with the relevant qualification and training that serves as a springboard to a brighter future. The island's strong reputation for quality education has drawn the world's top institutions to set up campuses in Singapore.

Unique is the word that best captures Singapore, a dynamic city rich in contrast and colour where you'll find a harmonious blend of culture, cuisine, arts and architecture. A bridge between the East and the West for centuries, Singapore is located in the heart of fascinating Southeast Asia, continues to embrace tradition and modernity today. Singapore is vibrant, cosmopolitan, where Chinese, Malays, Indians and Eurasians live and work along side more than 100,000 professional expatriates, in a thriving economy supported by over 26,000 international companies and 7,000 multinational corporation.

Why Singapore ?

  • Singapore is the fifth wealthiest country in the world in terms of GDP and per capita income. Unemployment rate in Singapore is one of the lowest in the world. With a dynamic and high-spirited life and work culture, Singapore has become a cosmopolitan destination.
  • One of the safest Country to live & Crime Free Country
  • The cleanest country
  • HUB of Business in Asia' Fertile ground for Banking & Service Industry.
  • World's No.1 producer of Electronics, Shipping, Logistics & Bunker Oil
  • Almost every MNC has its Asia-Pacific Head Office in Singapore making it easier for students to find jobs. i.e., Home to more than 7000 MNC's.
  • Growing steadily at more than 5% rate for many decades with strong links to US, EU, China, India & Japan.
  • The 25th best highly developed nation with state-of-art transport system & 3G telecom network that's second only to USA.
  • Singapore is a nation built by immigrants and it still welcomes all who are keen to play a part in its economic development.
  • Singapore offers globally top ranked working populace, recognized for its high level of productivity, technical proficiency & positive work attitude.
  • Singaporeans don't need a VISA to enter about 186 Countries including USA & EU.
  • Processing for PR (Permanent Residency) takes only 71 Days. (based on individual merits)
  • Singapore is ideally located as the gateway to regional countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei & Thailand. All are easily reached via Ferry, Train, plane or even coach with travel times being no longer than three hours.
  • Singapore is the world's 3rd wired nation and Asia's most wired one where online banking & mobile lifestyle have become the norm.
  • Close to 99% of the population or almost every home, school & business has access to Broadband Internet.
  • Currently more than 80,000 international students from more than 120 nationalities are studying in Singapore. These students are mostly from China, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam and Myanmar.

Education System

Local Universities

National University of Singapore (NUS)

Founded in 1905, NUS offers courses in major disciplines such as the Sciences, Engineering, Computing, Law, Arts and Social Sciences, and Medicine.

Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

Founded in 1981, NTU incorporates the National Institute of Education (NIE) and offers courses in Engineering , Sciences, Humanities, Accountancy and Business, and Communication studies.

Singapore Management University (SMU)

Established in 2000, it is the first publicly-funded University offering degree programmes in Business Management, Accountancy, Economics, Social Sciences, and Information Systems Management.

Private Education Institutions

Offer a wide variety of courses from partner universities and institutions.

Diploma, Bachelor, Post grad courses from institutions in the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Students may offer the entire programme in Singapore or may choose to do part of the programme in the partner university.

Standards and quality are controlled by the partner university.

Faculty is made up of staff from partner universities and Singapore.

Application Procedure


As part of the Singapore Government's effort to strengthen its vision as a Global Education Hub, a new regulatory Certification Scheme has been introduced in the end of 2009. This certification scheme has replaced the "CASETRUST".

This new certification - EDUTRUST - not only improves the private education sector but ensures that students' welfare; particularly tuition fees are protected. Learning experience and value of the qualification obtained is safeguard.

A Pro-tem Council for Private Education has been formed to oversee the transition preparations to the new regulatory regime. The Council has been tasked to oversee the following four strategic thrusts:

  • Implement effective regulatory and quality assurance frameworks and measures to uplift industry standards;
  • Develop industry partnership and engagement;
  • Raise consumer awareness; and
  • Develop and promote the industry.

The Council's role will ensure that a balanced and holistic approach is taken towards developing a quality private education sector that benefits students and raises standards in the industry.

A PEI with EduTrust Star or EduTrust is one that has either excelled or achieved satisfactory to commendable performance in all key areas of management and the provision of quality education services and proper student protection, welfare practices and standards as mandated by the Mandatory Enhanced Registration Framework (ERF) and it is valid for 4 years. The basis of the ERF includes:

  • 1 . Registration
  • 2. Corporate Governance
  • 3. Quality of Provisions
  • 4. Information Transparency

Fee Protection Scheme (FPS)

All EduTrust-certified private education institutions are required to observe the following regulations:

  • 1. Collect no more than 12 months of fees from their students
  • 2. Protect the fees paid by all local and international students. This can be done via escrow bank account or insurance scheme provided by appointed service providers

There are two schemes under FPS:

  • 1. Fee Protection via Escrow
    Tuition fees paid by the students to the PEIs will be left in the custody of an endorsed 3rd party - a CPE-endorsed bank. Funds in the escrow bank account would be disbursed at regular intervals to the PEI, only if specified milestones and conditions are met. Currently, DBS, HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank are the three participating banks.
  • 2. Fee Protection via Insurance
    The PEI will arrange for the protection of the students' fees via an insurance scheme. It is to be purchased at the point of payment to the institution via e-banking and the PEI is required to purchase the insurance within 3 days. The CPE-appointed insurance providers are HSBC Insurance Singapore and Lonpac Insurance Bhd.

Studying & Living

Singapore is well connected via sea, air and telecommunications to all parts of the world. Singapore Changi Airport serves more than 60 airlines which fly to over 145 cities and has for many consecutive years been nominated as the best airport in the world. Singapore is also probably the most wired country in Asia, with an Internet penetration rate of 42%. Housing ownership is encouraged by the government to give citizens an asset in the country. About 85% of Singaporeans are living in government-built housing.

Seamless accessibility to all parts of the island is available in this country, often recognised for its quality and efficient land transport system. The introduction of an EZ-link card - a contactless stored value card where consumers need only flash the card in front of a card reader that automatically deducts the required travel fare, is an example of the continuous commitment by the government to make travel faster and easier.

A Multicultural Nation with a High Quality of Life : The nation's rich multicultural heritage is highlighted through the various ethnic groups (Chinese, Malays, Indians, Eurasians) living together harmoniously who have gradually acquired a distinct identity as Singaporeans whilst still maintaining each race's traditional practices, customs and festivals. In addition, with more than 90,000 professional expatriates living and working in Singapore, they too bring their unique cultures and perspectives, adding colour and vibrancy to cosmopolitan Singapore.

Singapore's high standard of living is also something that students can be assured of. In a survey reported in The Economist in March 2002, Singapore's quality of life surpassed that of London or New York. Thirty-nine factors were considered, including political stability, personal freedom, air pollution and the quality of healthcare, schools, restaurants and theatres.

A Vibrant City Lifestyle: Singapore may seem like a small dot on the world map, but the island state bustles all over with attractions and activities. Dining and shopping are two of the top-rated activities of locals. Needless to say, this is reflected in the staggering range of foods and cuisine, as well as the proliferation of shops in the city and suburban centres.

Add on to this a thriving arts and cultural scene, especially with the opening of Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, featuring top artistes from all over the world. Ethnic districts such as Little India, Chinatown, Malay Village give a flavour of the culture and history of Singapore. Lots of fun and funky events such as the Great Singapore Sale, Singapore Arts Festival, festive light-ups and many others make Singapore a most "happening" place to be in. Singapore is also strategically located at the heart of Asia and can be a hub to explore the Southeast Asian region.

An international student in Singapore spends on average about S$750 to S$2,000 a month on living expenses. This amount of course, varies depending on your individual lifestyle and course of study.

Transport: Singapore has one of the most extensive and efficient public transportation systems in the world. Travelling in the city and suburbs is typically a quick and affordable affair.

The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) operates a network of trains serving 51 stations. Trains operate from 5.30am -12.30am daily, every three to eight minutes. A ride on the MRT from Singapore Changi Airport to the city takes less than half an hour. A copy of A Quick Guide to MRT Travel can be obtained from the Station Control Rooms at all MRT stations. less than half an hour. A copy of A Quick Guide to MRT Travel can be obtained from the Station Control Rooms at all MRT stations.

Public buses run daily from 5.30am - midnight. Extended night services cost slightly more. Full-time students in public institutions enjoy concession travel on the MRT and public buses.

Visa Process

A foreigner must apply for a Student's Pass if he/she has been accepted by an educational institution to pursue full-time studies in Singapore, unless he/she is a:

Dependant's Pass holder studying in a Government/ Government-Aided/ Independent school/ Foreign System School/ Kindergarten registered with MOE or Childcare centre licensed by MCYS;

Immigration Exemption Order holder; or

Visitor who has been granted a short term Visit Pass at the Singapore Checkpoint and wish to attend a short course that can be completed within the validity of the initial Visit Pass granted to him/her at the Singapore Checkpoint or 30 days, whichever is shorter.

Upon receiving the Letter of Acceptance from the school which is valid for 2 weeks, the applicant must proceed to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) to apply for a Student's Pass. For applicants who require a visa to enter Singapore, please ensure that your application for the Student Pass is submitted to the ICA at least 2 months and not more than 6 months before the commencement date of the course.

With the launch of EduTrust, all private education institutions will need to be certified with EduTrust to offer school placement for international students.


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