Study Singapore

Singapore has six national universities, including its two largest universities, which have more than 30,000 students each. National University of Singapore (NUS) is Singapore’s most prestigious university with 25th rank in QS World University Rankings for 2012/13 and is one of the highest-ranking universities in Asia. Other highly ranked Singaporean institutions are Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore Management University (SMU).

In addition to these universities, there are many private institutions, along with foreign universities with campuses in Singapore, such Chicago Business School.

Singaporean universities often collaborate with the leading universities in other countries. These connections and collaborations improved the overall quality of education offered by Singaporean universities.

Why Singapore

  • Around 86,000 International Students are currently studying in different Singapore Institute
  • Singapore has one of the best education systems (Ranked 5th) in the world
  • World class tertiary institutions
  • Several types of scholarships are available for International students
  • Stable Economy
  • High Quality Life Standards
  • Degree highly renowned by the employers

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Undergraduate Studies

Singaporean universities offer many programs that’s suits student’s individual requirement. There are basically three types of undergraduate degree that are being offered by the universities.

  • Single Degree Program:These takes normally three to four years to complete depending on the type of program students are pursuing (e.g. duration for business related programs normally takes three years of full time education. However, science or engineering related programs takes four years to complete).
  • Double Degree Programs:Students who chose to pursue this types of program graduate with two bachelors degree instead of one degree (e.g. Bachelor of Business & Computing, Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering & Economics). Depending on the program students choose, it takes normally four to five years of full times of education to complete.
  • Integrated Program:An integrated program is the kind of program, where students graduate with a master degree along with a bachelor degree if they complete the whole program (e.g. Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science and Master of Science in computer Science). In most of the cases, both bachelor and master degree are awarded by different universities. The duration of integrated program is normally between 4 – 4.5 years of full time education.

Admission Requirements

Students need to complete at least 12 years of general education in order to qualify for admission in an undergraduate program in Singapore.

English Language Requirement
International students, whose native language is not English need to submit English language test scores such as TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson Test of English Academic, SAT 1 etc. depending upon the institutions they are applying to.

Required Documents

  • Application Checklist (if applicable)
  • Copy of 10th and 12th class mark sheets and certificates
  • Copy of IELTS/ TOEFL score report
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of certificates of extra-curricular achievement
  • Copy of medical reports (if applicable)

Application Process

  • Step 1  Decide your program
  • Step 2  Find your universities
  • Step 3  Check admission criteria and application deadline
  • Step 4  Apply online
  • Step 5  Upload supporting documents or send hardcopy
  • Step 6  Pay application fee
  • Step 7  Check application status
  • Step 8  Apply for scholarships if applicable
  • Step 9  If accepted, start enrolment procedures
  • Step 10  Apply for Student’s Pass

Expenses & Scholarships

Tuition Fees
The average tuition fees for International students in top-tier universities of around S$30,000 per year if they are not receiving tuition grant from Singapore Government.

Living Expenses
The monthly expense for an International students studying in Singapore is around S$ 1,100 – S$ 1,200.

Scholarships
Singaporean Universities offer variety of scholarships and awards for international students, who have exceptional academic backgrounds, special talents, and leadership qualities.
For more information, please check the scholarship page of the university website, where you are planning to apply.

Master Studies

The duration can range from 1-2 years full-time and the curriculum can be more or less structured depending on the institution.
MBA programmes can take between 12-18 months full-time. Part-time and full-time options are available for most Masters programs.

Course Content Masters by coursework are taught as a mixture of lectures, seminars, group work, tutorials and a final year project/dissertation. Students may require to complete this project at the end of your masters or as a continuous task throughout your studies while taking courses.

For masters by research, the dissertation (based on supervised research) is a more substantial piece than for taught Masters and will be around 30,0 words. You will also have to attend and pass around 4 courses throughout your degree.

Admission Requirements

Admission to both coursework-based and research masters requires a good Honors degree or equivalent, in the subject or related discipline. Candidates may be required to submit entry examination scores such as GRE or GMAT.

English Language Requirement
International students, whose native language is not English need to submit English language test scores such as TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson Test of English Academic, SAT 1 etc. depending upon the institutions they are applying to.

Required Documents

  • Application Checklist (if applicable)
  • Copy of bachelor degree mark sheets and certificates
  • Copy of GRE/ GMAT score
  • Copy of IELTS/ TOEFL score report
  • Statement of Purpose/ Essays (for management programs)
  • Letter of Recommendations
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of certificates of extra-curricular achievement (if any)
  • Copy of medical reports (if applicable)

Application Intakes

The majority of graduate programmes admit students twice a year, in August and January. Application deadline varies and depend on both university and program you are interested in.

Application Process

Applications are normally done via the graduate office.

However, individual programmes may have their own application process. Please check with the university/ programs for the application process.

Expenses & Scholarships

Tuition Fees
The average tuition fees for International students in top-tier universities of around S$25,000 – S$40,000 per year if they are not receiving tuition grant from Singapore Government

Living Expenses
The monthly expense for an International students studying in Singapore is around S$ 1,100 – S$ 1,200.

Tuition Fee Subsidy and Service Obligation
Foreign students who self-finance can choose to pay a subsidized tuition fee rate. This is not open to students who receive any kind of scholarship. Not all programmes are eligible for the subsidy and these are selected on the basis of the needs of the labor market.

Scholarships
Financial assistance for graduate students is available in the form of scholarships from universities and from external agencies. Graduate scholarships are highly competitive and are generally awarded on the basis of academic excellence.

Doctoral Studies

PhD applicants who are admitted as Research Students, in the first year they attend some compulsory courses focused on research methods and on subject specific topics. All doctoral students need to undergo a qualifying exam which is focused on taught courses held in the first year of PhD studies. If the confirmation panel approves the candidate they are labeled as “Confirmed”.

Admission Requirements

Masters by coursework are taught as a mixture of lectures, seminars, group work, tutorials and a final year project/dissertation. Students may require to complete this project at the end of your masters or as a continuous task throughout your studies while taking courses.

For masters by research, the dissertation (based on supervised research) is a more substantial piece than for taught Masters and will be around 30,0 words. You will also have to attend and pass around 4 courses throughout your degree.

English Lanugage Requirements

Students whose native language is not English will need to demonstrate proficiency in English in the form of TOEFL/IELTS as part of the admission criteria.

Required Documents

  • Application Checklist (if applicable)
  • Application fee receipt
  • Copy of bachelor and master degree mark sheets and certificates
  • Copy of GRE/ GMAT/ GATE score
  • Copy of IELTS/ TOEFL score report
  • Statement of Purpose/ Essays (for management programs)
  • Letter of Recommendations
  • Copy of Passport

Application Intakes & Duration

The majority of graduate programmes will admit students twice a year, in August and January, each intake having a specific deadline for application. But kindly check with the university before applying.

Duration
PhD in Singapore typically takes around 4 years to complete. The minimum duration is normally of 2 years and a maximum of 5 years full-time. Students can choose both part-time and full-time options for PhD studies.

Application Process

Application decisions are solely made by the Faculty/School after careful evaluation of all applications. There are several factors such as academic background, letters of recommendation, GRE / GMAT score, IELTS / TOEFL score relevant work experience, Other factors such as student’s potential for future contributions to the academic or professional fields, research interest of the professors involved in each degree program, and student’s previous academic background for the chosen course of study also take into consideration.

Contacting Faculty Members
Prospective students are not required to contact potential supervisors before applying but it may be advisable to do so if you have a specific research topic you would like to research.

Expenses & Scholarships

Tuition Fees
The average tuition fees for International students in top-tier universities of around S$25,000 – S$40,000 per year if they are not receiving tuition grant from Singapore Government.

Living Expenses
The monthly expense for an International students studying in Singapore is around S$1,100- S$1,200.

Tuition Fee Subsidy and Service Obligation
Foreign students who self-finance can choose to pay a subsidized tuition fee rate. This is not open to students who receive any kind of scholarship. Not all programmes are eligible for the subsidy and these are selected on the basis of the needs of the labor market.
To qualify, you need to sign an agreement, called a service obligation with the MoE to work in Singapore-based companies for 3 years after graduation.

Scholarships
Financial assistance for graduate students is available in the form of scholarships from universities and from external agencies. Graduate scholarships are highly competitive and are generally awarded on the basis of academic excellence.