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    Study in Singapore: Find Program, Colleges, Costs, Scholarship, Visa details for International Stude

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    Bhavya Rawal

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    An island state, Singapore envisages becoming a “Global Schoolhouse” offering world-class universities and a reputation for educational excellence. Providing a distinctive and diverse range of educational opportunities in a cosmopolitan blend of languages and cultures, Singapore boasts leading research and innovation.

    Emerging as the new study-abroad destination, specifically among Asian/Indian students, Singapore has 34 Universities of which six are national universities. Aspirants who wish to study in Singapore look forward to pursuing education at higher education institutions like NUS and NTU.

    Why Study in Singapore?

    Studying in Singapore offers students a whole bunch of attractive opportunities such as a wide range of courses, top universities, quality education, and high employability. Around 30,000 students study with various universities in Singapore. As recorded for the academic year of 2018, 2000 Indian students chose to study in Singapore (MoEA). 

    Here’s why studying in Singapore is one of the most ideal and considerable choices of international aspirants:

    • Cost of Study: The tuition fees, cost of living, and other additional costs related to studying abroad are relatively lower when your choice of study destination is Singapore. As compared to other popular study destinations like the USA, Canada, UK, Singapore Universities offers you world-class education at cheaper rates
      • UG Degrees Cost: 15,000 SGD (~11,000 USD)
      • PG Degrees Cost: 28,000 SGC (~21,000 USD)
    Cost of Living in Singapore vs Other Destinations
    • Safety: Singapore’s no tolerance towards racism and strict law enforcement policies with a politically stable environment offer a student with safer living conditions. It is globally ranked as 7th safest place in the world by QS. 
    • English-taught Programs: A number of courses in all universities that are exclusively available in English. Language is not a barrier for an international student looking forward to studying in Singapore.
    • International University Hub: There are 16 leading foreign universities with their centers being set-up in Singapore. Along with this, Singaporean Universities offer a variety of student-exchange programs with Australian, UK, and US universities. 
    • Employability: Some of the top universities in Singapore enjoy employability ranking among top 50 universities in the world. Additionally, Singapore is rising as the Asian financial hub and its connectivity with other Asian countries brings in a lot of opportunities. Hence, the employability opportunities are in their prime in Singapore. 
    • Immigration Policies: You get your student visa as soon as you get accepted by a university.
    • Funding: There are immense scholarships available for both international and domestic students. The tuition grant by the Singaporean Ministry of Education is one of the most popular grants for which you can apply as soon as you have received your acceptance letter.

    What to Study in Singapore?

    The education system of Singapore allows you to pursue higher education from Universities, Polytechnics, or ITEs (Institute of Technical Education). 

    • Universities: Provide research-intensive and course work programs as both degree and diploma. There are 6 autonomous universities in Singapore.
    • Polytechnics: Provide industry-oriented programs as both degree and diploma. There are 5 polytechnic institutes in Singapore.
    • ITE: They offer technical-oriented courses in subject areas like media, applied science, electronics, business, and more.

    Among some of the most popular courses opted while studying in Singaporean Universities and Polytechnics are given below are as per the enrollment data available for the year 2018. (Department of Singapore Statistics);

    Popular Courses to study in Singapore

    As per the given graph, it can be considered that business administration and engineering studies are among two of the most popular streams.

    Degree Courses in Singapore

    Undergraduate Programs: Bachelor's degrees are usually 3-4 year programs offered by most of the universities in subject areas like business, medicine, engineering, creative arts, and more. You are usually required to have a high school leaving certificate to apply for these programs. 

    Various Certificates and diploma programs are also available for undergraduate applicants.

    Postgraduate Programs: Master's degrees are often one-two year programs available as both coursework and research programs. You are usually required to have a relevant bachelor’s degree and English language proficiency to pursue a master's degree in Singapore. There are no additional test requirements to study in Singapore (IELTS/TOEFL) for most of the courses.

    PhD/Doctorate Programs: A number of universities offer Ph.D. programs to international students. Alongside a masters degree, language proficiency test scores (like IELTS/TOEFL etc), you are required to submit a research proposal which if accepted results in your admission with Singapore Universities. 

    Exchange Programs: Singapore is a hub to many international universities and their center. Several exchange students study in Singapore each year. Some of the popular universities having their campuses/centers in Singapore are the University of Nottingham, Durham University, MIT, Zhejiang University, and more.

    Where to Study in Singapore?

    With two of Singapore’s National Universities boasting among world’s top 25 universities, choosing where to study in Singapore is not very difficult. With 34 universities including both national and international universities, you have an abundance of options to choose from.

    National University of Singapore (NUS): Currently ranks #11 in the world and #1 in Asia. It is highly recognized for its civil engineering and social sciences & management programs.

    Nanyang Technological University: Ranks #12 in world and #3 in Asia, NTU is highly regarded for material science and engineering & technology programs. 

    Singapore Management University: One of the best business schools in Singaporeranks #78 in Asia. SMU is highly regarded for its economics, business, and accounting programs.

    International Universities in Singapore: A range of collaborations with some of the world's leading education providers has brought some of the leading universities to Singapore. Some of these include MIT, Durham University, INSEADUniversity of Nottingham, KCL, Zhejiang University, and more.

    Choose to study among the world's distinctive and distinguished educational institutions when planning to pursue studies in Singapore.

    Application Cycle to Study in Singapore

    Generally, two Semester system is followed across Singapore universities and institutes. However, some universities observe a Trimester system as well.

    • Semester 1 (August Intake)
      • The August semester lasts for 18 weeks. 
      • Deadline for international students interested in an undergraduate program is March. 
      • The deadline for graduate programs extends till Mid November.
    • Semester 2 (January Intake)
      • January semester is completed within 17 weeks’ time.
      • International students can apply till July for the undergraduate program. 
      • For graduate applicants, the deadline is in May. 
    • Semester 3 (October Intake)
      • The deadline for the third-semester undergraduate program is in June.
      • Deadline for postgraduate program is in July.

    Singapore Study Visa

    International students who wish to study in Singapore must note that you will need a study visa. This is issued to you along with your letter of approval or acceptance (offered by the university offering enrolment to the student).

    • As your study application is recognized and accepted by the university you will receive an In-principal approval (IPA or letter of approval). Alongside this automatic issuance of student visa is made.
    • Though this means that you will not have to put yourself through the hassle of obtaining Singapore’s student visa, but you will be required to apply to the Immigrations and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).
    • The Authority must be contacted for a student pass within the time period of 2 weeks after you have been accepted by a university in Singapore. 
    • You must apply for the same through SOLAR- Student’s pass Online Application Registration System. 
    • Your institution will register you with SOLAR for you to obtain a student pass
      • Applicants must note that you must not apply for the student pass earlier than two months prior to the start of your course and later than one month prior to the start of your course.

    Steps to Obtain Student Pass

    •  Log-in to SOLAR with registration details provided by the college/university.
    • Submit eForm 16
    • Submit passport details, university address details, and personal email details
    • Submit passport size photo. 
    • On arrival to Singapore make appointment with ICA
    •  Bring the documents required
    • Pay 30 SGD as an application fee and a further 60 SGD when the pass is issued. 
    • Obtain your student pass.

    You student pass will allow you to work while studying for 16 hours a week

    Cost of Studying in Singapore

    The boosting economy of Singapore is accompanied by some of the highest tuition fees in Asia. Irrespective of high cost of study in Asia, it is still one of the most in-demand study destinations. This is because when compared to other study abroad destinations, Singapore is rather cheap. Additionally, around 50% of the overall international students population studying in Singapore is awarded with grants and funds to support their educational expenses.

    • The average cost of pursuing bachelor's or undergraduate degrees in Singapore is around 19,000 SGD (~14,400 USD).
    • Masters Programs cost around 20,000 SGD to 54,000 SGD.
    • The cost for some of the popular programs are:

    Cost of Living in Singapore

    The average cost of living in Singapore is around 10,000 SGD a year. Given below is a detailed bifurcation of various costs involved in studying in Singapore:

    Expense-Type Costs (in SGD)
    Books 150
    Monthly rent (900sqft) in normal area 2,636
    Basic meal (lunch and dinner) 12 for lunch and $54 for dinner
    Food (cafe or bar) 400
    Internet 8mbps for a month 43
    1 min of prepaid tariff (without any plans) 0.25
    Entertainment 200
    Monthly ticket for public transport 91
    Utilities like electricity, gas, etc (monthly cost) 160

    Life in Singapore is a true melting point of cultures, with a mixture of authentic Asian, Asian-fusion, and western worlds. With a booming financial services sector, you can expect to live in one of the Asian Tiger economies with prosperity, scenic beauty, and safety.

    Scholarships to Study in Singapore

    As mentioned earlier, Singapore offers 50% of its international students with scholarships to afford their educational expenses. Scholarships in Singapore are usually offered on the basis of academic merit, home country, and other factors.  Some of the popular scholarships for international students are:

    • Singapore International Graduate Awards: Available for international students with excellent academic record at the undergraduate level, and who are also interested in research work. Offers financial support for up to 4 years of PhD studies including full tuition fees waiver, monthly stipend, settlement allowance, and airfare grant.
    • INSEAD-Syngenta MBA Scholarships for Developing Country Leaders: Available for students from an emerging economy pursuing MBA. Offers award money of 32,000 SGD
    • ADB-Japan Scholarship Program for Developing Countries in Asia and Pacific: Offered to international students from ADB borrowing member country pursuing masters or doctoral program in a university at Singapore. Waivers full tuition fees, a monthly subsistence and housing allowance, allowance for books, medical insurance, and travel expenses for a period of one year.
    • Singapore Government Scholarships for Southeast Asians: Offered to meritorious students from ASEAN countries enrolled in undergraduate programs at a University in Singapore. Awards full tuition fees waiver, living allowance of 43000 SGD per annum and accommodation fee.
    • SIA Youth Scholarship: Offered to students from ASEAN countries pursuing their pre-university degree. SIA Youth Scholarships offer hostel allowance, medical cover expenses, airfare and school fees. 
    • NUS Science and Technology Scholarships: Offered to Asian freshmen at NUS, wavering full-tuition, 6000 SGD for living allowance, and 2000 SGD one-time allowance. NUS Science and Technology Scholarship are limited in number.
    • Tuition Grant by Ministry of Education: The grant covers complete tuition fees. However, one of the major conditions on this grant is, the graduating student has to sign a bond that they will work in Singapore for three years.

    Jobs after Studying in Singapore

    The average income in Singapore is 8450 SGD/month. The annual salaries offered in Singapore range from 25,600 to 453,000 SGD. The salary distribution in Singapore is:

    • 25% of employees earn less than 59,000 SGD
    • 50% of employees earn less than 105,000 SGD
    • 75% of employees earn less than 290,000 SGD
    • 100% of employees earn less than 453,000 SGD

    Additionally, the male-female wage gap is of 5%, where men earn an annual average salary of 104,000 SGD while women earn around 99,200 SGD. A similar gap is seen between the government and private sectors where you can earn 5% more in private sectors when compared with public sectors. 

    Some of the top recruiters and the payscales offered are:

    Top Recruiters in Singapore

    Some of the popular job roles and the salaries offered at those are:

    Job Role Salaries (SGD/yr)
    Accountant 63,000
    CA 82,600
    Graphic Designer 62,600
    Architect 116,000
    Business Analyst 123,000
    Civil Engineer 87,000
    Mechanical Engineer 95,000
    Network Engineer 80,400
    Biomedical Engineer 83,500

    Singapore has a thriving art and culture, is a food-lover’s paradise, and an efficient business city. Raising the bar of Asian education and getting it recognized across the world, Singapore has stepped up the ladder of study-abroad destinations and is becoming a new home to Indian students.