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Universities in Singapore and study in Singapore - International Student Country Guide


  •       How can you study a degree in Singapore?
  •       Tuition fees
  •       Immigration and visas
  •       Accommodation and living costs
  •       For Parents
  •       What to do next

Find universities in Singapore and study in Singapore, our guide for international students to study abroad. It might be small, but in terms of education and research, Singapore is a big player. With an excellent economy, multi-cultural population and an excellent quality of life, this is the perfect place to study your undergraduate degree.Study a degree in Singapore

Known as the gateway between the east and west, Singapore regularly ranks highly for its education and economy. The country ranked third in INSEAD’s Global Innovation Index and second in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report.

Come study a degree in Singapore and start your study abroad adventure.

How can you study a degree in Singapore?

Singapore is home to six universities where you can study an undergraduate degree:

  •          National University of Singapore
  •          Nanyang Technological University
  •          Singapore Management University
  •          Singapore University of Technology & Design
  •          Singapore Institute of Technology
  •          SIM University

Of these, both the National University of Singapore and the Nanyang Technological University are ranked within the top 50 universities in the world and attract more than 30,000 students each.


As a hub of business and industry in Asia, Singapore attracts campuses from many international institutions, with universities as diverse as the University of Nevada, Queen Margaret University and the University of Adelaide all having foreign campuses in Singapore.

Tuition fees

The average tuition fee per year for international undergraduates in Singapore is $7,650 per year - £4,040 per year.

Immigration and visas

You will need to apply for a Student Pass/ visa to study as an undergraduate in Singapore once you have been accepted onto a full time course at a higher education institution. After receiving your letter of acceptance, you should apply for a Student Pass with the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA). If you require a visa to enter Singapore you should apply at least two months before your undergraduate degree is due to begin. 

You will need the following documents for a student visa in Singapore:

Two copies of Form 16, Form V36 and Form V395, completed and signed by you as well as your local sponsor

·         Your‘s Birth Certificate

·         Your education certificates and results transcripts

·         Copies of passport pages

 Accommodation and living costs

If you want to study a degree in Singapore, you will have to think about where you are going to live. The main places students choose to live are:

·         Halls of residence – usually on campus, and solely for students.

·         Private hostels – also usually run by universities, with the option to share rooms.

·         Home stays – Living with a family is a great way to really get to know a new country.

·         Private rentals – More adventurous students may choose to rent their own property, either on their own or with others.

Living costs/rent: The cost of living in Singapore depends entirely on how you want to live – it can be as expensive or as cheap as you want. As with most major cities, accommodation costs in Singapore can be high, but this can be balanced out by living in home stays or university accommodation. Food costs in Singapore are cheap, while public transport is excellent.

For Parents

How safe is Singapore?

·         Singapore is one of the safest places to study in Asia, with low crime rates, a stable government and a relatively peaceful society. The main crime issues in Singapore are phone scams, crimes against the elderly and theft from vehicles, but in general, crimes against students and tourists are very low.

·         Singapore has a reputation as an extremely clean city, with litter laws strictly enforced. You can be fined on the spot if you drop litter, while Singapore is famous for having a ban on chewing gum.

·         According to the Corruptions Perceptions Index 2010, Singapore was ranked the number one least corrupt country in the world, with a transparency rating of 9.3 out of 10.

·         Students should always take care to protect their own personal safety in order to avoid becoming victims of crime. They can do this by:

·         Avoiding carrying around large amounts of money

·         Staying in groups, especially at night, and never walking alone

·         Not making valuables obvious

·         Always having a route home planned and never getting into unlicensed taxis

·         Being wary of strangers

·         Being careful of traffic

Staying in touch

Staying in touch when your child is studying on the other side of the world might seem daunting – but there are ways you can talk regularly that don’t have to involve long distance phone calls and a nasty bill at the end of the month. Here are a few tips if your child opts to study an undergraduate degree in Singapore:

Skype – the free video calling service can be downloaded within seconds, and will allow you to talk face to face anywhere you have an internet connection

Blogging – maybe encourage your child to keep a blog of their adventures overseas, so that other family’s members (such as grandparents) can keep up to date

Local sim cards – it is also a good idea for your child to buy a phone with a local pay as you go sim card when they arrive so that they can text and call home without running up a bill

What to do next

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