A cosmopolitan setting with an Indian
Just a five-hour flight from India, Singapore offers
high quality education in a multi-cultural environment
The country’s USP
As an education destination, Singapore score
offering world-class education in a cosmopolitan yet Asian
setting. Noted institutes like France’s INSEAD and the
Chicago Graduate School of Business operate in Singapore as
well. In addition, local universities, National University
of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and Singapore
Management University are well recognized in the Asia
Pacific. Singapore’s thriving economy, high quality of
education as well as excellent entertainment options maked
it an ideal choice for Indian students to pursue their
Hot for what?
Most Indian students go for subjects such as
Business management, engineering, Bioscience and
Hospitality. Arts and design courses are also gaining
popularity among pupils.
Singapore Tourism Board says that it does not have
India-specific enrolment figures of Singaporean institutes.
The academic year generally commences in July/august
at public universities. Semesters vary for different
universities / institutes; term over the long vacation
courses for credit.
For students who receive a Singapore Ministry of
Education tuition grant, the fees are pegged at SG $2,000 (Rs
53,256) for diploma programmes and SG $6,720-7,700 (Rs
1,78,941 – Rs 2,05,037) a year for non-lab-based
under-graduate programmer is about SG $17,820 (rs 4,74,514)
a year. Post-graduate programme fees range from SG $ 4,730 (Rs
1,25,951) to SG $ 25,000 (Rs 6,65,705). MBA programmes cost
from SG $12,000 (Rs 3,19,538) to SG $81,000 (Rs 21,56,760)
Cost of living
Housing and living expenses depend on requirement,
ranging from SG $ 750-2000 (Rs 19,696 – Rs 53,251) a month
which includes accommodation, food, telecommunications and
Scholarships / grants
The Ministry of education Tuition Grant is applicable to UG
students at universities and to diploma students at
polytechnics. Meaning international students can study at
“highly subsidized” rates, which come to 65 to 80 per cent
of the full tuition fees.
Those aspiring to study full-time in Singapore need to apply
for a student’s pass and visa (if applicable) from the
Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA). Applicant who
require a visa must submit their student’s pass applications
at least two months before their programme starts.
Full time undergraduates at polytechnics and
universities are allowed to work part time for up to 16
hours a week during school terms. However, they need to take
permission from the institute’s students liaison office.
During vacations, they are permitted to work full time as
Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower has exempted them from
applying for work permits.
How to apply
Apply directly to the educational institution. Local
universities accept online applications; some will however,
want to interview you or give you a placement test. Upon
acceptance, you will be sent a letter of offer. Sign the
acceptance form and return it before the closing date.
When to apply
Being in Class XII for admission to the next year’s
academic session. You must avoid submitting applications in
a rush close to the deadline.
Application processing time
The offer latter generally comes in June for the
session beginning in August.
The application docket contents vary from one
institute to another. You may also be asked to produce
General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE), TOEFL or