Why Study In Singapore

Singapore has a lot to offer for tourists and students alike, so if you’re looking for somewhere to study abroad or even undertake your entire degree, this city could be a great option.


Singapore has a number of world-class tertiary institutions, including national universities and polytechnic universities. Arguably the best of these universities are Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore, Singapore University of Technology and Design, and Singapore Management University.


Academic competition is strong, as good scores are regarded in high esteem by Singaporean universities. However, exceptional achievements in competitions and extracurricular activities outside of school will also be considered in students’ applications.

Further considerations may include:

Entry requirements such as high-level English proficiency
Subject prerequisites
School grades

An American High School Diploma and transcript, or equivalent, is required to apply. Students must also be at least 18 years old to begin study.


Remember that every university is different, so it is key to search for a university that you feel is the right “fit” for you. Think about aspects such as university size and location, the majors each university provides, and campus culture, including sports and other societies.

Singaporean universities offer value for money and a range of placement options. The cost for one year of undergraduate study ranges from $12,000 to $15,000 SGD, while postgraduate study may cost anywhere between $17,000 and $25,000 SGD. Scholarships may be available, so it is important to check with your college counselor.

Upon acceptance into a course at a Singaporean university, ensure you apply for a Student Visa, also known as a Student’s Pass. This can be done through the Student’s Pass online application and registration (SOLAR) on the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website. You will be required to present a range of documents, most importantly your passport and letter of acceptance into university. You should aim to start your registration a minimum of two months before your course begins.

Living in Singapore, general expenses will include accommodation, groceries, utilities, phone bill, textbooks and airfares, as well as any additional personal expenses including eating out and transportation. As a guide, the cost of living is approximately $750 to $2000 SGD per month. This will depend also on whether you opt for university-managed accommodation, with the option of catered or self-catered, or organize your accommodation independently through a private landlord. In either case, the most helpful place to start asking questions is the accommodation office at your university.

Singapore has a rich culture, fusing Chinese, Malay and Indian traditions in a modern metropolis. Furthermore, over 9 percent of the population of Singapore are immigrants, meaning that the country is highly multicultural. Singapore is safe and its location makes it easy to fly anywhere in the world. This fusion of a reputable education and quality lifestyle is a compelling combination.