Study In Singapore - Requirements,Tuition Fees,Cost of Living & Universities


This is a comprehensive guide on studying in Singapore as an international student. This detailed post will give you all the necessary information you will need about studying in Singapore as an international student. It will answer most frequently asked questions such as

 

How to study in Singapore

Why study in Singapore

Cost of studying in Singapore

Universities in Singapore for international students

Cost of living in Singapore for international students

How to get a visa to study in Singapore

How to apply and study in Singapore

Tuition fees to study in Singapore

Applying to study in Singapore

 

The application process for studying in Singapore is time consuming and requires applicants to start preparing well in advance of their anticipated start date. It is very important to begin the admission process early because in many cases application deadlines are far in advance of the start of the semester (sometimes as many as ten months). You also need to allow time for scheduling any standardized tests needed for admission and then having the results of these tests sent to schools. There is no uniform world-wide application system. Each college or university establishes its own unique policies.

The 6 basic steps for applying to study in Singapore are:

           Identifying universities and the course of your interest

           Request universities for Application forms

           Taking various required tests

           Arranging and preparing Essays and recommendation letters

           Completing and Sending Application forms along with required documents

           Reporting various test scores to the universities

Selecting Universities:

Selecting universities is a very time consuming and important process not only from the admission point of view but also because applying to universities is very expensive. Hence it has to be restricted to around 6 or 8 universities which are best matched for your requirements.

The best university for you may not be the famous ones, but those that offer you your field of study as well as meet the other criteria important to you.

Requesting Application Forms:

There are two ways to get application forms:

1. Requesting Application Forms via email : You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.

2. Downloading from the university website : Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the net. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.

Application Requirements:

Once you start receiving application forms and material, go through the material in detail and check the application deadline, minimum scores required in the standardized tests, recommendation letters needed and other such information.

Tabulate all these requirements and compare them with your objectives and group the universities under three categories :

1. Schools that seem to match your requirements

2. Schools that are not suited to your needs

3. Schools that do not completely fit in any of the above two categories

Recommendation letters:

Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidate’s chances of selection.

School records/Academic transcript:

The transcripts of your academic record are absolutely essential to the evaluation of your academic abilities. Your official transcript or academic record is the objective part of your application. Academic records greatly vary from one education system to the other. Systems of evaluation or grading and the formats used to present this information also differ widely.

Undergraduate : Students who are applying for a Bachelor program or any other undergraduate course would be required to submit a secondary school report and transcripts (report cards) of the final exams. The report form should be filled out by a school official like the principal, counselor or headmaster. This form should introduce you in the context of your whole school experience in relationship to the other students in your class. Admission committees will be interested in learning how you have performed in your own educational system. The school report should talk about your accomplishments and provide a statement of your chances for success in university-level studies.

Graduate : Students applying for Graduate courses (MBA, MS etc) are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas etc. Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcripts but most require only one.

 

Cost of studying and tuition fees in Singapore for international students


 

 

The cost of studying in Singapore actually depends on the specific school you attend. All the universities and colleges in Singapore have different tuition fees.

 


Because Singapore is a very developed country with strong economy the tuition fees and cost of studying for international students will also be very high and even higher for major courses such as medicine and dentistry.

 The tuition fee starts at about US$10,000 for international students. Remember that the school fees varies depending on the university you want to attend and also international students can also benefit from financial aid schemes such as scholarship .

Tuition fees for top universities in Singapore is about US$36,250 for courses like medicine and dentistry,and other courses have lower tuition fees compared to this ones.

As an international student you will need about $7000 for your expenses such as accommodation,feeding,books and other necessary commodities.

Cost of living in Singapore according to expatistan

Singapore

Housing            [Edit]


            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area

SGD $3,490

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area

SGD $2,668

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat

SGD $153

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area

SGD $2,955

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area

SGD $2,004

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio

SGD $115

            Internet 8 Mbps (1 month)

SGD $42

            40” flat screen TV

SGD $595

            Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands)

SGD $230

            Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.)

SGD $13

            Hourly rate for cleaning help

SGD $18

Clothes [Edit]


            1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar)

SGD $121

            1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers)

SGD $63

            1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands)

SGD $141

            1 pair of men’s leather business shoes

SGD $178

Transportation  [Edit]


            Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new

SGD $117,988

            1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas

SGD $2.10

            Monthly ticket public transport

SGD $80

            Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles)

SGD $13

Personal Care   [Edit]


            Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands)

SGD $9

            1 box of antibiotics (12 doses)

SGD $21

            Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes)

SGD $46

            1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...)

SGD $10

            Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.)

SGD $7

            Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.)

SGD $8

            4 rolls of toilet paper

SGD $3.40

            Tube of toothpaste

SGD $4.49

            Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city

SGD $26

Entertainment    [Edit]


            Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub

SGD $55

            2 tickets to the movies

SGD $24

            2 tickets to the theater (best available seats)

SGD $179

            Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert

SGD $124

            1 cocktail drink in downtown club

SGD $20

            Cappuccino in expat area of the city

SGD $7

            1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.)

SGD $12

            iPad Air 2, 64GB

SGD $821

            1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans)

SGD $0.23

            1 month of gym membership in business district

SGD $144

            1 package of Marlboro cigarettes

SGD $13

 

Visa to study in Singapore

To study in Singapore, you require a visa. Below are the requirements and process of getting a Singapore visa.

What documents will be required?

All travellers are required to go through immigration clearance upon arrival into Singapore.

The granting of social visit passes to visitors is determined by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers at the point of entry. Visitors must satisfy the following basic entry requirements before they are allowed to enter Singapore:

- A passport with at least 6 months validity

- Valid Singapore visa, if applicable

- Sufficient funds to last for the intended period of stay in Singapore

- Confirmed onward/return tickets (where applicable)

- Entry facilities to their onward destinations, e.g. visas.

- Completed Disembarkation/Embarkation Card

- Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate, if applicable

The period of stay granted is shown on the social visit pass endorsement given on the visitor's passport. Visitors are advised to check their passports for the arrival endorsement and take note of the number of days stay given before leaving the checkpoint.

All visitors on social visit passes are not permitted to engage in any form of business, profession, occupation or paid employment while in Singapore.

Visitors are also reminded that it is a punishable offence to overstay in Singapore beyond the number of days given. If there is a need to stay beyond the period granted, visitors may apply for an extension of stay online via e-XTEND or at the Visitors Services Centre, 4th storey, ICA Building, before the social visit pass expires. Application for extension of stay is subject to approval.

Time required to issue a visa:

From 1 day to 4 weeks. It is advisable to allow plenty of time.

What is the cost of a visa?

The current fee for a Singapore visa is S$30 per issue. There is no additional processing fee. The fee collected is non-refundable regardless of the outcome of the application or if you withdraw the application after submission.

Business visitors and Social visitors

- S$ 40 for an extension of stay accumulating to a period of 3 months or more from the date of entry/issuance of pass. This fee is applicable for every subsequent extensions of stay accumulating to 3 months or more.

- A visa fee of S$30 is applicable if the applicant has resided in Singapore beyond the visa-free period.

How long is the visa valid for?

A Social Visit Pass is valid for a maximum of 3 months

A successful Employment Pass applicant will be granted an Employment Pass valid for two years upon first approval and three years upon subsequent renewals.

A visitor on a Performing Artiste Work Permit is entitled to work for 6 months. If a longer work period is required, an Employment Pass, S Pass or Work Permit should be obtained.

Other information:

Student Pass

A Student's Pass allows a foreigner to remain in Singapore for the purposes of study. A foreigner is required to apply for a Student's Pass if he/she has been accepted by an education institution to pursue full-time studies in Singapore, unless he/she is a:

- Dependant's Pass holder studying in a Government/ Government-Aided/ Independent school/ Foreign System School/ Kindergarten registered with MOE or Childcare centre licensed by MCYS.

Courses you can study at universities in Singapore

Accounting and Finance

Aeronautical engineering

Manufacturing engineering

Agriculture

Anatomy

Physiology

Anthropology

Architecture

Art and Design

Oral science

Biochemistry

Biological sciences

Building

Business management

Chemical engineering

Chemistry

Civil engineering

Ancient history

Mass communication

Computer science

Counselling

Creative writing

Criminology

Dentistry

Cinematics

Economics

Education

Electrical engineering

Fashion

Film making

Food science

Geography

General engineering

German

History

Law

Linguistics

Marketing

Material technology

Mathematics

Mechanical engineering

Medical technology

Medicine

Microbiology

Music

Nursing

Optometry

Pharmacy

Philosophy

Psychology

Robotics

Sociology

Theology

Veterinary medicine

Items to pack while going to study in Singapore

In your carry-on bag

           Cell phone and charger

           Boarding pass(es)

           Cash (bring American dollars and the currency of your host location or money you can exchange for it—enough to use in case of an emergency, but not more money than you can afford to lose)

           Copy of birth certificate

           Copy of Social Security card

           Credit card (notify your bank that you’ll be abroad before you leave to avoid your account being frozen)

           Debit card

           Deodorant

           E-reader or book

           Emergency contact list

           Face wipes

           Gum

           Hand sanitizer

           Headphones

           Health insurance card

           Passport

           Prescription medication(s) you usually take (make sure you bring enough refills to last your entire trip—but future prescriptions can go in your checked luggage)

           School ID

           Spare outfit (in case your luggage gets lost or delayed)

           State ID

           Student visa

           Travel itinerary

           Travel pillow

           Travel tickets (if you’re taking a train or other transport after your plane lands)

           Wallet

Toiletries

           Acne medication/cream

           Face lotion/moisturizer

           Makeup

           Mini shampoo & conditioner (until you get the chance to get full-sized bottles in your new country)

           Mouthwash (small)

           Soap (mini bottle if you're using body wash)

           Toothbrush

           Toothpaste

 

Supplies

           Bobby pins

           Comb

           Contacts, solution and case (again, make sure you have all the contacts you'll need for your time abroad)

           Glasses and glasses case

           Hair ties

           Hairbrush

           Headbands

           Nail clipper

           Razor(s)

           Sunglasses

           Sunscreen

           Tampons and pads

           Tweezers

Laundry

You will likely have the opportunity to do laundry on your trip, and you'll be able to purchase detergent in your host country.

           Downy Wrinkle Release spray

           Linens/towels (if your housing doesn’t have them)

           Portable stain remover pen

           Travel sheet (for hostels)

Clothing

           Athletic sneakers (1)

           Bathing suits (1-2)

           Boots (1-2)

           Bras (2 sports bras, 2 regular bras, 1 strapless/convertible bras)

           Casual dresses (2)

           Everyday comfortable shoes (1-2)

           Flats (1)

           Flip-flops (1)

           Formal outfit (1-2)

           Gloves (1, if weather appropriate)

           Going-out outfit (3-5)

           Hat (1)

           Heavier coat for colder climates (1)

           Heels (1-2)

           Jacket (2; a light one and one for colder weather, if applicable)

           Jeans (2, one black & one blue)

           Jewelry (remember that bringing jewelry to another country is always a risk; don’t bring anything too valuable!)

           Leggings (1-3)

           Long-sleeve shirts (3-5)

           Pajamas (2-3)

           Pants (1-2 nice pairs)

           Purse (1-2)

           Raincoat (1)

           Scarf (1)

           Short-sleeve shirts (5-7)

           Shorts (2-4, if weather appropriate)

           Skirts (1-2)

           Socks (14)

           Sweaters (3-5)

           Sweatshirt (2)

           T-shirts (3-5)

           Tank tops (3-5)

           Underwear (14)

           Watch (1)

           Workout clothes (2-5)

Electronics

Remember that most of your electronic items will need an outlet converter in order to work!

           Camera (remember your case and USB cords)

           Cell phone (keep in mind that you’ll be able to buy an international phone when you arrive at your destination)

           Chargers (laptop, phone, camera, e-reader, etc.)

           Flash drive

           iPod

           Laptop

           Laptop case

           Outlet adapters (2-3)

           USB cable

Medical

           Adhesive bandages

           Allergy medicine

           Birth control

           Cold and flu medicine

           Eye drops

           Motion sickness medicine

           Over-the-counter pain medicine

           Vitamins

Miscellaneous

           Backpack (small)

           Gift for your host family (bring something that they couldn’t get in their own country, like memorabilia from your hometown)

           Journal

           Language dictionary

           Map

           Playing cards

           Travel guide

           Umbrella (small)

Benefits of studying abroad in Singapore or any other study abroad destination

1. See the World

The biggest reason you should consider a study abroad program is the opportunity to see the world . By studying abroad, you will experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities. The benefits of studying abroad include the opportunity to see new terrains, natural wonders, museums and landmarks of your host nation.

2. Education

Another reason you might consider studying abroad is for the chance to experience different styles of education. By enrolling in a study abroad program, you’ll have the chance to see a side of your major that you may not have been exposed to at home.

You’ll find that completely immersing yourself in the education system of your host country is a great way to really experience and understand the people, its traditions, and its culture. Education is the centerpiece of any study abroad trip—it is, after all, a study abroad program—and choosing the right school is a very important factor.

3. Take in a New Culture

Many students who choose to study abroad are leaving their home for the first time. When they arrive in their new host country, they are fascinated by the distinct cultural perspectives. When you study abroad you will find incredible new foods, customs, traditions, and social atmospheres.

You will find that you have a better understanding and appreciation for the nation’s people and history. You will have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life.

4. Hone Your Language Skills

Chances are if you’re planning on studying abroad, one of the major draws is the opportunity to study a foreign language. Studying abroad grants you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new language, and there is no better way to learn than to dive right in.

In addition to the considerable language practice you will get just in day to day life, your host university will likely offer language courses to provide you with a more formal education. Immerse yourself in a new culture and go beyond a purely academic experience

5. Career Opportunities

When you finish your study abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Needless to say, all of these are very attractive to future employers.

Many students find that they love their host country so much that they decide to seek work there. If you can relate, you will find that a local education will be very valuable when searching for a potential job in that country

6. Find New Interests

If you are still questioning why to study abroad, you should know that studying in a different country offers many new activities and interests that you may never have discovered if you’d stayed at home. You might find that you have an as-yet undiscovered talent for hiking, water sports, snow skiing, golf, or various other new sports you may never have tried back home.

You’ll also have the chance to discover other new and exciting forms of entertainment. Plays, movies, dancing, nightclubs, and concerts are just a few activities that you can enjoy.

7. Make Lifelong Friends

One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet new lifelong friends from different backgrounds. While studying abroad, you will attend school and live with students from your host country. This gives you the opportunity to really get to know and create lasting relationships with your fellow students.

After the study abroad program ends, make an effort stay in contact with your international friends. In addition to rewarding personal relationships, these friends can also be important networking tools later down the road.


8. Personal Development

There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You might find that studying abroad really brings out your independent nature. Students who study abroad become explorers of their new nation and really discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbor.

A benefit to studying abroad is the opportunity to discover yourself while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve.

9. Graduate School Admissions

Like future employers, graduate school admissions boards look very highly on study abroad experiences. Students that study abroad display diversity and show that they aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or put themselves in difficult situations.

Most importantly, students who have studied abroad show just how committed they are to their education. Graduate schools regularly look for candidates who will bring a unique aspect to their university. Students who have studied abroad have shown that they have the curiosity and educational acumen to be a leader in graduate school.

10. Life Experience

Why study abroad? For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once in a life time opportunity.

Hope this post was helpful

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