Singapore, an island city-state off southern Malaysia, is a global financial center with a tropical climate and multicultural population. In circa-1820 Chinatown stands the red-and-gold Buddha’s Tooth Relic Temple, Little India offers colorful souvenirs and Arab Street is lined with fabric shops. Singapore is also known for eclectic street fare, served in hawker centres such as Tiong Bahru and Maxwell Road.

Proximity to India:

Singapore is hardly a 4-5 hours flight from India and has become one of the most preferred destinations for Indian students

  • Quality education at affordable cost: Singapore provides high quality education at a very reasonable cost. It has some of the leading universities in the world. The cost of study as well as living is far less than UK, USA, and Australia.
  • Safe and conducive environment to study: Singapore provides a secure environment to study with people from various ethnicities, cultures and backgrounds that live together peacefully.
  • Vibrant and exciting place to live and study: Singapore is an extremely energetic and lively place where restaurants, shops and other attractions are open 24*7. It is known for its shopping as well as an exciting nightlife.
  • Known for colleges in Business, Arts and Science: Singapore has institutes that are extremely famous for finance, design, fine arts and engineering courses. Singapore government supports these colleges by offering students great scholarships and funds for research.
  • No language Barrier: 75% of Singapore’s population speaks English fluently. There is no language barrier for Indian students, as they wont have to learn a new language unlike in countries like Germany, France, and Malaysia etc.

The standard of living in Singapore is amongst the highest in Asia. Compared to countries in western continents, the cost of living here is relatively low, and basic items like food and clothing are very reasonably priced.

When planning their budget, students will need to cater for these items :

  • Accommodation
  • Utilities
  • Food
  • Transport
  • Clothing
  • Telecommunications
  • Books & Stationery
  • Medical/Hospitalisation Insurance
  • Personal Expenses

An international student in Singapore spends on average about S$750 to S$2,000 a month on living expenses. This amount of course, varies depending on their individual lifestyle and course of study.

Money Matters

The living costs in Singapore are between 12000 to 14000 G$. The range of tuition fees for UG and PG programs are outlined below

UG – SG $ 20000 – 30000 per year

PG – SG $ 25000 – 35000 per year

  • Singapore has only a handful government funded universities with names like National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management Universities.
  • There are more private colleges/institutes in Singapore which are affiliated to internationally recognized universities abroad. More than 150 private institutes/colleges provide courses in business, arts, hospitality, science etc. A lot of leading arts institutes in Singapore offers courses in fine arts, design, graphics etc. These courses are offered at:
    • Graduate level
    • Post-Graduate level
  • Most of the graduate level courses are 3-4 years and post-graduate courses are 1-2 years in duration. For most of these institutes a student would require to take a ToEFL/IELTS.
  • A lot of universities/institutes in Singapore require documents such as a Statement of Purpose (SOP), Letter of Recommendation (LOR) for application. Many design institutes would also require a portfolio for admission.
  • Undergraduate: 10 + 2

  • Master’s

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