Study in Singapore

Introduction to Singapore

The nation might be small but the scene gets really big when it comes to education opportunities in Singapore. Recognized as a “Global Schoolhouse,” this island nation is famous for its universities and student friendly climate. With its name featuring pretty regularly in global surveys on research and innovation, Singapore lays a great emphasis on maintaining the highest standards of teaching, and scientific research. It may be a small country, but scope for higher education in Singapore is significant.

Courses and Exams in Singapore

Singapore is indeed a place to explore a range of courses – from engineering, medicine, life sciences, arts, hotel management, business, IT, banking, telecommunications, marketing, healthcare to animation. Students have to pass one or more additional tests before they can be considered by most universities for admission. These range from the standardised graduate and college admission tests such as GRE, GMAT and SAT to English Language tests such as TOEFL and IELTS.

Education and living Cost in Singapore

The educational cost for undergraduate students comes to around INR 12-20 lakhs per year. This depends on the program and the university chosen. The tuition fee would be as much as INR 7,19,307 (SGD 15,000) per year. An international student in Singapore spends, on average, about S$750 to S$2,000 a month on living expenses.

Part time jobs in Singapore

Most institutions have their own fixed rules and guidelines about their international students working on part-time jobs. As per the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) of the Singapore Government during term time, international students cannot work for more than 16 hours a week. Anything more than 16 hours a week requires a special work permit.If you are a foreign student or trainee coming to Singapore under a training attachment programme, you should be holding a Training Work Permit, a Training Employment Pass, or be in the Work Holiday Programme. It is an offence for a foreign student to work in Singapore without a valid work pass.

Availability of Finances

Students from India who have secured admission to selected educational institutions for higher studies in Singapore are eligible to apply for Education Loan.The minimum loan amount students can apply is SGD 20,000 and the maximum is up to 100% of the student’s (borrowers) tuition fees.

Job and Post study work-permit and permanent residency

Even though Singapore is geographically small, there are a lot of jobs available for international students. As per the Government of Singapore, the following industries are currently booming in the country – Manufacturing, Construction, Tourism and Retail, Healthcare and Finance Information Communications and Digital Media.As an international student who has completed his/her graduation from a select university in Singapore, you will be allowed to apply for a ‘Long Term Visit Pass’ which will enable you to stay in Singapore for a maximum period of 1 year even if you don’t have a job. This gives students an additional year to seek employment. Once you find a job, you will need to obtain a ‘Work Pass’ of one form or the other to work in Singapore.

You would be eligible to apply for Singapore Permanent Residence once you start earning at least SGD 3,000 per month. Processing time for PR is only 73 days.