Why Study in The Singapore?
- Singapore is outpacing the ROW (rest of the world) rest in establishing itself as a force to be reckoned with thanks to determined government initiatives focused on the importance of education.
- Singapore was ranked as one of QS’s top three “Best Student Cities” in 2013.
- Because of Singapore’s renowned superiority in the field of education, employers increasingly seek out its grads — both in Asia and across the globe.
- The city is alive with people and activities throughout the day and well into the evening. An extraordinary breadth and depth of local cuisine, unparalleled shopping, and even a world-celebrated zoo, mean that no one is ever bored in Singapore.
- While Singapore may seem like a far-off destination, international students quickly accustom to life here thanks to its four official languages. In fact, English is Singapore’s official educational language
QS World University Rankings 2021 listed NUS (National University of Singapore) as the top university in Asia and eleventh in the world.
Singapore is a multi-cultural society where people are respectful of all religions, races, and cultures.
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) ranked Singapore as the second safest city in the world in the 2019 Safe City Index.
Singapore city ranks at the 17th spot in QS Rankings Best Student Cities in the World.
Living in the Singapore
Traditions & Culture: The main cultural traditions are Malay, Indian, Chinese, and to some extent Western (British). The different communities do not regard themselves as sharing a culture; instead, they consider themselves parts of a whole. This is illustrated by reference to a popular local dish, Rojak, a salad in which the various ingredients are covered by the same peanut sauce, forming a distinct whole with each ingredient clearly discernible. The peanut sauce is Singaporeanness; the other ingredients are the different cultural traditions.
Food: Rice, fish, chicken, and vegetables are the staples. When these ingredients are mixed with a rich variety of spices, chilis, coconuts, lime, and tamarind, the variations are endless. There are many cafés, coffeehouses and teahouses, and formal restaurants for specific cuisines. So feel at home!
Safety: Aside from the fact that Singapore is a diverse, beautiful and vibrant place to live, it also excels in terms of safety. Welfare: As an international student in Singapore, institutions understand you may face various issues that can feel quite overwhelming at times. Premier Universities believe in your happiness and peace of mind as these are crucial in ensuring a fruitful and memorable learning experience. Universities and the country offer pre-arrival advice and assistance to prepare you before you arrive in Singapore, so you know what to expect and what to do. Student Affairs of all the colleges and universities will help you to settle into your life in Singapore, and support you throughout your studies. Through a broad array of social and recreational activities, universities strive to make you feel more at home.
Health: It is compulsory for ALL students to have medical insurance coverage for hospitalization and related medical treatment for the entire course duration. A well-developed modern medical system consists of private and public clinics and hospitals. Traditional medical beliefs and practices are also common.
Transport: Transport within Singapore is mainly land-based. Almost all parts of Singapore are accessible by road, including islands such as Sentosa and Jurong Island. The other major form of transportation within Singapore is rail: the Mass Rapid Transit which runs the length and width of Singapore, and the Light Rail Transit which runs within a few neighbourhoods. The main island of Singapore is connected to the other islands by ferryboat services.
Road: In Singapore, cars and other vehicles drive on the left side of the road, as in neighbouring Malaysia.
The cost of studying in Singapore can vary depending on several factors, such as the university, the program of study, the duration of the program, and the student’s nationality. Here are some estimated costs.
The cost of education and living in Singapore is relatively lower than that of the UK or US.
Cost of Studying in Singapore
Undergraduate – 18,000 SGD$ – 20,000SGD$
Postgraduate- 25,000SGD$ to 60,000SGD$
Doctorate- 28,000SGD$ to 50,000SGD$
Cost of Living in Singapore
The cost of living in Singapore is relatively high compared to other countries in the region.
Accommodation- SGD$ 2,000 to SGD$ 3,500 per month
Utilities: SGD$ 100 to SGD$ 250 per month
Food and Grocery- SGD$ 117 to SGD$ 146/ month
Transportation- SGD$ 110/month
Health Insurance- SGD$132/month
Basics: Good academics
Finance to support education (tuition fee + living expenses)
Genuine Intentions to Study in Singapore
While making the Singapore student visa application, the total expenses for the first year of qualification plus plan for following year/s of study has to be shown which includes tuition fees & living expenses for course duration. These funds can be shown only in liquid forms.
Visa processing time varies from 4- 6 working weeks.
Dependents information: Not allowed on student VISA
Immigration on Arrival: Your passport will be checked when you arrive at a Singapore port or airport to make sure you’re allowed to come into the country. It must be valid for the whole of your stay.
In Singapore, a student visa is called a student pass, and universities in this country are known as Institutes of Higher Learning (IHL). As an international student in Singapore, planning to pursue any academic program with a duration of more than 30 days, you must apply for a student pass (student visa). Your visa or pass application is submitted to the Student’s Pass On-line Application and Registration or SOLAR system, the country’s official registration system.
Cost of Singapore Student Visa
a) The Visa Processing Fee: You have to pay a visa processing fee of SGD 30. You have to pay this fee when you submit your application to the Singapore ICA. If you choose to submit your student pass application via the SOLAR system, you will have to pay the processing fee through a debit/credit card or your Internet banking account.
b) The Visa Issuance Fee: You also have to pay a visa issuance fee of SGD 60 for every student pass issued in your name.
- Your current and legible passport, valid for a minimum of three months
- All completed student visa application forms — Form 16 (the main application for student pass) and Form V36 (for additional information on the applicant)
- The original receipt showing that you have paid the visa application fee
- The offer letter issued by the IHL in Singapore
- Your bank statements showing that you can fund your education in Singapore (both tuition fees and living expenses while studying)
- Bank loan sanction letter (if applying for a student loan), along with proof of investments, if requested by the ICA
- Transcripts of your degrees, diplomas or any certificates received from schools attended in India
- Test scores required by your college, which could be GMAT, TOEFL, GRE, PTE etc.
- Document showcasing how you intend to bear all the costs associated with living in Singapore.
How to Apply:
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Arrival & Accommodation
Planning & Housing:
For all the perks of studying in Singapore, the cost of living and densely-packed property market are hardly a secret. But even then there are various options available:
On Campus: Whilst it’s common for a university to offer a kind of on-campus accommodation, due to the huge amount of international students studying in Singapore it is in high demand.
Hostel: Student hostels are common housing choices for local and international students in Singapore.
Housing Development Board: Housing Development Board flats and properties are government-subsidized public housing, located across all of Singapore.
Private Rentals: Similarly, there are no restrictions on students renting residential units privately whilst they study in Singapore.
Restricted items to bring to Singapore:
- Chewing gum (except oral dental and medicated gum)
- Chewing tobacco and imitation tobacco products, for e.g., electronic cigarettes
- Cigarette lighters of pistol or revolver shape
- Controlled drugs and psychotropic substances
- Obscene articles, publications, video tapes/discs and software
- Reproduction of copyright publications, video tapes, video compact discs, laser discs, records or cassettes
- Seditious and treasonable materials
Welcome week: Welcome Week or Orientation Week is your opportunity to make friends, learn more about studying at the university and living in the country. You will be invited to attend a number of events throughout Welcome Week – some of which are optional and others compulsory.
Travel to your institution: If you are staying near the university, there is shuttle service available. Else, you may chose to travel by trains or buses.
Opening a bank account: In order to open a Singapore bank account, you will need two documents: one to prove your identity and one to prove your address. This applies both in branch and online. Proving your identity is simple. You just need your passport.
Part-Time: International students are normally not permitted to work part-time during their studies unless the college offers them an internship. This is quite common in Singaporean institutions.
Students studying in National Universities and Government owned Polytechnics are allowed to work part-time up to a maximum of 16 hours per week.
What kind of work can you do? There are various part-time jobs available in all the sectors across hospitality/catering to call Centre to banking and finance and etc. With few exceptions, it is very unlikely that you will find a part-time job related to your course of study.
Do you need prior approval when you work? No
About Tax? You do not need to pay tax if your annual income is less than SGD 22,000. Students’ income is usually non taxable as the annual income tends to be lower than SGD 22,000.
The post-study work visa does not give an extension for a year. The extension only lets you stay for a maximum of 90 days. Students who want to stay back and work in the country should secure a job and later apply for a work permit.
Type of Visas
Employment Pass: For foreign professionals, managers, and executives. Candidates need to earn at least $3,600 a month and have acceptable qualifications.
Entre Pass: For eligible foreign entrepreneurs wanting to start and operate a new business in Singapore.
S Pass: For mid-level skilled staff. Candidates need to earn at least $2,200 a month and meet the assessment criteria.
How to find a job?
After learning about Singapore’s job landscape, it’s time to start searching for a job. Discover various employment opportunities via:
Upcoming career and networking events
Various job sites:
- Careers@Gov – The Singapore Public Sector Job Portal
- Career Resources Center for Expatriates (CRCE)
- Jobs in Social Service
- Singapore Job Market Forum
- Singapore Job-Q.com
- Top IT Jobs
- The Legal 500
Popular search firms include:
- Hays Recruitment
- HRNet One
- Kerry Consulting
- Kelly Services (Singapore) Pte Ltd
- Legal Labs Recruitment Pte Ltd
- Michael Page International
- Morgan McKinley
- Profile Search & Selection
- Robert Half International
- Robert Walters
- Singapore Talents
- Uni Connect Pte Ltd
Based on the latest Joint Graduate Employment Survey, the median gross monthly salary for fresh graduates employed in full-time permanent employment last year was S$3,300 — up by about 3 percent to compared to 2014 — while the mean gross monthly salary was S$3,468.
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