Singapore Study Visa: The Ultimate Guide

Read on to know more about how to get a study visa to the top Asian country for Higher Studies.

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If you want to study abroad, Singapore would be your best bet. There is no exaggeration in saying that international studies in Singapore provide some of the best opportunities in the world because the top priority of the citizens and the ministry of education of the country is education. Read along to know more.

Annual Intakes

Singapore Universities accept applications from December to March.

What are the 3 Steps to Get a Singapore Student Visa?

The below steps would give you insights about what should be followed to get into Singapore for studies:

  • Conduct thorough research on which university you want to study and the course you would like to get into.
  • Apply for the most preferred universities of international studies.
  • Acceptance in universities would be done based on the academic excellence of a student.
  • After getting approval from your desired university, you got to apply for the visa, which in this case, is commonly called a student's pass.
  • The student's pass would permit you to stay in Singapore for the duration of your course.

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  • Time is of key essence since the validity period of any acceptance letter would only be 2 weeks. This means you have to apply for the visa as soon as you get your acceptance letter.
  • The visa application has to be done at the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) of Singapore.
  • The online application system is called SOLAR, which stands for Student's Pass Online Application and Registration.

What are the Eligibility Requirements to Study in Singapore?

The eligibility criteria for Singapore Student visa depend on the specific Universities and Courses.

Here are the eligibility criteria you need to meet to apply to US universities:

  •  The English language Test is a must to get into Singapore. To check this skill, one has to procure their TOEFL or IELTS certificate at the ICA.
  •  A student has to have a student pass to get into any university in Singapore and cannot begin a course with a visit visa.
  •  Students and universities are required to submit the documents via the SOLAR pathway to the immigration authorities.
  •  The successful applicants would receive a letter, called, ‘In Principal Approval’, issued by ICA (Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore) directly by their universities.
  •  This letter would contain a visa to enter Singapore.

What Documents are Required for a Singapore Study Visa?

The tuition fee amount for international studies in Singapore depends upon the university and the course you have chosen.

  •  The average tuition fee estimate for masters is SGD 35000.
  •  The food cost estimate is SGD 200 to 450
  •  Accommodation estimate SGD 200 to 1500
  •  Transport can cost SGD 40 to 100

Top 10 Universities in Singapore

Rank Name of the University
1 National University of Singapore - the the oldest higher education provider in Singapore.
2 Nanyang Technological University - it is a prestigious public-funded university in Singapore.
3 Singapore University of Technology & Design
4 Singapore Management University
5 Singapore University of Social Sciences
6 LASALLE College of Arts
7 Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
8 National Institute of Education
9 S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies
10 Singapore Institute of Technology

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  • Computer sciences and information technology
  • Management sciences-MBA
  • Engineering courses, including civil engineering, mechanical engineering, bioengineering, electrical engineering, etc.
  • Banking law
  • Finance related courses

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Other Important FAQs

Yes, it is possible to work in the country after higher education, but this requires you to get a work visa/pass before doing it.

You cannot do a job in Singapore with a student pass.
  • After completion of the degree, you would be given a 'job search visa' for 6 months, during which you can work in any industry until you get a good and desired job in the country.
  • Once you get a good job, you can apply for a work visa, which in Singapore is called an e-pass (employment pass), with which you can work in your offered job.
  • If you are on the Service Obligation scheme, which has reduced your tuition fee to a subsidized amount, then you need to work for Singapore companies for a period of 3 years mandatorily.
  • But before starting to work, you need to change the status of your visa from a student's visa to a work visa not to undergo any complications legally.

Yes, you can. After getting an e-pass, you can apply for a permanent residence in the country after you start earning SGD 3000 per month in the least. The processing time for permanent residence in Singapore is just 73 days.

It is possible. The working-while-studying again depends upon the selected university and the course.

If the college permits, which it mostly would, a student can work part-time jobs to cover expenses.
  • Many would offer part-time jobs to students as it is a common practice in Singapore.
  • A student with a valid student pass can work up to 16 hours maximum per week while attending college and unlimited hours during their vacation time.

There are numerous advantages to studying higher education in the 'Lion City,' which is what Singapore is usually called.

To name a few:
  • The highly ranked institutions allow a student to explore their desired stream to the fullest.
  • The Singaporean government gives utmost importance to education, which makes the universities there provide excellent quality teaching and experimenting facilities.
  • The official language in which higher education continues is English, making it easy for students from all across the globe access to their colleges.
  • The cost that incurs while studying in the country is less when compared to the US or UK.
  • The amalgamation of different Asian cultures provides a beautiful environment to study in the country.
  • You get to experience the essence of Indian, Malaysian, Indonesian, and Chinese cultures all in one place.
  • The taste of food has to be mentioned, especially here. The multicultural cuisine available in Singapore is worth trying by everyone on the planet.
  • The public transport facilities in Singapore are excellent and affordable.
  • It is possible to visit Asian countries while studying in Singapore while on college vacations. Some countries can be visited even in the span of weekends.
  • The scholarship facilities in Singapore are very much established compared to most of the countries offering the best education.
  • The colleges permit you to work while studying, which is a massive advantage to someone who wants to cut the cost of fees.
  • The Service Obligation scheme allows you to get the costs at a subsidized rate.
  • The job chances after completing the degree would be high since Singapore is a hub for many multinational companies.
  • If you want to study and get into some of the best employment opportunities there are, Singapore would stand as an anchor to achieve all your goals.
  • The reason would be that Singapore would stand as a point, from which we can travel to most of the Asian countries effortlessly and visit the beauty of Asia in a full-fledged manner.
  • Singapore stands as the center which would allow you to get the Pan Asian experience to its fullest in regards to many things like studies, traveling, work, and overall growth.
  • The experience of staying in Singapore would also be a mind-blowing one since the food and lifestyle in this Mini Asia would be unmatchable and unattainable by any other country.

Yes, there is a process to enter into the universities of Singapore without giving the IELTS test.

The students who have completed 13 years of formal education in their nation can apply for this program by doing a foundation course called 'University Foundation Course.'
  • This program helps students to get into graduate courses in the fields of tourism, hospitality, computers, information technology, business, etc.
  • It will help them to achieve all the linguistic skills needed to complete their studies in Singapore without going through the IELTS test.
  • The course duration could be 11, 6, or 9 months depending upon the capability of the student. University Foundation Course consists of 2 modules.

There are certain agencies and institutions that provide scholarships based on a student's academic skills.

Some agencies, which would provide scholarships, are:
  • Scholarship for students belonging to ASEAN countries- this is awarded to international students who belong to Southeast Asian countries.
  • APEC Scholarship: Awarded to international students applying for an MBA program from certain countries.
  • Some universities would offer an allowance in tuition grants in international studies.

There is a subsidy scheme that would reduce the tuition fee to a certain extent called 'Service Obligation' by signing which you agree to work in Singapore companies for 3 years after completing your studies.