International students wanting to pursue higher education in Singapore should know that English is the medium of instruction used in this country despite having four official languages.
Singapore universities have high entry standards especially when it comes to the English language. Universities will most likely not accept anyone without a good command in English. For international students whose mother tongue is not English, the universities will set their own required IELTS/TOEFL scores and students are expected to meet these requirements.
To study in Singapore, students will need a Student’s Pass. Some students will need a visa to enter the country along with a Student’s Pass.
Once you are accepted into your university of choice, your student visa will be applied for by the university itself. However, you must apply for a Student Pass to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) through the Student’s Pass Online Application & Registration System (SOLAR), between one to two months before the start of your course. You would access SOLAR using details provided by your university after acceptance, and submit:
Following your arrival in Singapore, you would be required to visit the ICA for the collection of your Student Pass, inclusive of a fee of S$60.
Did you know? The process of application for a Student’s Pass is similar for students who require and visa and for those who don’t – only difference is that if you need a visa, you will have to complete your Student’s Pass application from your home country. Students who do not require a visa to enter Singapore, on the other hand, may apply for a Student’s Pass once they are already in the country. Do note that only students from some nationalities will need a visa to enter Singapore.
One of the main concerns students will have on their mind when deciding to study abroad is the tuition fees and the expenditure they would have to bare over the cost of their studies. Below is a table on the estimated tuition fees for each programme to help you plan your budget before deciding to study in Singapore.