Singapore has a highly regarded tertiary education sector. The country’s universities and polytechnics are equipped with the latest in teaching technologies and infrastructure. You can choose from a comprehensive range of courses, programs and other study options offered by universities and colleges in Singapore. To search for courses offered in Singapore, see StudyLink.
Preparatory language opportunities
Except for language specific courses, all programs delivered by Singapore’s tertiary institutions are conducted in English.
International students are not allowed to work in Singapore during term time or vacation time unless they are granted Work Pass exemption under the Employment of Foreign Manpower (Work Pass Exemptions) Notification. For further information, see the Ministry of Manpower website.
If you wish to do an internship in Singapore, the employer that hires you as an intern will apply for a Training Employment Pass (TEP) with Ministry of Manpower together with relevant documents such as a letter of sponsorship, applicant's qualifications and a detailed training programme. For further information, see the Contact Singapore website.
You can expect to spend an average of S$750 to S$2,000 a month on living expenses. This amount varies depending on your individual lifestyle and course of study. You can refer to the Contact Sinagpore’s Cost of Living Calculator to assist you in devising a budget for your time studying in Singapore.
You can expect to pay up to S$21,000 in annual tuition fees for arts courses and a bit more for science courses. For greater detail on course-specific tuition fees, see the Singapore Education website.
Singapore has a very internationally linked banking and financial services sector. The three major local banks in Singapore are the Development Bank of Singapore (DBS), Post Office Savings Bank (POSB), United Overseas Bank Ltd (UOB) and Overseas Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC). There are automated teller machines (ATMs) available and most credit cards are accepted.
Scholarships and support
See Money matters for general information about scholarships and financial support for studying overseas. Information on financial assistance is also available from Singapore Education.
Visas and entry
To study in Singapore, you will need to obtain an unconditional offer letter from your chosen university or college in Singapore and proof of funds to cover course fees and living expenses. Once you have been accepted by an education institution in Singapore you will be able to apply for a “Student Pass”. Read more about applying for a Student Pass at the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority website or contact the Singapore High Commission.
Healthcare and insurance
The cost of medical treatment in Singapore can be very expensive so it is advisable that you have some form of medical insurance while studying in Singapore. Depending on the type of medical insurance purchased, you may have to pay anything between AU $5 and AU $300 for a doctor’s visit. You are not required to purchase any medical insurance for the purpose of applying for a Student Pass. However, Singapore’s major education providers, including the public funded universities and polytechnics, have made it mandatory for international students to purchase an affordable group insurance policy.
You can expect to pay between S$400 and S$1,500 a month in rent in Singapore. If you choose to stay in a more upscale, private condominium, you can expect to pay between S$2,000 and S$6,000 in rent per month.
Singapore has a very good public transport system. Students who stay on campus or near campus may not incur any cost of travelling to and from classes. For more information on the public transport system in Singapore, you can refer to the Public Transport@SG website.