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  •   About Singapore
  •   Why Study in Singapore
  •   Living in Singapore
  •   Study Cost in Singapore
  •   Test Requirement in Singapore
  •   Singapore Visa
  •   Education Stystem in Singapore
  •   Working in Singapore

About Singapore

About Singapore

Main Languages: English; Malay; Mandarin and Tamil
Currency: Singapore Dollar (S$)
Area: 719.1 km2
Distance from India: approx. 5 hours
Population (2015): 5,610,000
Time Zone’s (UTC+8)

* 9% of the population consists of Indians
* Tamil is an official language.
* The World Bank has named Singapore as the easiest place to do business.
* Singapore has the 3rd largest per capita income in the world.

  • GDP (2016): Total: $296.642 billion; Per capita: $53,053
  • The economy of Singapore is a developed country and highly developed state capitalist market economy.
  • It has an open business environment, relatively corruption-free and transparent, stable prices, and one of the highest per capita gross domestic products (GDP) in the world.
  • The Port of Singapore is the busiest in the world, surpassing Rotterdam and Hong Kong

Climate: Singapore has a tropical rainforest climate with no distinctive seasons, uniform temperature and pressure, high humidity, and abundant rainfall. Temperatures usually range from 22 to 35 °C (72 to 95 °F).

Established Industries:
  • Skill-intensive Industries
  • Knowledge-intensive Industries
  • Globalisation of Industries
  • Established and Growing Industries
  • Electronics and manufacturing
  • Food and beverage, CapitaLand Limited
  • Security Logistics
  • Electronics and manufacturing
  • Real estate

Government: Singapore is a parliamentary republic with a Westminster system of unicameral parliamentary government representing constituencies. The country’s constitution establishes a representative democracy as the political system.

Why Study in Singapore?

Why Study in Singapore?

  • Singapore is outpacing the rest in establishing itself as a force to be reckoned with thanks to determined government initiatives focused on the importance of educational.
  • Singapore was ranked as one of QS’s top three “Best Student Cities” in 2013.
  • Because of Singapore’s renown 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 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.

Living in Singapore

Living in 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.

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.

Safety: Aside from the fact that Singapore is a diverse, beautiful and vibrant place to live, it also excels in terms of safety. Premier institutions believe in your happiness and peace of mind as these are crucial in ensuring a fruitful and memorable learning experience.
Institutes 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 the universities will help you to settle into your life in Singapore, and support you throughout your studies.

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.

Transport: 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 main island of Singapore is connected to the other islands by ferryboat services.

Study Cost in Singapore

Study Cost in Singapore

Under Graduate Studies

Universities: S$ 25, 000 – S$ 40, 000 per year
Colleges: S$ 15, 000 – S$ 20, 000 per year

Post Graduate Studies

Universities: S$ 30,000 – S$ 50, 000 per year
Colleges: S$ 25, 000 – S$ 30,000 per year
Living Expenses: S$ 15, 000 approx. per year

* Pl. note all figures are indicative

Test Requirement in Singapore

Test Requirement in Singapore

These vary between study programs and levels. For each course, Indian students will need to meet a minimum English language requirement. Along with that, a minimum academic record of 80% and above in Class XII will be required if looking at getting admission to a government university. For private institutes and polytechnics, students who have secured below 60% can also get admission. The student should have completed 18 years of age before joining a degree program.

Acceptable Test: IELTS/TOEFL/PTE
UG – Overall 6.0 with no band lower than 5.5
PG – Overall 6.5 with no band lower than 6.0

However, these may vary between study programs and levels. Most of the colleges/universities in Singapore also accepts students based on MOI – Medium of Instruction Letter.

How to Apply: WHYGS Experts will help you.

Singapore Visa

Singapore Visa

Visa Process
  • 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 for visa 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.

How to Apply: WHYGS Experts will help you.

Education Stystem in Singapore

Education Stystem in Singapore

Private Education Organizations:

In Singapore, a vibrant variety of private schools offer a broad range of programmes. There are private commercial, IT, Fine Arts and language schools' in Singapore. Courses in Singapore for Indian students range from certificate to postgraduate levels. Through partnerships with renowned international universities from various countries such as Australia, UK and USA, private schools offer students the opportunity to attain international certification in Singapore's comfortable and affordable environment. There are also foreign Specialized Institutes in Singapore that have either set up campuses here or have tie ups with the local polytechnics to offer cutting - edge programmes in niche areas.

Study in Singapore's Private Institutes
Graduate Degrees:

The Private Institutes offers degree in partnership with popular universities from countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. The duration for Master in private institutes may range from 12 months to 16 months. The GMAT, GRE Scores are not compulsory for admission.

Bachelor's Degree:

The Private Institutes offer Bachelor's degree programmes in almost every subject. The duration of the Bachelors course is 3 years to 4 years. The SAT, TOEFL and IELTS are not compulsory for admission. The students completed their 12th or 11th Std. or equivalent to Singapore A level can apply for the bachelor degree in Private institutes.

Post Graduate Study in Singapore's Public Universities
Graduate Degrees:

There are three main types of challenging graduate programmes in the Public Universities: Doctoral (Ph.D.), Masters' and the Graduate diploma


All doctoral programmes are primarily research based. Duration may range from 3 years to 5 years. Students can take admission for PhD courses after completion of their Master's degree. PhD students need to submit a research proposal. Students need to appear for GRE/GMAT & TOEFL/IELTS exams for admissions.


The duration of graduate courses may range from one year to two years depending upon the university. The various Master degrees are MA, MS, MBA, MFA etc. Generally, an applicant must have at least a good Bachelor's degree and two years’ work experience.
In addition, an applicant whose native language or medium of instruction for the Bachelor’s degree is not English must have a good TOEFL score or IELTS score.
Applicants applying for admission in Engineering, Computer Science, Science should also preferably have good GRE scores.

Those applying for business-related courses should have obtained either GRE or GMAT scores.

Working in Singapore

Working in Singapore

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 Singapore 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?


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.

Full Time:

The post study work visa does not give an extension for a year. The extension is only for 2-3 months after course completion. 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.
Average Salary?

Avg. gross monthly salary was S$$3,468.


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