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Higher education in Singapore for international studens. List of 14 top institutions, rankings, prices and tuition fees

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Here you can find 14 best institutions with higher education in Singapore for international students. Also, we put together information with description, rankings, reviews and prices for programs for international children and students, how to apply to make it easier to make the right choice. FREE admission services to our partner institutions, places are limited.
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Education in Singapore for international students: facts and perspectives

1. General information

The state is in the TOP-20 of the smallest countries in the world with an area of 715 sq.m. Population is 4.5 million people, consisting of Chinese, Malays, Indians and Europeans. The country has the best universities in Asia. The state carefully monitors the activities of universities and their compliance with high parameters and academic standards of Western countries.

2. Climate conditions

The country is located almost at the equator, so the sun is pretty insidious: the climate is equatorial, the average year-round temperature is 25-30C. The climate of these areas is characterized by heavy tropical rains.

3. Economic development

The country is one of the four financial centers in the world after London, New York and Hong Kong with a inflation rate of two percent. There is a stable economy, developed trade, maritime, financial and tourist centers. Developed transport infrastructure will allow you to easily move from one point to another.

4. Linguage

There are four official languages in the country: Malay, Chinese, Tamil and English. Thanks to this, students have wide opportunities to tighten their tongue in special courses for foreign students. In addition to English, many students learn Chinese and Malaysian.

5. The rules of life

The state was famous for its strict rules and the high fines that can be obtained for smoking in public places, spitting, crossing the road in the wrong place (the list of violations is very long).

6. High living standards 

Singapore is called the country with the healthiest people, while the state has no natural resources and is forced to buy fresh water from neighbouring countries. The quality of local cuisine is considered very high - it is nutrition that is considered the secret of longevity of the local population (average life expectancy is 80 years).

The following directions are popular among foreign students:

  • Banking and Finance
  • Natural Sciences
  • English language
  • Technical and electronic engineering
  • Construction and architecture
  • International tourism
  • Medicine.

Higher Education in Singapore for Foreign Students

Modern education for children and adults is a combination of British educational system and Asian values, hard work and obedience. Educational reforms that occurred at the end of the 20th century led to the fact that all educational institutions in the country switched to teaching in English, British educational principles were borrowed.

1. University strengths

Due to the high quality of the programs, the popularity of the local universities is only growing every year, and specialists from the local universities are appreciated in any country in the world. Universities are equipped with the latest technology: they use 3D technology, printers and bioprinters, aerospace developments, and robotics. University professors are invited from the UK and the USA and local specialists. The high level of security in the country is one of the good reasons to choose this country for study and residence: it is characterized by strict discipline in universities and a low crime rate. The country has 34 universities, only 6 are state. Local universities and TOP universities in Europe closely cooperate, student exchange programs are very developed. Separately, it is worth noting well-equipped campuses with sports infrastructure.

2. The cost of studying 

The academic year will cost 14,000-50000 Singapore dollars, which is significantly lower than prices in Europe, the United States. However, the price depends on your choice of university, type of program. On average, living in a student dormitory will require about 200-300 Singapore dollars.

3. About financial support

Every university has material assistance programs and scholarship grants. It is recommended that at the stage of choosing a university to consider the possibility of obtaining scholarships and grants (some universities give financial assistance, for example, only to students from Asia). Scholarships from companies for promising students are common - a foreign student signs a contract according to which, upon completion of his studies, he is obliged to work for the organization for several years. In order to qualify for financial assistance, you must submit documents at least a year in advance (the minimum language level should be IELTS 7.0). According to statistics, 1 out of 10 applicants receives a scholarship, and the size of the tuition price coverage is 20-50%.

4. Admission

It may be impossible to enter a local university immediately after graduating from high school abroad - a preparatory program lasting from six months to two years is required. Children in local schools attend 12 grades, so foreign graduates must go through an extra year of study, referred to as "junior college." In addition, a weak argument in English will be a good argument to take the preparatory course. In Singapore, you can get higher education in the following programs: undergraduate, graduate, doctoral studies. A Bachelor's degree can be obtained in three to four years, a Master's degree in a year or three, and a Doctorate will take from two to five years of study.

5. Requirements

Students who have received a student visa must follow a number of rules: the academic load should be at least 15 hours a week, it is not allowed to miss more than 10% of classes, students are prohibited from working. If the rules are not followed, the visa is canceled, and the student is deported to their homeland.

6. Prospects

According to statistics, foreign students have the most favourable prospects for finding work after high school. From time immemorial, the state has been glorified as a large trade, financial and logistics center, so qualified specialists are constantly required in these areas. Nearly one hundred thousand people are involved in the field of electronics - graduates of industrial departments are offered many employment options. Experts in the banking and financial field have many opportunities, good builders, specialists in the field of tourism, international relations, and bioengineering have good chances to find work.

Learning programs-summary information

Name Meaning Equivalent Min. age Duration, 
Next stage Cost
GCSE General certificate of secondary education secondary education (non-accomplished) 14 1–2 A-Levels 15,000 USD+
A-Levels Advanced level secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 15,000 USD+
BTEC Business and Technology Education Board secondary special education 14 2–3 University/ work 15,000 USD+
Oxbridge Preparation Preparing for Oxford and Cambridge secondary education (accomplished) 17 1 University 15,000 USD+
International Baccalaureate International baccalaureate secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 18,000 USD+
Foundation/ Pathway Year Preparatory year admission to the 1st year of university 17 1 University 14,000 USD+
NCUK The Northern consortium 2 year university 17,5 1 2 year University of NCUK 13,000 USD+
Special Preparation (Medics/Math/Business) Specialized training - 14 optional optional 4,000 USD+
Academic English Academic English Language school 8 + 6–12 months School or University 8,000 USD+

Times Higher Education’s top 50 best universities in USA 2021

World University Rank 2021  US Rank 2021 University City State
 2  1 Stanford University Stanford California
 3  2 Harvard University Cambridge Massachusetts
 4  3 California Institute of Technology Pasadena California
 5  4 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge Massachusetts
 7  5 University of California, Berkeley Berkeley California
 8  6 Yale University New Haven Connecticut
 9  7 Princeton University Princeton New Jersey
 10  8 University of Chicago Chicago Illinois
 12  9 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore Maryland
 13  10 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia Pennsylvania
 15  11 University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles California
 17  12 Columbia University New York City New York
 19  13 Cornell University Ithaca New York
 =20  14 Duke University Durham North Carolina
 22  15 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor Michigan
 24  16 Northwestern University Evanston Illinois
 26  17 New York University New York City New York
 28  18 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
 29  19 University of Washington Seattle Washington
 33  20 University of California, San Diego San Diego California
 38  21 Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta Georgia
 44  22 University of Texas at Austin Austin Texas
 48  23 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign Illinois
 49  24 University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison Wisconsin
 50  25 Washington University in St Louis St. Louis Missouri
 53  26 University of Southern California Los Angeles California
 =54  27 Boston University Boston Massachusetts
 =56  28 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill North Carolina
 61  29 Brown University Providence Rhode Island
 =64  30 University of California, Davis Davis California
 68  31 University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara California
 =80  32 Ohio State University (Main campus) Columbus Ohio
 =85  =33 Emory University Atlanta Georgia
 =85  =33 University of Minnesota Minneapolis Minnesota
 90  35 University of Maryland, College Park College Park Maryland
 =94  36 Purdue University West Lafayette West Lafayette Indiana
 =98  37 University of California, Irvine Irvine California
 =101  38 Dartmouth College Hanover New Hampshire
 105  39 Michigan State University East Lansing Michigan
 =111  40 Vanderbilt University Nashville Tennessee
 =114  41 Penn State (Main campus) State College Pennsylvania
 117  42 University of Virginia (Main campus) Charlottesville Virginia
 120  43 Georgetown University   Washington D.C
 =121  44 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland Ohio
 =124  45 University of Arizona Tucson Arizona
 =124  =45 Rice University Houston Texas
 =131  47 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder Colorado
 =133  48 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh campus Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
 =140  49 Indiana University Bloomington Indiana
 =147  50 University of Rochester Rochester (NY) New York

Cost of living in Singapore

Expenses - USD/Month. Min. Med.
Accommodation 635 1,126
Food 211 371
Transportation 57 98
Communications and utilities 65 80
Clothing 23 88
Sports and leisure 43 115
Total 1,035 1,879


Accommodation in Singapore

Shared room outside of centre 641
Shared room in city centre 1,137
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre 1,123
1 bedroom apartment in city centre 1,710


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