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Education in Singapore

Want to experience an education in Singapore? 

Are you looking to earn a degree while taking part in a unique adventure of a lifetime? Look no further than the equator. In recent years, Singapore has become an increasingly popular study abroad destination for students interested in something new and exciting. Singapore consists of one main island plus sixty-two islets and is now considered a developed country offering high quality education, entertainment, healthcare, transport, and technology.

Since its takeoff, the world has recognized Singapore in several international rankings. Both the city and the country of Singapore are amongst the smartest and safest in the world with the best investment potential. Therefore, it’s no wonder that professionals, tourists, and students alike are flocking to the island nation to make their start. With four official languages, including English, Mandarin, Malay, and Tamil, it’s also easy to make yourself understood. Most Singaporeans are bilingual, and English has quickly become the lingua franca of Singapore, making it easy to live and study.

The city-state is home to 5.6 million residents, a large portion of which are foreign nationals. Therefore, you’ll have no problem fitting into your new home. The city of Singapore is a cosmopolitan dream. Offering both seaside and skyscraper views, Singapore never gets boring. After a long week of studying, visit the beach, Chinatown, or a theme park. Plus, there’s plenty of opportunities for fine dining, exotic street food, and lively bars and clubs. No matter what your interests, there’s something for everyone in Singapore. Don’t believe us? See for yourself! Read through our Study Abroad in Singapore Guide and begin looking for a program that fits your interests today!

Singapore - The Facts & Figures




English, Mandarin, Malay, Tamil


5.6 million

Area Size

722.5 km²


1,350,000 (200,000 international)

Academic Year

January - November


Singapore Dollar (SGD)

Calling Code


Time Zone


Aerial photography of Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Explore education in Singapore

Managed by the Ministry of Education, education in Singapore ranks highly compared to other nations around the globe, making it an ideal destination for international students interested in a study abroad experience. Another alluring factor is that English is the primary language of education, making it an easily accessible and popular choice for students around the globe. Often scoring top marks in international rankings, there’s no denying that students can get a great education in Singapore.

Singapore has six autonomous universities which receive funding and support from the government through the Ministry of Education. With growing popularity, this number is expected to grow. That being said, many foreign universities have also established satellite campuses that provide both international and local students university educations.

Education System

Want to learn about how the higher education system works in Singapore? Singapore is a popular destination for a variety of students, given its diverse programs, exciting location and its culture and history. Loosely based on the UK education system, Singapore is known for its globally-recognized quality of education. Find out more about how education works in Singapore!

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Student Visas

Do you need a visa to enter Singapore to study? Learn more about the student visa process, and what you need to enter the country, depending on your citizen status. You will also be required to bring certain documents with you to passport control at the airport, which we cover as well.

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Housing & Living Costs

Singapore can be quite expensive compared to other countries in Asia. We’ve detailed average living and housing costs, so you can get a better idea of what you would be paying as a student in Singapore.

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Tuition Fees & Scholarships

Tuition fees for Sinagporean programs vary based on the school as well as your nationality. Usually citizens will have a different tuition fee than non-Singaporean students. There are also scholarships available.

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Language & Culture

Singapore is a country enriched in history and culture. Find out more about what the country offers in terms of language, culture, cuisine, and more!

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Application Process

All countries have specific admissions requirements for students to enter their universities. Learn more about the ins and outs of admission to programs in Singapore, and what you need to do to apply, depending on your citizenship.

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