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Study Abroad in Singapore: Education in Singapore

Education in Singapore is divided into three subject areas by school: institutes of education - there’s only one of these: the Institute of Technical Education - polytechnics offering specialized education and other institutes, like arts academies. 

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Singapore has public and private schools as well as international branches of other schools. 

The length of time it takes to complete a degree in Singapore is fairly similar to many European countries. It depends on the program and your level of study. 

  • An undergraduate program normally takes three to four years to complete. Specialist programs, like medicine or engineering normally take four years
  • A postgraduate degree normally takes two years to complete. Some postgraduate programs, like a teaching certificate, can be completed in one year.
  • A doctoral program takes two to five years to complete. It normally takes more towards five years if you choose to teach whilst studying.

As it's a hub for technology, science and finance, Singapore places a strong emphasis on STEM subjects. In recent years, however, subjects like art and media have become more popular in Singapore. Competition for places at schools in Singapore is tough, so you’ll need to check and double-check the entry requirements before applying.


Singapore is a hub of technology, science and finance in South-East Asia. This section gives you an overview of Singapore and what it's like to study there.

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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 Singaporean 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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Last update: 15 Jun 2021

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