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Study in Singapore: Application Process

The application process in Singapore, as well as the application deadlines, differ depending on the qualifications an applicant holds. Bachelor program applicants are categorized and then assessed.

Feb 8, 2019

The application process in Singapore, as well as the application deadlines, differ depending on your qualifications, the school you're applying to and the program you want to study. That's quite a few variables, so you'll need to check your requirements well in advance.

Undergraduate program applicants are categorized like so:

  • Cambridge ‘A’ Level holders
  • Polytechnic Diploma holders
  • Singaporean High School Diploma holders
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma holders
  • Singaporean Citizen/Singapore Permanent Residents with International Qualifications
  • International Qualifications

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It's important to stress again that, if you want to pursue your bachelor’s degree in Singapore, you should be aware that the individual application procedures and requirements are all different depending on the type of qualification you hold and your nationality.

If you're applying to a postgraduate program, it's less complicated. You just need to have a four-year undergraduate degree that meets the required grade in the subject that you want to study, or a related field.

Most undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Singapore are taught in English. This means that non-English native speakers also need to demonstrate their English abilities. The TOEFL® test is widely accepted across Singapore.


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.

Education in Singapore

Singapore offers world-class education. It even has three different types of school to help you find a program that suits you. Find out more about how education works in this section.

Student Visas & Permits

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.

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.

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.

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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