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Study in Singapore: Student Visas & Permits

In accordance with immigration regulations, if you're going to study in Singapore, you'll need to get a Student Pass. There are exceptions to this if you have one of the following:

  • Dependent’s Pass
  • Immigration Exemption Order (IEO)

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The requirements and procedures for a Student’s Pass differ slightly depending on the type of educational institution in which you intend to study. Students should check their eligibility and the procedure they should follow on the website of Immigration & Checkpoints Authority.

To apply for a Student Pass, you must be accepted into an approved full-time course in Singapore. Part-time courses and courses that take place in evenings or on weekends aren't eligible. If you wish to transfer to another school after your application has been approved, you'll need a anew Student Pass. To get this, you'll need to submit a new application.

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These are the two types of school that normally require a Student Pass:

  • Institutes of Higher Learning – You'll need to apply for a Student Pass if you're an international student who's been accepted onto a full-time course. You'll also need one if you're a registered student at an Institute of Higher Learning (IHL) in Singapore. The exception to this is if you already have an Immigration Exemption Order.
  • Foreign System Schools – You'll need to apply for a Student Pass if you're an international student and wish to pursue full-time study in Singapore at a Foreign System School (FSS). If you already have a Dependent’s Pass or Immigration Exemption Order, then you're exempt.


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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Education in Singapore

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

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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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