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Steps to study in Singapore

Singapore is home to prestigious colleges and institutions, and its national universities consistently place in the top 20. Singapore's education system is designed with current market trends in mind, ensuring that graduates from its universities have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in the global economy. A step-by-step tutorial for applying to study in Singapore is provided here.

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Study in Singapore



Understand the requirements


Take the Language Proficiency Test


Apply to universities


Apply for a Student's Pass


Travel to Singapore

STEP 1: Understand the requirements

By coming to Singapore to study, you have the opportunity to gain the understanding, perspective, and self-assurance you need to realise your full potential. To ensure that you choose the course that is best for you and your goals, it is advised to understand as much as you can about the diversity of programmes, institutions, and universities that are offered and compare them. Reviewing the course prerequisites is also crucial. Viewing the course profiles on the university websites or the Edu Experts website will help you do this. If you have any queries, you can get in touch with us for information about your courses, scholarships that are available, university applications, or you can ask the institution directly.

STEP 2: Take the Language Proficiency Test

It is necessary for students to pass an English Proficiency test before submitting an application for a course because English is the language of instruction in Singaporean universities and colleges. The course and institution's minimal requirements typically dictate minimum grades, however typical language entry requirements typically call for the following:

  • Overall 6.0 - 6.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  • Overall 100 in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

  • Overall 68 in the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)

  • Overall 200 in the Malaysian University English Test (MUET)

STEP 3: Apply to universities

It's time to get in touch with the universities you want to apply to, get their application packs, and send them early. A dozen universities to choose from can be favourable, but you must take into account the application fee, which ranges from S$150 to S$480

Don't just apply everywhere. Compare your choices, decide on your preferred programme and university, and then pick one or two backup possibilities. Be cautious when completing the application form, and be sure to include accurate information supported by documentation. The university will give you an acceptance letter once you get accepted to study there. This document is crucial for the next requirements.

STEP 4: Apply for a Student's Pass 

It's time to apply for a Student's Pass now that an institution is prepared to accept you. Your application must be submitted with the acceptance letter you obtained in the previous step, your passport, and an official documentation proving you have enough funds to attend college in Singapore.

You can begin applying for your student visa to Singapore after receiving a formal, written acceptance letter from the university. Singapore study visa applications are usually processed swiftly. In most cases, if you have complied with all the Singapore study visa requirements, you may get your visa within 15 days to a month. 

You also have to pay a visa processing fee of S$30. It is an advance, non-refundable fee and you have to pay it when you submit your application to the Singapore ICA. If you choose to submit your student pass application via the SOLAR (Student's Pass Online Application and Registration) system, you will have to pay the processing fee through your internet banking account or debit/credit card.

STEP 5: Travel to Singapore

Once the application has been processed and an interview, if required, has been conducted, the immigration officer will decide upon your student's pass application. If accepted, it is now time to start planning your travel to Singapore. Your pass will have a start date, which is the date from which the pass comes into force. 

The immigration officer will verify your permit and other documents at the port of entry before allowing you to enter Singapore. This is the final step of the immigration formalities and you can now focus on commencing your journey as an international student in Singapore.

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