Bachelor's degree application process in Singapore

April 2020, 25

Singapore is a popular destination to land up on for studying animation, design, game development, music and other courses. Many universities attract students with their scholarships and work in Singapore clause.

Moreover in comparison to other countries, Singapore is cost effective. Being ranked 15th in the QS Best Student's Cities 2018, let's dive into the application procedures for getting admitted to the universities in Singapore.

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Application process

  • Choose the course and the university you wish to get enrolled.
  • Go through the admission criteria from the University website or reach out to the Admissions Office for International Students.
  • You can apply directly to the university without the help of any agencies.
  • Fill up the application form, submit your essays and LOR. The requirement of essays and LOR is based on the choice of the program you want to enroll.
  • Providing proof of funds.
  • Apply for scholarship with your scholarship essays as Singapore offers scholarship for every eligible International student.

NUS Science and Technology Undergraduate scholarship is offered for Asian Students(Except Singaporean students) who applied for a full time bachelor's degree in NUS and has an excellent academic background, leadership potential and participation in co-curricular activities.

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Test requirements

Usually for applying undergraduate degree in Singapore the language proficiency test and aptitude test is required. But the tests requirements varies for different universities.

Language Proficiency Test

English is considered as the official language of instruction in Singaporean Universities. The test scores proving your language proficiency is not required by many universities but it is necessary to get you a student visa. Either IELTS or TOEFL or PTE scores can be submitted.

An average IELTS score of 6.5 is widely accepted. You can submit either one of the test scores but some university accepts specific test scores and you can check with the university website for the requirement.

Aptitude test

For undergraduate students SAT is required.

SAT - Scholastic Aptitude Test is to evaluate the written, verbal and quantitative skills of the students. The SAT requirements varies with the university.

SAT subject tests are required for Literature, History, Mathematics, Science and Foreign languages. Some universities require the SAT test scores while others not.

If the Indian students are from CBSE or ICSE board, SAT scores are not required by some university. It is always good to check with the university for test score requirements before applying.

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Student Visa

A crucial step for admission in universities abroad is the visa process.

The interesting fact on student visa in Singapore is, it is issued by the institution along with the letter of approval.

But the students have to apply to the ICA- Immigration and Checkpoints Authority for a Student pass within two weeks of getting accepted to the University. It can be applied via online through SOLAR- Student's Pass Online Application and Registration System with the registration details provided by your University. You have to fill in the details and submit the eForm 16 with a valid passport, university address, your email address and a recent passport size photograph.

The process can be completed after your arrival to Singapore. You have to make an appointment with ICA and bring your disembarkation/embarkation card granted during entry, a passport-size photograph, a printout of a signed and completed eForm 16, a copy of your in-principle approval, and a recent medical report on the correct form. While collecting the Student pass, you have to submit a signed copy of the Terms and conditions. A charge of SGD 30 must be paid during the application and SGD 60 during the issuance of Student pass. The student pass will allow you to work full-time on holidays and 16hours per week part-time.

Cost of Living and Funding

The average cost ranges between SGD 17,000 to SGD 50,000 per year and it is based on the course of study and the university you prefer. Other than tuition costs the living expenses excluding housing and other bills costs you around SGD 10,000. But in comparison to other countries the cost of living is minimal. Students can work part-time and make money on approval from their respective universities.

Many scholarship is offered for the students by universities and also from the Singapore Ministry of Education. This grant from the Ministry of Education covers most of the tuition fees with a bond of working for a Singapore registered company after the course of study. The bond duration is usually 3 years and for medicine and dentistry it may be extended upto 6years.

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