Frequently asked questions about studying in Singapore


If you decide to study in Singapore, you’re in the right place. In this article we will answer some very common questions among young people who consider studying in Singapore.

What language do you need to speak to study in Singapore?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions, considering that this study destination has no more and no less than 4 official languages: English, Mandarin Chinese, Malay (Singapore’s only national language) and Tamil.

English is the most widely spoken language in Singapore. Taking into account the speakers as a first or second language, up to two thirds of the population master that language (66%). Only 20% of Singaporeans cannot read or write English.

In general, academically in Singapore, English is used as the main language of instruction, although in some cases it may require mastery of a second language (subject to the particular conditions of each institution).

What is the cost of living for a student in Singapore?

As always, the actual cost of living will vary based on your lifestyle and choices.

Some average costs of living translated into US dollars are:

Monthly rent (1 bedroom apartment): starting at $1,500. It is possible to find cheaper options outside of the downtown area.

Utilities (monthly average): $75

Monthly transit pass: $90

Food (cheap restaurant): $9.5

How much does the visa cost to access Singapore as an international student?

As we have mentioned in the requirements section, to obtain the student pass that allows you to study in Singapore, it is necessary to pay a visa application fee or fee.

This fee currently has a monetary cost of 90 Singaporean dollars, that is, around 67 US dollars.

Can you work and study at the same time?

In some cases, yes.

As long as international students do not work more than 16 hours per week during their studies, they are exempt from applying for a work permit and may supplement their studies with professional activities in Singapore.

However, it is also important to emphasize that this type of permit may be subject to the institution and type of studies carried out. Learn more details by clicking here.

In general, it is not allowed to work if you are not a student in the institutions mentioned in the shared list or you are an exchange student passing through Singapore.

How long will it take to process the visa application to study in Singapore?

In general, once you apply for the student pass, it will take around 4 weeks to process your application.

Some applications could take longer if the immigration department requests the annex of additional documents corresponding to your particular case.

final words

As you can see, Singapore has one of the most valued educational systems on the global scene, so if you want to develop your studies, whether they are main or complementary, in this vibrant, modern and increasingly multicultural destination, this is your opportunity to achieve your purpose.

We hope this guide will be useful for you to find out what you need to study in Singapore and live a unique and contemporary higher education experience, thanks to the academic level that this country offers.

If you are interested in knowing more details about how to study in other countries on the Asian continent or where to start, be sure to take a look at the list of the best destinations to study in Asia.

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