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Why study in Singapore?

Singapore is among the most popular destinations for Indian students who wish to study abroad. Not only is Singapore one of the most multi – cultural and cosmopolitan cities of the world, but it is also home to some of the world’s best universities and colleges which offer their students variety, flexibility and quality in terms of education.

Qualifications from reputed universities in Singapore are respected by employers and are highly sought after in all parts of the world, especially Asia. There are a number of reasons that make Singapore an attractive study destination for international students such as quality of education, cheaper costs and so on. An overview of these reasons is given below.


Quality of Education

In terms of quality of education, Singapore is right up there with the top study destinations like the U.S, U.K, Australia and Canada. Universities like the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) regularly feature in the Top 100 Universities of the World rankings. Additionally, the Singapore Management University (SMU) is also highly reputed worldwide.

Some of the best students from Asia and abroad choose to study in Singapore due to the quality and affordability of education. A lot of students also choose to study in Singapore due to the world class infrastructure and presence of international faculty at Singaporean universities. As most of Singapore’s universities are Government funded, you can be assured that the quality of these institutions is constantly assessed and maintained.


Choice and Flexibility

As the education system in Singapore is a mixture of the U.S and the U.K systems, it offers excellent choice and flexibility to its students. There is tremendous variety in terms of the programs you can pursue. Students can pursue courses in Art, Technology, Education, Medicine, Animation, Dentistry, Architecture, Accountancy and so on.

As a student who wants to study in Singapore, you can choose to pursue a professional diploma or a certificate course from a Polytechnic Institute or an Art College and you can also pursue a Bachelors/Masters/Doctorate Degree from a university or college in a subject you like.

Courses are divided into different ‘Modules’ which allow flexibility in education. While pursuing a degree course, you will be able to select your Major (main focus of degree) you want to pursue by studying the appropriate modules. You will also be able to select a Minor (secondary focus of degree). Additionally, students in Singapore can pursue two Majors or even two Degrees at the same time.



Cost is a big reason behind students choosing to study in Singapore over other destinations. Singapore proves to be a cheaper option as compared to other popular education destinations like the U.S, the U.K and Australia. Receiving such a high standard of education at affordable prices is a rare phenomenon in other popular study destinations of the world.

The affordability of institutions in Singapore is further boosted by the huge grants provided by the Government of Singapore to national as well as international students in exchange for a service bond. With this grant, studying in Singapore proves to be a cheaper option than even Canada, as the subsidized tuition fees at universities like the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University for Arts courses amounts to approximately Rs. 8,00,000 per year.

However, without the Government grant, studying in Singapore costs somewhere around the same as studying in Canada, with the non – subsidized tuition fees at universities like the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University for Arts courses amounting to approximately Rs. 13,00,000 per year.


Geographical Proximity

Another huge reason behind Indian students choosing to study in Singapore rather than anywhere else is that Singapore is geographically much closer to India when compared to other international study destinations like the U.S, U.K, Australia and Canada. This proves to be a huge advantage as it allows students and their families to visit each other more often due to the low air fares.

Additionally, this geographical proximity automatically results in Indian students not having to deal with a culture shock when they go to Singapore to study, as Indian and Singaporean cultures are quite similar due to the presence of a huge Indian community in Singapore. This allows Indian students to adjust to Singapore easily without feeling home – sick or lost during their initial days.


Great Place to Live

Singapore is constantly rated as one of the best cities in the world for students. There is great emphasis on law and order in Singapore, and cleanliness, discipline and order are prioritized in daily life. The standard of living is generally quite high. Additionally, it is a cosmopolitan city and an economic hub with the world’s biggest offices, stores and companies being present in Singapore.

Singapore being a multi – cultural city and provides students with tremendous exposure and people from various cultures, ethnicities and backgrounds are welcomed. All these factors contribute towards the overall growth of a student who’s pursuing his/her studies in Singapore.

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