Admission In Medical College


About Singapore

Singapore is a modern, vibrant nation with an excellent Singaporeeducational system, providing numerous opportunities for internationals who wish to study abroad. Education is a priority in Singapore and the nation is recognised as a ‘global schoolhouse’. A strong emphasis on education started when the British-based education system was introduced by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles (founder of the Singapore Institution, now known as the Raffles Institution) in 1823. Today Singapore is one of the leaders in higher education both in Asia and Worldwide. Singapore prides itself in maintaining high standards of teaching and learning, as well as scientific research. Another great thing that makes Singaporean higher education stand out are the strong links with industry; as a student you will be able to gain practical experience and find employment more easily in your chosen field. Singapore is a modern city state with excellent opportunities for education and work. Many global reports show that Singapore is one of the world’s leaders in innovation and research, which in turn makes its institutions of higher education attractive locations for all prospective international students.

Education System

Education Excellence Framework Singapore has six national universities, with its two largest universities having more than 30,000 students each. Singapore’s most prestigious university is the National University of Singapore (NUS) which ranked 25th in the QS World University Rankings for 2012/13 and is one of the highest-ranking universities in Asia. In many of the subject areas, the National University of Singapore is ranked within the global top ten, such as: law, computer science, mechanical engineering, geography, materials science, accounting and finance, pharmacy, communication and media studies, modern language and statistics. Other highly ranked institutions in the country are Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University. In addition to these universities, Singapore also has a wide range of private institutions, along with foreign universities with campuses in Singapore, such as the Chicago Business School and Technische Universität München. Singaporean universities regularly collaborate with the leading universities in other countries. These connections and collaborations contribute to the overall quality of education offered by universities in Singapore. This is yet another positive factor for international students who choose Singapore as their destination. for all prospective international students is that the official language of instruction in Singapore is English. At the same time, the nation is officially bilingual as English is combined with one of 3 mother tongues (Mandarin, Malay and Tamil). This is a great opportunity for international students to study in English but to also experience a new language and culture while studying abroad.

Why Singapore

Singapore is a premium education hub with top quality public and private institutions catering to the academic needs of the students across various countries and different backgrounds.

  • With a strategic location right in the heart of south East Asia, the influences of the east and the west converge here thus exposing the student to a multicultural environment.
  • Singapore is a developed nation with a high standard of living.
  • Same standard of education and living at a lower cost as compared to the west.
  • Many universities from all over the world have set up campuses and collaborations in Singapore
  • Singapore’s National universities like NTU/NUS/SMU are amongst the highly rated universities in the world. Singapore is close to home being just 5 hours away by flight.
  • Safety: The Singapore Government takes law and order very seriously and strict action is taken against any offenders as a result of which crime rate is very low. It is considered to be one of the safest destinations in the world.
  • The private education is heavily regulated by the Singapore government to safe guard the interests of the international student.

Visa Process

International students who wish to study abroad in Singapore will need a visa. However, the application process is is linked to your university application. All students accepted to study at a university in Singapore receive their visa with their letter of approval.

It means that successful applicants don’t need to apply for a visa directly since it’s issued with their in-principle approval (IPA) letter which is provided by the institution. This letter works as a visa and it can be used at entry checkpoints.

There is another document needed for studying in Singapore: a Student Pass. You need to apply for it no earlier than two months before your course begins, yet no later than one month before your course commences. To obtain your Student Pass, you have to sign up with the special Student’s Pass Online Application & Registration System (SOLAR).

A Student Pass allows you to work during your studies. All international students can work during holidays but are limited to 16 hours of work per week in term time. However, it’s important to note not all students are allowed to work during term-time, so you will have to check regulations to see if it applies to you.

FAQ ’s

  • Q1:   What are the Benefit of Study in Singapore?

    Premier education hub which offers students an international perspective and diversity of options. Tuition fees are affordable and the cost of living is still significantly lower than of many developed countries. It is well connected via sea, air and telecommunications to all parts of the world. It is fairly close to India encouraging students to visit home during every academic break. It is consistently acknowledged to be a global business hub with its developed infrastructure, political stability and open business policy.

  • Q2:   Do I need a Visa and Student Pass to study in Singapore?

    A foreigner must apply for a Student's Pass if he/she has been accepted by an educational institution to pursue full-time studies in Singapore.

    Dependant's Pass holder studying in a Government/ Government-Aided/ Independent school/ Foreign System School/ Kindergarten registered with MOE or Childcare centre licensed by MCYS. Visitor who has been granted a short term Visit Pass at the Singapore Checkpoint and wish to attend a short course that can be completed within the validity of the initial Visit Pass granted to him/her at the Singapore Checkpoint or 30 days, whichever is shorter.

    Upon receiving the Letter of Acceptance from the school which is valid for 2 weeks, the applicant must proceed to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) to apply for a Student’s Pass. For applicants who require a visa to enter Singapore, please ensure that your application for the Student Pass is submitted to the ICA at least 2 months and not more than 6 months before the commencement date of the course.

  • Q3:   How do I apply to study in Singapore?

    School Admission for IS without Dependant's Pass (DP), Immigration Exemption Order (IEO), or with neither parent who is Singapore Citizen (SC) nor Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR) From 2012, MOE will hold a Supplementary Admissions Exercise for International Students (S-AEIS) in February / March every year. This means that there will be two exercises for admissions into a particular school calendar year, for example, in September / October 2011 and February / March 2012 for admissions into Academic Year 2012. This initiative will provide better facilitation and convenience to international students (IS) as well as streamline the administrative processes for our schools.

    • Local Universities/Polytechnics/Institute of Technical Education

      Check the course brochures or website of the university of your choice to see if you meet the course requirements. Apply directly to the educational institutions accompanied by the relevant certification and documentation. Please note that local universities accept online applications. Some institutions or courses will require you to undergo an interview or placement test.

      Upon acceptance, you will be sent a Letter of Offer. Applicants who apply online to local universities can check their application status online. Sign the acceptance form and return it by the closing date.You will receive a package and should plan to be in Singapore at least two weeks before the semester commences.

    • Private Schools

      Private schools conduct their own admissions exercises which are usually publicised in the media or course brochures. Check that the school is registered with MOE or that it has attained the Edutrust certification from the Council for Private Education.Check the course brochures or website of the school to see if you meet the course requirements. Verify that the courses offered, certification, school facilities and international student services meet your expectations.

      Apply directly to the school accompanied by the relevant certification and documentation. You will be kept informed of your application status and sent a Letter of Offer upon acceptance.

    • Foreign System Schools/International Schools

      Foreign System Schools, or International Schools, conduct their own admissions exercises which are usually publicized in the media or course brochures.

      Apply directly to the school accompanied by the relevant certification and documentation. You will be kept informed of your application status and sent a Letter of Offer upon acceptance. Check that the course offered, certification, school facilities and international student services meet your expectation.

  • Q4:   What are the entry requirements to study at educational institutions in Singapore?
    • Government, Government Aided and Independent Schools

      International students without DP, IEO and whose parents are not SC/SPR and who wish to seek school admission to Primary 2-5 and Secondary 1-3 levels in mainstream public primary and secondary schools respectively are to take part in the Admissions Exercise for International Students (AEIS).

      For more information on admission, please see the International Students Admission section of the Ministry of Education website.

    • Admissions Exercise for International Students (AEIS)

      AEIS involves a centralised test on English and Mathematics, and applicants who pass the test would automatically be offered a place in a suitable school, based on available school vacancies and their performance in the centralised test. There would be no school choices. To register for or find out more about AEIS, please visit the AEIS webpage.

    • Applying Directly to Schools

      International students without DP, IEO and whose parents are not SC/SPR and who are seeking admission to Primary 2-5 and Secondary 1-3 but are unable to make it for the AEIS exercise and those who are seeking admission to Primary 1 or JCs may approach their schools of choice directly to apply for admission.

    • Step-by-Step Guide for Applying Directly to Schools

      Admission is subject to the availability of vacancies, provided there are no SC/SPR children on the schools’ waiting lists, and the schools’ admission criteria

      International students without DP, IEO and whose parents are not SC/SPR and who are seeking admission to Primary 2 - 5 or Secondary 1 - 3 are required to sit for and pass a Qualifying Test (QT) before making a direct application to schools.International students seeking admission to Primary 1 or JCs are not required to sit for the QT.

      Submit your application at the school of your choice with the required documents.If there is a vacancy, you will need to pass a placement test conducted by the school. Applicants will be tested on subjects such as English, Mathematics and Mother Tongue Language (where applicable).

      Upon passing the test, the school will issue you with a Letter of Acceptance (LOA). The Letter of Acceptance is valid for two weeks, during which time, you must apply for a Student’s Pass with the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA).The applicant must return to the school with a valid student’s pass within 2 weeks of the LOA’s date of issue. Otherwise, the applicant will forfeit his / her admission to the school.


In addition to paying the full cost of the program, students must manage their own living expenses. The cost of living and studying in Singapore is quite reasonable. The amount to be set aside will depend on the kind of accommodation a student chooses. On average, you can expect to pay around US$10,000 per year for tuition fees, although it depends on the course and institution. Arts courses tend to be less expensive than Science courses. All students, be it domestic or international, are eligible to apply for tuition grants with the Singaporean Ministry of Education. However, you can only apply for a tuition grant after having been offered a place on a course. Tuition grants cover most of the costs of the tuition fees. Grants are not repayable, but in return, all international students are required to sign a bond that will commit them to work for a Singapore-registered company for at least 3 years after completing their degree. The period of the employment bond is longer for students of medicine (6 years) and dentistry (5 years).

The following is a sample breakdown of the accommodation costs and daily necessities:

Accommodation (2 persons per room) S$250 – S$500 per month
Food S$300 – S$500 per month
Transportation and others S$100 – S$200 per month

University List of Singapore

  • Curtin University of Technology (Singapore)
  • East Asia Institute of Management-EASB
  • James Cook University- Singapore
  • Nanyang Institute of Management
  • Raffles Merchandising Institute
  • SAE Institute
  • SP Jain
  • Dimensions International College
  • ERC Institute
  • Management Development Institute of Singapore - MDIS
  • PSB Academy
  • Raffles School of Business
  • Singapore Institute of Management - SIM