Singapore Visas Guide for Indian Students

Preparing to leave India and study in Singapore? Find out what you need to know for your student visa application.

It’s a bit closer to home, it’s famed for its world-class universities, and it’s affordable: it’s not surprising, really, that Singapore is so popular among the Indian students.

What type of visa do I need?

Once you have received an acceptance letter (valid for two weeks) from an institute of higher education in Singapore, you need to apply for a Student’s Pass to be eligible to stay there. However, if you already have a Dependent Pass or an Immigration Exemption Order, you may be able to bypass this stage.

You should make your application for a Student’s Pass to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority ( You can do this online using the Student’s Pass Online Application & Registration (SOLAR) system. A Student’s Pass is generally valid for the entire duration of your course.

How long does it take?

Those applying for a Student’s Pass for the first time must submit their application not more than two months, and not less than one month, before their course begins. Applications are processed quickly and will not take more than 10 working days. However, apply early to avoid eleventh hour panic since as some applications may take a little longer than normal to be processed, particularly during July and August.

How much does it cost?

A processing fee of S$30 (INR 1,131.53) is charged for every application submitted to the ICA. An additional issuance fee of S$60 (INR 2,262.91) must be paid once the Student’s Pass is issued.

Can I work while I study?

Overseas students at certain institutes of higher education are permitted to work while they study. During term time, these eligible students are permitted to work 16 hours per week. Work permits are not required for those who want to work during holidays.

Overseas students should visit the website of Ministry of Manpower to find out if their institution’s students are afforded work privileges.

Can I work after graduation?

Upon completion of their degree program, overseas students may submit an application for a one-year Visit Pass (Long-Term) to ICA, if they wish to seek employment in Singapore. This can be done electronically via e-VP ( Prospective employers usually make this application for you.

Useful contacts

Singapore High Commission, New Delhi
Chancery N-88, Panchsheel Park
New Delhi-110017
Telephone: +91-11-41019801/+91-11-41019804/ +91-11-41019818
Fax: +91-11-41019805
Email: [email protected]

Singapore Consulate, Chennai
17-A North Boag Road
Telephone: +91-44-2815-8207/ +91-44-2815-8208
Fax: +91-44-2815-8209
Email: [email protected]

Singapore Consulate, Mumbai
Consulate 101, 10th Floor, Maker Chambers IV, 222, Jamnalal Bajaj Road,
Telephone: +91-22-2204-3205/ +91-22-2204-3209
Fax: +91-22-2285-5812
Email: [email protected]


Study in Singapore for Indian Students

Singapore has attracted a lot of international students to continue their higher education in this country. Students and working professionals decided to get their degree in Singapore since this country is one of the best destinations offering advanced education systems. It has a lot of good learning institutions providing a variety to choose courses that suit your interests and needs. Its safe city makes the atmosphere in Singapore supports the learning activities of the students. In addition, the tuition fee is considerably lower than the education in advanced countries, such as US, UK and Germany. In fact, the study cost in Singapore is cheaper than pursuing education in Australia. All aspects of life in this Asian country are also well-organized. Therefore, Singapore is the perfect place for people who want to continue their education with high standards and tuition fees that are relatively low.

Based on several factors that have been mentioned previously, many overseas students, especially from countries in Asia like India, Malaysia, Indonesia, China and Vietnam, continue their higher education in Singapore. Foreign students from western countries, such as Ireland, Switzerland, New Zealand, Netherland, Canada, France and Russia also chose Singapore to study arts and culture. Among those students from abroad, the number of Indian students is significant. They pursue their degrees in various top colleges in Singapore. In fact, they much prefer the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) which are the top universities recognized internationally.

In addition to high quality education, complete facilities, modern campuses and low tuition fees, many universities and polytechnics offer a variety of disciplines. Indian student can learn business management, accounting, technology, computer, hospitality management, engineering, law and politics in the learning institute offering the program. Studying foreign languages, such as Mandarin Chinese, Korean, and Japanese is also possible since there are a lot of courses allowing students to learn the language they are interested in. Singapore also has many institutions that offer undergraduate and postgraduate programs. That is why Indian students make Singapore a popular option to earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

In many latest news articles or group posting on Facebook, Twitter, blog, it is mentioned that there are thousands of Indian students who come to Singapore to study. Each year, approximately 3,000 students from India continue their education at various schools or universities. At this time, there is up to 25% growth of Indians studying in Singapore year on year, making this country a favoured education destination for the Indian students. Many of them wish to study MBA or PhD program at one of the best universities in the country. Singapore Government provides an opportunity for them to learn certain subject with the support of the professional. In general, the requirements to study in Singapore can be seen on the site of Ministry of Education (MOE). For admission requirements and required examination, the universities provide the detailed information on their websites. Therefore, an international student who plans on studying in Singapore can visit the websites for the details.

If you are an Indian student and choose Singapore to pursue your degree, you must meet several general requirements. Here is a guide for Indian students who wish to study in Singapore:

Student Visa or Pass

After receiving an acceptance letter from the institution of your choice, you can apply for a student’s pass or visa. This is so you are eligible to stay in Singapore during your study. It is important to note that the acceptance letter is valid for 2 weeks only. Therefore, the visa application is made once you receive the letter. You should apply for the visa at the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) of Singapore. The application can be done online through SOLAR (Student’s Pass Online Application & Registration) system. Applying for a visa will require cost. The processing fee is USD 30 or INR 1,131.53. There is also an additional issuance fee. You will be required to pay USD 60 or INR 2,262.91. Having English proficiency is a must. You need to have a TOEFL or IELTS certificate to demonstrate your English language skill.  Click here to visit the website of the ICA.

Financial Assistance

Compared to most Asian countries, the cost of living in Singapore is relatively high. However, to ease the financial burden of overseas students, the Singapore Government provides many opportunities to get financial assistance. There are a lot of fellowship and scholarship programs offered by various agencies and the Singapore Government. Students with good academic skills can apply for the scholarships. However, not only good academic skills, scholarship providers also have other factors as their consideration in awarding the scholarship. That is why it is important to do research on the eligibility of the scholarships offered. SIA Youth Scholarships is a program for Indian students provided by Singapore Airlines. The purpose of the program is to help students who wish to continue their education in Pre-University 1. There is also a Singapore-based organization, the Singapore Millennium Foundation that provides scholarships to international post-graduate and post-doctoral students.

Work Permit

Students are allowed to find part-time jobs to earn extra income during their stay in Singapore. There are many companies that offer work opportunity that can help the students financially. However, there are several requirements regulated the Ministry of Manpower (MOM). Students are required to have a work permit in order to find a part-time job. Visit this link to find a list of institutions that allow foreign students to find part-time work. If you are on a scholarship program, make sure you ask permission from your sponsor before looking for a job.

Types of work permit:

  • Training Work Permit
  • Training Employment Pass
  • Work Holiday Programme (WHP)

Estimated Study and Living Costs in Singapore

To study in Singapore, you have to prepare enough funds for living expenses and your study cost in this country. Here are the estimated study costs:

Dentistry/Medicine (paid annually)

  • Tuition per year: SGD 83,870
  • Ministry of Education Tuition Grant: SGD 64,600
  • Direct Payment (tuition fee payable): SGD 19,270

Based non-lab (paid annually)

  • Tuition per year: SGD 20,420 – 21,950
  • Ministry of Education Tuition Grant: SGD 13,700
  • Direct Payment (tuition fee payable): SGD 6,720 – 8,250

Based Lab (paid annually)

  • Tuition per year: SGD 22,420
  • Ministry of Education Tuition Grant: SGD 15,700
  • Direct Payment (tuition fee payable): SGD 19,270

Music (paid annually)

  • Tuition per year: SGD 40,330
  • Ministry of Education Tuition Grant: SGD 32,000
  • Direct Payment (tuition fee payable): SGD 8,330

Institute of Technical Education (paid annually)

  • Higher Nitec: SGD 2,000
  • Nitec: SGD 1,200

For your living costs, below is an estimate of your regular expenses:

  • Food: SGD 200 – 450
  • Accommodation: SGD 200 – 1,500
  • Utilities: SGD 50 – 80
  • Books and Stationery: SGD 30 – 100
  • Public transport: SGD 40- 100
  • Hospitalization Medical Insurance: SGD 5      – 8
  • Telecommunications: SGD 30 – 50
  • Personal expenses: SGD 100 – 200

To get more information on studying in Singapore for Indian students, you can join some forums discussing education in the country. You can post a question and get answers from the member. It is also advised to meet consultants who can assist you in finding the best university and learn about the admission and required test or exams. This will give you information on the terms and conditions you need to know as well. During your study, you might also undergo training as part of the study. After the completion of your study, you are free to go back to your home country or search for jobs in Singapore. However, since the Singapore Government has strict regulation regarding working in this country, you are advised to visit the site of MOM.


Clinical Research in UK/Singapore

ICRI Global Research is a UK-based organization specializing in research, consultancy and training for individuals, pharmaceutical companies, CROs and academic institutions looking to conduct research in emerging research markets particularly south and south-east Asia.  ICRI campuses are located in UK and Singapore.

Worldwide, ICRI Global Research has access to over 3000 clinical research professionals and fifteen centers of excellence. ICRI Global Research has a clear mission – as a knowledge-based organization it seeks to provide stakeholders high quality cost effective results delivered on-time by the most experienced teams available.

As emerging research markets grow so does the operation of ICRI Global Research especially the pioneering training programmes to new and inexperienced professionals. Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lankaand the Gulf states are all currently under development. Central to these developments is the belief in ICRI Global Research that learning through practice is the key and that understanding international operations is best learnt through travel – hence all ICRI Global Research programmes, irrespective of host country, include the option to spend up to one month in the ICRI Global Research simulator unit in the UK – this gives practical training whilst being exposed to European culture.

ICRI offers the following programs:

  2. Postgraduate Certificate in GLOBAL CLINICAL TRIALS MANAGEMENT
  4. Masters in CLINICAL RESEARCH*

Masters in Clinical Research program is available in the following combinations:

  • 2 years in Singapore or 2 years in UK
  • 1st year in Singapore & 2nd year in UK
  • 1st year in Singapore & 2nd year in USA
  • 1st year in UK & 2nd year in USA

Entry Requirements: Graduates with minimum 55% or above from (MBBS,/BDS/B.Pharm/Life Science and professionals from relevant disciplines)

English language requirements: TOEFL- 85 iBT

For detailed information on and admission in these programs, please contact any of Impel’s offices at the following location:

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