A guide for Indian students to study masters in Singapore


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Singapore is so much more than an exotic location for tourism. The ‘island country’ has gradually evolved into a finance, transport, trading and educational hub of the world. It is recognized for its forward-thinking intellectual culture all over the world. The country has some of the most prestigious higher learning institutes that offer global education to Indian students from around the world. The main language of interaction in the colleges is English and they offer various scholarship opportunities to their students.

Another reason for its high popularity among Indian students of foreign nationals is the city’s low crime rates, cleanliness, and a complete no-no policy for drugs and racial abuse. The educational opportunities in the country are highly varied and one can choose from a large range of course in varying fields. The Ministry of Education (MoE) is primarily responsible for all higher education in Singapore. The private institutes working in the country need to register with the Council for Private Education (CPE) in the country.

World’s leading institutes Indian students

A large number of Indian students choose to pursue their master degree courses in Singapore. In Singapore, they call the postgraduate program as ‘graduate study’ and masters by research and Ph.D. programs as ‘graduate studies by research’. Duration of a master’s program usually varies from one to two years as decided by the institute. Several of the world’s leading universities offer higher education programs in Singapore. These programs are offered either by the university itself or through collaborations with local universities of Singapore. Some of the most recognized universities of the country are:

  • National University of Singapore (NUS)
  • Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
  • Singapore Institute of Management (SIM)
  • Singapore Management University (SMU)
  • Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)

The courses offered are a perfect blend of theoretical knowledge and practical learning. A master’s degree usually requires a project or dissertation from the Indian students. Some of the colleges prefer to give credits on the basis of student’s attendance and tests.

The colleges offer various scholarship opportunities to the international students. These scholarships range from support funding to various other aid packages and assisting meritorious postgraduates. The fee structure for various programs varies from one college to another. The tuition fees are relatively affordable for most of the colleges. The scholarships for various master’s courses are generally highly competitive and require academic excellence. Some of the most popular scholarships for masters in Singapore for Indian students include the below ones.

  • ASEAN Scholarship: This scholarship is offered to the nationals of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
  • APEC Scholarship: This scholarship is offered to full-time MBA Indian students of selected nationalities.

Various other university scholarships and tuition fee allowance are offered by various universities for the benefit of students. The overseas students that qualify for these scholarships need to sign an agreement, named as Service Obligation (SO) with the Ministry of Education (MoE). This SO constrains the students to work in a Singapore-based company for three years after the completion of their graduation. The easy visa policies of the Singapore authority and its proximity to India make it a popular destination for Indian students to study in the country.


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