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Singapore

Singapore

Quick Facts & Figures

  • capital

    Singapore
  • language

    English, Malay, Mandarin, Tamil
  • currency

    Singaporean Dollar (SGD)
  • government

    Parliamentary Constitutional Republic
  • religion

    Top 3: Buddhism, Christianity, Islam
  • weather

    Tropical rainforest climate
  • timezone

    UTC +8
  • internet domain

    .sg

Study in Singapore

Despite the small size of this island nation, Singapore is home to the top universities in Asia such as Nanyang Technological University (ranked 1st) and National University of Singapore (ranked 2nd) that are both well respected institutions globally. The Singaporean government has invested a lot into the quality of education as well as upgrading the overall standard of higher education in Singapore which makes this country an ideal study abroad destination for Filipino students.

Having some of the topnotch universities and its distance from the Philippines, Singapore is one of the top study abroad destinations of Filipinos.

With partner schools all over the country to name a few, Filipinos looking to have a lot to choose in pursuing their international studies.

Search for Singaporean schools and universities on our website that you can search and apply from!

Why study in Singapore?

Singapore is a great destination for Filipino international students thanks to its top-ranking universities and liveable cities. There are a handful of reasons why Filipinos should study in Singapore.

  • A Clean and Safe Country
  • High Quality Education System
  • Minimal Language Barrier

Schools in Singapore

Degrees from Singaporean rigid and innovative universities and colleges are recognized by multinational companies all over the world.

Life and Culture in Singapore

The life and culture of Singapore is mostly a mesh of both Asia and Europe with great influence coming from Malay, South, and East Asian culture. Singapore greatly believes in the system of meritocracy in which the system ensures that the best and the brightest, regardless of race, socio-economic background, and gender, are developed to their fullest potential.

Study and work opportunities in Singapore for Filipinos

Foreign students do not have to apply for work permits if they want to do part-time jobs. However, if Filipino students are planning to work for more than 16 hours per week, it is best to consult with your institution as to what work opportunities are granted. During school breaks, students are allowed to work full-time.

Student and work visa requirements in Singapore

Learn all the requirements, processing time, fees, and everything Filipinos need to know to apply for a study and work visa in Singapore. Discover how you can apply for a student and work visa in the Land Down Under. 

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Scholarships in Singapore

To provide financial aid to Filipino students in pursuit of higher education, there are numerous scholarships available. Scholarships for Filipino international students to study in Singapore are offered both by the government of Singapore as well as private organizations.

Partner Schools

Studying in Singapore

Do I need a visa? How do I get it?
If you're a Philippine passport holder, you're going to need a student visa to study in Singapore. Below are some of the documents you have to submit for completion:
  • Your valid passport. You have to submit a copy of particular pages of passport
  • You must carry the departure/arrival card granted on entry into Singapore. 
  • One recent color passport-sized photograph (taken on white background);
  • Filled out application form 
  • A copy of the in-principle approval letter; and
  • A medical report
When you submit the application, make sure the laboratory reports are not more than three months from the issue date. In case you fail to fulfill the medical requirement, you will not be granted the Student Pass.
Are there scholarships available? How can I finance my studies?
Tuition is typically around $10,000 per year. Depending on your course, program choice and institution, the cost might vary. If cost is a concern, keep in mind that the Arts courses are usually less expensive than the Sciences. Through the Singaporean Ministry of Education, international students have the option of applying for tuition grants but only after being granted a spot in a course program. Tuition grants, by the way, cover most of the tuition fee costs. In return, international students must sign a bond that will require them to work for a Singapore-registered company for at least 3 years after completing their college degree. The employment bond is longer for medicine and dentistry students (5 to 6 years).

There are many scholarships offered by the Singaporean government and even the schools themselves. Visit the Edukasyon profiles of the schools you are interested in to check if they are offering any scholarships.
What are the requirements for studying at a school in Singapore?
Generally, schools in Singapore will ask for your:
  • Education credentials
  • Proof of English proficiency

The specific requirements will vary depending on your school, course, and level of study. Visit the Edukasyon profile of the school you like to find their specific requirements. For a list of schools in Singapore looking for Filipino students, see here.
Why should I study in Singapore?
Hub for Educational Excellence
Singapore’s education system evolved into one that aims to meet the needs of individuals. This is to challenge them and nurture their individual talents in order to prepare them for the real world (of work).  

Stable Economy
According to the 2005 World Bank Business report, Singapore was ranked the most ideal place to do business in. According to the Swiss-based World Economic Forum, Singapore has the most competitive economy with innovative ability and a stable, growing economy relative to the world.

A Multicultural Nation
Singapore is a melting pot -- one composed of a rich multicultural heritage with various ethnic groups (Chinese, Malays, Indians, Eurasians).

Infrastructure and Accessibility
Singapore is seamlessly connected with the world via air, sea, and telecommunications (great internet). It is known for its high quality and efficient public transport system.

Vibrant City Life
Singapore consists of several attraction sites and activities. You’ll never run out of things to see and do like local shopping and dining! Singapore is conveniently located at the heart of Asia, which means you can explore Southeast Asia easily.
 
What are the required languages for studying in the Singapore?
Singapore has adopted its bilingual education policy since 1966. Under the policy, English, one of the four official languages, is taught as the first language and is the main medium of instruction in schools. The other three official languages: Chinese, Malay and Tamil (the mother tongue languages (MTLs) of the major ethnic groups). All students are required to learn one MTL according to their ethnicity.
How do I choose a school in Singapore?
Schools in Singapore offer many undergraduate and graduate programs in every academic field. After deciding (1) What your career goals are and (2) What academic programs can help you achieve those goals, it's time to do some research on which school suits you the most! There are schools in Singapore that are looking for Filipino students just like you! Explore them here.

Living in Singapore

What is the lifestyle like in Singapore?
Culture:
  • Elders are often addressed as "Uncle" and "Auntie."
  • Take your shoes off before entering Singaporean homes.
  • Non-Asians, foreigners, and expats are usually referred to as an "ang moh."
  • Being quiet in the presence of elders is a sign of respect and many Singaporeans, especially those who come from Chinese-speaking families value this.
  • When paying or exchanging name cards, you must use both hands to give out and receive what is being handed out.
  • Typically, children do not move out of their family’s home until they get married (in their late twenties).
  • Singaporeans are very hands on and look after their parents when they get old
  • Singapore has a very competitive society and intense education system. Students must get a "degree" to attain a respectable job.
  • Work life is extremely competitive with long hours and overtime
Cuisine:
  • Eating is a favorite national pastime. It’s normal for Singaporeans to wait in long queues and drive far distances just to get a bite of famous dishes like Chicken Rice or what Nasi Lemak stores offer.
  • Whenever you see tissue paper or a paper bag on a table, this indicates and implies that it is reserved.
Rules and Regulations:
  • Singaporean law is strictly enforced and must be followed. Recreational drug use is not permitted nor tolerated. If caught, drug users, offenders and traffickers will face death penalty.
  • No chewing gum when crossing the streets.
How much is the cost of living in Singapore?
Your cost of living will depend on your lifestyle. You can get an idea of how much the cost of living is by checking out the average costs below:

Accommodation (costs per month)
Halls of Residence & Hostels - SGD 155 to SGD 560
Homestays - SGD 1,000 to SGD 1,600
Rental - SGD 1,500 to SGD 7,200

Other Expenses (per month)
Groceries and food - SGD 300 to SGD 450
Mobile data Wifi - SGD 0.10 to SGD 0.24 
Wifi - SGD 29.90 to SGD 63.00
Local public transport - SGD 20 to SGD 150
Personal expenses (clothes, toiletries, entertainment, haircut) - SGD $100 to SGD $300
 
Are there Filipinos living in Singapore?
Yes, there are many Filipinos living and working in Singapore. Most Singaporeans believe that Filipinos are hospitable, familial, service-oriented, and provide talent.

Working in Singapore

What are the benefits of graduating from a school in Singapore?
Singapore is known to be the premier education hub in Asia. One major benefit you get from studying in Singapore is that most of their schools include mandatory internships as part of their school curriculum. Not only will this give you valuable hands-on experience but you might also be hired by these companies once you finish your program.
Can I work while I’m studying in Singapore?
Yes, foreign students are allowed to work part time with a maximum of 16 hours per week, if you are pursuing a full time degree at a Singaporean institution. During holidays, you are permitted to work full time.