Singapore: This is a unique mix of traditional Asian cultures, technical progress and Western living standards. As the city-state is considered very safe and English is spoken everywhere, Singapore has a reputation for being a “gentle entry” into the Asian world. The cosmopolitan Singapore is also a unique opportunity for students to get to know the Asian culture, language and economy, which is becoming increasingly important globally.
Requirements for studying in Singapore
To study in Singapore, applicants must have a high school diploma. German applicants are generally required to have a general university entrance qualification. Some universities also accept the technical diploma. The institution in question decides independently which applicants to accept for a Bachelor’s degree in Singapore.
Sufficient language skills are also required in order to study in Singapore: Because classes at Singapore universities are held in English, advanced knowledge of English is essential. They can be proven by means of a minimum number of points in standardized language tests such as IELTS and TOEFL. English is also spoken in most public areas and in science and business. In everyday life it is about “Singlish”, a charming language creation from British and American English with a strong Asian influence.
Study in Singapore: Costs and Financing Options
In an Asian comparison, the standard of living in Singapore is extraordinarily high, which is reflected in the above-average cost of living. A study visit to the city-state of Singapore can therefore be quite costly.
Cost of Living in Singapore
The prices for student accommodation in particular often take getting used to due to the limited space in Singapore. You should avoid apartments in the city center. Here a one-room apartment hardly costs less than EUR 1,500 a month. The student residences are much cheaper: They offer rooms between EUR 400-550 per month. Here it is important to apply for a place at the international office of your university as early as possible. Many international students live in private apartment complexes in Singapore while studying abroad and pay between EUR 500-800 per month there.
In contrast to accommodation, Singapore’s very well-developed local public transport and daily catering in one of the city’s numerous hawker centers or food courts are very cheap.
According to topschoolsintheusa, the tuition fees in Singapore vary depending on the institution, field of study and program significantly. For a bachelor’s degree, they are on average around EUR 9,300 – 25,000 per year. For a semester abroad in Singapore you can expect EUR 4,500 – 8,000.
Scholarships, BAföG abroad and student loans
Partial scholarships, such as those granted by the DAAD or other political, economic or cultural organizations, offer a financing option. As a rule, the prerequisite for admission to these funding programs is correspondingly good academic performance. The federal government offers a funding option that is even more dependent on the individual financial situation. With the Auslands-BAföG, he offers support independent of the domestic BAföG for a maximum of one year. Student loans are another financing option for studying abroad in Singapore.
Singapore Visa and Entry Requirements
German citizens need the Multiple Journey Visa to study in Singapore. With this you can enter and leave the country multiple times. On site, they first receive the Social Visit Pass, which is valid for two to four weeks. After successful enrollment, students can apply for the Student’s Pass for studying in Sinagpur in the next step. If you want to study in Singapore for more than six months, you must submit a health certificate in addition to the application. This is available on site from one of the approved hospitals. Citizens of the EU must also deposit a so-called security deposit of around EUR 1,000 with a recognized Singapore bank.
By the way, you can enter Singapore for a maximum of 90 days with a passport that is valid for at least six months. You will then receive a temporary residence permit. This is noted directly in the passport. However, this period should not be overstrained in any case, because then there is a risk of severe fines or imprisonment.