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Singapore for students

Small but densely populated, Singapore's reputation as a center of educational excellence has flourished in recent years. Its top universities, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the National University of Singapore (NUS) now rank in 11th and 13th place respectively in the QS World University Rankings® 2020. 

This year the city falls five places in the QS Best Student Cities ranking, but at 20th overall, Singapore remains one of the most desirable student destinations in Asia – and in the world!

Best universities in Singapore - QS Best Student Cities ranking: 20th

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Study in Singapore Overview

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Why study in Singapore?

High standard of living

The city enjoys low levels of crime, high levels of cleanliness and low unemployment levels. The city ranks 8th in the world for desirability this year.

Highly respected by employers

Ranked 12th in the world for employer reputation this year, graduates from Singapore’s universities are incredibly employable.

Sunny weather

Situated near the equator, Singapore enjoys high temperatures all year round, with average temperatures of 87 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Delicious food

Singapore offers an authentic mixture of Asian, Asian-fusion and Western tastes and styles of food, which is highly praised by almost everyone who visits the city.

The Singapore skyline

With temples, skyscrapers and mosques dotted around the city, students can enjoy the stunning Singapore skyline.

Cost of studying in Singapore

Singapore is ranked the third most expensive out of over 500 cities in Mercer’s 2019 Cost of Living Survey, and tuition fees have also increased in recent years, particularly for international students.

You can expect a one-bedroom apartment in Singapore’s city center to set you back around S$2,985 (approximately US$2,175). On top of this, tuition fees for international students cost an average of US$18,700 each year, meaning that Singapore is not a cheap place to study.

It’s hardly surprising then that the city earns a low score for affordability, ranking 106th worldwide this year.

Life and culture in Singapore

Singapore enjoys an incredibly high standard of living. Alongside growing prominence in the global higher education sector, Singapore remains renowned for its prosperity and low levels of crime and unemployment.

The city mixes European culture with Asian culture to create a unique blend, reflecting the variety of ethnic groups living there. This is particularly evident in the food, which you can sample in Singapore’s various street markets.

Singapore’s position next to the equator means it’s scorching all year round. On top of this, if you fancy exchanging the concrete jungle for the real thing, Singapore is surrounded by tropical scenery, both throughout adjacent Malaysia, and in nearby exotic destinations such as Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Career in Singapore

In keeping with the city’s strong corporate reputation, Singaporean graduates are much sought-after by international employers, especially throughout Asia, and the city comes 12th in the employer activity indicator.

The city has a booming financial sector, with firms such as EY, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank and HSBC having offices there. Singapore attracts many international workers every year.

To work in Singapore, you’ll need a work visa, which you can find out more about here.

To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.

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