Affordable and cheap universities in Singapore

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Piyush Kohli
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on May 11, 2021 17:24 IST

International students looking for a great study experience in Asia can look at the universities in Singapore. It is known for its innovation and multicultural heritage. Singapore is perfect for those looking for the highest standards in teaching and learning. It is home to some of the best universities in Asia and the world. As they say, quality doesn't come cheap! However, in this article, we will discuss affordable and cheap universities in Singapore. Whenever we talk about education, students also need to know about the cost of living in that country. So, you can read the cost of living for international students in Singapore here. It is one of the fastest-growing nations and is famous among expatriates of the world. Many Singaporean universities rank as the best universities in the world by prominent ranking providers. So, after education, it offers a lot of opportunities to students pursuing higher education. Its high standard of living and world-class infrastructure makes it one of the topmost destination not just for study but for living as well. Apart from its own universities, many international universities have campuses in Singapore.

Can I study free in Singapore?

Few Singapore universities offer free education, however, that is limited to students of Singapore origin. International students need to pay tuition fees, however, they can get a scholarship or any kind of subsidy. 

Which is the most common language used in Singapore?

Although Malay is the official language of Singapore, the medium of instruction for universities is English. The English language makes it easy for international students to learn lessons taught in universities here. Singapore is home to many expatriates, so, it makes it easy for them to send their kids to schools here.

Affordable and cheap universities in Singapore

List of some of the cheap and affordable universities in Singapore:

  • National University of Singapore (NUS)
  • Nanyang Technological University
  • Singapore Management University
  • Singapore University of Technology & Design
  • Republic Polytechnic
  • Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
  • Temasek Polytechnic

Let’s discuss the above-mentioned universities in detail:

National University of Singapore (NUS)

The National University of Singapore is not only the topmost research university in Singapore but across Asia. Although the university follows a global approach but its research programs focus on Asian contexts as well. It is one of the few Asian universities that has been ranked among the top 15 universities globally by prominent ranking providers. QS Top Universities has ranked it at 11th position from 2019. The tuition fee for UG programs starts from S$17,550 and goes up to S$64,650 for some courses.

Nanyang Technological University

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is one of the best higher education institutes in Singapore. Also, it is the second-best university in Singapore after NUS. It is home to almost 30,000 local and international students. It has been ranked among the top 15 universities in the world consistently. The tuition fee starts from S$17,550 and can go up to S$74,900 for few medicine courses.

Singapore Management University

Relatively young Singapore Management University (SMU) is a private university established in 2000. It follows the American curriculum, so, candidates can have knowledge of the global level in Asia only. As SMU has collaborated with the Wharton School of Business, its business programs are modeled after it. Annual fees for international students start from $24,500 and go up to $27,050.

Singapore University of Technology & Design

Ten years old Singapore University of Technology and Design is a private institution that has collaborated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As the curriculum of the institute was developed in collaboration with MIT, students can finish their 4-year degree in three and a half years. Also, foundation programs are mandatory at SUTD, so, students have a strong base for their course studies. Annual fees for international students here are S$28,450.

Republic Polytechnic

Established in 2002, Republic Polytechnic (RP) is home to more than 13,000 students. The institute is known for offering problem-based learning techniques for all its courses. It offers diploma courses in different areas ranging from hospitality to engineering, media, communication, and healthcare. The fees for international students are S$10,340 annually.

Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA)

Founded in 1938, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts is an open institution. It is a private institution that offers publicly-funded diploma courses in Arts. It offers a music-degree program in partnership with the Royal College of Music, London (RCM). The fee for Diploma courses is around S$10,000 annually.

Temasek Polytechnic

Temasek Polytechnic is an open institution and is the third institute of technology in Singapore. Temasek Polytechnic is known for offering courses in design and law which are difficult to find in other similar institutes. It is the only technological academy in Singapore having a Centre for Trans-cultural Studies. Temasek offers diploma, full-time, and specialization programmes. Annual fees for international students are around S$11,000 for full-time diploma courses.

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With a plethora of knowledge of the education domain, Piyush Kohli has been involved with study abroad for over 5 years and counting. He comes with prior experience on the complexities of the study abroad applicatio... Read Full Bio


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