Why Study MBA in Singapore?

MBA in Singapore Cheaper tuition cost than the UK, USA or Australia Choosing Singapore is one of the best decisions because it is close to India unlike other countries such as the UK, USA or Australia. The cost of an MBA program is lower if compared with other popular destinations to study. Students can easily balance out the costs if they plan on their expenses wisely.

For e.g. Use of Public transport reduces the living cost).

Language is not a Barrier

The sign boards on streets or shops are mostly in English or other languages. The Indian students will not find language a problem since English is spoken by majority people living in Singapore. Even the locals understand English and the students wouldn’t have to learn a new language to communicate.

The national language of the nation is Malay, the four official languages are as such:

  • Malay,
  • Mandarin,
  • Tamil 
  • English

Students will not find any problem in communicating since English is the official language in Business world.

Safety Rate in the Country

The rate of crime is comparatively lower than other countries. Even at night, the Singapore streets are safe for everyone especially females.

This is one of the most appealing factors to choose Singapore to study.

Multicultural Society

The students will not feel isolated since there are many Indians living in Singapore. Students can see a lot of Asian and Indian faces in the country.

There are 4 ethnic groups of people in Singapore such as:

  • Chinese
  • Malays
  • Indians 
  • Smaller minority groups

People from different races reside in the country which is a reflection of various religions. The Religions followed by locals are Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism.

Home to various international universities

Singapore is one of the leading hubs for business education. Many international students are attracted to the country due to various reasons. Many reputed universities have set-up their colleges in the nations such as Queen Margaret University, S.P. Jain School of Global management and ESSEC Business School.

Leading international business hub

Singapore is the central point of Asia’s heart which plays a vital role in the business world.  In the year 2016, It was considered as the most comfortable country to do deal in business with, the nation still attracts many companies and investors due to its friendly nature in business.

There are big multinational companies head-quartered in Singapore because of the nation’s friendly nature. This increases the employment rate of the country too. There will be no dearth of job opportunities in the nation. This is one of the factors that attract the students the most. The students can apply for the jobs after completing their higher studies in the nation.

Globally Recognized Degree

The universities in Singapore offer degrees which are accepted all around the world.  The country owns the top most universities such as NUS (National University of Singapore), NTU (Nanyang Technological University and many other. The degree attained by the universities in Singapore are internationally recognized by the employers.

Scholarships for International Students

The country is quite expensive when it comes to educational costs and living costs but there are various scholarships that help students to afford the fees of the program. The students can manage to study the desirable course in the country. The Scholarships offered by different universities help students financially by reducing tuition costs in an international university. There are many scholarships offered to the international students who wish to study in universities in Singapore. 

The scholarships are offered to the students on the basis of:

  • Field of study
  • Academic merit
  • Community service
  • Community involvement
  • Ethnicity
  • Financial hardship
  • The industry
  •  Trade
  • Leadership
  • Region a student belongs to

TGS (Tuition Grant Scheme)

The government of Singapore has introduced a scheme for foreign students which makes the tuition cost affordable for them. The government of Singapore will reduce the tuition cost if a foreign student signs an agreement committing to work in the nation for minimum 3 years after completing the course.

Why Study in Singapore?

It is one of the most appealing destinations for foreign students. The universities in Singapore admit students on the basis of their academic performance instead of entrance exams.

Singapore is considered as a perfect study environment because of various reasons:

Students from around 30 different countries come to Singapore to study which helps them gain an international experience. Some of the top most universities in the Asian region are owned by Singapore. The tuition fees in Singapore universities are lower than the US, UK and Australia. The fees is same as the universities in India.

Students are allowed to work 16 hours per week to earn some extra amount of money for other expenses than education cost. In Asian region, Singapore has one of the most-friendly business environments which gives great employment opportunities to the students. It is one of the safest countries for the students with some policy which doesn’t allow students to get involve into unusual activities like ragging and drug abuse. 

Eligibility Criteria to study MBA in Singapore

The applicants should have completed bachelor’s degree from a recognized college with good academic records. The applicant should have at least 2 years of work experience to study MBA in Singapore. Students are required to submit their entrance exam scores of different exams such as GMAT, GRE, IELTS or TOEFL. Minimum CGPA required at the graduate level is 2.8. Students who have not completed undergraduate course in English are supposed to submit IELTS/TOEFL scores. Minimum IELTS bands required is 6.5 including all the four sections.

Documents Required for MBA

Candidates should procure the following documents at the time of the admission:

  • Admit Card of entrance exam
  • Score Card f entrance exam
  • 10th and 12th transcripts  
  • School Passing Certificate
  • Domicile Certificate
  • Character Certificate
  • Passport size Photo
  • Scorecard of Bachelor’s Degree 
  • Provisional Certificates of Bachelor’s degree

Student visa:

This visa can be attained after getting admission into a Singapore university. Students will need to procure some documents listed below:

  • Valid passport
  • Admission letter from German university
  • Language proficiency certificate
  • Declaration and application form duly signed
  • Cover letter
  • Proof of payment of fees

Visa Requirements

To obtain a student visa, a student to show enough money and prove they can pay for education costs, travel costs and living expenses for their entire stay in the country.

Documents required to get student visa are:
  • Offer letter:The university offers letter to the foreign students, which shows the duration of the course, total course fees and the rate at which fees is available whether foreign or domestic.
  • For foreign students aged below 18 years Guarantee of stay: A document from the university, institution or the person that guarantee the arrangement of suitable accommodation for the student in the country.
  • Medical and health requirements: Student need to provide the e-medical certificate along with other documents
  • English proficiency:International students need to clear English language test such as:  TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Test System)

Accommodation Facilities

One of the most important steps after securing a seat in a university is to find a place to stay. It is student's choice to choose between university hostel or private apartments. If a student wants to rent a flat then he/she will have to find a place for oneself. University provides rooms and dormitories to the students studying in Singapore university. The hostel rooms are shared among 2-3 students depending upon the size of the room. If a student is not willing to share the room then he will have to pay double of the total hostel fees.

Students are advised to share rooms since it makes living affordable and also gives a companion to share necessities which save money again. Students studying in first year are given priority for university hostels. Students have to pay extra for meal packages. There are reading rooms, computer rooms, television rooms, kitchenettes and other facilities provided in the halls of residence. There are many bonding activities and welfare services conducted for the students. Rooms can cost between S$140 to S$440 per month which depends upon the size and sharing of rooms.

Home Stay

There are homes for foreign students offered by the locals. The home stay can cost between S$500 - S$1,000 a month

Service Apartments

Students who live with family members can choose service apartments. It is the best option for them since they get all required comforts with the housekeeping facilities. Academic Calendar for MBA program

Intake session September, October and January
Commencement of Classes April
End of academic session May

Top 10 MBA institutions in Singapore

National University of Singapore Business School
INSEAD - Asia Campus
Nanyang Technological University
Singapore Management University (SMU)
James Cook University - Singapore
Kaplan Singapore
SP Jain School of Global Management
Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS)
ESSEC Business School
Manchester Business School - Singapore

Tuition cost for MBA in Singapore

The average fees for MBA program in Singapore is around S$30000 which totally depend upon the university. The minimum tuition cost could be around S$15000. A survey managed by the Singapore Business Review clearly shows that the total cost of an MBA program would be S$15000 - S$100,000. The quality of a program is not determined by the tuition fee of the course.

Work while studying MBA in Singapore

Students are being hired for temporary internships and assignments by various organizations. Students studying in foreign universities in Singapore or studying in universities of Singapore can apply for the jobs in companies set-up there. Students are advised to study about the current market situation before applying for work. Students are allowed to apply for jobs depending on the working hours.

  • Full-time (during vacations)
  • Part-time jobs (during semesters)


A company judge the students whether to recruit the student as a full-time employee or not. If they decide to hire the student permanently then he will have to undergo a training period to learn the job responsibilities and actual scenario of the job.

International students studying MBA in Singapore

During vacations, the international students are not allowed to work. This depends upon the type of visa the student is holding. The international students are granted permission to work only if they have a valid student visa and are studying in certain university. Students who wants to apply for internship programs need to attain valid work permit or employment pass for training purpose. A student will have to face prosecution if they work without the permit.

Jobs student can take up work while studying MBA in Singapore

If a student knows any foreign language, then it is easy to get a job of a translator or interpreter to help organizations with translating work and students get quite attractive package. Students can work in library of any college or university.

If any student who is quite good at cooking then it is easy to work as a chef or work under any head chef as there are so many Indian restaurants in the country. Students can work as cashiers or waiters at the restaurants. There are chances to get data entry jobs too.

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