Application Process

How to Apply & Study in Singapore? - 2022

Education in Singapore is one of the most in-demand education in the world as they provide the best quality education at a comparatively low cost than many other nations. Subsequently, the competition for admission at Singapore Universities is high. So it is always a better idea to drop your card at the earliest in these cases. Our Singapore education experts can help you with the university selection and application process.

How to choose a University in Singapore

Singapore has the most reputed universities which are at the top of the world’s best universities . One should choose a university based on the course you would like to study and then find out which college is best for that course. Check out the below step-by-step process to apply for admission in Singapore.

  • Pick on a Course and a University.
  • Fill out and Submit your Application.
  • Submit the Application Documents that are Required.
  • Find out if you've been Accepted.
  • Accept the Letter of Offer.
  • Apply for a Student Visa

How to apply for Singapore Student Pass?

The greatest advantage of choosing Singapore as your study destination is the entire process will be online. Most of the universities have their portals online and the students can apply online. This online process is called Student's Pass On-Line Application & Registration, or SOLAR. It all starts with the IHL's SOLAR Application Reference Number (Institute of Higher Learning). The Institutes are responsible for confirming your admission and starting the visa application procedure. Also, the government universities provide a hassle-free admission process for international students who wish to study in Singapore.

Secure Admission at Singapore Universities

Admission to a University in Singapore through IHL - institute of higher learning is the first step in applying for a student pass.

Receive SOLAR Reference Number

Once you have finished the registration and admission process at the university/institute of your choice, you will receive a Confirmation Letter and a SOLAR Reference Number.

Keep in mind that this is an important number to remember when applying for a Student's Pass.

Fill out the Singapore Student Pass Application

After you have finished the University's enrollment process, the Student Pass Application will be initiated. The university/institute (IHL) is required to supply the following information:

  • Name, date of birth, gender, and country of origin are all required fields (as mentioned in your passport)
  • Information about the course, including start and end dates
  • The SOLAR application reference number.
  • After the process is completed, you will be given a SOLAR Application Reference Number.

[Read More: Check your Eligibility to Study in Singapore]

Log in to the SOLAR of ICA

After receiving the SOLAR Reference Number, you can log in to the SOLAR website. You'll be asked to log in using the website's reference number. You'll need to provide some basic information to begin the procedure and pay the fee.

Submit the e-form 16

After you've logged in, you'll be asked to fill out eForm 16. You will also be required to submit other information as requested by the University, as well as a S$30 processing charge. This can be done with a debit or credit card, as well as online banking.

Take a printout of the e-Form 16 after submitting it through SOLAR to the Student's Pass Unit, ICA to complete the prerequisites for the issue of a Student's Pass.

Receive the IPA – In-principle approval letter by ICA

As Indians require a visa to enter Singapore, your application will take about ten days to process. However, this may take a little longer in July and August, so get started right away.

The ICA will send you an In-Principle Approval (IPA) letter once your application has been reviewed and approved. Your university or the IHL would send you this letter.

Report to the ICA to obtain a Student's Pass

The IPA allows you to go to Singapore. When you arrive, go to the ICA Building to get your Student's Pass and fill out the relevant documentation. When you arrive in Singapore, your papers will be scrutinized, and you will be handed a temporary social visit pass at the checkpoint.

Upon arrival in Singapore, students must report to the Student's Pass Unit to complete the procedures for the issuance of a Student's Pass for the duration of the social visit pass provided at the checkpoint.

Note: You will only be allowed if you have made a prior appointment. Make an appointment via the e-appointment system first, and then head to the ICA office to acquire your Student Pass.

Some institutions also organize off-campus camps for Student's Pass. If your university has that facility, you will be contacted in advance. You must report to Singapore’s Visitor Services Centre to acquire a queuing ticket for your Student's Pass.

[Read More: All You Need to Know About Singapore Education System]

Top FAQs Asked by Students Travelling to Singapore

Singapore private institutes have many intakes in January, February, July, August, September, and October, whilst Singapore government universities have two intakes in August and February. Between April to September is when polytechnics normally admit students.

Name of University Intake Application Commence Date Application Closing Date Estimated Date of Application Outcome
NUS Aug Mid-Oct End-Feb Mid-May to end Jul
NTU Aug Mid-Oct Mid-Jan End-Apr to early May
SMU Aug Mid-Oct Mid-Mar Feb to Jul
SUTD May Mid-Oct Mid-Mar Mid-Mar to early-Apr
JCU Singapore Mar, July, Nov All time 1 month before course start 1 month before course start
Curtin Singapore Feb, July, Nov All time 1 month before course start 1 month before course start

In Singapore, admissions applications are typically closed in March or April. International students who want to apply for scholarships should do so as soon as possible, preferably in January or February. In May, universities often send acceptance letters to accepted students.

Here is the document checklist to apply for Singapore universities.

  • Duly completed application form
  • All academic transcripts
  • Statement of purpose or Motivation letter
  • Score cards of standardized admission tests like GRE or GMAT and language proficiency tests like TOEFL.
  • Scanned copy of application fee payment receipt

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