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.
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.
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.
Admission to a University in Singapore through IHL - institute of higher learning is the first step in applying for a student pass.
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.
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:
[Read More: Check your Eligibility to Study in Singapore]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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