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Planning For Long Term Study?
Q1 How do I apply to study in Singapore?
A. Application procedures are dependent on the type of institutions the students are applying to. In general, you need to check the application procedures with the educational institution of your choice.
Government, Government-Aided or Independent Schools
Local Universities
Private Schools
Foreign System / International Schools
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Q2 What are the entry requirements to study at educational institutions in Singapore?
A. Government, Government Aided and Independent Schools
International students without DP, IEO and whose parents are not SC/SPR and who wish to seek school admission to Primary 2–5 and Secondary 1–3 levels in mainstream public primary and secondary schools respectively are to take part in the Admissions Exercise for International Students (AEIS).
Admissions Exercise for International Students (AEIS)
AEIS involves a centralised test on English and Mathematics, and applicants who pass the test would automatically be offered a place in a suitable school, based on available school vacancies and their performance in the centralised test. There would be no school choices.
Applying Directly to Schools
International students without DP, IEO and whose parents are not SC/SPR and who are seeking admission to Primary 2–5 and Secondary 1–3 but are unable to make it for the AEIS exercise and those who are seeking admission to Primary 1 or JCs may approach their schools of choice directly to apply for admission.
For other private, foreign system, international schools and universities, polytechnics or institute of technical education:
Apply directly to the educational institutions accompanied by the relevant certification and documentation.
Some institutions or courses may require you to undergo an interview or placement test. Some schools may also require work experience.
Q3 How do I find out which institution offers courses I am interested in?
A. For a list of educational institutions in Singapore, please go to the pages on http://en.eistudy.comYou may also surf the institution's website for a complete listing of courses available.
Q4 What is the difference between private and public institutions?
A. Public Schools are government schools. They are registered and managed by the Ministry of Education, Singapore.
In Singapore, there are 11 gazetted public holidays and three scheduled school holidays in a calendar year.
Private Schools - There are various types of private schools in Singapore. Private schools are generally run by private companies or non-profit organisations. There are also some private institutions that receive public funds, eg. NAFA (The Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts), SMU (Singapore Management University) and LASALLE-SIA college of the Arts.
Q5 Do I need a Visa and Student's Pass to study in Singapore?
A.  A foreigner must apply for a Student's Pass if he/she has been accepted by an educational institution to pursue full-time studies in Singapore, unless he/she is a:.
Dependant's Pass holder studying in a Government/ Government-Aided/ Independent school/ Foreign System School/ Kindergarten registered with MOE or Childcare centre licensed by MCYS;
Immigration Exemption Order holder; or
Visitor who has been granted a short term Visit Pass at the Singapore Checkpoint and wish to attend a short course that can be completed within the validity of the initial Visit Pass granted to him/her at the Singapore Checkpoint or 30 days, whichever is shorter.
Upon receiving the Letter of Acceptance from the school which is valid for 2 weeks, the applicant must proceed to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) to apply for a Student’s Pass. For applicants who require a visa to enter Singapore, please ensure that your application for the Student Pass is submitted to the ICA at least 2 months and not more than 6 months before the commencement date of the course.
Note: For PRC national who wishes to pursue a language, commercial, vocational or fine arts course at private schools in Singapore (with the exception of students taking a degree or postgraduate degree course and students studying at PEI schools), applicant is required to submit Student's Pass application
With the launch of EduTrust, all private education institutions will need to be certified with EduTrust to offer school placement for international students.
For more information, please refer to http://en.eistudy.com
Q6 How much security deposit is required upon approval of student pass application? 
A. Upon approval of the student pass application, an In-Principle Approval(IPA) letter will be issued to the applicant. The security deposit, if required, would be indicated in the IPA letter to the applicant.
Rate per person and Form of Security Deposit
Malaysia and Brunei
Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand
S$1,000 in the form of a Banker's Guarantee from any established banks in Singapore or Cashier's Order or NETS
People's Republic of China,
India, Bangladesh and Myanmar
S$5,000 in the form of a Banker's Guarantee from any established banks in Singapore or Casher's Order
S$1,500 in the form of a Banker's Guarantee from any established banks in Singapore or Cashier's Order or NETS
Exemption from the security deposit requirement may be granted to:
Malaysians / Brunei nationals
Holders of valid Dependent's Pass, long term social visit pass and work pass
Children or Spouse of Singapore Citizens / Permanent Residents
Foreign students who study in kindergartens registered with Ministry of Education / Childcare centres licensed by MCYS
Foreign students who attend a full-time course at an approved Private Education Institution that is awarded Singapore Quality Class for Private Education Organisation, or SQC(PEO) by SPRING, Singapore
Foreign students who pursue a full-time university degree (Graduate / Post-Graduate) programme at an approved private education institution, except for the University of London (UOL) tuition programme.
Below 16 years old at the point of application
Q7 Monthly School and Miscellaneous Fees
A. Different show the prevailing monthly rates of fees payable by Singapore Permanent Residents (SPRs) and International Students (IS)

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