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What's the application process to study in Singapore?

This article lists downs the basic steps involved in applying to a Singapore University.

Kavitha Vijeyavelan | 27 Aug 2013 | Updated on 20 Jan 2015 | 460 Views

Initially, students should prepare for SAT, GRE, IELTS, and TOEFL as per programme requirements. By the months of October or November, students should be ready with their test scores.

In general students looking to study in Singapore must apply well in advance. They should first shortlist a few universities based on a set of criteria that they might have, such as location, faculty, subject choices, graduate employability record, university rankings and so on. 
Initially, students should prepare for SAT, GRE, IELTS and TOEFL as per programme requirements.  By the month of October or November, students should be ready with their test scores. By December, students should gather all the required documents. By January, students should be done with the application sheet.  The deadline for sending over applications to universities is usually March or April, so students should consider applying early January or February, if they want to be considered for scholarships. It would be advisable if they have their applications and documents submitted by January or February.
Post application, students may have to wait for a response from the universities for two to three months. By the month of May, students should hear from the schools they have applied to. They should then start getting their financial matters in order, which could take anywhere near a month. Students who would like to go for education loans should know that the turnaround time for loans is generally 15 – 20 working days. All this should be done by the month of June or early July. Students should then apply for the study visas which takes 15 days, and acquire the student pass. They should then be able to join their programme by September or October. 
In case students want to apply for the Spring Intake 2018 (January), they must start the application process by the beginning of the year 2017. 
To sum up, here are the basic steps of applying to universities in Singapore:
  • Step 1: Students should prepare for their SAT, GMAT, GRE, IELTS and TOEFL tests. 
  • Step 2: Students should know which universities they are applying to and start writing their SOPs.
  • Step 3: Simultaneously they must arrange for recommendation letters.
  • Step 4: Students must fill up the online application and upload documents and send them over to the universities. 




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