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    Singapore Universities Deadlines for International Students- NUS, NTU, SIM, and SIT

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    Bhavya Rawal

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    Singapore has 6 public universities and several other private universities, as well as polytechnic institutions. An international student looking to study in Singapore it is important to be aware of how to get into these universities. Some of the important factors to note when planning to apply for admission to Singapore universities are:

    • Intakes for UG courses to most universities are during July.
    • You will have to ensure that you apply before the deadlines to ensure that you are left with enough time to apply for the student visa for Singapore.
    • Scores of language proficiency and other tests required to study in Singapore will make an important part of your applications.

    Discussed below are the deadlines to Singapore Universities to help you with getting admission to these for the 2021 session.

    Singapore Universities Deadlines

    Each of the top universities in Singapore follow their own academic calendars and hence have different intakes in a year. The admission process in Singapore universities is largely autonomic but it is generally accepted that most undergraduate programs have a single intake in August/September while graduate programs have two intakes in an academic year, i.e in August and January.

    University Program Level Intake Month Applications Open Applications Close
    National University of Singapore UG August 1 November 2020 31 March 2021
    PG August/January Varies as per program
    Nanyang Technological University UG August 15 October 2020 19 March 2021
    PG August/January Varies as per program
    Singapore University of Technology and Design UG September 16 December 2020 19 March 2021
    PhD September N/A 28 February 2021
    Singapore Management University UG August 16 October 2020 19 March 2021
    PG Multiple intakes Varies
    Singapore University of Social Sciences UG July N/A 19 March 2021
    PG July N/A 31 March 2021
    James Cook University, Singapore There are multiple intakes throughout the year for different programs

    Singapore Universities Deadlines for PG Courses

    Postgraduate programs in Singapore, instead of being referred to as Masters and PhD programs, are usually referred to as Graduate Studies by Coursework and Graduate Studies by Research, respectively. Both these types of courses have slightly different application deadlines, while also varying between universities. There are hundreds of graduate courses available in Singapore, out of which a few popular ones are detailed below.

    University Course Deadline Fees
    Nanyang UniversityTechnological University Master of Arts in Museum Studies and Curatorial Practices 15 March 2021 INR 1,181
    Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence 28 February 2021 INR 1,181
    Master of Science in Applied Economics 31 January 2021 INR 1,181
    James Cook University, Singapore Master of Information Technology 24 February 2021 INR 13,796
    Master of International Tourism and hospitality Management 24 February 2021 INR 13,796
    Master of Psychology (Clinical) 31 October 2020 INR 13,796
    Singapore University of Technology and Design Master of Architecture 31 March 2021 Not charged
    Master of Science in Security by Design 31 March 2021 INR 1,181
    Master of Science in Urban Science, Policy and Planning 31 March 2021 INR 1,181
    Singapore University of Social Sciences Master of Gerontology 31 March 2021 N/A
    Master of Taxation 31 March 2021 N/A
    Singapore Institute of Technology Master of Science in Civil Engineering June 2021 N/A
    Master of Clinical Research in Health Sciences June 2021 N/A

    The most sought-after Masters courses in Singapore are Finance, Engineering and MBA, so we have provided a breakdown of those programs at top universities.

    Singapore Universities Application Deadlines for MBA

    Deadlines to study MBA in Singapore are detailed below:

    Business School Intake Month Applications Open Applications Close Application Fees
    National University of Singapore Business School August 1 September 2020 31 March 2021 INR 5,518
    Nanyang Technological University July N/A 31 March 2021 INR 11,037
    INSEAD September N/A 11 September 2020 INR 16, 548
    January N/A 5 March 2021 -
    SP Jain School of Global Management February
    Applications ongoing
    INR 4,500
    Singapore Management University January N/A 15 March 2021 INR 5,518

    Singapore Universities Application Deadlines for Finance

    University Degree Name Applications Open Applications Close Application Fees
    Nanyang Technological University MSc Financial Engineering 31 August 2020 28 February 2021 INR 5,518
    National University of Singapore MSc Finance 1 October 2020 15 April 2021 INR 5,518
    Singapore Management University MSc Applied Finance Applications ongoing INR 5,518
    INSEAD Executive Masters in Finance N/A 1 February 2021 INR 13,796

    Singapore Universities Application Deadlines for MEng.

    University Intake Month Applications Open Applications Close Application Fee
    National University of Singapore August N/A 1 February 2021 INR 2,759
    Nanyang Technological University August 1 October 2020 31 January 2021 INR 2,925
    Singapore University of Technology and Design September N/A 28 February 2021 Not charged
    Singapore Institute of Technology September May 2021 June 2021 N/A

    Singapore Polytechnics Application Deadlines

    Singapore has 5 polytechnic institutions, where students usually do diploma courses. These often have earlier application deadlines than universities.

    Polytechnic Institution Type of Program Applications Open Applications Close
    Nanyang Polytechnic Full Time Diploma 9 November 2020 23 November 2020
    Ngee Ann Polytechnic 11 January 2021 15 January 2021
    Republic Polytechnic 9 November 2020 23 November 2020
    Temasek Polytechnic 9 November 2020 23 November 2020
    Singapore Polytechnic 11 January 2021 15 January 2021

    With no centralized admission process, applying to Singapore universities may become confusing, so to avoid that it is advisable to chart out exactly which universities you want to apply to, especially if it is prestigious institutions like NUS, NTU, SIM and SIT. It is also worth noting that while government-funded universities may have only one or two intakes, private universities often have multiple intakes in a year.