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|
|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.
|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||
|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.