Studying in Singapore made easy without IELTS

Jan 07, 2023

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Going abroad for higher studies is a dream of many students, and one of the primary qualifying factors in this process is the IELTS score. IELTS, or the International English Language Testing System, is a standardised test to check proficiency in English for individuals who are from countries where English is not the native language.

Now, passing this test and securing a good grade is imperative for your education abroad. However, if you don’t have a satisfactory score or have not appeared for the IELTS, you can still travel abroad to study, especially if your destination is Singapore.


Why study in Singapore?

The diverse population of Singapore makes it a culturally rich place to live. It is welcoming for people with various cultural experiences to study or work without feeling out of place. Apart from this, the quality of education and the career opportunities available make Singapore an ideal destination for young students. With modern infrastructure and student-friendly cost of education, Singapore is rapidly becoming an educational hub for students who want to travel outside of India to study. 

Adding to that is the global acceptance of the degree, and the chance of securing placement is also higher. Since Singapore is one of the popular business hubs in South-East Asia, you will find many large corporations have their presence here and recruit candidates from local universities.


How to study in Singapore without IELTS?

Although it is recommended, you do not need to produce an IELTS or TOEFL score to get into a university in Singapore. If you are looking to study professional courses like design, nursing, or management, it is not compulsory to sit for the IELTS before applying. 

Most people seeking a BBA or an MBA in Singapore do not opt for IELTS or TOEFL. However, they might need some form of English proficiency certification or an official letter or declaration of English proficiency from their former institution at least. This letter should state that the student has completed all their courses in English from the prior institution. Students from English-medium schools and colleges can easily use this official letter in place of an IELTS certificate when applying to a Singaporean University. You can get in touch with experts who can ease the entire process for you and ensure your admission to the university of your choice.


Universities to apply in Singapore without IELTS

There are several universities in Singapore that allow students from foreign countries without IELTS. These universities include:

  • National University of Singapore
  • SIM Global Education
  • Curtin Singapore
  • Technical University of Munich Asia
  • S P Jain School of Global Management
  • James Cook University
  • Management Development Institute of Singapore
  • PSB Academy
  • Kaplan Higher Education Academy
  • Nanyang Institute of Management
  • East Asia Institute of Management
  • Raffles Design Institute
  • William Angliss Institute
  • Educare Global Academy


Study programmes offered in Singapore for students without IELTS

Here are some courses that you can study in a university of your choice in Singapore without worrying about IELTS –

  • Animation
  • Management
  • Law
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Business and Administration
  • Information and Technology

To pursue higher education in any of these fields without IELTS, Singapore offers foundation courses to help students catch up with the level of education. For example, if you want to pursue MBA in Singapore, you will have to complete a foundation course in management before applying. 


Documents required to study in Singapore without IELTS

Following is a list of documents you need to prepare before applying to study in Singapore without IELTS. 

  • Passport
  • Certificate of birth
  • Attested copies of degree certificates (if needed) and mark sheets
  • Two references, academic or employment, as required
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP)
  • Passport-size photographs
  • Updated Resume/CV


Cost to study in Singapore

University costs

The tuition fee for Singapore universities can cost between SGD 20,000 to SGD 40,000 per year. Now, this value will differ depending on the university you choose.

Apart from that, you need to consider the associated costs and draw up a budget. Overseas education experts can help you prepare a suitable budget and minimise your expenses. Here is a rough estimation to help you get an overview –

  • Rental (University Halls of Residence) - SDG 285-420
  • Meals (at university hostel) - SGD 150-800
  • Bus/transport (Concessional) - SGD 120
  • Public trains (Concessional Pass) - SGD 120

The total cost of living in Singapore for a student amounts to around SGD 600-1400 per month. 

To sum up, if you are planning to study abroad, and do not have the required score in IELTS, then Singapore can be the perfect destination for you. You can now easily apply to universities there without the IELTS score, considering you are fulfilling other eligibility parameters. And, if you need assistance regarding this, contact us at KC Overseas. 

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