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NUS, NTU, SMU & Other Singapore University Degrees: How Much Do Singapore Universities Cost in 2020

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If you’re planning to work, study, or settle abroad, Singapore is definitely a good choice.

The country is known for its global standards in their educational institutions. This is evidenced by many programs giving emphasis on practical and hands-on experience for students to prepare them for employment.

Since the school system is progressive, they place primary importance to research, development, and innovation. As a result, a few Universities in Singapore managed to reach high ranks in the Top World University rankings in the past few years and stand strong till today. These universities are namely, the National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and Singapore Management University (SMU).

With such a strong educational standing, Singapore has been considered a ‘global schoolhouse’, maintaining its reputation as it walks along other international schools. This itself will surely spark your interest in studying in Singapore, knowing the opportunities the educational system has to offer.

However, before applying to the university you want, you may want to see an overview of tuition fees, admission expenditures, and university costs in Singapore for NUS, NTU, and SMU. This way, you’ll be able to compare and budget your expenses during your stay at school.


A General Overview on Tuition Fees in Singapore Universities

Singapore has a relatively higher cost of living and education in comparison to its neighbouring Asian countries. Still, it also means you’ll be able to experience a higher quality of living and education as compared to other international schools elsewhere.

Depending on your chosen university and course, admission costs vary in each institution, but you can expect an annual tuition fee of around S$20,000 on average for most degrees, as an international student. You can apply for financial assistance from Singapore's Ministry of Education (MOE) and depending on your eligibility, you may be granted a tuition grant.

You must also take note of other expenses such as housing, accommodation, monthly bills, insurances, and daily expense needs for food. You can start with an initial budget of S$15,000 to S$20,000 in average annually and adjust depending on your day-to-day consumption.

Now, let’s move on to more detailed information on university costs for the main Singapore universities.


Admission Cost for National University of Singapore (NUS)


NUS, NTU, SMU & Other Singapore University Degrees: How Much Do Singapore Universities Cost in 2020

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NUS’ annual tuition rates for Academic Year 2020–2021 ranges from S$8,200 up to S$159,600—the latter as the annual admission cost for medicine and dentistry courses. Of course, the difference in cost is caused by a lot of factors such as, the chosen course, which university, and your eligibility for any MOE’s tuition grant programs. If you're interested in the changes and adjustments throughout the school years, you can access NUS’ annual rates way back to AY 2015–2016 from here.

Present NUS annual fees for new students (2020), can be seen from the table below:


Faculties/Schools

Per Annum Amounts


Fees payable by students in receipt of MOE Tuition Grant

Fees payable by students not in receipt of MOE Tuition Grant 

Singapore Citizens

(Tier A)

Singapore Permanent Residents

(Tier B)

International Students

(Tier C)

S$

S$

S$

S$

Arts and Social Sciences

8,200

11,500

17,500

29,850

Business

9,600 

13,450 

20,550 

32,250

Computing

8,200

11,500

17,550

38,200

Dentistry

28,900

41,700

63,750

159,600

Design and Environment (Architecture)

8,850

12,400

18,950

39,050

Design and Environment (Building, Real Estate)

8,200

11,500

17,550

29,850

Design and Environment (Industrial Design)

8,200

11,500

17,550

38,200

Engineering

8,200

11,500

17,550

38,200

Law

12,650

17,700

27,050

38,300

Medicine (Nursing)

8,950

12,550

19,150

37,250

Medicine (except Nursing)

28,900

41,700

63,750

159,600

Music

13,950

20,250

30,900

121,550

Science (Pharmacy)

9,050

12,700

19,350

38,100

Science (except Pharmacy)

8,200

11,500

17,550

38,200

Credit: National University of Singapore


As you can see, there is a gap between subsidized and unsubsidized tuition fees. Applying for a tuition grant can help you in minimizing expenses. You can explore the MOE’s website here and look through the FAQs regarding eligibility, documentation, and overall process on the application for tuition grants.


Admission Cost for Nanyang Technological University (NTU)


NUS, NTU, SMU & Other Singapore University Degrees: How Much Do Singapore Universities Cost in 2020

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The annual tuition fees for NTU ranges from S$8,200 up to S$74,900.

For 2020 NTU admission cost, see the table below:


Faculties/Schools

Per Annum Amounts


Fees payable by students in receipt of MOE Tuition Grant

Fees payable by students not in receipt of MOE Tuition Grant

Singapore Citizens

Singapore Permanent Residents

International Students


S$

S$

S$


All Programmes (except for those listed below)

8,200

11,500

17,550

To be advised

Accountancy

9,400

13,200

20,100

To be advised

Business

9,400

13,200

20,100

To be advised

Accountancy and Business (Business and Computing)

9,400

13,200

20,100

To be advised

Business and Computer Engineering

9,400

13,200

20,100

To be advised

Medicine

34,700

49,000

74,900

Not Applicable

Renaissance Engineering Programme

17,900

25,050

38,300

Not Applicable

Credit: Nanyang Technological University


You can also view their admission cost changes since 2014 here and learn more about NTU admission programs and processes from here.


Admission Cost for Singapore Management University (SMU)


NUS, NTU, SMU & Other Singapore University Degrees: How Much Do Singapore Universities Cost in 2020

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Annual admission cost for SMU ranges from S$11,450 to S$44,700. Below is the summarized annual tuition rates for SMU (2020) in a table:


Degree

Per Annum Amounts


Fees payable by students in receipt of MOE Tuition Grant

Fees payable by students not in receipt of MOE Tuition Grant

Singapore Citizens

Singapore Permanent Residents

International Students


S$

S$

S$


Bachelor of Accountancy

11,450

16,000

24,500

44,700

Bachelor of Business Management

11,450

16,000

24,500

44,700

Bachelor of Science (Economics)

11,450

16,000

24,500

44,700

Bachelor of Science (Computing & Law)

11,450



16,000

24,500

44,700

Bachelor of Science (Computer Science)

11,450

16,000

24,500

44,700

Bachelor of Science (Information Systems)

11,450

16,000

24,500

44,700

Bachelor of Social Sciences

11,450

16,000

24,500

44,700

Bachelor of Laws

12,650

17,700

27,050

47,320

Credit: Singapore Management University 


You can learn more about SMU here. You can also directly contact them through their contact details for more information about their admission programs.


Other Universities

Most university costs in Singapore revolve around the same range as the three institutions above. To give you an idea, Yahoo Finance summarized the average admission and tuition fees from some of the main Singapore universities based on 3-year terms and general courses. This table is shown below:

University

Estimated Course Fee

for 2020 intake (S$)

NUS

24,600–28,800

NTU

24,600–28,200

SMU

34,350

SUTD

39,600

SUSS (ex-UniSIM)

31,440–33,440 (for 4-year courses)

SIT

24,570–27,720

Lasalle

29,190

NAFA

~36,000

Credit: Yahoo! Finance


A Few Reminders

Of course, these numbers are all subject to changes by the university’s administration, as well as by any modification in accordance to Singapore’s MOE rules and regulations. To get the most updated details, you can always directly contact the school you’re interested in during the planning stage. 

Finally, take some time to learn more about the MOE tuition grant and if you are eligible, consider applying to help yourself financially.

Indeed, a good education costs a fortune. However, with proper allocation of your resources coupled with hard work and passion for learning, it will be worth it.


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