04 January 2024

Choosing to study in Singapore comes with a variety of unique advantages, and for many, it can be an enriching and transformative experience. However, there are potential challenges to consider. We have broken down the advantages of studying in Singapore and the drawbacks you should expect. 



·  Diverse Cultural Experience

Singapore is known for its rich multicultural environment, with 75% of its population being ethnic Chinese, 15% Malays, and 7.5% Indians. The city-state also hosts about 1.5 million foreigners studying or working, providing a cosmopolitan atmosphere that presents opportunities to immerse oneself in various cultures and build international connections.

·  Vibrant City Life

Singapore is home to a wealth of leisure activities and world-class attractions, such as Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay, and Universal Studios Singapore. Furthermore, it regularly hosts international festivals and events, such as the F1 Grand Prix, and has a lively nightlife scene. All these factors contribute to a dynamic and exciting city life.


Singapore’s skyline, including a key landmark, Marina Bay Sands. 


·  Academic Excellence

Singapore's education system is globally recognised for its excellence and rigour. Prestigious institutions, including the National University of Singapore (NUS), ranked 8th globally, and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), placed 26th globally, attest to the high educational standards in Singapore.

Potential Drawbacks

·  High Cost of Living

Singapore is frequently associated with a high cost of living. The assumption is often related to long-term expenses like purchasing homes and cars, which do not affect international students. Unless you are looking to live like the people from “Crazy Rich Asians”, there are budget-friendly food and public transportation options all around Singapore. 

To help guide you in budgeting for studying in Singapore, Flying Chalks has broken down the costs for studying in Singapore for international students "The Real Cost of Studying in Singapore: A Comprehensive Breakdown"


·  Tropical Climate

If you are looking for a cool climate study location, Singapore might not be the destination for you. The tropical climate in Singapore boasts high humidity and high temperatures all year round. Travellers from cooler climates might require some adjustment to the climate, with the average temperature being around 27°C. 

However, there is a way to get around the scorching heat in Singapore, the urban city has an abundance of air-conditioned buildings and tourist destinations to beat the heat. 

A view of an iconic tourist landmark, Gardens by the Bay in Singapore.

Whether you are looking at universities in Singapore or to pick up some courses, this tropical urban city can offer a wealth of experiences for students looking to study abroad, it's essential to consider the city-state's unique characteristics to fit your interests and needs. 

Still on the fence? Check out our article, “Top 5 Reasons to Study Abroad in Singapore”. 

Interested in learning more about studying in Singapore? With a wide network of school partners, Flying Chalks is always willing to lend a hand in helping students study in Singapore. From securing a university spot for you to settling your Student VISA and accommodation, our education experts will help you from start to finish, free-of-charge, without needing you to worry! We also have a team in Singapore to assist our students should they encounter any problems. 

Sign up now for a free consultation by simply filling up the application form above. Alternatively, you can visit our Study Abroad in Singapore page to find out more.