Application Requirements
If you are 19 years old and below at the time of application and you wish to attend a full-time course at an approved Private Education Organisation (PEO), your applications will be processed by the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) directly.

If you are above 19 years old at the time of application and you wish to attend a language, commercial, vocational or fine arts non-graduate/postgraduate degree course (including the University of London (UOL) tuition programmes), an interview may be required by the Embassy.

Interview at Singapore Embassy in Beijing
The PEO in Singapore will be notified through an email of the interview schedule within one month after the application is submitted. Applicants should therefore contact the PEO for the interview date. About 2 months after the interview, PEO will be informed of the application outcome.

Processing time

The processing time is generally between 2 to 4 months for cases which interviews are required. Enquiry on the outcome of the interview will not be entertained.

Documents required for the Interview

Applicants attending an interview when called upon to do so, please bring the following documents:
1. Original copy, notarised copy and photocopy of the notarized copy of the applicant’s:

  • Birth certificate;
  • highest educational level certificate ;
  • highest educational level academic results;
  • financial/bank statements;
Notarial certificates must be issued by the local Notary Public Office, certified by the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, People’s Republic of China and duly endorsed by the Embassy.
1. Overseas study plan (duly signed and dated) of the applicant;
2. Original copy and photocopy of the applicant, his/her parents & spouse:

    • identity card;
    • household register ;
    • employment statements & letter from their respective employers (if applicable);
    • monthly salary records for 3 months period before the interview;
    • business registration certificates if they are self-employed (if applicable);

3. Applicant’s passport and photocopy of the passport bio-data page;
4. If the applicant’s parent(s)/step parents/spouse is a Singapore citizen or a Singapore permanent resident, the applicant must also furnish the original copy and notarised copy of the certificates of his parents’/step parent’s/his own marriage certificate.

Security Deposit
If a security deposit (SD) is required, it will be paid in Singapore and collected by ICA from the student. The amount is S$5,000 in the form of a Banker’s Guarantee from any established bank in Singapore or Cashier’s Order.

A processing fee of S$30 is required for every application submitted to ICA. The fee is non-refundable regardless of the outcome of the application or if the application is withdrawn after submission.

The fee payable for an entry visa is RMB 300 (inclusive of the visa processing fee of SGD $30 payable to Singapore Government and a service fee payable to the Authorised Visa Agents). This is payable upon obtaining the In-Principle Approval letter from the authority when the applicant applies for a visa through authorised agents appointed by Singapore missions in China.

Your partner and children

You may be able to bring your partner and children (‘dependants’).

What you can and cannot do

You can:

  • study
  • work as a student union sabbatical officer

You may be able to work – how much depends on what you’re studying and whether you’re working in or out of term-time.

You cannot:

  • claim public funds (benefits) and pensions
  • work in certain jobs, for example as a professional sportsperson or sports coach
  • be self-employed
  • study at an academy or a local authority-funded school (also known as a maintained school)

If your application is successful, you’ll be told what you can and cannot do on a Student visa.