How to set up a school in Singapore

Guide to set up a school in SingaporeSince the 2000s, Singapore has become an attractive location for foreign universities and business schools. Amongst other top tier education institutions, Rutgers University, INSEAD and ESSEC have all opened local campuses in Singapore. Many others, including Wharton Business School and the MIT, have also established global partnerships with Singaporean universities.

Healy Consultants Group PLC will be pleased to assist you to register a local branch of your school or university in Singapore. Please find below a brief descriptive of the services we are commonly requested to offer:

Most popular services for school registration

Healy Consultants will be pleased to assist our Clients to:

  • Find suitable premises for their school – Schools can only use premises which have been approved for educational activities by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). Consequently, we will ensure that the Singapore premises solutions proposed to our Client will meet this requirement;
  • Register the business entity – we will register on behalf of our Client their preferred corporate structure with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA). Please visit our Singapore business entities page for further information on the different types of structure available;
  • License the business – Healy Consultants will assist our Client to secure a license with the Ministry of Education (MoE) or the Council of Private Education, with are the two main regulatory authorities responsible for oversight of education institutions;
  • Open corporate bank accounts – Healy Consultants will liaise on behalf of our Clients with multiple banks in Singapore, prepare a quality business plan and assist our Client to open a corporate bank account without travelling to Singapore;
  • Certify the business (if required) – If required, Healy Consultants will assist our Client to secure i) EduTrust certification, which must be obtained before enrolling foreign students and ii) Singapore Quality Class (SQC), which helps in creating a positive image of the institution.

Our fees

Average fees for registration and licensing of the entity ranges between US$25,000 and US$40,000, depending on the complexity of the engagement and the exact licensing requirements. For more information, kindly contact our Firm with more details on your project.

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Contact us

For additional information on our school set up services in Singapore, please contact our in-house country expert, Ms. Chrissi Zamora, directly:
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