FEES AND FUNDING

Tuition Fees

The following tuition fees are applicable for Academic Year 2019. Please note that fees are subject to change.

MIA AY 2019 Tuition Fees

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Total

Singapore Citizens, Singapore Permanent Residents and International Students alike*

S$17,545

S$17,545

S$17,545

S$17,545

S$70,180

* Tuition fee subject to prevailing GST (Currently 7%). 

Students should ensure that they have sufficient funds to cover the costs of their travel to and from the home country, accommodation, and other living expenses. While students are eligible to join the School’s medical insurance plan, a co-payment element is applicable. Students are advised to make provision for their own medical expenses.

Other fees

Please note the fees below are applicable if you are accepted into the MIA programme.

  • Student Service Fee (per semester): S$165.30
  • Health Service Fee (per semester): S$68.35

Fees shown above are inclusive of prevailing GST and are subject to change. Additional costs include payment for student development programmes, the orientation programme, student pass/visa fees, and the programme closure event. These costs vary from year to year, but are currently estimated to be S$4,000 for the duration of the programme. You may also wish to refer here for an estimate of monthly living costs in Singapore.

MPP AY 2019 Tuition Fees

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Total

Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents
(Subsidised Fees)1

S$9,325

S$9,325

S$9,325

S$9,325

S$37,300

International Students
(Subsidised Fees inclusive of GST)2

S$13,975

S$13,975

S$13,975

S$13,975

S$55,900

Non-Subsidised Fees * (inclusive of GST)

S$22,080

S$22,080

S$22,080

S$22,080

S$88,320

1 Fee amounts quoted here for Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents are exclusive of prevailing GST. The applicable GST is subsidised by the Ministry of Education, MOE.

2 Fee amounts quoted here for International Students are inclusive of prevailing GST. International Students will have to bear the prevailing GST (currently 7%) levied on the fees payable by them.

* Students who have previously enjoyed government subsidy or sponsorship by a Singapore government agency (such as scholarships offered by the Ministries, Public Service Commission and Statutory Boards) in a graduate programme will not be eligible for Ministry of Education (MOE) subsidy in another graduate programme at the same or lower level. Instead, such students will be liable to pay “Non-Subsidised Fees”, inclusive of prevailing GST. For example, students who had previously enjoyed subsidies/scholarship in a Master programme and had attained the Master degree will not be eligible for subsidies in another programme at Master or lower level. For more details, please visit here.

Unless you are on a full scholarship, you should ensure that you have sufficient funds to cover the costs of your travel from your home country to Singapore and return, accommodation in Singapore and other living expenses. While all students are eligible to join the School’s medical insurance plan, a co-payment element is applicable. You are advised, therefore, to make provision for medical expenses.

For more information on MOE’s financial assistance, please visit their website.

Miscellaneous Student Fees

Please note the fees below are applicable if you are accepted into the MPP programme.

  • Student Service Fee (per semester): S$165.30
  • Health Service Fee (per semester): S$68.35

Fees shown above are inclusive of prevailing GST and are subject to change.

Additional costs

Additional costs include payment for student development programmes, orientation programme, student pass/visa fees, and the programme closure event. These costs vary from year to year, but are currently estimated to be S$4,000 for the duration of the programme.

You may also wish to refer here for an estimate of monthly living costs in Singapore.

1st year at Sciences Po

Students whose tax residence is in the European Economic Area Students whose tax residence is not in the European Economic Area

€0 to €14,100

€14,100

2nd Year at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents1International Students Subsidised Fees2Full Tuition Fees Without Subsidy3

$18,650

$27,950

$44,160

1 Fee amounts quoted here for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents are exclusive of prevailing GST. The applicable GST is subsidised by the Ministry of Education, MOE.

2 Fee amounts quoted here for International Students are inclusive of prevailing GST. International Students will have to bear the prevailing GST (currently 7%) levied on the fees payable by them.

3 Students who have previously enjoyed government subsidy or sponsorship by a Singapore government agency (such as scholarships offered by the Ministries, Public Service Commission and Statutory Boards) in a graduate programme will not be eligible for Ministry of Education (MOE) subsidy in another graduate programme at the same or lower level. Instead, such students will be liable to pay “Non-Subsidised Fees”, inclusive of prevailing GST. For example, students who had previously enjoyed subsidies/scholarship in a Master programme and had attained the Master degree will not be eligible for subsidies in another programme at Master or lower level. For more details, please visit this page.

Miscellaneous Student Fees

Please note the fees below are applicable if you are accepted into the MPP programme.

  • Student Service Fee (per semester): S$165.30
  • Health Service Fee (per semester): S$68.35

Fees shown above are inclusive of prevailing GST and are subject to change.

Additional costs

Additional costs include payment for student development programmes, the orientation programme, student pass/visa fees, and the programme closure event. These costs vary from year to year, but are currently estimated to be S$4,000 for the duration of the programme.

You may also wish to refer here for an estimate of monthly living costs in Singapore.

MPA AY 2019 Tuition Fees

Semester 1

Semester 2

Special Term

Total

Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents
(Subsidised Fees)1

S$9,325

S$9,325

S$1,865

S$20,515

International Students
(Subsidised Fees inclusive of GST)2

S$13,975

S$13,975

S$2,795

S$30,745

Non-subsidised Fees * (inclusive of GST)

S$22,080

S$22,080

S$4,416

S$48,576

1 Fee amounts quoted here for Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents are exclusive of prevailing GST. The applicable GST is subsidised by the Ministry of Education, MOE.

2 Fee amounts quoted here for International Students are inclusive of prevailing GST. International Students will have to bear the prevailing GST (currently 7%) levied on the fees payable by them.

* Students who have previously enjoyed government subsidy or sponsorship by a Singapore government agency (such as scholarships offered by the Ministries, Public Service Commission and Statutory Boards) in a graduate programme will not be eligible for Ministry of Education (MOE) subsidy in another graduate programme at the same or lower level. Instead, such students will be liable to pay “Non-Subsidised Fees”, inclusive of prevailing GST. For example, students who had previously enjoyed subsidies/scholarship in a Master programme and had attained the Master degree will not be eligible for subsidies in another programme at Master or lower level. For more details, please visit here.

Unless you are on a full scholarship, you should ensure that you have sufficient funds to cover the costs of your travel from your home country to Singapore and return, accommodation in Singapore and other living expenses. While all students are eligible to join the School’s medical insurance plan, a co-payment element is applicable. You are advised, therefore, to make provision for medical expenses.

For more information on MOE’s financial assistance, please visit their website.

Miscellaneous Student Fees

Please note the fees below are applicable if you are accepted into the MPA programme.

  • Student Service Fee (per semester): S$165.30
  • Health Service Fee (per semester): S$68.35

Fees shown above are inclusive of prevailing GST and are subject to change.

Additional costs

Additional costs include payment for student development programmes, orientation programme, student pass/visa fees, and the programme closure event. These costs vary from year to year, but are currently estimated to be S$4,000 for the duration of the programme.

You may also wish to refer here for an estimate of monthly living costs in Singapore.

Tuition fee for the programme is S$27,000 for Singapore Citizens, Singapore Permanent Residents and International students alike.

The total programme fee of S$27,000 includes all Miscellaneous Student Fee (MSF) payable during duration of course, and is inclusive of the prevailing GST (currently 7%).

MPAM AY 2019 Tuition FeeTotal
MPAM Tuition Fees (inclusive of prevailing GST) S$27,000

You may also refer here for an estimate of monthly living costs in Singapore.

PhD AY 2019 Tuition Fees
per academic year

Academic
Year

Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents
(Subsidised Fees)1

S$9,500

International Students
(Subsidised Fees inclusive of GST)2

S$14,250

Non-subsidised Fees * (inclusive of GST)

S$36,800

1 Fee amounts quoted here for Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents are exclusive of prevailing GST. The applicable GST is subsidised by the Ministry of Education, MOE.

2 Fee amounts quoted here for International Students are inclusive of prevailing GST. International Students will have to bear the prevailing GST (currently 7%) levied on the fees payable by them.

* Students who have previously enjoyed government subsidy or sponsorship by a Singapore government agency (such as scholarships offered by the Ministries, Public Service Commission and Statutory Boards) in a graduate programme will not be eligible for Ministry of Education (MOE) subsidy in another graduate programme at the same or lower level. Instead, such students will be liable to pay “Non-Subsidised Fees”, inclusive of prevailing GST. For example, students who had previously enjoyed subsidies/scholarship in a Master programme and had attained the Master degree will not be eligible for subsidies in another programme at Master or lower level. For more details, please visit here.

Unless you are on a full scholarship, you should ensure that you have sufficient funds to cover the costs of your travel from your home country to Singapore and return, accommodation in Singapore and other living expenses. While all students are eligible to join the School’s medical insurance plan, a co-payment element is applicable. You are advised, therefore, to make provision for medical expenses.

For more information on MOE’s financial assistance, please visit their website.

Other fees

Please note the fees below are applicable if you are accepted into the PhD programme.

  • Student Service Fee (per semester): S$165.30
  • Health Service Fee (per semester): S$68.35

Fees shown above are inclusive of prevailing GST and are subject to change.
You may also refer here for an estimate of monthly living costs in Singapore.

Cost of living

If you are applying for admission as a self-financing candidate, you may wish to refer to the table below for an estimate of monthly living costs in Singapore.

Estimated Monthly expenses
Living expenses

Monthly Cost

Off Campus Accommodation

S$900 to S$1,300

Food (University canteens)

S$200 to S$300

Food (Meals outside campus)

S$440 to S$525

Books / Supplies

S$80 to S$100

Transportation

S$250 to S$300

Miscellaneous Personal expenses

S$150 to S$200

Total

S$2,020 to S$2,725

The costs have been derived based on a conservative estimate of a reasonably comfortable lifestyle. The actual amount could be higher or lower depending on the individual student’s expenditure and lifestyle pattern.

Funding your studies

The LKY School offers a number of merit-based scholarships. Some of our students also rely on student loans as part of their financing strategy, while others are able to secure funding from outside sources. These include private charitable foundations, their employers, the government in their home countries, or professional associations and organisations.

Scholarship applicants must have good academic and professional records. They must demonstrate leadership potential and a desire to contribute to public service. Not all scholarships will be awarded unless there are candidates of sufficient merit. Scholars should not concurrently hold any other scholarship, fellowship or award without the prior approval from the School. Candidates must indicate that they wish to be considered for scholarship when they submit their application via our online application system.

Below are more details on the different scholarships we offer.

Master Programmes

Scholarships for MIA, MPP and MPA are offered solely on merit-basis. Applicants must have excellent academic and professional records. They must also demonstrate leadership potential and a desire to contribute to public service. Scholars should not concurrently hold any other scholarship, fellowship or award without the prior approval from the School.

The following costs are covered by the terms of the relevant scholarships:

  • Tuition fees, medical insurance fees, examination and other approved fees
  • A monthly maintenance allowance throughout the period of the study
  • A one-time book and settling-in allowance
  • Cost of travel from home country to Singapore (economy airfare by the most direct route)
  • Cost of travel from Singapore to home country upon graduation (economy airfare by most direct route)

The Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) Scholarship 2019 was set up in 1991 by the Tanjong Pagar Citizens’ Consultative Committee to commemorate the contributions made by the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew to Singapore. It marks Singapore's continuous effort to recognise outstanding Singaporeans with the aptitude and desire to contribute to our society. Being a highly competitive top-tier postgraduate scholarship, 65 scholarships have been awarded in total since its inception. LKY Scholarship awardees exhibit all-rounded excellence. This includes a proven track record of leadership and service (e.g. volunteer work, social enterprise, contributions to cultural, scientific and/or academic communities etc.), as well as academic and professional achievements.

Only Singapore citizens may apply.

Please click here for more details.

For enquiries regarding the LKY Scholarship, please contact Ms Nicole Lum or Ms Chwee Wai Lee.

The ST Telemedia scholarships are established to help high-achieving, disadvantaged Singaporean students, such as those coming from low-income families*, pursue their academic aspirations by offering them an invaluable opportunity to study in Master of International Affairs (MIA) in the LKY School.

* To be considered for the ST Telemedia Scholarship, candidate must fulfil the monthly per capita income (“PCI”, which is computed by dividing the monthly gross household income by the number of family members living in the same household) of S$3,000 or less.

Interested candidates are required to submit their online application applying to the MIA programme by 15 December of the application year. For more details of the MIA admissions criteria, please click here. For MIA’s FAQ, please click here.

In addition, candidates are required to fill in the Financial Aid application forms and email the completed forms directly to decb64_bGt5cG9zdGdyYWRAbnVzLmVkdS5zZw==_decb64 by 15 December of the application year. Please click here to download the Financial Aid form.

Eligible Singaporeans can also consider the SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy. The SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy supports and encourages lifelong learning and helps Singaporeans stay responsive to a changing workplace. Recognising that mid-career individuals may face greater challenges in undertaking training, the Government has implemented this programme to encourage mid-career Singaporeans to upskill and reskill.

Please click here for more details.

PhD in Public Policy Programme

There are two types of scholarships available for PhD candidates.

There are two types of scholarships available for PhD candidates.

NUS Research Scholarship

PhD candidates are eligible for NUS Research Scholarships. The Scholarships are tenable for one year in the first instance and are renewable annually, subject to satisfactory progress. The maximum duration of the award will be four years. Renewal of scholarship is subject to satisfactory periodic review. A research scholarship will be terminated if the candidate is issued a warning or placed on probation.

Please click here for more details.

The PGF is awarded to candidates who show exceptional promise or accomplishment in research. A number of Ph.D. research students are selected each semester by the University for the award.

Incoming PhD students and current NUS Research Scholars (with the exception of SMA and GPBE students) who have passed the Ph.D. Qualifying Examination are eligible to be considered for PGF fellowship award. The award is tenable for the duration of the up to a maximum of 4 years, subject to an annual review of the scholar’s satisfactory progress. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of award sometime in May.

Please click here for more details.

Self-funding

There are loan options available to help our master degree candidates fund their studies. We encourage you to explore all options in parallel. Here are some of the available options, as advertised by the providers:

Prodigy Finance is revolutionising student finance. Our innovative model offers alumni-funded loans to international students at the world’s top schools, including the LKY School (NUS).

While banks base their loan decisions on historical salaries, Prodigy looks to the future. We assess applicants’ future earning potential (based on the past achievements of similar graduates) to determine loan affordability.

Our model is borderless, allowing us to offer competitive rates to over 150 nationalities of students.

Accepted students into the Master in Public Policy, Master in Public Administration and Master in International Affairs programmes are eligible to apply for a loan with Prodigy.

Interest rates vary depending on individual applicants. See more detail about the terms and conditions, and how to apply for a loan on Prodigy’s website.

  • 150 nationalities covered
  • Competitive interest rates
  • No collateral or guarantees required
  • Easy online process
  • No repayments while you study

Prodigy Finance Ltd is incorporated in the United Kingdom (Company Number 05912562) and registered with the Office of the Information Commissioner (Reg. No. Z9851854). Prodigy Finance Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, and entered on the Financial Services Register under firm registration number 612713. Prodigy’s registered address is Palladium House 1-4 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7LD