Over the years, Singapore has evolved from its traditional British-based education system to one that endeavours to meet the needs of individuals and seeks to nurture talents.The strength of Singapore's Education system lies in its bilingual policy (English with Malay/Mandarin/Tamil) and a broad-based curriculum where innovation and entrepreneurship command a premium. Individuals acquire the relevant skills and abilities to survive in competitive environments, equipped for a brighter future.
The presence of such an international mix of institutions, a high quality and rigorous education system, and a nation that believes in investing in education, will together offer students here and all over the world, an enriching and fulfilling learning journey.
The island state though small in size and population of 5.6 million people has become a reputable financial and key regional trading centre. It is also the world's busiest port, and a prime location for investment. Often cited as a model for transparency, efficiency and political stability, Singapore has earned recognition and acceptance from all around the world.
The nation's rich multicultural heritage is highlighted through the various ethnic groups (Chinese, Malays, Indians, Eurasians) living together harmoniously who have gradually acquired a distinct identity as Singaporeans whilst still maintaining each race's traditional practices, customs and festivals. In addition, with more than 100,000 professional expatriates living and working in Singapore, they too bring their unique cultures and perspectives, adding colour and vibrancy to cosmopolitan Singapore.
Singapore is well connected via sea, air and telecommunications to all parts of the world. Singapore Changi Airport serves more than 80 airlines which fly to over 190 cities and has for many consecutive years been nominated as the best airport in the world. Singapore is also probably the most wired country in Asia, with an Internet penetration rate of 76%. Housing ownership is encouraged by the government to give citizens an asset in the country. About 85% of Singaporeans are living in government-built housing.
Singapore may seem like a small dot on the world map, but the island state bustles all over with attractions and activities. Dining and shopping are two of the top-rated activities of locals. Needless to say, this is reflected in the staggering range of foods and cuisine, as well as the proliferation of shops in the city and suburban centres.
Singapore Laws and You
International students are guests of the republic of Singapore. It is important that you know the law and your responsibility while residing here. We are subjected to the same laws as a Singapore citizen is.
- Loitering and congregating
- Unlawful assembly
- Purchasing of alcohol and consumption
- Vandalism and Mischief
- Using your friend’s identification card
- Possessing dangerous weapons.
- Driving without a license
- Chewing gum and smoking
Drug Policy Regulations
This is discussed as a separate topic. Any student found to be in possession of taking, using, buying, selling or trafficking in narcotics, stimulants, marijuana etc. will face immediate expulsion from school. Parents must sign on the application indicating their understanding of policy.
The standard of living in Singapore is amongst the highest in Asia. Compared to countries in western continents, the cost of living here is relatively low, and basic items like food and clothing are very reasonably priced.
When planning your budget, you will need to cater for these items :
• Books & Stationery
• Medical/Hospitalisation Insurance
• Personal Expenses
An international student in Singapore spends on average about S$750 to S$2,000 a month on living expenses. This amount of course, varies depending on your individual lifestyle and course of study.
Most banks handle travellers' cheques and change foreign currencies. Passports are required when cashing travellers' cheques. A nominal commission may be charged.
Apart from banks and hotels, you may change money at outlets which display the sign "Licensed Money Changer"
• DBS Bank
• UOB Bank
Singapore has one of the most extensive and efficient public transportation systems in the world. Travelling in the city and suburbs is typically a quick and affordable affair.
Singapore is one of the most connected cities in the world. There are three services operators offering a wide range of communication services at competitive rates, including :Telephone service, Mobile communications services, Internet access services, International telephone services.
Singapore Post (SingPost) has more than 60 main branches, over 40 authorised agencies and over 800 stamp vendors throughout Singapore. SingPost's retail counters serve as one-stop centres for postal, telecommunication and agency services.
Singapore is the quintessential tropical island, with a warm and humid climate all year round. Save the woollies for back home - light and summer clothing rule! Casual dress is accepted for most situations but some establishments like restaurants and clubs may require a more formal dress code.