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 national 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 an international mix of institutions, a high quality and rigorous education system, and a nation that believes in investing in education, together they offer international students here 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.
Singapore's rich multicultural heritage is highlighted through the various ethnic groups (Chinese, Malays, Indians and Eurasians) living together harmoniously. These groups have gradually acquired a distinct identity as Singaporeans while 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, land 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 connected country in Asia, with Internet penetration rate of 76%. Housing ownership is encouraged by the Singapore Government to give citizens an asset in the country. About 85% of Singaporeans live in Government-built vertical 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 food 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 laws of the land and your responsibilities as a foreign student while studying here. International students are subjected to some of the laws applicable to Singapore citizens. There are also specific laws and regulations pertaining to international students.
- Loitering and congregating
- Unlawful assembly
- Purchasing and consumption of alcoholic beverage
- Vandalism and mischief
- Using another person’s identification card as your own
- Possessing dangerous weapons
- Driving without a license
- Chewing gum and smoking
Any student found to be in possession of, taking, using, buying, selling or trafficking narcotics, stimulants, marijuana etc. will face immediate expulsion from AAC. Parents or guardians of students under 18 years old must sign on the relevant section in admissions documentation to indicate their understanding of the policy.
The standard of living in Singapore is amongst the highest in Asia. Compared to some expenses in other developed countries, the cost of living here is relatively lower and basic items such as food and clothing are very reasonably priced.
When planning your budget, you will need to include these items :
• Books & Stationery
• Medical/Hospitalisation Insurance
• Other incidental or 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 exchange foreign currencies. Passports are required when cashing travellers' cheques. A nominal commission may be charged.
Apart from at banks and hotels, you may exchange foreign currencies at outlets which display the sign "Licensed Money Changer". Larger banks in Singapore include:
• 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 is a number of service operators offering a wide range of communication services at competitive rates, including telephone service, mobile communications services, Internet access services or international telephone services. More popular telecommunication service providers in Singapore include:
Singapore Post (SingPost) has more than 60 main branches, over 40 authorised agencies and more than 800 stamp vendors throughout Singapore. SingPost's retail counters serve as one-stop centres for postal, telecommunication and agency services. The SingPost retail shop in Bras Basah Complex is within minutes of walking from AAC campus.
Singapore is the quintessential tropical island, with warm and humid climate all year round. Save the woollies for the cold weather back home where winter exists - light and summer clothing rules in Singapore! Casual dress is accepted for most situations but some establishments like restaurants and clubs may observe a more formal dress code.