Why Study in Singapore?
Many foreign students have taken the decision to study in Singapore. Pursuing an education in Singapore can be a very rewarding step. Singapore is centrally & strategically located in South-East Asia as well as Asia. It has an interesting history as a vibrant focal point of people from the east and the west. It is located at the tip of the Malayan Peninsula and was actually port of the country of Malaysia for a few years founded by Sir Stamford Raffles many years ago. Singapore has grown to become one of the major trading, commercial, and industrial nations in the world.
People living in Singapore enjoy a hot-wet equatorial climate throughout the year and the population is about 4 million including foreigners who are studying and working in Singapore.
Singapore has an efficient government and a stable political economic and social environment. The population comprises Chinese, Malays, Indians, Europeans, Eurasians, and people from many different parts of the world. Numerous ethnic groups of people live in peace and harmony and English and Mandarin are spoken widely.
There is also a very high standard of education in Singapore. Our students rank amongst the top in the world in their knowledge of science and mathematics. The government has been actively developing and enhancing the educational institutions and improving our education system here. We have attracted many world-class universities to teach and do research in Singapore and also taken man steps to develop our country as a regional hub for high quality and value-added education.
Singapore now has many good educational institutions, schools, and colleges, providing a wide variety of courses of study including languages, mathematics, science, arts and technology. The country aims to train students and professionals to be creative, innovative, analytical and resourceful. We hope to help people to make learning a life-long habit and to maximize their potential and realize their aspirations in life.
Singapore also provides equal opportunities for everyone to obtain a good and well-rounded education. Students who study in Singapore can apply for various educations grants and subsidies. The cost of living and studying in Singapore is also about 30% lower than those countries like Australia, the US, and the UK. A foreigner studying in Singapore generally needs to spend about S$300 on accommodation, S$300 on food and S$100 on transportation [a total of S$700] a month in Singapore. All these factors of studying in Singapore make it very feasible for foreign students especially, to study in Singapore.Relevant Singapore Laws
- Student Pass
International Students must achieve a 90% classroom attendance and sit for all examinations in order for the next renewal. Students who has failed to attend classes for a continuous period of 7 days or more without any valid reason, if your attendance is unsatisfactory, the school reserves the right to cancel your Student's Pass and refer you to Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) for further action. Student's Pass holder is not allowed to work in Singapore, once caught the Security Deposit will be confiscated by ICA.
For more information, please visit Immigrations & Checkpoints Authority (ICA)
- Employment for Foreign Students
Students of foreign nationality are not allowed to work in Singapore during term time or vacation time unless they are granted Work Pass exemption under the Employment of Foreign Manpower (Work Pass Exemptions) Notification.
For more information, please visit Ministry of Manpower (MOM)
- Driving Licence
To drive a vehicle in Singapore, you must possess a valid Singapore driving licence for the class of vehicle that you want to drive. This requirement applies to all citizens and permanent residents of Singapore and also foreigners who are residing in Singapore for more than twelve (12) months. Foreigners who reside here for less than twelve (12) months must possess a valid foreign licence and International Driving Permit (IDP) issued by an authorised body in their country of origin e.g. the Automobile Association (AA). If an International Driving Permit is not available, an official translation of your foreign licence in English is required. Driver from ASEAN member countries only need to possess a valid driving licence issued by the relevant driving licence Authority in order to drive in Singapore without IDP.
For more information regarding driving in Singapore as well as laws on drugs and alcohol abuse, smoking, and littering, please visit Singapore Police Force