- An Immigration Exemption Order, or
- Been granted a Short-Term Visit Pass at a Singapore Checkpoint and wishes to attend a short course*.
With a melting pot of eastern cultural values and comfortable living standards, there is a whole range of advantages that comes with studying in Singapore.
Many international students seek the chance to complete their higher education here—which offers a perfect blend of quality with affordability, and prestige with the promise of improved employment prospects.
Downtown Core of Singapore
English is the main language for communication and medium of instruction in this multinational country. Applicants who need to meet language requirements for higher education can take language courses offered by different providers.
Often called “the gateway to South-East Asia”, the country is at the epicentre of major global trade, education and tourism. Changi Airport in Singapore, which was acknowledged the best airport in the world for 19 times, is a major air hub in Asia that offers budget travel to the rest of the region. Ambitious young entrepreneurs come here for the host of opportunities to help their businesses grow and expand into the region.
On top of being one of the safest places to study in, the public transport system in Singapore is one of the best designed in the world. It is very easy to get around this country. Students may enjoy various museums, theatres, concert halls, amusing parks, zoo and wonderful temples in the country. There are also some sights and events in Singapore that really amaze people — like the annual F1 Grand Prix night race across Singapore’s cityscape.
Creative thinkers and fresh ideas are always welcome in this island city-state. This is why many choose to use Singapore as a launchpad for their careers, after they complete specialised courses in their chosen discipline.
Here’s a guide to Singapore’s diverse melting pot of cultures and races. It’s a vibrant brew that gives Singapore our unique character.
Take a quick look at Singapore’s past and get to know our history, culture and people a little better.
To make your stay in Singapore as enjoyable as possible, here is some general information to take note of before you leave.
Students' monthly expenditure vary according to personal needs and lifestyle patterns. The following table illustrates a conservative cost of living:
|Accommodation||S$500 - S$1,000||Rental of a room in a government flat, in suburban areas|
|Medical||S$94 - S$124||Medical consultations at public clinics|
|Transport||S$100 - S$150||Public transport commuting to and from school daily|
|Food||S$450 - S$750||Meals at budget joints|
|Communications||S$28 - S$220||Mobile phone plan|
|Recreation||S$113 - S$114||Movie ticket (peak hours) and clubbing|
|Total Monthly Expenses||S$1200 - S$2400|
Use Contact Singapore's Cost of Living Calculator to estimate your monthly expenses:
As an international student in Singapore, you are to be familiar with the Singapore Laws, such as on drug trafficking, littering, vandalism and over staying in the country.
Please visit the Singapore Police Force (SPF) website for more information – https://www.police.gov.sg
Becoming a Student's Pass Holder
A foreigner who has been accepted by an educational institution to pursue full-time study in Singapore will need to apply for a Student's Pass unless he/she has:
*To be exempted from requiring a Student’s Pass, the short course you are taking must:
Please visit the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website for more information – www.ica.gov.sg
Working in Singapore
If you are holding a Student Pass in Singapore, you are only allowed to work if you meet specific requirements.
Please visit the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) website for more information – https://www.mom.gov.sg