The Gateway to South-East Asia

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.

Faces of Singapore

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.


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Our Way of Life

Take a quick look at Singapore’s past and get to know our history, culture and people a little better.


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Traveller Essentials

To make your stay in Singapore as enjoyable as possible, here is some general information to take note of before you leave.


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Cost of Living

Students' monthly expenditure vary according to personal needs and lifestyle patterns. The following table illustrates a conservative cost of living:


Category Monthly Range Details
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:


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Important Information

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 –


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:

  • An Immigration Exemption Order, or
  • Been granted a Short-Term Visit Pass at a Singapore Checkpoint and wishes to attend a short course*.


*To be exempted from requiring a Student’s Pass, the short course you are taking must:

  • Be completed during the validity of this pass or within 30 days, whichever is shorter
  • Be a complete and stand-alone module; courses with multiple programme modules are excluded from the Student’s Pass scheme
  • Not include hands-on practical occupational training and/or industrial attachment that involves interacting with walk-in customers, or is conducted at premises that are also a place of business (such as a hair or beauty salon).

Please visit the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website for more information –


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 –