Lying almost on the equator, Singapore is not just one island but a main island with 63 surrounding islets. The main island has a total land area of 682 square km. However, its compact size belies its economic growth. In just 150 years, Singapore has grown into a thriving Centre of commerce and industry. Today, Singapore is rapidly taking its place among the world’s premier global cities, where talents from all around the world gather to share innovative ideas and start new businesses.
Singapore boasts one of the most stable societies in Asia. Its multi-racial, multi-religious and multi-lingual groups are united in the common effort to keep Singapore a prosperous place. Modern Singapore is a city of concrete, glass, freeways and shopping centers. In the crowded streets of Chinatown, fortune tellers, calligraphers and temple worshippers still a part of everyday Singapore. In Little India, you can buy the best sari material, freshly ground spices or a picture of your favorite Hindu god. In the small shops of Arab Street, the cry of the muezzin can be heard from the nearby Sultan Mosque. At the Esplanade, you enjoy world-class arts performances while the jet-set club to the latest music at the cosmopolitan clubs.
If you come from a temperate climate, the first thing that hits you is the heat. Temperature ranges from 24o to 32o C (75-89o F) with an average daily maximum relative humidity of 84.3%. Fain falls all year round but is most abundant from November to January. Rainfall occurs mostly as sudden showers. It is good idea to carry an umbrella whenever you go out. Wear light, comfortable, cotton clothing to beat the heat.
Cost of Living in Singapore
Living conditions in Singapore are amongst the best in Asia with state-of-the art facilities for education, shopping, sports and recreation. Singapore has one of the highest living standards in the South East Asia. Daily necessities and luxuries are readily available. These are estimation of how much is required during your stay in Singapore. They do not include tuition fees, costs of books, telephone expenses, and travel expenses from your home country to Singapore.
You will need money (cash) immediately on your arrival for transport, meals, phone cards, etc. You should bring along at least S$300 cash upon arrival.
Generally, there is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency, traveler’s cheque and bank draft into Singapore. It is always wiser and safer to bring your sum of money in the form of a bank draft.You may bring along additional funds using bank drafts made out in Singapore dollars and drawn from a Singapore bank. Telegraphic transfers may also be made through another bank to your account
Documents required for a student pass
• Official translations of documents in English (if they are in a Native Language)
• A recent passport size photograph against white background
• eForm 16 in print and signed by the applicant
• Copy of the in-principle approval letter
• Recent medical report (not older than 3 months) in the format supplemented
• Departure /arrival card on entry into Singapore
The student must surrender the student pass within one week of completion of course completion.
Studying at Under Graduate (UG) Level
A typical UG course in Singapore generally requires 3-4 years of study full-time. Student can select courses ranging from Arts and Science to specific courses like Business Analytics and more, and choose they want to major and minor in.
Studying at Post Graduate (PG) Level
PG studies in Singapore are offered for both Master’s as well as Doctorate level. A typical Master’s degree is of 1-2 years of duration whereas a doctoral level degree takes somewhere between 3-5 years of full time study.