Singapore



ABOUT SINGAPORE

Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is an island country off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. A city-state, Singapore is the world's 4th leading financial centre and a cosmopolitan world city, playing a key role in international trade and finance.

Population: Approx. 53 Lacs (5.3 mn)

Area:  710.2 km2

Languages: English, Malay, Mandarin, Chinese

Religion: Buddhism, Islam, Christianity

Currency: Singapore $

Life Expectancy: 79 Years

GDP per Capita: $ 59,711

Literacy Percent: 99%

HDI: 18

ECONOMY

Singapore has a highly developed market-based economy, which has historically revolved around extended entrepôt trade. Along with Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan, Singapore is one of the Four Asian Tigers. The economy depends heavily on exports and refining imported goods, especially in manufacturing and includes significant electronics, petroleum refining, chemicals, mechanical engineering and biomedical sciences sectors. Singapore has one of the busiest ports in the world and is the world's fourth largest foreign exchange trading centre after London, New York and Tokyo. The World Bank ranks Singapore as the world's top logistics hub.

Singapore's economy has been ranked amongst the world's ten most open, competitive and innovative. Rated as the most business-friendly economy in the world,, Singapore sees hundreds of thousands of foreign expatriates working in multi-national corporations. In addition, it also employs hundreds of thousands of foreign manual workers.

Singapore is a popular travel destination, contributing to the importance of its tourism industry. Total visitor arrivals were 10.2 million in 2007. To compete with regional rivals like Bangkok, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Shanghai, the government has announced that the city area would be transformed into a more exciting place by lighting up the civic and commercial buildings. Food has also been promoted as an attraction for tourists, with the Singapore Food Festival held every July to celebrate Singapore's cuisine. The Singapore Grand Prix (F1 World Championship) takes place on the Marina Bay Street Circuit and is the first street circuit in Asia.

Singapore is promoting itself as a medical tourism hub: about 200,000 foreigners seek medical care in the country each year, and Singapore medical services aim to serve one million foreign patients annually by 2012 and generate USD 3 billion in revenue. The government states that this could create some 13,000 new jobs within the health industries.

CLIMATE

Singapore has a tropical rainforest climate with no distinctive seasons, uniform temperature and pressure, high humidity, and abundant rainfall. Temperatures range from 22 to 34 °C (71.6 to 93.2 °F). On average, the relative humidity is around 90% in the morning and 60% in the afternoon. During prolonged heavy rain, relative humidity often reaches 100%. The lowest and highest temperatures recorded in its maritime history are 19.4 °C (66.9 °F) and 35.8 °C (96.4 °F).

 

 

WHY STUDY IN SINGAPORE

There's nothing like the transformative experience of studying abroad to gain new perspectives, create fresh impressions and be inspired by what's happening beyond your corner of the world. So what makes Singapore so refreshingly different from other countries for a Study Abroad experience?

 Cultural Diversity

Stimulate your mind in an environment where ethnic diversity is celebrated, and immerse your soul in Singapore's melting pot of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian history and culture. As English is widely used, you will never feel out of place while experiencing the local culture. The meeting of minds is more than just making new friends, take the opportunity to pick up an Asian language here, while immersed in a milieu enriched by the variety of spoken vernaculars.

  High Quality Living

There is good reason why Singapore is also referred to as a 'city in the garden'. With lush belts of greenery contributing to the cityscape, Singapore offers a comfortable living environment. The city's hostels, home stays, private and public apartments are unrivalled for their modernity and comfort.
It is easy and inexpensive to get around Singapore on our integrated transport system of efficient air-conditioned bus services, modern Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) lines and affordable taxi services.

  Gateway to Asia

Singapore's excellent geographical position makes travel within the Asian region a breeze. Using Singapore as your base, explore the ancient cities of Cambodia or island-hop your way through Indonesia or Thailand. China and India are a mere 5-6 hour flight away. With so many budget airlines operating from Singapore's Changi Airport, backpacking is an affordable reality.

Best mix of East and West

No other city offers a more alluring mix of cutting-edge infrastructure, world-class education system and dynamic cosmopolitan vibe thanks to a blend of Eastern and Western cultures. Beneath the city's towering skyscrapers, you'll discover the rich and vibrant sights and sounds of ethnic precincts like Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam. Combine with our status as a leading finance, business and education hub with our colourful multi-cultural heritage, you will experience a unique learning experience that is global yet Asian.

 

HOW TO APPLY
INTAKES

The main intakes offered by Universities are in September/October and January/February. Some colleges may also have intakes in March and July.


EMPLOYMENT

  A full-time International student can work part-time as per the given guidelines:
  A full-time degree student can work up to 16 hours during term-time and full-time during vacations

  A full-time student can also work on a work placement as part of the course

  A student can earn from $15 - $20 per hour i.e. $1,200 - $1,600 per week.

After the successful completion of the studies a students are allowed to stay in Singapore for 1 month on Social Visit Pass. Employment pass is required to work in Singapore; the employer applies for the same on behalf of the employee.