Singapore is a home to millions of Chinese, Malaysian, Indian and Eurasian people. The country has a multiracial society with current population of about 4.5 million which the Government plans to increase to 6.5 millions. Home to the busiest port in the world and the 3rd largest financial trading hub Singapore has been ranked as the most preferred destination in terms of quality of living,.
Singapore has been ranked as the most preferred destination by Asian expatriates in terms of quality of living.
A tropical rainforest climate, also known as an equatorial climate, is a type of tropical climate in which there is no dry season. Tropical rainforest climates have no pronounced summer or winter; it is hot and wet throughout the year and rainfall is heavy and falls throughout the afternoon frequently.
Average daily temperatures are at around 27°C throughout the year. Extensive cloud cover and heavy rainfall prevent diurnal temperatures from rising much over 33°C.
Rainfall is heavy and is usually convectional.
Transport within Singapore is mainly land-based. Almost all parts of Singapore are accessible by road, including islands such as Sentosa and Jurong Island. The other major form of transportation within Singapore is rail: the Mass Rapid Transit which runs the length and width of Singapore, and the Light Rail Transit which runs within a few neighbourhoods. The main island of Singapore is connected to the other islands by ferryboat services.
In Singapore, cars and other vehicles drive on the left side of the road, as in neighbouring Malaysia.
CURRENCY: Singapore dollar ($) (SGD)
LANGUAGE: Malay, Chinese (Mandarin), Tamil and English
TIME DIFFERENCE: 2 hours 30 minutes ahead of IST
CALLING CODE: +65
The economy of Singapore is a developed country and highly developed state capitalist market economy. While government intervention in the market is kept at a minimum, the state controls and owns firms that comprise at least 60% of the GDP through government entities such as the sovereign wealth fund Temasek.
It has an open business environment, relatively corruption-free and transparent, stable prices, and one of the highest per capita gross domestic products (GDP) in the world. Its innovative yet steadfast form of
The Port of Singapore is the busiest in the world, surpassing Rotterdam and Hong Kong. In addition, Singapore's port infrastructure and skilled workforce, which is due to the success of the country's education policy in producing skilled workers, is also fundamental in this aspect as they provide easier access to markets for both importing and exporting, and also provide the skill(s) needed to refine imports into exports.
The Ministry of Education aims to help students to discover their own talents, to make the best of these talents and realise their full potential, and to develop a passion for learning that lasts through life.
They have a strong education system. Singapore students aim high and they achieve very good results. This is recognised around the world.
Singapore institutions have major intake in the month of January
• English Intake: January, March, May July, August, October
• Academic Intakes: March/ July/ October
There are no official rankings of Singapore institutions. There are some commercial publications available that compare achievements of universities and institutions in meeting certain criteria such as use of technology or student support services.
International students are normally not permitted to work part time during their studies unless the college offers them an internship. This is quite common in Singapore institutions. Please contact Espire Educations for details.
Students studying in National Universities and Government owned Polytechnics are allowed to work part time up to a maximum of 16 hours per week.
More than 7000 MNCs along with 100,000 small & medium companies have set up their base in Singapore. Thus Singapore offers limitless career and networking possibilities to the students studying there. Singapore enjoys a very high employment rate.
“With the rise in job vacancies and low unemployment, the seasonally adjusted ratio of job vacancies to unemployed persons hit a decade-high with 138p job openings for every 100 job seekers in Dec 07” – taken from Ministry of Manpower, Singapore website
Employment Pass Eligibility Certificate
International Students in Singapore to be considered for an Employment Pass Eligibility Certificate (EPEC) by Ministry of Manpower Singapore (MOM), they must possess selected university qualifications.
The Employment Pass Eligibility Certificate (EPEC) allows foreigners to stay in Singapore for up to one year to facilitate their job search in Singapore. Successful EPEC applicants are required to apply for a one-year Visit Pass from the Immigration and Checkpoint Authority (ICA) to allow them to stay in Singapore for 1 more year. EPEC or 1 Year Visit Pass does not allow or certify the holder to work in Singapore. Once candidate secures an employment, the employer is required to submit an Employment Pass application to the Work Pass Division for consideration. Candidate can only start working after the Employment Pass application has been approved. EPEC is issued on a one-time basis and is non-renewable.
Finance to support education
Genuine Intentions to Study in Singapore
While making the Singapore student visa application, the total expenses for the first year of qualification plus plan for following year/s of study has to be shown which includes tuition fees & living expenses for course duration. These funds can be shown only in liquid forms.
Visa processing time for visa varies from 4- 6 working weeks.
Like any other nation of the world special scholarships are allotted in Singapore for students to encourage higher education in them. The students who meet the criteria required for receiving the scholarships can apply for the one's that suits their career interests. There are some special scholarships for the students in need of financial assistance and for those with exceptionally good academic background.
Disclaimer: This guidance is for students interested in studying abroad in particular country. It is only a guide for which information is taken from various relevant websites. It aims to answer some common questions. Visitors are recommended to contact the office for most updated information.