Studying and Living in Singapore
Singapore has gained a worldwide reputation for creating a modern economy which is famous for its transparency and entrepreneurial capabilities. Singapore is a multi-religious nation with a population consisting of Buddhist, Taoist, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and other faiths. The country has four national languages but English has been adopted as the medium of communication in order to create a bridge across the cultural barriers. Singapore has always been seen as a garden city with a tropical climate of 27 degrees all year round.
Singapore also has one of the most advanced land transport systems which has become increasingly convenient since the introduction of the EZ Link card. This is a prepaid card. Commuters simply flash the card in front of a card reader and the cost of the trip will be automatically deducted from the card.
The cost of living in Singapore is competitive and can vary from $750 to $2000 per month, depending upon the lifestyle one keeps and the accommodation one avails of different types of accommodation are available for rent, right from houses in Government housing schemes to private residential buildings.
Singapore is an educational hub in Asia because of its numerous collaborations with top-class universities around the world. The education system in Singapore is already famous for producing high-caliber students. An increasing number of Asian students are opting to come to Singapore to study because of its close proximity and high-quality education. Singapore prides itself in its multicultural heritage and a sense of camaraderie despite its varied cultures and religions. Singapore is looking to a future increasingly marked by globalization and is steadily positioning itself as the region’s financial and educational hub.
Singapore is aiming to triple its number of international students from 50,000 to 150,000 in the next 10 to 15 years by encouraging a range of private, specialist and foreign educational institutions to establish themselves in the country.
While Singapore is already home to a number of foreign institution campuses offering graduate studies, the Economic Development Board (EDB) is hoping to encourage universities from the UK, USA or Australia to open a campus that will offer undergraduates courses, in competition with the three local universities.
Singapore Founded by Sir Stamford Raffles as a British reading colony in the year 1819, Singapore gained independence on 9 August 1965 and went on to become one of the world’s most prosperous countries.
Singapore has a fairly warm and humid climate, temperature ranging from 30 – 36 degrees Celsius.
Singapore population are around 5.31 million reported by the Singapore Department of Statistics and comprises of Chinese 74%; Malays 13%; Indians 9.2% and other ethnic groups 3.8% of the total population.
The common languages used in Singapore are mainly English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil. English is the main language being used.
People are expected to form queues to board buses, or to wait for service. It is impolite to push ahead of someone who is in the queue before you.
What to wear
In Singapore, loose and light summer clothing is recommended especially for outdoor activities. While in college do note that appropriate attired are required, long sleeves white shirt and black pants.
Law & Orders
Singapore has very strict laws for severe crimes and foreigners need to make themselves familiar with these laws. Consequences of breaking laws due to lack of knowledge can be tough as the Government treats its foreign residents no differently than locals.
It is very important to constantly update one’s knowledge of Singapore laws as to avoid accidental violations.
Drug abuse is taken very seriously. The trafficking, manufacturing, importing or exporting of drugs carries a death penalty. Unauthorized consumption also carries a heavy penalty.
Please visit the website of the Central Narcotics Bureau at www.cnb.gov.sg for more information.
Cigarettes and Smoking
Smoking in prohibited in ICAS Training and Education College premises. The college is a smoke-free college.
People under the age of 18 years of age are not allowed to carry or purchase cigarettes. Smoking is not allowed in public buses, taxis, lifts, theatres, cinemas, government offices and in air-conditioned restaurants and shopping centres, bus shelters, interchanges, toilets and other sir-conditional places.
Singapore is a clean and green country and littering is prohibited. Dispose of anything can only be done at litter box. Offender of littering can be fined up to S$1000 or issued a CWO (Community Work Order) of up to 12 hours or both. Increased of fine for repeated offenders may be up to S$5000.
It is an offence to show false identification to buy cigarettes, alcohol or enter age restricted premises. Purchase of alcohol, cigarettes or entering to club / discos are restricted to those over 18 / 21 years old.
Alcohol / Drunkenness
Purchase and consumption of alcohol must be of 18 years old and above. People found drunk in public places may be fined.
Vandalism is a serious offence. Vandalizing public or private property is punished by a caning and a fine or imprisonment.
Benefits of Studying in Singapore
Many students choose to study in Singapore because of the following benefits:
- Students can obtain a foreign university degree which is recognized worldwide without having to travel to a western country
- Singapore is safe city with low crime rate.
- The cost of living in Singapore is reasonable
- English is a common language in Singapore – a conducive environment for students to improve their standard of English
- As many international companies are investing in China and Vietnam, there will be good opportunities for management professionals who are bilingual and familiar with both countries’ cultures.
The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA)
4th Storey, 10 Kallang Road
Transport service to ICA is:
MRT- Lavender MRT Station (Exit A)
Important Rules for International Students
- Student holding student’s pass are not allowed to apply for other passes (eg: employment pass)
- Student are not allowed to pursue another course with other school
- Students are to meet ICA minimum attendance requirement, 90% of monthly attendance rate, when studying in Singapore.
- Student are not allowed to engage in employment and other illegal activities
- Should a student terminate his/her studies for whatever reason, he/she must surrender the student’s pass to immigration within 7 days
- Students are not allowed to remain in Singapore once student’s pass expires.
(Usually for international student, a one-month social visit pass will be granted for them to settled their activities and make arrangement to leave Singapore.)
- Students are to observe immigration regulations at all times.
- Students are to bring along their latest original certificates to Singapore. (Eg: birth cert, transcript, education certificate, latest bank statement)
- Students are to ensure their name on both passport and their birth certificate is identical.
For more information, please visit ICA website at: http://www.ica.gov.sg/
Completion of Student's Pass Formalities
Please proceed to Level 4 of Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) Building.
Things to bring to ICA:
- Medical Report
- Original copy of relevant document submitted to ICA earlier.
- Cashcard or NETS (ATM Card)
- IMM27 (small white)
- In-Principal Approval Letter (IPA) Issued by ICA. Please read the IPA letter carefully for other documents needed to bring to ICA.
Useful Telephone Numbers & Websites
|Samaritans of Singapore (SOS)||1800 221 4444|
|ICAS Training Education College||6542 8851/65354187|
Embassies/ Consulates/ High Commissions in Singapore
|Australian High Commission||25 Napier Road
|http://email@example.com||6733 7441 (Australian Education International)|
|High Commission for the People’s Republic of Bangladesh||91 Bencoolen Street
#06-01 Sunshine Plaza
|http://firstname.lastname@example.org||6337 0085 (Administration)|
|Royal Embassy of Cambodia||400 Orchard Road
#10-03/04 Orchard Towers
|Embassy of the People’s Republic of China||150 Tanglin Road
|http://email@example.com||6418 0252 (Protocol & Administration)|
|Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia||7 Chatsworth Road
|High Commission of India||31 Grange Road, India House
|Embassy of Japan||16 Nassim Road
|http://firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com||6235 8855|
|Embassy of the Republic of Korea||47 Scotts Road
#08-00 Goldbell Towers
|High Commission of Malaysia||301 Jervois Road
|Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar||15 St. Martin’s Drive
|http://firstname.lastname@example.org||6735 0209 (6 lines)|
|Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines||20 Nassim Road
|http://email@example.com||6735 1294 (Administrative/ Cultural Section)|
|Royal Thai Embassy||370 Orchard Road
|http://firstname.lastname@example.org||6737 2158, 6737 2476, 6737 2644, 6737 2475|
|Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam||10 Leedon Park
Visa Conditions for Student Pass Holders
Students must remain enrolled in a full-time registered course and must attend at least 90% of the scheduled course hours and not be absent from the course for 7 days consecutively.
Students must not engage in any form of activities that may contravene the conditions (including those stated in the Student’s Pass application form, In-Principle Approval letter and Student’s Pass card) in which a Student’s Pass is issued (e.g. illegal employment).
Upon the expiry of the student pass, students must not remain in Singapore after the expiry of the Student’s Pass and the organisation shall inform ICA of his/her means and date of departure.
Students only permitted to attend the course after release of the Student’s Pass has been given by ICA.
Students must not be registered as a student in any other education organisation/s or course/s other than that indicated in the Student’s Pass.
The student pass must be surrendered for cancellation within seven days from the date of cessation or termination of his/her studies or course/s.
Admission Information for International Students
APPLICATION PROCEDURE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
In order for your application to be processed, please enclose the following:
- Completed application form (This is available under ‘Application Forms’ download section)
- Highest education qualification certificate if the original is not in English, translated copy will be required.
- Testimonials from previous employers and or academic/professional testimonial, where applicable
- Photocopy of passport
- Recent passport size photographs with white background
- Birth certificate
- Financial Statement
Acceptance of application is subjected to submission of documents as stated above.
Applications are to be sent or through mail or submit in person to
ICASTEC Admin Office
Tel: +65 6535 4187/65428851
Each application received is considered on its own merits, taking into account educational, professional and personal experience (please refer to entry requirements section). applications should be submitted at least eight (8) weeks before the commencement date upon receipt of application documents; you are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of S$321.00 to ICASTEC.
ICASTEC accepts cheque, cashier’s order and bankdraft for application fee. All cheques, cashier’s order, bank draft are to be made in Singapore Dollars payable to ICAS Training & Education College (ICASTEC) Pte Ltd college account.
- Account Name: ICAS Training and Education College (ICASTEC) Pte Ltd
- Account No: 010-903128-6
- Bank Code: 7171
- Branch Code: 010
- Swift Code: DBSSSGSG
- Branch Name: DBS South Bridge
- Address: DBS Bank Ltd, 12 Marina Boulevard, DBS Asia Central, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3, Singapore 018982
- Minimum Age: 16 years old for local, 18 years old for foreigner
- Academic Level: Secondary School education, High School or equivalent
- Language Proficiency: IELTS 3.5 or equivalent
- Minimum Age: 16 years old for local, or 18 years old for foreigner
- Academic Level: Completed secondary school, or any 5 Subjects pass with Grade 5 and above at GCE ‘N’ Level, or any 3 subjects pass with C6 and above at GCE ‘O’ Level, or equivalent Certificate
- Language Proficiency: A pass in English with grade 5 and above at GCE N Level, or Pass in English with grade C6 and above at GCE O Level, or IELTS 4.5 or equivalent
- Work Experience (If Applicable): Matured candidate who is above 18 years old with at least lower secondary school education and at least 2 years of working experiences
ADVANCED DIPLOMA PROGRAMMES:
- Minimum Age: 16 years old for (local, or 18 years old for foreigner)
- Academic Level: Diploma in F&B, or Hospitality or equivalent
- Language Proficiency: A pass in English with Grade C6 and above at GCE O Level, or IELTS 5.5, or equivalent
- Work Experience (If applicable): Mature candidate who is above 18 years old with at least secondary school education and at least 5 years of relevant working experiences (with 1 year of experience in supervisory role)
Student Pass Applications
- For international students, upon receipt of application forms and documents, and application fee, the school shall register online to apply for a student pass with the Immigrations and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) for a student pass to study in Singapore
- All applicants will be informed in writing regarding the outcome of their application and electronic copy of the Letter of Acceptance to the email address provided.
- You will need to sign and return the Letter of Acceptance to confirm your place.
- Full payment of fees is to be made to ICASTEC account one month before course commencement upon receiving the Interim Principal of Approval (IPA).
Note: ICASTEC and our academic partners reserve the right to withdraw an offer of admission and cancel the enrolment of any person where such an offer was made on the basis of incomplete or inaccurate information supplied by the applicant.
For other information regarding student pass application you may contact us at:
Alternatively, you may visit the ICA website at www.ica.gov.sg