Tips for Studying in Singapore

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Written By Berry Mathew

International students need to take care of themselves when they go out alone. Any incidents large and small need to be handled by themselves. Therefore, it is very necessary to know some tips about studying in Singapore in advance. I here have simply compiled 15 tips covering food, clothing, housing, transportation and learning, hoping to help you.

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  1. Singapore is located at the equator and has an oceanic climate – humid and warm, and the temperature is between 24-30°C. In this climate, shirts, T-shirts, trousers, and shorts are regular clothing.
  2. You can bring some common medicines such as cold medicine, anti-inflammatory medicine, topical medicine, etc. to pass the Singapore Customs. Please notice that not all the medicine are acceptable, so you’d better check the details in advance.
  3. Cigarettes will be fined and broken in public. In addition, CDs and pirated publications are also prohibited and restricted from being brought into the category.
  4. You can carry some Singapore dollars but not too much to prevent being checked by the customs. There are licensed currency exchange offices everywhere in Singapore, where you can exchange currency.
  5. After arriving in Singapore, first open an account locally and use a local bank card in Singapore. Although Visa and Master cards can also be used in Singapore, the handling fees are not low.
  6. The price of food and clothing in Singapore is relatively cheap, but the price of electronic products is not lower: the average consumption of international students is between 750-2500 SGD per month, and the specific data varies from person to person—there are also higher.
  7. If you study in a private university in Singapore, you generally need to rent your own house outside the school. According to the internal facilities, provision and location, the rent can range from hundreds to thousands, and you can make a choice according to your needs and budget.
  8. Singapore was a British colony before, and it has continued the system of the Commonwealth of Nations. For example, pedestrians staying on the left and the sockets are also British. Many details need to be paid attention to.
  9. If your computer is under the global warranty, you can bring it to Singapore, otherwise it is more cost-effective to buy one locally. Singapore’s wireless network is developed, so it is recommended to use a laptop, you can take it with you wherever you can use the wireless network. Besides, you can also bring your mobile phone to Singapore for use, but you need to buy and use a Singapore SIM card.
  10. Full-time students in public schools in Singapore have no more than 16 hours of part-time work per week. Students in private schools are not allowed to work: illegal work will be the most serious and will be sent back to the country. Hence, if you are not very short of money, don’t take the risk.
  11. Singapore is one of the most severely penalized countries in developed countries. The controversial “whipping” cannot be cancelled for a while, but this penalty mood is not so commonly used anymore. However, Singapore’s penalties are still harsh. Spitting, chewing gum, indoor smoking, and drug use will all be severely punished here.
  12. Singapore’s more worthwhile attractions include Langtaosha, Botanical Gardens, Merlion Park, etc. This country is very small, and you can complete your travel in 3 days. In terms of food, you can try Nyonya dishes and Hainanese chicken rice, etc., whether you like it or not depends on your taste.
  13. Smoking in public places a maximum fine of S$1,000. In the subway, eating is fined 500 SGD and smoking is fined 1000 SGD.
  14. The Immigration Department stipulates that the student’s attendance rate must reach 95% or more. If the student is warned for more than two times, the student will be in danger of being sent back to the country.
  15. When shopping in Singapore, pay attention to the shops with the red Merlion logo. This kind of stores are recommended by the Tourism Promotion Bureau and the Consumers Association. You can shop at ease, but the prices in Singapore are more expensive.

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Parents will definitely be very worried when their children study away from home. Therefore, international students can learn some tips on life and study in Singapore in advance, which can not only prepare yourself, but also reassures parents. For more study abroad news and tips, you can focus on CatEight.

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