Singapore is a modern city-state in Southeast Asia, a tropical island where east meets west. Despite having a land area of only 721.5 square kilometers, Singapore is the world’s fourth-best financial hub – a testament to a tiny country with big aspirations. Crossing the island, you are surrounded by high-rise buildings reminiscent of mega-cities like New York City and Shanghai (Btw, don’t forget to check our sister summer school in Shanghai) but at the same time, the urban landscape is covered in greenery. Being just 1-degree from the equator, it is always summer-time in this beautiful and dynamic country.
Singapore’s two leading universities the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University are both ranked within the world’s top 15, and the city itself is ranked 15th in the QS Best Student Cities 2018, reflecting its combination of educational excellence, high quality of life, and diverse student community. It’s no wonder why students from all over the world flock to study abroad in Singapore.
Fascinated by the country yet? That’s not all. Put on your sunnies, and let us take you through 8 reasons why you should choose to study abroad in Singapore.
First up, the ease of communicating. Despite being in the heart of Asia, the official language of administration in Singapore is English. This means that navigating the oftentimes cumbersome administrative paperwork that comes with wanting to study abroad will be a breeze. Day-to-day life in the country is also much simpler, as communicating and connecting with the locals will not be an issue as long as you are able to converse in English.
However, this does not mean that your time in Singapore will be devoid of culture and identity.
Did you know that there are four official languages in Singapore? English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil make up the four official languages in Singapore, with Malay also being the national language.
Over the years, locals have developed their own creole-language called Singlish (Singaporean English). Singlish is a combination of words and grammatical rules from all the official languages and is spoken by Singaporeans colloquially. Your time studying abroad in Singapore will not be complete if you do not pick up some Singlish along the way!
If you’re looking for a country that offers a quality education at an affordable cost to study abroad in, look no further, Singapore is the perfect place. A world leader in research and innovation, Singapore takes pride in its world-class universities and international standard of education. Singapore has the best universities in Asia and even the world.
Educational institutions in Singapore only work with the most qualified and experienced professors to make sure that the students learn from the best. Studying abroad in Singapore will be a top-tier educational experience that you can boast about in your resume.
Let’s be real, if you’ve traveled from halfway across the world to study abroad in Singapore, you’d definitely want to travel around the region. One of the best things about being in Singapore is its proximity to all the incredible destinations that Southeast Asia has to offer. Singapore has the enviable position of being a short 1-3 hour flight from most of the region.
Singapore also boasts the title of the World’s Best Airport for the eighth consecutive years, and is one of the busiest and best connected in the world. This means that you can wake up in Singapore on Saturday morning, have brunch by the pool in Bali, and be back in Singapore by Sunday evening refreshed for another productive week at school.
Infrastructure and easy accessibility
The minute you step foot on Singapore soil, ready to begin your study abroad experience, you will notice that everything runs like clockwork. From disembarkment to clearing customs, getting your suitcases, and hopping on your choice of public transport to take you to your accommodation – getting around and getting things done in Singapore is painless and fuss-free.
This is thanks to Singapore’s focus on reducing friction to maximize productivity. Recognizing that good infrastructure is vital to socio-economic advancement, a great deal of effort is placed on facilitating the delivery of people, information, goods and services, and so on.
Lively, cosmopolitan way of life
Singapore has built on its advantageous geographical location to become one of the world’s top trading and transportation hubs. Because of the ease of doing business in Singapore, people all over the world come to to grow their businesses and careers. This makes it the perfect city to study abroad in, especially if you are interested in business, finance, technology and start-ups. In keeping with the city’s strong corporate reputation, students with study abroad experience in Singapore are also more sought-after by international employers.
With people from all corners of the world gathering, Singapore is a dynamic, cosmopolitan city, where something’s always happening. There’s always some place to be, something to see, and new friends to meet. Large international events such as the Formula 1 Night Race take place in Singapore every year, and big-name artists often choose to perform in Singapore. Students who choose to study abroad in Singapore can look forward to experiencing the world while being in this little country.
Melting pot of cultures and amazing cuisine
Singapore is a country where people live in harmony regardless of race or religion, and each race is encouraged to preserve its unique culture and traditions. Having four main races in Singapore means four times the cultural experience when you study abroad in Singapore. Singapore is a melting pot of cultures. Celebrate the Lunar New Year with the Chinese community, indulge in the delicious cuisine of the Malay community, or experience the colors and lights of Deepavali! Singapore is a city that epitomizes the beauty of multiculturalism.
The existence of so many cultures and traditions within the country naturally gives rise to a large variety of local and regional food options. A key fixture in your study abroad experience in Singapore would be hawker center – a unique aspect of Singapore culture and lifestyle. Hawker centers are open-air complexes that house many stalls that sell a variety of cuisines at inexpensive prices. Singaporeans love their hawker food, and we are sure you’ll fall in love with it too. Did you know that the world’s cheapest Michelin-star meal can be found in Singapore for 3€?
This brings us to our next point of Singapore being…
..more affordable than you think!
When backpackers think about traveling through Asia, they don’t gravitate towards Singapore due to its reputation for being one of the most expensive cities in the world. The cost of housing and cars are indeed extremely high due to its size, but unless you’re thinking of purchasing an apartment or a car, you have nothing to worry about! Singapore is as expensive or inexpensive as you want it to be.
Public transportation is very inexpensive, especially compared to European countries. Also, as mentioned earlier, eating out can be very affordable in Singapore too. You can have a delicious, filling meal with a drink for under 5€. Day-to-day living as a student on study exchange in Singapore is definitely more affordable than you think.
Safety and cleanliness
Lastly, but most importantly, Singapore is one of the safest countries in the world. In Singapore, you can walk in any neighborhood in the middle of the night and be confident you will feel perfectly safe. Singapore has one of the lowest crime rates in the world – violent crime is almost non-existent. Choosing to study abroad in Singapore is not only going to be a great option for you, but also for the peace-of-mind for your family back home. Many parents understandably worry about their children when they are abroad for long periods of time, but you can assure your parents that they will have nothing to worry about while you’re in Singapore.