Studying at FTMSGlobal
Why study in Singapore? Singapore is a developed country with a strong and globally recognised education sector. Students from all over the world are increasingly coming to Singapore to obtain qualifications that will bring them success in the careers of their choice.
The climate in Singapore is typically tropical as the island is almost on the equator. The weather all year round is similar, with temperatures ranging from about 28 - 32 degrees Celsius. However, there is a monsoon season between November and January when there will be torrential rain almost every day in the early morning and mid-afternoon, for about an hour.
Culture and religion remain entwined in Singapore, far more than in the West. Throughout the year, a constant stream of festivals and celebrations in the streets and temples reflects the diverse beliefs and backgrounds of this multicultural society, comprising of Buddhists, Taoists, Muslims, Hindus, Christians and Sikhs. Many of the major Buddhist, Muslim and Hindu festivals are marked by public holidays and Christmas is just one more holiday - for which shops stay open.
Cost of Living
The standard of living in Singapore is amongst the highest in Asia. Compared to countries in western continents, the cost of living here is relatively low, and basic items like food and clothing are very reasonably priced.
When planning your budget, you will need to cater for these items:
- Books & Stationery
- Medical/Hospitalisation Insurance
- Personal Expenses
An international student in Singapore spends on average S$750 to S$2,000 a month on living expenses. This amount varies depending on your individual lifestyle and course of study. These estimated cost ranges in the table below give a rough guide of the basic expenditure an international student may incur per month.
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Item Cost Per Month
|Accommodation||$350 - $1,500 (rental varies with geographical area, type of accommodation, demand, facilities provided and the number of people sharing). For budgeting purposes, it would be advisable to use $550 p.m. as the basic rate for room rentals.|
|Ultilities||$50 - $80 (not applicable for boarding schools). Is often included within the room rental cost.|
|Food||$300 - $450 (Based on $10-$15 a day for 3 meals). Note: Included in boarding fees, Boarding Schools usually provide two meals a day. Not included in room rates, Halls of Residence normally offer meals at extra charge.|
|Public Transport||$20 - $100 (varies with types of student concession pass)|
|Telecommunications||From $30 (varies with usage and promotional packages subscribed).|
|Books & Stationery||$30 - $100 (varies with course)|
|Medical Hospitalisation Insurance||$5 - $8|
|Personal||$100 - $200 (varies with individuals - clothes, toiletries, entertainment, haircut, miscellaneous)|
*Please note that the average estimates were derived based on recent prices and they serve as a reference only.
Traveling in Singapore is both easy and economical. There is an efficient public transportation network, which offers taxis, buses, and the modern Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) rail system. With its excellent public transport system, Singapore is, without a doubt, the easiest city in Asia to get around
Singpapore's modern Changi International Airport is vast, efficient, and organized. There are banking and money-changing facilities, a post office, which is open 24 hours a day, credit card phones, free phones for local calls, Internet facilities, free hotel reservation counters, luggage facilities, restaurants, day rooms, fitness centers, saunas, business centers, and over 100 shops. The airport even provides free films, bars with entertainment, hairdressers, medical facilities, a swimming pool, and even a mini Science Discovery Museum. In other words, Changi International Airport has almost everything a visitor would require.
There are three airport terminals: Terminal 1 - 3. The Changi Skytrain, which is a monorail, shuttles between the terminals. Located on the extreme eastern end of the island, the airport is about 20km from the city cente and is connected to the rest of Singapore via the MRT system.
Singapore has over 15,000 air-conditioned taxis, which provide comfortable, hassle-free traveling at reasonable costs (though higher compared to public buses and trains). Visitors can flag them down anytime. To further ease visitors, well marked taxi stands are available outside most major shopping centers and hotels. An extra charge will be added during peak hours, as well as for advanced booking.
Clean, punctual and air-conditioned, Singapore's MRT subway system is a hallmark of efficiency. It is the easiest, fastest, and most comfortable way of getting around Singapore within minutes. Do note that there are fines for littering, smoking, eating and drinking in MRT stations and on board the trains. The MRT operates from 6 a.m. to midnight at frequencies of 3 to 8 minutes.
Singapore's bus network is extremely frequent and comprehensive. Visitors rarely have to wait more than a few minutes and a bus will get them anywhere. If you are planning to travel a lot by public transport, it is best to purchase a copy of the TransitLink Guide, which has a list of all bus and MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) services. You can also buy the TransitLink Card, a stored value card that can be used on both the MRT and bus. Most buses operate between 6 a.m. to midnight.
As the young middle class begins to spend more on entertainment, Singapore's nightlife has also grown with its increase in interesting night spots. There are a large number of bars and discos, which are becoming increasingly sophisticated in Singapore today. Pool, wine, and cigars are the norm and that is what the young-at-heart are indulging in these days at the various groovy hangouts. Visitors can choose between exciting bars, clubs, discos, and karaoke. Serious "fun" is also available in the form of Chinese street operas, night markets, theater productions, classical music performed by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, dances performed by the Singapore Dance Theatre, international bands, and off-Broadway productions. Singapore's nightlife does, indeed, make the country a truly bustling city.
Malay, Chinese, Indonesian, Peranakan, Indian, Thai, Japanese, Korean cuisine, and more compete one another in the "battle of the taste buds"! On top of that, there is Singapore's vast array of hawker stalls and restaurants that range from global franchises to gourmet delis to posh six-star settings. To further promote this delicious pastime, there are seemingly endless food promotions and tours - including the Singapore Food Festival in July - which are held throughout the year.
Furthermore, food and entertainment often go together like hand and glove. Many places offer both excellent food and entertainment options, thus enabling you to enjoy the best of both worlds in one location.
Indeed, all these attractions have created a food paradise like no other. Food has become something that is thoroughly appreciated by every Singaporean and visitor alike.