Below are some frequently asked questions about studying and living in Singapore.
1. How much money is needed for my monthly living expenses?
The amount varies with individuals. It is estimated that a sum of S$12,000 to S$15,000 per annum is required to cover the living expenses in each year of study.
The following can be used as a guide.
|Item||Estimated Monthly Expenses|
|Accommodation (shared)||$350 – $700|
|Food||$250 – $350|
|Public transport||$80 – $120|
|Books, stationery, photocopying||$50 – $100|
|Personal expenses||Varies with individuals|
Please note that the amount needed is dependent on personal requirements and lifestyles.
2. I would like to work part-time in Singapore. How do I go about doing this?
A Student Pass is granted to you solely for the purpose of full time studies in Singapore. As such, you are strictly not allowed to engage in any form of employment, whether paid or unpaid, or in any business, profession or occupation in Singapore during the validity of your Student Pass, unless you have the consent in writing of the Controller of Immigration.
3. What kind of clothing and personal stuff should I bring along?
Singapore is generally hot all year round. Lightweight clothing will generally be sufficient with perhaps a light jacket or sweater for use during lessons in the air-conditioned rooms. Personal effects can be bought from the many conveniently located shops in Singapore.
4. Can tuition fees be paid in instalments?
You can pay the tuition fees on a term basis by enrolment.
5. The tuition fees are quite high. Are there any tuition fee loans available to me?
There are no tuition fee loans or financial assistance for international students at the moment. You should make plans to ensure that you will have sufficient financial resources to see you through your studies in Singapore.
6. When are exam/study and term breaks? How long is the term break?
The term break starts right after exams. Depending on the different programmes, each term break typically lasts from 2 weeks to 2 months.
7. Will there be any make-up classes if class falls on public holidays?
Public holidays would have been taken into account before the start of every course. Classes that fall on public holidays will be made up and students will be notified upon receipt of timetables.
8. How is my attendance computed?
Your attendance will be taken during school term only. If you are absent without any valid reason (i.e. sick leave) your attendance will be marked 0.
9. Can I take leave to go back my hometown during school term? If so, should I apply before my departure?
We strongly discourage this as your academic progress will be disrupted. However, we understand that there might be some compelling reasons for such requests. As such, we will reconsider these requests on a case-by-case basis. You have to submit the leave application form (duly completed) attached with return air-ticket at least 2 weeks before their departure date. Any leave application after departure date will not be attended.
10. How do I know if my application has been successfully received or submitted?
You will receive a conditional letter of offer from your agent or us by email or fax informing you that your application has been received and processed.
11. Can I request for deferment of my course? Would the school be able to reserve the place for me?
Such arrangements will only be considered on a case-by-case basis. You will have to make a formal application in writing to SAA Global Education.
12. What’s the procedure to cancel my Student Pass? Does ICA issue any letter to us after cancellation?
According to ICA’s guidelines, international students are required to surrender their Student’s Pass for cancellation within 7 days from the date of cessation or termination of their study. The application of Student Pass cancellation can be submitted through e-Cancellation via SOLAR+. For those who are unable to submit cancellation online, you may submit over the counter. Required documents for over counter submissions are stated as follow:
- A letter from the school about the completion of the course/ termination of the course and cancellation of the Student Pass
- Student Pass (IMM Form 17A)
- Student’s Visit Pass and disembarkation/embarkation card
- A duly completed disembarkation/embarkation card (IMM form 27A), where applicable (will be provided at ICA counter)
Upon cancellation, ICA will provide the student a cancellation letter.
13. If I were to withdraw from my course, what is the refund policy?
Please refer to Course Policies.
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