Singapore is a world-renowned garden city. It enjoys good social order, has a stable and efficient government, a strict but fair legal system and is considered one of the best cities in the world to live in. Singapore is known throughout the world as a centre of learning and research. As the workforce is limited by its small population, the government encourages those who can make a positive contribution to the economy and society to seek permanent residency in Singapore. This beautiful garden city is indeed an ideal location for education, investment, employment and residency.
Singapore aspires to be the Talent Capital of the 21st Century. The Singapore Government welcomes foreign talents who can make a positive contribution to the Singapore Economy to seek employment here. Because of her small population and thriving economy, Singapore unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the world. Many foreign students studying in Singapore apply for jobs in Singapore or proceed to another country for further education after they graduate.
Language, Culture and Religion
Singapore is a multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-religious society. There are four main languages - Mandarin, Malay, Tamil and English, with English as the first language. Despite the diversity of traditions and customs, of both East and West, Singaporeans live harmoniously.
Public transport is efficient and relatively affordable in Singapore. Bus fares vary from S$0.90 cents to S$1.60. Fares on the MRT (underground trains) range from S$0.70 to S$1.60. Taxi fares start at S$2.40 and a 10 km trip costs around S$8.
Singapore has often been described as a food paradise. A wide variety of food from around the world is easily available: it is easy to find a food centre or restaurant which caters to the individual's taste. Meals (a plate of rice and 3 dishes) cost around S$3.00 and drinks cost from S$1.00 onwards. US$ 1 = Singapore dollar $1.40 (at the time of publication)
There are a number of things students can do in Singapore during their leisure time. There are various tourists spots to visit such as Sentosa Island, Jurong Bird Park, Singapore Zoo, East Coast Beach, Haw Par Villa, Chinese Garden and Japanese Garden. The many theatres, cinemas, video arcades and shopping centres offer a wide range of entertainment . Those more inclined towards outdoor activities will not be disappointed as there are many sporting facilities islandwide that will cater to their needs, such as those offering facilities for canoeing, water skiing, wakeboarding, golfing, swimming and tennis. As a centre of learning and research, its numerous libraries, museums and bookshops are all easily accessible. Singapore is also Asia's foremost cultural hub, with its variety of museums, music, plays and arts festivals.