Staying and Studying in Singapore

About Singapore

Singapore is an island garden city teeming with multiculturalism. It is located approximately 137 kilometres north of the equator and has some 63 offshore islands. The local time here is +8GMT or eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. Here in Singapore, our primary mode of communication is English, and Singaporeans are also well-versed in their mother tongues. We have four major races in Singapore, namely Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian. Each community offers a different perspective of life in Singapore in terms of culture, religion, food, and language. These cultures amalgamate to a unique Singaporean culture.

Being in a melting pot of cultures makes studying design and business in Singapore both enriching and strategic. With Asia as the world’s current growth engine, Singapore, right at the centre of it all and well-positioned as a hub for global trading and startups, rich with opportunities. Studying in Singapore can hone your design capability and business leadership, in order to design your success! Through innovation, adoption of new technologies, access to overseas markets, build your career and be part of the multidisciplinary global talent pool.

aerial shot of singapore central business district

Local Weather

Singapore is a tropical island near the equator; therefore, expect a warm and humid climate here. It is summer all year round and our temperature slightly varies between 32 degrees Celsius (89.6 Fahrenheit) and 23 degrees Celsius (73.4 Fahrenheit). If you enjoy the warm tropical climate and activities like sunbathing, swimming, sailing, water sports and being at the beach, Singapore is the ideal climate for that. However, for those less enthusiastic about the heat, fret not; Singapore is also largely sheltered from the sun and we have air-conditioning in almost all shops, hotels, office buildings, restaurants, and in our school.

When Singapore is not bright and sunny, the cool rainy seasons are during the monsoon season, from November to January. Expect thunderstorms and showers in Singapore to be heavy

asian cuisine

Local Food

One of Singapore’s most unique cultures lies in food. You will almost never run out of food options in here. Singapore is a foodie’s paradise; we have cuisines from all cultures and all parts of the world available across the island. Dine at our unique hawker centers and coffeeshops for affordable local cuisine options, some of which fuse the cultural elements to create unique Singaporean dishes. Take your time to explore the various options from hawker centres and coffeeshops across the island and you might just find some hidden gems that serve your new favourite dish.

Besides street food and hawker food, Singapore is also home to many Michelin-starred restaurants if you are into finer side of life. Explore Singapore food culture while you study here!

presentation of passport and student pass

Student’s Pass Application:

International students are advised to submit their applications three months before commencement of the term to ensure ample time to apply for a Student’s Pass. Travel and accommodation arrangements can be made prior to arrival.

All international students are required to apply for Student’s Passes under Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA). The general processing time for a new Student’s Pass is about four weeks from the date ICA receives your completed application. For applicants of an EduTrust-accredited Private Education Institute (PEI) like Raffles College of Higher Education, it is about two weeks. Student’s Pass holders are not allowed to work or apply for part-time studies in the country.

Please complete the Immigration Forms, Form 16 & V36, which are available for download from www.ica.gov.sg. Get them submitted and processed for a Student’s Pass.

For more information please visit:
www.ica.gov.sg

Local Weather
aerial shot of singapore central business district

Local Weather

Singapore is a tropical island near the equator; therefore, expect a warm and humid climate here. It is summer all year round and our temperature slightly varies between 32 degrees Celsius (89.6 Fahrenheit) and 23 degrees Celsius (73.4 Fahrenheit). If you enjoy the warm tropical climate and activities like sunbathing, swimming, sailing, water sports and being at the beach, Singapore is the ideal climate for that. However, for those less enthusiastic about the heat, fret not; Singapore is also largely sheltered from the sun and we have air-conditioning in almost all shops, hotels, office buildings, restaurants, and in our school.

When Singapore is not bright and sunny, the cool rainy seasons are during the monsoon season, from November to January. Expect thunderstorms and showers in Singapore to be heavy

Local Food
asian cuisine

Local Food

One of Singapore’s most unique cultures lies in food. You will almost never run out of food options in here. Singapore is a foodie’s paradise; we have cuisines from all cultures and all parts of the world available across the island. Dine at our unique hawker centers and coffeeshops for affordable local cuisine options, some of which fuse the cultural elements to create unique Singaporean dishes. Take your time to explore the various options from hawker centres and coffeeshops across the island and you might just find some hidden gems that serve your new favourite dish.

Besides street food and hawker food, Singapore is also home to many Michelin-starred restaurants if you are into finer side of life. Explore Singapore food culture while you study here!

Student’s Pass Application
presentation of passport and student pass

Student’s Pass Application:

International students are advised to submit their applications three months before commencement of the term to ensure ample time to apply for a Student’s Pass. Travel and accommodation arrangements can be made prior to arrival.

All international students are required to apply for Student’s Passes under Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA). The general processing time for a new Student’s Pass is about four weeks from the date ICA receives your completed application. For applicants of an EduTrust-accredited Private Education Institute (PEI) like Raffles College of Higher Education, it is about two weeks. Student’s Pass holders are not allowed to work or apply for part-time studies in the country.

Please complete the Immigration Forms, Form 16 & V36, which are available for download from www.ica.gov.sg. Get them submitted and processed for a Student’s Pass.

For more information please visit:
www.ica.gov.sg

Singapore Law
gardens by the bay skyline

Studying in Singapore

Studying design in Singapore is an advantageous decision because Singapore has a multicultural society and is a melting pot of culture providing a designer endless inspiration as they discover new cultural information every day. Singapore is also one of the world’s leading financial and business hub which makes the island a perfect business breeding ground and thus ripen for business studies. Also, being politically stable with a safe and conducive study environment, Singapore is an ideal place to gain an internationally recognised educational qualification.

Being an International college, Raffles College of Higher Education also provides for a plethora of international students who will you will mingle with to get acquainted. This bring about more cultural exchanges and new experiences in which will be very inspiring as you embark on designing.