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Overview of Singapore

Why study in Singapore?
Singapore is an island city-state with a diverse cultural and linguistic heritage and a thriving modern economy. It is a centre of global commerce and trade, with one of the world's most business-friendly economies. With limited natural resources, the success of Singapore is based on its population's entrepreneurial capabilities and drive to succeed. In 2005, Singapore was host to over 70,000 international students. The Singaporean Government is committed to see international education grow, and by 2015 plans to attract 150,000 students. The combination of Asian schooling and Western-style practices has made Singapore an educational hub in Asia.

Singaporean culture : 
Located at the tip of the Malay peninsula, Singapore has always had a strong connection to the sea. Its colourful history saw it pass from a key port of the Sri Vijayan empire (which included modern-day Malaysian and parts of Indonesia) to the establishment of a British trading station in the 1820s. After its period as a Crown colony, Singapore became an independent republic in 1965. With a population of almost four million people, Singaporeans reflect an ethnically diverse yet unified nation. About 77 per cent of the population is Chinese, 14 per cent are Malay and eight per cent are Indian. Although its original inhabitants were Malay fisherman, the 19th century saw the arrival of immigrants from the region, including southern China, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Middle East. There are four official languages in Singapore: Malay, Mandarin, Tamil and English. Due to the diversity of the country's inhabitants, English is the primary working language of the country, and is used in government, business and law.

Sports and Recreation :
Getting to and around Singapore: There are many direct flights from India to Singapore offered by leading international airliners. Travel time can vary between four to five hours Singapore has one of the most advanced public transport systems in the region. The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) has three lines which service the entire island. This is probably one of the most affordable and time-efficient ways to travel in Singapore.
    • Fluency in English is required to apply for a student visa to Singapore. The following certificates of English competency are accepted:
      • GCSE - General Certificate of Secondary Education
      • TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language
      • IELTS - International English Language Testing System
    • Apart from the English test, the students must have also received their letter of acceptance from the university where they wish to pursue their course of study.
    • The international and overseas students should ensure that their visa application reaches the ICA at least 1 month before the date of commencement of the course.
    • Except for applications to certain local polytechnics and to the universities, an overseas student needs a local sponsor who is a citizen of Singapore or a Singapore PR above the age of 21 so that he can apply for a student pass.
    • Normally, it takes four weeks or more to complete the visa processing stage.
    • All applications must be submitted online through SOLAR at least a month before the intended start day but not more than two months before.
    • Additional consular information can be obtained from High Commission of Singapore and the Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority.
Consulate-General of the Republic of Singapore, in India
Mumbai
101, 10th floor, Maker Chambers IV
222 Jamnalal Bajaj Road
Nariman Point
Mumbai 400 021
India
Phone: (91 22) 2204 3205
Fax: (91 22) 2285 5812

New Delhi
E-6 Chandragupta Marg
Chanakyapuri
New Delhi 110021
India
Phone: 001-91-(11) 2688-6506
Fax:001-91-(11) 2688-6798

Chennai
No.3, 8th Street
Dr Radhakrishnan
Salai Mylapore,
Chennai 600 004
India
Phone: 001-91-(44) 28471541
Fax: 001-91-(44) 28470544
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