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singapore-exchange

An insider guide to making the most of a semester aboad in Singapore

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Singapore Exchange Student Guide

Make the most of your semester abroad!

Note: This document is just a rough outline for the content and this repo is a work in progress

Introduction

Why go on exchange?

Why Singapore

Preparing for Singapore

Passport

Ensure 6 months after you leave Singapore to ensure no visa problems

Money

More in the money section

Bring, CLEAN CRISP US dollars

Purchase Avalibility

Most things are avaliable to purchase but are generally more expensive: Pharmaceuticals personal electronics clothing (large sizes)

What to bring

Clothing

Singapore is very hot and humid!

Inside, air conditioning can be cold

Clubbing: Very formal, people club in suits bring nice pants, shirts and shoes

It rains constantly:

Traveling: Northern China & North Vietnam can be cold

Medication

Malarone Traveler's Diarerria Medication

What not to bring:

Duty Free!

Visa

Canadian's have a 30 day visa for Singapore. After attaining the 30 day visa on arrival, it can be converted into the required visa:

Official Government Student Guide
Training Work Permit (Intern/Co-op)
All Work Passes Unofficial Immigration Guide

Your school/company/institution should provide more information for your specific case

Ariving in Singapore

Flights

Basics of Singapore

Electricity

Phone/ Internet

Temperature, climate, weather

Two gurantees:

Language

Four official languages:

Transportation

Purchase a transit card:

Mobile Phone App:

Health and safety

Health Care

In Singapore

Outside

Health Insurance

MAKE SURE YOU FIGURE IT OUT!

Might be offered by your home school Might be offered by your exchange school Might be covered by parents Might be covered by credit card Option to purchase insurance

Health Risks and Vaccinations

In Singapore

Dengue & Chikyungaya

Avoid getting bitten by mostiqutoes

Fungal Infections

Athlete’s foot, ringworm, white spots and other fungal infections are more common in the humidity. Luckily, creams and powders to treat these are readily available at pharmacies.

Malaria

Malerone

Outside Singapore

Safety

In Singapore

Traffic

Outside Singapore

Money Matters

General notes

Exchange Rate

Almost the same as Canadian 1 CAD : 1.05 SGD

Bring over $100-$200 SGD for first couple of days Canadian banks offer decent rates

Exchange Options:

Banking

Housing

Food & Drink

Amazing international cuisine!

Singapore is the food hub of Asia

Hawker centre and restaurants

Hawker centers

Restaurants

Bars, Drinking and Partying

Culture

Counrty of Rules

Fines for:

Penalties:

Sightseeing in Singapore

Holidays

Many! Chinese, Indian, Western, and many more!

Travel

Hub of SE Asia

Visas: Note on E-Visas: Most countries offer an electronic visa process.

Embasys everywhere

Important note: The US dollar is the standard for payement. Bring CLEAN, CRISP and NEW bills since in certain countries (such as myanmar) they on accept PERFECT bills.

Bus/ Train / Boat

Can bus/train from Singapore so Malaysia Great for last minute trips

Easybook.com

Go by boat to Indonesia

Flights

TigerAir JetStar Air Asia Scoot

Sign up for deals Book 2.5 weeks early Book Tuesday - Thursday

Places to stay

Airbnb Use affilaite: aandrade183 for $34 SGD

Hostelworld

Just hop on a motor bike

NUS / NTU / SMU

location Orientation and Initial Steps Language of Instruction Curriculum Structure Style of Instruction Courses Taken Registering for Courses Unique Courses Examinations

FAQ's

Drugs Alchol

Links to resources

Alumni Facebook Group
Alumni LinkedIn Group
Canadian Association
Canadian Alumni Group
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Canadian High Commision
uWaterloo's Alumni Page

About the authors

Andrew Ali

Alumni association