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Often referred to as the Lion City, the Garden City, and the Red Dot, Singapore is a global city and sovereign state in Southeast Asia and the world's only island city-state.
One of the “Asian Tigers”, Singapore is a global commerce, finance and transport hub and has one of the highest per capita incomes in the world. Singaporeans are mostly bilingual in a mother-tongue language and English as their common language. Singapore’s cultural diversity is reflected in its extensive ethnic "hawker" cuisine and major festivals—Chinese, Malay, Indian, Western—which are all national holidays.
BC Semester and Academic Year Programs
BC students wishing to study in Singapore have the opportunity to study at the National University of Singapore, a cutting-edge research institution ranked among top universities in Asia and the world.
In preparation for your study abroad in Singapore, you will work with an OIP Advisor who specializes in this country and in BC's programs there. Your advisor will help guide you through the application and pre-departure process, as well as act as your main contact with BC while abroad. For students studying abroad in Singapore, your advisor is Christina Hatzipetros. To schedule an appointment please click here.
The main unit of currency in Singapore is the Singapore Dollar (SGD). ATM's are widespread and are your best way to get local currency. It is important to remember that Singapore dollars, and US dollars are not equal and students should consult a currency conversion calculator like the one below:
In preparation for your time in Singapore, you should familiarize yourself with the current events and contemporary issues facing the city-state. By knowing about your host country before you arrive, you are making yourself a more informed traveler, a more receptive student and a better prepared individual. It is also helpful to know about your host country so you can pack correctly. Following these and other news sources will be of great value in preparing you for your time abroad.
The official languages of Singapore are English, Malay, Mandarin Chinese, and Tamil. Local customs may be very different than in the United States. It is best to familiarize yourself with acceptable practices before you arrive in the country. Some tips for successful cultural integration may be found here.
Exchange students are required to obtain a Student Pass after arriving in Singapore. Non-U.S. citizens who need a visa to enter Singapore can use the In-Principle Approval (IPA) letter issued by the host university to serve as a single-trip entry visa. All other students will be instructed to enter on a tourist visa and then convert it to a Student Pass during registration. All students who are applying for a Student Pass are required to complete a medical examination prior to departure or in Singapore.