Singapore is a remarkable country. Known as one of the "Four Asian Tigers," Singapore has experienced rapid economic growth while simultaneously becoming one of the freest economies in the world. The stereotypes of Singapore as being too politically authoritarian and rigid (chewing bubble gum is banned) disregard the country's complete other face.
Singapore is composed of 60+ islands and home to four official languages: Malay, English, Tamil, and Mandarin Chinese. That Singaporean culture is so diverse makes studying at the universities in Singapore much more enticing.
Running around from restaurant to restaurant, tasting different Singaporean dishes, will not only be tiring but also financially crippling. Thankfully, scholarships can provide more of a safety net while at a Singapore University.
There are only a handful of universities on the "Main" Island of Singapore; but, it's important you know the difference between them as well as the programs study abroad providers offer.
Because English is one of Singapore's official languages, it is the main language of instruction for most academic topics. About 35% of the 4.5 million people speak Mandarin but by no means will you need a sound knowledge of Mandarin to get around and learn effectively. If you're interested in experiencing Asian culture without battling the language barrier, Singapore is the perfect study abroad destination for you.
Students can experience a home-stay for a more personal and culturally immersive experience. Or, they can live independently with other students in city apartments. Education First's Program in Singapore offers both options. Contrarily, GlobalLinks presents students with the chance to stay in hotels. Unfortunately, no study abroad provider has housing in the famous Marina Bay Sands. #studentpoorness
There are three universities in Singapore: the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Nanyang Technological University, and the Singapore Management University. NUS has the only public policy school in all of Southeast Asia and ranks amongst the top 50 universities globally.
Globalinks offers Asian history and Mandarin classes at the University of Singapore. Similarly, Education First sponsors a Singaporean program in English that covers subject areas from political science to biology.
Like the Vatican, Singapore is both a country and a city. However, unlike the Vatican, it is the 14th largest exporter in the world meaning Singapore's economy is constantly at work, building the newest gadget or strengthening the coolest industry.
More importantly than manufacturing though is the delicious food for which students go crazy. Singapore's mixture of languages gives rise to a rich food culture in which "hawker centers" (a.k.a. food epicenters) cater to the natives, the tourists, and the students that flock to them.