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Why Study in Singapore

5 things you must know before going to study abroad in Singapore.

The number of parents and children studying abroad for language study abroad in Singapore continues to increase every year. For those of you preparing to leave Japan, we have created this site to help you in any way possible.

Reasons why studying in Singapore is recommended, how to apply for a visa, and types of visas. There is so much information out there, including introductions to international schools, experiences from people who have studied abroad, agents, and word of mouth, so where should you turn? What is real information? If you are unsure, please look.

Why is studying abroad in Singapore recommended?

1) Safety and Security

Singapore is said to be one of the safest countries in the world. Like Japan, it ranks high on the World Peace Index. Therefore, it can be said that the possibility of encountering crime in Singapore is low. This is because the entire country is focusing on maintaining public order. However, it is a foreign country. Please be careful and act accordingly.

2) Cleanliness and Order

Singapore is known as a clean and green city. To keep the whole country clean, there are some strange laws from the Japanese perspective.
Below we will introduce the main fine when traveling on the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) system.

Littering on the street/Fine of up to S$1,000 (approximately 111 000 Yen).

Eating and drinking on MRT (subway) and buses/Fine of up to S$500 (approximately 55 000 Yen).

Durian fruit are prohibited on public transportation.

Flammable liquids, combustible substances, and explosives are prohibited on public transportation/Fine of up to S$5,000 (approximately 557 000 Yen).

There are many other laws that Japanese people are not familiar with. However, it is precisely because of these strict laws that Singapore is known as a clean and safe country.

3) High Educational Standards

In recent years, an increasing number of people from all over the world have moved to Singapore for educational purposes. This is because it is a country where you can receive a top-level education by global standards.

The most famous educational emigrant is investor Jim Rogers, who immigrated to Singapore with his family from the United States in 2007. He is famous for obtaining permanent residency in Singapore and sending his children to famous local public schools. He is also known for his bilingual education, employing Chinese helpers at home, and always providing an environment where his daughter can learn Chinese.

In 2018, Singapore ranked second in the world in PISA, an international learning achievement survey for 15-year-old children conducted every three years by the OECD.

According to the 2024 World University Rankings published by the British education newspaper TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION, the National University of Singapore (NUS) (ranked 19th) is ranked ahead of Japan’s University of Tokyo (39th) and moved into the top three in Asia. In such an environment, children are learning from an early age, raising the educational standard of the country as a whole. In addition, each international school is focused on IB programs (International Baccalaureate) and bilingual education.

4) Multicultural

As Singapore is a multicultural country, you can experience many different cultures. Singapore’s total population is approximately 5.7 million people. Approximately 80% are Chinese, followed by Malays and Indians. Therefore, you can experience many different cultures, and the fact that each ethnic group understands each other’s culture and lives in harmony is a sight unique to Singapore. When it comes to eating habits, in Singapore, where women are active in the workforce, eating out is more popular than cooking at home. In Singapore, you can enjoy cuisine from all over the world. For example, in our daily lives, we can experience Chinese porridge in the morning, Vietnamese Pho in the afternoon, and authentic Indian curry in the evening. Of the approximately 5.7 million people, one-third are foreigners including Japanese, making it a very international population. If you take even a short walk along Orchard Road, Singapore’s busiest street, you will be able to speak not only English, Chinese, and Malay, but also Japanese, Korean, Thai, Tagalog, Indonesian, German, French, and other languages from all over the world.
Since it is a multicultural country, there are many different religions including Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, etc. Each religion is respected, and Singapore’s public holidays include holidays related to each religion.

5) Master the top 2 global languages at the same time (English and Chinese)

In Singapore, where approximately 80% of the population is of Chinese descent, you can easily learn not only English but also Chinese. Many people living in Singapore use both English and Chinese. Often, when ordering at a restaurant, etc., you will first be asked for your order in Chinese. This is a country where English and Chinese are widely used in daily life, when I ask someone something back, they immediately change to English. That’s why you can easily master English and Chinese at the same time!