To drive a vehicle in Singapore, you must possess a valid Singapore driving licence for the class of vehicle that you want to drive. This requirement applies to all citizens and permanent residents of Singapore and also foreigners who are residing in Singapore for more than twelve (12) months. Foreigners who reside here for less than twelve (12) months must possess a valid foreign licence and International Driving Permit (IDP) issued by an authorised body in their country of origin e.g. the Automobile Association (AA). If an International Driving Permit is not available, an official translation of your foreign licence in English is required. Driver from ASEAN member countries only need to possess a valid driving licence issued by the relevant driving licence Authority in order to drive in Singapore without IDP.
Drugs and Alcohol Abuse
Possession of Controlled Drugs is presumed to be for trafficking, an offence which can carry the death penalty. Any offense committed while being intoxicated (drunk) is punishable under the law. Drunk driving is serious offence. For more information, please visits Singapore Police Force.
Employment for Foreign Students
Students of foreign nationality are not allowed to work in Singapore during term time or vacation time unless they are granted Work Pass exemption under the Employment of Foreign Manpower (Work Pass Exemptions) Notification.
For more information, please visit Ministry of Manpower (MOM)
Smoking in enclosed areas, such as school, cinemas, public transport, offices, indoor restaurants, etc are not allowed. Warning signs are displayed on these places.
Jaywalking is an offence.
Littering, spitting and vandalism (with graffiti) in public areas are serous offences
Students who need help in sourcing for an accommodation in Singapore, can approach our help to recommend or introduce an accommodation that suits your preference.
– Homestays / Hostels
– Rental of housing development board (HDB) flat / room
– Rental of private flat / room
The estimated rental rate per month ranges from $500 to $1,500 per month. Students must also bear in mind to set aside expenses for food, transport, entertainment and miscellaneous. The estimated amount, which varies with individuals, ranges from $450 to $650 per month.
Cost of living in Singapore
The standard of living in Singapore is amongst the highest in Asia. Compared to countries in western continents, the cost of living here is relatively low, and basic items like food and clothing are very reasonably priced.
When planning your budget, you will need to cater for accommodation, food, transport, clothing, telecommunication, books & stationary, medical insurance and other personal expenses. An international student in Singapore spends on average about S$750 to S$2,000 a month on living expenses.
General healthcare services in Singapore
Students who are not feeling well and need to seek medical help, can:
– Visit a polyclinic nearby
– Visit a private clinic near where you stay
– Visit a hospital’s Accident and Emergency Section (A&E) in the case of emergencies
– Dial 995 if you need an ambulance (the emergency ambulance service operated by the Singapore Civil Defence Force) urgently, otherwise dial 1777
Birmingham Academy Pte. Ltd. provides protection to our students for hospitalization and surgery with its Group Hospitalization & Surgical Insurance, which is fully compliance with the guideline set by CPE (Committee for Private Education) for EduTrust. This insurance for students covers up to S$20,000.00 (annual limit per person), which is sufficient for students in most cases.
|Committee for Private Education (CPE)
| 2 Bukit Merah Central
Phone: (+65) 6592 2108
Fax: (+65) 6275 1396
Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
|Ministry of Education (MOE)|| 1 North Buona Vista Drive
Phone: (+65) 6872 2220
Fax: (+65) 6775 5826
Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 5:30 pm; Saturdays 8:30am to 12:30pm
|Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA)|| ICA Building
10 Kallang Road
Phone: (+65) 6391 6100
Fax: (+65) 6298 0837/ 6298 0843
Office Hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; Saturdays 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Embassies & Consulates in Singapore
|Embassy of China in Singapore
| 150 Tanglin Road Singapore 247969
Phone: (+65)64180120 Fax:(+65) 64180454
|Embassy of Thailand in Singapore|| 370 Orchard Road Singapore 238870
Phone: (+65) 6737 2475/(+65) 6737 2476
Fax: (+65) 6732 0778
|Embassy of Mongolian in Singapore|| 600 North Bridge Road #24-08 Parkview Square Singapore 188778
Phone: (+65) 6348 0745
Fax: (+65) 6348 1753
|Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in the Republic of Singapore|| 10 Leedon Park Street Singapore 267887
Phone: (+65) 6462 5938 (Protocol & Administration) (+65) 6462 5994 (Consular)
Fax: (+65) 6468 9863 (Protocol & Administration) (+65) 6462 5936 (Consular)
Fire Engine 995（Free）
Ambulance 6281 8111
Other Useful Number
Non-emergency Ambulance 1777
Directory Enquiry Service 100
Flight Information Inquiry 1800542 4422(Automated）
Weather 6542 7788
Comfort/ CityCab 6552 1111
Trans Cab 6555 3333
SMRT 6555 8888
Singapore General Hospital 6222 3322
Tan Tock Seng Hospital 6252 9919
Changi General Hospital 6788 8833
National University Hospital 6779 5555
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Placed to North Spring Primary School, Primary 2: “I am Ke Mingzhe, I want to thank Birmingham Academy teachers to help me pass AEIS.”
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Placed to Guangyang Secondary School, Secondary 2 Express: “I am writing to Birmingham to express my thanks for the help in learning English and speaking English. During these months in the school, I have learnt much and it is very helpful to me. I passed my s-AEIS examination.”
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When I first came to Birmingham Academy, I do not have a great impression as the academy wasn’t very big. I was thinking of transferring school but decided to try for a week. It was amazing. The lecturers are very professional and experience. I learnt a lot from them. The student welfare was delighted and it makes me really at ease in a foreign country. What surprise me is that when I try to check the value of the Diploma awarded by Birmingham Academy by applying for a job, I was shortlisted for the job. I’m happy I got a proper and recognised academy to study. I will be more than willing to recommend an international student to study here.