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Studying at OSAC International College

Since its establishment in 2010, OSAC International College has grown to be one of Singapore's most trusted private education institutions with specialization in Culinary, Hospitality, Business and Management programmes. The college has a firm foundation as an educational hub delivering excellent teaching and a wide range of courses.

Explore a long tradition of excellence. Discover a new path to an exciting future. Whether you would like to pursue a certificate or diploma programme, expand your view of the world, or reach a new professional goal, your journey begins here.

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About Singapore and Cost of Living

Area 710 Km2
Type of State Singapore is a republic state based on parliamentary democracy.
Type of Economy High-income economy.
South-east Asia's hi-tech and wealthy city-state. Based on banking and financial services; shipyards and oil refining; leading world port in tons of goods transported.
HDI* 0.866/1
HDI (World Rank) 26/187
Note(*): The HDI, Human Development Index, is an Indicator Which Synthesizes Several Data Such as Life Expectancy, Level of Education, Professional Careers, Access to Culture etc.

In 1365, Singapore was called Temasek in the epic poem "Javanese Nagarakretagama". Temasek means "sea town" in Malay. The poem is recognised today as the most important piece of literature ever written during the Majapahit era. Chinese trader Wang Dayuan, who visited Singapore around 1330, wrote the earliest first-hand account of Singapore's history, referring to Singapore as "Danmaxi", a Mandarin version of "Temasek".

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Early Names

Across the history of the Southeast Asian region, Singapore has been referred to by a variety of names, such as "Puluozhong", "Temasek" and "Singapura". The last of these is the Malay origins for the modern name of Singapore.

Puluozhong - A Chinese historical account of Singapore in the third century refers to the island as Puluozhong. It is derived from the Malay words "pulau ujong", which means "island at the end of the peninsula".

Total Population5,399,200
Natural Increase1.6%
Density7,713 Inhabitants/km2
Population of main cities including suburbsSingapore is a single city State (4,988,000).
Ethnic OriginsChinese 75%, Malays 13.7%, Indians 8.7%, Others 2.6%.
Official LanguageEnglish, Mandarin Chinese, Malay, Tamil.
Other Languages SpokenHakka, Cantonese, Teochew, Other Chinese dialects.
Business Language(s)English is the most common language used and is the language which unites the different ethnic groups and business together.
Religion Buddhism, Islam, Taoism, Hinduism, Christianity and others like Jews, Sikhs, Jains, etc.
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Singapore is a tropical island with an average daytime temperature of 28 degrees Celsius. The humidity level is high, averaging around 85%. The hottest months are from May to August and the months with the highest rainfall are from November to January.

For weather condition forecast, please visit National Environment Agency website at

Public transport in Singapore is comparable to the best in the world with buses and the train system known as Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) servicing almost every corner of the island.

Bus is the most affordable public transport, price ranging from S$ 0.77 to S$ 2.02. The price charges are based on distance fare where fares are computed on a journey basis, without a boarding charge being imposed for every transfer trip that makes up your journey. This way, you can choose the travel option that suits you best.

MRT arrives frequently and operate from 5.30am to 11.45pm, with price ranging from S$ 0.77 to S$ 2.24. It has four major lines that covers a wide range of area:

East West line (Green colour), Joon Koon to Pasir Ris

North South line (Red colour), Jurong East to Marina Bay

North East Line (Purple colour), Harbour front to Punggol

Circle line (Orange colour), Bras Basah to Harbour Front

EZ-Link Card is a contactless stored-value smart card introduced for public transit use and is accepted on all MRT, LRT and bus services. Travellers just need to tap the card on the card reader at the entrance/exit of every public bus and MRT station when you enter/leave.

For more information, please visit

SBS: or call 1800 287 2727

SMRT: or call 1800 336 8900

Transitlink: or call 1800 2255 663

Taxis are metered and can be flagged down easily in Singapore. The average flag down rate is $2.80 to $3.20, but surcharges may apply.

Dial-a-cab: 6342 5222

CityCab: 6552 1111

Comfort Taxi: 6552 1111

SMRT Taxis: 6555 8888

SMART Cabs: 6485 7777

TransCab 6555 3333

Premier Taxis: 6363 6888

Prime Taxi: 6778 0808

Yellow-Top Taxi: 6293 5545

The monetary unit in Singapore is SGD. It is recommended that you open a bank account soon after arriving. Banks in Singapore provide savings and chequeing services and a range of other financial services such as personal loans, bank drafts, transfer of funds and exchange of currencies. Traveler's cheques can be cashed at banks but you will need to present your passport for identification. To open a bank account, you would generally need the following:

• valid passport

• Student Pass

• initial deposit of S$500.

Before deciding on a bank and type of account, you should compare interest rates and bank fees, etc. Most students open an account with an automated teller machine (ATM)card. Cash is then accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week via ATMs.

Most supermarkets and shopping places have facilities to purchase goods with your ATM card known as Network for Electronic Transfers (NETs), a cashless payment transaction system that deducts purchase amount directly from your bank account.

There are a few ways of transferring money from your home country to Singapore - bank drafts, cheques, telegraphic transfers or credit cards. Bank drafts and cheques from overseas take time to arrive and can take up to seven working days to clear. Telegraphic transfers are much faster; taking only a day or two but cost more than other methods. Banking Hours are generally, Monday-Friday 9.00am to 3.00pm Saturday 9.00am to 11.00am

For the list of banks available in Singapore, visit

Medical facilities in Singapore are of a very high standard; you can be assured of good services should you require medical treatment. For minor ailments such as coughs and colds, you may visit a General Practitioner whether in private or public practice. The medical fees for a general consultation are usually: Private clinics S$40 -$50 while Government clinics cost S$16 onwards. When visiting these clinics for the first time, you must present your passport for identification. A wide range of specialized services are available should you need to consult a specialist.

Dial 995 if you need an ambulance (the emergency ambulance service operated by the Singapore Civil Defence Force) urgently, otherwise dial 1777. More information on the healthcare system and facilities in Singapore can be found at

All international students are required to be protected with medical insurance. The minimum features/coverage for medical insurance are annual limit not less than S$20,000.00 per student; at least B2 ward (in government and restructured hospitals); and 24 hours coverage in Singapore and overseas. For more information, please contact your college.


The college will help in Hostel arrangement and accommodation is available in single, twin, triple and quad sharing. Price range from S$260 per month subjected to amenities and location.
85% of Singaporeans live in HDB flats, the public housing developments which are generally classified into 3-room, 4-room, 5-room and executive flats. Only Singapore Citizens can purchase a HDB flat while non-citizens can rent a room/flat on certain terms and conditions. The price can range from $500-$2000.
Private properties are the most expensive option and can be rented or purchased by non citizens. This includes landed property, apartments and condominiums.
School Hostel o homestays are more affordable and available in single, twin, triple and quad sharing. Price range from S$400 to $800 subjected to amenities and location.


• Food court: S$2.50 -$5.00

• Cafe: S$8 - S$18

• Restaurant: S$20 - S$60


• Bus ride: S$0.77 - S$2.02

• Train ride: S$0.77 - S$2.24 - click here for Train Fare Calculator


• Phone bill Expenses: S$40 - S$100

• Internet subscription: S$20 - S$60

Students are not allowed to work while holding the Student Pass.
Please check the details from ICA website: Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA)
No jaywalking
No firecrackers.
No spitting
No chewing gums
No toy currency
No drugs
No eating and drinking on buses and trains.
No sale, importation, purchase and possession of chewing gums
Illegal to urinate in an elevator.
Failure to flush a public toilet after use may result in very hefty fines.
The legal Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) limit is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood for drivers.
No importation of bullet- proof clothing, pistols, toy guns, weapons and spears without prior authorization from the Government.
Do not login on to someone unsecured wireless broadband. Its called hacking. Fine/Jail.
No carrying of obscene or pornographic materials. For example, playboy magazines. Fines are on per item basis.
Only local cigarettes are allowed. It is considered an offense to enter the country with cigarettes. If found with duty paid ciggarette, will be charge for illegal smuggling and sentence for evading sales tax.
Do not mention of the word ’bomb’, it is an offence even if it’s for humour.

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