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Q : "I need to apply for a Student Pass. Where can I obtain the necessary information?"
A : This information is available in the Singapore Immigration & Registration website on Student Pass.


Q : :"I am a Student Pass holder. Can I take up a part-time job while I study in Singapore? "
A : Student Pass holders are strictly not allowed to engage in any form of employment, whether paid or unpaid, or in any business, profession or occupation in Singapore during the validity of their Student Passes unless they have the consent in writing of the Director of Immigration. Violators will be prosecuted by law.


Q : "Can I look for a job if I hold a Student Pass that has not expired yet?"
A : You can look for a job after graduation if your Student Pass has not expired. You may apply for a Social Visit Pass at the Singapore Immigration & Registration approximately 2 weeks before your Student Pass expires if you intend to look for employment after your graduation.


Courtesy of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs




NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia opens Singapore campus

Tisch School of the Arts Asia is the first-ever branch campus of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and it is also the first American art school to set up residence in Singapore.
Tisch Asia’s inaugural class of 33 graduate film students began their studies in September. More than half the students in this first group are from the United States, while the others come from Australia, Europe, Asia, and Central America.
In 2008, Tisch Asia will also begin offering MFA degrees in animation and dramatic writing...



EDB on closure of UNSW Asia

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) Australia has taken the decision to discontinue the operation of its Asia campus in Singapore with effect from 28 June 2007. UNSW has taken this difficult decision on business grounds after careful thought and due consideration.
Mr Ko Kheng Hwa, Managing Director, EDB said, “We regret that UNSW has decided to close the Singapore campus. EDB has been fully committed and has worked closely with UNSW from day one towards the establishment of its Singapore campus.”...




Higher school fees for PRs and foreign students

"From January 2007, PR in Government and Government-aided schools, junior colleges (JCs) and the centralised institute (CI) will pay about 20% more for school fees. They currently pay the same fees as citizens at the secondary and pre-university levels.
"FS, whose fees are already higher than those for citizens and PR, will have their fees increased by about 30%. The new fees for FS will take effect two years from now (2009 ), to give time for them to decide if they wish to apply to become permanent residents..."



Study Mum Situation in Singapore

"As at end Jul 05, there were about 6,800 study mothers in Singapore of whom some two-thirds were from the PRC...

"As at end Jun 05, less than 1,000 study mothers were holding Work Permits..."




  From 1 Nov 2002, foreign students enrolling in full-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses can now keep their passes for one year, instead of six months. If they maintain a good disciplinary record, they have to renew their passes only once after their first year, after which they can keep it for the rest of their course. There will also be no need for security deposits, which range from S$1,000 to S$5,000. Students from China can now submit their applications for a pass directly to Singapore Immigration and Registration (SIR) instead of doing it back home. (Straits Times 1 Nov 2002) (H8)

  Ten students from China were made to move out yesterday from the Spottiswoode Park flat they had rented because the woman they said they had paid rent to had not paid the landlord. The Chinese Embassy has hired a lawyer to help them get back their money from Madam LIM Moi Lee, a student-care centre owner, who is being investigated by the police for cheating. (Straits Times 26 May 2002) (1)

  LOKE Kim Eng, 34, an undischarged bankrupt, was charged in a district court yesterday with criminal breach of trust. She is the woman who allegedly cheated 70 students from China of nearly S$280,000 in a rent scam. A building construction foreman, CHONG Kim Siap, 41, was also charged yesterday with assisting her in the alleged offence. Both cases will be mentioned again on Friday (Straits Times 14 Apr 2002) (28)

  A 34-year-old Singaporean woman has been arrested for allegedly cheating 70 students from China of nearly S$280,000 in a rent scam that bears an uncanny resemblance to two recent cases. Police arrested her and a man at a Pasir Ris chalet on Thursday. (Straits Times 13 Apr 2002) (3)

  Student-care centre owner Madam LIM Moi Lee, 38, is facing a possible lawsuit by at least 20 Chinese students who have accused her of taking at least a year's advance rent for their flats, but failing to hand it over to their landlords. They also say that she refused to give them refunds after they were evicted. The Chinese Embassy has hired a lawyer to help the students get their money back from her. Yesterday, Madam LIM told The Straits Times that she had engaged her own lawyer. (Straits Times 26 Mar 2002) (6)

  The number of Chinese students allegedly cheated of rent by a Singaporean woman in a scam is now believed to exceed 100. The woman is believed to have rented more than 20 properties, mainly in the Orchard, River Valley and Bukit Timah areas. A Chinese Embassy official said the embassy has engaged a lawyer to help the students recover their money. (Straits Times 25 Mar 2002) (6)

  More than 20 Chinese students have fallen prey to a Singaporean woman who offered them choice accommodation at cheap rates. They had paid up to 18 months' rent in advance, but later found out that she had not paid the landlords, who were then forced to evict them. A Chinese Embassy official said he had received 12 similar complaints since September last year about the same woman. The students, who were aged about 17 to 18, lost about S$35,000. (Straits Times 19 Mar 2002) (6)