Teaching In Sejong
Life in Singapore
What to expect in Singapore? Singapore is an exciting global city like no others, people from all around the world flock to Singapore to experience Singapore's shopping, nightlife, food, and multicultural diversity. Singapore is almost the same size as Seoul and has a population of about 5.4 million people (2016). Many foreigners also choose to settle down in Singapore for its excellent work opportunities, global perspective, world-class education system, ease of life and personal safety standards. As one of the world's leading technology, high-end manufacturing and finance hubs, Singapore is the third richest country in the world (Forbes), ranking behind only Qatar and Luxembourg. This may lead to some worrying about Singapore being an expensive place to live, but at over $85,000.00 (annual GDP PPP), the average Singaporean resident’s GDP per capita is also one of the highest in the world, ranking in third place (International Monetary Fund 2015) similarly behind Qatar and Luxembourg.
Singaporeans are mainly of Singaporean Chines, Malay, Indian or Eurasian decent (in order of majority to minority). That being said, Singapore is a global city and has a resident foreigner population of almost 30%. This means that almost 1 in every 3 people you meet in Singapore are not Singaporean! People in Singapore are thus from all over the world, and you can expect to meet students of many different nationalities, race and backgrounds in your classes.
Singapore has four national languages -- English, Mandarin, Malay, and Tamil. However, Singapore’s first language is English quite well and incoming teachers with an adequate proficiency in English will have no problems getting around and living in Singapore
Getting around within Singapore is extremely convenient. Public transport systems are world class and residents are able to commute with ease by bus or MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) via the extensive network of routes within Singapore. While purchasing cars in Singapore is expensive, Singapore's public transport is cheap and efficient, and is the preferred method of transport for most in Singapore. Furthermore, due to its strategic location within South-East Asia, Singapore is the leading homeport in the hear of Asia. Singapore's residents take advantage of its central location to travel to surrounding countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Cambodia, Laos and Australia over the weekend or for a short holiday.
Singapore's temperature is always balmy and sunny, with the end of the year period being the monsoon (tropical rain storm) season. Singapore's weather is often regarded as very conducive for living for most with temperatures of 25 - 27 degrees all year round.
Singapore is a very safe country with low crime rates. Singapore’s personal safety standards make it an attractive place for many.