If you want to learn Korean in Singapore, you’ll find no lack of language schools that offer Korean classes.
In our directory, you can find an overview of most Korean classes that are available in Singapore.
There are so many that you may be a bit bewildered on how to choose.
Many discussions in forums and blogs are just about comparing one school to another and finding the “best” one.
But what’s “best” for your friend, may not be best for you. It depends on what you want to achieve. Here are a few common scenarios and suggestions on what to choose.
Scenario 1: You’re a beginner Korean learner and want to study part-time (evenings or weekends)
Simply learning a language in itself does not necessarily land you a job. But depending on your situation, knowing several languages can still have advantages for your career. Here’s a quick video of a presentation I did on the topic.
To find what speaking several languages in the workplace does to how others see you, I asked a question on LinkedIn:
In the workplace, do you perceive someone who speaks several languages differently from someone who speaks only one, assuming that they otherwise have a similar skill set?
I got a diverse range of replies, but there are some common characteristics that were generally attributed to a person speaking several languages:
If you study in Singapore, you will need to live here long term. That’s where the student visa comes in.
In fact, in Singapore, it’s referred to as “student pass”, and that is the term that we will use in this article.
We get many questions from people who want to study in Singapore but are unsure of how they can get a student pass and for how long. And I am sure that many more of you have similar questions but don’t actually ask. I will write this post in a “question and answer” format and cover all the questions we get frequently. Hopefully this post will answer all your questions about student passes in Singapore.
1. Do I need a student pass if I study in Singapore?
When you come to Singapore for study, you will need a place to stay. Some schools will offer you assistance with this, while others won’t. But whatever the case is for you, it will be helpful to know what to expect.
There are three options for accommodation in Singapore:
- Student hostel
- Renting a room with a family
- Renting a whole apartment
We recommend to book a student hostel for at least the first 3 months you’re in Singapore. If you want to rent a room or apartment, it will take some time to understand the market and find something that fits. It’s much easier to do when you are already Singapore.
What to expect from a student hostel in Singapore? And where to find a hostel?
A residential area in Singapore.
If you are planning to study in Singapore, one question will be on your mind for sure: how much does it cost to live there?
We’ve covered the course fees for English courses in a previous article, but how much does it cost to have a bed to sleep on, a desk to study on, transport to and from school. In short, how much money is needed to live in Singapore?
The short answer is that depending on your lifestyle, you will need between S$ 1000 – 2500 per month for living expenses in Singapore as a foreign student.
I will break down the expenses in a table, and after that, go over them one by one.
Before you can make a decision on whether to study in Singapore, you will need need to do some budgeting. And a big part of your budget will be spent on course fees. In this post, I will give you an idea of what kind of monthly cost you can expect.
I will also break down the various course related expenses, so that you won’t have any nasty surprises!
(I’m sure cost of living in Singapore is also on your mind, I’ll write about that soon and link to it from this article).
So how much does it cost per month to study English in Singapore?
This is a question we often hear. The answer depends all on your personal situation. Here are a the main questions that will help you decide how long you need.
1. What is your English level now and where do you want to reach?
If you’ve done an IELTS test, this is pretty easy to determine. The general rule of thumb is that to increase your IELTS score by one full point, you need about one month. So if you score IELTS 5.0 now and need to reach 7.0, you will need two months.
2. What is your pace of learning?
We get a lot of questions from people who are eager to study in Singapore and just don’t know where to start. Singapore is very eager to attract international students, and the procedure is pretty simple.
But it’s hard to find the steps online. So here is a quick overview of what you need to do if you want to sign up for a full-time course in Singapore.
Don’t rely on books alone to improve your English
Even if you’ve got everything it takes to excel in academics, you may simply fail to perform due to your lack of verbal or written English skills. It’s never too late to make a new start with a bang. Lim Chuwei from Champion Tutor shares advice on how you can master English Language by using online resources.
— Update 8 April 2014 —
I just got confirmation that NUS Extension as a whole has been closed down.
So if you’re looking for any of their courses, you can stop your search. If you go to their site, you’ll find that it redirects to NUS Enterprise. This is an unrelated entity.
This article was first written when NUS Extension stopped their Korean courses and discusses some alternatives.
It’s really hard to understand that the language courses at NUS Extension are now done away with.
The official reason is to “align with the strategic direction” of the University. But what’s so strategic about closing down something that is successful that people are lining up for to join? What’s so difficult about at least finding a way to keep the teachers and students together, even if it’s not inside the NUS?
But enough complaining. If you were hoping to join a Korean, Mandarin or English course at NUS Extension, you will have to figure out an alternative now.
Here are the options that I can see. I don’t know everything, please feel free to comment if you have additional information.
NUS Extension Korean: alternatives