Student Pass Renewal Students who wish to renew their Student’s Pass have to comply with ICA’s attendance requirements. International students have to maintain a minimum in-class attendance of 90% each month and remain at school from Monday to Friday for at least 3 hours daily.

Students are also not allowed to be absent from school for a continuous 3-day period.

A notice will be issued at the notice boards to remind students whose Student’s Pass is expiring for the month. Students can approach the Student Administration one month prior to their Student’s Pass expiry date for renewal application. Our friendly staff will be there to assist.

Attendance records will be submitted to ICA for every Student’s Pass renewal application. Students who do not meet the requirements will be counselled and advisories will be issued to the students to ensure that they do not fall short with the attendance in the future.

Loss of Student’s Pass Students who lose their Student’s Pass will have to do the following:

  • Make a report at a police station
  • Get a letter from the police to certify that their Student’s Pass is lost.
  • Obtain a letter from MISTC Student Administration to certify that they are current students.
  • Bring both letters to ICA and make a report accordingly and apply for a replacement of the Student’s Pass.

Students will have to pay a penalty to ICA for the replacement of their Student’s Pass

Copies of advisories will also be sent to the student’s parents or guardians for their attention.

Cancellation of Student’s Pass Students are required to surrender their Student's Pass for cancellation within 7 days from the date of cessation or termination of their study.

Student/school can now submit an application of Student’s Pass cancellation online via SOLAR+.

For those who are unable to complete the cancellation process online may submit their application over the counter. Please obtain a queue ticket at the Self Service Kiosk 1 at Visitor Services Centre, 4th storey, ICA Building, from Mon to Fri (8am to 4.30pm), Sat (8am to 12.30pm) with the following documents:

  1. A duly completed cancellation form;
  2. Student's valid travel document;
  3. The Student’s Pass Card (IMM Form 17A);
  4. Student’s Visit Pass and Disembarkation/Embarkation Card; and
  5. A duly completed Disembarkation/Embarkation Card (IMM Form 27A), where applicable (will be provided at ICA counters

Withdrawal / Forced Withdrawal International students who have withdrawn from the course voluntarily or are required to withdraw from the course due to misconduct or breaking of laws shall be required to cancel their Student’s Pass within 7 days of their withdrawal (refer to Cancellation of Student’s Pass)

Leave Application International students who wish to apply for leave during their course of study shall submit leave application form to the Student Admin Department at least 14 days before their leave. Students should only proceed with their leave after it has been approved by Student Administration.

Drugs Drug abuse is viewed seriously. The trafficking, manufacturing, importing and exporting of drugs carries a death penalty. Unauthorized consumption also carries heavy penalties.

Smoking Smoking is prohibited in most buildings and public areas, especially is places are enclosed or air conditioned. Anyone below the age of 18 is also prohibited from purchasing tobacco or cigarettes. Students are discouraged from smoking within campus areas.

Littering Singapore is a clean and green country. Singapore has strict laws against littering. Fines and Corrective Work Order (CWO) are imposed to discourage littering. A CWO requires litterbugs to spend a few hours cleaning a public place or picking up litter in a park.

Vandalism Vandalism is a serious offence in Singapore. Defacing public and private property carries a severe penalty.

Overstaying Overstaying is a punishable offence under the Immigration Act. Take note of the expiry dates of Student or Social Visit Pass.

Chewing Gum The import and sale of chewing gum are banned in Singapore.

Purchasing of Alcohol Anyone below the age of 18 is prohibited from purchasing and consuming alcohol. Drivers caught driving under intoxication face a heavy penalty.

Employment Students under student pass are not permitted to work. If caught, student pass can and will be cancelled.

For more information to make your stay pleasant in Singapore, please refer to our Student Handbook.

About Singapore
Located strategically at the heart of South-East Asia, Singapore has long been considered the quintessential gate between the East and the West. Small as it may be, Singapore holds many unique discoveries waiting to be uncovered by the intrepid explorer. Amidst city skyscrapers and modern buildings, historically-preserved century-old shop houses stand as a memorial to the era gone by. Walking through the streets of Singapore, you will find a brilliant blend of ethnic cultures and heritage, cuisine and the arts, activities and attractions, all within the island's sunny shores.  

Since its independence in 1965, Singapore has grown to become a major business and financial centre of the region. It has the world's busiest sea port, an award-winning airport that serves more than 60 major airlines, and excellent state-of-the-art communications and transportation infrastructure. A combination of government transparency, efficiency and political stability has given rise to a competitive economy that was rated tops in various reputable business reports.

Having a tropical rainforest climate means that Singapore has no distinct seasons - it is summer all year round. Temperatures in the day can range from between 26 - 36 degrees Celsius, with rainfall once every few days. The result is warm, humid and rainy weather, which calls for light summer clothing to keep the heat at bay. Temperatures hardly drop to below 20 degrees during the night, although the air-conditioning in certain indoor buildings, such as cinemas, shopping centres and libraries, can be quite cold so carry a warm jacket when going to such places.

Cost of Living
Although Singapore may have one of the highest living standards in the region, the cost of living is moderate.

It is a breeze to get around in Singapore, all thanks to the comprehensive taxi, bus and train services that ply the streets. The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) forms a network of 51 stations that provide a comprehensive grid across the island, providing easy access to almost anywhere in Singapore. Trains start operating from 5.30am, and services end at 12.30am, with trains arriving at stations every 3 to 8 minutes. With 2 major bus companies, SMRT and SBS Transit, Singapore's roads are well covered. Buses operate from 5.30am all the way till midnight, and extended night services cover major routes on weekend nights and public holidays - you will be able to explore Singapore's nooks and crannies till the early hours of the morning. The best way to get around Singapore on public transport would be to use the EZ-Link Card. It is a pre-paid card that will allow you to pay for train or bus transport. Simply tap the card against the sensors, and that will automatically deduct the fare from your card. They are readily available at all MRT stations.

Taxis are also easily available. You can hail one at any taxi stand, or simply flag one down by the side of the road - just make sure that it's safe and that you don't hold up the traffic. Metered fares start from S$2.50, with surcharges payable during peak hours, after midnight hours, on the eve and on public holidays, or if you hail a cab within the Central Business District, Changi Airport, Seletar Airport or Singapore Expo. Passengers are also required to pay for surcharges incurred when passing under ERP (Electronic Road Pricing) gantries.

There is a wide variety of accommodation options that students living in Singapore can choose from, to suit their requirements and budgets. Students can choose to stay in dormitories, or rent a room or an apartment with other friends studying in Singapore. If renting a room or an apartment, students have a choice of renting government housing (Housing Development Board apartments), or private housing (landed property or condominiums). Marketing Institute of Singapore Training Centre will gladly assist students in arranging for accommodation even before they arrive in Singapore. Please click here for accommodation options.

The local currency used is Singapore Dollars (SGD). Most major retailers will also accept other major currencies, albeit at a lower exchange rate. Major credit cards, such as American Express, VISA, MasterCard and Diner's Card, are also widely accepted. There is a 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST) imposed on all purchases made in Singapore. Majority of restaurants will also include a 10% Service Charge.  

International students studying in Singapore may wish to open a savings or checking account. Banks are typically open from 9.30am - 3pm on weekdays, and from 9.30am - 1pm on Saturdays. To open an account at any major bank, you will be required to bring along your passport, Student's Pass, and a minimum deposit (please check with individual banks for minimum amount). An ATM card will then be issued to you, and you will be able to withdraw money from any of the ATM machines operated by the bank, or even pay for purchases using NETS.

Accommodation is a very important issue that students need to settle even before flying overseas to study. While you are away from your home, MISTC students’ needs to make the arrangement for their accommodation. There are lots of accommodation options in Singapore and the type of accommodation you choose will depend on your personal budget.

Off Campus Hotel
HDB (Housing Development Board)
Things to Consider when sharing accommodation

  • You may be sharing your accommodation with people of different religions. It is important to respect their beliefs and not impose your beliefs on others.
    Your roommate will respect your need to pray, but to show mutual respect, keep your religious practices private. Conduct your prayers in your own room. Do not disturb your housemates in the common room with the burning of incense and other religious rituals.
  • FOOD
  • The consumption or handling of certain food is prohibited in some religions. Please respect your housemates' religious dietary restrictions. For example, Muslims do not eat pork or cook with alcohol or pork fat (lard). Hindus and Buddhists do not eat beef and some may be vegetarians. Ensure that you store and cook these products separately if your housemate observes these religious practices.
  • You may feel you have gained a degree of freedom by living away from home, you should still observe some basic rules of household etiquette:
    • Obtain permission from your landlord if you are bringing guests to stay
    • Observe curfew hours by not returning home too late and be careful not to disturb the household upon your return
    • Do not smoke in your room
    • For the protection of your possessions and for your personal safety, keep your room locked at all times

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