In 2004, HESS International Educational Group took an enormous step forward by opening its first international branch in Singapore. Singapore is seen as the educational hub of Asia, so it seemed like the next logical step in the company’s growth. The branch has developed over the years, adapting to the needs of Singaporean and international students, while remaining true to the HESS method and philosophy.

Singapore

 Culture

Singapore is a unique and peaceful blend of 4 cultures in one city. Its geographical location has made Singapore a very important island throughout history. In Singapore you will find a big influence of Malay, Chinese, Indian, and British cultures.

Singapore has managed to have these four communities live in harmony for 50 years. You can hear all four languages (Malay, Mandarin, Tamil, and English) as you walk down almost any road. At the same time, there are distinct areas of town like Little India, Arab Street, and China Town, along with the Western shopping area around Orchard Road.

 Food

Singapore’s food is as varied and diverse as the people living there. Each group brought its own flare and added to the plethora of Singaporean cuisine. Chinese, Malay, Indian, and Western cuisine can all be easily found.

When dining out, Singaporeans often eat at hawker centers, coffee shops or food courts rather than restaurants. These are widespread, cheap and may feature hundreds of stalls in a single complex, with each stall offering its own specialty dishes.

 Transportation

There is a wide variety of travel options in Singapore. The public transport network is very well developed and ultra-efficient. The average cost of a one-way bus trip is between SGD $2-$3 and buses throughout the day and night. Singapore is also covered by a mass rapid transit system that is widely accessible and easy to navigate. If your time for travel is limited, taxis are readily available and are clean and relatively cheap. Taxis range from standard to limousine style, but be prepared to pay more if you’d like the 5-star experience!

Many Singaporeans and expats also make use of the extensive network of bicycle paths to get out and commute to and from work. While it might get a little hot and sweaty, especially in the summer, it’s a great way to get around and explore everything the island state has to offer.

 Housing

Most homes here are apartments as opposed to houses with lawns and gardens. While some are small and close together, others are modern and spacious and come with common amenities. Public housing style apartments (HDB) are in groups and are set up by the government in Singapore to provide affordable housing. They have basic cooking facilities, 1 or 2 bedrooms and may or may not be furnished. While older and not having common amenities, e.g., swimming pool or recreation facilities, they are cheaper and offer a great way to meet local Singaporeans and experience the culture. Condominium style apartments come with common facilities and are generally more modern in style and materials than their HDB counterparts. However, the swimming pool, tennis court and other conveniences mean that you will pay more per month in rent.

A lot of expats in these gated condo complexes share apartments with other professionals which helps to bring the cost of rent down. HESS Singapore provides assistance in locating housing for its staff and assisting them to settle into the Singapore lifestyle.

 Geography

Geographically, there are three major regions in Singapore. The central hilly region, the narrow ridges in the west, and the flat and sandy region in the eastern part. In total, Singapore only covers 720 square kilometers kilometers (280 sq. miles).

The narrow Singapore River meanders through the city, with the Central Business District near its mouth. It boasts of an impressive skyline with many high rise buildings and apartments. This area also houses the shopping hub (Orchard Road), parks and attractive squares.

Urbanization has also drastically changed the landscape. The hilly central region has been levelled, swamps have been drained and filled, and the islets have been enlarged to set up industrial estates. Three main water reservoirs and their catchment area is what is left of the rainforests and occupies the central region of the city-state.

 Weather

Singapore is located very near the equator. This means there are two seasons: sunny and hot, and rainy and hot. High humidity and abundant rainfall is what you’ll experience year round.

There is no clear-cut wet or dry season and rain is experienced every single month, usually in the afternoons and early evenings. However, there are two main monsoon seasons in Singapore: Northeast Monsoon Season (DecemberMarch) and the Southwest Monsoon Season (JuneSeptember). In short, always remember to bring your umbrella!

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Culture

Singapore is unique and peaceful blend of 4 cultures in one city. Its geographical location has made Singapore a very important island throughout history. In Singapore you will find a big influence of Malay, Chinese, Indian, and British cultures.

Singapore has managed to have these four communities live in harmony for 50 years. You can hear all four languages (Malay, Mandarin, Tamil, and English) as you walk down almost any road. At the same time, there are distinct areas of town like Little India, Arab Street, and China Town, along with the Western shopping area around Orchard Road.

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Food

Singapore’s food is as varied and diverse as the people living there. Each group brought its own flare and added to the plethora of Singaporean cuisine. Chinese, Malay, Indian, and Western cuisine can all be easily found.

When dining out, Singaporeans often eat at hawker centers, coffee shops or food courts rather than restaurants. These are widespread, cheap and may feature hundreds of stalls in a single complex, with each stall offering its own specialty dishes.

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Transportation

There is a wide variety of travel options in Singapore. The public transport network is very well developed and ultra-efficient. The average cost of a one-way bus trip is between SGD $2-$3 and buses run throughout the day and night. Singapore is also covered by a mass rapid transit system that is widely accessible and easy to navigate. If your time for travel is limited, taxis are readily available and are clean and relatively cheap. Taxis range from standard to limousine style, but be prepared to pay more if you’d like the 5-star experience!

Many Singaporeans and expats also make use of the extensive network of bicycle paths to get out and commute to and from work. While it might get a little hot and sweaty, especially in the summer, it’s a great way to get around and explore everything the island state has to offer.

Transportation
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Housing

Most homes here are apartments as opposed to houses with lawns and gardens. While some are small and close together, others are modern and spacious and come with common amenities. Public housing style apartments (HDB) style apartments are in groups and are set up by the government in Singapore to provide affordable housing. They have basic cooking facilities, 1 or 2 bedrooms and may or may not be furnished. While older and not having common amenities, e.g., swimming pool or recreation facilities, they are cheaper and offer a great way to meet local Singaporeans and experience the culture. Condominium style apartments come with common facilities and are generally more modern in style and materials than their HDB counterparts. However, the swimming pool, tennis court and other conveniences mean that you will pay more per month in rent.

A lot of expats in these gated condo complexes share apartments with other professionals which helps to bring the cost of rent down. HESS Singapore provides assistance in locating housing for its staff and assisting them to settle into the Singapore lifestyle.

Housing
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Geography

Geographically, there are three major regions in Singapore. The central hilly region, the narrow ridges in the west, and the flat and sandy region in the eastern part. In total, Singapore only covers an area of 720 square kilometers (280 sq. miles).

The narrow Singapore River meanders through the city, with the Central Business District near its mouth. It boasts of an impressive skyline with many high rise buildings and apartments. This area also houses the shopping hub (Orchard Road), parks and attractive squares.

Urbanization has also drastically changed the landscape. The hilly central region has been levelled, swamps have been drained and filled, and the islets have been enlarged to set up industrial estates. Three main water reservoirs and their catchment area is what is left of the rainforests and occupies the central region of the city-state.

Geography
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Weather

Singapore is located very near the equator. This means there are two seasons: sunny and hot, and rainy and hot. High humidity and abundant rainfall is what you’ll experience year round.

There is no clear-cut wet or dry season and rain is experienced every single month, usually in the afternoons and early evenings. However, there are two main monsoon seasons in Singapore: Northeast Monsoon Season (December–March) and the Southwest Monsoon Season (June–September). In short, always remember to bring your umbrella!

Weather
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All in One-of-a-Kind

Singapore's progress over the past three decades has been remarkable. Its combination of Western-style development and Eastern-style calmness presents the best of both hemispheres: Singapore is a modern metropolis where you feel safe walking the streets, and an Asian business center that is a model of efficiency.

All in One-of-a-Kind

Singapore’s progress over the past three decades has been remarkable. Its combination of Western-style development and Eastern-style calmness presents the best of both hemispheres: Singapore is a modern metropolis where you feel safe walking the streets, and an Asian business center that is a model of efficiency.

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