Pre-departure Checklist

As you get ready for your departure, use this checklist to ensure that you are well-prepared for a smooth transition to Singapore. 


Student Pass

  • Check that you have completed these steps in getting your Student Pass approved

  • Prepare the original documents you will need to collect your Student Pass in Singapore.

  • Have your In-Principle Approval printed and ready on hand for your flight.

Join the Buddy Programme

  • If you are new to SIM & Singapore, you may register your interest to be paired with an SIM Buddy at this Form.
  • Upon registering your interest, you will receive an email invitation for your Buddy Introductions on Zoom in 1-2 weeks’ time.
  • You may then say hi to your Buddy and exchange contact details for easier communication.
  • Feel free to ask your Buddy questions about student life in SIM GE and Singapore!

Preparing for Departure

  • Ensure your passport has at least six months of validity. 

  • Check that you fulfil the Entry Requirements to enter Singapore.

  • Book your flight.

  • Book your accommodation – check your email for our recommendations!


Preparing for Arrival

  • Book your Arrival Meet & Greet Service with ISO at least 4 working days before your flight. ISO is able to organize a pickup for you from Changi Airport, Woodlands Checkpoint or Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and provide transport to your accommodation.
    *This service is provided only for new full-time International Students. Eligible students will receive an invitation from ISO.

  • Book your Student Pass Medical Examination in Singapore with us, if you have not completed it in your home country. Book your appointment at this Form.

  • Ensure that you are enrolled for your classes on SIMConnect.


Pack your luggage!

  • Documents – Make copies of your personal documents to bring along with you, in case you lose the originals. Important documents include your passport, letter of offer from the University, academic transcripts from previous study, important contact numbers, and medical records.

  • Medication – If you will continue needing prescription medication in Singapore, you should also obtain a doctor’s note in English detailing your medical history and any prescriptions you may require.

  • Clothing – As Singapore has a tropical climate, bringing casual summer outfits and cotton fabric clothes would be a smart decision.

  • The standard electrical currently in Singapore is 220-240 volts. Three square pronged power plugs are used. Be sure to bring along an adapter if required!

Can We Help?


International Student Office (ISO)

ISO supports the onboarding of new full-time international students in SIM GE. We are here to help you make a smooth transition to Singapore through various recommendations and services.

Visit our pages or drop us an email at to let us know what support you need.

Our working hours are Mondays to Fridays, from 8.30am to 5.30pm.

As a new full-time international students in SIM GE, please check your spam/junk box in case you have missed out on ISO emails.