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Approx. Time Difference
Apr - Oct: +15 hrs
Nov - Mar: +16 hrs
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Global Summer Internship, Singapore

- Summer

 
For this program, UCEAP has partnered with CIEE. As a UCEAP student, the terms of your participation differ from students who are enrolled with CIEE independently or through another university. Be aware of these differences and understand your responsibilities as a UCEAP student abroad. 

You are concurrently enrolled at UC while participating through CIEE abroad. This means that the grades you earn while abroad will appear on your UC transcript as direct UC credit rather than transfer credit; that unlike other students in the program, you will pay your fees to UCEAP rather than directly to CIEE; and that you have UCEAP Travel Insurance, which will be your primary insurance policy while abroad.

Review and read the CIEE materials carefully. Follow all CIEE pre-departure and onsite information and instructions; for example, arrival dates and visa instructions. Write down the CIEE contact information and keep it with your passport in case of an emergency.
Finally, you will have additional resources and contacts at UCEAP. The details of the separate and unique UCEAP elements of your participation are outlined in this short supplement. Be familiar with them before departure.

Disclaimer
While UCEAP endeavors to keep the information updated and accurate, all program information should be considered in conjunction with program-specific operational correspondence which may contain the most up to date information. There may be times where UCEAP will need to change this information and it will often be updated online. Students are responsible for reviewing all information shared through the program guides and by UCEAP staff in California and abroad, and partners abroad. 

UCEAP reserves the right to make changes to its programs, whenever, in our sole judgment local conditions so warrant, in response to local circumstances that could substantially change some parts of the program, or if we deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of our program participants.

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Contacts

Local UCEAP Support

Campus EAP Office

The Campus EAP Office coordinates recruitment, student selection, orientations, and academic advising; and serves as your primary contact during the application process.
 

UCEAP Systemwide Office

The UCEAP Systemwide Office establishes and operates programs and coordinates UCEAP administration for all UC campuses from its headquarters in Goleta, California. You will work closely with the following Systemwide Office staff:
 
Program Advisors provide academic and operational program information to you and your campus as well as administrative support for all aspects of your participation.
 
Program Specialists manage the logistics of the program. They coordinate document requirements, visa application instructions, health and safety precautions, acceptance and placement by host institutions, arrival and onsite orientation, and housing arrangements.
 
Academic Staff advise on academic policies, review courses taken abroad for UC credit, and document your registration, grades, petitions and academic records.
 
Student Finance Accountants assist primarily with UCEAP statements, program fee collection, and financial aid disbursements (in conjunction with your campus Financial Aid Office).

Contact Information

Program Specialist
May Pothongsunun
Phone: (805) 893-6152; E-mail: mpothongsunun@eap.ucop.edu
 
Academic Specialist
Eva Bilandzia
Phone: (805) 893-2598; E-mail: ebilandzia@eap.ucop.edu
 
Student Finance Accountant
Gildas Halle
Phone: (805) 893-2761; E-mail: studentfinance@eap.ucop.edu
 
UCEAP Systemwide Office
6950 Hollister Avenue, Suite 200
Goleta, CA 93117-5823
 
Phone: (805) 893-4762; Fax: (805) 893-2583
 

UCEAP Online

Bookmark your Participants program page. This resource lists requirements and policies you need to know before you go abroad, including your Pre-Departure Checklist, UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad, Program Calendar, UCEAP Student Budgets, and payment instructions.
 
 

Study Center Abroad

The summer internship program in Singapore is managed by CIEE's Academic Internship Council (AIC) Singapore office. AIC will provide on-site student support, including an orientation and cultural activities.
 
It is critical that you understand the role of each person involved with program, logistic, and academic issues, and remember to communicate your concerns with all parties (both at AIC and at UC).
 

Academic Internship Council:

Shannah Teo
Singapore Site Director
75 High Street
The Co Building, Level 6
Singapore 179435
 
Email: singapore@academicinternshipcouncil.org
 
Phone (calling from the US): (011-65) 9278-8557
Phone (calling from Singapore): 9278-8557 
 

Phone Number Codes

U.S. international code . . . . . . . . . . .011   (dial this to call from the U.S.)
 
Singapore code . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 

Approximate Time Difference

April–October: Add 15 hours
November–March: Add 16 hours
 
Academics & Your UC Registration
Academics
As a dual UCEAP and CIEE student, make sure you understand all of your academic resources as well as your academic responsibilities. Remember that other students on the program will be bound to different home-university policies. Regardless of CIEE regulations, you must also meet UCEAP requirements.

Read through the following guides, and know how to access them when you have questions. You will be held accountable for the information in both guides.
  • The UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad: The Academic chapter includes UCEAP academic regulations, MyEAP Study List registration process, petitions, grades, and more. 
  • CIEE Program Handbook (available in your MyCIEE account "Readings" section): The Academics section in the CIEE Program Handbook outlines your CIEE academic program.
The most important thing to understand is that you will be concurrently enrolled both through CIEE, and through UCEAP’s MyEAP Study List.
Who Should I Ask About...?
  • UCEAP academic regulations and MyEAP Study List: UCEAP Academic Specialist (UCEAP Systemwide Office)
  • CIEE internship placement, course specifics, and concerns: CIEE on-site advisor
  • UC college or department requirements: UC college or department advisor and/or campus EAP advisor. Neither CIEE nor UCEAP Systemwide Office can assist you with questions about fulfilling home department requirements. 
See the "Contacts" section above for more information. The CIEE resident staff should be your first contact for most issues, but remember, if you have significant academic, health, personal, or financial issues that may impact your academic performance, be sure to contact UCEAP staff to discuss options and consequences.
Credit & Registration
Because you will be receiving direct UC credit rather than transfer credit, you will be enrolled concurrently with CIEE and UCEAP.

CIEE will provide details about the course that accompanies your internship.

UCEAP will provide instructions regarding the MyEAP Study List registration process. Completing your MyEAP Study List is the only way for your UCEAP courses and grades to appear on your UC transcript.
Financial Information
Understanding Your Finances
It is important that you carefully read all of the information available in the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad and discuss it with the person who will assist you with your finances while you are abroad.
 
Understanding your finances before, during, and after your program is crucial to having a successful time abroad. The following list outlines just a few of the many things you will need to know before departure.
 
Detailed information on the following topics can be found in the Money Matters chapter of the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad:
  • Contact information for finance questions
  • How to estimate the cost of your program
  • Budget instructions and information
  • Who Can and How to make payments to UCEAP
  • UCEAP student account information(what fees do I pay to UCEAP and what fees do I pay out of pocket?)
  • Banking before and after arrival
  • Fees and penalties
  • Loan information
  • How financial aid works while abroad (how do I get my financial aid from my home campus and how are my fees paid?)
  • Various forms (e.g., direct deposit, etc.)
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Your MyEAP Account & Budget
Your MyEAP Student Account is similar to your UC campus financial account. It will be available as soon as you are selected for your program in MyEAP. You can make payments through this account using e-checks or credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or Discover). The fees that you owe UCEAP will be applied to your account after your program pre-departure withdrawal date, which is listed in MyEAP. For the amount due to UCEAP prior to fees being posted on your account, refer to the UCEAP Program Budget and Payment Schedule located on the second page of your UCEAP Program Budget. Program fees are subject to change.
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Refund of Credit balances and Financial Aid Disbursements:

 
If you are signed up for Direct Deposit on your UC campus, it is not linked to your MyEAP account. You must sign up for eRefund with UCEAP to receive direct deposits from your MyEAP account. For more information, see the UCEAP eRefund Instructions.
 
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Carefully review your UCEAP Program Budget.
 
The UCEAP Program Budget does not include funds to purchase clothing or recreational travel abroad.
 
Your UCEAP Program Budget lists the fees you will pay to UCEAP and an estimate of the personal expenses you will need to plan for. It does not include the cost of recreational travel or personal entertainment. Review your UCEAP Program Budget frequently. The Payment Schedule is on the second page of the UCEAP Program Budget.
 
Instructions:
  • Download and print your UCEAP Program Budget and Payment Schedule.
  • Note the deadlines on the Payment Schedule.
  • Give the UCEAP Program Budget and Payment Schedule to the person responsible for paying your UCEAP bills. Sign this person up for Third Party Authorization on MyEAP so they can make payments online.
For further information see the Money Matters chapter of the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad and the Money Matters tab of your Participants Portal. If you will be receiving financial aid, see also the UCEAP Financial Assistance web page.
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Handling Money Abroad
Before departure, obtain Singaporean dollars. This will give you an opportunity to become familiar with the currency. In addition, the funds will be useful for transportation and other purchases immediately after arrival. You can arrange to purchase foreign currency through your local U.S. bank, although the process may take a week or more. You can also easily exchange money upon arrival at Changi Airport.
 
After orientation, you will learn where to obtain good exchange rates and you can begin using nearby banks and money changing facilities. Have enough to cover your initial expenses.
If you plan on using your U.S. ATM and/or credit card while abroad, be sure to notify your bank ahead of time. Otherwise, they may freeze your account on suspicion of fraud. 

ATM Card

Students often use their ATM card and PIN from a U.S. bank to withdraw money in Singapore. ATMs are available in banks, MRT stations, shopping centers, and other locations throughout Singapore.
 
Check with your bank prior to departure regarding service charges and networks; the Cirrus or Plus networks are the most common. Charles Schwab account holders can withdraw money from international ATMs and be reimbursed for fees incurred. However, there may be a minimum balance requirement.  

Credit Cards

It is a good idea to take a credit card abroad. Major international credit cards, such as Visa and MasterCard, are widely accepted. Credit cards can be used at most hotels, restaurants, and department stores, as well as for cash advances. Check with your bank and credit card providers to determine fees and services that will be available to you abroad. 

Transfer of Funds

Most students also use ATM cards to transfer money. However, travelers checks and telegraphic transfers are other secure options. You may process funds using international bank drafts made out in Singaporean dollars. These can be credited to accounts and withdrawn in several days. UCEAP discourages using personal checks to transfer money. 

Banking Facilities

Many banks in Singapore offer a wide range of services. Examples include the Development Bank of Singapore, a Post Office Savings Bank, Overseas Union Bank Ltd., and United Overseas Bank Ltd. Each bank has their own account policies (ex. minimum balance).
Diversity at UCEAP
LGBTIQ Students
Singapore remains conservative regarding LGBT rights. Social acceptance of homosexuality varies, with most of the population opposed to decriminalizing homosexual behavior. Anti-LGBT laws are rarely enforced, and while there is a grassroots movement to abolish these laws, the government and Parliament currently show no indication of repealing restrictions.
 
Both Singaporean government and society generally view same-sex relationships as a threat to traditional values and the nuclear family.
  • Exercise caution during LGBT Pride events and festivals.
  • Evaluate the city and surrounding neighborhoods for prevailing social attitudes before deciding on what public behavior is appropriate.
  • Be cautious when engaging others in conversations about sexuality or LGBT issues.

 

​For more information,

 

Students with Disabilities
The Disabled People’s Association of Singapore is a nonprofit organization that coordinates services, promotes awareness, and publishes useful information about disability accommodations.
 
Disabled People’s Association of Singapore
1 Jurong West Central 2,
#04-01 Jurong Point Shopping Centre,
Singapore 648886
 
Hours: M-F 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Phone: (65) 6791-1134
 
The National Council of Social Services sponsors the Disability Portal, a comprehensive resource for persons with disabilities and service providers.

 

For more information:

 

Insurance
UCEAP Insurance

Know Before You Go

 
As a UCEAP participant, you are automatically covered by the UCEAP Travel Insurance Policy anywhere in the world. Coverage begins 14 days before the official start date of your UCEAP program term. Coverage ends 31 days after the official end of the UCEAP program term.
 
The UCEAP Travel Insurance policy is not the same as your campus or private insurance. Inform yourself before seeking care. Your UCEAP Travel Insurance does not include coverage for preventative care, checkups, and vaccinations. Read details in Benefits at a Glance. Familiarize yourself with the coverage, exclusions, and eligibility criteria. You will be financially responsible for any charges for medical services that are not included benefits in the policy and for any charges over an above the “maximum allowable amount”. Your travel insurance policy number is ADD N04834823. It is underwritten by Chubb Insurance Company.
 
The travel insurance works on a reimbursement basis. There is no deductible or co-insurance. You can submit a claim for a refund consideration of covered expenses. For more information about the medical claim process or about non-medical claims.
 
Generally, hospitals around the world, including the US, do not bill insurance companies (unless there is a special arrangement with a local hospital in your UCEAP country). It is the patient's responsibility to inquire with the hospital, at the time of service, and make arrangements to pay any outstanding bills. Payment for medical services abroad is ultimately your responsibility.
 
For more information refer to your Pre-Departure Checklist, Insurance tab, or the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad, Insurance chapter.
 

For Questions about Coverage, Benefits, and Claims Status

Contact ACI at intlassist@acitpa.com.

CIEE Insurance

Know Before you Go

In addition to the UCEAP Travel Insurance policy (your primary coverage anywhere in the world), you will also be covered by the CIEE supplemental insurance (your secondary coverage) while abroad. 
 
If you have questions about the UCEAP travel insurance coverage, benefits, and claims, contact, ACI at intlassist@acitpa.com
 
If you have questions about the CIEE insurance policy, visit their website.  Or refer to your MyCIEE/Polaris account under the “Readings” section.
Staying Healthy
 
University of California does not make any representation of warranty with respect to the names of medical providers referenced on this Staying Healthy chapter. The names listed are only a point of reference as the University of California does not recommend or endorse any medical provider on this list.
 
Local Medical Facilities
Good medical care is widely available. Doctors and hospitals expect immediate payment for health services by credit card or cash. 
 
If you experience a medical emergency, go to National University Hospital. It is located approximately 15 minutes from the National University of Singapore.
 
National University Hospital
5 Lower Kent Ridge Road
Singapore 119074
 
Phone: (65) 6779-5555
24-Hour Emergency Hotline: (65) 6772-5000
 

Ambulance Services

Dial 995

Medical Records

Privacy laws pertaining to medical records differ from those in the US. The Ministry of Health auditors may under certain circumstances grant permission to retrieve a patient’s medical records without the consent of the patient.
 
​A list of English-speaking doctors is available at the US Embassy’s website. You can also contact the UCEAP Study Center or partner institution staff for r ecommendations on physicians or specialists that students have used in the past.
 
Local doctors expect direct payment. If you are sick or injured, seek care, pay for treatment and submit a claim through the UCEAP travel insurance. Many doctors do not accept credit card payment. Make sure you budget for this expense. For information about benefits and the claims process email ACI, intlassist@acitpa.com.
Physical Health

Know Before You Go

Inform yourself before you travel. Just as language and currency vary around the world, so does medical care. Know what to do if you get sick.
 
Read the Health chapter of the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad and your Program Guide for important information to plan for a healthy stay abroad.
 
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Traveler's Health web page has important information about health risks present in the country where you will be studying.
Prescription Medications

PLAN AHEAD

Research and Resources:

  • Find out if your prescription is legal and licensed in your UCEAP country.  There are many resources you can check: The US embassy website for the country where you will be studying; the foreign embassy for the country where you will be studying; regulations from official foreign government sites; the International Narcotics Control Board (link below).
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  • As a UCEAP participant you are covered by the UCEAP Travel Insurance. Review the UCEAP Travel Insurance terms of coverage. It is not the same as your campus health insurance coverage.
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  • Refer to UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad, specifically the Health and Insurance sections.

Schedule an appointment with your doctor as least 3-6 months before departure to discuss your medication and treatment plan:

  • Ask if you can get a prescription to last the entire duration of your program. Consider that you may need to fill your prescription abroad.
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  • Obtain a letter from the prescribing physician on letterhead indicating your diagnosis, treatment, medication regimen, and generic name(s) of medication(s) as brand names vary around the world. This will be for passing through Customs and for refilling abroad.
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  • Your doctor may need to change your medication at least 3-6 months before departure to monitor side effects and dosage.
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  • Discuss how to adjust dosage to account for different time zones.
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TRAVELING WITH PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS

Airport Security

  • Keep medication in its original packaging clearly labelled with your name, doctor's name, generic/brand name, and exact dosage. 
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  • Carry copies of original US prescriptions and carry the letter from your doctor (see above).
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  • Travel with medications in your carry-on luggage, provided it is in pill form. Consult the US Transportation Security Administration if your medication is liquid.

In Country

  • If you need to refill while abroad, you must see a local doctor as US prescriptions are not valid in other countries. Take with you the letter from your doctor (see above). Note: If the visit to the local doctor is considered preventative care, it will not be covered by the UCEAP Travel Insurance. However, your campus or private insurance plan may cover it.
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  • To purchase medication using the UCEAP Travel Insurance coverage, you must pay up front and submit a claim for medication when coverage is effective (14 days before the official start date of your program).
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  • Refer to the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad, and the Insurance tab on your pre-departure checklist for more insurance information.
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  • For specific information about the UCEAP travel insurance coverage, contact, intlassist@acitpa.com.
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REGULATED AND CONTROLLED MEDICATIONS

  • Two classes of medicines - narcotics and psychotropics - are under the control of international law. This covers any medicine that affects the central nervous system and the potential for drug abuse.  The narcotic class mostly relates to analgesic opioids and their derivatives (e.g. morphine and codeine). Psychotropic medications are used to treat conditions such as anxiety, depression, and psychotic conditions. These medications are often highly regulated.
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  • If you have a prescription containing controlled substances, check the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB). The INCB is responsible for international drug control. If traveling with controlled substances, you must have a letter from your doctor. Generally, amphetamines (e.g. Adderall, Vyvanse) are illegal or unlicensed in other countries. Talk with your doctor to switch you to another medication.

 

Prescription Medications in Singapore:

You are responsible for confirming in advance that your prescription medications are legal in Singapore.
 
The Singapore Health Science Authority determines medication regulations.
 
Health Sciences Authority
11 Biopolis Way #11-03 Helios
Singapore 138667
 
Phone: (65) 6866-3522
 
Medications and related documents may be inspected by customs authorities. Do not plan on mailing medications to Singapore as they may be confiscated.
 
If you need additional medication or prescription refills after arrival in Singapore, seek guidance from a local pharmacist or physician. Pharmacies are generally located in all hospitals. Over-the-counter medications are available in chain drug stores throughout Singapore. 
 

 

​E-cigarettes are strictly prohibited in Singapore.
 
The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) prohibits the import, distribution, sale or offer for sale of any article that is designed to resemble a tobacco product; this includes vaporizers such as e-cigarettes, e-pipes, e-cigars, etc.  Any person who is convicted of an offense is liable to a fine not exceeding $5,000 for a first offense and a fine not exceeding $10,000 for a second or subsequent offense and any e-cigarettes imported will be seized and confiscated.
 
Information pertaining to the prohibition of e-cigarettes in Singapore is available on HSA's website.
Mental Health

PLAN AHEAD

 
Consider your host country. Many countries do not have adequate resources. How will you manage your mental health while studying abroad, whether or not you have a pre-existing condition? 
 
If you are currently in treatment in the US, discuss all program details with your doctor so you can work on a plan in case you need to reach out for care. Carry a letter from your doctor (on letterhead) indicating condition, treatment history, and medication regimen so a local physician can assess your needs.
 

If you are taking a prescription medication, talk with your prescribing physician before departure about getting the supply you need for the length of your stay. Traveling through customs with medications for personal use can be problematic in countries where those medications are prohibited. Examples include stimulants frequently used for attention deficit disorders, such as amphetamine, methylphenidate, and narcotics. Prohibited substances vary depending on the country. For information about traveling with medications, refer to the Prescription Medications section in this guide.​

Cultural adjustment and homesickness are normal. They are usually transitory—lasting a couple of weeks—and do not imply mental illness or an inability to cope. Most students who experience culture adjustment function reasonably well under the stress and are able to keep up with the responsibilities of school and everyday life.

WHILE ABROAD

  • Do not try to manage alone. Reach out to local staff.
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  • The UCEAP Travel Insurance Policy covers outpatient visits as any other illness up to $500,000; there is no co-pay or deductible, and you can make an appointment with any doctor. Budget for this expense as you must pay up front and submit a claim to the insurance company for a refund consideration.  Doctors, hospitals, and clinics will require you to pay bills at the time of treatment. You must then submit a completed claim form and paid receipts to the UCEAP insurance company. For information about the claims process, access Insurance Claims Process. If you have questions about your UCEAP travel insurance benefits contact ACI at intlassist@acitpa.com.

 

The Singapore American Community Action Council (SACAC) is a nonprofit organization providing services to the local and expatriate community. SACAC offers psychological counseling, mental health resources, and support groups. They have counselors who were trained and licensed in the U.S. and practice different areas of specialty.
 
SACAC Counseling
09-04 Thong Teck Building
15 Scotts Road
Singapore 228218
 
Phone: (65) 6733-9249
Fax: (65) 6733-9321
 
 
Institute of Mental Health Helpline - 24 hour Hotline for Mental Health Crisis Emergencies: (65) 6389-2222
Health Risks

Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

There is risk of dengue, chikungunya, Zika, Japanese encephalitis, and other mosquito-borne illnesses. Take precautions against mosquito bites:
  • Wear long, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.
  • Use insect protection containing DEET, picaridin, or another approved repellent.
 
Do not use aspirin or ibuprofen products if you suspect you may have dengue, as these could exacerbate bleeding tendencies associated with the disease.
 
If you plan on traveling to neighboring countries, consider vaccinations and health risks specific to the areas you will be visiting.
 

Keep Cool in Hot Weather 

​Singapore is 1 degree north of the equator. The climate is classified as tropical rainforest with no distinct seasons.
  • Stay hydrated - carry water. Freeze it overnight so that it melts and stays cold throughout the day.
  • Sports drinks, coconut water, and other electrolyte-replacement beverages will help maintain hydration levels.
  • Wear loose-fitting, light-clolored clothing. Cotton will keep you cooler than synthetic material.
  • Fill a spray bottle with water and keep it in the refrigerator for a quick refreshing spray to your face.
  • Fans can help circulate air and make you feel cooler even in an air-conditioned house.
  • Store lotions or cosmetic toners in the refrigerator to use on face, feet, hands, and other parts of your body.
  • Take frequent baths or showers with cool or tepid water.
 

 

Food Allergies
Students with severe food allergies should plan ahead:
  • Talk with your doctor before departure to discuss how to manage your allergy while abroad.
     
  • Research the local cuisine.
     
  • Carry medication to treat surprise reactions.
     
  • Tell others about your food allergy.
For more information, read the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad, Health chapter.
Air Quality
​Check the Singapore National Environmental Agency website for information about air quality and health advisories.
Staying Safe

Know Before You Go

Understand the potential risks at your UCEAP destination and while traveling. Carry the local emergency contact information with you at all times. Know how to ask for help. Have a plan. Be prepared, aware of your surroundings, and flexible. As you prepare, also access US Government resources for travelers and the CIEE student handbook.
 
 
While traveling, you are subject to the local laws even if you are a US citizen. Foreign laws and legal systems can be vastly different from our own and it is very important to know what is legal and what is not. If you break local laws while abroad, your US passport will not help you avoid arrest or prosecution, and the US Embassy cannot get you out of jail.
 
Minimize Risk

Safety is our concern but it is your responsibility. Be proactive in protecting your personal health, safety, and well-being. Have an action plan.

With the right information - and by thinking ahead - everyone can play a part in minimizing or preventing personal risks. Observe and assess the risks, plan ahead to reduce them, and think about how you can lessen the consequences if things go wrong. Start by outlining activities you plan to engage in through your program and/or during independent travel. Label the risk and rate it based on the likelihood of harm and the severity of the consequences. Consider measures you can take to reduce the severity and chance. Plan your itinerary carefully, let your friends and relatives know where you will be, and research the safest way to travel.
 

Terrorism

Be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate and unpredictable terrorist attacks. Remain vigilant in all public areas in your UCEAP city and country and wherever you travel. Many terrorist groups, seeking publicity for political causes within their own country or region, are not looking for student or higher education targets.
 
Terrorist attacks using vehicles are very hard to prevent and appear to be on the rise. If you are in a crowded public place, know how you can exit quickly, identify barriers, identify safe places where you can shelter-in-place, and watch out for any vehicles that appear to be going at high speed.

Report anything suspicious to local authorities. Read all security-related correspondence and advice from local staff. Schedule direct flights, if possible. Avoid stops in high-risk airports or areas. Minimize time spent in the public area of an airport, which is a less protected area. Keep a mental note of safe havens, such as police stations, hotels, and hospitals. Have a plan for what you will do in the case of an emergency. If you are ever in a situation where somebody starts shooting, follow the active shooter guidelines: drop to the floor, get down as low as possible, and hide if possible. Cover yourself behind a solid object. Silence your phone. Do not move until the danger has passed.
 

Steps to manage or minimize risk and enhance your personal safety

  • Familiarize yourself with all UCEAP resources and emergency support services while on UCEAP.
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  • Research potential risks you can encounter before you travel.
     
  • Observe and assess your surroundings. Learn to recognize danger.
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  • Trust your feelings. If you feel threatened, act if safe to do so and leave the area immediately. Find somewhere more secure.
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  • When entering larger venues, always decide on a meeting place with those you are with in case you get separated. Always identify possible exits.
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  • Drink responsibly. Know your limits. In many countries, beer, wine and liquor contain a higher alcohol content than similar products in the US. Know what you are drinking and how much alcohol it contains.
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  • Practice the buddy system. Choose your buddy wisely. If you are having a problem, your buddy can help to alert others and get you to safety.
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  • Have a communication plan. Who will you call locally if you are in an emergency? Do your friends and relatives know how to reach you when you are traveling?
 

Registration with the local US Embassy or Consulate

Register online with the US embassy through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free service for US citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. Receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans.
 

Registration with the UCEAP Security Provider

You will be automatically registered with WorldAware, the University of California security provider. You will receive important security and informational messages about local conditions for your program country.
 
The University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) has established policies and procedures and has contracted with emergency assistance and security providers, to help you minimize your risk exposure and enhance your safety. Refer to the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad, for more information. Access the US Department of State Students Abroad website for updated travel information.
Crime & Prevention
The crime rate is one of the lowest in the world. Singaporeans enjoy a high standard of living and the government vigorously promotes a sense of civic responsibility that helps deter crime. Strict legal penalties for even minor offenses and excellent policing also serve as significant crime deterrents. Exercise the same amount of caution as you would in any major city.
 
Violent crime is rare, and criminals rarely target Westerners. Burglaries, robberies, and vehicle thefts are uncommon. Crime in Singapore is non-confrontational, and opportunistic in nature. If you are the victim of a crime while in Singapore, immediately report it to the Study Center, local police, and US embassy. 
 
Pick-pocketing and petty thefts occur in tourist areas, such as hotels and airports but are not widespread problems. The Singapore Police Force (SPF) advises that most phone scams in Singapore attempt to persuade people to make advance payments to claim a prize. Sometimes the prize used to lure victims may be the promise of a luxury car and other valuables. Scammers contact victims via SMS messages to inform them that they won a “lucky draw.”
 

Police Response

Singapore has been ranked consistently in the top five positions in the Global Competitiveness Report in terms of its reliability of police services. Police response to crime incidents is professional and generally effective. There is an island-wide network of police cameras that have been helpful fighting crime.

Drug-related Crimes

Penalties for drug offences are severe and include the death penalty for many offenses. Singapore police have the authority to compel both residents and non-residents to submit to random drug analysis. In applying local laws, the police do not distinguish between drugs consumed before or after entering Singapore.
 

Illegal or Restricted Activities

In Singaporean society, the public good may take precedence over personal rights. You must take Singaporean laws and regulations seriously. The following are a few examples of illegal activities:
  • Smoking in public places
  • Drinking in public places between 10:30 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
  • Littering
  • Spitting
  • Jaywalking
  • Importing and selling chewing gum
  • Gum, eating, and drinking on mass rapid transit system
  • Vandalism

Media Censorship

Though the regulations are slowly loosening, there are still some forms of media censorship. Do not take materials with violent or sexual themes into Singapore.

Outrage of Modesty

Singapore enforces strict laws pertaining to the propriety of behavior between people and the modesty of individuals. The Singaporean law “Outrage of Modesty” is defined as an assault or use of criminal force on any person with the intent to, or the knowledge that it may, outrage the modesty of that person, such as molestation or intimate physical acts without consent.
 
Penalties may include imprisonment for up to two years, a fine, caning, or a combination thereof. Scams involving a claim of outrage of modesty are thought to exist, and male travelers should be cautious when frequenting popular nightspots.
Civil Unrest
Traffic & Transportation Safety
Singapore is a left-hand drive nation. The roads are in good condition that include well-lit, well-paved, English language thoroughfares and expressways.
 
Public transportation and taxis are abundant, inexpensive, and reliable.
 
Do not drive a motorized vehicle of any kind. Involvement in a traffic accident can lead to major safety, legal, and financial problems.
 
Strict law enforcement and well-developed public transportation systems make travel by public transportation in Singapore very secure. Regardless, maintain general security precautions while using buses, trains, and subways. Buses, commuter trains, the subway, and their associated stations attract thieves. Keep an eye on personal effects at times.

Pedestrian Safety

  • Cross the road at designated pedestrian crossings, overhead bridges, underpasses, or zebra crossings.
  • Be alert for inattentive drivers.
  • Use footpaths and other walkways when possible.
  • Be alert for any oncoming cyclists.
  • Use light colored clothing when you are walking at night, or carry some reflective materials so that drivers can see you from a distance.
 
Sexual Violence & Sexual Harassment

University of California Policy

Every member of the UCEAP community should be aware that the University prohibits sexual violence and sexual harassment, retaliation, and other prohibited behavior (“Prohibited Conduct”) that violates law and/o​r University policy. The University will respond promptly and effectively to reports of Prohibited Conduct and will take appropriate action to prevent, to correct, and when necessary, to discipline behavior that violates this Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment. Report to the local partners and/or UCEAP staff if you suspect one of these behaviors has occurred.
Fire Safety

Fire Emergency - Dial 995

Educate yourself about fire safety standards in your UCEAP country, as they differ drastically around the world.
  • Locate the nearest emergency exists and make sure they are not obstructed.
     
  • Know the sound of the fire alarm; not all alarms will sound the same.
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  • Know how to call the local fire department.
      
  • Print and take with you the UCEAP brochure, Fire Safety 101 for Students.
     
  • Purchase and use a smoke detector. The Fire Safety Foundation has  a variety of battery-powered smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. They will ship to your host country address.
     
  • Have an escape plan.
       
  • If you have a disability, alert others of the type of assistance you need in order to leave the building.
     

Refer to the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad, Fire Safety section for life-saving information.

In An Emergency

What Is an Emergency?

An emergency is a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action. The following are considered emergencies:
  • Any life/death situation
  • A traumatic event requiring immediate assistance
  • An arrest
  • Civil unrest or natural disaster in the host country

In an Emergency

Contact local emergency services first and then contact the following:
 

If you are in the US

  • During office hours (8 a.m.–5 p.m. Pacific Time): Contact your Program Specialist at the UCEAP Systemwide Office at (805) 893-4762.
     
  • After office hours: Call the 24-hour emergency phone numbers at (805) 893-4762 or (805) 882-2086.
 

If you are abroad

 
Carry the local emergency contact information at all times:
 
Ambulance:   995
Fire:   995
Police:   999

US Embassy in Singapore

American Citizen Services
27 Napier Road
Singapore 258508
Phone: (65) 6476-9100
Fax: (65) 6476-9340
 
Regular Hours:
8:30 a.m.–noon (Monday–Friday);
1:30–3 p.m. (Monday–Friday, except Thursday)
 
 
UCEAP Contingency Planning
If a local situation requires increased caution or a program suspension and evacuation of participants, UCEAP will activate contingency plans. For security reasons, contingency plans are not public and cannot be shared with anyone except UCEAP officials.

Program Suspension Policy

If the US Department of State or CDC issues a Travel Advisory after the start date of the program term, UCEAP may suspend the program. If time and local security conditions permit, UCEAP will consult with the UC Study Center Director, UC security providers, US Embassy, US Department of State regional and security analysts, other organizations that offer programs in the same country, and area experts to determine the appropriate timeframe for suspending the program and/or for the evacuation of the students from the host country.

Security Evacuation

The UCEAP required security evacuation will override any host institution, or local US Embassy evacuation on US government-arranged flights, that require US citizens to sign a promissory note with the government. The safe evacuation of UCEAP students, managed by UCEAP and its experienced security providers, is covered by UCEAP insurance. UC students are required to follow UC safety directives in the event of an evacuation.
The University of California, in accordance with applicable Federal and State law and University policy, does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy,* disability, age, medical condition (cancer-related), ancestry, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled veteran. The University also prohibits sexual harassment. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, and treatment in University programs and activities. Inquiries regarding the University’s student-related nondiscrimination policies may be directed to the campus Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action office.

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