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Admission in NUS, NTU,SMU and other Singapore Universities

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Admission intakes in Singapore universities differ from each other depending upon the undergraduate and postgraduate course enrollment.

In most of the autonomous state-funded (local) universities, there are two types of academic cycles – August semester and January semester. In private universities, admissions take place all-round the year - in every quarter, also known as rolling admissions (eg. James Cook University).

For all the UG courses, admission to the National University of Singapore takes place in the mid of October whereas PG admissions take place twice for August semester and January semester. Likewise, for admission in Nanyang Technological University, UG admissions start in the mid of October and PG admissions open in October and June months for their respective intakes.

For Singapore Management University, admissions under UG and PG programs both, get started from the October month.

To have more information on the admission deadlines of all the universities, click here.

How to Apply? Eligibility Requirement, English Proficiency test, Documentation 

Start your application process by searching which course you want to study in Singapore. With a variety of courses available at your discretion, it is very important to choose the right type. Your choice, of course, would depend upon the following factors:

  1. You want to do Diploma, UG, PG or Ph.D.
  2. Future employment opportunities for the course you want to choose
  3. University Ranking, etc

Zero-in on the course you want to study and start by filling the application form.

Eligibility Requirements for a student to study in Singapore

Must have passed 12 years of general education by the end of July of the applying year.

  1. English Proficiency Test (for non-native speakers) - TOEFL/ IELTS/ PTE Academic/TOEIC/CPE score
  2. Other mandatory test requirements:
  • SAT/ ACT score
  • GRE/ GMAT score (depending upon the course type)
  • University Entrance Examination (UEE) for eg. NTU conducts NTU Entrance Test
  • Course-specific entrance tests
  • Interview (in selective universities)


  1. The candidates with English as their native language are not required to give any English Language Test, like IELTS or TOEFL, etc.

But to satisfy 2 Entry language requirement they are required to present a certificate giving a proof of their second entry language (other than English).

In case of second language, often referred to as Entry level language, the candidates might also be required to pass one of the accepted language tests, at the University level, before the start of the program. 

  1. In lieu of IELTS, TOEFL, SAT and other country specific english exams, you are required to sit for university specific entrance test. Based on this test it will be determined whether they will be required to take English Proficiency as a subject of study or not. For example, NTU takes Qualifying Entrance Test (QET) for all its graduate students unless exempted.

Supporting Documents Required 

After the candidate has filled the online application form, he/she has to also submit the following related documents:

  1. Scanned copy of application fees
  2. Scanned copy of Passport details
  3. Scanned copy of Student Pass (for non – Singapore citizens)
  4. Scanned copy of past academic documents
  5. Scanned copy of University details
  6. Scanned copy of SAT and SAT Subject test scores/ ACT/ IELTS/ TOEFL / AP/ GMAT score
  7. Scanned copy of Choice of courses (preferences)
  8. Scanned copy of tuition grant
  9. Scanned copy of financial aid
  10. Awards/ Recognitions/ co-curricular activities/ extracurricular activities/ competitions
  11. Criminal Offence records, if any
  12. Medical report stating any disability or illness

Payment of Application Fees

After the candidate has filled the application form, at the end of it, he/she has to make the payment of the registration fees.

Amount of fees

University wise.

Mode of payment

  1. Credit Card only (through VISA or MasterCard)

The amount of credit card differs from university to university. Debit card payments won’t be accepted. Cash payment is not allowed.

  1. Bank Draft

It has to be made payable to the University with name and application number of the applicant at the back of the bank draft. The original bank draft has to be sent to the university by post.

What Next After Applying? Visa, Offer Letter, Student Pass

Visa Requirements

Once the candidate has applied to the University course, he/she will be sent an In-Principal Approval (IPA) letter if they are selected by the university. That IPA will also contain a one-time entry visa for entering Singapore.

Application Status

Once you are done with all the formalities from your side, keep checking your application status on your desktop. One can also download the university app for doing the same in a more convenient way.

Offer Letter

All the students who will be selected by the university will be sent a consent letter. In this, the university will offer a seat to the candidate in the desired course. Read the offer document carefully before signing the contract.

Student Pass

After getting the offer letter, the candidate also has to apply for a Student Pass, issued by Immigration and Checkpoints Authority(ICA). Student Pass is a mandatory document (depending upon the university applied) for an international student unless he/she is applying to a local Singapore University. In few cases, the University also applies for Student Pass on the candidate’s behalf.

University Rejection Letter 

Making an Appeal

Few universities in Singapore allow you to make re-appeal against the rejection of the application. So write down your appeal carefully noting all the strong points about your application. Also consider some changes, if required, for making your appeal impactful in front of the selection committee.


All those candidates who get rejected by the university this time shall re-apply for a later intake. A few universities also provide feedback to the rejected applicants which is quite useful for re-applying. Taking those concerns into consideration along with your own critical analysis, redraft your application and apply again.

Applying to a different university

Once you get the rejection letter, you may also make changes to the university list where you want to apply. Shortlist a few new universities to apply to and start making the application.

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