International Students

SP has a long tradition of welcoming international students. Yearly, international students are admitted to a wide range of courses in SP providing the campus enrolment with rich cultural diversity and a stimulating learning environment.

Many international students are quick to seize the many opportunities and facilities available at SP to enjoy a truely rich and memorable student experience, several whom have gone on to become student leaders, sportsmen and prize / medal winners.

Immigration - Student's Pass

All international students studying in Singapore will be required to apply for the Student's Pass issued by Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA).

SP will notify international students via email when the application online through the Student's Pass Online Application and Registration (SOLAR) system on ICA's website is open.

SP's eGuide provided in the enrolment website contains a detailed application process that international students may refer to

Successful applicants will be issued with an In-Principle-Approval (IPA) letter by ICA, which can be downloaded via SOLAR system.

For applicants who require a visa to enter Singapore, a visa is incorporated in the IPA letter. This means that you will not be required to separately apply for a visa and may enter Singapore using the IPA letter at the checkpoints.

Financial Assistance Schemes

Donor-Sponsored Bursaries

Application for AY2020/2021 : 13 Apr - 6 May 2020

Each year, hundreds of bursaries are given out through this scheme because of the generous donations of organizations and individuals. The values of the bursary awards are between $1,000 to $4,500 per academic year.

All Full-time diploma students who need financial assistance are encouraged to apply for this category of financial assistance first.

Selections are based on donors' criteria (which may include nationality, course, academic performance, financial circumstances, CCA, etc). Short-listed candidates may be contacted to attend interviews if required by the donor.

See our list of SP donors-sponsored Bursary Awards [HERE]

Important: Students should make arrangements to pay for their school fees for the first semester while waiting for their application for financial assistance to be approved.

Application Procedures:

Apply online via e-Services/e-Resources (Finance Matters > Apply for FAS) Prepare and submit supporting documents in softcopies via email by following the steps in the Guide for Uploading Documents

You may need:

  1. Income Declaration Form for family members who are self-employed or unemployed including housewife
  2. Checklist of supporting documents to prepare for email submission
  3. Free phone apps such as CamScanner (iPhone and Android users), Scanbot, Adobe Scan, Scannable (iPhone users)
  4. If you do not have a GIRO account registered with SP, submit your e-GIRO application online (DBS/POSB acct holders only) OR mail completed Interbank GIRO Form to below:


Attn : Student Finance
Singapore Polytechnic
500 Dover Road
Admin Building level 2 Finance Dept
Singapore 139651

Please ensure that your address in Student Portal is accurate

Applicants will be informed via iChat email by 5 June of the result of application.

For Singaporean students, once you put in the application for donors-sponsored bursaries, SP will also apply for either the Higher Education Community Bursary (Previously CDC/CCC Bursary) or the Higher Education Bursary (Previously MOE Bursary), depending on your family income. You do not need to apply again in the same academic year.

Note: Students should make arrangements to pay for their school fees for the first semester while waiting for their application for financial assistance to be approved.

KKH Bursary

Application Period: 13 Apr till 6 May 2020

Quantum of Bursary: $4500/ Academic Year

Bursary can be renewed over the 3 years in SP if recipient maintains good results and has no disciplinary record.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Malaysian citizen
  • Full-time 1st year diploma student
  • In financial need
  • Required to attend a selection interview

Please put in an application for the Donors-Sponsored bursary (above). Shortlisted applicants will be notified by email to attend an interview.

SP International Students' Club

As an international student, you should make it a point to join the International Students' Club (ISC).

ISC consist of SP students from different nationalities and aims to provide a platform for international students in SP to meet fellow students from the same country, befriend students from other countries, and integrate with local students and local communities.

Joining ISC will help you learn more about local cultures and settle down faster to life in Singapore and SP.

Contact ISC at:

Estimate of Living Expenses

Living expenses vary according to individual lifestyles and means. The figures indicated below are estimates and serve as a reference only:

Deposit per person on room rental (two month's rent - two to a room) $1,000
Other initial expenses $500
Group hospitalisation and surgical insurance $50
Rent per person (two to a room)$500$6,000
Water, electricity and gas$100$1,200
Telecommunication and Internet$100$1,200
Books, stationery / materials$50$600
Personal expense$150$1,800
TOTAL ESTIMATE$1,400$18,350


Students may refer to the following resources for rooms to rent:

  • Classified Advertisements
  • Online Websites for Property Rental

Accomodation costs varies according to geographical area, the type of accomodation, demand, facilities provided and the number of people sharing a room.

Part-time / Full-time work

Full-time diploma students are allowed to work part-time for up to 16 hours per week during school term, and working full-time during vacation period.

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) put in an exemption so that applying for work permits are not necessary. You may refer to MOM's website for more information.

There is no need to obtain permission from SP for part-time work.

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