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TP provides the international student with a caring environment, an excellent academic experience, a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art facilities, an opportunity to share diverse ethnic cultural practices, and hands-on experience through projects and the Student Internship Programme.

Our International Students Office coordinates the recruitment of international students and organises immersion and cultural programmes to facilitate your smooth transition to life in Singapore and at TP.

In Mar 2007, TP was named the Best Host for International Students Studying in Singapore at the inaugural Singapore Education Awards organised by the Singapore Tourism Board.


Contact us at isohotline@tp.edu.sg

Programmes for International Students

The International Students Office organises a special Week of Welcome to introduce freshmen to new friends, briefings on useful information, campus life and the community for a smooth transition in Singapore and Temasek Polytechnic.

Temasek Polytechnic International Students Group (TPISG)

Temasek Polytechnic International Students Group (TPISG) is a student interest group under the International Students Office. It provides a platform for social and cross-cultural experiences for international and local students. The student management committee organises regular activities and events to promote cross-cultural awareness and friendship.

There will be occasions for you to share with us your rich cultural background through food, song and dance, fashion and exhibitions featuring your unique culture. You are encouraged to bring along a set of national or ethnic costume for special occasions such as the Global Community Day and festive celebrations.


How can I apply for exemptions?

How can I apply for exemptions?

No exemptions will be given. All international students are admitted to the first year of study.

Is there any age limitation?

Is there any age limitation?

The full-time diploma courses offered by the Polytechnics are targeted mainly at fresh school leavers from secondary schools or ITE. Admissions to the full-time diploma courses is highly competitive. Applicants meeting the requisite requirements are considered for admissions based on merit and subject to vacancy available.

Mature students are encouraged to consider taking up part-time courses. If they are granted admissions to the full-time diploma courses, they are expected to be able to work with their younger classmates, generally in the age group of 17 -19 years old, in their course of study and particularly during group discussions/project work.

What is the English requirement?

What is the English requirement?

Please refer to Country Requirement

  • The IGCSE/GCE 'O' Level English requirement is for holders of the IGCSE or any international GCE 'O' Level result (except Sri Lanka GCE 'O' Level).
  • The IELTS/TOEFL English requirement is for holders of any international qualifications except all GCE 'O' level, Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, USA and International Baccalaureate results.

IELTS/TOEFL requirement varies according to respective diploma course’s stipulated English Language requirement.

Minimum EL grade required for Singapore-Cambridge GCE O Level

Required minimum IELTS scores

Required minimum TOEFL scores


Internet-Based | Computer-Based


     60              |            170

     46              |            133

Grade B4


Grade C6


Are scholarships or bursaries available?

Are scholarships or bursaries available?


TP offers a range of prestigious scholarships to full-time students who have excelled academically and with a proven track record in co-curricular activities.

The offer of these scholarships strongly reflects the Polytechnic's commitment to recognise deserving students for their outstanding achievements with the aim to further encourage and inspire them to excel in their academic pursuits. The award of these scholarships is made possible through TP and by the generous donations from reputable donor organisations and individuals.

What financial assistance is available?

What financial assistance is available?
  • Tuition Grant (TG) Scheme - This scheme was introduced by the Government to subsidise the high cost of tertiary education in Singapore.

For International Students: You may apply for a Tier C TG if you have not benefited from TG previously to complete a course at the same or higher level of education. If you take up the TG, you will be required to secure employment and serve in a Singapore entity for three years upon graduation. Application for TG will be made available upon successful enrolment into the polytechnics. 

  • Tuition Fee Loan (TFL) - All tuition grant holders may apply for TFL to pay up to a maximum of 75% of the Tuition Fee through DBS Bank.

Are international students allowed to work part-time?

Are international students allowed to work part-time?

International students may attempt to supplement your finances through part-time work. However, this should not be relied upon as the only source of finance. Part-time work must be done outside of school hours and co-curricular activities, and it must not affect your academic performance. Students are advised not to engage in controversial activities that are detrimental to the interest of Singapore and Temasek Polytechnic.

The Ministry of Manpower has indicated that full-time matriculated students holding a Student’s Pass in the approved Polytechnics and Universities are allowed to work part-time for a maximum of 16 hours a week during school term and work full time during vacation without a work pass. 

For more information, please refer to Ministry of Manpower website. 

How are living expenses in Singapore?

How are living expenses in Singapore?

The following is a general guideline of estimated expenses in Singapore dollars for planning purposes only.

Item Monthly S$ Annually S$
Accommodation (1 person per room) 600 - 700 7,200 - 8,400
Food 300 - 400 3,600 - 4,800
Public Transport (Consession rates available) 50 - 100 600 - 1,200
Book and Stationery (Varies) - 250 - 500
Class Fund - 50 - 200
Personal Expenses (Varies) 50 - 100 600 - 1,200
Group Hospitalisation & Surgical Insurance (GHSI) - 40 - 50
Total (Approximate) 1050 - 1,400 12,940 - 17,550

Where can I find accommodation?

Where can I find accommodation?

Most international students choose to stay near the campus in Tampines, Bedok, Simei or Pasir Ris. This is to minimise the travelling time needed to and fro the campus and home. You may choose to rent a room from a local family. Alternatively, you may want to share an apartment with other students. Rental for a room in HDB public housing may cost about S$600 and above per person or S$400+ for twin-sharing. Rental of a HDB apartment could range from S$1,800 to S$2,500. Students are expected to pay at least one month advance rent and one month deposit.

Where possible, you should make arrangements for your accommodation before you arrive in Singapore.

How do I apply for Student’s Pass to study in Singapore?

How do I apply for Student’s Pass to study in Singapore?

Student's Pass

All international students must apply for a valid Student’s Pass at least one month and not more than two months before the start of the Academic Year at ICA’s Student’s Pass Online Application & Registration (SOLAR) system

Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) will issue an In-Principle Approval (IPA) Letter to successful applicants. You must present this letter with your valid passport for immigration clearance at the Singapore Checkpoint. If you require a visa, this IPA letter also serves as a pre-approved visa.

Are international students covered for hospitalisation?

Are international students covered for hospitalisation?

Group Hospitalisation and Surgical Insurance (GHSI) for Full-Time International Students

TP has arranged for a GHSI policy to make hospitalisation expenses more affordable for all full-time international students. The policy is from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2025.

  • Covers up to $30,000 per year
  • Outpatient Mental Health
  • Covers treatments up to 1 year of injury
  • Refer to the GHSI website to apply for the Letter of Guarantee (LOG)*

  1. Information Card
  2. Brochure
  3. Exclusion

How to make a claim/follow up on claims

  1. Fill up the GHSI Claim Form.
  2. Obtain and scan the supporting documents such as receipts, medical reports and doctor memos.
  3. Upload the GHSI form and supporting documents here.

Follow-up claims
Upload new documents here*Please have your GHSI claim reference number ready.
Please keep the original documents for one year as the insurer may request for them for verification.

For all enquiries, please contact MYCG Two.
Email: catgoh@mycgtwo.com.sg
Contact: +65 9817 7848 (Cat Goh)
24-hr hotline: +65 6286 2866

How can I obtain a copy of Temasek Polytechnic's prospectus?

How can I obtain a copy of Temasek Polytechnic's prospectus?

You may obtain a copy of Temasek Polytechnic’s online version of the prospectus here.