No exemptions will be given. All international students are admitted to the first year of study.
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.
Please refer to Country Requirement.
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
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.
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.
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.
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|
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.
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.
As hospitalisation expenses can be costly, TP has arranged for a Group Hospitalisation and Surgical Insurance (GHSI) policy for all full-time international students. The policy covers hospitalisation expenses due to illness and/or accidental injuries except the list of exclusions as stated by insurer. The premium may range from $30 to $40 per annum (subject review and change without prior notice). The premium is part of the total fees payable at start of each Academic Year.
The GHSI covers treatment at a Singapore Government Restructured Hospital and/or Specialist Outpatient Clinic. Please note that treatment at PRIVATE Hospitals will not be covered.