Can foreigners study in Singapore Polytechnic?

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 truly 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.

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
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Accommodation costs varies according to geographical area, the type of accommodation, 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 termand 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.

Financial Assistance Schemes

Donor-Sponsored Bursaries
Application for AY2022 : 11 Apr – 6 May 2022Each 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 $5,000 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 upload supporting documents online via e-Services/e-Resources (Finance Matters > Upload Supporting Documents for FAS) by following the steps in the Guide for Uploading Documents You may need to submit:
1. An Official Statutory Declaration Form for unemployed or self-employed family member who is staying in your home country (eg not staying in Singapore). This statutory declaration can be done in the presence of a Commissioner for Oaths or a Notary Public in your home country. 
2. Checklist of supporting documents to prepare for online uploading
3. Free phone apps such as CamScanner (Iphone and Android users), Scanbot, Adobe Scan, Scannable (iPhone users)
4. All students are encouraged to participate in the Interbank Giro Scheme. If you do not have a GIRO account registered with SP, submit your e-GIRO application online (DBS/POSB acct holders only) OR Mail original completed  Interbank GIRO Form to below: Softcopy of GIRO form will not be processed.
Attn: Student Finance
Singapore Polytechnic
500 Dover Road
Admin Building level 2 Finance Dept
Singapore 139651Please ensure that your contact number and address in Student Portal is accurateNote: Applicants will be informed via iChat email by end June of the result of application.