Singapore Student Pass Guide 2023

7 min read|Last Updated: May 10, 2023|

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A foreigner is required to apply for a Student Pass if he/she is 19 years and below and wishes to pursue full-time studies in Singapore in a EduTrusted private education organization (PEO) that is registered with the Council for Private Education (CPE).

With the Council for Private Education (CPE)’s launch of the Enhanced Registration Framework, from 21 Dec 2009, all PEOs will need to be awarded with EduTrust to offer school placement for international students. Student Pass applications will be accepted only if they are for international students who are enrolled in a EduTrusted PEO.

You can refer to  for a list of EduTrust-certified institutions.

Eligibility criteria for a Singapore Student Pass

If you have already been accepted into an approved Institute of Higher Learning in Singapore, you will be eligible to obtain a Singapore Student Pass. The courses must be full-time courses. Part-time, evening, or weekend classes do not qualify for a Singapore Student Pass. The following is a list of institutions to which you may apply for a Student Pass.

Singapore Universities Singapore Polytechnics Foreign institutes with branches in Singapore
National University of Singapore Nanyang Polytechnic École Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales
Nanyang Technological University Ngee Ann Polytechnic INSEAD
Singapore Management University Republic Polytechnic University of Chicago – Booth School of Business
Singapore Institute of Technology Singapore Polytechnic DigiPen Institute of Technology
Singapore University of Social Sciences Temasek Polytechnic University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Singapore University of Technology and Design German Institute of Science and Technology – TUM Asia
Sorbonne-Assas International Law School
SP Jain School of Global Management

Who is Exempted From the Singapore Student Pass

A foreigner is exempted from applying for a Student Pass if the course:

  • Can be completed during the validity of the short term visit pass or within 30 days, whichever is shorter.
  • Is a complete and stand-alone module of its own (Meaning the course taken should not have multiple programme modules)
  • Does not involve hands-on practical occupational training and/or industrial attachment which has interaction with walk-in customers or be conducted at premises that are also the places of business, eg. Hair salons and beauty salons.

Types of Student Visas in Singapore

The following is a list of the different types of Singapore student visas:

Type Required By
Training Work Permit Students and semi-skilled foreign workers who are receiving practical training in Singapore for up to six months.
Training Employment Pass Foreign professionals who are earning a minimum of SGD $3,000 and are undertaking practical training.
Work Holiday Pass Students between the ages of 18 and 25 who want to work and vacation simultaneously in Singapore for up to 6 months.
Work Holiday Pass For Australian students and graduates between ages 18 and 30 who desire to spend a year working and vacationing in Singapore.

The Singapore student visa applications can be submitted through the Student’s Pass Online Application and Registration (SOLAR) system.

For students up to 19 years attending college, the student visa application shall be directly processed by the ICA. Note that an interview is conducted for students above the age of 20.

Singapore Student Visa Interview

The interview is only conducted for students above the age of 20 who are applying for vocational, language, commercial, or fine arts degrees in Singapore. Ensure that all the paperwork is proofread and you are prepared for basic questions on why you are applying at a certain place.

Documents Required for Singapore Student Pass Application

Here are the documents that are required to apply for the Student Pass in Singapore:

  • Registration Acknowledgement Letter from your registered school
  • Personal information, inclusive of previously resided countries, educational background, employment history and financial support
  • A recent passport-sized, digital, colour photograph taken within the last three months
  • Residential address and contact details in Singapore

Procedure, timeline and fees 

New applications are to be submitted at least 2 months and not more than 3 months from the course commencement date. Applicants are not required to be present in Singapore while their applications are being considered.

Hence, applicants are advised to apply for a Student’s Pass before arriving in Singapore as no extension of stay will be granted while the applications are under processing. Applicants are advised to enter Singapore to complete the formalities for the issuance of a Student’s Pass only after their applications have been approved. They will be issued with Student’s Passes within one month from the date of commencement of the course.

The general processing time for a new application for a Student Pass is about 4 weeks. It may even take up to 2 months or even 4 months if interviews are required.

There will be a processing fee of $30 for every application and a $60 fee when the successful applicant completes the formality process upon issuance of the Student Pass at ICA.

What happens if I want to Transfer Schools / Courses of Study?

Applicants who wish to apply for a new Student’s Pass in order to take up a different course or to study in a different PEO, are to submit an application for the transfer of school/course of study at least 4 weeks before the course begins.

In general, an application to transfer school/course would take about 3 working days to process (excluding the day of submission and collection) after having received a duly completed application by ICA. Nonetheless, some applications may require a longer time to process.

Do I need a Local Sponsor?

A local sponsor is only required for the Government/Government-Aided/Independent Schools and for Institutes of Technical Education.
For Singapore citizens or Permanent Residents, you may also opt to sponsor a foreigner to study upon acceptance of an educational institution to pursue full-time study.

Do I need to pay a Security Deposit?

When the application for a Student Pass is approved, an In-Principle Approval (IPA) letter will be issued for the applicant to complete the formalities and collect the Student Pass card at ICA. The Security Deposit, if required, would be indicated in the IPA letter to the applicant.

The amount of Security Deposit (if required) is listed in the table below:

Country Form of Security Deposit Rate Per Person
i Bangladesh, Myanmar, People’s Republic of China & India Banker’s Guarantee from any established bank in Singapore or Cashier’s Order S$5000/=
ii Indonesia, Philippines & Thailand Banker’s Guarantee from any established bank in Singapore or Cashier’s Order or NETS S$1000/=
iii Others S$1500/=

Applicants are not required to furnish a Security Deposit if they are

  • Nationals from Malaysia and Brunei;

  • Holders of valid Dependant’s Pass, long term visit pass and Employment pass in Singapore.

  • Children/Spouse of Singapore Citizens/Permanent Residents;
  • Foreign students who are studying in kindergartens registered with MOE/childcare centres licensed by MCYS; Foreign students who are attending a full-time course at an approved PEO that is awarded the SQC(PEO)/EduTrust Star/EduTrust status;

  • Foreign students who are pursuing a full-time university degree (Graduate/Post-Graduate) programme, except for the University of London (UOL) tuition programme, at an approved PEO;
  • and Below 16 years of age at the point of application.

Collecting my Student Pass

After printing out the IPA letter, it can be used to travel to Singapore. Upon landing in Singapore, the IPA letter must be shown to the Immigration and Checkpoint Authority Officers who will then give you a Visit Pass.

An appointment must then be made at the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) building to complete the formalities of obtaining a Student Pass. These formalities must be completed before the Visit Pass expires. All documents required on the IPA letter along with a signed Terms & Conditions of Student’s Pass (STP) document must be submitted. This document declares that you agree to the terms and conditions of a Singapore Student Pass.

Do note that a fee of SGD $60 is required for the issuance of your Singapore Student Pass.

Can I work with a Student Pass?

Yes, you are able to work with a Singapore Student Pass without having to get a Work Permit. However, the following conditions need to be met:

  • You must be enrolled in an approved learning institution.

  • You must be at least 14 years of age.

  • The work you do must contribute to your school requirements.

  • During the school term, you cannot work for longer than 16 hours per week.

Exchange students are not allowed to work in Singapore.


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