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You will need to apply for a Student’s Pass if you are a foreigner who has been accepted for admission as a full-time matriculated or registered student at one of the following Institutes of Higher Learning (IHL) in Singapore.

You do not need to apply for a Student’s Pass if you hold a valid Dependant's Pass, Long-Term Visit Pass or Immigration Exemption Order.

Local universities

  • National University of Singapore
  • Nanyang Technological University
  • Singapore Management University
  • Singapore Institute of Technology
  • Singapore University of Social Sciences
  • Singapore University of Technology and Design

Local polytechnics

  • Nanyang Polytechnic
  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic
  • Republic Polytechnic
  • Singapore Polytechnic
  • Temasek Polytechnic

Offshore institutes with local campuses

  • École Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales
  • INSEAD (Singapore)
  • SP Jain School of Global Management
  • DigiPen Institute of Technology
  • German Institute of Science and Technology – TUM Asia
  • Sorbonne-Assas International Law School

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You will need to provide original documents and official translations (for documents in languages other than English), as well as copies of the documents for ICA to retain.

ICA accepts:

  • Translations provided by the embassy of the country that issued the document
  • Translations produced by a notary public in Singapore or the country that issued the document
  • Privately created translations attested by the embassy of the country that issued the document, or notarised by a notary public in Singapore or the country that issued the document.

ICA does not endorse any private translation companies or entities. Insufficient documentation may result in non-acceptance of your application. You may be required to provide additional documents to support your application.

You will need the following documents/ information to complete your Student's Pass application, please have them ready before you apply:

  • The Registration Acknowledgement Letter from the school you plan to attend
  • Your travel document biodata page and birth certificate (if applicable)
  • Your personal information, including the list of countries / places you have previously resided in, your educational background, employment history and financial support
  • Your parents’, spouse's, and/or siblings’ personal information (if applicable)
  • Your residential address and contact details in Singapore
  • Your email address
  • Your recent, passport-sized, digital, colour photograph taken within the last three months. Please refer to the photo guidelines for more information.

You will need to apply online using the e-Service at least two months and not more than three months before course begins. 

You do not need to be in Singapore while your application is being processed. As such, we recommend you apply for a Student’s Pass before arriving in Singapore as you cannot extend your stay while processing is underway. If your application is approved, you can then enter Singapore to complete the formalities required to issue your Student’s Pass.


A non-refundable S$45 processing fee is payable.

Payment can be made using:

  • Visa or MasterCard credit/debit card or,
  • American Express (AMEX) credit card or,
  • Internet Direct Debit (DBS/POSB, OCBC, UOB and Standard Chartered Bank Internet Banking accounts in Singapore) or,
  • PayNow.
Processing Time

The processing time for application is within one week (and within two weeks if Visa is required) (excluding the date of submission). Some applications may take longer time to process. You may enquire about the application status using the e-Service.