When will I know the results for my financial aid application?

You will receive an email on the interim financial aid offer together with the admission offer. 

If you are not successful in the application, you can apply again next year because each application will be processed based on the applicant’s latest financial situation and the prevailing financial aid approval guidelines.

If I have been awarded a CDC/CCC bursary or MOE bursary for this academic year, do I need to re-apply again next year?

Yes, the bursaries are tenable for one year. You will have to submit a financial aid application yearly in order to be considered again for the bursary. Students must not concurrently hold the CDC/CCC bursary and the MOE Bursary in the same year of award. For more information on the application procedures for bursaries, please refer to the Financial Aid page.

Do I have to repay the bursary awarded to me?

No repayment is required. However in the event that the student withdraws or terminates his course of study in SUTD prematurely, he will be required to refund the monies. Student is required to inform the Office of Student Administration via email at scholarships_financialaid@sutd.edu.sg with regard to his/ her withdrawal or terminated status.

What can I use the Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA) funds for? If I have applied for and have been awarded the Tuition Fee Loan (TFL) and/or the SUTD Study Loan (SL), can I still use my PSEA funds?

The PSEA funds can be used towards your tuition fees, compulsory miscellaneous fees, and hostel fees* (*only during the Freshmore year). It can also be used for enrichment programmes such as overseas student programmes and local and overseas conferences/competitions approved and endorsed by the University.

If you have been awarded the TFL and/or SL, the PSEA funds will be used first to off-set your tuition fees and compulsory miscellaneous fees. The TFL and SL will then be applied to clear any outstanding tuition fees after deducting your PSEA funds.

How do I check the balance in / withdraw funds from my PSEA?

You can check your PSEA balance by contacting MOE at 6260 0777 or contact@moe.gov.sg.

Funds can be withdrawn from your PSEA either by submitting a Standing Order application or an Adhoc Withdrawal application. Please refer to the PSEA page for details on the withdrawal process.

I have obtained a loan under the CPF education scheme to finance my tuition fee payable but I have yet to receive a bill for my tuition fee. Why?

Tuition and related fees are billed at the start of the term.

If you have applied for CPF Education Scheme for settlement of tuition fees, please note that the CPF withdrawn amount will only be reflected in your statement of account after Week 3 of the term after due processing.

The amount of funds withdrawn from CPF account is subject to available and eligible funds for withdrawal by CPF Board.

When do I start repaying my tuition fee loan under the CPF education scheme?

Repayment starts one year after graduation or on leaving the course, whichever is earlier. The maximum repayment period is 12 years.

Does SUTD administer the Mendaki Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy (TTFS)?

No, this subsidy is administered by Yayasan Mendaki.

Please visit the Mendaki Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy (TTFS) page or Yayasan Mendaki's website for more information.

I have received the SUTD admission offer letter. When and how do I apply for the Tuition Fee Loan (TFL) / Study Loan (SL)?

Application details and application form for TFL are published on our TFL page by March. You can download the application form and submit the duly completed form to DBS Bank for them to process the loan application. The TFL is a one-time application and upon approval, it will cover the normal duration of the course of study.

Upon approval of the TFL, you may opt to apply for the SL via the Office of Student Administration. Upon approval by SUTD, you may proceed to DBS Bank to sign the SL agreement.

Please refer to the TFL and SL pages for more information.

Can a non-Singaporean be my guarantor for the Tuition Fee Loan (TFL) / Study Loan (SL)? What will happen if he/she cannot be present in Singapore to sign the TFL / SL agreement?

The guarantor for Singaporean students must be Singaporean while Singapore PR students can have either Singaporean or Singapore PR as guarantors. For International Students, the guarantors can be of any nationality.

If your non-Singaporean guarantor is unable to be physically present in Singapore, he/she will have to sign the TFL / SL agreement in the presence of a notary public in the country that he/she is currently residing.

However, as a student borrower, you are still required to sign the TFL / SL agreement in the presence of the Bank officer.

When do I start repaying the study loan?

Repayment can be made in one lump sum or in monthly instalments commencing no later than 6 months after graduation or on securing employment, whichever is earlier.

How do I apply for scholarships at SUTD?

Information on the SUTD-administered scholarships can be found here. In your online application for admission, simply check the box in the section on Scholarships to indicate your interest to apply. If you have financial need, you may wish to improve your chances of securing a scholarship with a higher quantum of support by separately applying for donor scholarships and/or financial aid (those enrolling in the immediate year will receive an email invite to apply for financial support upon being shortlisted for interview).
 
Students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership qualities, special talents, good moral character and strong community spirit, could be recognised and rewarded with distinguished scholarships awarded by SUTD, generous donors and sponsor corporations.
 
Do note that these scholarships are limited in numbers and are awarded on the basis of competition among eligible applicants.

I received the Tuition Grant for my polytechnic course. Am I eligible to take up another Tuition Grant for my undergraduate degree in SUTD?

Yes, you will be eligible to take up the Tuition Grant for your undergraduate degree in SUTD. Details on the Tuition Grant can be found here.

What are the tuition fees and other estimated expenses for the undergraduate programme?

How do I apply for financial aid at SUTD?

More information on financial aid can be found here.

Is it compulsory to stay in the student hostel?

Yes, hostel stay is compulsory for the three Freshmore terms even for those who live very near the campus, as residential living which aims to foster a sense of community and ownership is an important component of the Freshmore experience. Exceptions may be considered on a case-by-case basis for medical reasons with supporting documents.

How are students assigned to their rooms? What if I am not comfortable with my assigned room?

Freshmore students are paired in double rooms according to the class/cluster they are assigned to.

To request for a change of accommodation, you may write in to ecchousing@sutd.edu.sg, stating clearly the reason for the request. Any room change will be subject to the University’s discretion.

How much does it cost to stay on campus?

Is there any financial aid for students who are unable to afford the housing fees?

Yes, financial aid is available.

  1. Singapore Citizens may choose to utilise funds from their Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA) to pay for their housing fees in the first 3 academic terms of their Freshmore year.
  2. All students can apply for a Study Loan from DBS bank which provides an allowance that can be used to pay for the housing fees, provided they are already under a Tuition Fee Loan or the CPF Education Scheme, or receiving the Mendaki Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy.

For more information, please refer to the Financial Aid page.

Is there a curfew? Will parents or friends be allowed to visit students at the residence?

There is no curfew for residents although students are expected to observe stipulated quiet hours to minimise disturbance to fellow residents.
 
Parents and friends are welcome to visit during visiting hours from 8am to 11pm. All visitors must leave the hostel by 11pm.

What is the Integrated Learning Programme (ILP) and who can apply for it?

The Integrated Learning programme (ILP) is a bridging programme unique to SUTD and is available to students belonging to one of the groups:

  • Returning NSmen who are commencing their studies in the upcoming academic year and are participating in the Early Matriculation Exercise

  • Those who have accepted our offer to matriculate in the same year as your admission application submission

Four preparatory subjects – Mathematics, Physics, Biology, and Chemistry – are offered to students commencing studies in SUTD. More information about the programme can be found here.

How do I apply for ILP and is full attendance compulsory?

You will need to register for and complete Early Matriculation if you are planning to register for the ILP. While attendance is not mandatory, there will not be any make-up lessons.

I am currently serving my NS obligations and my ORD is after the Early Matriculation day. Will I still be able to register for the Early Matriculation Exercise?

We will consider on a case by case basis, especially if your ORD is very close to the Early Matriculation day.

What are the benefits of joining Early Matriculation Exercise?

You could get immersed into the SUTD culture right from January through the Early Matriculation programme.

The Early Matriculation Exercise is where you will be officially welcomed into the SUTD Family and get orientated into being a SUTDent. You can enjoy benefits which include access to campus facilities and resources, ability to partake in Fifth Row Club activities, get trained early in the Fab Lab, participate as student volunteers or earn extra cash as student helpers.
 
You may also apply for research and explore internship opportunities with our partner organisations, which could even land you a prestigious scholarship with the organisation. As part of the SUTD Family, you will never be alone - for you will be introduced to your seniors who will introduce you to all things that are SUTD.

As an early matriculated student, am I allowed to stay in the hostel between January and April?

No, you will only get to stay in after the matriculation exercise in May.

Does SUTD offer any part-time courses?

We do not offer any part-time undergraduate courses. You may however consider open enrolment courses offered by the SUTD Academy.

How many intakes does SUTD have each year? And related to that, when do classes start?

We have one intake in May of each academic year. More information on the academic calendar can be found here.

Will SUTD grant credit transfer/waiver and/or exemption of modules for polytechnic students/students transferring from other universities?

No, due to the unique structure and rigour of the SUTD curriculum, all students will need to enrol in and go through the same programme in the freshman year and first term of the sophomore year (Freshmore) before choosing a major thereafter. SUTD does not grant any exemption of modules, unless you have taken the SUTD course previously under a special arrangement. 

Do any of the courses offer direct honours?

The undergraduate degree programmes in SUTD are all direct honours; therefore you will be awarded an honours if you meet the requirement for the respective honours classification, otherwise it will just be a degree (without honours).

Are students required to participate in internships while studying at SUTD?

All SUTD undergraduates will have to complete a 16-week Internship Programme, between May and September. Most of the internship opportunities offered by SUTD’s Career Development Centre are Singapore-based, although there could be opportunities for overseas internships. More information about SUTD’s career services can be found here.

When can I start applying for financial aid?

Upon being shortlisted for an admissions interview, you will be able to apply for financial aid. However, if you are a returning NSmen, you will receive a notification to apply for financial aid along with your Pre-Matriculation Online Exercise in the year that you are commencing your studies.

What are the undergraduate degree programmes offered by SUTD? Are there any part-time degree programmes?

The undergraduate degree programmes offered by SUTD are all on full-time basis only, and are as follows:  

  • Bachelor of Science (Architecture and Sustainable Design) (8 terms), and an option to pursue two more terms to obtain Master of Architecture (i.e., total 10 terms)

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Engineering Product Development) (8 terms)

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Engineering Systems and Design) (8 terms)

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Information Systems Technology and Design) (8 terms)

All undergraduate degrees are direct honours, and will be awarded by SUTD.
More information can be found here.

Are all students allowed to take a minor in SUTD and what are the requirements?

Currently, students taking up either EPD, ESD or ISTD will be able to pursue a minor on top of their major, potentially without having to overload on the number of modules (this depends on the specialisation chosen, if any). You will get to indicate your preferred minor after you have made your choice of major at the end of Term 3. Both the major and minor requirements must be completed within the normal candidature of the undergraduate programme, i.e. 8 terms.

More information on minors can be found here.

What are your admission requirements/cut-off points for ASD/EPD/ESD/ISTD?

SUTD practises a common admission selection regardless of your programme interest, as all SUTD students will be taking common modules in the first year. You will get to choose your major and are guaranteed your choice at the end of Term 3 without any prerequisites other than passing all your Freshmore modules.
 
We consider all applications comprehensively, taking into account your academic preparedness as well as your traits, qualities, passion and aspiration for fit with SUTD. For the former, students with strong competency in Mathematics and the Sciences (specifically Physics or Chemistry) are generally preferred. For the latter, through your participation in co-curricular activities, accomplishments, teacher’s recommendations, and responses to our personal insight questions, we hope to gain a better understanding of you as an individual, and if you have the attributes to flourish in SUTD. All shortlisted candidates will also be invited to an engagement/interview session with us – so we can get to know you beyond what your online application is telling us.
 
Admission is subject to merit and fair competition amongst applicants.
For more details on the specific requirements, please refer to the respective webpages:

Qualification
Singapore Cambridge GCE A-Levels 
Local Polytechnic Diploma
International Baccalaureate Diploma
NUS High School Diploma
International Qualifications
 

How are students assessed?

The grading may be based on a combination of homework, design projects (1D, 2D), class participation/activity, online quizzes, mid-term tests and final exams, with the weightages varying for different subjects.

Students are graded on a GPA of 5.0. To help ease your transition to the university, all four subjects taken in the first Freshmore term are not graded. From the 2019 cohort onwards, students can also choose an additional two subjects from Freshmore terms 2 and 3 to be ungraded.

[Local Polytechnic] Can a local polytechnic student apply with only 5 semesters results? Will those applying with a full set of Poly results have an advantage?

If you are currently in your final semester, you can apply by submitting results from your first five semesters during the application window, and upload the results from your final semester when they are available. There will not be any advantage accorded to either groups applying with five semesters or full diploma results. 

Check out the other requirements for those applying with local polytechnic diploma here.

Is SAT a prerequisite for admission? When must I submit my SAT results?

If you are holding an international qualification and applying with your latest semester/predicted/preliminary results, you will be required to submit your SAT subject test scores in Mathematics Level II and Physics along with your admission application. Additionally, you will need to have completed your final examinations by April of the intake year so that you can join our start of term in mid of May.

While SAT is not a prerequisite for those applying with local qualifications or with final results of your international qualification, you can opt to supplement your application with SAT subject test scores in Mathematics Level II and Physics if you have not done as well in those subjects.

What are the Mother Tongue Language (MTL) requirements for Singapore Citizens (SC)/Permanent Residents (SPR) presenting international qualifications?

All SCs and SPRs are required to fulfil the MTL requirement for admission into full-time publicly-funded undergraduate programmes in the local Autonomous Universities (AUs).

You may apply for admission with no prejudice to your application even if you have not fulfilled the MTL requirement, but will be required to fulfil the MTL requirement during your course of study if accepted into the programme. 

More information can be found here.

Is there an application fee?

SUTD does not charge any fees to process your application.

How do I apply and what are the admission requirements for SUTD-Duke-NUS Special Track / SHARP / STEP?

You will need to indicate your intention to apply for either of these special programmes in the online application via SUTD Admissions Portal, along with a personal statement/response.

Relevant admission requirements can be found at the following corresponding pages:

You can apply for a maximum of two special programmes, and will be required to rank the programmes in order of your preference. As the selection requirement and process for the special programmes differ, you will be informed of the special programme you have been shortlisted for prior to the interview.

[Local Qualifications] May I submit my testimonial instead of the online recommendation form?

You may upload your testimonial under the ‘testimonial’ section. However, we would still require you to provide us with the contact details of at least one teacher/lecturer who had taught you previously.

When is the application window to apply for special programmes? Is there a second window for SUTD students to apply for the programmes after they have enrolled in the university?

The special programmes are currently only available for application at the point of your application for admission to the university. There is no second application window. As the number of places for special programmes are limited, they are also highly competitive.

What do I need to prepare before I start my online application?

The online application guide can be found here. In general, the application should take around 15-20 minutes of your time to complete. You can also save your application and submit it when ready, before the application closing deadline.

If I have not been shortlisted/were not successful in my application for the special programmes, will that hurt my chances for admission into the university?

In the event that you are not successful in your application for the special programmes, you will automatically be considered for our single degree programmes, and will not be disadvantaged.

When will I be notified to select my interview slot? How do I check my application status?

In general, if you are shortlisted for an interview, you will be notified within a month or so upon the submission of your online application form. During the peak admissions period between March and April, there may be a slight delay owing to the high volume, and we seek your understanding and patience.
 
At any point upon your application submission, you may check your application status here.

What can I expect during an admissions/scholarship interview? How important is this in determining my chance of securing an admission placement or scholarship?

Depending on the programmes/scholarships you have applied and are shortlisted for, the interview format may vary. Some interviews are conducted in groups of 3 or 4 candidates to 1 or 2 interviewers; while others are 1-to-1. Regardless, the interview aims to help us get to know you better beyond what you have indicated in your online application. Interviewers seek to understand your motivation for applying to the university, and to assess your ‘fit’ for our unique learning environment.

For scholarships, interviewers will be looking out for outstanding achievements in both academic and co-curricular activities, as well as your service and desire to help the community – which may set you apart from the competition.

The interviewer’s assessment, along with your application profile, will be fully reviewed by the Admissions Selection Committee, who will make the final decision on your admission placement and/or scholarship.

I had not been successful in my application to SUTD in the last admissions exercise. Can I apply again this year with the same results?

You will not be penalised for re-applying in the new admissions exercise and your new application will be assessed in competition with the pool of applicants applying this time round. However, we do recommend that you consider supplementing your new application with additional relevant information not presented previously to improve your chances of being considered for admission.