Singapore University of Technology and Design Admission Requirements for International Students

By | October 20, 2021

International Qualifications

Criteria for Admission

You should have completed at least 12 years of general education or have taken the Year 12 national/international examination in the year of application in order to be considered for admission. Students with strong competency in Mathematics and the Sciences, i.e. Physics or Chemistry, are generally preferred.

Mother Tongue Language (MTL)

All Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents are required to fulfil the MTL requirement for admission into full-time publicly-funded undergraduate programmes in the universities.

The MTL requirement may be fulfilled through the following:

  1. a D7 grade for Higher MTL at Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-Level (the iGCSE MTL First Language examination does not fulfil the requirement); or
  2. a pass in MTL ‘B’ or a S grade for H1 MTL/ MTL-in-lieu or H2 MTL Language and Literature or H1 General Studies in Chinese at Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level; or
  3. a pass in MTL A: Literature, or MTL A: Language and Literature, or Language B MTL at Standard or Higher Level at International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (the IB Standard Level Language ab initio does not fulfil the requirement). 

Those who have not fulfilled the MTL requirement may still apply for admission with no prejudice to their application. However, if accepted, they will be required to fulfil the MTL requirement during their course of study. 

Applicants who have been away from Singapore’s school system for some years and have not kept up with the study of their MTL or a language that can be offered as MTL-in-lieu may apply for MTL exemption. The MTL exemption application will be facilitated by the universities as part of the university application, and the results made known to applicants who receive admission offers from the university. Please note that MOE does not accept direct applications for MTL exemption. The application for MTL exemption will also not prejudice the evaluation of the application for a place in the university.

English Proficiency requirement

Submission of either IELTS, TOEFL, SAT, Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic), ACT scores or C1 Advanced is compulsory for applicants who are presenting qualifications where English is not the medium of instruction, including (but not limited to):

  • Indonesian Ijazah SMA
  • Indonesian Ujian Nasional (UN)/Ebtanas
  • Myanmar Matriculation Examination
  • PRC Gao Kao qualification
  • Unified Examination Certificate (UEC)
  • Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM)
  • Vietnam National High School Graduation Examination

Only scores obtained in the two years leading up to the application will be considered. 


For more information and registration for SAT, you may visit the US College Board website. You should indicate 6532 (SUTD Institution Code) on your SAT registration forms, so that the scores will be sent directly to us.


For more information and registration for TOEFL, you may visit the Educational Testing Service. You should indicate 7216 (SUTD Institutional Code) on your TOEFL registration forms, so that the scores will be sent directly to us. Only internet-based scores are acceptable.


For more information and registration for IELTS, please refer to the IELTS website.


For more information and registration of ACT, you may visit the Education Testing Service. You should indicate 7989 (SUTD Institutional Code) on your ACT registration forms, so that the scores will be sent directly to us. 

PTE Academic

For more information and registration for Pearson Test of English Academic, you may visit the PTE Academic

C1 Advanced

For more information and registration for C1 Advanced, you may visit Cambridge Assessment English.

Online Application Form

Please choose your qualification from the following to start applying:

For each University Admissions Exercise, we only accept one application from you, made through our online application portal. Duplicate applications will not be processed.

You may refer to the overview of the online application process for more information.


I have not received my exam results yet. Can I apply with my predicted results, and if yes, when should I do so?

If you will only receive your actual/final results latest by August of the application year, you may submit an admission application with your latest semester/predicted results instead.

Please refer to the respective qualification webpages for the detailed requirements:

You may also refer to the application timeline. Subsequently, should you accept our offer, you will have to submit your actual/final results within 3 days following the official release date.Is either SAT or IELTS score submission compulsory for admission? Is there any minimum requirement?

For more FAQs in other categories including undergraduate programme, financial support and hostel, please refer to our main FAQs page.

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