Application for admission in Academic Year 2021-2022 has closed.

Applicants (regardless of nationality) seeking admission to NUS should present the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. This includes full-time National Servicemen (NSF) with IB Diploma who have a course reserved in NUS, but wish to apply for a change of course.

Applicants will be considered for admission based on the strength of their academic achievements and additional interviews/tests if required.

For courses that require additional interviews/tests, applicants will also be assessed based on their performance during interviews and/or tests.


Admissions Requirements for IB Diploma Programme students:


November 2020 or earlier IB Diploma Programme Examination Session May 2021 IB Diploma Programme Examination Session
To apply Apply with actual International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma results Apply with predicted International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma results, as attested by high school
1) ACT with Writing or SAT and
2) SAT Subject Tests
Not Applicable Required if you
  • are applying for Medicine and/or Dentistry course
  • wish to have an early admission consideration
Mother Tongue Language (MTL) requirement Some students may be subjected to the Mother Tongue Language (MTL) requirement for admission. Refer to more information below.
Notes All applicants are strongly encouraged to authorise International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) to release their International Baccalaureate (IB) transcripts to NUS. Applicants can do so by informing their school’s IB coordinator.

Applicants writing IBDP examination in May 2021 will receive the application outcome online by 3rd week of July 2021.

For more information, please refer to the IB FAQs.

Mother Tongue Language (MTL) Requirement

Meet the Mother Tongue Language (MTL) requirement as set by the Ministry of Education, Singapore:

School Singapore Citizens Singapore Permanent Residents International Students
Independent/ Specialised Independent Schools in Singapore (Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), School of the Arts, Singapore Sports School, St Joseph’s Institution) Applicable Applicable Applicable
Other IB World Schools in Singapore Applicable Applicable Not Applicable
All IB World Schools outside Singapore Applicable Applicable Not Applicable

The Mother Tongue Language (MTL) requirement (that is applicable as indicated in the above table) can be met by having one of the following:

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);
b) Minimum of D7 grade for Higher MTL at Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-Level (the IGCSE MTL First Language examination does not fulfil the requirement);
c) Minimum of 'S' grade for the H2 MTL paper taken at the Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'A' Level examination;
d) 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;
e) Pass in MTL-in-lieu subject approved by Ministry of Education, Singapore;
f) Exemption from MTL approved by Ministry of Education, Singapore

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 are unable to fulfill the MTL requirement for admission but satisfy all other admission requirements will be admitted on a provisional basis. During the course of study, these students will be required to attend the MTL course (Chinese/ Malay/ Tamil) conducted by the University; or attain the minimum requirement as listed above by retaking the MTL paper at the IBDP or Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘A’ Level examinations before they are allowed to graduate.

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.

Submission of the official MTL examination results slip/ transcript/ exemption approval is required for the University to review your fulfilment of the MTL requirement. Please refer to the Application Checklist for more information.