Application for Academic Year 2022-2023 will commence from 15 October 2021 and close on 21 February 2022.

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 2021 or earlier IB Diploma Programme Examination Session May 2022 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
Mother Tongue Language (MTL) requirement Some students may be subjected to the Mother Tongue Language (MTL) requirement for admission. Refer to more information below.
  1. It is mandatory for all applicants to authorise the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) to release their International Baccalaureate (IB) transcripts to NUS. Applicants can do so by informing their school’s IB coordinator.

    Please refer to for details.

    Applicants who have retaken exam papers after graduation must re-authorise the release of their IB transcripts to NUS.

  2. Applicants writing IBDP examination in May 2022 will receive the application outcome online by 3rd week of July 2022.

  3. May 2022 IB Diploma Programme examination session applicants who wish to apply for Medicine and/or Dentistry courses in AY2022-2023 are required to submit their predicted IB Diploma results as attested by the high school.

    From AY2023-2024 onwards, applicants taking the May IB Diploma Programme examination session who wish to apply for Medicine and/or Dentistry courses are required to submit the following supporting documents by the NUS admissions application closing date in February 2023:
    1. Predicted IB Diploma results as attested by the high school and
    2. ACT with Writing or SAT and
    3. SAT Subject Test scores or AP Test scores
    For more information, click here

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 IB Diploma Programme (the IB Standard Level Language ab initio does not fulfil the requirement);
b) Minimum D7 grade for Higher MTL at Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'O' Level (the IGCSE MTL First Language examination does not fulfil the requirement);
c) Minimum S grade for H1 MTL, H1 General Studies or H2 MTLL at Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'A' Level;
d) Pass in MTL Syllabus B paper 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

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 will be made known to applicants who receive NUS admission offers. 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.

Applicants who are unable to fulfil the MTL requirement for admission but satisfy all other admission requirements may still apply for admission with no prejudice to their application. Successful applicants will be admitted on a provisional basis and are required to fulfil the MTL requirement during their course of study in order to graduate from NUS, by either:

  1. Attending the MTL course (Chinese/ Malay/ Tamil) conducted by NUS; or
  2. Attaining the minimum requirement as listed above by retaking the MTL paper at the IBDP or Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘A’ Level examinations. Information on the Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level MTL paper for private candidates is available at the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) website: