Step 1 Must have secured at least three (3) modules (courses) from the initial application submitted
Students will have to secure at least three modules (courses) from their initial application submitted. This may be increasingly difficult in AY2021/22 Semester 2 due to limited outbound exchanges and fewer modules being available to visiting students.
Students who are unable to secure at least 3 modules at this stage will have their application deemed unsuccessful.
Regrettably, NUS is unable to accede to any appeals given the limited number of modules and the strict timeline for immigration matters.
Step 2 Receive Acceptance Letter (email) from NUS Registrar’s Office which includes information on application of on- campus housing, Student’s Pass (Visa), and Entry Approval
Contingent upon securing three modules as Step 1.
Step 3 Receive housing application outcome
On-campus accommodation has always been limited, with demand outstripping supply. Allocation of on-campus housing has been further reduced due to limited operating capacity in view of the social-distancing measures.
Students departing from Category (IV) countries are strongly advised to apply for housing only after they have obtained Entry Approval.
Students are encouraged to seek off-campus accommodation options early. Please visit this page for off-campus resources prepared by our Hostel Admission Services team.
Step 4 Receive Student’s Pass application outcome from Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA)
Many of the pre-arrival aspects, particularly those involving immigration, border control and quarantine measures, are beyond the University’s control. Any possible changes may be on short notice and cause disruption to students’ plans.
Applicants are required to secure the following:
a) A Student’s Pass, and
b) Entry Approval for travel to Singapore
Students extended an offer of admission will be sent an email containing application instructions for both.
Step 5 Apply and Receive Entry Approval (EA)
All international students entering Singapore require Entry Approval. Students can apply for entry 2 to 5 weeks before the planned date of entry.
From 1 November 2021, all international students entering Singapore will be required to be fully vaccinated as an entry requirement.
Entry Approval employs a quota system and is reviewed on a weekly basis. NUS is unable to guarantee approval and If unsuccessful, students may make a second or third application, if feasible.
As these regulations are subject to frequent calibration by the government, we encourage frequenting the Safe Travel Office website for the most up-to-date regulations.
*Note on Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP)*
Students in certain countries/regions are permitted quarantine-free entry into Singapore under Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL). Please take note that only specific flights are VTL eligible. For the most up to date information on eligibility and COVID-19 testing requirements, please visit the VTL webpage
Students who apply via VTL will receive a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) in lieu of Entry Approval. No separate Entry Approval application is necessary.