The general admissions framework for SIT is a 2-tier system, where applicants are shortlisted using a minimum academic threshold, after which they undergo admissions interviews / test evaluations to be assessed for the desired skills, profile and aptitudes. Applicants will then be selected based on overall standing, consisting of both academic and interview/test performances, as well as other key attributes, e.g. demonstrated skills or relevant ‘work experience’.
Applicants with work experience who do not meet SIT’s minimum academic threshold marginally but have particularly impressive work experience and records may be considered under SIT’s aptitude-based admissions process. This allows a ‘second chance’ for candidates who may not have excelled in the polytechnic, junior college or other educational institution, but have since done very well in real-work situations.
All shortlisted applicants must attend an interview. The interview will be used to assist in determining whether the applicant is suitable for the programme based on these broad criteria:
- Aptitude to complete the degree programme
- Likelihood of applicant pursuing a career in the area after graduation
- Attributes/characteristics (e.g. passion, determination, team-spirit, interpersonal skills) necessary to be part of the degree programme as well as to be a professional in the area chosen.
Aside from the mandatory interviews, SIT may impose additional admissions criteria, on top of the GPA, or equivalent to select applicants. These can be based on one or more of the following components:
- Particular subject scores, where relevant
- Portfolios of work
- Reasoning or aptitude tests
- Outstanding performance in non-academic areas
Minimum Age for University Admission
The Ministry of Education’s (MOE) policy on the admission of under-aged students (defined as under 18 years of age at expected point of matriculation) into the Autonomous Universities (AUs) is that Singapore Citizens (SCs), Permanent Residents (PRs) and flow-through international students (IS) have to satisfy one of the following requirements to be admitted into our AUs:
- Possess acceptable pre-university qualifications, e.g. ‘A’ Levels, polytechnic diploma, or International Baccalaureate diploma
- Have completed a minimum of 12 years of formal education
However, under the Enlistment Act, males who are liable for National Service (NS) can be called up for full-time NS as soon as they turn 18 years of age. The Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) grants deferment from full-time NS to eligible pre-enlistees who wish to pursue full-time studies up to GCE ‘A’ level, polytechnic diploma or an equivalent qualification. Those who commence their university studies before their enlistment will be enlisted at the first opportunity after they turn 18 years of age. They are required to make the necessary arrangements with their university to disrupt their university studies to fulfil their full-time NS obligations.
Students with Special Education Needs
SIT adopts an inclusive and fair approach in assessing applicants without denying an opportunity to an applicant due to his/her special education needs. Applicants are encouraged to disclose any special need or assistance they may require upon admission to SIT at the onset, to help ensure that any necessary adjustment can be planned to support their education.
SIT is committed to an admissions policy that strives to ensure that students (SCs and PRs) are not denied admission because of financial difficulties. The Admissions Division administers various financial assistance schemes to help meet the educational expense needs of as many eligible students as possible.
At present, there are very limited financial assistance schemes available for international students. International students are required to furnish a documentary proof of Certification of Finances during matriculation to declare their financial ability to support their educational and living expenses throughout the period of study at SIT.