International Baccalaureate

Minimum Age Requirement

Applicants who are Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents or flow-through foreign students1 must be at least 18 years of age as of 1 January of the matriculation year, or have completed a minimum of 12 years of formal education beginning with Primary 1 or equivalent.

1Refers to foreign students who have completed their tertiary education in the Junior Colleges, Millennia Institute, Integrated Programme (IP) schools, polytechnics, or Specialised Independent Schools viz. NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, School of Science and Technology (SST), School of the Arts (SOTA), and Singapore Sports School.

Applicants submitting the International Baccalaureate Diploma must fulfil the following requirements:

  • Obtain a grade five in at least two Higher Level (HL) and one Standard Level (SL) subjects
  • Obtain the IB Diploma

In addition, applicants must meet one of the following Mother Tongue Language (MTL) requirements: 

  • A minimum pass grade for HL/SL MTL A: Literature
  • A minimum pass grade for HL/SL MTL A: Language and Literature
  • A minimum pass grade for HL/SL Language B
  • A minimum D7 for the higher MTL paper taken at the 'O' Level examination

For those who are exempted from MTL, the MOE-approved subject-in-lieu will be considered as their MTL subject. Those who have not fulfilled the MTL requirement may still apply for admission. Their application will be reviewed without prejudice. However, if accepted, they will be required to (i) attain any of the minimum requirements as a private candidate, or (ii) attend equivalent courses conducted by pre-approved language schools before being allowed to graduate.

Applicants who have been away from Singapore’s school system for a few 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 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 affect the evaluation of the application for a place in the university.

International Students (IS) in Privately-Funded Schools (PFS) are not required to fulfil the MTL Requirement.

For programme-specific requirements, please refer here.







 Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)


 School of The Arts

 Singapore Sports School

 St. Joseph’s Institution

 Methodist Girls’ School


 Hwa Chong International


 Not required 

 St. Joseph’s Institution (International) 

 Anglo-Chinese School (International)

SC: Singapore Citizens / PR: Permanent Residents / IS: International Students

Applicants presenting an International Baccalaureate Diploma may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis for the following degree programmes:

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    DigiPen Institute of Technology Singapore
    • Digital Art and Animation
    • User Experience and Game Design

    Subject Requirements
    See programme-specific requirements for all DigiPen (Singapore) programmes

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    Singapore Institute of Technology
    • Accountancy
    • Air Transport Management
    • Aircraft Systems Engineering
    • Computer Engineering
    • Diagnostic Radiography^
    • Dietetics and Nutrition^
    • Digital Communications and Integrated Media*
    • Engineering Systems
    • Hospitality Business
    • Information and Communications Technology (Information Security)
    • Information and Communications Technology (Software Engineering)
    • Occupational Therapy^
    • Pharmaceutical Engineering
    • Physiotherapy^
    • Robotics Systems
    • Speech and Language Therapy^
    • Sustainable Built Environment

    Subject Requirements
    Applicants must fulfil admission requirements
    For Health Sciences programmes, please refer to the Mandatory Medical Clearance for additional requirements
    * For DCIM applicants, programme-specific requirements and English requirements apply
    ^ For Allied Health programmes, please refer to programme-specific requirements

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    Singapore Institute of Technology and DigiPen Institute of Technology Singapore
    • Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation*
    • Computer Science in Interactive Media and Game Development*
    • Mechatronics Systems

    Subject Requirements
    Applicants must fulfil admission requirements
    * See programme-specific requirements. Additional requirements:

    • A pass in one of the following HL subjects (Mathematics or Physics or Computing); or a pass in SL Mathematics
    • Obtained a minimum grade five for at least two HL and one SL subjects and the IB Diploma while satisfying the Mother Tongue Language (MTL) requirements.
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    Singapore Institute of Technology and University of Glasgow
    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Computing Science
    • Mechanical Engineering

    Subject Requirements
    Applicants must fulfil admission requirements

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    Singapore Institute of Technology and Massey University
    • Food Technology

    Subject Requirements
    Applicants must fulfil admission requirements

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    Singapore Institute of Technology and Newcastle University
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Electrical Power Engineering
    • Mechanical Design and Manufacturing Engineering
    • Marine Engineering
    • Naval Architecture
    • Offshore Engineering

    Subject Requirements
    Applicants must fulfil admission requirements

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    Singapore Institute of Technology and Technical University of Munich
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Electronics and Data Engineering

    Subject Requirements

    1. The IB must be obtained after attending at least twelve uninterrupted (continuous) years of full-time education. The 6 examination subjects taken must conform to IB conditions stipulated by the German Higher Education system:

    • 2 languages at A or B level (one of which at least must be an advanced foreign language studied uninterruptedly as "Language A" or "Language B HL" )
    • 1 Natural Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
    • 1 Mathematics subject (Mathematical Methods or Mathematics HL or Further Mathematics together with Mathematics HL)
    • 1 social Science Subject (History, Geography, Economics, Psychology, Philosophy, Social Anthropology, Business and Management, and Global Politics)
    • The 6th compulsory subject may be one of the above or one of the following subjects recognised by the IB: Art/Design, Music, Theatre Arts, Film, Literature and Performance, or another modern foreign language: Latin, Classical Greek, General Chemistry, Applied Chemistry, Environmental Systems, Computer Science, Design Technology, World Religions, Sports exercise and health science.
    • Of the 6 subjects, 3 have to be Higher Level (HL) subjects, and 3 at the Standard Level (SL). The Higher Level (HL) subjects must contain 1 Mathematics subject.
    • All subjects must be taken uninterruptedly (continuously), over two years.

    Candidates have to attain a minimum IB Grade of 4 on the six compulsory subjects. Where an IB grade of 3 is awarded in one subject only, it is possible to compensate for this if another subject taken at the same level has been awarded at least an IB Grade 5, and an aggregate of 24 points has been attained.

    2.  If the conditions according to point 1 are not fulfilled, an additional examination in accordance with the Hochschulzugangsqualifikation* (high school entrance qualification) is required. Recognition as a subject-related University entrance qualification is also possible by a successful university study of one year.

    *IB applicants who do not fulfil the conditions in point 1 may take the “Studienkolleg” for 1 year and write an examination afterwards called “Feststellungsprüfung”. The “Feststellungsprüfung” is in accordance with the “Framework Regulations for Admission to University Education with Foreign Educational Qualifications”, for studying at the “Studienkolleg”. For more information on the “Studienkolleg”, please visit this site.

    For further enquiries on these requirements, please contact TUM Asia Admissions Office at


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    The Culinary Institute of America
    • Food Business Management (Culinary Arts)
    • Food Business Management (Baking and Pastry Arts)

    Subject Requirements
    Please see programme-specific requirements