ARE THE COURSES THE SAME AS THOSE OFFERED AT MIT?

MIT developed more than 100 courses for SUTD’s undergraduate programme (>90% of the curriculum). About half of these were new courses while the rest were adapted from MIT’s existing courses with modification and a focus on design. The SUTD curriculum offers a variety of novel pedagogical approaches including distinctive opportunities for close faculty interactions, cohort-based learning with small group interactions and collaborative learning through learning communities.

ARE THE DEGREES OFFERED THE SAME AS THOSE OFFERED AT MIT?

No, SUTD students will graduate with a SUTD degree. SUTD undergraduate programme confers on graduates Latin honours degrees.

WILL THERE BE OPPORTUNITIES TO GO OVERSEAS FOR EXCHANGE?

Presently, 75% of SUTD students get opportunities to go overseas for exchange. We target to send 100% of our students overseas in the next few years, so we are progressively expanding the number of partner universities and corporations to accommodate for this. Currently, overseas opportunities for SUTD students cover exchange and summer programmes in more than 10 countries around the world, including leading institutions such as Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, European Innovation Academy and KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

DOES SUTD OFFER ANY PART-TIME PROGRAMMES?

We currently do not offer any part-time undergraduate programmes. All undergraduate degree programmes are conducted on a full-time basis.

WHAT ARE THE PRE-REQUISITES FOR ADMISSION TO THE COURSES? DO STUDENTS NEED TO HAVE TAKEN MATHEMAT

We welcome all qualified applications and while it is not compulsory for students to have taken Mathematics or Physics at A Levels/IB, or equivalent, candidates who have taken and scored well in these subjects may be considered more favourably.

I FAILED MY MOTHER TONGUE LANGUAGE AT THE A-LEVELS/IB EXAMINATION. CAN I QUALIFY FOR ADMISSION?

All Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents are required to fulfil the MTL requirement for admission into full-time publicly-funded undergraduate programmes in the universities. The MTL requirement may be fulfilled through the following:
 
a.    a D7 grade for Higher MTL at Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-Level (the iGCSE MTL First Language examination does not fulfil the requirement); or
 
b.    a 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; or
 
c.    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).
 
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 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.

WILL SUTD GRANT CREDIT TRANSFER/WAIVER AND/OR EXEMPTION OF MODULES FOR POLYTECHNIC STUDENTS / STUDENTS TRANSFERRING FROM OTHER UNIVERSITIES?

No. Due to the unique structure and rigour of the SUTD curriculum, all students will need to enrol in and go through the same programme in the freshman year and first term of the sophomore year (Freshmore) until they choose a pillar thereafter.

WILL STUDENTS NEED TO SUBMIT A PORTFOLIO FOR ADMISSION TO THE ARCHITECTURE PROGRAMME?

Submission of portfolio is optional and not compulsory for application to the programme.  You are welcome to submit a portfolio demonstrating your creativity and ideas to supplement your application.

IF I WISH TO SUBMIT A VIDEO OR MY BLOG/WEBSITE URL, WHAT SHOULD BE INCLUDED?

You may submit a video OR URL link to your website or blog (video of up to 1.5 minutes) showcasing your leadership qualities, hands-on experiences, research experiences, unusual or extraordinary accomplishment, and any other personal qualities and relevant experiences.

MAY I SUBMIT MY TESTIMONIAL AS PART OF THE RECOMMENDATION LETTER REQUIREMENT?

You may upload your testimonial under the ‘testimonial’ section. However, we would still require you to provide us with the contact details of at least one teacher/lecturer who had taught you previously.

I HAVE GRADUATED A FEW YEARS BACK. MAY I REQUEST MY SUPERIOR TO WRITE THE RECOMMENDATION LETTER FOR ME INSTEAD?

Yes, you may request your superior to submit the online recommendation letter for you.

CAN I MAKE AMENDMENTS TO MY APPLICATION FORM AFTER SUBMITTING IT ONLINE?

You can only amend the following fields after submission: Address, Country, Phone and Email. For other amendments to your application, please send an email to admissions@sutd.edu.sg indicating your full name and NRIC/FIN/passport number.

CAN FULL-TIME NATIONAL SERVICEMEN (NSFS) OR NSMEN WHO HAVE BEEN OFFERED A PLACE AT ANOTHER LOCAL UNIVERSITY (NUS/NTU/SMU/SIT) APPLY TO SUTD? WHAT HAPPENS TO THE PLACE THAT WAS RESERVED FOR THEM?

Yes, NSFs and NSmen who had been offered a place at another university can apply to SUTD.

Once you accepted the SUTD offer, SUTD will inform the university that had reserved a place for you to withdraw you from the earlier reserved course.

IS THERE AN EARLY INTAKE FOR NSFS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR NATIONAL SERVICE?

SUTD has only one intake in May each year. However, students awaiting matriculation into SUTD may opt for the Early Matriculation Exercise in January to partake in 5th Row activities, undergo Fab Lab training and utilise campus facilities, amongst other benefits. Students may also register for the Integrated Learning Programme (ILP) which prepares and instils fundamental masteries in math and science in students with no or limited knowledge or who simply desire to have a refresher course in a particular area of study.

I HAVE NOT BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN MY APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION. CAN I APPEAL TO BE RECONSIDERED?

If you wish to appeal against SUTD's admissions decision, you are required to submit an online appeal within 2 weeks following notification of the application outcome.  Your appeal must represent significant and compelling new academic and/or personal information that was not present at the time of application and which brings merit for reconsideration.

Only appeals submitted through the online application portal will be considered. This is accessible to applicants who have submitted an application in this current admissions exercise, and have received outcomes of their application. Appeals via any other avenues will not be considered. Appeals can be submitted here.

I HAVE ALREADY OBTAINED MY BACHELOR’S DEGREE FROM A LOCAL UNIVERSITY IN SINGAPORE AND I AM LOOKING TO PURSUE A SECOND DEGREE. AM I STILL ELIGIBLE FOR THE SUBSIDIZED FEES?

According to the tuition grant policy, “Undergraduate students (regardless of nationality) will be eligible to receive Tuition Grant at SUTD, so long as they did not already attain a degree or higher qualification through subsidy by MOE or sponsorship by the Singapore Government (this includes the receipt of a government scholarship such as those offered by the Ministries, Public Service Commission and Statutory Boards for local or overseas study).”
Therefore, if you had already used the tuition grant for your first degree course, you would not be eligible to receive tuition grant for your second degree, and would be required to pay unsubsidized tuition fees.

ARE SUTD’S UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES DIRECT HONOURS DEGREES?

Yes.  The SUTD undergraduate degrees are direct honors degrees.

WHAT DEGREE DO I GRADUATE WITH WHEN I COMPLETE MY EDUCATION IN SUTD? WILL THE DEGREE BE FROM MIT AND SUTD SINCE IT IS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE TWO UNIVERSITIES?

You will graduate with one of the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science (Architecture and Sustainable Design) (8 terms) - with an option to pursue two more terms to obtain Master of Architecture (i.e., total 10 terms)

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Engineering Product Development) (8 terms)

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Engineering Systems and Design) (8 terms)

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Information Systems Technology and Design) (8 terms)

All degrees will be awarded by SUTD.

DO I REQUIRE ANY SUBJECTS AS PRE-REQUISITES TO SELECT ANY PILLARS?

All students will embark on a common foundational curriculum in the first three terms, after which they select a specialization (pillar).

HOW DIFFERENT IS SUTD’S ARCHITECTURE AND SUSTAINABLE DESIGN (ASD) PROGRAMME COMPARED TO THE BACHELOR OF ARCHITECTURE OFFERED IN NUS?

Students in SUTD have to go through a common curriculum in their first three terms, in which they will study subjects like Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Humanities and Engineering. The purpose of studying these subjects is to give our students a solid foundation to support their specialization study in their pillar years. In their senior year (i.e., Capstone year), students from different pillars come together to do a Capstone project to address critical societal needs, which is unique to SUTD. 

SUTD’s curriculum is designed with input from the industry. For example, the computation and simulation subjects and the material and structure sustainability subjects in ASD were included in the curriculum at the advice of the architectural industry. This concept of bringing the industry into our curriculum development will allow us to equip our students with the skills and knowledge to meet the needs of tomorrow's industry. While internship in the Architecture course in NUS is optional, in SUTD, about 16 weeks are set aside for students to have their internships either in between the third and fourth terms and/or in between the fifth and sixth terms. Students can opt for 2 internships as well.

HOW DIFFERENT IS SUTD’S ENGINEERING AND INFORMATION SCIENCE PROGRAMME COMPARED TO THOSE PROVIDED BY OTHER AUTONOMOUS UNIVERSITIES (AUS) IN SINGAPORE?

SUTD courses are modelled after MIT’s engineering courses, and designed based on an outside-in approach, i.e. instead of specializing in deep vertical disciplines as commonly offered by the other AUs, our pillars are multi-disciplinary and designed to equip students with the necessary and functional knowledge that can be applied to any industries. For example, students in the Engineering Product Development pillar will study key components of mechanical, materials, and electrical engineering, amongst others, that will allow them to design and develop functional products. Students choosing to study Engineering Systems and Design (ESD) will learn to analyze, model, and optimize large scale complex systems. While students who choose the Information Systems Technology and Design (ISTD) pillar will learn both computer science and computer engineering related subjects, allowing them to apply algorithmic thinking to problem solving.

SUTD’s curriculum is technically-grounded, providing a solid foundation with a lot of possible educational and career opportunities for the students. It is interdisciplinary. Not only will students take engineering subjects, they will also be exposed to arts, humanities and social sciences and business and management. More importantly, design will be a key feature in all the courses offered. 

There will be an emphasis on industry needs. Students will be exposed to the latest technology and system developments within industry and have early exposure to entrepreneurship. 

HOW DOES EPD OR ESD COMPARE WITH CHEMICAL ENGINEERING IF I WANT TO GO TO ENERGY INDUSTRY?

The energy industry seeks engineers from the different engineering specialisations including graduates from both Engineering Product Development (EPD) and Engineering Systems and Design (ESD). Our curriculum will equip our students with the necessary skills, knowledge, and creative experiences to be competent in a variety of industries including the energy industry. While EPD does not have a specific, equivalent track to Chemical Engineering, a number of courses and projects in the EPD pillar specifically focus on the modelling and design of energy systems, energy production, and alternative energy processes. Fundamentals in chemistry support these courses. The ESD undergraduate curriculum is concerned with the design, optimisation, and management of large scale complex engineering and engineered systems which include energy production and distribution systems. 

Degrees from EPD or ESD will provide sought after skill sets and pathways for pursuing graduate level degrees in energy systems and in Chemical Engineering related specialties. In addition, we are working with Energy Market Authority and various energy companies to support our students with internships and scholarships.

I WANT TO GET INTO AEROSPACE INDUSTRY. DOES SUTD OFFER AEROSPACE ENGINEERING OR ITS EQUIVALENT?

SUTD does not have a specific pillar on aerospace. However, there are faculty with Aerospace expertise within the Engineering Product Development (EPD) pillar, as well as course work and projects with novel Aerospace applications. Students with technical engineering and design interests in the Aerospace industry can enrol into the EPD pillar. 

Aerospace industries will have clear interests in the skill sets of EPD pillar graduates, in addition to the skill sets of graduates from Engineering Systems and Design (ESD) and Information Systems Technology and Design (ISTD).Various aerospace companies as well as Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Changi Airport Group (CAG) have already indicated their confidence by supporting SUTD students with internships and scholarships.

WILL I BE GUARANTEED A PLACE IN THE PILLAR OF MY INTEREST SINCE I DO NOT SELECT THE PILLAR IN MY APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION?

We will attempt to accommodate everyone’s choice of pillar. The reason for deciding on the pillar only after the 3 Freshmore terms (2 terms in freshmen year and first term of sophomore year) is that students will be better able to assess their interest and suitability for the various specialisations

WHY ARE SUTD’S FEES HIGHER THAN THE OTHER LOCAL AUTONOMOUS UNIVERSITIES?

As an autonomous university, SUTD’s tuition fee is subsidised by the Singapore Government. Our higher tuition fee is necessary as we are providing a curriculum of high academic quality designed by MIT. SUTD also has a lower student-to-faculty ratio compared to the other local universities. This ensures a high level of interaction between students and faculty.

CAN I PAY IN INSTALLMENTS?

SUTD does not provide instalment plans.  However students with financial difficulties can apply for financial aid.

WILL MORE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, SCHOLARSHIPS OR AWARDS BE PROVIDED TO ASSIST STUDENTS AS THE TUITION FEE INCREASES? WHAT ABOUT MORE SUBSIDIES AND BURSARIES?

SUTD is committed to a merit-based, needs-blind admission policy, and ensures that no deserving student is denied the opportunity of an SUTD education due to financial difficulties. 

Upon matriculation to SUTD, students with financial needs can either apply for government bursaries, Tuition Fee Loan, SUTD Study Loan or other financial aids offered by the University and the Ministry of Education (MOE) to help them complete their studies. For the list of financial aid, please refer to the Financial Aid page.

MOST FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE SCHEMES ARE CURRENTLY LIMITED TO SINGAPORE CITIZEN STUDENTS. WILL HELP BE GIVEN TO PERMANENT RESIDENT AND INTERNATIONAL STUDENT WHO ARE UNABLE TO AFFORD THE NEW CHARGES? IF SO, WHAT HELP WILL BE PROVIDED?

Needy PR and IS students who are admitted to SUTD can take up loans to better manage their financial commitments during their studies. SUTD remains committed to a merit-based, needs-blind admission policy, and ensures that no deserving student is denied the opportunity of an SUTD education due to financial difficulties. For the list of financial aid, please refer to the Financial Aid page.

HOW AND WHEN DO I APPLY FOR UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS?

There are approximately 200 SUTD and donor scholarships available for deserving students annually. You need not apply separately for these scholarships. Once you apply for admission to SUTD, we will assess your suitability for a scholarship.

SUTD scholarships are merit-based and will be offered to selected candidates together with the admission decision. 

IS THERE A BOND ATTACHED TO THE SCHOLARSHIPS?

SUTD scholarships do not come with a bond. The different undergraduate scholarships offered by the external organisations may have different conditions attached. Please refer to the Scholarships page for more information. 

CAN I HOLD MORE THAN TWO BURSARIES, SCHOLARSHIPS OR A COMBINATION OF BURSARIES AND SCHOLARSHIPS CONCURRENTLY?

Students cannot hold two or more bursary/scholarship awards at the same time. At the point of acceptance of the bursary or scholarship award, all awardees are expected to declare their agreement to abide by this condition and if found to be holding two awards concurrently, to forgo one award or refund monies already granted under either award.

WHAT IS THE TUITION FEE FOR THE MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE?

The tuition fee per term for the Master of Architecture programme is based on prevailing rates of the enrolment year for the Master programme

WHEN CAN I START APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID AT SUTD?

Prospective students who have been offered admission to SUTD can apply for financial aid by early 2016. Application details and application forms for all the financial aid schemes are published on the Financial Aid page.

Please adhere to the application deadline for submission of financial aid. Late application is discouraged as this will delay the financial aid application process.

If you have valid reasons for missing the application and/or document submission deadlines, you may send an appeal via email to studentadmin@sutd.edu.sg stating the following:
1. Your full name
2. Your student ID number
3. The reason(s) for late application/submission of documents
4. A summary of your family background and income status.

You will be advised on the outcome of your appeal within 1 week.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID?

All financial aid applications should be submitted via MyPortal. Once you have completed your online application, you are required to download the application form and submit the required supporting documents to the following address: 
Singapore University of Technology and Design, Office of Student Administration (OSA), 8 Somapah Road Singapore 48737.

For more information, please refer to the Financial Aid page.

WHEN WILL I KNOW THE RESULTS OF MY FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION?

You will receive an email from the Office of Student Administration (OSA) on the outcome of your application within 2 months upon receipt of the completed documents. You may also check your application status via MyPortal.

If you are not successful in the application, you can apply again next year because each application will be processed based on the applicant’s latest financial situation and the prevailing financial aid approval guidelines.

IF I HAVE BEEN AWARDED CDCC BURSARY OR MOE BURSARY FOR THIS ACADEMIC YEAR, DO I NEED TO RE-APPLY AGAIN NEXT YEAR?

Yes, the bursaries are tenable for one year. You have to file a financial aid application yearly in order to be considered again for the Bursary. Student must not concurrently hold CDCC bursary in the same year of award as MOE Bursary. For more information on the Bursaries application procedures, please refer to the Financial Aid page.

DO I HAVE TO REPAY THE BURSARY AWARDED TO ME?

No repayment is required. However in the event that the student withdraws or terminates his course of study before proceeding to second term of his course of studies in SUTD, he will be required to refund or pay back the monies. Student is required to inform the Office of Student Administration via email at studentadmin@sutd.edu.sg with regard to his withdrawal or terminated status.

WHAT CAN I USE THE POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION ACCOUNT (PSEA) FUNDS FOR? IF I HAVE APPLIED FOR AND HAVE BEEN AWARDED THE TUITION FEE LOAN (TFL) AND/OR THE SUTD STUDY LOAN (SL), CAN I STILL USE MY PSEA FUNDS?

The PSEA funds can be used to pay your tuition fees and compulsory miscellaneous fees (including the payment of hostel fees during the Freshmore year).  It can also be used for enrichment programmes such as:

  • Overseas Student Programmes

  • Local and overseas conferences/competitions approved and endorsed by the University.

If you have been awarded the TFL and/or SL, the PSEA funds will be used first to clear your tuition fees and compulsory miscellaneous fees. The TFL and SL will then be used to clear any outstanding tuition fees after deducting your PSEA funds.

HOW DO I CHECK THE BALANCE IN / WITHDRAW FUNDS FROM MY PSEA?

You can check your PSEA balance by contacting MOE at 6260 0777 or contact@moe.gov.sg.
If you wish to withdraw your PSEA funds to pay for your tuition fees and compulsory miscellaneous fees, you will need to submit a Standing Order (SO). The SO is a one-time application and will apply to all future withdrawals for tuition fees.  

If you missed the deadline for SO submission or wish to withdraw the funds to pay for your compulsory miscellaneous fees only, you can submit an Ad Hoc Withdrawal Form which is meant for one-time withdrawal. You will have to submit either the SO or another Ad Hoc Withdrawal Form if you wish to withdraw your PSEA funds in the following term. 

Please indicate clearly under which category you wish to withdraw the PSEA funds for and the exact amount you wish to withdraw. The SO Form and the Ad Hoc Withdrawal Form can be downloaded from our PSEA financial aid page and must be submitted to studentadmin@sutd.edu.sg or mailed to Office of Administration (OSA) within the stipulated application period.

I HAVE OBTAINED A LOAN UNDER THE CPF EDUCATION SCHEME TO FINANCE MY TUITION FEE PAYABLE BUT I HAVE YET TO RECEIVE A BILL FOR MY TUITION FEE. WHY?

This could be due to insufficient funds in the CPF member’s account to pay for your tuition fee payable. 

Alternatively, you can explore other financial arrangements, e.g.
  • Include another CPF member who can pay for your tuition fee payable (please visit the CPF website for more details); or
  • Apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from DBS bank.

WHEN DO I START REPAYING MY TUITION FEE LOAN UNDER THE CPF EDUCATION SCHEME?

Repayment starts one year after graduation or on leaving the course, whichever is earlier. The maximum repayment period is 12 years.

DOES SUTD ADMINISTER THE MENDAKI TERTIARY TUITION FEE SUBSIDY (TTFS)?

No, this subsidy is administered by Yayasan Mendaki. SUTD assists in the collection and submission of application forms. 

Please visit our Mendaki Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy (TTFS) page or Yayasan Mendaki's website for more information

I HAVE RECEIVED THE SUTD ADMISSION OFFER LETTER. WHEN AND HOW DO I APPLY FOR THE TUITION FEE LOAN (TFL) / STUDY LOAN (SL)?

Application details and application form for TFL are published on our TFL page by early 2015.  You can download the application form and submit the duly completed form to DBS Bank to process the loan application.  The TFL is a one-time application and upon successful application, it will cover the entire duration of study.

The SL will be offered as one of the components of the financial aid package when you apply for SUTD financial aid and have been assessed to be eligible. Once your SL application is approved, you will receive an email from Office of Student Administration (OSA) on the outcome of your application within 2 weeks upon receipt of all the relevant documents. Successful applicants will proceed to OSA to collect the SL agreement and approval letter in person before proceeding to DBS bank to sign the SL agreement.

Please refer to the TFL and SL pages for more information.

CAN A NON-SINGAPOREAN BE MY GUARANTOR FOR THE TUITION FEE LOAN (TFL) / STUDY LOAN (SL)? WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF HE/SHE CANNOT BE PRESENT IN SINGAPORE TO SIGN THE TFL / SL AGREEMENT?

Singaporean students can only have Singaporean guarantors while Singapore PR students can have either Singaporean or Singapore PR as guarantors.  For International Students, the guarantors can be of any nationality.
 
If your non-Singaporean guarantor is unable to be physically present in Singapore, he/she will have to sign the TFL / SL agreement in the presence of a notary public in the country that he/she is currently residing.

However, as a student borrower, you are still required to sign the TFL / SL agreement in the presence of the Bank officer.

WHEN DO I START REPAYING THE STUDY LOAN?

Repayment can be in one lump sum or in fixed equal monthly instalments (minimum of $100 per month) commencing not later than 6 months after graduation or on securing employment, whichever is earlier.

IS IT COMPULSORY TO STAY IN 6°?

Yes, living at 6° is compulsory for the Freshmore terms (first three terms) even for those who live very near the campus (exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for medical reasons). 

IS THE RESIDENCE SUITABLE FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES?

Depending on the nature and severity of their disabilities, the residence may be able to accommodate their needs.

HOW ARE STUDENTS ASSIGNED TO THEIR ROOMS? WHAT IF I AM NOT COMFORTABLE IN MY ASSIGNED RESIDENCE DURING TERM/VACATION STAY?

Freshmore students are required to complete a Roommate Matching Questionnaire prior to check in. The information collected would be used to provide a basis for matching students to room together.

If any student wishes to request for a change of accommodation, he/she may write in to housing@sutd.edu.sg after 2 weeks from start of term (for term stay) or 2 weeks from start of vacation (for vacation stay), stating clearly the reason for the request.  

The change will be subject to the University’s discretion.

WHAT ARE THE HOUSING FEES?

The housing fees would be billed with effect from May 2015 onwards on a per term basis. Payment is due one week from the invoice date. A late payment fee of S$20 would be imposed for payment made after the due date. Find out more about the housing fees for Freshmores and Sophomores/Juniors/Seniors.

First payment of the housing fees can be made via cheque (payable to “Singapore University of Technology and Design”), Credit/Debit cards, NETS, or cash at the Finance Cashier located at the Student and Visitor Services Center. Payment for subsequent terms would be deducted via GIRO on the due date.

HOW WILL THE UTILITIES BILL BE SETTLED?

The housing fees are inclusive of utilities with the exception of the room’s air conditioning which will be on a ‘Pay as you use” basis.

IS THERE ANY FINANCIAL AID FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE UNABLE TO AFFORD THE HOUSING FEES?

Yes, financial aid is available. Student can apply for a study loan allowance with DBS bank and use it to pay for the housing fees. 

For more information, please refer to the Financial Aid page.

ARE STUDENTS ALLOWED TO EXTEND THEIR STAY BEYOND THE FIRST THREE TERMS?

Sophomores /Juniors/Seniors may apply to stay at the residence after their first three terms. Their applications are subject to availability.

IS THERE A CLEANING SERVICE FOR THE ROOMS?

You are expected to keep your own room clean. You may bring in your own cleaning equipment such as vacuum cleaner.

WHAT ARE THE SECURITY MEASURES TO PREVENT UNAUTHORISED ENTRY?

Access to the residence is controlled by the key-cards given to all students living in 6°. There is 24-hour security service and CCTV cameras are installed in various locations in the blocks.

IS THERE A CURFEW? WILL PARENTS OR FRIENDS BE ALLOWED TO VISIT STUDENTS AT THE RESIDENCE?

There is no curfew for the students.

Parents and friends are allowed to visit during visiting hours: 8am to 10pm. No overnight stay is permitted.

ARE PETS ALLOWED?

No keeping or feeding of pets is allowed.

WHERE CAN I SEEK COUNSELLING?

The Counselling Service office is located at level three, East Wing. You may also send an email to counselling@sutd.edu.sg to schedule an appointment.

HOW CONFIDENTIAL IS THE COUNSELLING SERVICE?

Our counsellors are professionally trained and are bound by professional ethics to maintain confidentiality of matters discussed during the counselling sessions. Confidentiality is vital to to provide a safe and trusting environment for clients to speak freely with the counsellors in sessions. 

The service is confidential, and no information will be revealed to anyone outside the service without your consent except in circumstances where you are at risk of harm to self or others or when information is required to be disclosed under the law or pursuant to a court order.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM THE FIRST COUNSELLING SESSION?

Before you see your counsellor, you will be required to fill in the Client Registration form and it will take you about 10 minutes to fill in the form. You will then meet with your counsellor for about an hour where you discuss your situation and concerns with your counsellor. At the end of the first session, both of you will decide what course of action might be most helpful for you. Course of action might involve further counselling sessions, attending a life skills group or referral to external agencies.

WHY ARE THE TWO UNIVERSITIES (SUTD AND SMU) LAUNCHING THIS DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMME?

SUTD and SMU created the DDP in anticipation of the changing needs of industry.  Growth sectors in Singapore’s economy include financial technology, technology services, transportation systems, infocomm, bio-medical, automation and more.  Given the increasing demand for sustainable design in products as well as systems and services, DDP graduates will be equipped with a strong foundation in technology and design as well as be knowledgeable in business and management practices in order to move seamlessly between the worlds of business and technology and design.

WHO CAN APPLY FOR THIS DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMME?

We are inviting high-achieving students who have a strong interest in one of the following engineering pillars as well as in business management to apply for this programme:

  • Engineering Product Development (EPD)
  • Engineering Systems and Design (ESD)
  • Information Systems Technology and Design (ISTD)

WHY IS THE DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMME NOT OPEN TO ARCHITECTURAL & SUSTAINABLE DESIGN (ASD) STUDENTS?

The DDP programme invites students with a strong interest in EPD, ESD or ISTD to apply because most ASD students will pursue a Master of Architecture degree after their bachelor’s programme.  

WHEN WAS THE FIRST INTAKE?

The first intake of students was in May 2014.

HOW MANY STUDENTS WILL BE ENROLLED IN EACH COHORT?

Due to the demanding nature of this programme, the intake is limited to 45 students per cohort.

WHAT IS THE DURATION OF THE DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMME?

The duration of the programme is 4.5 years spread over 12 terms.  Each new cohort begins the programme in May of every year.

WHERE CAN I FIND DETAILS OF THE CURRICULUM FOR THIS DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMME?

Click here for details.

WHAT IS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF COURSES IN THE DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMME?

The total number of courses students takes ranges from 49 to 52, depending on which pillar they enroll in.  The total number of courses students take is also subjected to curriculum changes for each new intake for either university.

HOW IS IT POSSIBLE THAT THE TWO 8-TERM PROGRAMMES CAN BE CONDENSED INTO 12 TERMS?

SMU and SUTD have mutually identified and recognized up to 14 courses that are offered by both institutions. DDP students only need to complete these 14 courses once to fulfil the curriculum credit requirements.

I UNDERSTAND THAT AN INTERNSHIP IS COMPULSORY IN SUTD AND SMU AND COMMUNITY SERVICE IS A GRADUATION REQUIREMENT IN SMU. AS A DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMME STUDENT, DO I HAVE TO DO BOTH?

Dual degree students will need to undertake an internship (either through SMU’s or SUTD’s career services offices or students may self-propose) as well as fulfill at least 80 hours of community service.

WHAT ARE THE GLOBAL EXPOSURE OPPORTUNITIES THAT DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMME STUDENTS CAN LOOK FORWARD TO?

Students will be given opportunities to gain global exposure via an internship, a community service or a business study mission.

WHAT ARE THE ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMME?

Applicants are required to be academically strong, have a high capacity for multi-tasking, possess a passion for design, technology and management, and be willing to engage in an interactive pedagogy.  Shortlisted applicants will be assessed holistically and will be invited for a joint interview.

WHAT DOCUMENTS DO STUDENTS WITH INTERNATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS NEED TO SUBMIT?

International applicants (except IB Diploma) are required to submit one of the following:

  • SAT: A minimum total score of 1,900 (current SAT format), with at least 600 each for both critical reading and writing

  • ACT: A minimum composite score of 29, with at least a 27 each for both reading and writing

  • IELTS: A minimum overall score of 7.0 with a reading score of at least 7.0 and a writing score of at least 6.5

  • TOEFL iBT (internet-based test): A minimum score of 93, with at least a 22 each for both reading and writing

  • TOEFL PBT (paper-based test): A minimum score of 583

HOW CAN I APPLY FOR THIS DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMME?

All applications are centrally managed by SUTD.  Click here for application details and closing date.


I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE APPLICATION THAT I HAVE SUBMITTED. WHO SHOULD I WRITE TO?

Please write to SUTD Admissions via admissions@sutd.edu.sg.

I HAVE APPLIED FOR THE SUTD-SMU DDP WITH SUTD. I AM ALSO INTERESTED IN SMU'S UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMMES. DO I HAVE TO SUBMIT A SEPARATE APPLICATION TO SMU?

Yes, you must submit an online application to SMU by 1 April.  Applications can be made online at http://admissions.smu.edu.sg/.

I HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED BY SMU/SUTD. I AM INTERESTED IN THE DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMME BUT HAVE NOT APPLIED. CAN I STILL APPLY?

You can still apply for the DDP before SUTD’s application closing date.  Applications are to be submitted to SUTD.

CAN MALES SERVING SINGAPORE NATIONAL SERVICE APPLY? WILL PLACES BE RESERVED FOR NSMEN FOR POST-NS ADMISSION?

Yes.  NSmen can apply and places will be reserved for successful applicants who have accepted the offer.


WILL ALL APPLICANTS BE INTERVIEWED?

Only shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by both SMU and SUTD in a joint interview.  Interviews will be conducted from January through April each year.


WHERE WILL THE INTERVIEWS BE CONDUCTED?

The interviews will be conducted at the SUTD campus.


WHO WILL BE CONTACTING ME IF I AM SHORTLISTED?

SUTD Admissions will contact the shortlisted candidates.

HOW DO I CHECK MY APPLICATION OUTCOME? HOW DO I MAKE AN APPEAL?

Please check with SUTD Admissions via admissions@sutd.edu.sg.



ARE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR THIS DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMME?

Qualified SC/SPR students will be eligible for scholarships (full or partial). Please contact SUTD for more details. 

I HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED INTO THE DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMME, BUT I DO NOT WISH TO TAKE UP THE SCHOLARSHIP. CAN I STILL ENROLL IN THIS PROGRAMME?

You can still enroll in this programme.  You will need to inform SUTD of your intention not to take up the scholarship.


I HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED INTO THE DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMME, AND RECEIVED A SCHOLARSHIP FROM AN EXTERNAL ORGANISATION. CAN I STILL ENROLL IN THIS PROGRAMME?

You can still enroll in this programme.  However, you are not allowed to hold more than one scholarship.  You will have to decide which scholarship to accept.  Please inform SUTD of your final decision.


I INTEND TO SELF-FINANCE MY STUDIES IF I AM ACCEPTED INTO THE DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMME. WHAT WILL BE THE TUITION FEES?

The annual tuition fees will be pegged to the prevailing fees charged by SUTD.  Click here for more details.

I WAS ACCEPTED INTO THE DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMME BUTI HAVE HAD A CHANGE OF MIND AND WOULD I BE ABLE TO TRANSFER TO SMU?

Please contact the SMU Admissions Office via email admissions@smu.edu.sg and inform SUTD on your decision via email admissions@sutd.edu.sg.


MY APPEAL FOR TRANSFER TO SMU IS SUCCESSFUL. CAN I STILL KEEP THE SCHOLARSHIP THAT HAS BEEN AWARDED TO ME UNDER THE DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMME? IF NOT, WILL I GET A SCHOLARSHIP FROM SMU?

The DDP scholarship is not transferable.  A SMU scholarship will be subject to competition with all SMU scholarship applicants and availability of the scholarships.


WHERE WILL I ATTEND CLASSES?

Dual Degree Programme students will attend classes at both SUTD and SMU.  They will be matriculated as full-time students at both universities. Separate university student cards will be issued. 

WILL STUDENTS ENJOY ACCESS TO STUDENT FACILITIES AND PARTICIPATE IN CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES (CCAS) IN SUTD AND SMU?

Yes. All Dual Degree Programme students will have full access to all student facilities and be able to participate in student life activities in both SUTD and SMU.

WILL I RECEIVE A JOINT DEGREE AND TRANSCRIPT OR SEPARATE DEGREES AND TRANSCRIPTS FROM SUTD/SMU?

Dual Degree Programme students will receive separate degree scrolls and transcripts from SUTD and SMU. 


IS THE DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMME OPEN TO THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN TAKING A SECOND DEGREE IN ACCOUNTANCY, ECONOMICS, SOCIAL SCIENCE, LAW AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS OFFERED AT SMU?

There are presently no plans to include Accountancy, Economics, Social Science and Information Systems as a second degree for this Dual Degree Programme.  The Law degree in SMU can only be taken as a first degree.  Applicants aspiring to do a double degree at SMU School of Law must first be offered admission into the Law programme. 

I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE FURTHER ENQUIRIES? HOW DO I GO ABOUT THIS?

For further enquiries, please contact SUTD Admissions via admissions@sutd.edu.sg.

WHAT ARE THE COURSES THAT STUDENTS NEED TO TAKE TO FULFIL THE BACHELOR OF BUSINESS MANAGEMENT REQUIREMENTS?

Students are required to take 10 Business Core courses: including Finance, Marketing, Strategy, Business Law, Financial Accounting, Decision Analysis, Management of People at Work and other Business Electives.

WHEN WILL THE INTAKE COMMENCE?

The intake of students will commence in May 2017.

WILL I HAVE A CHANCE TO APPLY FOR STEP AGAIN IF I WAS NOT OFFERED THE PROGRAMME AT THE POINT OF ADMISSION?

In the event that the places are not filled at the point of admission, the university may have a second application window and open up the remaining places for application to existing students subsequently.  Selection will then be made no the basis of both your entry qualifications as well as subsequent academic preformance and entrepreneurship involvement whilst in SUTD.

HOW DO STUDENTS APPLY FOR STEP?

Application for STEP is the same as that for SUTD's undergraduate programmes, and is done online. Simply indicate your interest to apply for STEP in the online application by ticking the relevant box, and submitting a 300-word response on your experience and interest in entrepreneurship. If you are shortlisted, you will be informed to attend an interview (in person) with a member of SUTD's senior management team who will then evaluate your suitability for the programme.

CAN STUDENTS APPLY FOR BOTH STEP AND DDP AT THE SAME TIME?

Students can apply for both STEP and DDP.  However, he/she will need to indicate which programme is his/her preferred choice.  Successful applicants will receive an admission offer for only one of the programmes from SUTD at any point in time.

WHAT IF A STUDENT IS NOT SUCCESSFUL IN HIS/HER APPLICATION FOR STEP?

All candidates applying for STEP will automatically be considered for SUTD's undergraduate (single) degree programmes at the same time. In the event you are not successful in your application for STEP, you will be informed if you are offered admission and/or scholarship to SUTD's undergraduate degree programmes.

FOR STUDENTS WITH A RESERVED PLACE FOR STUDY IN SUTD IN 2017/18/19, CAN THEY STILL APPLY FOR STEP?

Yes. However, they will need to submit a new application indicating interest to be considered for STEP.  Applications will be considered and evaluated together with others who have applied in this Admissions Exercise.

FOR STUDENTS WHO WISH TO SELF-FINANCE THEIR STUDIES IF ACCEPTED FOR STEP, WHAT WILL BE THE TUITION FEES?

Students will still pay prevailing SUTD undergraduate tuition fees (AY2016 undergraduate tuition fee is $12,400) for the first 4 Academic Years and the prevailing postgraduate tuition fee (AY2016 postgraduate tuition fee in $13,100) for the 5th Academic Year. SUTD implements a fixed fee model whereby the tuition fees remain unchanged throughout the notmal duration of study. However, tuition fees for every incoming freshmen group are subject to change from year to year following the annual review of tuition fees.

I HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED INTO THE DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMME. BUT I WISH TO SWITCH TO STEP. CAN I DO SO? IF NOT, WHY NOT?

If you have yet to matriculate, you will have to put in a fresh application indicating your interest to be considered for STEP. Applications will be considered and evaluated together with others who have applied in this Admissions Exercise.

IS STEP OPEN TO ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS AND CAN I PURSUE THE MASTERS OF ARCHITECTURE AFTER STEP?

Yes, STEP is open to students from all four pillars, including ASD. ASD students who are admitted into STEP will be required to complete their STEP programme first and to apply for the Masters of Architecture studies thereafter.

Do note however that students who are interested to pursue the Masters of Architecture (M.Arch) or any other Masters programmes in SUTD or other local autonomous universities after graduation from STEP will not be eligible for further MOE subsidies as you would already have expended your subsidies for STEP.