Student’s Pass

All international students studying a full-time program in Singapore are required to have a valid Student’s Pass issued by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) throughout their study in Singapore and prior to classes commencing. The Student’s Pass application is facilitated by the Admissions Department during your acceptance process and it is important that you familiarise yourself with the ICA regulations. You will need to submit the required documents to apply for your Student’s Pass no later than 2 months prior to the date your course commences. Details of these requirements are set out at here. Further instructions will be provided to you following your application to Curtin Singapore. Curtin Singapore is unable to allow international students to attend a course or access learning systems until they have received a valid Student’s Pass for that course. You must provide a copy of your valid Student’s Pass to Curtin Singapore upon request.

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Medical examination

International students who apply and obtain In-Principle Approval for the Student’s Pass may be required to undergo and pass a medical examination conducted by a qualified medical practitioner in Singapore or in their home countries.

The medical examination serves to further strengthen the control of communicable diseases like Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection and Tuberculosis in Singapore.

The check-up will cover the following items:

  • A general physical examination
  • A chest x-ray
  • A test for HIV

Attendance requirement

In order to fulfil Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA) attendance requirements, please note the following:

  • You must be present on campus for a minimum of three hours each day between Monday and Friday.
  • Should your academic classes be scheduled for less than three hours each day, you are required to participate in enrichment programs on campus as arranged by Curtin Singapore.
  • Should you have not have any academic classes scheduled on a particular day of the week, you are required to participate in the enrichment programs for three hours.
  • Attendance for scheduled enrichment programs is compulsory and monitored.
  • Failure to maintain 90 per cent attendance without a valid reason in any month of the course will result in Curtin Singapore informing the ICA and may lead to the cancellation of your Student’s Pass.


Employment information

Student’s Pass holders are not permitted to engage in any form of employment in Singapore or attend an industrial attachment or internship program, whether paid or unpaid, without a valid work pass issued by the Ministry of Manpower.

Student’s Pass holders found to be working illegally can face a fine of up to $20,000 or imprisonment of up to two years, or both.

International students planning to work in Singapore after they graduate should visit the Ministry of Manpower website for information on the various passes available.