Further Studies

Guidance and resources for further education

As you near the end of your studies at NP, you may be considering embarking on further studies. With such a wide spread of information – made even more complex if you are thinking about studying overseas – we’ve put together this page to help you explore your options.

Thinking of attending a local university? Here’s how to apply as a Year 3 student:

You don’t have to wait until you finish your Year 3 studies before you apply for a local university place. You can apply during the universities’ admission periods and submit your results for the five semesters you have already completed. Once you get your final semester results, you can simply submit these as an addition to your application.

Here are the local universities you can apply to, their application periods (for full-time programmes) and helpful links for you to find out more:

Application Period:
16 Oct- 19 Mar

Website: http://admissions.smu.edu.sg/
Email: admissions@smu.edu.sg
Application Period:
10 Jan - 19 Mar

Website: https://www.singaporetech.edu.sg/connect/contact-us
Email: adm@singaporetech.edu.sg
Application Period:
19 Nov - 19 Mar

Website: https://www.suss.edu.sg/contact-us
Email: us@suss.edu.sg

Is your application to your local university of choice likely to be successful?

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Indicative Grade Profile (IGP) serves as a guide for you to know the GPA required when applying for admission into NUS, NTU and SMU. This helps you to understand your chances of gaining admission to these local universities. Please bear in mind that the IGP will differ each year as it depends on the quality of applicants for the individual year. 

Explore more using these links for each university:

Do you qualify for module exemptions at local universities?

Your results will be considered on a case-by-case basis but, generally, if you graduate with good polytechnic diploma results, you should be eligible for advanced standing and may be granted some exemptions. 


Considering a private institution to further your studies instead?

Private Education Institutions (PEIs) 

As part of strengthening Singapore's position as a global education hub, the Council for Private Education (CPE)​ was established to regulate the private education sector. The CPE assesses private education institutions for registration and EduTrust certification. If you are planning to apply to a private institution, start by visiting the CPE website​, where you can view a list of certified PEIs. 

Before you submit your application, you are strongly encouraged to find out more about:

  • the background of the PEI
  • the quality and detailed syllabus of the courses offered
  • the accreditation of their degree programmes by recognised professional boards
  • the credentials of the teaching staff, the employability of their graduates
  • the credit exemptions (advanced standing, if any)
  • the number of years required to complete the programme
  • the availability of financial assistance or scholarships, and
  • the facilities available on campus (e.g. library and research resources).


Thinking of taking your further studies overseas?

Research portal for further studies selection
Visit the NP Further Studies Portal to find out which overseas universities offer advanced standing arrangements for your course of study, which will impact the duration it will take for you to complete your chosen undergraduate course.  

Overseas Studies Guides and Resources

To help you conduct your research, we have put together a list of guides and resources for the most common overseas study destinations.

Get professionally registered

Depending on your field of study, you will be able to register with a relevant professional body in Singapore to enhance your credentials after furthering your studies and/or gaining direct work experience:

The Board of Architects
Singapore Institute of Legal Education
Singapore Institute of Surveyors & Valuers
Singapore Nursing Board
Ministry of Health, Optometrists & Opticians Board

Do you qualify for a university scholarship?

Click here to find out more about local and overseas scholarships, their application periods (where relevant), as well as other useful information. 

Scholarships Guide

Have more questions on further studies?

NP’s Office of Immersion and Careers is here to help you – feel free to contact us at:



Office of Immersion & Careers
Block 27, #01-18
535 Clementi Road Singapore 599489