SIT: 8 things you need to know about it

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When the Top 3 Local Universities set an impossibly high entry barrier for Polytechnic graduates, most of them are driven to travel overseas to study or in local private universities. Recognizing this, SIT has been founded to save the day. And maybe because you haven’t heard of SIT before and maybe because it’s newer that you don’t trust it that much.. Well, think again, here are 8 facts that will completely change your mind about SIT.

What is SIT

SIT was established in 2009 and welcomed its first batch in 2010. SIT was granted the status of Singapore’s 5th Autonomous university by MOE in 2014, which thrusts it into the same league as big boys such as NTU and NUS. This means that SIT’s degree programs are also publicly funded.

SIT offers two types of degree programs.

1) Degrees in its own name in the areas of Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering, Information & Communications Technology, and Accountancy.

2) Degrees by overseas partners in more diverse fields. Click here for its list of courses and university partners.


First, you have little worries of being unemployed if you graduate from SIT because degree programs are created only when there is a demand in the industry for them. Correction: rising demand, in fact. Not only will you have a job, but will also be highly sought after as well.

Secondly, it is very likely that a good portion of what you learn in school can be put to use in your workplace because SIT gears each program to be as practical as possible. They work with industry professionals to produce the curriculum you learn. No more instances of information being thrown into the dustbin after leaving school.

Thirdly, you will not be bored in school. If you come from a polytechnic, chances are that you are not a fan of rote memorization work. You like working with your hands and good news! SIT offers you just that. You get to embark on many real-life learning experiences in SIT.

Overseas Exposure

Going overseas is an important part of university life. When else would you get to live like a local for an extended period overseas? SIT provides you with just that experience.

If you are taking a degree with one of SIT’s overseas partner universities, you have the  opportunity of attending a 3 to 17-weeks Overseas Immersion Programme (OIP) at their home campuses. During the OIP, you will attend lectures, tutorials, workshops and go on industry visits.

Students pursuing the degree programmes awarded by SIT will also have an opportunity to go on overseas study trip! At the same time, they will be required to undertake an 8 to 12-month work attachment under the Integrated Work Study Programme (IWSP). This is longer than that of traditional local universities, which typically spans 2 months to 6 months. The best learning takes place when you learn as you do on the job. This ensures that SIT graduates are well prepared for their career.

Duration of Studies

Students in SIT will be able to graduate earlier than most of their peers in other local universities.

  1. For those taking a degree with SIT’s overseas partner universities, they can graduate within 2- 2.5 years with a recognized degree.
  2. SIT’s own degree programs come with a study duration of 3- 4 years.

SIT collaborates closely with the local polytechnics and foreign universities, forming a unique  tripartite partnership.  To facilitate this intimate working relationship, SIT can be found within each of the 5 polytechnics itself, instead of one central location.


Depending on which program you eventually choose to take up, you will end up studying in a different location.

Tuition Fee

Unlike studying in a private university, you will get to enjoy tuition grant provided by government studying in SIT. Tuition fee rises year on year: for guys, the good news is that you get to lock on to the tuition fees in your year of acceptance while serving your national duty!

SIT Admission Requirements

On top of fulfilling SIT admission requirements, applicants need to meet the requirements of overseas universities partners depending on the major they choose. Some facts here:

  • 95% of current students are poly graduates
  • In general, a polytechnic GPA of 3.0 suffices for entry. On top of that, there will be interview session for selected applications.
  • IGP is still not available yet as the sample size is still very small
Pursuing Interest

Because this is a newer university, you get to play entrepreneur and set up new clubs in school. Imagine having your name engraved in the hall of fame of your CCA as the founder whom subsequent students idolize 10 years down the road. Sounds cool? What’s more, to explore your interests, there is the Value Added Program where you get to take a module out of sheer fun. The course will not affect your GPA and is subsidized by the school!

Choose SIT now.

SIT is indeed a unique university, offering the best of both worlds between a private and local university in Singapore. Do you have more insights about SIT? Email & share with DigitalSenior now to benefit our juniors!

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  1. I think you said interview might seem as easy process. It ain’t easy at all, the interviewer are there to degrade you in the interview and you will be around 3-4 people per round of interview. So people with GPA 3.0 be prepared for interviews and At least around GPA 3.5 (Almost same level for NTU or NUS) to get a direct entry. I have seen new grads from poly interview crying after that because of the degrading process. Never had a good impression after that for SIT. Most of the people will still unable to get in mostly just the same as NTU or NUS. Benchmarks were set too high in the first place when it started too little course and to many people tried to applied. By the way, work experience will not give u that advantage even. Base on my experience.

    • Thanks for sharing with us.
      At least we know that the interview is not going to be a breeze and should step up on our preparation.
      SIT is taking in more than 2000 students this year. A good number of poly students will therefore get a chance of entering local university as compared to before where anything below 3.5 is a goner.
      To be one of the 2000, Be sure to read up on our interview and application guide here:

      • Hmmm… well you just need to be prepared for it as well for any job interviews. I’m not sure about it, if they had raised the bar for it but i’m a GPA 2.99 and i had gotten in about 2 years ago to a oversea degree programme they offered in SIT. So ultimately it’s more about how you goona present yourself in the interview to know what your talking in the industry your in. Besides the academic side. Good luck and may the force be with you


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