Request for Letter of Endorsement to Work Part-Time (For Full-Time International Higher Degree Students)

Request for Letter of Endorsement to Work Part-Time
(For Full-Time International Higher Degree Students)

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Part-Time Employment for Full-Time International Higher Degree Students

NIE Student Services Centre (SSC) does not recommend that international students rely on part-time work as a source of funds. Doing so is risky as part-time work may not be available as needed, and it may be insufficient to sustain your stay. If you wish to take up part-time employment for the work experience or for pocket money, please note the following:

  • Prior approval from NIE is required for matriculated international students to work on a part-time basis. Higher degree students should contact the NIE SSC ( A fresh application is required for each job. Scholarship holders require the additional approval of their sponsors.
  • Full-time matriculated international higher degree students may work a maximum of 16 hours a week during term time.
  • For scholarship holders, your eligibility to work and working hours will be as per your scholarship's Terms and Conditions.
  • International students on exchange or in non-graduating programmes may not engage in any part-time work in Singapore.

For more details, please refer to the Ministry of Manpower's website: 

How to Apply for Part-Time Employment
(Full-Time International Higher Degree Students)

You are required to apply for approval and obtain Letter of Endorsement from NIE SSC before commencing work.



Download the application form here.


Students are to complete Section A and obtain endorsement for Section B from the Employer and Section C from Head of Academic Group (AG), prior to commencement of work.


The form with Sections A, B & C duly completed, is to be returned to SSC.


SSC will process the application upon receipt of completed form.


Student may collect the Letter of Endorsement after two working days.

Terms & Conditions 


Terms & Conditions


Each student is allowed to work part-time for a maximum of 16 hours per week during term-time.


Students must not miss lectures, tutorials or laboratory sessions if they are allowed to work.


The Letter of Endorsement is subject to:


  • thevalidity of the Student’s Pass; or


  • the student still being employed on the job he originally applied for.



The Letter of Endorsement will be revoked if the student is found to be


  • working in disreputable establishments;


  • involved in activities detrimental to the interests of Singapore;


  • working more than 16 hours per week during the term; or


  • not meeting the required academic standard.


The Letter of Endorsement must be surrendered to SSC within 2 weeks when the student


  • ceases to be a student of the University; or


  • is no longer working for the Employer; or


  • changes employment.


A fresh application is necessary whenever there is a change of employment.