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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Frequently Asked Questions



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In this section, you can find a compiled list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) with regards to matters concerning general enquiries, admission into TUM Asia as well as the professional development courses that we offer.
Before you give us a call or send that e-mail – feel free to browse through the FAQ(s) in these sections:

  • Admissions
  • General Information
  • Professional Development Courses

You may just find your answers there!


Admissions (Bachelor Degree)
For admissions to our Bachelor of Science programmes, you may write to us via the enquiry form on the right side of this webpage, or check out the SIT FAQs here.

Questions on Admission Requirements (Bachelor Programmes)

Q1: How do I apply for the Bachelor Degree Programmes, and when can I apply?

To apply for the TUM Bachelor programmes conducted at TUM Asia, applicants are to apply via our partner university, on the SIT Admissions Portal – https://adm.singaporetech.edu.sg/sitadmission.
The Admissions Portal opens in January each year and closes around March. You have to apply when the portal is accepting application.

Q2: What are the admission requirements??

You must hold minimally a Polytechnic Diploma, GCE “A” Level Certificate, International Baccalaureate (IB), CBSE or equivalent pre-university qualification. Minimum subject passes or a relevant Polytechnic Diploma is required as well. Please visit the individual programme pages for the comprehensive admission requirements.
Additionally, please note that we apply a holistic assessment and the following factors may also add value to your application:

  • Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level results (where applicable)
  • Work Experience/Internships/CCAs
  • Interview Assessment

Q3: What if my diploma is not on the list of articulated Polytechnic Diplomas?

You may still apply even if you hold a Polytechnic Diploma that is not on our list of articulated Diplomas. We do have students who are admitted even if their Diplomas are not on the list of articulated Diplomas.
Such applicants are holistically assessed and if determined that your Diploma has the relevant entry requirements, you may be granted credit exemptions as per the articulated Diplomas or be required to complete the full three (3) year Bachelor degree programme instead of the two and a half (2.5) year programme, depending on the outcome of the admission assessment.

Q4: Can Polytechnic Diploma holders apply with their fifth (5th) semester results?

Yes, Polytechnic Diploma students in their final semester of studies may apply with their first 5 semester results. However, it is compulsory to submit your sixth semester results once available.

Q5: Are GCE “A” Level graduates or international qualifications from institutions overseas eligible to apply?

Yes they are. GCE “A” Level graduates, International Baccalaureate (IB) holders and students who have completed a formal 12-year education equivalent to the Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘A’ Levels and International Baccalaureate (IB) may apply.

Q6: I have to serve my National Service (NS). Am I only allowed to apply in the year that I am able to start university, or can I apply earlier and defer my course commencement date?

You are allowed to apply any time before or during your National Service (NS) period. If you are successful in your application, you will be able to defer your course commencement date, also known as “Returning NSmen”. However, this is only applicable to males at the moment, this option is not open to ladies who are opting to serve NS.

Q7: Do you require SATS, IELTS or TOEFL results as part of the admission requirements?

SATS, IELTS and/or TOEFL will not be required for admission to our Bachelor degree programmes if the medium of instruction for the pre-university studies is in English.

Admissions (Master Degree)
The FAQ section below mainly addresses questions regarding admissions to the Master of Science programmes.

Questions on Admission Requirements (Master Programmes)

Q1: What are the admission requirements?

The basic admission requirements across all our Master programmes is that you must have at least a Bachelor degree (programme duration must be at least three years, depending on your education background) in a closely related discipline with at least an Upper Second-class Honours or equivalent. You must also complete your Bachelor degree programme with no pending examination results on or before 30 June of the year that you are joining us, in order to be in time for enrolment.
Other minimum requirements include English proficiency and Akademische Pruefstelle (APS). Please read Questions 2 and 4 on English proficiency requirements and APS requirements respectively.

Q2: Do I need to submit an English proficiency certificate (IELTS or TOEFL)?

It depends on whether the medium of instruction throughout your entire Bachelor degree programme was English.
If the medium of instruction throughout your entire Bachelor programme was English, and this is clearly stated on either your academic transcript or your Bachelor degree certificate, you do not have to submit any additional document as proof of English proficiency. If not, then you will need to obtain an original letter from the university (bearing the round seal of your university), stating that the medium of instruction of your Bachelor degree was English. If you cannot obtain this letter, then you will have to provide an English certificate as stated below.
If the medium of instruction of your Bachelor programme was not entirely English, you must provide either a passed TOEFL or IELTS certificate (passing marks: (TOEFL) at least 605 for a paper-based test, or 88 for an Internet-based test, or 234 for a computer-based test; or (IELTS) an overall score of at least 6.5.
If you are required to but you did not submit the original English proficiency certificate, your application is not complete and will not be processed.

Q3: I completed my TOEFL/ IELTS many years ago, are they still valid?

Yes, they are still valid, if they are not more than 5 years old. If not, you should retake the test.

Q4: Do I need to submit an Akademische Pruefstelle (APS) certificate?

If you hold a Bachelor degree from an university in China, Vietnam or Mongolia, it is compulsory to provide a Akademische Pruefstelle (APS) certificate for admission to a German university.
If you are required to but you did not submit the original APS certificate, your application is not complete and will not be processed.

Q5: I have not graduated from my Bachelor degree programme. Am I eligible to apply?

You are eligible to apply to our Master programmes as long as you are in your final year of Bachelor studies, and have obtained at least 6 semesters’ worth of grades and credits (for a 4-year/ 8-semester Bachelor degree programme) or at least 4 semesters’ worth of grades and credits (for a 3-year/ 6-semester Bachelor degree programme).
However, you must complete your Bachelor degree programme with no pending examination results on or before 30 June of the year that you are joining us, in order to be in time for enrolment. If you cannot graduate or obtain all your examination results before that, you may have to defer your studies.

Q6: What is a credit system? What is GPA?

The credit system is usually a system adopted by each university to calculate the number of teaching hours per module. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Course_credit) Usually, each module is given a certain number of credits and each student needs to fulfil a minimum number of credits before they are allowed to graduate. The Grade Point Average (GPA) is a calculation based on the grades that you have obtained for each module.
If your university does not have a credit or a GPA system, you may enter a full stop ‘.’ in the online application form.

Questions on Application Procedures

Q1: What do I need to do to apply to the Master Programmes?

Step 1: Ensure that you have the following documents with you:

  • Bachelor degree academic transcripts,
  • Contact information on recommenders (professors/ employers)
  • Passport

Step 2: Log on to our online portal by clicking on ‘Admissions Open’ tab on the left (available once admission period is open) and fill up the online application form.
Step 3: Make the payment of the application fee via PayPal after you have submitted the online application.
Step 4: Mail your hardcopy documents (as indicated in the checklist in the printable online application form given to you after you have submitted the online application) preferably within two weeks via post to our office at
Office of Admissions, TUM Asia
510 Dover Road
#05-01 SIT@SP Building
Singapore 139660

Q2: I have created an account on your online portal before. Should I create a new account to apply for another programme in the same Academic Year?

No, you should not.
You may use the same account to apply for another programme in the same Academic Year. You will be given a new application number for the new programme that you have applied for. If you accidentally created a new account, please inform us so that we can disable the inactive account for you.

Q3: Is it a must to submit an online application?

Yes, it is.
By submitting an online application, your information gets transferred to us and you are given an online application number. We will use this information and application number, whenever we communicate with you.

Q4: Is it a must to submit the hardcopy documents?

Yes, it is.
When you submit the hardcopy documents, you are requested to submit notarised photocopies of your Bachelor degree certificate, Bachelor degree academic transcripts, as well as original English proficiency certificates* (IELTS or TOEFL) and original Akademische Pruefstelle (APS) certificates*. We will have to check through these documents because we will have to ensure that all the information that our applicants have submitted are true and correct.
If you do not submit the hardcopy documents, your application is not complete and will not be processed.
*if applicable

Q5: What hardcopy documents are required?

Please refer to the list of Required Documents here. Please also read Question 6 on Notarising Your Documents and download our Guide to Submitting Hardcopy Supporting Documents.

Q6: How should I obtain the notarisation on my Bachelor degree certificate and Bachelor degree academic transcripts?

Before you submit the hardcopy photocopies of your Bachelor degree certificate and Bachelor degree academic transcripts to our office, they must be correctly notarised. If they are not notarised, they will not be accepted and your application is not complete and will not be processed.
You may obtain the notarisation (a round seal) from the awarding university, a public notary, or an embassy (German embassy preferred). The round seal must be originally stamped on the document. Photocopied or printed seals are not acceptable.
You must ensure that your documents are correctly notarised before submitting them to us. Please download our Guide to Submitting Hardcopy Supporting Documents and ensure that you are well-informed of the requirements.

Q7: How do I make the payment of the application fee?

The application fee is Singapore Dollar (SGD) 79.00 or Euro (EUR) 52.00 per application. There are three payment methods which you may choose from:-
A. PayPal (credit card) – Easiest method for most applicants.
The credit card option is available to all applicants after they submit their online application form. Once you submit the online application, an option to pay the application fee will appear. The service is hosted by PayPal (but does not require one to have a PayPal account) and works like a regular internet credit card payment option/ online payment option.
B. Cheque
The cheque must be made payable to ‘German Institute of Science and Technology – TUM Asia Pte Ltd’. Please indicate your full name and application number (starting with ‘APPA’) behind the crossed cheque, and mail it to our office at
Office of Admissions, TUM Asia
510 Dover Road
#05-01 SIT@SP Building
Singapore 139660
C. Telegraphic Transfer
i. Bank Details for Telegraphic Transfer in Singapore Dollar
Account Name: German Institute of Science and Technology – TUM Asia Pte Ltd
Account No.: 375688-001
Bank Name: OCBC Bank Singapore
Bank Address: 460 North Bridge Road #01-00 Singapore 188734
Bank Code: 7339
Branch Code: 641
Swift Code: OCBCSGSG
Purpose/ Remarks: Please indicate your full name and application number e.g. John Tan, APPA1600001
ii. Bank Details for Telegraphic Transfer in Euro
Account Name: German Institute of Science and Technology – TUM Asia Pte Ltd
Account No.: 1538203
Bank Name: Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg
Swift Code: SOLA DE ST
IBAN: DE96 6005 0101 0001 5382 03
BLZ: 600 501 01
Purpose/ Remarks: Please indicate your full name and application number e.g. John Tan, APPA1600001

Q8: If I apply for two Master programmes in the same Academic Year, must I pay the application fee twice?

Yes, you will have to.
The application fee of either SGD 79.00 or EUR 52.00 is the fee per application. As such, if you apply for two programmes, you will have to make the payment of the application fee twice, i.e. SGD 79.00 x 2 = SGD 158.00, and so on and so forth, if you apply for three programmes, four programmes etc. This is because we will have to check through both sets of documents and send them to different professors to look through the applications for different programmes.

Q9: If I apply for two Master programmes in the same Academic Year, must I mail two sets of hardcopy documents to TUM Asia's office?

Yes, you will have to, for all documents that should be specific to the programme that you are applying for, e.g. your resume, reference letters and motivation letter
However, you may choose to only submit one set of notarised Bachelor degree certificate and academic transcripts. When you submit your documents, please inform us that you have applied for more than one programme, and that these documents are to be shared between both applications.

Q10: What if I cannot make the payment of the application fee via PayPal (e.g. because PayPal is not available in my country)?

If you are located in Singapore, you may make the payment in cash or cheque at our office during office hours (Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:30pm, excluding public holidays). Instructions are indicated in the printable online application form.
If you are located outside of Singapore, you may make the payment via telegraphic transfer. Your bank may charge you for the transfer. You will have to bear all the bank charges. Instructions are indicated in the printable online application form.
If you do not make the payment of the application fee, your application is not complete and will not be processed.

Q11: How do I know if TUM Asia has received my payment of the application fee?

If you made the payment via PayPal, PayPal sends an automatic receipt to your e-mail account once you have made the payment. You should also receive a receipt from TUM Asia once we have received your payment. If you made the payment via cheque, cash or telegraphic transfer, please allow a few working days for the payment to be received. After which, you will be issued a receipt.

Q12: How long do I have to wait before I know the results of my application?

The results of your application are usually released at least four weeks after your document set is complete. However, this depends on a variety of factors, including the quality of your application, when you submitted your application etc.
Different applications will also take different amounts of time to process, but we will inform you as soon as our professors have made a decision on your application. We appreciate your patience.

Questions on Offer of Admission

Q1: How do I accept the Offer of Admission?

Please read through the terms and conditions of the Offer of Admission carefully and make sure that you are well-informed, before signing on the second page of the Official Copy of the Offer of Admission. After which, you should scan the second page of the signed Official Copy of the Offer of Admission and send the scanned copy back to admission@tum-asia.edu.sg. You do not need to mail the signed Offer of Admission to our office, because you will be signing the physical copy again when you matriculate to the respective universities.
Your seat in the programme, however, is only reserved after we have received the signed Official Copy of the Offer of Admission and the payment of the registration fee before their respective deadlines.

Q2: I cannot sign and return the Offer of Admission and/ or make the payment of the registration fee in time. What do I do?

If you cannot meet any of the deadlines, you should write to admission@tum-asia.edu.sg stating your reasons and we will try to help you.

Q3: Is the registration fee part of the full tuition fees?

Yes, it is.
The registration fee is part of your first semester fees.

Q4: I paid the exact amount of registration fee via telegraphic transfer. Why is there an underpaid amount in my receipt?

The underpaid amount is likely due to bank charges, especially if you paid via telegraphic transfer. When you approach your bank for the transfer, your bank (or both the paying and receiving banks) may charge you administrative fees for the transfer. As such, even though you paid the exact amount via telegraphic transfer, not the entire amount reaches us. You should check with your bank on the amount of administrative charge that they will charge you and make the adjustment to the payment amount accordingly. You are to bear all bank charges.

Q5: I have paid the registration fee. Do I have to inform TUM Asia?

Yes, you will have to.
Please send us (admission@tum-asia.edu.sg) a copy of your payment transfer advice (if you are paying via telegraphic transfer), or a scanned copy of your bank draft (if you are paying via bank draft) so that we can identify your payment correctly. After we have verified your payment, we will issue you a receipt.

Q6: If I have accepted the Offer of Admission, but I would like to cancel it afterwards and obtain a refund for the registration fee which I have paid, is it possible?

Date of Receipt of Applicant’s Written Notice of Withdrawal from Programme Refundable Percentage of Aggregate Fees Paid
More than 60 calendar days before Programme Commencement Date 80% (Maximum Refund)
Between 60 to 31 calendar days before Programme Commencement Date 50%
Between 30 to 1 calendar day(s) before Programme Commencement Date 25%
On or after Programme Commencement Date 0%

TUM Asia reserves the right to update the refund policy without prior notice.

Q7: Can I request for deferment after I have accepted the Offer of Admission?

Yes, you may.
Please write to admission@tum-asia.edu.sg to request for a copy of the deferment form. The deferment will be subject to approval.

Questions on Entry Visa

Q1: What is SOLAR?

SOLAR stands for Student’s Pass Online Application & Registration. You will need to obtain the SOLAR login details from TUM Asia in order to submit an application for the student pass. This is applicable to international students only. TUM Asia will provide the SOLAR login details to you by email in June/ July.

Q2: How long does it take for my application for student pass to be approved by Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA)?

Usually, ICA takes about 5 working days to approve an application for student pass. However, they may take longer for certain applications and this is beyond our control. You should check the portal regularly to see if your application has been approved. Please also read Question 3 on In-Principle Approval (IPA) letter.

Q3: What is an In-Principle Approval (IPA) letter?

Once your application for the student pass has been approved by Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA), you should inform us (admission@tum-asia.edu.sg). We can send you the IPA letter, which you can use to enter Singapore with a valid passport. The IPA serves as evidence of the grant of the visa and you should not be required to apply for a separate entry visa. However, you may wish to check with the Singapore Embassy in your area just to be sure.

Questions on Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Q1: Are there any scholarships for international students?

The Master programmes offered by TUM Asia are primarily self-financing programmes, meaning that even if scholarships are available, they are usually very limited in numbers and will generally support only a portion of your studies, but they may not cover all your expenses. You should also find out from your government, for example, if they are offering any scholarship or financial aid that you may be eligible for, or find other sources of financial aid to support your studies.
For more information on scholarships available, please visit our Scholarships page.

Q2: How do I apply for TUM Asia scholarships and industry scholarships?

You do not need to apply for TUM Asia scholarships nor industry scholarships separately. All applicants who are offered a place our Master programmes will also be assessed for TUM Asia scholarships and industry scholarships. Only successful applicants will be informed.

Q3: Do the TUM Asia partial scholarships and industry scholarships come with a bond period?

This depends on the terms and conditions set by the awarding institution/ organisation. Applicants are advised to read the terms and conditions before committing to a scholarship.
For TUM Asia partial scholarships, there will be no bond period.




General

Questions on Studying With Us

Q1: Are there any in-campus accommodation facilities?

TUM Asia has no in-campus accommodation facilities. Our students will have to search for their accommodation. Our students usually first choose to live in student hostels when they arrive in Singapore, and after they have made new friends in the university, they rent and share a private apartment with their friends/ classmates.

Q2: Does TUM Asia provide placement opportunities?

It is not a common practice in Singapore nor in Germany that the institution secures internships or job placements for students.
TUM Asia may organise Career Opportunity Days, where we gather our industrial partners together on the same platform, and students are invited and encouraged to speak with them to find out more about career and internship opportunities available in their companies.

Q3: Will my degree certificate bear any third-party information?

No, your degree certificate conferred upon the completion of the programme will be directly from TUM, or from TUM and the joint university partner. For example, those in the TUM programmes will receive a degree directly from TUM, equivalent to students studying in the home campus. It will not bear the logo of TUM Asia. Those in the joint degree programmes will receive a degree certificate bearing the seals of both universities.

Q4: Do the TUM Asia courses include industrial attachments, internships, or overseas exchange to the main campus in Germany?

For the Bachelor degree programmes, students with articulated diplomas will be exempt from the mandatory industrial attachment/internship. However, students who are enrolled into the full 3 year course will have to complete a mandatory industrial attachment/internship as part of the graduation requirements. All undergraduate students will have the opportunity to spend their final semester (3 to 5 months) at the home campus of TUM, completing their Bachelor Thesis under the supervision of TUM faculty, also known as the Overseas Immersion Programme (OIP).

For the Master programmes, all students are required to complete an internship and a Master Thesis/Dissertation in their final semester. Graduate students may choose to undertake their internship and thesis in the university, a research institute or a company. The location of their internship and thesis can be anywhere in the world, including completing it at TUM main campus itself.

School Information


Q1: What is TUM Asia?

TUM Asia is the first and only overseas branch campus of the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM, Technical University of Munich). TUM Asia was set up in 2002, after accepting the invitation of the Singapore government to start a campus in Asia. TUM Asia is the first German academic venture abroad and has over a decade of experience in providing top-class German education in Singapore.
TUM Asia partners with top universities in Singapore to offer standalone and joint Master and Bachelor programmes. We collaborate with National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) for four joint Master of Science programmes and we partner with Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) to offer TUM’s Bachelor of Science programmes. These programmes are designed to groom the next generation of entrepreneurs and leaders.
TUM Asia is recognized by the Ministry of Education Singapore as an Institute of Higher Learning and is registered with the Council of Private Education in Singapore (CPE Registration number: 200105229R, Registration period 13/06/2011 – 12/06/2017).

Q2: What is TUM?

Technische Universität München (Technical University of Munich, TUM) was founded in 1868 by King Ludwig II. TUM has long established itself as a premier institute of higher learning in Germany.
Ranked as “Germany’s #1 University” in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Shanghai Ranking (ARWU), TUM has maintained its reputation of being a provider of excellent academic education.
To date, TUM has seen a total of 13 Nobel Prize laureates come through its ranks, including distinguished chemists and physicists such as Ernst Otto Fischer, Carl von Linde, Rudolf Diesel and Rudolf Mӧβbauer.

Q3: Is TUM Asia a recognized institution by the Ministry of Education in Singapore?

Yes, TUM Asia is recognized by the Ministry of Education Singapore as an Institute of Higher Learning and is registered with the Council of Private Education in Singapore.

Q4: How do I contact TUM Asia?

Please refer to the Contact Us webpage to reach us. Alternatively, you may fill in your enquiry on the NOTIFY ME form on the right side of this webpage.

Questions on Programmes

Q1: Are the Bachelor & Master Programmes at TUM Asia conducted in English or German?

The programmes at TUM Asia are conducted solely in English. Knowledge of the German language is not necessary for enrolled students.

Q2: Do I need to speak German?

No. English is the language of instruction for all Bachelor and Master programmes at TUM Asia. However, knowing basic conversational German might help the Bachelor students when they go to Munich, Germany to complete their Bachelor’s Thesis. We advise all students who would like to pursue a career, internship or research assistant-ship in Germany to learn German for their personal benefit. However, this is not necessary as part of any TUM Asia programmes.

Q3: Who are the professors teaching the course? Are they from Germany?

Most of your professors will be from TUM, Germany itself. As for the joint degrees, there will be modules taught by professors from the partner university as well. The Bachelor degrees are held in partnership with SIT, so there will be professors from SIT teaching in the courses as well.
Additionally, some modules are taught by other lecturers with a wealth of industry experience or specialized knowledge in a particular field (for example, Patent Law).

Q4: Will it affect my grades if I skip classes?

Students will have to sign in their attendance for classes. We do not encourage students to intentionally skip classes as it may be detrimental to their learning process.

Q5: Where is your campus?

We have one campus location situated in Singapore Polytechnic. Our operating hours are from 9am – 6pm, from Monday to Friday, and we are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays. If you would like to visit, we recommend that you make an appointment with us via info@tum-asia.edu.sg.
Address of Campus Location:
510 Dover Road (Gate 2 entrance of Singapore Polytechnic)
#05-01 SIT@SP Building
Singapore 139660

Q6: Where are classes held?

For Bachelor programmes:
The classes and laboratory sessions will be held at our campus in the SIT@SP building. Some lab sessions will take place at TUM CREATE or in other facilities at Singapore Polytechnic or SIT.
For joint Master programmes:
Classes will be conducted in either SIT@SP building or at NTU/NUS; All laboratory classes will be conducted in at NTU and/or NUS.
For pure TUM Master programmes:
The classes will be held at the SIT@SP building.

Q7: How to get to the TUM Asia campus?

The nearest MRT (train/subway) station is Dover Station on the East-West line. For detailed instructions on getting to the campus, please refer here: http://tum-asia.edu.sg/contact-us/contact-information/

Q8: Does TUM Asia offer any summer programmes?

As of now, TUM Asia has started a Summer School programme for overseas students. Please refer here for more information.

Questions on Living & Working in Singapore/ Germany

Q1: Will TUM Asia help students look for accommodation in Singapore and/or Germany?

TUM Asia will not allocate accommodation to students. All students are instructed to look for accommodation on their own, regardless of whether in Singapore or in Germany (for Bachelor/Master Thesis work). This is an independent process undertaken by the student him or herself, as each student seeks for a living environment that suits their varying budget and housing preferences.
The Office of Academic Services will distribute a list of housing agents/hostels during the pre-matriculation process for the students who are enrolled in our Master programmes, prior to their arrival in Singapore. However, do note that TUM Asia is not liable for any transactions made between the student and the agent.

Q2: Can international students work part-time in Singapore?

In line with the Ministry of Manpower’s requirements, international students who are matriculated with any of listed Institute of Higher Learning (including TUM Asia) with a valid student pass are allowed to work a maximum of 16 hours per week.
However, TUM Asia would like to strongly remind students that they should not rely on part-time work in Singapore as the financial source to their studies as the Bachelor/Master programmes are intensive in nature – and they should attempt to concentrate on their studies.

Q3: How much are living expenses in Singapore?

Depending on your lifestyle, you should be able to live comfortably with a range of S$1,000 – S$1,500 per month. This is only an estimate and the actual figures vary with each individual.

Questions on Internships & Career Opportunities

Q1: What types of internships are available? Will it be done in Singapore or in Germany?

The recognition of the TUM degree allows the student to seek internship opportunities anywhere in the world. Students are allowed to conduct their internships with either a university/research institution/company in Singapore, Germany or any other country. They can be involved in research work with their professor or practical experience at a company. This is up to the interest of the student as well as the opportunities that are offered to him/her.
Companies or institutes may pay the student a monthly stipend, according to the agreement with the student. TUM Asia is not be involved in the negotiation process and students are reminded to be prudent and honest about their decision to accept or reject the internship offer. We advise all students to act on a goodwill basis towards their employers, to be honest and professional about their contractual agreements and obligations as it is a sign of their integrity.

Q2: Does TUM Asia provide internships at companies/institutions for students?

No. There is no guarantee of placement in any company or institution for students.
Students are expected to look for suitable internship opportunities themselves. TUM Asia will assist the search and provide assistance when possible, but this is primarily the student’s responsibility. Students will be advised during the internship briefing on how to go about looking for internships and they should be clear about the type of internships they are interested in.
Students with Industrial Scholarships usually undergo their internship with their sponsor company, but this is negotiated between the student and company.

Q3: Can students in the Master/Bachelor programmes request not to do the internship?

All Master students are required to fulfill the two month internship programme as it counts as a graduation requirement. However, an exemption of internship can be evaluated and justified on a case by case basis.
Bachelor students with articulated diplomas are not required to carry out an internship. However, students with non-articulated diplomas or with A-level qualifications will have to carry out an internship as part of the graduation requirements.

Q4: Are there any events organized by TUM Asia to create opportunities for students to meet the industry partners?

TUM Asia organizes a yearly Career & Internship Fair for students to meet the industry companies and to find out more about internship and/or employment opportunities. There are also many events, site visits, and seminars where TUM Asia students will get to mingle with the industry guests. TUM Asia also invites industry individuals with a wealth of experience to teach in modules, providing a strong practical basis to the theories learnt in the classroom. From the various experiences, students are able to get a strong grasp on the industry landscape and discover their passion early.
From these events, students will be able to network with the industry companies early in their studies and they will be able to make better decisions on their choice of internship & work in the future.

Q5: Does TUM Asia help the graduating students look for permanent jobs?

There is no guarantee of placement in companies for graduates. There is a possibility that the graduate’s internship company voluntarily offers the graduate a permanent placement but this is not controlled or dictated by TUM Asia.
Graduating students are to independently seek out permanent job positions once they have successfully completed their studies. If reference letters are required, the student can approach their professors accordingly. TUM Asia will assist in the process by organizing relevant networking sessions, Career Fairs and company talks. Open job positions will also be shared with our graduates and alumni.

Q6: Can I work with TUM Create for research opportunities, while enrolled with TUM Asia or other institutions?

Yes you can, provided that the commitment does not affect your class attendance and minimum pass grade. You will have to check with TUM Create to find out if there are open job opportunities at the moment. Please refer to http://www.tum-create.edu.sg to see what openings they may have in terms of internship, thesis, final year project, or full-time employment.



Professional Development Courses

About the Programmes

Q1: What is the TUM Asia (GIST-TUM Asia) Professional Development Courses?

This is a joint initiative by TUM Asia (GIST-TUM Asia) and WDA to provide training and skill upgrades to equip industry practitioners with the best technical know-how and practices of the respective industries.

Q2: What are the Courses available?

Currently, there are 9 courses offered which 6 of them are WDA supported.
For more details and information, please refer to our programme calendar.

Q3: Who are the target audience?

Professionals, Managerials, Executives and Technicians (PMETs) in the related industries who are interested in upgrading themselves.
Related organizations who want to provide on-going training and upgrading for their employees.

Q4: What are the requisites for the courses?

For WDA subsidy eligibility:
1. Singaporean or Permanent Resident
2. Working in the industry related to the course contents
Foreigners with work permit or employment passes are welcomed to attend the courses as well. However, they will need to understand that they will be bearing the full amount of course fees.

Q5: What are the objectives of the courses?

The key objectives of TUM Asia (GIST-TUM Asia) Professional Development Courses are to provide top-notch specialized executive training for industry practitioners to equip them with additional knowledge and skills for better career opportunities and career advancement. Another objective is to also provide relevant organizations with better skilled and competent employees after attending TUM Asia (GIST-TUM Asia) Professional Development Courses. These courses will also act as networking platforms for the participants.

Q6: What are the duration of the courses?

The duration of the courses vary from 1 day to 4 days.
For more details and information, please refer to our programme calendar.

Q7: How are the courses being conducted?

TUM Asia (GIST-TUM Asia) Professional Development Courses are conducted through a series of lectures and analytical case studies of real examples.

Q8: When are the courses starting?

The first course started in Feburary 2011. The dates vary for different course titles.
For more details and information, please refer to our programme calendar.

Q9: Will I be given a certificate at the end of the training?

For WDA supported participants:
Participants who have successfully completed the programme will be awarded a certificate that is conferred by TUM Asia (GIST-TUM Asia) and WDA. (a minimum of 75% attendance)
For non-WDA supported participants:
Participants who have successfully completed the programme will be awarded a certificate that is conferred by TUM Asia (GIST-TUM Asia). (a minimum of 75% attendance)

Q10: How much is the course fees if subsidy is available?

Please refer to our programme calendar for details.

About Course Registration

Q1: When does registration begin and how do I register for a course?

Registration begins upon announcement of the courses on our website. You can download the , complete the form and email us atexec.training@tum-asia.edu.sg or alternatively, mail to us or fax to us at +(65) 6777 7236.

Q2: How do I make payment?

a) Payment by Cheque
Complete the application form and send it back to us along with your cheque. All cheque payments should be crossed and made payable to German Institute of Science and Technology-TUM Asia Pte Ltd.
Mailing Address is indicated below:
Continuous Learning and Education Department
German Institute of Science and Technology-TUM Asia
10 Central Exchange Green
#03-01 Pixel Building
Singapore 138649
b) Payment by Bank Transfer
For overseas bank transfer, kindly inform your bank to “ÖUR” for details of charges.
Bank transfer in (Euro) to Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg; Account No. 1538203; BLZ 600 501 01; SWIFT: SOLA DE ST; IBAN: DE96 6005 0101 0001 5382 03
Bank transfer in (Singapore Dollar) to OCBO Bank Singapore; Account No: 101192-001; SWIFT OCBCSGSG; Bank Code: 7339; Branch Code: 517

Q3: When is the closing date for course registration?

The closing date for course registration is 2 weeks (14 days) before the course commencement. If you wish to register for a course that has already closed for registration, please call us at
+(65) 6777 7407 or email to exec.training@tum-asia.edu.sg

Q4: Is it possible to arrange for a customised corporate training for my staff?

Kindly email your training requirements to exec.training@tum-asia.edu.sg or call +(65) 6777 7407 for further discussions.

Q5: Is it possible to cancel my registration after it is confirmed?

Kindly refer to our cancellation and refund policy as stated in the next section.

Q6: What if the course I enrolled in is cancelled?

TUM Asia (GIST-TUM Asia) reserves the right to cancel a course. If you have paid the course registration fee, a full refund of the registration fees will be fully refunded to you.

Q7: Do I need to pay additional charges for course materials?

Registration fees are inclusive of all course materials, unless otherwise stated.

Q8: Are lunch and refreshments provided for participants?

A full day course will come with 2 tea-breaks and complimentary buffet lunch at TUM Asia (GIST-TUM Asia).

Q9: Will I receive an acknowledgement of my registration?

You will receive an email acknowledgement shortly after your registration within 3 working days. Information provided will include details such as course date, time and venue.
If you do not receive any acknowledgement from us, please call us at +(65) 6777 7407 or email to exec.training@tum-asia.edu.sg

Q10: When do I receive the email notification/confirmation of the final status of the course?

You will receive an email notification at least 10 days before the start date of the course. You will be informed of the final status of this course whether it is confirmed, postponed or cancelled. For all confirmed courses, a reminder email will be sent to all participants 3 days before the start of the course.
However, if you do not receive any form of status updates from us, please call us immediately at +(65) 6777 7407 or email to exec.training@tum-asia.edu.sg

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Notification at least 14 days before the course commencement

Kindly send a written notification to exec.training@tum-asia.edu.sg or fax to +(65) 6777 7236 and attention it to Continuous Learning and Education Department at least 14 days before the course commencement. Upon which, you will receive an official email confirming the amount to be refunded to you.

 

Cancellation Charges (Refund of Course Fee): No cancellation charges (Full refund)

Notification at least 7-13 days before the course commencement

Kindly send a written notification to exec.training@tum-asia.edu.sg or fax to +(65) 6777 7236 and attention it to Continuous Learning and Education Department at least 7-13 days before the course commencement. Upon which, you will receive an official email confirming the amount to be refunded to you.
Cancellation Charges (Refund of Course Fee): 50% of Course Fee (50% Refund)

Notification less than 7 days before course commencement

Kindly send a written notification to exec.training@tum-asia.edu.sg or fax to +(65) 6777 7236 and attention it to Continuous Learning and Education Department. For notifications less than 7 days before course commencement, an official email will be send to you to confirm your cancellation, however, no refund will be provided.
Cancellation Charges (Refund of Course Fee): 100% of Course Fee (No Refund)

Modes of Refund

If Registration Fee is paid by Bank Transfer

Mode of refund will be through cheque.
Kindly note that (if any) transaction costs will be borne by the recipient and it will be offset from the amount refundable.
The whole process will take approximately 3 to 4 working weeks.

If Registration Fee is paid by Cheque

Mode of refund will be through cheque.
Kindly note that (if any) transaction costs will be borne by the recipient and it will be offset from the amount refundable.
The whole process will take approximately 3 to 4 working weeks.



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