Local Attachment Admin Matters

​​ Background

In the curriculum structure at NTU, most students are required to undergo practical attachment in various organisations as part of their degree programmes. The period of attachment varies from 8 weeks to 24 weeks.

The student's performance during attachment is assessed (graded in the case of Industrial Attachment) and considered as partial fulfilment for their Bachelor degree programmes at NTU.


The purposes of the attachment programmes are to supplement NTU's in-house practical professional training or/and to lessen the on-the-job training of these students when they graduate, as well as to instill in them the right kind of work attitude and work professionalism, so that they can become effective and productive to their respective organisations much sooner than is usual for fresh graduates. 

Requirements Expected of Participating Organisations

Participating organisation is required to

  1. assign a supervisor, preferably an engineer or a professional staff to supervise the students and assess their work performance during their attachment period and
  2. provide a structured attachment programme, with emphasis on applications, management and hands-on experience for the student to meet the following attachment objectives:
  • to apply knowledge learned in the University;
  • to acquire skills needed to become practice-oriented engineers or professionals;
  • to strengthen work values through an improved understanding of themselves and the work environment; and
  • to gain communication and interpersonal skills that promote personal growth and development.


Allowance & Working Hours 

The allowance to be paid to the student will be determined by the organisation. As a guide, most organisations are paying $800 to $1500 per month (CPF exempted) for local attachment. This subsistence allowance paid to the student to meet his/her daily expenses and board and lodging (in the case of a foreign student).

Students will follow the normal office working hours of the organisation on a five-day or five-and-a-half day week basis. 

Work Permit or Training Pass

An organisation taking in a foreign student who is full-time matriculated or registered student of NTU for local attachment under NTU's attachment programme is exempted from applying for a work permit or training pass in respect of that foreign student.

Income Tax

The allowance paid to the student is not liable for income tax in Singapore as long as there is no employment contract between the student and the participating organisation. 


Students are covered against personal or bodily injuries caused by or arising out of accidents through a Group Personal Accident Insurance Scheme (24-hour worldwide) arranged by NTU. The University has also taken up a Public Liability Policy Insurance to indemnify organisations against claims and damages arising as a result of providing such training facilities. The territorial limits of this coverage are confined to attachment placements within Singapore and other ASEAN countries. 

Certificate of Accomplishment & Book Prizes

Upon completion of the attachment programme, students will be awarded Certificates of Accomplishment, signed by the Director, Career & Attachment Office. Top students are also awarded book prizes from NTU. 

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