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Last Updated: 20 May 2024

Overview of school admissions for Returning Singaporeans

Learn about support schemes and school admissions for Singapore Citizen and Permanent Resident children returning from overseas.

Who are Returning Singaporeans

Returning Singaporeans refer to Singapore Citizen (SC) and Permanent Resident (PR) children who are:

  • Going overseas to live and study.
  • Currently living and studying overseas.
  • Returning to Singapore having lived and studied overseas.

Returning Singaporeans can apply to join a primary school, secondary school, junior college or Millennia Institute.

Find information and links to help you plan ahead for your child's education journey, regardless of whether you are departing for overseas job posting, currently overseas or returning to Singapore.

Find out more about the support schemes for your child before you leave.

Leave of Absence (LOA) scheme

Learn how to apply for LOA which allows your child to rejoin their school after they return from overseas.

Immersion programme

Learn about how to apply for an immersion programme for your child to attend classes when they are back in Singapore for a short period.

Boarding Award scheme

Learn about how to apply for the Boarding Award scheme for SC children whose parents are working or residing overseas.

Learn about school admissions for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Resident children who are returning to Singapore.

Mother Tongue Language

Your child will need to learn a Mother Tongue Language (MTL) as a second language when they are back in an MOE school. Learn more about our MTL policy, including:

  • Understanding the MTL curriculum.
  • Keeping up with MTL while living overseas.
  • Eligibility for MTL exemptions.