Work Holiday Programme

So you have just enrolled at a university, are graduating soon, or have just embarked on your career.

What are your options ahead? What could your future be like? Take up a short-term work stint in Singapore that is exciting and full of promise.

The Work Holiday Programme (WHP)

Introduced by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in Singapore, the Work Holiday Programme attracts university students and recent graduates between 18 and 25 years of age, to a rewarding experience living and working in vibrant Singapore for six months.

Our cosmopolitan city offers you the chance to gain exposure in a modern workplace and immerse yourself in Asia’s cultures and way of life. Perfect for the young people who enjoy travel and new experiences, the WHP is your gateway to Singapore and the dynamic Asian market.

Opportunities Await you

You are free to look for your own job opportunities in Singapore. For a start, the host of job opportunities begins with Singapore’s growth industry sectors, which include biomedical sciences, electronics, healthcare, interactive & digital media, oil & gas and research.

Prospective employers include top MNCs based in Singapore, along with local companies which serve the regional and global market. A good source of job opportunities is the Contact Singapore Job Portal. However, you are not restricted to these employers only. You can also choose to enlist in a structured internship programme with some of the companies. 


The Work Holiday Programme is applicable to:

University undergraduates and graduates aged 18 to 25 of all nationalities studying in universities in the nine countries/territories: Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States.

The universities include those ranked among the top 200 for overall academic performance in any of the following international rankings.

- Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings

- Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Academic Ranking of World Universities

- Times Higher Education World University Rankings

For graduates: they are required to be former resident and full-time students of the university.

The Work Holiday Programme has a capacity for 2,000 applicants at any one point in time and applicants must not hold a Work Holiday Pass within 12 months from the submission of the application. Successful applicants who have obtained the Work Holiday Pass are allowed to live and work in Singapore for up to six months and are not restricted to only specific types of work. However, existing licensing, registration or accreditation requirements (e.g. medicine or law) will apply. For more information on occupations that require prior approval, please click here.

Application procedures and more details on the WHP can be found at the MOM website.

Looking for Accommodation

Whilst in Singapore, a wide array of accommodation options is available from Singapore’s unique Housing Development Board (HDB) flats that offer quality living at affordable prices to landed properties and various hostels and boarding houses. For more information on where to live in Singapore, please visit the housing section.

Who's Employing WHP Applicants?

Employers who offer internship and permanent positions can be found at