**Important Update on COVID-19**
In response to the rapidly evolving global situation with COVID-19, the Singapore Ministry of Education together with the Institutes of Higher Learning (including NUS) have suspended all official overseas placements, including all internships and exchange programmes, until end-July 2020. This suspension affects all NUS students currently on SEP overseas regardless of the host country. Additional information is available at this webpage.
The Student Exchange Programme (SEP) is the largest and most established global programme in NUS. Through the development and management of strategic and sustainable partnerships with universities globally, Global Relations Office (GRO) strives to ensure a quality exchange experience for all outgoing and incoming students. More than 90% of both outgoing and incoming students are highly satisfied with their SEP experience. More than 95% of our overseas SEP alumni would recommend NUS to their peers at their home universities, while almost all returned SEP exchangers would gladly participate in SEP again if given the chance.
NUS students are able to choose from over 300 partner universities in more than 40 countries for their SEP experience. In AY 2017/18, approximately 2,000 NUS students embarked on SEP while close to 2,000 incoming students were received from our partner universities. We welcome students to participate in exchange to broaden their horizons and gain essential soft skills in preparation for the world after graduation.
The Study Abroad team at Global Relations Office (GRO) collaborates with close to 190 university-wide exchange partners for undergraduate coursework-based Student Exchange Programme (SEP). Students can read about the university-wide exchange partners by clicking on the respective links. For specific faculty-level exchange, students should approach their home faculty’s exchange administrator for the latest information.
For the list of NUS’ postgraduate, joint or double degree, research or alliance partners, please click on the link to Office of Vice President (University & Global Relations).
Please click on the following links below for further information about the different locations/partner universities:
Information about our university-wide Student Exchange Programme (SEP) partner universities is updated by the SEP team annually. The information is correct as of the date stated in the footer of the respective pdf document. The document serves as a good reference for NUS students who are planning their SEP. However, students should always check the respective partner university’s official website for the most updated information.
If you are aware of any updates to the information on our university-wide SEP partner universities, please write to the SEP team via askGRO.
We are delighted that you are considering NUS for your student exchange programme and hope that the information provided in this section can help you make an informed decision to spend a semester or an academic year with us.
A leading global university centred in Asia, the National University of Singapore (NUS) was founded in 1905 as a modest medical college with 23 students. Today, Singapore’s flagship university spans three campuses in Kent Ridge, Bukit Timah and Outram, and is widely seen as among the best universities in Asia and the world.
NUS offers a distinctively Asian and global experience that is grounded in maximising the potential of students and their future-readiness. Incoming exchange students can take a variety of cross-disciplinary modules from Engineering & Technology to Southeast Asian languages and cultures.
Our Halls of Residence and Residential Colleges located within the main Kent Ridge campus provide an affordable and safe living environment. Festive events and cultural activities are organised throughout the year by students and staff to add vibrancy to the exchange term. From Inter-Faculty sports games to music recitals, there is a wide array of artistic, cultural and sports opportunities to pursue.
Before you apply to be an exchange student at NUS there are some important things you need to know. Please read and review all of the topics within this section before you apply.
You can apply as a Non-Graduating Exchange student, if you:
If you are a student at a university that is not one of NUS' Partner Universities, you can apply as a "Non-Exchange" student on a fee-paying basis. Non-Exchange students can refer to NUS Registrar's Office Non-Graduating Programme for more information.
More information on the general criteria and language requirements for attending NUS as an exchange student is available on the NUS' Registrar's Office NUS Non-Graduating Programme page.
The standard academic calendar consists of two main semesters and a special term:
Each semester normally includes 13 weeks of instruction and 2 weeks of examinations. As an exchange student you can attend NUS for one or two semesters or the special term but you must ensure that your modules are approved by your home university and fulfill the requirements of your degree programme at your home university.
Academic counselling is the responsibility of your home university before you apply for exchange. Please seek your home university's advice while preparing your Study Plan and get their approval to transfer the credits for the modules which you wish to take while on exchange at NUS. NUS Registrar's Office assist in the application and registration of modules at NUS. Please see their Non-Graduating Programme page for the complete information. There you can find information on:
Please note that as part of your online application you will be asked to indicate up to 32MCs worth of relevant courses to take while on exchange at NUS. As you are not guaranteed a place in any of the courses, we recommend that you select as many relevant modules to better your chances at getting the minimum number of 12 Modular Credits per semester in order to be eligible for the Student’s Pass. It is recommended that you rank your compulsory modules among your top three module choices so as to increase the chances or securing them. Modules with clashing class and examination time-table will not be approved.
Economics, Psychology and Computer Science modules are extremely oversubscribed. Students majoring in Economics, Psychology and Computer Science will be given priority in the allocation of the respective modules. Students with other declared majors are advised against choosing Economics, Psychology and Computer Science modules.
Module requests will be assessed by the academics teaching the module based on availability and pre-requisites. Modules which are not offered to exchange students are automatically excluded from the online application portal.
Higher level undergraduate courses (e.g. module code starting from 4000 & above) have very limited supply and are usually NOT available to exchange students. In order to increase the chances of securing enough modules, incoming exchange students should consider taking modules with module code starting from 1000 to 3000.
Master level modules are open to students coming under master-level exchange agreement only.
If you are a nominated Exchange (NGE) student, your tuition fee is waived but you are required to pay for the Miscellaneous Student Fees.
|Miscellaneous Student Fees (MSFs) for NGE students [MSF = SSF + HSF]||Amount (per semester)*|
|Student Services Fee (SSF) (Exchange)||S$63.11|
|Health Service Fee (HSF)||S$68.35|
Students are responsible for the cost of their accommodation, meals, books and any other miscellaneous expenses. Please see the other sections on accommodation and cost of living for more information.
The NUS Global Relations Office administers limited number of awards on behalf of the sponsors. As these external awards are limited in numbers, we regret that only successful applicants will be informed. The list of financial awards available for incoming students can be found on this link.
To be eligible for on-campus accommodation application, you must be accepted as a full-time undergraduate exchange student.
Accommodation placement is not guaranteed given the limited supply of accommodation at NUS. The acceptance email/letter from Registrar’s Office will include instructions on how and when to apply for accommodation along with the updated instructions and deadlines.
For a range of the on-campus accommodation available at NUS, please see the Office of Student Affairs' Residential Services page.
Non-graduating research students should consider staying off campus. Due to shortage of on-campus accommodation, some non-graduating exchange students will have to find and secure private accommodation outside of campus. For more information on private, off-campus accommodation, please see Other Accommodation.
Once you have reviewed all of the requirements and procedures for studying on exchange at NUS and you have obtained formal approval from your home university's student exchange coordinator, you are welcome to apply online during the stipulated application period.
|Intake||Submission deadline for Nomination||Submission deadline for Online Application*||Notification of Application Results|
|NUS Semester 1,(August - December) & Full year (August to May)||mid-February to mid-March||21 March to 15 April||Mid-June|
|NUS Semester 2, (January - May)||1 August to 1 September||1 September to 1 October||Late November|
NUS' Registrar's Office assists in the application process and therefore do refer to Non-Graduating Programme page for the complete application instructions such as:
All supporting documents have to be submitted using the same online application portal. If you wish to be considered for the semester which you have applied for exchange, please complete your online application before the deadlines!
*Dates are subject to changes. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Thank you for choosing NUS! This section highlights the necessary things to do after you have applied online.
After you have completed the online application for the position of a “Non-Graduating Exchange” (NGE) student, you should be checking the same email given during application regularly for important updates from NUS Registrar’s Office. Sometimes, emails from NUS get into the spam folder, therefore please check your spam folder closer to the result release date.
Alternatively, you can log in to the application portal by using your application ID and password to find out about the application status.
|Intake||Application results release date|
|NUS Semester 1 (August - December) & Full year (August to May)||By mid-June|
|NUS Semester 2 (January - May)||By end of November|
After you have applied online, NUS Registrar’s Office will contact you via email for at least one of the three circumstances stated below:
You have failed to obtain a minimum of three pre-registered modules (or 12 modular credits) per semester. NUS Registrar’s Office will contact you via email to select more modules. Students who do not manage to secure a minimum of 12 modular credits after two rounds of modules reselection will be deemed as unsuccessful applicants.
Module requests will be assessed by the academics teaching the module based on availability and pre-requisites. Applicants are automatically barred from adding modules with clashing timetables and examination dates or choosing modules which are not offered to exchange students.
Modules placement is not guaranteed. Business and Law modules are only available to students invited for the exchange at NUS Business School and NUS Law respectively. Economics, Psychology and Computer Science modules at NUS are extremely oversubscribed. If you did not secure any of the popular modules during the first round of course selection, please do not repeat your request for any of these modules in subsequent rounds of reselection in order to avoid delays with your application. Successful Law modules applicants will be contacted by NUS Law directly for the official Law modules registration.
You might like to read about module selection to guide you in your modules reselection.
You have successfully pre-registered for a minimum of 12 modular credits to support the issuance of Student’s Pass. The official offer email will be sent out by mid-June for exchange that starts in August and by end of November for exchange that starts in the following January.
The offer email contains web links to the pre-registered modules, the NUS Registration Guide and on-campus accommodation application instructions (if applicable). You are expected to follow the instructions and deadlines stated in these documents so that you do not miss out on important information related to accommodation and visa arrangement. Please note that all deadlines are set based on Singapore’s time zone.
Changes to the pre-registered modules you have secured at the point of offer should be made only during the “Add/Drop” exercise which will be conducted in the first two weeks of each semester. Details about the “Add/Drop” exercise are stated clearly in the NUS Registration Guide.
If you wish to update your application particulars or have any questions about your application, please email to [email protected] and quote your application ID number in the email subject header.
Non-graduating exchange students are not guaranteed on-campus accommodation.
1. Indicating Interest for On-Campus Accommodation
Students who are interested in on-campus accommodation should indicate ‘YES’ on their initial exchange application when asked if they need on-campus accommodation. Even though by indicating ‘YES’ on the initial exchange application does not guarantee placement on campus, this step helps NUS in gauging the demand for on-campus accommodation for the next semester.
2. Application for On-Campus Accommodation
All exchange students are eligible to apply for on-campus accommodation, although not guaranteed placement given the limited supply of accommodation at NUS. The acceptance email/letter from Registrar’s Office will include instructions on how and when to apply for on-campus accommodation.
You are encouraged to start exploring off-campus accommodation options early if you have no intention to apply for on-campus accommodation. Please refer to information on off-campus accommodation .
3. Applying for On-Campus Accommodation
Accommodation applications are processed through NUS University Housing Management System (UHMS). A non-refundable application fee of S$26.75 is required when submitting an application through UHMS.
Each semester about 30% of exchange students are shortlisted for a particular Residential College (RC), and therefore only see a particular RC on their accommodation application. This shortlisting helps ensure that NUS is able to get as many exchange students allocated to on-campus accommodation as possible before their arrival in Singapore.
Majority of the exchange students will be able to indicate their top three (3) preferences for accommodation when submitting their accommodation application. As your preferred accommodation might not have vacancy, we encourage you to choose from whichever options appear in the drop-down list to ensure accommodation allocations are completed as quickly as possible.
If you need a certain type of room due to an existing medical conditions, please highlight your need(s) and upload an official medical documentation on your accommodation application. NUS Office of Student Affairs (OSA) will try to allocate a suitable room to you but there might not be vacancy for your preferred room even when you have declared your medical conditions.
4. Accommodation Application Results
Rooms with air - conditioning, en suite bathrooms and rooms within University Town Residences are regularly oversubscribed. We encourage students to be flexible with their on-campus accommodation allocation. With an open mind and some flexibility, it is possible to have a wonderful exchange semester with a room on-campus no matter your accommodation allocation.
If it is better for you to stay in a room / unit that matches your preferred criteria and standards, we strongly recommend that you source and rent a private accommodation near NUS. Singapore is a city-state connected by affordable and reliable public transport and it is possible to travel conveniently to and fro NUS even if you stay in a private, off-campus accommodation. You may scroll down to read Point 7 about off-campus accommodation.
5. Accepting Your Accommodation Offer
To accept your accommodation offer, you will be required to make advance payment for the full accommodation and meal plan fees (if applicable) by the deadline stipulated in your accommodation offer. For the current accommodation fees and meal plan rates, please refer to hostel and meal plan rates.
Upon accepting your accommodation offer, a confirmation email will be sent to you with details of the allocated room. Please print and bring the email for submission during check-in. All questions regarding check-in can be sent to the Management Office of your assigned Hall, Residence or RC. You can find the right contact details in your accommodation offer or you can refer to contact us.
6. More Information on On-Campus Accommodation
Complete information on the housing application procedure, including descriptions of NUS accommodation choices, meal plan fees, late & early check-in, and check-out information, can be found on the Office of Student Affairs’ Hostel Admission Services site.
7. Unsuccessful on-campus Accommodation Applicants. Private, off-campus Accommodation
If you indicated ‘NO’ for requiring on-campus accommodation on your initial exchange application and/or your Acceptance Letter does not include information on how and when to apply for accommodation, you are encouraged to start exploring off-campus accommodation options as soon as possible.
Even if you have indicated “YES” for on-campus accommodation, you might still be unsuccessful in obtaining on-campus accommodation. If that happens, you should review the Office of Student Affairs’ list of contacts and resource references for recommendation on off-campus accommodation providers.
Students on waiting list for on-campus accommodation will only be able to apply for accommodation at a later stage if there is vacancy. When that happens, you will receive an update from either the NUS Global Relations Office (GRO) or Office of Student Affairs (OSA). If you are not contacted by either NUS GRO or OSA, it means there is really no suitable room available on-campus for you.
8. Accommodation FAQs
Every international student must take up the compulsory NUS Group Medical Insurance Scheme.
The insurance premium is subject to revision from time to time.
Click here for details of the insurance coverage. Please note that not all health services are covered by the NUS Group Medical Insurance Scheme so you may wish to enrol with a private health insurance organisation that offers services not covered by the scheme.
With effect from 1 January 2016, all registered NUS students will be covered under a blanket travel insurance. This blanket travel insurance covers the official NUS approved trips during the course of exchange. More details can be found online. If the coverage is not enough for you, it is highly recommended that you purchase an additional travel insurance on your own.
International students studying in Singapore are required to have their “Student's Pass” approved by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) of Singapore. Your offer of admission to NUS is conditional upon your successful application of your Student's Pass.
All incoming international students who are applying for a Student’s Pass for 6 months and above are required to do a medical examination (details will be provided in the letter of offer).
NUS Registrar’s Office will apply for the entry visa and an In-Principle Approval (IPA) letter for all international students through the ICA Student’s Pass Online Application and Registration (SOLAR) system. All international students will then be required to fill out an online eForm 16 and print a copy to be brought to Singapore.
For international students who do not require an entry visa to Singapore, you will only need to show your passport and disembarkation card to get through Singapore immigration. You will be given the stamped IPA letter on the date of registration at NUS and you need the letter to collect your Student’s Pass from ICA.
For international students who require an entry visa to Singapore, NUS will send the IPA letter via email to you after the application has been approved by ICA. The IPA letter will serve as a single-trip entry visa upon arrival in Singapore. Please show your passport, disembarkation card and the IPA letter to get through Singapore immigration. Upon registration at NUS, another IPA letter will be stamped and issued to you before you can proceed to collect your Student’s Pass from ICA.
Below is a list of estimated expenditure a student may likely incur during his or her stay in Singapore. These amounts vary accordingly depending on personal needs and lifestyle pattern. This example excludes non-essentials and major items such as shopping, entertainment, computers, electronic/communication devices, travel plans, etc.
|Estimated Costs (per month)||On-campus||Off-campus|
|Accommodation||S$480 - S$850*||S$600 - S$1,300#|
|Food (3 meals a day)||S$250 - S$500||S$400 - S$800|
|Public Transport||S$100 - S$150||S$200 - S$300|
|Personal expenses||S$300 - S$500||S$300 - S$500|
|Total||S$1,130 - S$2,000||S$1,500 - S$2,900|
* Actual cost depends on type of residence and type of room. For the hostel fees you may refer to the Office of Student Affairs’ Residential Services site.
#Actual rental depends on whether there is room sharing and whether utilities are included in the rent.
Exchange students holding Student’s Pass are not allow to work in Singapore.
You are advised to arrive in Singapore in time for the official registration date at NUS. The registration date differs every semester and you have to read the content in the NUS Registration Guide for detailed instructions.
The Registration Guide includes information on:
Please read the guide and join the activities specially prepared for you in order to familiarise yourself with NUS and Singapore.
You are also encouraged to participate in the activities customised for you by our Peer Advising Leaders. Some of the activities such as “Campus Tour with Networking & Information Session”, “Welcome Party” and “Row, Row, Row your Dragonboat” for exchange students are always popular and well attended. Do remember to join our Facebook once you have registered as an NUS student so as to get the latest updates from us!
There are also other activities organised for international students by the Office of Student Affairs. The events are subject to change, therefore please look out for our emails for up-to-date information on our events. This list is not exhaustive as there are more events and activities happening all year round at NUS. Please also refer to the NUS Calendar of Events for more information.
If you do not wish to be on the mailing list for any of the events or activities organised by the Global Relations Office, please write to us to have your email removed from our mailing lists. However, we encourage you to stay on the mailing list and join in the fun and networking opportunities which will help to make your exchange more rewarding!
Welcome to Singapore! There are lots of things to learn and adjust to when first arriving in a new place. We hope this section gives you the knowledge and resources to help you settle in quickly, as well as a few things to keep in mind before you head back home.
You could take a taxi from the airport to NUS since you will likely have at least one suitcase with you. You may want to share the taxi with other fellow exchange students who are arriving in Singapore around the same time.
Here are the various ways which you can get to NUS:
If you are heading towards the Kent Ridge campus from the airport, please direct the taxi driver to take the AYE expressway and towards the different student residences around Kent Ridge campus. Please show the address of your on-campus residence to the taxi driver. The metered taxi fare varies from S$35 to S$45 depending on the time of travel, type of taxi and any relevant surcharges.
If you are going to the Bukit Timah campus (applicable to Law students only) from the airport, please refer to the visitor guide and direct the taxi driver accordingly.
If you are going to NUS Registrar’s Office, the taxi has to turn into Lower Kent Ridge Road via the first NUS entrance and stop at University Hall which is opposite a football field.
Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) trains
From the MRT station at the Changi Airport Terminal 2, take the green line to Buona Vista MRT station and then change to the yellow line to go to Kent Ridge Station. After alighting at Kent Ridge Station, students may take the NUS free shuttle bus to go to respective student residences.
To reach NUS Registrar’s Office, student can take NUS bus shuttle service A1 from the main bus stop outside National University Hospital and stop at the University Hall bus stop which is opposite the football field. Please note that there might not be space on the MRT or the internal shuttle bus to put your luggage.
For NUS campus map, please refer to http://map.nus.edu.sg/
Have you been assigned a room on NUS campus? If yes, please note that the check-in dates and time are available at Office of Student Affairs’ website. If you need to check-in early, please follow the instruction stated here to make arrangements. Alternatively, you may like to stay for a night or two at a nearby hotel before checking into your NUS accommodation if your required check-in date and time is not available.
Once you have your room key, please check that the furniture, electrical appliances and the lock to your room are in satisfactory condition. Please alert the accommodation Management Office as soon as possible if there is any problem with your room. For hygiene purposes, you will need to purchase your own bed sheet and pillow case. You may get the necessary items from the nearest shopping mall at Clementi Shopping Center or the IKEA at Queenstown. Do make friends with the full-time students on campus and they will be more than willing to show you how to get to these places.
During your stay in on-campus residences, please do maintain a reasonable standard of cleanliness so that your immediate resting environment is pleasant. Upon checking out of the room, please dispose of all rubbish and leave all of the original furniture in the room so that the next occupant can have a pleasant stay too!
If you have not read the NUS Registration Guide before you arrive in Singapore, we strongly recommend you to read it now! The guide contains information on registration, language module placement tests, immigration matters and the Add/Drop modules exercise.
Student’s Pass and NUS Student Card
If you miss the official Student’s Pass registration date that is allocated to you, you will need to notify the NUS Registrar’s Office as soon as possible, and make your own arrangements to complete registration as a Non-Graduating Exchange (NGE) student at NUS as well as contact Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) of Singapore to obtain your Student’s Pass.
Once you have successfully registered as an NUS student, you will receive your personal NUS ID and password to access NUS’ various internal systems such as LumiNUS. LumiNUS contains the latest information on modules including detailed module descriptions (syllabi), class structures, and the contact information for academic coordinators. The information available on LumiNUS will be very useful during the Add/Drop exercise if you intend to make changes to the list of approved modules given at the initial point of offer.
The Add/Drop exercises are typically conducted during the first two weeks of each semester. These exercises provide an opportunity for you to make modifications to the initial list of approved modules given to you at the point of offer. You are allowed to drop modules which are not suitable for your academic plan due to their content, class time or level of difficulty. You are also allowed to add modules (subject to availability and pre-requisites) which better meet your needs and class schedule during this time. All requests to add modules will be reviewed by the relevant Faculty, School or Department and placement into the module will be based on satisfactory completion of any pre-requisites (if required) and the availability of the module. It is important to note that no particular module can be guaranteed by NUS.
Please take note of the following important points when making modifications to the list of approved modules from your initial point of offer:
If you need to get the confirmation on the modules which you are taking at NUS, please approach the Non-Graduating Office at NUS Registrar’s Office for the signatures on your Learning Agreement or Study Plan.
For all academic and administrative processes please log in to the Education Records System (EduRec) with your Student ID and password.
A variety of orientation activities are conducted for incoming exchange students to assist you in settling into life at NUS.
Orientation Briefings for International Non-graduating Students
The Office of Student Affairs organises the main orientation briefing to cover topics like the Add/Drop exercises, Campus Resources, Health & IT issues, etc. Information on the orientation’s time and location will be provided in the NUS Registration Guide which is included in your letter of offer.
Global Relations Office Welcome Party
The Global Relations Office and the Peer Advising Leaders also organise a Welcome Party every semester for the new exchange students during the week before lessons begin. You can expect music, food, games and giveaways! This is a great opportunity for you to meet other exchange students and local NUS students. For a list of events organised by Peer Advising Leaders, please click here. To get the latest information, join our Facebook!
More information about the orientation activities and welcome events are shared in the “After Applying” website, Step 6: Plan your arrival date to Singapore and to NUS.
What is Singapore all about? We hope that you are going to join some of the activities organised by Office of Student Affairs and Global Relations Office to find out more about Singapore! Here is some initial information to get you started.
The island of Singapore’s total land area is just 718.3 square km!, And at just one degree above the equator, the city-state enjoys year-long temperatures that range from 24.0°C to 34.0°C (75.0°F to 93°F) and an average daily relative humidity of 61-65%. We have a population of about 5.4 million (of which approximately 3.8 million are Singapore citizens and permanent residents in 2014).
According to local legend, a Sumatran prince encountered a lion on Temasek, which was what Singapore was known as back in the 13th century. From that point, Singapura, or “Lion City” was founded. In 1819, Sir Stamford Raffles established a British trading station on this island. Singapore gained her independence on 9 August 1965.
Most Singaporeans are descendants of immigrants from the Malay Peninsula, China or the Indian sub-continent. While they have gradually acquired a distinct identity as Singaporeans, many still retain their customs, practices and festivals in an interesting mix of the modern and traditional ways.
To learn more about Singapore, please read the information prepared by Singapore Tourism Board.
All students who venture abroad in search of adventure on student exchange will inevitably have to deal with the perils of culture shock. It is a completely normal and natural condition that everyone who finds themselves in a different culture experiences. By knowing a little bit about why it happens and how it progresses, hopefully you will be more prepared when it affects you.
Moving overseas presents many challenges that take you out of your comfort zone. In order to feel comfortable again it is necessary to become familiar with the terrain and adapt to the new environment. When you are feeling the effects of culture shock such as loss of appetite, sleeplessness and frustration, it is helpful to talk to others about what you’re going through. Reach out to other students, the exchange coordinator or counsellors at NUS Counselling and Psychological Services or your home university for someone to talk to.
There are four official languages in Singapore: Malay, Mandarin, Tamil and English. English is the language of business, education and administration, and is widely spoken and understood across the island. Most Singaporeans are bilingual, and speak their mother tongue as well as English. Malay is the national language. But did you know that Singaporeans also speak a unique hybrid of languages called “Singlish”?
This local concoction mixes English with common phrases in the Chinese dialects and some Malay. The use of Singlish continues to be a topic of public debate - some Singaporeans purport that Singlish reflects badly on the country and hurts Singaporeans in international business. Proponents of local culture say Singlish is one of the elements that give Singaporeans their distinctive identity. They add that most Singaporeans can switch seamlessly between "regular" English when necessary, and Singlish when appropriate. Either way, Singlish is thriving, especially with young Singaporeans, with one Singlish word even making it into Oxford English Dictionary!
If you wish to know more Singlish, view this video.
NUS has on-campus health services available at the University Health Centre (UHC). UHC is located on the Kent Ridge campus, and is open during regular office hours Monday to Friday. Most medical services are covered under the mandatory medical insurance that all exchange students are required to subscribe to. Information about their services can be found on the UHC website.
NUS also has an on-campus counselling centre that provides assessment, counselling and crisis intervention to students. Exchange students are welcome to use these services as well and most are covered under the mandatory medical insurance mentioned above. Information about their services can be found on the Counselling and Psychological Services site.
Singapore has one of the lowest crime rates in the world, but as the Singaporean Government reminds everyone – “low crime does not mean no crime”.
In order to ensure a safe, harmonious and conducive learning environment for all students, you are reminded to read and adhere to the NUS Code of Student Conduct.
The Office of Campus Security provides 24-hour security services campus-wide and has emergency call points installed around campus that enable staff or students to communicate with security officers through an intercom during an emergency.
We recommend that you save the NUS and Singapore emergency numbers in your mobile phone so that you can get immediate assistance during an emergency.
Important emergency numbers: Health Emergency
|On campus||Off Campus (but still in Singapore)|
|Campus Security Hotline (Kent Ridge): 6874 1616||Fire/Ambulance: 995|
|Campus Security Hotline (Bukit Timah): 6516 3636||Non-Emergency Ambulance Services: 1777|
|24-hour NUS Lifeline: 6516 7777|
Important emergency numbers: Safety Emergency
|On campus||Off campus (but still in Singapore)|
|Campus Security Hotline (Kent Ridge): 6874 1616||Fire/Ambulance: 995|
|Campus Security Hotline (Bukit Timah): 6516 3636||Non-Emergency Ambulance Services: 1777|
You may wish to open a bank account or use banking services in Singapore during your exchange. Many banks offer a wide range of services including checking and savings accounts, ATMs (Automated Teller Machines), fixed deposits, safe deposit boxes, loans, overdraft and transfers, travellers’ cheques and foreign currency conversions.
The nearest banks to the Kent Ridge campus are located at the Clementi neighbourhood estate. These banks are the Development Bank of Singapore (DBS)/Post Office Savings Bank (POSB), United Overseas Bank (UOB) and Overseas‐Chinese Banking Corporation Limited (OCBC Bank). To open an account, please bring along your passport and Student's Pass / NUS Letter of Offer for Admission and a minimum deposit amount of S$500 to S$1,000 (varies from bank to bank). You are reminded to check the terms and conditions needed to open a bank account at the various banks.
There is also a Frank store by OCBC Bank at the University Town, but do take note counter services are not available at this outlet.
There are several DBS, UOB, OCBC and Citibank ATM machines on campus.
Networks for Electronic Transfer (NETS) Pte Ltd
This is a special Singapore cashless method of payment. Payment can be made with your NETS card at all participating vendors advertising the NETS sign. NETS is similar to the ‘direct debit’ option offered in some other countries.
This is a stored value card, allowing cashless payment. Participating vendors will have CASHCARD signs on display.
Transfer of Funds
Students may transfer funds using bank drafts made out in Singapore dollars and drawn from a Singapore bank. These can be credited to your accounts and drawn out in one to two days. Cheques/Checks from banks with no branches in Singapore may take about three to eight weeks to clear.
Telegraphic transfers may also be made indirectly through another bank to your own account. Do note that some banks may charge service fees for telegraphic transfers.
When your exchange term with NUS has come to an end, we hope it’s not the end of your connection with us! There are many ways to stay connected and we hope you’ll continue to be a part of the NUS family by signing up as NUS Student Ambassador.
You can print your provisional transcript from myISIS on your own while you still have access to NUS system.
Two copies of the official transcript will be printed and delivered to your home university by NUS Registrar’s Office approximately two months after the end date of your exchange (unless otherwise arranged with the partner university). As such, please contact the office(s) of your home university which is responsible for student exchange programme to obtain your copy of the complimentary transcript. If you need any additional copies of your transcript, you may place an online request.
A survey which the student exchange team conducted for AY2015/16 revealed that 93% of incoming students were either extremely satisfied or satisfied with their exchange at NUS. In fact, 90% of incoming students would recommend NUS to their peers. Why? Scroll down to read what some of the students said about their experience at NUS.
I am reminded that a painful goodbye is a good one. It means that time has been well spent, relationships forged have been meaningful, places visited have left an impression, and of course that I have every reason to come back.
I've thoroughly enjoyed my exchange at NUS. It's been amazing to meet and study with people from all around the world... My exchange has definitely been an enriching experience and I can't wait to come back.
Studying at NUS was a whirlwind of a year. Making new friends from all over the world, the ease of leap-frogging into Southeast Asia and yes, of course, the food, meant for an incredibly stimulating, 'horizon broadening' experience.
Coming away, and coming somewhere so different and far away from your home, means you are learning so much on so many different levels, all the time. There is so much that you learn without even realizing.
Before I came, I heard and I had friends who told me all about the tropical climate and that it would rain everyday so I was pretty prepared for rain. And they told me it was a very pretty place and that if I came there and didn’t enjoy myself then I was doing something wrong.
We hope you have enjoyed your stay at NUS so far!
Global Relations Office (GRO) would like to invite incoming exchange students to become NUS Student Exchange Programme (SEP) Ambassadors.
SEP works on the concept of reciprocity, i.e. NUS hosts a number of students similar to the number we send out every year. By being an SEP ambassador for NUS, we hope that you could represent NUS and Singapore during the Study Abroad Fairs or Information Sessions held at your home university. It would be great if you could promote the exchange at NUS to your peers so that NUS becomes their preferred exchange destination.
During the SEP Ambassador training programme, you will gain better understanding about NUS and Singapore, receive useful tips which you could share with your peers and have the opportunity to link up with NUS outgoing students to your home university.
You will be invited to join the training sessions via email. Registration is needed and it can be done through NUS Calendar of Events.
For students who are not able to attend the training programme but wish to contribute as an SEP Ambassador for NUS, please contact us via askGRO.
The opportunity to live and study in another country while earning credit towards your NUS degree is an amazing and exciting one. Priority for the Student Exchange Programme (SEP) will be given to NUS students who have not been on any overseas programme, and who show that they can be good ambassadors for NUS.
SEP works on a reciprocal basis. Bilateral agreements are signed between NUS and its partner universities to support the exchange of students every year. The objective of the Student Exchange Agreements is to achieve a balance in the exchange numbers during the effective term of the agreement.
Outgoing exchangers have to be nominated by NUS to study at an NUS’ partner university. Students have to remain both enrolled at NUS and at their host university for the full duration of their exchange. NUS students continue to pay tuition fees to NUS while the tuition fees at the host university is waived.
The experiences you acquire during your overseas studies will be valuable to your future employers and you will develop other life skills which makes SEP all the more rewarding.
Here is your chance to trek through the Grand Canyon, look out from the top of the Eiffel Tower, or set foot on the Taj Mahal. You will make memories that last a lifetime as you see new places and experience cultures you might have only read about.
Get a fresh perspective on the subjects you study. Learn an American's perspective on world politics or a German's insights into molecular biology. SEP provides the opportunity for you to study with students from top universities around the world.
There is no better way to learn a language than by immersing yourself in it every day. Learn how people on the streets use the language and get to know phrases and expressions from beyond the classroom.
SEP gives you the skills your future employers desire such as versatility, maturity, confidence, independence, and the ability to work with people of different cultures.
Make lifelong friends, experience a new culture and get out of the same old routine. SEP is what you should embark on, and many make it the time of their lives.
Excited to learn about the SEP experiences from the returning exchangers? Here's your chance. Read their accounts of life abroad and be inspired by their overseas experience!
A decision to go on SEP requires careful research and planning and should not be taken lightly. Before you decide to apply for SEP, there are some important areas of considerations:
For NUS undergraduate students, the minimum criteria to be eligible for the NUS Student Exchange Programme (SEP) application are:
These are the minimum requirements and as each faculty does its own selection for SEP there may be additional requirements. Students should check with their home faculty for full SEP eligibility requirements.
The following categories of students are not eligible for overseas SEP:
Should I go on SEP?
SEP is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience a different academic environment and to see the world. It also offers opportunity for personal and professional growth. However, SEP is not for everyone. Students should consider their personality, maturity and adaptability. To participate in SEP, one must desire to interact and learn from foreign cultures, be flexible and take things in your stride when the going gets tough. Students on SEP must fulfil the role of an ambassador of NUS and Singapore.
NUS has existing SEP partnerships with top universities globally. The complete list of SEP partner universities is available in GRO Essential Guide to International Programmes. University-wide exchange partner universities are typically open to accepting students from more than one NUS Faculty/School; Faculty-level partner universities are open to accepting NUS students of specific Faculty/School.
Students can consult their home faculty/School for partner universities relevant to their NUS study programmes. When choosing SEP host university/host country, student should consider the cost of living at the host country or city and the course offering at the partner university.
SEP is designed so that NUS students can go on exchange for a semester or two and take courses for credit that transfers back to his/her NUS degree programme. The courses that students read while on SEP is a decision jointly made by the student and Faculty SEP Coordinator through “mapping” modules at the partner university to similar modules at NUS for credit transfer.
Most universities have their course catalogue online, or even a special list of courses available only for incoming exchange students. Use these lists to identify courses suitable to fulfil your NUS course requirements, paying special attention to any restrictions, credit limits and course prerequisites. Students are strongly recommended to save up free electives for his/her SEP semester to allow flexibility in their course selection at the partner university.
Students should work closely with his/her Faculty/Department SEP Coordinators when determining which courses to take while on SEP to ensure sufficient credits can be transferred back to NUS after the exchange semester. All questions about module mapping and credit transfer should be directed to the Faculty/Department SEP Coordinators.
When thinking about going on SEP, students should consider the following questions:
Students only need to pay the normal NUS tuition fees during their SEP overseas. They are not required to pay any tuition fees at the partner university.
However, you are responsible for the other costs involved with going on SEP, including but not limited to:
Students must be responsible to ensure that they have the financial means to support their living cost during their SEP overseas and some countries require proof of adequate finances upon entry. The cost of living varies from country to country and among different cities in the same country. Students should research the SEP destination’s cost of living beginning with the estimate guide on the Where can I go? section of the site and then make realistic and sensible choices of partner universities they can afford to go to.
Students should also explore financial aid options offered by NUS and other local organisations to assist in covering the cost of their SEP. Please see the Financial aid section for more information on awards and scholarships and loans for SEP.
The SEP gives students the opportunity to study in an English-medium or foreign language university. If you intend to study in a university whose language of instruction is not English, we recommend you have a strong background in the language before going on SEP. Some partner universities may have a minimum language requirement to attend and students should be aware of this and prepare accordingly. Other partner universities may teach in English but have a different local language and we recommend students still study the language before going on SEP in order to integrate into daily life in the new country, as knowing some local phrases can greatly improve one’s experience in foreign countries.
Language courses are available through the NUS Center for Language Studies and through organisations like Alliance Francaise or the Italian Cultural Institute in Singapore. If you are thinking about SEP to China, there are two modules offered by CLS and the Department of Chinese Studies, one in science and technology (LAC3203) and the other in business and industry (CH2271) that are tailored to enhance your Chinese proficiency.
Freshmen without prior knowledge of French, German or Korean and would like to go on SEP to Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Korea or Switzerland are strongly encouraged to apply for the Language Preparation Program (LPP).
Students who have :
are ready to begin the SEP application procedure.
NUS students apply for SEP through the Education Records System (EduRec) , under Global Education - External Study Application.
Each faculty has different application periods for its students to apply through the system. In general, the application system is open from September to June for SEP application in the following academic year, either in Semester 1, Semester 2 or for Full Year exchange. Students should consult the SEP Administrators at home faculty for the applicable application periods and take note that late applications will not be accepted.
The SEP application periods for AY2020/21 are indicated in the table below.
|BIZ||1||Mid October to Mid November 2019|
|BIZ||2||Early May to Early June 2020|
|FASS||1||End of August to Early September 2019|
|FASS||2||Mid February to Early March 2020|
|FoE||1||Early October to End October 2019|
|FoE||2||Mid February to Mid March 2020|
|FoE||3||Early April to End April 2020|
|FoS||1||23 August to 6 September 2019|
|FoS||2||Mid January to Mid February 2020|
|LAW||1||25 October to 9 December 2019|
|SDE||1||26 August to 12 September 2019|
|SDE||2||16 December 2019 to 2 January 2020|
|SoC / CEG||1||27 August to 20 September 2019|
|SoC / CEG||2||13 December 2019 to 3 January 2020|
|USP||1||16 September – 13 October 2019|
|USP||2||27 January – 23 February 2020|
** Information accurate as at 23 August 2019. Please note that the application periods are subject to change.
You will undergo a selection process by your faculty and will be notified if you are given an offer for SEP.
For additional information or related queries, please click here.
Students’ home faculty will review the SEP applications and manage the SEP selection processes. Students selected for SEP will be notified (by email) of an SEP ‘internal offer’ by the home faculty and be given approximately a week to decide whether or not to accept the offer. Offers not accepted will be rescinded and given to another student on the waiting list. Students are advised to think carefully before accepting the internal offer, since there is a considerable monetary penalty for withdrawing from SEP after accepting the internal offer. Withdrawing from SEP after accepting the internal offer will also prevent another student from utilising the SEP place resulting in an unused SEP place.
Students are reminded to update mailing address and contact details at Education Records System (EduRec) as student may be contacted via phone (if required) on SEP application matters. In addition, the SEP certification letter will be mailed to student as per mailing address in Education Records System (EduRec) after the acceptance of SEP internal offer. Students may require to submit the SEP certification letter when applying for student’s visa.
Students may start sourcing for financial support after accepting the internal offer for SEP. However, please note that SEP is not confirmed until students have applied and are accepted by the host university.
The Financial Aid page provides a list of NUS and external awards for outgoing exchange students, as well as loan options. Students are also encouraged to check with home Faculty on faculty-specific scholarships which supports SEP. Students who are existing scholarship recipient may check if the existing scholarship includes support or provision for SEP.
Preparing for a semester or year abroad on exchange can be extremely exciting but also overwhelming, as for many students it will be their first time away from home. This experience should be treated like an adventure where anything can happen, but with plenty of preparation and patience, everything should turn out well.
Going on exchange gives students the ability to become independent and the first step is for students to do their own research on their destination. The potential of an experience overseas will be maximised when students’ expectations are well managed through research. To allow for the best SEP experience possible, NUS students going out on exchange should read all of the pages in this section for Outgoing Exchange Students and should research their partner university and host country’s websites for instructions, as well as review their faculty’s SEP website and attend all briefings offered by their department, faculty or by the GRO.
Once you’ve accepted the internal offer you will be prompted by your faculty to prepare your application to the partner university. Your faculty will share with you a link which contains the partner university’s fact sheet and useful information regarding application with the partner university or you can also refer to the partner university’s website for incoming exchange students for the application process.
Most partner universities have their applications online while some universities have hardcopy application forms that need to be submitted. Official transcripts are normally required as part of application and students are responsible for acquiring their own transcripts for application to the Partner University unless informed otherwise. You may request for your official transcript here. If a Partner University requires submission of hardcopy documents for application, please submit your official academic transcript along with the other supporting documents to your Faculty SEP administrator.
Different partner universities have different application procedures and deadlines so students will have to follow the respective procedure and date to submit their documents to their faculties.Please submit your application materials by the deadline or risk a delay in receiving your offer letter and possibly a delay in arriving at your SEP location.
Once your exchange application is submitted to the partner university, you may not hear anything from the partner university until two months before the start of the partner university’s semester. If you haven’t hear anything from the partner university two months before the start of the partner university's semester date, please contact your Faculty SEP Administrators or Contact Us.
While waiting for the acceptance from the host university, you may start preparing for your SEP by finding out more about your exchange destination and knowing what to do next.
Please also ensure to:
Well done on being selected by your faculty for the Student Exchange Programme (SEP)!
We encourage you to attend the SEP Ambassador Training conducted by the Global Relations Office (GRO) before you depart for your SEP.
The SEP works on the concept of reciprocity, i.e. NUS hosts a number of students similar to the number we send out every year. NUS students selected for SEP are expected to represent and uphold the reputation of NUS and Singapore. In addition, you will be required to promote NUS as a preferred exchange destination to students at Study Abroad Fairs and Information Sessions held at your host university.
During the SEP Ambassador training, you will receive the latest and most accurate information about NUS and Singapore so that you can represent NUS and Singapore well. You will also learn more about the Outstanding NUS Exchanger Award, which recognises and rewards your contributions to the exchange community. Finally, the SEP Ambassador Training is also a great place to meet like-minded NUS students who are going out on exchange in the same semester.
The training sessions will be held in May and July for outgoing students in semester 1 and in December for outgoing students in semester 2. You will be invited to join the training sessions via email. Registration is needed and can be done through NUS Calendar of Events.
You are strongly encouraged to attend the training. For students who are not able to attend the training programme but wish to contribute as an SEP Ambassador for NUS, please contact us via askGRO.
NUS Students Experiences on SEP
Excited to learn about the experience from returning exchangers? Here's your chance. Read their accounts of life abroad and be inspired to go on an overseas exchange.
I can only say that my exchange was multi-faceted and very rich. It opened doors for me to grapple with the vastness of the world-not just geographically but culturally and historically too.
The exchange experience opened up my mind greatly, seeing how things were perceived and done differently in different countries and the different systems and culture.
My exchange at King’s College London was an extremely fulfilling and enjoyable one. I had the opportunity to study in this world-renowned institution famed for its discovery of the structure of DNA.
Going for SEP was a life-changing experience. It enabled me to see the world first-hand and live in a totally different culture.
I had a good and enriching experience going on exchange in Auckland, New Zealand. People are generally polite and it was interesting to learn about the way people live in another country.
It was a fantastic opportunity to widen my horizons and enrich my personal perspective, building on great friendships that left many fond memories behind.
In addition, you may also join the activities organised by our Peer Advising Leaders to find out more about your preferred exchange destinations.
We hope your Student Exchange Programme (SEP) journey was a wonderful experience and one that you will remember for the rest of your life! We would like to assist you in your re-integration to NUS using resources such as the Returning Student Checklist and through events and programmes which are planned for you in mind.
Have you collected your original transcript from your faculty or department? Are the credits earned during your exchange semester transferred to your NUS degree programme? Use the Returning Student Checklist shown below to make sure that you do not miss out anything you need to do.
At the start of each semester, the SEP team in Global Relations Office (GRO) organises a Welcome Back Session for all returning exchange students. During the session, the team conducts a Re-entry briefing which covers issues such as Reverse Culture Shock and things to do after exchange programme. In addition, students will also get the opportunity to network and share their SEP experiences with other returning students. Invitation to the Welcome Back Session is sent via email to returning exchange students, please register to attend.
Be rewarded for your contributions to the exchange community! Whether it is sharing your exchange experience at GRO organised talks, or participating in the Peer Advising Programme, you can earn points for your participation. Stay active in the exchange community and accumulate sufficient points to be awarded the Outstanding NUS Exchanger Award.
Returning exchange students are encouraged to join the Peer Advising Programme which provides various opportunities for incoming, outgoing and returning exchange students to interact. By signing up as a Peer Advisor and participating in the different activities which are planned for exchangers, you will be reciprocating the goodwill and hospitality you experienced while on exchange at your host university.
We hope that you will make use of all these resources upon your return and we look forward to seeing you at many of our events and activities throughout the academic year!
The Peer Advising Programme was established by the NUS Global Relations Office (GRO), together with Student Exchange Programme (SEP) participants, in an effort to enhance the SEP experience for incoming, outgoing and returning exchange students.
The Peer Advising Programme aims to facilitate the integration of incoming exchange students to NUS campus life through a variety of events and activities; as well as to ease the preparation process for NUS students who will be going for and returning from their own SEP. GRO, together with our Peer Advising Leaders (PALs), create platforms for incoming, outgoing and returning exchange students to interact, while also offering tailored services which cater to their specific needs.
Our community of Peer Advisors consists of NUS students who have recently returned from their SEP, and are passionate to share more about their experiences and to help their juniors with their own SEP journeys!
Start getting used to the warmth, it is around 30 degrees Celsius every day in Singapore! We hope you are looking forward to an exciting semester or two at NUS and in Singapore!
The Peer Advising Leaders (PALs) are a team of NUS students who have all recently returned from their own exchange at one of NUS’ many partner universities. The PALs have been through the process of planning an exchange semester, from navigating the application processes, to working with academic advisors for module mapping (credit transfer), right down to the whole experience of living abroad and studying at a new institution! The PALs are here to help you ease into the life at NUS and in Singapore through a variety of events and activities throughout the semester!
From Welcome Party and Buddy Programme to the ever-popular Dragon Boat ?and Coffee Get Together, we have a slew of events to ?help you settle down and get to learn more about your new home for the next semester or two. Join us in making new friends from NUS and other universities, trying out local delicacies, and exploring the numerous sights that Singapore and Asia have to offer!
Are you excited about your upcoming semester abroad? Trust us when we say that it is going to be the best experience of your university life! We have been there before and want to help you by:
The process of preparing for exchange can be daunting at times, but we are more than willing to give you a helping hand! The Peer Advisors conduct SEP Drop-in Clinics every semester for two to three weeks. During which, you can speak to peers and SEP managers who can give advice and help you plan for your exchange.
The schedule on SEP Drop-in Clinic will be shared on the PALs’ Facebook page.
If you are not able to attend the SEP Drop-in Clinic, you may download the Pre-Departure briefing slides which the SEP managers have prepared for you.
The Study Abroad Talks are held every semester for students who have applied or are considering to apply for SEP. Returning and incoming exchange students from our partner universities will talk about their home university and share useful materials with you. Please keep a lookout for the event updates on the PALs’ Facebook page.
We understand that being away for so long and getting back to your old life presents a unique set of challenges.
You need not forget your exchange experience just because it is over. The Peer Advising Programme is just as much for returning exchange students as it is for the incoming and outgoing exchange students. We can help you by:
Be a Peer Advisor and meet fellow returning exchange students! Besides being a part of the re-integration support group, you will also get to participate in our SEP activities. Look out for the emails asking you to join as a Peer Advisor!
Keen to share stories and photographs of your exchange experience? We would love to hear from you! We run photo competitions, conduct SEP surveys as well as invite returning exchange students to share their stories at Information Sessions and Pre-Departure Briefings every semester. Take part in our photo competition and SEP survey and stand a chance to win attractive prizes! You will also receive a small token of appreciation when you share at our Pre-Departure Briefings and information sessions. Please look out for the emails from the SEP team at Global Relations Office and let’s stay in touch.
As a Peer Advisor, you will meet students from all over the world and forge friendships which can last a lifetime. If you’re interested in sharing more about your exchange experiences or you want to help incoming exchange students adjust to life at National University of Singapore (NUS) and in Singapore, Peer Advising is the perfect activity for you!
We know most of you are probably in your third or fourth year and it might be difficult to commit yourselves to all of the exciting Peer Advising activities. Fret not! This is supposed to be a fun programme and you can choose which activities you would like to help out.
So what are you waiting for? Become a Peer Advisor today! Look out for the emails asking you to join as a Peer Advisor or get in touch with our PALs at [email protected].