Program Overview

Directly enroll in classes at the top university in Asia. With all classes taught in English, the National University of Singapore offers top-notch coursework in many majors in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. NUS has a large, centrally located campus with very modern facilities. The diverse NUS student body includes 4,000 international students from 60 countries, out of a total student population of more than 35,000.

Singapore is situated at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula and is at the center of Southeast Asia. Three major cultures co-exist in Singapore namely Chinese, Malay, and Indian. A multicultural and multilingual society, Singapore is an ideal entry point into Asia for students without previous experience in the region. Singapore’s central location allows for convenient and affordable travel to surrounding countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and more.

Honors Exchange

In addition to the regular exchange program, this program also accepts two to four Clark Honors College students per year. As a CHC student, you will enroll in classes in your major as well as in the NUS honors college, called the University Scholars Programme (USP). USP offers interdisciplinary classes (called ‘modules’) on a wide range of topics such as transitional justice and war crimes, ethics and the environment, cyberart, and more. CHC students may substitute up to two Inquiry or Reflection level USP modules for two CHC colloquia classes per semester. Please speak with your GEO study abroad advisor and CHC advisor for more information.

Summer Program

The NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) offers the annual FASStrack Asia program in the summer. With Asia in the world’s spotlight as it undergoes rapid growth, the summer program will tap into NUS’ research strengths in the region and offer students an enriching knowledge and understanding of various Asian-related topics and issues. Taught over a 5-week summer period, students will attend classes, participate in active discussions and learn from academic experts specializing in their area of study. Some courses include field trips to nearby countries in order to comparatively study certain issues.

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What is an Exchange?

This is an exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at a UO partner university. Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and on-site student support services such as academic advising, health & counselling services may vary. Students most comfortable and successful in exchange programs typically have high levels of self-reliance, resourcefulness, and willingness to adapt to unfamiliar teaching styles and living arrangements.

NOTE: The host university has its own credit and grading system. The transcripts provided by the host institution will be converted by the UO Registrar’s Office based on established standards of conversion. Exchange applicants should meet with a GEO advisor to discuss program details.

Academic Details

Note: UO credits listed below are estimates and are subject to change. Please refer to the NUS links for the updated credit information on their classes. One credit at NUS is equal to 1.5 UO quarter credits.

You will choose from a wide range of classes in the Faculties/ Schools of: Arts and Social Sciences, Business (AACSB accredited), Public Policy, Computing, Design & Environment, and Science. Students usually take 3-4 classes (called ‘modules’) per semester at NUS, which are typically each worth 6 UO credits. The final list of which courses are open to exchange students is published around five months before the start of the semester. All classes at NUS are taught in English. You will be studying alongside some of the brightest students in the world, and you should be prepared for academically rigorous coursework. For more information about courses, please visit .National University of Singapore.

Please note that classes in economics, psychology, political science, and business are difficult to get into. Business courses are only open to students who are a single major in business. Business students should also consider the Singapore Management University exchange program.

In this exchange program, you will earn:

  • Around 18-24 UO credits per semester

Honors Exchange

CHC students will enroll in 1-2 modules per semester in the University Scholars Programme, and you will take the rest of your classes from the various other faculties and schools at NUS. This will allow you to earn credit towards both your honors college requirements and your major or minor requirements. Please see the honors college website for more information about substituting USP credits for CHC colloquia credits. Consult academic departments and GEO for substitution of other NUS classes for major and/or minor requirements.

Summer Program

Students will take two courses for around 12 UO credits. Courses in prior years have included topics such as Health of the Poor in Asia, Changing Landscapes in Singapore, Marketing Southeast Asia’s Heritage, and Framing Bollywood: Unpacking the Magic

Housing Description

NUS offers three types of on-campus accommodation: (1) Residential Colleges, (2) Residences, and (3) Halls of Residence. Students will be able to indicate their top three accommodation preferences during application, but please note that you may not be offered your preferred housing, and housing is not guaranteed.

The Colleges are learning communities where students – enrolled in a particular academic program – learn from and live alongside their peers and professors. The Residences offer independent living with opportunities for cross-cultural interaction with the international community of students. As Residences offer more privacy, they tend to be quieter than Halls. Students staying in the Residences participate in activities organized by their campus-wide clubs, societies and interest groups. Prince George Park Residences offer single rooms and kitchen areas for residents to cook, since a meal plan is not included.

The Halls are known for their vibrant co-curricular activities, rich history and culture. Living in the halls is akin to having another family in school altogether. Each hall has its own distinct culture and is led by a hall master and an elected hall committee. Residents are expected to participate actively in hall activities. There is a mandatory meal plan that caters to a variety of dietary needs.

For more information about housing choices (called “hostels”), please visit this page.

Honors exchange

You will live in the residential Cinnamon College, which is similar to the Global Scholars Hall and Chapman Hall all rolled into one.

Summer program

You will stay in on-campus residence halls with other local and international students participating in the summer program.

Application process

Selection for the program is based on a review of your written application, transcripts, recommendations and completion of the interview process. After the initial application is complete, you will be required to complete the NUS exchange application in a timely manner. This application is provided after the interview.

Graduate Students:
In addition to the process described above, you must also complete the Graduate Enrollment in UO-Sponsored Study Abroad Programs form. This form requires that you obtain pre-authorization for your program from your adviser, department head and the Graduate School.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Summer20181/1/2018Mid-JuneLate July
Fall Semester201802/01/2018Early AugustEarly December
Academic Year2018-1902/01/2018Early AugustMid-May
Spring Semester201902/01/2018Early JanuaryMid-May

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.