National University of Singapore Exchange

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: Sophomore or Above
Location: Asia, Singapore
GPA: 3.25
Program Overview
Application deadline extended to June 15 for Spring Semester 2023.

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.

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Dates and Deadlines
Term Year Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date
Fall Semester 2022 02/01/2022 Early August Early December
Academic Year 2022-23 02/01/2022 Early August Mid-May
Calendar Year 2023 02/01/2022 Early January Early December
Spring Semester 2023 6/15/2022 Early January Mid-May
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 this page, click on Incoming Exchangers on the left sidebar > Before Applying > Step 3: Modules for Exchange Students.

Please note that classes in economics, computer science, psychology, political science, and business are difficult to get into. Priority will be given to students who have declared majors in those subjects. 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.

Course Equivalencies

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

Non-UO students: 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.

Additional requirements

Note: in addition to meeting the overall GPA requirement, applicants need to have at least a B average within their major, and not have below a C for any of the classes in their major. Please speak with a GEO advisor if you do not meet this requirement.

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, GEO will review your application and select successful candidates for nomination to NUS. Nominations are made in March for the fall semester and in August for the spring semester of the following year. Students will then need to complete a secondary application for NUS, which typically consists of an additional online application, an official UO transcript, passport copy, etc. The final decision regarding acceptance is made by NUS. Notification about final acceptance will happen in mid-June for fall students, and in late November for spring students. 

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. On-campus housing is especially competitive to get into for fall semester. NUS provides some information about off-campus housing options for students who are not able to secure on-campus housing.

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, click on 'Incoming Exchangers' on the left sidebar > Before Applying > Step 5: Accommodation Options.

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.

Travel Advisories

GEO programs are under continuous review during this period of global uncertainty and limited travel. All program details outlined on this page, including program cost, are subject to change if global or location-specific conditions require modifications to program structure.

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