Founded in 1905 as a small medical college, the National University of Singapore (NUS) is the oldest and largest institute of higher learning in Singapore. A leading global university centered in Asia, NUS offers a global approach to education and research with a focus on Asian perspectives and expertise. NUS is a research-intensive, comprehensive university with an entrepreneurial dimension, which spans three campuses, enrolls 38,000 students from more than 100 countries in many critical fields of study, and forges partnerships around the world. Its strategic location in the heart of Asia has shaped NUS’ growth over the years.
University Town (UTown) – Singapore’s first residential college system – is an educational hub which offers a model of living and learning that is distinctively NUS. Sports and the Arts play a vital role at NUS.
NUS Fact Sheet 2019-20
Students direct enroll at NUS with an opportunity to take courses along with degree-seeking students and be immersed in student life at the University. NUS offers a number of innovative study opportunities and multidisciplinary programs which are generally open to exchange students. BC students are required to read a minimum of 15 modular credits (MCs) per semester (approximately 5 modules) and no more than 20 MCs. Please review the NUS Information Sheet for details.
Please note that Master level modules are not open to BC undergraduate students. Modules from the following Faculties/Schools/Institutes/Departments are NOT open to exchange students:
- Faculty of Dentistry
- Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
- Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health
- Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies
- Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music
- Institute of Systems Science
- Singapore-MIT Alliance
- All modules offered by self-funded programs.
National University of Singapore
Global Relations Office
3rd Storey, Unit 03-03
Shaw Foundation Alumni House,
11 Kent Ridge Drive,
Phone: (65) 6516 4356
Academics & Support
All incoming students are advised to be as flexible as possible with their module requirements. There are no guarantees for any modules at NUS; some modules are in high demand and will be difficult to register for. Incoming students who wish to enroll in Business, Law and Economics courses need to be very flexible in their study plan. It is also recommended that they prepare an alternative study option to include courses offered by other NUS Faculties and Schools. Please note that higher level undergraduate courses (e.g. Module Code starting from 4000 and above) have very limited capacity and are usually not available to exchange students. In order to increase the chances of securing enough modules, incoming exchange students should consider taking relevant modules with module code starting from 1000 to 3000 (please refer to the List of modules available for exchange students
- Students may refer to NUS grading policy.
- List of modules available for exchange students
- Class timetables are available
- Students can take any of the language courses offered by the center for language studies subject to qualification and availability
- Fall Term: Starts in late July/ early August, and ends in early December
- Spring Term: Starts in early January, ends in early May
Please note: NUS offers on-campus accommodation to exchange students, however it is not guaranteed. It may be helpful to know that NUS receives more exchange students in Semester 1 (August-December) compared to Semester 2 (January-May); therefore it is more difficult to secure housing in Semester 1. Prospective students who are able to come on exchange in Semester 2 are strongly encouraged to do so.
NUS offers 3 types of on-campus accommodation (often referred to as ‘hostels’): (1) Residential Colleges, (2) Residences, and (3) Halls of Residence. For more information on the different types of student housing, please check here
When applying for on-campus housing, students indicate that they, as exchange students, require on-campus housing in order to be considered. Instructions on how and when to apply for housing will be provided in the acceptance letter issued by the NUS Registrar’s Office. With off-campus options generally being more expensive due to scarcity of land, we strongly recommend students accept any on-campus housing offer they receive, even if it is not one of their preferred choices.
Students should search for off-campus accommodation if they are not invited to apply for on-campus accommodation in their Letter of Offer. NUS has built relations with several off-campus accommodation options that are affordable to students and conveniently located near the NUS’ main Kent Ridge Campus and Bukit Timah Campus (for Law Students). These include:
If students stay at the Residential Colleges in University Town or in the Hall of Residences, they will have to pay for the compulsory meal plan during their stay on campus. In all other cases students budget for their meals throughout the semester. There are many dining options on an near campus.
Students are expected to read the NUS Registration Guide and understand the deadlines and procedures before traveling to Singapore; as well as visa requirements. Please note Zika advisories for Singapore as noted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Airport pick-up service is not available. However, Singapore is well-linked by public transport. Here are some travel tips
There is a Disability Support Office on campus. Students who require support for special learning needs should declare his/her conditions in the online application form and procedure a medical letter from the doctor stating the type of support needed.
Upon arrival at NUS, students should also visit the University Health Centre to have his/her conditions assessed by doctors. After which, the Disability Support Office will try to provide the necessary support depending on the availability of resources and expertise on campus.
Students with disabilities are encouraged to speak with their OIP Advisor about any concerns or questions they may have about studying abroad.