Singapore - NUS Exchange Program

Program Type

Program Type: 
University Exchange
Program Level: 
Undergraduate

Weeks per Term

Weeks per Term: 
16 weeks / term

Locations

OIE Program Adviser

OIE Program Adviser: 

Languages of Instruction*

Languages of Instruction*: 
English
*Foreign Language Skills are not Required.
Academic Disciplines: 
Architecture
Biology
Biomedical Engineering
Business Administration
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Chemistry
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Economics
Electrical Engineering
Environmental Engineering
History, Technology, & Society
Industrial & Systems Engineering
Industrial Design
International Affairs
Literature, Media, and Communication
Materials Science & Engineering
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Modern Languages
Music
Philosophy
Physics
Psychology
Sociology
Program Dates: 
Fall semester:  early August – early December
Spring semester:  early January – early May
Academic Year:  early August – early May

Links

Location Information

LOCATION

This university is located in Singapore. To learn more about this city and country, please visit:

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_4965.html
http://www.iiepassport.org/pages/sitecontent/country.aspx
http://www.iiepassport.org/pages/sitecontent/cities.aspx
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations

HOST INSTITUTION

The National University of Singapore was established in August of 1980, when the University of Singapore and Nanyang University merged. The school's rich research culture and focus on global knowledge have earned it an excellent academic reputation, with NUS ranking fifth among Asia's higher education institutions. NUS is made up of approximately 31,000 students and 7,000 staff. About 10,000 international students study at NUS each year. International Student Services (ISS), in the Office of Student Affairs, provides a wide range of services to help international students adjust to life in a new culture, including providing information and literature on NUS and Singapore. ISS also coordinates host families and student "buddies" for interested students.

NUS has a rich research culture and considers itself a global knowledge enterprise, focusing on the "creating, imparting, and applying of knowledge." Over 2,500 teachers and research staff instruct courses at the National University of Singapore. Courses at NUS are broad-based and range from science, engineering, and medicine to the humanities, law and business. The four official languages of Singapore are Mandarin, Malay, Tamil, and English. Though all courses are taught in English, the government has a long-standing campaign to promote Mandarin, and it has proved successful in increasing the numbers of Chinese who speak Mandarin at home. Chinese language courses are offered through the faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. 

NUS has a website for incoming exchange students.

HOUSING

  • on-campus dormitories
  • off-campus apartments/rooms for rent

On-campus accommodation at NUS consists of Halls and Student Residences that are able to accommodate about 6,500 students. They are within walking distance to most departments, offices, libraries, sports facilities, post office, and ATM machines. You may also use the free NUS shuttle bus to get around campus. 

There is on-campus, dormitory-style housing at NUS. These student residences provide both single and double rooms, as well as shared kitchenettes, laundry rooms, dining facilities, lounges, computer rooms, music and dance studios, sports facilities, and libraries. Exchange students may apply for on-campus accommodation in any of the six Halls of Residence or the Prince George's Park Residences. The Halls of Residence offer a vibrant living experience with co-curricular activities, rich culture, and history. As a hall resident, you are expected to actively participate in activities that range from sports, to performing arts, to community service. Subscription to meal planes is compulsory and payment in non-refundable. Prince George's Park ("PGP") is a popular dorm for exchange students. PGP features rooms with private bathrooms and air-conditioning, a mini-mart, BBQ pits, and laundry facilities. For more information on housing, click here.

MEALS

  • some meal plans
  • on-campus dining

If you live in a Hall of Residence, you will have the opportunity to purchase a meal plan. If you live in a Student Residence (such as PGP), you will have a common kitchen and basic appliances, but no meal plan. The University has five canteens, four cafes, and two take-out kiosks. All of these facilities serve both staff and students, and most are open Monday through Saturday. At least one is open on Sundays, as well. Prices are reasonable and there is a wide range of cuisines available. Each of the facilities operates on a "self-service" system.  

Eligibility

  • Georgia Tech degree-seeking student.
  • Good Academic Standing with a 3.0* (or higher) GPA at time of application
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at GT. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program's departure date
  • Be able to stay at the host university for the duration of their semester, INCLUDING through their exam period
  • Be in Good Standing with the Office of Student Affairs and Housing
  • All Non-U.S. Citizens are welcome to apply to participate in an exchange outside of their home country only. This rule applies to all who do not have a U.S. passport, including U.S. Permanent Residents.
  • All study abroad participants are required to have a passport prior to any visa deadline dates, and any needed visas prior to departure date (Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations prior to departure).

*Some host schools have stricter requirements such as higher GPA or more time in school before study abroad. (See Academic Info on your host school GT program page for any restrictions.)

Academic Info

COURSE INFORMATION

For NUS's course catalog, click here.  Course timetable can be found here.  Note that classes are referred to as modules.

Students must be majoring in business to be considered eligible for NUS Business School courses; however, being a business major is still not a guarantee that you will get a place in the courses you request.  In general, it is very important for students to be flexible about the courses they plan to take at NUS.

Credit Transfer

Credit for courses taken as a part of exchange programs is received by transferring the credits back to Georgia Tech. For more information about this, click here.  Here you will find the foreign credit approval form, the foreign credit approval form instructions, and a link to the registrar's Equivalency Table.

 

 

 

CREDIT TRANSFER SYSTEM

1 NUS credit = 1.05 GT credits

GRADING SYSTEM

NUS Grade = US Grade
A+, A, A- = A
B+,B, B- = B
C+, C = C
D+, D = D
F = F 

Program Costs (Estimated)

  • For most exchange programs, participants must pay GT tuition, GT campus fees, and study abroad insurance to the GT Bursar for each GT semester they are abroad. No other expenses associated with this program are paid to GT; instead, these expenses are paid on site.
  • Keep in mind the costs of books, health insurance, food, living expenses, and travel money, as well as pre-departure costs like your passport and visa.
  • Following are cost estimates for one semester at the exchange program school that may help you prepare for your term(s) abroad. All costs are in USD.
In-state Tuition: 
$4,129
Out-of-state Tuition: 
$4,379

GT Mandatory Fees

GT Mandatory Fees: 
$1,196
Books and Supplies: 
$250

* Miscellaneous

* Miscellaneous: 
$1,395

Round-trip airfare

Round-trip airfare: 
$2,100
Room and Board: 
$4,875

Mandatory Insurance

Mandatory Insurance: 
$165

In-state Total

In-state Total: 
$14,110

Out-of-state Total

Out-of-state Total: 
$14,360
∗ Includes passport/visa fees, required field trips, local transportation, and incidentals.

Costs in the preceding chart are estimates for GT students based on tuition rates posted by the GT Bursar.  Guaranteed tuition rates, graduate tuition rates, and MBA tuition rates vary. Please check the GT Bursar's web site to confirm actual tuition rates based on degree, term, or level of study. Insurance rates are subject to change. Actual costs may be higher or lower than those listed above, depending on the exchange rate and personal spending habits/needs.

DON"T FORGET TO APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS!

Additional Financial Information

The currency in Singapore is the Singapore Dollar.  Exchange rates fluctuate, so check the newspaper or click here for the most current rates.

Visa and Passport Information

  • Complete information about how to apply for or renew a U.S. passport is available here.
  • You must obtain all proper immigration documents, such as an official passport and a visa if required. Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations. For visa information visit the U.S. State Department website here.

    To enter Singapore, you will need a passport that is valid for at least six month beyond the date of your intended stay.  Students must also be able to provide proof of sufficient funds and a round-trip or return ticket upon entry to Singapore.  For more information about immigration matters, such as the mandatory Student Pass, click here and here.

    Experiences of Former Students

    Want to hear from former study abroad students about the realities of daily life at the host school? Want to see snapshots from around the world - taken by former study abroad participants? Check out these helpful links: Peer Advisors and Study Abroad Photo Contest.

    Can't find a student perspective for your particular program? Contact this program's Exchange Abroad Advisor (listed at the top of this page); this advisor often has lists of recent participants who are eager to tell other GT students about studying abroad.