From a modest medical school founded in 1905, the National University of Singapore (NUS) has evolved into a global university with distinctive strengths in education and research, with an entrepreneurial dimension. As Singapore's foremost and most prestigious institution of higher learning, NUS aims to advance knowledge and educate students, foster innovation and nurture talent, all in the service of country and society.
The University's 150-hectare Kent Ridge campus is a hub of activity, with some 28,000 students from 80 countries. The addition of the new Bukit Timah campus in August 2006, surrounded by the Botanic Gardens, offers the space and tranquility for discourse and intellectual stimulation. Students are enrolled in 13 faculties offering courses ranging from architecture to medicine to music. A broad-based curriculum underscored by multi-disciplinary courses and cross-faculty offerings aim to produce well-rounded students. Creativity and innovation are nurtured through challenging project work, participative learning and an environment conducive to sparking ideas and imagination.
A special feature of an NUS education is the global dimension of its courses - both graduate and undergraduate - in partnership with some of the world's best institutions including Harvard, MIT, Karolinska Institutet, Peking and Australian National University. Initiatives that provide students with the competitive edge and adeptness to thrive in any environment include the University Scholars Programme, Overseas College Programme and Student Exchange Programme. The NUS experience is complemented by a rich residential life and numerous avenues for artistic, cultural and sporting pursuits.
A research-intensive university, NUS has a close teaching-research association with 13 national-level, 11 university-level and 80 faculty-based research institutes and centres. Research activities are strategic and robust, and a "no walls" collaborative culture forms the bedrock of NUS' research-intensive vibrancy. A spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation promotes creative enterprise university-wide. This is aided by a venture support eco-system that helps students, staff and alumni nurture the development of start-ups into regional and global companies.
This program is not accepting applications for Fall 2020. Please contact Education Abroad Advisor Leah Hicks for more details and to discuss program options, including direct enroll.
Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is a sovereign city-state and island country in Southeast Asia at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. Singapore is one of the world's major commercial hubs, with the fourth largest financial center and one of the five busiest ports. This globalized and diversified city-state has the third-highest per capita income in the world. The city features wide cultural and linguistic diversity, with influences from Malay, Chinese, and Indian culture, as well as the British colonial period.
English is the primary language of instruction at NUS, so a wide variety of modules (courses) are available. The list of modules available to exchange students can be found here, and brief descriptions of modules are also available. Exchange students must take at least 16 modular credits (approximately 4 modules) per semester in order to transfer the minimum 12 credits required back to UVA (credits transfer back at a 4:3 ratio), and no more than 20 MCs (approximately 5 modules). Certain modules, especially in Business and Economics, have limited access for exchange students. More information on module restrictions can be found here.
Semester 1: August - early December
Semester 2: mid-January - mid May
Exchange students at NUS are not guaranteed on-campus housing. Students interested in on-campus housing must indicate that preference when applying to NUS after being nominated by the ISO. Descriptions of the various campus housing options can be found on the NUS Hostel Admission Services website. Some students may have to consider staying off-campus if on-campus accommodations are not available to them. The NUS accommodations site has more information about off-campus options.
UVA students will pay their regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term they are on a UVA Exchange Program. Students are additionally responsible for room and board, transportation, and personal expenses. Students will pay the host institution or make their own arrangements for accommodations. Check the host institution web site for accommodation choices, cost, and application procedures.
Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare as well as researching and obtaining the necessary visa.
UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance. All students participating in the Exchange Program at NUS will also be required to subscribe to the NUS insurance scheme for non-graduating students for their duration of study at NUS. The insurance scheme is mandatory for all exchange students and exchange students will be responsible for payment of the applicable premium in full prior to their arrival at NUS. The rationale behind this is so that exchange students and the University do not encounter difficulties with claims in times of need and especially in an emergency.
- UVA Tuition and Fees
- Host institution Room and Board
- International Airfare
- CISI insurance
- Books and Supplies
- Local Transportation
- Passport and Visa
- Personal Expenses
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.
Passport and Visa
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will need a visa to participate in this program. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor and Education Abroad Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.
Health and Safety Information
All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.