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Program Description


Photos courtesy of National University of Singapore (NUS)

Quick Facts

  • To receive priority consideration for this program, submit complete fall or academic year applications by February 1st and spring applications by August 1st.
  • A leading global university centred in Asia, the National University of Singapore (NUS) offers a global approach to education and research, with a focus on Asian perspectives and expertise. Its transformative education includes a broad-based curriculum underscored by multi-disciplinary courses and cross-faculty enrichment, as well as special programs which allow students to realize their potential. Over 30,000 students from 100 countries further enrich the community with their diverse social and cultural perspectives, making campus life vibrant and exciting.
  • In addition, the Barrett Honors College works with the NUS University Scholars Program (USP) to provide Barrett Honors College students with the opportunity to take honors courses at NUS.
  • Eligibility: 2 full-time semesters completed at ASU with grades posted at the time of the application; 3.0 GPA for (3.25  GPA for all Barrett students) in order to apply for this program. Preference will be given to Barrett students.  Applicants may not be in their last semester for this program.
  •  The competitiveness of the program is considered moderate to high.  Contact the International Coordinator for more details.



Photo: Singapore

Location Details

Singapore is one of the most diverse locations in the world, housing populations from around the world that coexist together.

Singapore is made up of not just one island but a main island with 63 surrounding islets. The main island has a total land area of 682 square km. However, its compact size belies its economic growth. In just 150 years, Singapore has grown into a thriving center of commerce and industry. Its former role as an entrepot has diminished, as the nation has increased its manufacturing base.

Singapore is the busiest port in the world with over 600 shipping lines sending super tankers, container ships and passenger liners to share the busy waters with coastal fishing vessels and wooden lighters.

One of the world's major oil refining and distribution centers, Singapore is a major supplier of electronic components and a leader in shipbuilding and repairing. It has also become one of the most important financial centers of Asia, with more than 130 banks. Business dealings are facilitated by Singapore's superb communications network which links the nation to the rest of the world via satellite, 24-hour telegraph and telephone systems.

Singapore's strategic location, excellent facilities, fascinating cultural contrasts and tourist attractions contribute to its success as a leading destination for both business and pleasure.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* in order to participate in this program. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.


Academic Program & Courses

Take a variety of courses from different departments as long as you meet the pre-requisite requirements and the course is not full.  All courses are taught in English.  You must enroll in a minimum of the equivalent of 12 ASU credit hours and a maximum of 6 courses.

Academic Opportunities/Restrictions
Course Restrictions Business, Economics, Law, Architecture, Psychology, and School of Public Health. 4000 level modules are also very limited.  For more information on restrictions, click here.
Course List from previous semesters Click here
Course Syllabi from NUS  Search Here or Ask International Coordinator
Submit a NUS Syllabus for Evaluation Click here
Courses Previously Taken by ASU Students (may not be offered during your term of study) Click here
Research Students who are interested in doing research at NUS must secure a supervisor who is willing to take them on for research in advance.  For a full listing of research interests of all academic and research staff members at NUS, you can do a search through the NUS Staff Research Directory System. Contact the professor directly to express your interest and provide a resume and/or information about your past background experience. If the professor agrees to be your supervisor, you must obtain this in writing. The amount of modular credits awarded for research varies per project.
Academic Culture

Please note that past participants have reported rigorous academic expectations in Singapore.  Many courses are graded on a curve and require a lot of study time and homework.

Academic Schedule
Term Dates (estimated) Semester 1 (Fall): Early August – Early December
Semester 2 (Spring): Mid-January – Mid May
Course Registration Timeline During application process.  However, course selection approval will not be known until May (fall) and November (spring).
Course Registration Process Students select 10 courses during the NUS application process.  These are evaluated for pre-requisites/course availability by each department and provided approval or denial.  Additional approval can be completed after arrival during the 2 week drop/add period if the student is not enrolled in a full schedule.

Course Levels, Credits & Grades

  National University of Singapore ASU
Course Levels 1000 & 2000 Level Lower division
3000 & 4000 Level Upper division
Credit All credits and grades will be posted to your ASU record after completion of your program.  As courses are graded, not pass/fail, they will be factored into your ASU G.P.A.
Click here to view how credits and grades at National University of Singapore will convert to ASU credits and grades.

Barrett Honors Students

NOTE: The GPA requirement for all Honors students to be considered for this program is 3.25, even if you do not want to pursue HON credit on this program.

ASU's Barrett, the Honors College participates in a student exchange program with NUS's University Scholars Program (USP). USP is NUS's honors program, and Barrett students on exchange at NUS have the opportunity to enroll in specially-designed honors courses.  Honors students can also take courses outside of the NUS USP and will still receive honors credits for these courses as well.

HONORS CONTACT: Contact Ken Hollin (, Honors Academic Advisor) for more information about honors credit requirements.

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Video: "NUS Student Life" courtesy of NUS

Video: "NUS Because" courtesy of NUS



Program Housing

On campus housing is extremely limited at NUS and not guaranteed to general exchange students. Students who are interested in on-campus housing must indicate this in the NUS online application (complete the housing application information, which is only possible if you say "yes" to housing on your main NUS exchange application). Students who do not receive a placement on-campus can contact NUS's International Relations Office for resources and support finding affordable housing near campus.

Students participating through the NUS USP / ASU Barrett exchange are guaranteed on-campus housing. All students should complete the housing application information (only possible if you say "yes" to housing on the main NUS exchange online application), and Honors students will only be able to select Cinnamon College, which is the University Scholars Program (USP  - Honors) for NUS.

For more information about the housing process, please click here.

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Accessibility Information

For more information about accessibility, please visit this website from the NUS Office of Student Affairs.

Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

NUS Student services
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Cost Information

Exchange program participants will pay ASU tuition and fees for the term of the Exchange program, according to the individual student's classification and degree level. In addition to ASU tuition and fees, participants are also responsible for paying the following non-refundable fees:

  • $50 Application Fee
  • $400 Administrative Fee
  • Mandatory Medical Insurance Fee*
All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost SheetSpring Semester Cost Sheet or the Academic Year Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

*The actual amount of the Medical Insurance Fee charged to each student depends on the program duration. 


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost SheetSpring Semester Cost Sheet or the Academic Year Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program



Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2020 08/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: For priority consideration for this exchange, apply by August 1. If space remains after the priority deadline, applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the listed deadline. Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.