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Program Description


Photos courtesy of National University of Singapore (NUS)

Quick Facts

  • June 15th is the priority review deadline for spring applicants and February 1st is the priority review deadline for fall applicants.  If space remains after this deadline, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the program fills
  • 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 enrollment at NUS and a 3.0 GPA for students (3.25  GPA for all Barrett students) are required 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 (no Business courses available to students), 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.

Photo courtesy of NUS

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.  Click here for more information about off-campus student hostels.

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.

Photo courtesy of NUS

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. 

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact Student Accessibility and Inclusive Learning Services and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. For example, in Singapore, while not always enforced, homosexual expression is technically prohibited by law. Public displays of affection are generally frowned upon in Singapore, especially between homosexual couples.

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


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 fees:

  • $50 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • $400 Administrative Fee (non-refundable)
  • Carbon Offset Fee*
  • International Travel Service Fee (Including Insurance)*
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 International Travel Service Fee charged to each student depends on the program duration and the Carbon Offset Fee will increase annually (in July) by approximately $2.


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 2021 08/15/2020
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: June 15th is the priority application deadline for spring. If space allows, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through the listed deadline or until the program fills.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Fall Semester 2021 03/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: February 1st is the priority application deadline for fall. If space allows, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through the listed deadline or until the program fills.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Academic Year 2021-2022 03/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: February 1st is the priority application deadline for fall. If space allows, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through the listed deadline or until the program fills.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Spring Semester 2022 08/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: June 15th is the priority application deadline for spring. If space allows, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through the listed deadline or until the program fills.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed