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This is the program brochure page.
  • Locations: Singapore, Singapore
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Program Website: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: ASU applicants only
  • Cost Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description


Photos courtesy of National University of Singapore (NUS)

Quick Facts

  • Application deadline: January 15, 2020 by 11:59pm MST for Summer 2020 applications.  Schedule an appointment by using the online system here.
  • This is an 8-week long internship program. Successful applicants will undergo research internships at NUS labs from May 18 to July 10, 2020. Information about project placements can be found on the SERIUS website.
  • Eligibility: Students should preferably be in their junior year (within Engineering), but sophomores who are motivated and academically prepared are welcome to apply. Successful applicants should have relevant work/research/internship experience. This program is only open to undergraduates; graduate students are NOT eligible for this program. The GPA requirement for all Barrett Honors students to be considered for this program is 3.25. All Barrett students must meet the 3.25 cumulative GPA requirement in order to apply for this program.
  • The competitiveness of this program is considered moderate to high.



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

A leading global university center 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.

Internship projects for Summer 2020 are as follows:

  • Biomedical Engineering (6 projects)
  • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering (3 projects)
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering (7 projects)
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering (12 projects)
  • Industrial Systems Engineering & Management (1 project)
  • Innovation & Design Programme (7 projects)
  • Materials Science & Engineering (3 projects)
  • Mechanical Engineering (7 projects)

*Projects are subject to change. Please view the program website for most up-to-date information.

All of the positions are non-paid.

While NUS will try their best to match students to their preferred projects, NUS is unable to guarantee that students will be successful in securing a project as this will depend on the number of students applying to the same project and the outcome of the interview with the supervisor, if there is one. Students will be informed of their project placement at the end of February.

SERIUS is tagged to the NUS module, EG2605 Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme, and has 4 NUS modular credits (MCs). Students will get a grade of “Satisfactory” or “Unsatisfactory”. However, ASU students must work directly with FSE to receive a grade for the 3 internship credits. Please keep in mind that summer financial aid does not apply when taking under 6 credit hours.

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering students will receive FSE 484 internship credit in conjunction with the National University of Singapore Summer Engineering Research Internship program. Students accepted on the program will work with Fulton on internship requirements.
 Fulton Schools academic units will not be signing off on the ASU Internship Coordinator form.

Barrett Honors Students

NOTE: The GPA requirement for Barrett Honors students to be considered for this program is 3.25.

Barrett Honors students who successfully complete the EG2605 Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme module in the SERIUS program and complete all requirements for FSE 484 credit will be automatically considered as honors credit. For further details please contact Ken Hollin, Barrett Honors Academic Advisor,

Credit & Grade Conversion Scale

Click here to view how credits and grades at National University of Singapore will convert to ASU credits and grades.
Photo courtesy of NUS

Video: "NUS Student Life" courtesy of NUS

Video: "NUS Because" courtesy of NUS



Program Housing

On-campus housing is required and guaranteed for the students who are participating in the SERIUS program. Students will be placed in housing at University Town (UTown). Located in a modern setting in the convenience of a small town, University Town offers unique rooms with impressive views. It is the first of its kind in Singapore’s higher learning landscape. Linked to the NUS Kent Ridge campus via a link bridge (College Link), UTown is where some 4100 people work, live, and learn in close proximity. It is has 4 residential colleges, graduate students apartments, guest apartments, sport facilities and is walking distance to many cultural and educational facilities at Kent Ridge.

Students will stay in a single (air-conditioned) room in a 4-bedroom apartment with a shared living room and bathroom.  Students will be provided a pilow & case, bed sheet, blanket, towel, bottled water and toiletries.  For more information on accommodation for the program, click here.

Photo and information 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 the Disability Resource Center 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. Please keep in mind that earning less than 6 credit hours of summer tuition does not make you eligible for summer financial aid.

Be sure to reference the Summer 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 Summer 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
Summer 2020 01/15/2020
Rolling Admission 05/18/2020 07/10/2020
NOTE: 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.