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National University of Singapore SUPER EXC
Singapore, Singapore (Outgoing Program)
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National University of Singapore
Location: Singapore
Year Established: 1905
Student population: 28,000

National University of Singapore is one of Sydney's esteemed super exchange partners, where up to 100 Sydney students have the opportunity to go on a semester or year-long exchange experience. We also have additional scholarships for nominated students.  

A leading global university centred in Asia, the National University of Singapore (NUS) is Singapore’s flagship university which consistently ranks among the top two universities in Asia and top 25 in the world. With a distinctly Asian perspective, the University offers a global outlook and has partnerships with some of the world’s leading universities.

NUS offers a busy student life, with plenty of sporting, cultural and arts activities. It’s spread over three campuses and has recently opened NUS University Town at the Kent Ridge Campus, offering an educational hub with residential spaces, teaching facilities and study clusters to create a lively intellectual, social and cultural environment. Blended learning courses use technology to merge face to face activities with online platforms.
Unique characteristics
NUS offers a comprehensive, flexible, broad-based curriculum with 16 faculties and schools offering an education recognised as among the best in Asia. The University’s multi-disciplinary, cross-faculty approach enables students to extend their studies across different fields and disciplines, giving them a broad knowledge base and increasing their employability. The University actively promotes innovation and entrepreneurship, with support locally and overseas for start-ups, industry partnerships and entrepreneurship outreach.
From its botanic gardens, rainforests and wetlands to its exceptional shopping and eclectic food scene, Singapore is one of Asia’s top destinations. It’s also a world leader in research and innovation, with a number of highly ranking universities and an excellent student life. Singapore is an easy jump of point for the charms of Malaysia and Indonesia, including beaches, rainforests and orangutans.

Academic Information

Units of Study
At NUS, units of study are called 'modules'. Please refer to the Modules for Exchange Students section for information about units of study available at NUS. You can also consult a list of units of study that have been previously approved for credit by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney.

Subject Area/s:

Arts and Social Sciences




Engineering & IT



Architecture & Design


Exclusions apply: Available to undergraduate students only. Consult restrictions on the NUS website. Law available via Law specific agreement only. ?
Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Semester 1: August - December
Semester 2: January - May

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

University of Sydney

Host University


20 MCs

The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.

Grading System
Letter grades are awarded by the host university based on 5-point scale. 

Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be available at the end of your exchange period


Language of Instruction
Classes at the host university are taught in English.

Singapore - NUS - Campus


What is the host city like?
Singapore is where foodies, explorers, collectors, action seekers, culture shapers, and socialisers meet! Find out more information about life in Singapore

National University of Singapore's Halls of Residence and Residential Colleges are located within the main Kent Ridge campus and provide an affordable and safe living environment. Take a look at the accommodation options offered by NUS. 
Cost of Living
Use this guide to estimate living expenses associated with studying overseas in Singapore.

New Colombo Plan Mobility Program student grants: Fifteen NCP student grants of $7,000 will be awarded to eligible students in 2018.
Vice Chancellor's Global Mobility Scholarship: Twenty-five merit scholarships to the value of $2,000 will be awarded to students nominated to the National University of Singapore in 2018.

Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.

Singapore - Marina Bay

Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by the National University of Singapore. 
Semester/Term Dates
Access the University’s academic calendar
A variety of orientation activities are conducted for incoming exchange students to assist you in settling into life at NUS. Find more information on the Orientation and Welcome events under 'While in Singapore' section. NUS also offers a Peer Advising Programme which runs events and activities for exchange students and creates platforms for incoming, outgoing and returning exchange students to meet and interact on-campus!
Support Services 
NUS has on-campus health services available at the University Health Centre (UHC) as well as Counselling and Psychological Services.
Information from the High Commission of the Republic of Singapore in Australia

Singapore - Gardens by the Bay

Student Experiences

Elaine Yeo
Bachelor of Laws, Semester 1, 2018

Host City Highlights
Eat! Singapore has an abundance of really good, cheap food and the hawker centres are at the centre of their culture. I would highly recommend trying different ones and just attending local food festivals. There are also great parks and safe roads; try taking one of the share bikes around the city.

Uni Life
There were so many opportunities to participate in social events and you grow connections both from the formal organised events and just general organic human interaction. The entire university in general had really good orientation events, link-ups with local mentors and organised excursions around the city such as a bike riding trip around Pulau Ubin. They have a student team dedicated to taking care of exchangers called the NUS Exchange Advisers and they were very active in setting up a Facebook page/group months before the semester commenced. The law faculty also had their own welcome and NUS law school mentors who also took students around the city. On top of that, I stayed in a residential college. I joined a club for gardening, participated in events like movie nights, rock painting, fitness classes etc. My closest friends became both the local and other exchange students who lived at the residence.

I studied in the law faculty - 4 subjects, all having 3 hour weekly seminars. My most popular class was about 40+ students, but there were others with less than 20. Most of them were a little bit of class participation, one mid-semester assessment worth 20-30% and then an open book exam that was about 60%+ of the grade. The open book exams were either take-home or typed on a computer. One of my subjects was an intensive unit taught by an international visiting professor who taught 3x 3 hour seminars/week over 3 weeks and the final grade was a 90% 6 hour take home exam.
Try everything, an iced coffee is about AUD1 and you can get a decent meal for less than AUD4, especially on campus and in the hawker centres. My favourites were the mixed vegetables and rice, the ma la hot pot, the congee in Chinatown and fresh fruit straight from the markets that are usually in residential areas. Other Singaporean classic dishes are chicken rice, the 'Hawker Chan' michelin star chicken rice in Chinatown, the 'carrot cake', chilli crab, iced teas, fruit juices etc.

The majority of exchangers seemed to be housed eventually in student housing provided by NUS. I lived in Ridgeview Residential College which was overall a nice place to live. I shared a double room due to lack of availability and it was lucky that my roommate and I got on very well. If given the choice, choose the UTown apartments and most of the UTown residences are quite nice.

Money Matters 
My budget was $10 000 but in the end I managed to be well under my budget. For the entire semester, $7000 inclusive of air tickets and some travel around Asia was sufficient for a frugal traveller like me, but if you are planning extended trips before, during or after the semester then budget for a little more.
Getting Around 
Public transport in Singapore is in my experience, second to none. The country is small enough that the trains arrive less than every 5 minutes, you can zip from east and west Singapore in under an hour and there are train apps, bus apps and even internal National University of Singapore shuttle bus apps with relatively accurate updates. It is also very cheap- I travelled around quite a bit for around SGD10-20/week on a standard 'adult' travel card called an 'EZ-Link' card. Walking around/biking on a share bike is also very safe. Even ubers and taxis were a third of what you would get in Sydney.

Singapore is perpetually humid and rainy, invest in a good umbrella and be prepared for a lot of walking. I travelled using mainly public transport and I visited most of the iconic Singaporean sites and explored places with the student exchange groups. You will make your own friends and quickly find that everyone is keen to travel around Asia from Singapore. I would scope out the best time to go see places, plan travel in accordance with assessment deadlines and go!
Top Tips
The host institution is highly academic and delivered an excellent law school exchange programme. Expect the same level of intellect from your professors and your peers as Sydney Law School. Take the classes that interest you and you will be challenged! Going on exchange was one of the best decisions that I have made for myself. It has always been part of my dream of studying at University that I would go on exchange. It is something you only get to experience as a student because you are there long enough to take in the culture, learn from different people who challenge your ways of thinking, whilst also having the time and flexibility to actually explore and travel. The only thing that I was afraid of was how much it would cost and how I could fund it. I wish I knew from the beginning how extremely helpful Sydney Abroad are and that there are very generous scholarships and grants available to make exchange possible.

Want to read more experiences from the National University of Singapore? Click here for more.

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