National University of Singapore
Acknowledged as one of the finest universities in the Asia-Pacific region, NUS (a member of the U21 network) is a comprehensive university which offers a broad-based curriculum underscored by multidisciplinary courses and cross-faculty enrichment.
It has 11 faculties, with an enrollment of more than 23,000 undergraduate and 9,000 graduate students.
NUS actively promotes innovation and entrepreneurship, both in the classroom and in research. It enjoys a close teaching-research nexus with 13 affiliated national-level, 10 university-level and more than 60 faculty-based research institutes and centres.
The University is strongly committed to advancing knowledge and fostering innovation, educating students and nurturing talent in service of country and society.
NUS is a leading English university in Asia. It is a comprehensive university offering courses that range from the arts to pure and applied sciences, engineering, business, medicine and Law.
NUS has a 370 acre campus situated on a ridge surrounded by lush greenery. It is only 25 minutes away from the city. Close to the campus is a housing estate with food outlets, clinics, shops and a supermarket.
Partner university's areas of study
Notes on Language of Instruction
ELIGIBILITY + TIMING
Who can go?
Exchange students can take coursework in most areas of study. Graduate students in the Masters of Public Policy and Global Affairs program are also eligible to attend. Please research applicable course restrictions on the National University of Singapore's exchange website.
Commerce: When applying to Go Global, UBC-V Commerce students must select 'University of Singapore-COMM' on their application.
Law: When applying to Go Global, UBC-V Law students must select 'University of Singapore-LAW' on their application.
Engineering: When applying to Go Global, UBC-V Engineering students must select 'National University of Singapore-Engineering' on their application.
MPPGA: When applying to Go Global, UBC-V MPPGA students must select "National University of Singapore - MPPGA - STUDY" on their application.
NUS Semester 1: Early August to early December
NUS Semester 2: Mid-January to Mid-May
NUS Summer Programs: June to July
Notes on eligibility and timing
MPPGA Students are only eligible for term 1 exchange. Summer programs may be considered with the approval of the Graduate Director
Course equivalency formula
1 NUS module (4 NUS credits) = 3 UBC credits NOTE: Law students will take 16 NUS credits in order to receive 15 UBC credits as transfer credit.
Passing gradeD or P
Credit transfer process
The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline. You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g., application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)
* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.
Type of Go Global Experiences
Course information and restrictions
Exchange students are required to take a minimum semester workload of 12 Modular Credits (approximately three modules). Students have the option of taking up to an average of 20 MCs per semester.
Application Procedures. There are some courses/modules to which exchange students have limited or restricted access. Students can also check the website for a list of these restricted modules. Approval of modules is from academic departments and the success of an application depends on many factors, including the fulfillment of pre-requisites, availability and timetabling.
Full course load information
Students should take between 16 - 20 modules per semester.
Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university
Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.
* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.
15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC. Summer programs are generally paid directly to NUS. Please see their website for fee details. Some exceptions may apply.
Scholarships + awards
NUS-UBC Lee Foundation Student Mobility Awards ($SGD 4,000 to 7,000) available for all nominated students. UBC-NUS Lee Foundation Student Mobilty Award: Due to a generous contribution from the Lee Foundation of Singapore, UBC students nominated on exchange to National University of Singapore are eligible for a UBC-NUS Lee Foundation Student Mobility Award. The amount of the award varies each year but ranges from SGD $2500 to 3500 per term.
The Go Global award $1000
All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.
Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.
Information for US students
If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ forFederal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.
If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.
If you attend an ineligible institution:
- You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
- You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
- You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
- You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.
Types of accommodation available
NUS believes that accommodation plays a big part in the overall exchange experience and wants to provide incoming exchange students with a wonderful learning and living environment. Where possible, NUS will try to accommodate exchange students on-campus.
Students need to do the following before they can apply to NUS Housing 1) Apply to Go Global and be accepted 2) Be nominated to NUS by Go Global 3) Receive partner application instructions which will include a housing application form.
If housing is available:
- Students on a full-year exchange will be offered accommodation for the entire period.
- Students will be able to check in one week before the start of term.
- Allocation of housing will be effected only after students have been accepted to three modules.
Please note that off-campus housing is also a possibility for exchange students.