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National University of Singapore (NUS)

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Please do not contact this university directly.
For all enquiries please contact the Exchange Office at
Last updated February, 2018

Academic Information

Language of Instruction


Course Information

Semester Dates

Academic Year: August - May
Semester 1: August-December
Semester 2: January - May

Semester Dates at NUS

Course Load and Minimum Unit Requirements

The undergraduate and graduate curricula are based on a modular system.

Exchange students are required to read a minimum of 12 modular credits (MCs) per semester (approximately 3 modules) and no more than 20 MCs (approximately 5 modules), regardless of whether these modules are set to audit or examinable.
Students are encouraged to take modules for sufficient number of credits (not in excess), as required by their home university.
All students will be pre-registered for at least 12 modular credits (MCs) per semester for the purpose of Student’s Pass application. Students can add more modules or make changes to their pre-registered modules when they officially register at NUS.

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Accommodation and the Cost of Living


Accommodation at NUS

Estimated Cost of Living

Cost of living in Singapore

Additional Information

Information for incoming students

International Relations Office

Student Visa and Insurance

Information on Student Visas and Insurance for students going on exchange can be found elsewhere on this website.

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Exchange Experiences

The University, City and Region

The University

NUS University HallNational University of Singapore is a large academic community of over 30,000 students. Student life in NUS is exciting and challenging, and offers ample opportunities for intellectual and personal development. English is widely spoken on campus, but you will also have a chance to learn Chinese, Malay, Tamil, French and countless other languages spoken by the diverse student population.
More than 1000 exchange students study at NUS each year. As an exchange student, you can select courses from seven participating faculties: Arts and Social Sciences, Engineering, Law, Science, School of Business, School of Computing and School of Design and Environment.


The City of Singapore

Singapore is one of Asia’s most advanced and cosmopolitan cities, with a standard of living comparable to North America and Western Europe. In terms of quality of life, it is tops in Asia and No. 32 in the world, according to the annual Mercer Human Resource Consulting survey in 2008. Survey criteria included political, social, economic and environmental factors, as well as personal safety, health, education, transport and other public services. According to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) index, Singapore is the 23rd most desirable country to live in worldwide. Crime rates are low, with Singapore ranked the safest city in the Asia-Pacific by Mercer (2008).

Despite its small size, there are many things to see, do and experience in Singapore.

From Singapore, most regional destinations are only a couple hours’ flight away. Travelling to many of the beautiful islands of Malaysia makes the perfect weekend trip!

Many adventurous students travel to the ruins of Angkor Wat, to see the beauty of Ha Long Bay and to party under the full moon at Koh Phangan in Thailand.

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Further Information

For further information about Otago Global Student Exchange please email