National University of Singapore

Ranked 11th globally for top universities in the world by QS World University Rankings (2020), NUS is one of our top-ranked partners worldwide.

Get involved on campus beyond the books, in one of the myriad student clubs and sports they offer like dragon boating or Muay Thai kickboxing! Enjoy the safe, multicultural city of Singapore, with its amazing food and yearlong gardens. Singapore is a great starting place to get out into the surrounding Asian countries to explore further. NUS has a student population of 38,000 students in 16 faculties and takes in 1000 exchange students a year.

Key information

Location

Singapore

Language

English

Semester

Fall, Winter, Academic year

Program type

Exchange

Application information

Application status

Open

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2023-2024 applications

Priority deadline: January 10, 2023

University-specific additional requirements

Applicants do not need a reference, with the exception of Law students - see the Eligibility section below.

2024-2025 applications

Open November 1, 2023

Program details

Areas of Study: Architecture*, Biochemistry, Biological Science, Botany/Ecology, Chemistry, Chinese Studies, Communications, Computer Science*, Drama, Economics*, Engineering (Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, Industrial, Mechanical, Materials, Marine), English, European Studies, Environmental Design*, Film Studies, Geography, History, Law*, Life Sciences, Linguistics, Math, Media & Design, Microbiology, Japanese Studies, Philosophy, Psychology*, Physics, Public Health, Social Work, Sociology, South Asian Studies, Statistics, Urban Studies, Zoology.

Languages*: Arabic, Mandarin, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Spanish, Tamil, Thai, Vietnamese.

*Starred courses above may have limited access for exchange students; pre-requisite checks are required. Please note that Law course availability is not determined until March each year.

Restricted Areas: Some programs are in high demand and courses are not guaranteed. Students wishing to take courses in these areas must be extremely flexible. Click here to view a PDF of all restrictions.

Course Information: Exchange students at NUS are called "non-graduating students", which is because you are not graduating from an NUS degree program. Courses at NUS are called "modules". Students must register in minimum 3 modules (12 credits) to maximum 5 modules (20 credits) per semester. Generally, 1 module at NUS = 1 standard semester course (3 units) at UCalgary. As modules may be quite competitive, it's important to have back-ups in mind and be flexible in your selection.

Students can search for modules and find module descriptions online (click here), as well as additional information about selecting modules (click here). When searching for modules, note that undergraduate level modules are numbered 1000-4000; this approximately corresponds as 1st-4th year studies, although your UCalgary academic advisor can help you determine how exactly they will transfer to your degree! Detailed course information can be found on each Faculty's website. (Note: 4000-level modules are in very high demand at NUS, so exchange students are encouraged to select 1000-3000 level modules only.)

A list of modules available to exchange students is published each year - click here to download the PDF. Please note that the module list is typically updated in April for Fall semester and August for Winter semester.

The academic year is divided into two semesters

  • Semester 1 runs from early August to early December.
  • Semester two runs from early January to early May.

There is also a summer research program available (Science students only).

  1. Costs

    Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. 

    NUS has cost of living information on their info sheet on page 5. Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations, etc. in your budget planning.

    Monthly cost estimates (2020):

    Expense     On-Campus / Off-Campus

    Accommodation     480-850 SGD / 600-1300 SGD

    Meals     250-500 SGD / 400-800 SGD

    Transit     100-150 SGD / 200-300 SGD

    Books & Supplies     200-350 SGD / 200-350 SGD

    Personal Expenses     300-500 SGD / 300-500 SGD

    Total Estimate:     1130-2000 SGD / 1500-2900 SGD

     

    Actual cost on on-campus residence (hostel) depends on type of residence and type of room. For the hostel fees please refer to the Office of Student Affairs’ Residential Services site.
    For off-campus accommodation, actual rental depends on whether there is room sharing and whether utilities are included in the rent.

    Singapore cost comparison vs. Calgary: Click Here

  2. Funding

    Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange? Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

    Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the funding page for more information.

    *This program is eligible for Eyes High funding! This is an internally nominated award worth $3000. Eligibility requirements and more can be found on the funding page.

    NEW! Global Access Fund - up to 10 student per year and up to $5500 per person. This "funding first" model allows students to apply by October 28 and know their funding results before applying to a program. Economically disadvantaged students, first-in-family to attend university, Indigenous, LGBTQ2S+ students, students with disabilities and visible/racialized minority students are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Exchange students (also called "Non-Graduating Students" at NUS) can apply to live in any of NUS' Halls of Residence. However, housing is in high demand and is not guaranteed. Students are recommended to list as many courses as possible as a part of the application as housing access may be bolstered by course flexibility.

The Office of Student Affairs also provides an online Off-Campus Accommodation System to help students search for private housing.

UTown Residence also offers its own infinity pool!

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at UCalgary, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a an average of B (3.0) (with no grade below C) in your declared major. 

For applicants from the UCalgary Faculty of Law, an academic reference letter is required. Please click here to view the reference letter guidelines & submission instructions. It must be submitted at the time of your application to UCalgary.

If you plan to travel on a passport from an Assessment Level 1 or 2 country according to the Singapore visa assessment, we recommend to look at programs outside of Singapore. If you are a citizen of Singapore, you will not be eligible for Singapore exchange programs. Please speak with an advisor for more information. 

What supports or services are available at NUS?

Students with disabilities can read more about the services offered at the disability support office.

What's special about Singapore and NUS?

Singapore is made up of 63 surrounding islets with a total land area of more than 719 square kilometers and a total population of 5.61 million people. Although its compact size belies its economic growth. Within a 150 years, Singapore has grown from a fishing village into a thriving centre of commerce and industry. Singapore is home to one of the busiest ports in the world with over 600 global shipping lines sharing Singapore’s waters with coastal fishing vessels and wooden ships. Read what locals have to say about Singapore here!

NUS is one of the world's top 25 universities and has a 150 hectare campus with over 48 eateries and large green spaces. 

What resources are available for new students?

NUS' S3 Peer Student Supporters program helps students adjust to life in Singapore and provides social activities for exchange students, like the exchange student dragon boat race at the beginning of term!

NUS joined us on Zoom to talk about the exchange program, academics, student life, and some of the recent changes to Singapore's visa/entry protocols. It was a great discussion! (This info session was recorded in October 2021)


Have questions?

Global Learning 101

Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment. In these videos, you will learn much of the basics about Global Learning, which may answer your initial questions.

Watch Global Learning 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how this program might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Global Learning Advising

If you have questions, please reach out to our office! We offer drop-in advising for general inquiries, and if you have questions about this specific program or any others, you can book an appointment with the responsible advisor.

Please use the link below to find the most up-to-date information about our current advising options.

View the Global Learning Advising page

The exchange advisor for this program is: Tara Jorgensen

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.

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International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular global learning program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Global Learning Advisors will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

If you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Global Learning Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.

Please note: All participants must adhere to COVID-19 and other vaccination-related requirements for the destinations visited on this program. Failure to do so may have consequences such as being denied access to accommodation/housing, program activities, or to the host country itself.