National University of Singapore Exchange

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About This Program

  • Location: Singapore, Singapore — National University of Singapore
  • Term: Fall Quarter, Winter/Spring Quarters, Full Year
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Eligibility: Open to NU students from all majors with a GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Program type: Exchange Program
  • Program credits: Minimum Credit Requirement

Application deadline:

  • For Fall Quarter and Full Year: January 15
  • For Winter/Spring Quarters: June 1

Program dates:

  • Fall Quarter: August 4, 2014 - December 6, 2015
  • Full Year: August 4, 2014 - May 9, 2015
  • Winter/Spring Quarters: January 12 - May 9, 2015

View the program budget sheet for available terms.

Fall 2017: $27,013

Full Year 2017-2018: $71,289

Winter/Spring Quarters 2018: $35,721

Students applying to this program are eligible for IPD Study Abroad Fellowships and may be eligible for external funding opportunities.

Students participating in this program are subject to the Withdrawal and Refund Policies for Northwestern-Sponsored Programs.

Extra funding is available as part of the IPD Fellowship for International Study for the NUS Exchange for 2016-2017. Awards of up to $3,000 are based on academic merit, essay quality, and financial need.


Students in the exchange program enroll directly at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and take classes with local and international students. Students are also able to combine research with courses in a wide range of fields. Northwestern students have the option of studying abroad for a semester or full academic year. Students pay Northwestern tuition and are responsible for travel and all other expenses (including room and board). Information on the visa process can be found at the NUS exchange website.

Host Institution

NUS is one of the premier institutions in the Asia-Pacific Region and offers a wide range of disciplines as well as a vibrant research environment. With seven main faculties participating in the exchange program, course offerings range from engineering to geography and physics. Students are also welcome to take courses outside their major, including Asian languages, culture, and history.

Housing & Meals

Students live in on-campus university residence halls. Meals are not provided, but are easily accessible in the cafes and restaurants on campus. For more information on NUS housing, visit the Hostel Admission Services webpage.


Students at NUS may take classes in the Schools of Arts and Social Sciences, Computing, Design and Environment, Engineering, Music and Science. Business (only available to Business majors), Economics, Law, Psychology, and Political Science courses are oversubscribed and the probability of securing these courses is low. NUS recommends exchange students avoid classes in these areas. Students enroll directly in the university and take classes with local students. 

Students will receive a transcript issued by NUS, and course credit will be eligible for transfer back to Northwestern as long as students earn course grades of C or better. Refer to the Credit Transfer Page for information on the “C” grade equivalent and minimum credit requirement for this exchange program.