UMD: A Globally Connected University

UMD Exchange: The National University of Singapore (Singapore)

Singapore, Singapore
Terms offered: 
Fall
Year (Fall-Spring)
Year (Fall-Spring)
Program Type: 
Credit Type: 
Minimum GPA: 
3.0
Non-UMD Students Eligible to Apply: 
No
EA Advisor: 
Language of Instruction: 
English

Natl University of Singapore

Host Institution
The National University of Singapore (NUS) is Singapore’s flagship university and is widely respected as a leading institution of higher learning. NUS puts emphasize high impact practices in its approach to education, research, and service. Founded in 1905, it is the oldest university in Singapore, as well as the largest university in the country in terms of student enrollment and curriculum offered.  It was ranked as the best university in Asia by QS University Rankings in 2014.

Host City
Singapore is a small, city-state that is made up of a main island and 63 surrounding islets. With one of the busiest ports in the world, this small, but cosmopolitan country, has grown into a thriving center of commerce and industry in just 150 years.  English is the official working language of the country, but people also speak Chinese, Malay, and Tamil.

Universitas 21
The National University of Singapore and the University of Maryland are both members in Universitas 21 (U21). U21 is the leading global network of research-intensive universities; working together to foster global citizenship and institutional innovation through research inspired teaching and learning, student mobility, connecting our students and staff, and wider advocacy for internationalization. 

Learn more about Universitas 21 and it's programs and mission on the U21 website: http://universitas21.com/ 


Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of 2 semesters at UMD

Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.

Student Visa Information
A student visa is required for participation on this exchange. For more information, please visit our study abroad visa guide to view instructions for the country you will be visiting. Please note that visa information is subject to change and you are responsible for checking the embassy website for updates.


  1. Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
  2. Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript.
  3. FOR ENGR GE3 ONLY: If you are applying for a Global E3 exchange, you will need to submit an additional GE3 application by the deadline listed on their website.
  4. After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
  5. If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program.
  6. Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.

NUS offers a variety of course options which include Architecture, Arts and Social Sciences, Environmental Studies, Industrial Design, Law, Music, and Science. As part of your application you will be asked to indicate which modules (classes) you would like to enroll in.  International exchange students must enroll in 3 modules. Modules can be seen on the course offerings for the Non-Graduating Programme website: www.nus.edu.sg/registrar/education-at-nus/non-graduating-programme.html#l2

  • Review the "List of Available Modules" pdf attachment under Academic Matters

Students can try accessing past syllabi from this link: https://ivle.nus.edu.sg/v1/lms/public/search_course_public.aspx

Restrictions: Exchange students are not allowed to enroll in modules in the Faculty of Dentistry, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, the Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies, Institute of Systems Science, and the Singapore-MIT Alliance.

Credit

All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit on your UMD transcript. UMD uses the following conversion to assess how many credits you will get from this program:

NUS Credit UMD Credit
1 credit 1 credit

The chart above was last approved by the UMD Transfer Credit Committee on December 15, 2016.

Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit. The minimum passing grade at NUS is a "C".

FOR ENGR: You can view how courses at this institution have previously been evaluated for UMD equivalents through the UMD Registrar’s transfer credit equivalency database page for this university. You can also refer to the full list of ENGR course equivalencies.To view previously approved study abroad courses by engineering department, view the Engineering Study Abroad Course Guide.

FOR UMD: You can view how courses at this institution have previously been evaluated for UMD equivalents through the UMD Registrar’s transfer credit equivalency database page for this university.

FOR BMGT: You can view how courses at this institution have previously been evaluated for UMD equivalents by viewing the BMGT course list for this university.


NUS has a limited number of on-campus accommodation but does not guarantee on-campus accommodation for exchange students. Students can apply for on-campus housing after acceptance to the program. You can learn more about on-campus housing options here: http://nus.edu.sg/osa/has/non-graduating/hostel-options.

For students who choose not to apply for on-campus housing or who are unsuccessful in their on-campus housing applications, the Hostel Admissions Services at NUS provides resources and off-campus housing contacts: http://nus.edu.sg/osa/has/other-accommodation.


UMD students participating in an Exchange have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information on the cost of attending this Exchange, please see the UMD Exchange Cost Sheet

Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad:


Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Fall 2017 03/01/2017 03/11/2017 08/05/2017 12/09/2017
Dates reflect information that is available on the program sponsor website. Please confirm with program sponsor/host university before making your travel plans.
Year (Fall-Spring) 2017 03/01/2017 03/11/2017 08/05/2017 05/12/2018
Dates reflect information that is available on the program sponsor website. Please confirm with program sponsor/host university before making your travel plans.