UNDERGRADUATE PROSPECTUS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS 2023/2024 - National University of Singapore
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LIFE SHAPING 02 Wonder What opportunities await. Choice Count on us to make Proof your time count. Learn the way you like to learn. • Here, you will meet over • Take your pick from 60 bachelor’s 30,000 undergraduates degrees and 129 joint, concurrent and from all walks of life and double degree programmes. professors at the top of • The grade-free first year scheme is their fields (there’s even a your permission slip (not that you need Nobel Laureate). one) to check out new and interesting • In a place built on over subjects without stressing about grades. 117 years of history (and countless future plans). Not to mention ranking 1st in Asia and 11th in the world. QS World University Rankings 2022
NUS Undergraduate Prospectus for International Students AY2023/2024 03 Live independently with support you can depend on. • There’s room for every type – with four types of campus accommodation to choose from. • Campus accommodation is guaranteed for all international students for the first two years, as long as you apply by the stipulated time. Play safely without playing safe. • Taking a midnight stroll in Asia’s safest city is perfectly doable. (Just not when you have classes the next morning.) • Singapore also happens to be
LIFE SHAPING 04 What Being understood. English is the language Getting around. Campus is highly experiences of instruction in class, and one of four official walkable – but for longer distances and beckon. languages in Singapore. (The other three are days that are too hot to walk, hop on the free Mandarin, Malay and campus shuttle bus. Tamil.) You will also hear Elsewhere, Singapore’s plenty of Singlish, which public transport you will probably pick up system (bus, rail, taxi) in no time. has you covered.
NUS Undergraduate Prospectus for International Students AY2023/2024 05 Making friends. Eating well. Staying comfortable. Simple – turn up to class, Finding good food is Singapore doesn’t have join one (or two or three) easy – but deciding seasons – it’s famously hot or of the 200+ Clubs, what to eat can be hard. wet. Sometimes, both. Mean Societies and Interest There are over 50 food temperatures range from Groups, take part in outlets across Kent Ridge 26.8 to 28.6°C, so bring your campus events like campus and University short sleeves. (Caveat: Indoor Freshman Orientation Town, and depending on air-conditioning can be chilly, or Rag and Flag…not to where you stay, you can so pack some warm clothes.) mention, say “hi” to the even whip up some home Meteorological Service Singapore: neighbours on your floor. favourites in the kitchen. Climate of Singapore
LIFE SHAPING 06 Course Prerequisites Admission to NUS is based on academic merit and open competition. Before you apply, ensure that you satisfy the subject requirements.
NUS Undergraduate Prospectus for International Students AY2023/2024 07 Courses Requiring Tests and/or Interviews Degree Programme Minimum Subject Requirements Architecture Year 12 or higher level pass in Chemistry or cde.nus.edu.sg Mathematics or Physics or Physical Science Dentistry Year 12 or higher level pass in Chemistry and either dentistry.nus.edu.sg Biology or Physics Industrial Design Year 12 or higher level pass in Arts or Economics or cde.nus.edu.sg Mathematics or Physics Landscape Architecture Year 12 or higher level pass in Chemistry or cde.nus.edu.sg Mathematics or Physics or Physical Science Law High level of proficiency in the English Language law.nus.edu.sg (e.g. General Paper B, IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL iBT 100 or SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 700 or AP English Language Grade 4) Medicine Year 12 or higher level pass in Chemistry and either medicine.nus.edu.sg Biology or Physics BMAT/UCAT is required. Please refer to medicine.nus.edu. sg/prospective-students/nus-medicine-pre-requisites for more details on NUS Medicine prerequisites. Music Refer to course website to file a separate application. ystmusic.nus.edu.sg Nursing Year 12 or higher level pass in any two of the following: medicine.nus.edu.sg/nursing Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Physics, Physical Science, either Mathematics or Further Mathematics Note: Shortlisted applicants will be notified via the Applicant Portal by April. In the event that the University cannot conduct face-to-face interviews, an online assessment may be conducted instead. Specific Requirements Architecture, Dentistry, Dentistry, Law or Yong Siew Toh Industrial Design, Medicine Courses: Conservatory of Music Landscape Architecture, Submit actual results by Programmes: Law, Medicine or the closing dates applicable Apply directly to the Nursing Courses: to the qualification you are Conservatory; applicants will Look out for notification applying with, as shortlisting be informed separately. An via the Applicant Portal to for tests and interviews is audition will be conducted attend additional tests and/ based on actual results. for shortlisted applicants. or interviews in April. myaces.nus.edu.sg/ applicantPortal
LIFE SHAPING 08 Single Degree Courses* Degree Programme Minimum Subject Requirements Business Administration Year 12 or higher level pass in bba.nus.edu.sg Mathematics Business Administration (Accountancy) Year 12 or higher level pass in bba.nus.edu.sg Mathematics Business Analytics Year 12 or higher level pass in comp.nus.edu.sg Mathematics Computer Engineering Year 12 or higher level pass in cde.nus.edu.sg Mathematics and either Physics or Chemistry Computer Science Year 12 or higher level pass in comp.nus.edu.sg Mathematics Engineering Year 12 or higher level pass in cde.nus.edu.sg Mathematics Majors: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Refer to cde.nus.edu.sg for additional Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical information on the respective Engineering, Engineering Science, Environmental majors. Engineering, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Infrastructure & Project Management, Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Food Science & Technology Year 12 or higher level pass in any two fst.nus.edu.sg of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Physics, Physical Science, Mathematics/Further Mathematics Humanities and Sciences Refer to chs.nus.edu.sg for additional chs.nus.edu.sg information on the respective Majors from Faculty of Arts and Social majors. Sciences: Anthropology, Chinese Language, Chinese Studies, Communications and New Media, Economics, English Language, English Literature, Geography, Global Studies, History, Japanese Studies, Malay Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, South Asian Studies, Southeast Asian Studies, Theatre Studies Majors from Faculty of Science: Chemistry, Data Science and Analytics, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Quantitative Finance, Statistics Information Security Year 12 or higher level pass in comp.nus.edu.sg Mathematics
NUS Undergraduate Prospectus for International Students AY2023/2024 09 Degree Programme Minimum Subject Requirements Information Systems Year 12 or higher level pass in Mathematics comp.nus.edu.sg Pharmaceutical Science Strong Year 12 or higher level pass in Chemistry pharmacy.nus.edu.sg and Biology or Mathematics or Physics Pharmacy Strong Year 12 or higher level pass in Chemistry pharmacy.nus.edu.sg and Biology or Mathematics or Physics Real Estate Year 12 or higher level pass in Chemistry or bschool.nus.edu.sg/real-estate/ Mathematics or Physics * You can also apply for Double Degree, Double Major or Major-Minor Programmes during your application or after your first year at NUS (subject to approval from Faculties and Schools). For more information, visit nus.edu/studyoptions Cross-Disciplinary Programmes Degree Programme Minimum Subject Requirements Data Science and Economics Strong Year 12 or higher level pass in chs.nus.edu.sg/programmes/dse Mathematics Environmental Studies Please refer to chs.nus.edu.sg/programmes/bes chs.nus.edu.sg/programmes/bes for details. Students who do not have a pass in Year 12 Biology would be required to take the bridging module in Biology, LSM1301, upon successful admission to the programme. Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Please refer to chs.nus.edu.sg/programmes/ppe chs.nus.edu.sg/programmes/ppe for details. Note: For International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma applicants, please refer to nus.edu.sg/oam/apply-to-nus/ international-baccalaureate-(ib)-diploma/subject-pre-requisites for subject requirements. For more information on course nus.edu/internationalprereq and subject prerequisites, visit NUS College NUS College offers an enhanced interdisciplinary educational experience, beyond the primary major, to undergraduates from over 50 majors across NUS. To apply, simply indicate your interest in NUS College during your admissions application. Your application will be considered for both the degree courses that you are applying to and NUS College. For more information about NUS College, visit nuscollege.nus.edu.sg
LIFE SHAPING 10 Qualifications A Level (AQA, Cambridge, Edexcel, London, OCR, Oxford International & Admission AQA, WJEC)* Completed A Level with at least three Requirements Advanced Level subject grades. Grades from two sittings taken within a 12-month period can be considered. Applicants with good grades in four Advanced Level To apply, you should fulfil subjects are preferred. the following academic qualifications and have either American High School Diploma completed or are in your final Completed High School and supported year of High School. with either ACT with Writing or SAT, together with SAT Subject Tests or Advanced Placement Tests. Australian Qualifications Completed High School with at least ATAR of 90 or OP of 6.
NUS Undergraduate Prospectus for International Students AY2023/2024 11 Brunei A Level* German Abitur* Completed A Level with three Advanced Completed Abitur with an overall average Level and two AS Level subjects (including of 2.0 or better. C1 Advanced, IELTS, PTE GP) in the same sitting of the examination. Academic or TOEFL is required. Canadian High School Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Qualifications* Education (HKDSE) Completed High School with at least 85% Completed HKDSE with passes in four for each subject. Level 3 core subjects, with English Level 4 or better, and two elective subjects. Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) Indian Standard 12 (All Completed CAPE with at least Grade II Qualifications) passes in all six subjects of which three Completed or are completing Indian subjects are two-unit subjects. Standard 12 in the year of admission. State Board applicants must submit either ACT Danish Studentereksamen* with Writing or SAT, together with SAT Completed Danish Studentereksamen Subject Tests or Advanced Placement Tests (STX, HHX or HTX) with an overall average in addition to their Standard 12 results. score of 9 or better and similar scores Applicants completing Standard 12 in the in relevant Level A and B subjects. C1 year of admission are not eligible to apply Advanced, IELTS, PTE Academic or TOEFL for Dentistry, Law, Medicine and Nursing. is required. (The University may conduct additional aptitude tests for Architecture, Industrial European Baccalaureate Diploma* Design and Landscape Architecture in Completed Diploma with at least 80% pass June, subject to availability.) in 10 subjects. Indonesian Ujian Nasional (UN) French Baccalaureate Diploma* Completed or completing UN / Ijasah Completed Diploma with an average Sekolah Menengah Atas in the year of of 15 or better. C1 Advanced, IELTS, PTE admission, with C1 Advanced, IELTS, PTE Academic or TOEFL is required. Academic or TOEFL. Gao Kao or PRC National College International Baccalaureate (IB) Entrance Examination Diploma Completed Gao Kao with C1 Advanced, Completed or are completing the IB IELTS, PTE Academic or TOEFL. Senior Diploma in the year of admission with at Middle 3 students who are not taking the least three HL and three SL subjects, plus Gao Kao examination should apply under TOK and EE. English must be one of the ‘Other High School Qualifications’. subjects. IB Certificate is not eligible to gain admission. * Applicants without actual results must submit either ACT with Writing or SAT, together with SAT Subject Tests or Advanced Placement Tests for consideration. Applicants may submit ACT with Writing in lieu of SAT.
LIFE SHAPING 12 Italian Diploma di Esame di Stato* Unified Examination Certificate Completed Italian Diploma di Esame di (UEC) Stato with an overall average of at least 88%. Completed or completing UEC in the year of admission with EL1119, C1 Advanced, Mauritius High School Certificate IELTS, MUET, PTE Academic or TOEFL. Completed Mauritius A Level with a good pass in at least three A Level subjects and Vietnam National High School two AS level subjects (including GP), taken Graduation Examination in the same sitting. Completed or completing High School Graduation Examination in the year of New Zealand National Certificate of admission, with C1 Advanced, IELTS, PTE Educational Achievement (NCEA) Academic or TOEFL. Level 3 Completed NCEA at Level 3 with Merit, and Other High School Qualifications* attained University Entrance Certificate. Completed High School qualification supported with either ACT with Writing Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia or SAT, together with SAT Subject Tests or (STPM) Advanced Placement Tests. Completed or are completing STPM with at least B for all subjects and MUET of 240 for exam session 2021 and onwards; 200 for exam session 2020 and earlier. Sri Lanka A Level Completed Sri Lanka A Level with C1 Advanced, IELTS, PTE Academic or TOEFL. Taiwan Senior High School Completed General Scholastic Ability Test (GSAT) with C1 Advanced, IELTS, PTE Academic or TOEFL. Applicants who are not taking the GSAT should apply under ‘Other High School Qualifications’. Thai Mathayom 6 Completed Mathayom 6 with overall GPA of at least 3.0 with C1 Advanced, IELTS, PTE Academic or TOEFL. * Applicants without actual results must submit either ACT with Writing or SAT, together with SAT Subject Tests or Advanced Placement Tests for consideration. Applicants may submit ACT with Writing in lieu of SAT. For other qualifications, nus.edu/internationalqualifications please refer to our website:
NUS Undergraduate Prospectus for International Students AY2023/2024 13 English Minimum Acceptable Language Test Score for Admissions C1 Advanced 180 or Cambridge English: Advanced EL1119 B1 for exam session 2021 and onwards; C6 for exam session 2020 and earlier English Language Requirement IELTS1, 2 6.5 for overall, reading and writing English Language is the University’s MUET 240 for exam session language of instruction. Besides 2021 and onwards; 200 submitting your high school for exam session 2020 qualifications for admission and earlier consideration, you may also need to submit an English Language Test PTE Academic5 62 for overall, reading score or sit for the Qualifying English and writing Test (QET). TOEFL1, 3, 4 580 for paper-based; To check if you are required to submit 92–93 for internet- an English Language Test score, refer based to pages 10 to 12. English Language TOEFL Essentials 10 Test scores are valid for two years. 1 Different English Language requirements apply for Law. To check if you need to sit for the Refer to page 7 for more information. QET, visit nus.edu/qet 2 IELTS Indicator scores are not accepted. 3 Only TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date are accepted; MyBest scores will not be accepted. 4 TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and TOEFL iBT Paper Edition scores are accepted. 5 PTE Academic Online scores are accepted.
LIFE SHAPING 14 Additional ACT with Writing The ACT consists of five sections: English, Qualifications Mathematics, Reading, Science and On top of your high school Writing Test (optional). Apart from the qualifications, you may need to submit minimum composite score of 29, the writing additional tests or qualifications. Refer component score of 8 has to be met. The to the Qualifications & Admission writing component is compulsory if you are Requirements from pages 10 to 12 to submitting ACT with Writing in lieu of SAT. check if you are required to do so. All ACT sections (inclusive of Writing) have to be taken in one sitting. We do not accept a combination of scores from different sittings. The validity of ACT scores is five years. www.act.org
NUS Undergraduate Prospectus for International Students AY2023/2024 15 SAT SAT Subject Tests The SAT consists of two sections: You must submit three subject tests as Evidence-Based Reading & Writing, follows: and Mathematics. All SAT sections • Mathematics Level 2* have to be taken in one sitting. We do • A second subject of your choice (excluding not accept a combination of scores Mathematics Level 1) from different sittings. The minimum acceptable test scores are 600 for • A third subject of your choice (excluding Evidence-Based Reading & Writing, Mathematics Level 1) and 650 for Mathematics. * Mathematics Level 2 is a compulsory subject for all courses except Law. Applicants applying for admission to Law may take any subject combination for the SAT Subject Tests. For SAT Subject Tests, we accept scores for three subjects that are taken within two sittings over 12 months. Please choose the second and third subjects based on the subject prerequisites of the courses you are applying for. The minimum acceptable SAT Subject Test score is 650 for each subject. You may submit your valid SAT and SAT Subject Test scores for admission consideration. SAT and SAT Subject Test scores are valid for five years. sat.collegeboard.org Advanced Placement Tests You must submit three Advanced Placement (AP) Tests as follows: • Calculus BC** • A second subject of your choice (excluding Calculus AB, Research and Seminar) • A third subject of your choice (excluding Calculus AB, Research and Seminar) ** Calculus BC is a compulsory subject for all courses except Law. Applicants applying for admission to Law may take any subject combination for the AP Tests except Research and Seminar. Please choose the second and third subjects based on the subject prerequisites of the courses you are applying for. The minimum acceptable AP Test score is 3 for each subject. ap.collegeboard.org
LIFE SHAPING 16 Scholarships As an international applicant, you are automatically considered for the following scholarships. If shortlisted, you will be invited to submit a scholarship application. nus.edu/internationalscholarship Scholarship Nationalities Eligibility Qualifications ASEAN Citizens of ASEAN All undergraduate Qualifications Undergraduate countries, except programmes leading to that render Scholarship Singapore a first degree students eligible for undergraduate Science & Citizens of an Any Computing, admission to NUS Technology Asian country/ Engineering or Science Undergraduate region, except undergraduate Scholarship Singapore programme except Environmental Studies and Pharmacy
NUS Undergraduate Prospectus for International Students AY2023/2024 17 Financial Aid Tuition Fee Loan A Tuition Fee Loan (TFL) is also available on top of the MOE Tuition Grant to offset Estimated Living Expenses your tuition fee. The value of the TFL is up A full-time international undergraduate to 90% of the subsidised tuition fee payable student incurs about S$10,600 in living and by Singapore Citizens for the same course. accommodation expenses per year, based on Please refer to the calculation scenario a conservative estimate of expenses required below to understand how it works. for a comfortable lifestyle on campus. nus.edu/livingexpenses Tuition Fee and Living Singapore Expenses Dollars (S$) Financial Assistance Schemes Subsidised Tuition Fee 17,650 Loans, bursaries and work-study Payable after deducting opportunities are available to needy the MOE Tuition Grant students. Simply apply for financial aid online from 1 November. Apply before the Estimated Living Expenses 10,600 admission application closing date for including on-campus earlier release of your application results and accommodation disbursement of funds before the tuition fee payment deadline. Total Amount Payable (A) 28,250 nus.edu/applyfinancialaid Financial Aid Funds Singapore Dollars (S$) MOE Tuition Grant Tuition Fee Loan 7,425 Provided by the Ministry of Education, 90% of Singaporean the MOE Tuition Grant is awarded to subsidised tuition fee international students on a competitive (i.e. 90% of S$8,250) basis to help defray the costs of university education. NUS Study Loan 4,425 10% of Singaporean If you are awarded and accept the MOE subsidised tuition fee + Tuition Grant, you will pay subsidised fees S$3,600 living allowance and are required to work for a Singapore NUS Donated/Faculty 1,500 entity for three years upon graduation. If Bursary you are not successful, or have chosen not to apply for a Tuition Grant, you will pay non- Total Financial Aid Funds 13,350 subsidised fees. You will also not be eligible (B) for NUS and MOE-funded or administered Financial Aid and Scholarships during your Estimated Annual Out-of- 14,900 entire course candidature. pocket Amount Payable (A) – (B) nus.edu/ugfees Online Financial Needs Calculator For information on Financial Aid, visit nus.edu/financialneedscalculator nus.edu.sg/oam/financialaid
LIFE SHAPING 18 Ready to take the next step but not sure how? Let us help you out with some handy tips. Step 1: Step 3: Pick your course Prepare for your application This is probably the hardest part. With so many moving parts, you’ll So many possibilities to choose from want to have the assurance that you’ve – which faculty; is a specialised or an got everything (and missed nothing). interdisciplinary programme better? We recommend: We recommend: Check off every item in the checklist. Explore everything and list down Online Application Form your top eight choices. Application Fee (S$20) nus.edu.sg/oam/undergraduate-programmes Copy of all Academic Qualifications Copy of Additional Qualifications Step 2: and Results (if applicable) Copy of your Passport or Birth Check your eligibility Certificate or Identification Card Make your every chance count by (clearly reflecting your full name making sure you fulfil all course and date of birth) requirements. Spoiler alert – if you shortlisted more than eight choices, Copy of Medical Report(s) weed down your list. That's because if you have or had any illnesses you can only indicate up to eight or disabilities choices on your application form. Criminal Record(s) (if applicable) We recommend: Refer to admission requirements and subject prerequisites spelt out on pages 6 to 15 for guidance.
NUS Undergraduate Prospectus for International Students AY2023/2024 19 What else to do next Make the most of your NUS journey by planning ahead. We recommend: Download our Starter Kit for International Students. It’ll help you get around, stay connected and find important resources. nus.edu.sg/osa/student-life/international- students/resources Step 4: Important Dates Submit your application November Set aside 20 to 30 minutes to complete Online Application Opens the online application form. Submit your application online and pay the application fee. We recommend: Remember your application number Financial Aid Application and PIN – so that you can make changes Submit your application for financial in the Applicant Portal by the application aid if you need financial assistance for closing date if you have second thoughts your studies. about your course choices. nus.edu/apply April Admission Tests and/or Interviews Attend admission tests and/or interviews in Singapore, if you are Step 5: shortlisted for selected courses. Check your application outcome March to July The Applicant Portal provides updates on Admission Outcome your application – be it notifications for If your application is successful, you will extra tests and interviews (if applicable), be notified by email. Your financial aid or requests for additional documents. application status will also be advised. We recommend: Check for updates regularly Exact dates and latest updates (especially between January to July). can be found here. myaces.nus.edu.sg/applicantPortal nus.edu/internationalapply
Office of Admissions & Financial Aid National University of Have a question about Have a question about Singapore Undergraduate Admissions Undergraduate Financial Aid? University Town, and Scholarships? T +65 6516 2870 Stephen Riady Centre T +65 6516 1010 2 College Avenue West, #01-03 Singapore 138607 nus.edu/admissions nus.edu/askadmissions nus.edu/askadmissions Spend a Day NUS 360 Chat with in NUS Virtual Tour Our Students Experience the life of an NUS Explore and experience Talk to our student student – watch a student NUS’ vibrant campus and ambassadors to glean real-life performance, dine at a canteen facilities with our 360 personal insights into student or simply wander around the Virtual Tour! life at NUS or get that burning campus. question of yours answered. nus.edu/experiencenus nus.edu/360virtualtour nus.edu/chatwithus All information is correct at the time of publication in November 2022. The National University of Singapore (“the University”) gives no warranty and accepts no responsibility or liability for the accuracy or the completeness of the information provided in this brochure. Updates will be posted at nus.edu.sg/oam By referring to this brochure, the reader acknowledges and agrees that the University shall not be held responsible or liable in any way for, and no right of action will arise as a result of, and/or any consequences (including, without limitation, personal injury or property damage), howsoever arising, sustained as a result of reference to, or reliance upon, any information contained in, or omitted from this brochure, whether through neglect or otherwise. Co. Registration No. 200604346E UNDERGRADUATE PROSPECTUS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AY2023/2024
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