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MANY NEW EXPERIENCES. ONE BIG ADVENTURE. UNDERGRADUATE PROSPECTUS for International Students 2021/2022
02 Many New Experiences. One Big Adventure. 7 things to know about NUS before you pack. #1. First things first (rankings). Whether you think the numbers are important or not, they make a great introduction. So – 1st in Asia. 11th in the world. But that’s far from the only thing that sets us apart. QS World University Rankings 2021 #2. Majoring in what you love is totally possible. Going after your passion? Or trying something new? 60 bachelor’s degrees, 54 second majors and 30 major-minor options mean there’s always something you want.
NUS Undergraduate Prospectus for International Students 2021/2022 03 #3. Grades don’t (always) matter. Like when you are still getting used to university life. The Grade-Free First Year scheme gives you the license to figure out what you like at your own pace. nus.edu/gradefree #4. The world is out here (on campus). As the 7th most international university in the world, it’s little wonder that our campus is a cultural melting pot. But there’s always room for more. Times Higher Education The World’s Most International Universities 2020
04 Many New Experiences. One Big Adventure. #5. The programmes are future-proof. Cross-disciplinary is just one part of it. There’s also the Centre for Future-ready Graduates that gets you ready for the future. Fact: our graduates are the 9th most employable worldwide. Times Higher Education Global University Employability Ranking 2020 #6. Being enterprising is encouraged. Everyone likes a good global experience. How about adding a dose of entrepreneurship to it? You can – study and intern with a start-up at 11 NUS Overseas College locations worldwide. nus.edu/noc #7. You’ll get to play safe – literally. In the 2nd safest city in the world, it’s hard to do it any other way. But you know the drill. Stay alert. But don’t stay out too late – when you have class the next morning! The Economist Intelligence Unit, 2019 Safe Cities Index
NUS Undergraduate Prospectus for International Students 2021/2022 05 3 things to pack. #1. An appetite for trying something new. Lots of new somethings. Like: • Checking out 200+ clubs and interest groups • Taste-testing famous Singaporean dishes, on and off campus • Finding cool places islandwide when there are no classes • Exploring the rest of Southeast Asia over recess week #2. An ambition to live independently. International students are guaranteed two years’ stay on campus, and you get to choose from 3 accommodation options. • Halls of Residence • Residential Colleges • Student Residences nus.edu/hosteloptions #3. And a couple of practical stuff*. Including: • Something to remind you of home • Power adaptors • Short sleeves for beach weather (~30°C) • Layers for indoor air-conditioning (as low as 20°C) • Useful NUS apps for making your #NUSlife just that little bit better m.nus.edu.sg * Plus an EZ-Link Card for taking public transport, but you have to buy that when you get here.
06 Many New Experiences. One Big Adventure. 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 2021/2022 07 Courses Requiring Tests and/or Interviews Degree Programme Minimum Subject Requirements Architecture Year 12 or higher level pass in Chemistry or Mathematics arch.nus.edu.sg 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 did.nus.edu.sg Mathematics or Physics Landscape Architecture Year 12 or higher level pass in Chemistry or Mathematics arch.nus.edu.sg 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 Critical Reading 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 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 Online Application Status Facility in 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 Nursing the closing dates applicable Apply separately to the Courses: to the qualification you Conservatory. Applicants Look out for notification via are applying with, as will be informed the Online Application Status shortlisting for tests and separately. An audition Facility to attend additional interviews is based on will be conducted for tests and/or interviews in April. actual results. shortlisted applicants. nus.edu/oasf
08 Many New Experiences. One Big Adventure. Single Degree Courses* Degree Programme Minimum Subject Requirements Biomedical Engineering Year 12 or higher level pass in Mathematics and eng.nus.edu.sg/bme either Physics or Chemistry Business Administration Year 12 or higher level pass in Mathematics bba.nus.edu Business Administration (Accountancy) Year 12 or higher level pass in Mathematics bba.nus.edu Business Analytics Year 12 or higher level pass in Mathematics comp.nus.edu.sg Chemical Engineering Year 12 or higher level pass in Mathematics, chbe.nus.edu.sg Physics and Chemistry Civil Engineering Year 12 or higher level pass in Mathematics and eng.nus.edu.sg/cee either Physics or Chemistry Computer Engineering Year 12 or higher level pass in Mathematics and ceg.nus.edu.sg either Physics or Chemistry Computer Science Year 12 or higher level pass in Mathematics comp.nus.edu.sg Electrical Engineering Year 12 or higher level pass in Mathematics and ece.nus.edu.sg either Physics or Chemistry Engineering Science Year 12 or higher level pass in Mathematics and eng.nus.edu.sg/esp Physics Environmental Engineering Year 12 or higher level pass in Mathematics, eng.nus.edu.sg/cee Physics and Chemistry Environmental Studies Year 12 or higher level pass in Mathematics and envstudies.nus.edu.sg either Biology or Chemistry Food Science & Technology Year 12 or higher level pass in any two of the fst.nus.edu.sg following: Biology or Chemistry or Computing or Physics or Physical Science or Mathematics/ Further Mathematics * You can also apply for Double Degree, Double Major or Major-Minor Programmes after your first year at NUS (subject to approval from Faculties and Schools). For more information, visit nus.edu/studyoptions
NUS Undergraduate Prospectus for International Students 2021/2022 09 Degree Programme Minimum Subject Requirements Humanities and Sciences Refer to chs.nus.edu.sg for additional chs.nus.edu.sg information on the respective majors. Majors from Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences: 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 Industrial & Systems Engineering Year 12 or higher level pass in Mathematics and isem.nus.edu.sg either Physics or Chemistry Information Security Year 12 or higher level pass in Mathematics comp.nus.edu.sg Information Systems Year 12 or higher level pass in Mathematics comp.nus.edu.sg Materials Science & Engineering Year 12 or higher level pass in Mathematics and mse.nus.edu.sg either Physics or Chemistry Mechanical Engineering Year 12 or higher level pass in Mathematics and eng.nus.edu.sg/me either Physics or Chemistry 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 Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Applicants would be required to submit an nus.edu/fass-ppe essay as part of the selection process. Refer to fas.nus.edu.sg/ppe-academics/admission- requirements.html for additional information. Project & Facilities Management Year 12 or higher level pass in Chemistry or bdg.nus.edu.sg Mathematics or Physics Real Estate Year 12 or higher level pass in Chemistry or rst.nus.edu.sg Mathematics or Physics Note: International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma applicants, refer to nus.edu.sg/oam/apply-to-nus/international- baccalaureate-(ib)-diploma/subject-pre-requisites for subject requirements. For more information on course and subject prerequisites, visit nus.edu/internationalprereq
10 Many New Experiences. One Big Adventure. Qualifications & Admission Requirements To apply, you should fulfil Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) the following academic Completed CAPE with at least Grade II qualifications and have either passes in all six subjects of which three completed or are in your subjects are two-unit subjects. final year of High School. Danish Studentereksamen* Completed Danish Studentereksamen (STX, HHX or HTX) with an overall A Level (AQA, Cambridge, Edexcel, average score of 9 or better and similar London, OCR, Oxford International scores in relevant Level A and B subjects. AQA)* C1 Advanced, IELTS, PTE Academic or Completed A Level with at least three TOEFL is required. Advanced Level subject grades. Grades from two sittings taken within a European Baccalaureate Diploma* 12-month period can be considered. Completed Diploma with at least 80% Applicants with good grades in four pass in 10 subjects. Advanced Level subjects are preferred. American High School Diploma Completed High School and supported with either ACT with Writing or SAT, together with SAT Subject Tests. Australian Qualifications Completed High School with at least ATAR of 90 or OP of 6. Brunei A Level* Completed A Level with three Advanced Level and two AS Level subjects (including GP) in the same sitting of the examination. Canadian High School Qualifications* Completed High School with at least 85% for each subject.
NUS Undergraduate Prospectus for International Students 2021/2022 11 French Baccalaureate Diploma* Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Completed Diploma with an average of Education (HKDSE) 15 or better. C1 Advanced, IELTS, PTE Completed HKDSE with passes in four Academic or TOEFL is required. Level 3 core subjects, with English Level 4 or better, and two elective subjects. Gao Kao or PRC National College Entrance Examination Indian Standard 12 (All Completed Gao Kao with C1 Advanced, Qualifications) IELTS, PTE Academic or TOEFL. Senior Completed or are completing Indian Middle 3 students who are not taking Standard 12 in the year of admission. the Gao Kao examination should apply State Board applicants must submit under ‘Other High School Qualifications’. either ACT with Writing or SAT, together with SAT Subject Tests in addition to German Abitur* their Standard 12 results. Completed Abitur with an overall Applicants completing Standard 12 in average of 2.0 or better. C1 Advanced, the year of admission are not eligible IELTS, PTE Academic or TOEFL is to apply for Dentistry, Law, Medicine required. and Nursing. (The University may conduct additional aptitude tests for Architecture, Industrial Design and Landscape Architecture in June, subject to availability.) Indonesian Ujian Nasional (UN) Completed UN with C1 Advanced, IELTS, PTE Academic or TOEFL. Applicants completing High School in the year of admission will compete for the University Entrance Examination; C1 Advanced, IELTS, PTE Academic or TOEFL will not be required for these applicants. International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Completed or are completing the IB Diploma in the year of admission with at least three HL and three SL subjects, plus TOK and EE. English must be one of the 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 for consideration. Applicants may submit ACT with Writing in lieu of SAT.
12 Many New Experiences. One Big Adventure. Italian Diploma di Esame di Stato* Completed Italian Diploma di Esame di Stato with an overall average of at least 88%. Kazakhstan Certificate of General Secondary Education* Completed High School qualification supported with either ACT with Writing or SAT, together with SAT Subject Tests. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Secondary School Graduation Certificate* Completed High School qualification supported with either ACT with Writing or SAT, together with SAT Subject Tests. Mauritius High School Certificate Completed Mauritius A Level with a good pass in at least three A Level subjects and two AS level subjects (including GP), taken in the same sitting. New Zealand National Certificate of Thai Mathayom 6 Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3 Completed Mathayom 6 with overall GPA of at least 3.0 with C1 Advanced, IELTS, PTE Completed NCEA at Level 3 with Merit, and Academic or TOEFL. attained University Entrance Certificate. Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) Completed or completing UEC in the year of Completed or are completing STPM with at admission with EL1119, C1 Advanced, IELTS, least B for all subjects and MUET of 200. MUET, PTE Academic or TOEFL. Sri Lanka A Level Vietnam National High School Graduation Examination Completed Sri Lanka A Level with C1 Advanced, IELTS, PTE Academic or TOEFL. Completed High School Graduation Examination with C1 Advanced, IELTS, PTE Taiwan Senior High School Academic or TOEFL. Completed General Scholastic Ability Test Applicants completing High School in (GSAT) with C1 Advanced, IELTS, PTE the year of admission will compete for Academic or TOEFL. Applicants who are not the University Entrance Examination; C1 taking the GSAT should apply under ‘Other Advanced, IELTS, PTE Academic or TOEFL High School Qualifications’. will not be required for these applicants.
NUS Undergraduate Prospectus for International Students 2021/2022 13 English Language Requirement English Language is the University’s language of instruction. Besides submitting your high school qualifications for admission consideration, you may also need to submit an English Language Test score or sit for the Qualifying English Test (QET). To check if you are required to submit an English Language Test score, refer to pages 10 to 13. English Language Test scores are valid for two years. To check if you need to sit for the QET, visit nus.edu/qet English Minimum Language Acceptable Test Score for Admissions C1 Advanced 180 or Cambridge English: Advanced EL1119 C6 IELTS1, 2 6.5 for overall, Other High School Qualifications* reading and writing Completed High School qualification MUET 200 supported with either ACT with Writing or SAT, together with SAT Subject Tests. PTE Academic 62 for overall, reading and writing TOEFL1, 3, 4 580 for paper-based; 92–93 for internet-based * Applicants without actual results must submit either 1 Different English Language requirements apply ACT with Writing or SAT, together with SAT Subject for Law. Refer to page 7 for more information. Tests for consideration. Applicants may submit ACT with Writing in lieu of SAT. 2 IELTS Indicator scores are not accepted. 3 Only TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date are For other qualifications, accepted; MyBest scores will not be accepted. please refer to our website: 4 TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition scores are nus.edu/internationalqualifications accepted.
14 Many New Experiences. One Big Adventure. Additional Qualifications You may need to submit additional tests or ACT with Writing qualifications on top of your high school The ACT consists of five sections: qualifications. Refer to the Qualifications & English, Mathematics, Reading, Science Admission Requirements from pages 10 to and Writing Test (optional). Apart from 13 to check if you are required to do so. the minimum composite score of 29; the writing component score of 8 has to be met. The writing component is compulsory if you are submitting ACT with Writing in lieu of SAT. 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 2021/2022 15 SAT The SAT consists of two sections: Evidence-Based Reading & Writing, and Mathematics. All SAT sections have to be taken in one sitting. We do not accept a combination of scores from different sittings. The minimum acceptable test scores are 600 for Evidence-Based Reading & Writing, and 650 for Mathematics. SAT Subject Tests You must submit three subject tests as follows: • Mathematics Level 2* • A second subject of your choice (excluding Mathematics Level 1) • A third subject of your choice (excluding Mathematics Level 1) * 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 University Entrance choose the second and third subject based on the subject prerequisites of Examination (UEE) the courses you are applying for. The You may need to take the UEE if you minimum acceptable SAT Subject Test present certain academic qualifications score is 650 for each subject. in your admission application. If you are taking the UEE, your admission You may submit your valid SAT and eligibility will be based on your SAT Subject Tests scores for admission performance. Unless invited, you consideration. SAT and SAT Subject Test cannot take or appeal to take the UEE. scores are valid for five years. Refer to the website for latest updates. sat.collegeboard.org nus.edu/uee
16 Many New Experiences. One Big Adventure. Scholarships As an international applicant, you will automatically be considered for the following scholarships without needing to submit a separate application. You will be informed if you are shortlisted. 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 Asian Any Computing, admission to NUS Technology countries, except Engineering or Science Undergraduate Singapore undergraduate Scholarship programme except Pharmacy
NUS Undergraduate Prospectus for International Students 2021/2022 17 Financial Aid Estimated Living Expenses Tuition Fee Loan A full-time international undergraduate A Tuition Fee Loan (TFL) is also available on student incurs about S$10,400 in living top of the MOE Tuition Grant to offset your expenses per year, based on a conservative tuition fee. The value of the TFL is up to estimate of expenses required for a 90% of the subsidised tuition fee payable comfortable lifestyle on campus. by Singapore Citizens for the same course. Please refer to the calculation scenario below nus.edu/livingexpenses to understand how it works. Financial Assistance Schemes Tuition Fee and Living Singapore Loans, bursaries and work-study Expenses Dollars (S$) opportunities are available to needy Subsidised Tuition Fee 17,550 students. Simply apply for financial aid Payable after deducting online from 1 November. Apply before the the MOE Tuition Grant admission application closing date for early consideration of NUS Donated Bursaries. Estimated Living Expenses 10,400 including on-campus nus.edu/applyfinancialaid accommodation Total Amount Payable (A) 27,950 MOE Tuition Grant A Tuition Grant, provided by the Ministry Financial Aid Funds Singapore of Education, is awarded to international Dollars (S$) students on a competitive basis to help Tuition Fee Loan 7,380 defray the costs of university education. 90% of Singaporean subsidised tuition fee If your application for a Tuition Grant is (i.e. 90% of S$8,200) successful and you have accepted it, you NUS Study Loan 4,420 will pay subsidised fees, and are required 10% of Singaporean to work for a Singapore entity for three subsidised tuition fee + years upon graduation. If you are not S$3,600 living allowance successful, or have chosen not to apply for a Tuition Grant, you will pay non- NUS Bursary 1,050 subsidised fees. You will also not be eligible Total Financial Aid Funds (B) 12,850 for NUS and MOE-funded or administered Financial Aid and Scholarships during your Estimated Annual Out-of- 15,100 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
18 Many New Experiences. One Big Adventure. 5 application questions to ask. #1. #5. Which courses should you When are admissions apply for? outcomes released? Do your research and make a list of your We release outcomes progressively from top course choices (check that you fulfil the March to July – so hang tight. While you subject prerequisites). You can indicate up wait, relax. Have fun. Follow our social to five choices on your application form, media (turn to the back). See you in August! so make the most of it! nus.edu.sg/oam/undergraduate- programmes #2. What documents do you need? Refer to ‘8 things to prepare’ on the facing page and make clear digital copies of the necessary documents. #3. When do you apply? When you are ready – and when applications open (also, take note of the closing date that applies to you). Find a quiet place and set aside 20 to 30 minutes to do it. nus.edu/internationalapply #4. How do you get updates on your application? Via the Online Application Status Facility (OASF), so check back often. Look out for notifications about tests and interviews (if applicable), or requests for additional documents. nus.edu/oasf
NUS Undergraduate Prospectus for International Students 2021/2022 19 8 things A few dates to prepare. to remember. November Online Application Form Online Application Opens Submit your application online Application Fee (S$20) and make payment for the application fee. Completed Application Checklist Financial Aid Application Submit an online application for Copy of all Academic financial aid by the admission Qualifications application closing date if you require financial assistance for Copy of Additional your studies. Qualifications and Results (if applicable) February Copy of your Passport University Entrance or Birth Certificate or Examination (UEE) Identification Card (clearly Sit for UEE, if shortlisted. reflecting your full name and date of birth) April Admission Tests and/or Copy of Medical Report(s) Interviews if you have or had any Attend admission tests and/ illnesses or disabilities or interviews in Singapore, applicable to shortlisted Criminal Record(s) applicants of selected courses. (if applicable) March to July Release of Admission Outcome If you are successful, you will receive an email notification. You will also be informed of your financial aid application status. For exact dates and latest updates, visit nus.edu/internationalapply
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