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Fact Sheet:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Johnna Weston
Minimum GPA:
2.75
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Grad/Undergrad:
Undergraduate
Language of Instruction:
English
Language Requirement:
0 semesters
Internship Available:
No
Fields of Study:
Advertising, African Studies, Anthropology, Arabic, Architecture, Art History, Asian Studies, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Chinese, Communications, Computer Science, Data Sciences, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Economics, Ecosystems, Energy Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Design, Entomology, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Microbiology, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Finance, Food Science, French, Geography, Geosciences, German, Global Studies, Health and Human Development, Health Policy and Administration, History, Human Development and Family Studies, Industrial Engineering, Information Sciences and Technology, Information Systems, Japanese, Journalism, Korean, Landscape Architecture, Literature, Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanics, Media Studies, Music, Nutritional Sciences, Philosophy, Physics, Plant Science, Political Science, Psychology, Public Relations, Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, Religious Studies, Science, Security and Risk Analysis, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics, Sustainability, Theatre, Visual Arts, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Program Description:

Overview

Eligibility

  • 18 years of age or above
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
  • 2.75 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
  • Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program 

Program Description 

The National University of Singapore (NUS) is a competitive exchange program open to all students university-wide. Penn State students can enroll in hundreds of courses offered at NUS under the faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Computing, Design and Environment, Engineering, Public Health, and Science.

NUS is today widely known for their pioneering education and innovative research which have made an impact on the community in Singapore and beyond. NUS offers a global and Asian approach to education, research and entrepreneurship. The University is especially renowned for its research in engineering, science and technology, biomedical sciences, and the humanities and social sciences.

Dates

Academic Year: early August - mid May
Fall: early August -mid December
Spring:mid January - mid May

Refer to NUS' website for the specific dates, if available. 

Location

On this exchange program, students will be taking their courses at NUS’ main campus: Kent Ridge. Kent Ridge Campus hosts most of the University’s academic, research and administrative facilities. It is also a bustling hub of student life, with student residences, sports facilities and venues for arts and cultural activities. 

Singapore, which means "Lion City", is a city-state situated on an island lying just one degree north of the equator. Singapore's diverse ethnic composition, primarily consisting of citizens of Chinese, Malay, and Indian backgrounds, enables students to learn about several different Asian cultures, customs, religious practices, festivals, and cuisine. It is also a modern city, and English is the common and official language of business and government.

Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation

In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.

Academics

Available Fields of Study

Advertising, African Studies, Anthropology, Arabic, Architecture, Art History, Asian Studies, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Chinese, Communications, Computer Science, Data Sciences, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Economics, Ecosystems, Energy Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Design, Entomology, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Microbiology, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Finance, Food Science, French, Geography, Geosciences, German, Global Studies, Health and Human Development, Health Policy and Administration, History, Human Development and Family Studies, Industrial Engineering, Information Sciences and Technology, Information Systems, Japanese, Journalism, Korean, Landscape Architecture, Literature, Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanics, Media Studies, Music, Nutritional Sciences, Philosophy, Physics, Plant Science, Political Science, Psychology, Public Relations, Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, Religious Studies, Science, Security and Risk Analysis, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics, Sustainability, Theatre, Visual Arts, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Course Listings

To find courses at NUS, you can view the Modules offered for Non-Graduating Students document, and also search their University Bulletin. When searching via the Bulletin, note that "faculty" means department or college and "module" means course. "Semester 1" refers to Penn State's fall semester and "Semester 2" refers to Penn State's spring semester. All students interested in this exchange program should review information pertaining to "Non-Graduating Students."

To see what Penn State students have previously taken on this program, see the Historical Course List, which is meant to be a guide as to what courses might be available and how they might transfer to Penn State. Courses listed here may not be offered during the semester you attend the program and the credit amount or course title may have changed. 

Note: You are not limited to choosing classes on the program Historical Course List. You should consult the full list of courses on NUS' website before choosing a program.

Course Selection

To find appropriate courses that will fit into your degree requirements, you will need to work with your academic adviser. Suggested tips:
  • Research courses available on your program
  • Meet with your academic adviser to discuss potential courses abroad and your degree requirements 
  • Keep in mind that courses abroad may change or may be unavailable for your selected term, so you will need to discuss possible back-up course options
  • To register for courses on this program you will work with NUS

Penn State Academic Policies

  • You must enroll in a minimum number of 12 credits and a maximum number of 18 credits 
  • You cannot take any courses abroad on a Pass/Fail basis
  • World Campus courses should not be taken in addition to or as a substitute for courses offered abroad
  • You may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad
  • If you are studying abroad in your final semester at Penn State, please note that Penn State may not receive your grades in time for graduation 
  • All students are advised to prepare their NUS study plan (list of potential courses) based on the modules available for exchange students listed above, and seek advice from their academic adviser before applying for the exchange program at NUS
    • Please work with your Penn State academic adviser well in advance of applying to study at NUS

NUS Academic Policies and Requirements

  • Workload in the NUS modular system are expressed in Modular Credits (MCs). The usual load for NUS students is 16 to 20 MCs per semester, where 1 MC is equal to 2.5 hours of study and preparation per week. 
    • A 4-MC module (course) requires 10 hours of work per week, including lectures, tutorials, labratory sessions, assignments, and independent or group study.
    • Please review NUS' modular system on their website.
  • Exchange students are required to enroll in a minimum number of 12 MCs per semester (approximately 3 modules/courses) and no more than 20 MCs (approximately 5 modules/courses)
  • Students will follow the NUS grading system. Please review their grading system on their website.
  • All students will be pre-registered for at least 12 MCs per semester for the purpose of the Student's Pass (student visa) application. Students can add more modules or make changes to their pre-registered modules when they officially register at NUS.
  • Exchange students are encouraged to consider Level 1000 to 3000 modules only. Level 4000 modules are reserved for NUS graduating students and therefore only limited places, if any, are open to exchange students.
  • The faculties (departments or colleges) listed below are not open to Penn State students on this exchange program:
    • NUS Business School
    • Department of Pharmacy at Faculty of Science
    • Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health
    • NUS Law
  • Due to overwhelming demand, incoming exchange students who wish to enroll in Economics and Psychology modules might not be able to secure their required number of modules in these disciplines.
    • Students should consider alternative modules offered by other departments before applying for this exchange program.
  • Students in the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State may be invited to enroll in the NUS University Scholars Programme 
  • There is no guarantee that exchange students at NUS will secure their preferred modules before and during the exchange. 
    • Students should choose more courses than they need from the list of modules available to exchanges students (linked above) in the event a module/course is not available during the registration period
    • Please work with your Penn State academic adviser well in advance of applying to study at NUS

Course Equivalency Process

In order for courses from abroad to appear on your Penn State transcript, each course must be given a course equivalency. Please visit the Academics section of the Global Programs website for information on the course equivalency process.  

Courses can be submitted for course equivalency before, during, or after the education abroad program, however, you should begin this process as soon as possible as it can take on average 2-4 months or more for courses to receive a Penn State course number. In some cases, it can be difficult to obtain syllabi from abroad before the start of the term, but when possible, courses can be submitted for review before departure. Talk to your Education Abroad Adviser about requesting syllabi.

Grade and Credit Conversion Scale

Grades and credit conversions from your host institution cannot be changed. They will be converted to Penn State credits and grades based on the following scales:
 
Grade Conversion Scale
NUS Grade Penn State Grade
A+, A, A- A
B+, B A-
B-  B+
C+ B
C B-
N/A C+
D+ C
D D
F F
 
Credit Conversion Scale
NUS Credit Penn State Credit
4 credits per course  3 credits per course

Housing and Meals

Housing

NUS Non-Graduating (Exchange) students may apply for a place in the Halls of Residence and Student Residences. Accommodations at the College of Alice & Peter Tan, Tembusu, Residential College 4 and Cinnamon Colleges are primarily for Non-Graduating students from the colleges' partner universities. 
  • The Halls are known for their vibrant CCA, rich history and culture. Living in the halls is akin to having another family in school altogether. Each hall has its own distinct culture and is led by a hall master and an elected hall committee. Residents are expected to participate actively in hall activities. Meals are catered and residents are required to subscribe to the meal plan.
  • The Residences offer independent living with opportunities for cross-cultural interaction with the international community of students.  As Residences offer more privacy, they tend to be quieter than Halls.  Students staying in the Residences participate in activities organized by their campus-wide clubs, societies and interest groups.
  • Colleges provide a unique learning and living environment. Meals are catered and residents are required to subscribe to this catering service.
Notes:
  • Due to the shortage of on-campus accommodation at NUS, exchange students are not guaranteed on-campus accommodation. NUS receives more exchange students in Semester 1 (August to December), therefore it is more difficult to secure on-campus accommodation in Semester 1
  • The hostel rooms are fitted with LAN point for connection to campus network. There are currently no wifi in the rooms
  • Housing and meals are NOT included in the program fee by Penn State, so students should review the costs on NUS' website.
Students can read more about the accommodation options on NUS' Housing website. You should apply for on-campus housing as soon as the application is available to you.

Meals

Meals are catered for the halls and colleges (except PGP House), and residents are required to subscribe to the meal plan. For further details, please refer to the page on Hostel Rates. Here is an example of the meals offered with the compulsory meal plan in the Hall of Residences.

Costs and Funding

Program Costs

Fall Costs 
Spring Costs

The cost of a program is based on Penn State tuition rates and partner institution fees. Due to the variety of locations and partner institutions, costs will vary depending on the program. Education Abroad works closely with our partners to ensure the most accurate cost estimates, however, fees can change quickly and without prior notice. Consult the cost sheets for your chosen program often and if you have any questions please contact your Education Abroad Adviser

Scholarships 

The Education Abroad Office awards a number of grants and scholarships to students who participate in an education abroad program through Global Programs. The application for the scholarships awarded through the Education Abroad Office is included with your program application. Eligibility is based on academic merit and/or financial need. You must have a current FAFSA on file to be awarded. There are additional scholarship opportunities through our partner universities, Penn State Academic Departments, and other sources. To view a full list of scholarships, eligibility requirements, and deadlines visit Funding Study Abroad.

Student Aid

Penn State students who plan to study on a Penn State approved program can use most forms of financial aid towards the cost of the program. Exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships. If you have specific questions regarding your aid awards, contact the Penn State Office of Student Aid

Withdrawal & Refund Policy 

Withdrawal and refund details are dependent on the timing and reason for your withdrawal from a Penn State Education Abroad Program. For specific details and steps on how to withdraw, read the Education Abroad Policies

After Commitment

Once a student has committed to a Penn State Education Abroad program, they are financially responsible for any fees incurred on their behalf. Therefore, if a student plans to withdraw from a program it is their responsibility to immediately notify the Education Abroad office, in writing; email is preferred. 

Regardless of the timing or reason for the withdrawal, the student will be responsible for paying the Education Abroad Administrative Fees. Additional fees from the partner institution will be assessed according to their withdrawal and refund policies at the date of the withdrawal notice.

After the Start of the Program 

If a student withdraws after the start of a program, any adjustment of Penn State tuition charges will be made according to the Tuition Adjustment Schedule as determined by the Office of the Bursar. Students may be responsible for up to 100% of program costs. In most cases, partial credit cannot be awarded for leaving a program before its successful completion.

For additional information on withdrawal policies, separate and apart from financial consequences, please consult the University Senate Policy on Withdrawal and Leave of Absence.

Life Abroad

General Information 

Studying abroad can be one of the most exciting and transformative experiences of your college career. It is an opportunity to develop independence, build cross-cultural competencies, grow as a person, and enhance your academic program. Entering a new culture can be challenging for everyone. You may ask yourself: is this the right country for me? What are their cultural norms? How will my identity be perceived there? What can I do to prepare for this experience? What will my daily life be like? Below are resources to help you answer these questions.

Accessibility 

Penn State Education Abroad works closely with campus resources and our partner institutions around the world to ensure that students of all abilities reach their goal of studying abroad. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged on an individual basis. If you have accommodation needs or further questions please consult with the Student Disability Resources office and your Education Abroad Adviser. Additional resources are available through the Global Program Website. Disability information will not be used during the admissions process, but rather is meant to provide students with resources to help in planning a successful experience abroad.

Gender and LGBTQA

There are dramatic and subtle differences in how gender, identity, sexual expression, and sexual health are perceived in different countries. Before going abroad, it is important that you research the specific country or countries you will be visiting and have a full understanding of their cultural norms. Below are some resources to help you with that research and provide guidance for your life abroad.

Race, Ethnicity, and Faith

When choosing a study abroad location and preparing for your travels, you will want to be mindful of how your experience will be different than what you are used to in the United States. Your racial, ethnic, and spiritual identities may be interacted with and labeled by others differently than what you expect. Here are resources to help you prepare for these differences.

Non-U.S. Citizens

It is possible for non-U.S. Citizens to study abroad through Penn State. To do so successfully, you must plan early because this process may involve obtaining visas and other governmental procedures. Check with your DISSA Adviser prior to committing to a study abroad program and speak with your Education Abroad Adviser for specific information on the host country. If you plan on traveling to other countries during your study abroad experience, you will need to research and make plans to adhere to immigration policies for all of the countries that you plan to travel to and through. You are responsible for applying for visas for all applicable countries on your own. Advisers in the Education Abroad office cannot apply for your visa for you. Additional information may be available through your country's embassy and the consulate for your study abroad country.

Next Steps

Steps to Study Abroad

The planning stages outlined on the Global Programs website will help you have the best study abroad experience possible. We recommend that you begin this process at least one year prior to the semester you plan on studying abroad. Visit the Steps to Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website. 

How to Apply

Click the “Apply Now” button on this page to get started!

Application procedures can vary by program. Students should consult the application instructions available within each application. For more information, see the Application Process section of the Global Penn State website. 

Deadlines

You must apply to this program by the Penn State deadline. For a list of deadlines visit the Application Process page of the Global Programs website.

Contact Education Abroad 

If you have general questions about Education Abroad opportunities at Penn State, please email EducationAbroad@psu.edu.

Peer Advisers

Education Abroad Peer Advisers are Penn State study abroad returnees who advise students on education abroad opportunities at Penn State. Each Peer Adviser can explain program options, give an overview of the study abroad process, as well as provide information about their experience abroad. Peer Advisers have walk-in hours in Boucke Building during the fall and spring semester when classes are in session. For more information, visit the Education Abroad Peer Adviser website. 

Education Abroad Advisers 

Education Abroad Advisers can provide information about courses, support services, application processes, housing details, program costs, cultural expectations, pre-departure requirements, and much more. Education Abroad Advisers have two types of meetings - scheduled appointments and walk-ins. For more information about how to meet with an Education Abroad Adviser, please visit the Global Penn State website

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/04/2018
**
Rolling Admission 01/07/2019 05/12/2019
NOTE: Start date marks beginning of orientation week. Arrival date may depend on your housing arrangements. End date marks departure from program housing. Confirm dates with National University of Singapore before purchasing airline tickets.
Calendar Year 2019 12/10/2018
**
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2019 03/01/2019
03/13/2019 07/29/2019 12/07/2019
NOTE: Start date marks beginning of orientation week. Arrival date may depend on your housing arrangements. End date marks departure from program housing. Confirm dates with National University of Singapore before purchasing airline tickets.
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/01/2019
03/13/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 05/01/2019
06/07/2019 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed