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Singapore: National University of Singapore
Singapore, Singapore (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Calendar Year,
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Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Apartment, Dormitory
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
3 - Junior
Courses Offered:
Engineering, Sciences, Social Sciences/Sociology
Type of Program:
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
0 - none
Education Abroad Adviser:
Kathleen Fox
Internship Available:
Non-Penn State Students:
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid, Whole World Scholarship
Program Description:

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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, Singapore Skyline at Nightreligious practices, festivals, and cuisine. It is also a modern city, and English is the common and official language of business and government. Singapore was a quiet fishing village until the age of British colonialism. In 1819 Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles arrived and decided to make the port a focal point of British power in Southeast Asia. During the next century, Singapore became a great trading center and a powerful military base. It was occupied by Japan from 1942-1945 before it was regained by the British. Singapore attained its independence in 1963 as part of the Federation of Malaysia. Two years later, it withdrew from the Federation and, in August 1965, proclaimed itself an independent country. This new city-state developed quickly, and the growth in trade, tourism, and manufacturing helped to establish Singapore as having the second-highest standard of living in East Asia after Japan. Today, Singapore is an attractive and extremely modern place, with many contemporary buildings and shopping centers. Its society is highly structured, with an orderly code of social conduct.

The National University of Singapore's main Kent Ridge Campus is located about 12 kilometers from the city's center, occupying approximately 350 acres of land. The university is comprised of several faculties, including: design and environment, arts and sciences, business administration, dentistry, engineering, law, medicine and science. There are 53 teaching departments within these faculties, as well as four post-graduate schools and three institutes for advanced training and research.

Tribal Decorations You will take regular courses with local students at this institution. Course registration takes place during your on-site orientation period, so enrollment in particular courses cannot be guaranteed in advance of arrival. This institution offers a large selection of courses, with strengths in real estate, engineering, liberal arts, social sciences, and sciences. You can choose from a wide selection of courses (all taught in English) available within specific colleges, as listed on the National University of Singapore (NUS) faculty websites. You may choose classes (called "modules" at NUS) from any faculty/school EXCEPT the following: Business, Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Singapore Conservatory of Music, or the University Scholars Programme. You must take what the host institution considers to be a full-time load (generally, the equivalent of 12-15 Penn State credits/16 - 20 NUS credits). Please note that four (4) credit classes at NUS transfer to Penn State as three (3) credits. For more information on specific courses, use the on-site course catalog.

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You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas of a Pass/Fail basis.

To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Singapore Course Equivalency List*. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.

Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.

*The University Office of Global Programs is committed to making its websites accessible to all users. As such we are currently developing a new course equivalency database which will launch in Academic Year 2014-2015. In the meantime if you require an accessible version of the course equivalency information provided for this program please contact

Housing and Meals

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You will make your own housing and food arrangements, in conjunction with the Office of Student Affairs ( at the National University of Singapore. You have several choices of residence halls on campus; halls offer single or double bedroom options. Due to an increase in popularity of Singapore as a study choice for many international students, NUS can no longer guarantee on-campus housing. However, NUS will work ahead of your arrival to direct you towards pleasant and affordable off-campus housing options, many with international roommate situations.

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Program Costs
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheets listed above. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.

Please note that tuition rates above may vary depending on major and class standing.

Financial Aid & Scholarships
students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.

The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds.  In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please see Funding Study Abroad.


"Living in [Singapore] is fantastic. It's exceptionally clean and safe, everyone speaks English, the public transport is cheap/efficient, there is lots to do, it's beautiful and tropical and the food is delicious."
-Ashley Gibb, Singapore, Spring 2008
For More Information
For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. Students at University Park can also contact their International Coordinator within their college. If you're not at University Park, students at Commonealth Campuses can contact their Campus Global Representative.



To learn more about the specifics of this program, schedule an appointment with Nimisha Thakur, the education abroad adviser for this program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Calendar Year 2014 10/15/2013
10/15/2013 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2014-2015 01/20/2014
03/15/2014 TBA TBA
Fall 2014 01/20/2014
03/15/2014 08/04/2014 12/06/2014
Spring 2015 05/01/2014
06/30/2014 01/01/2015 01/02/2015
NOTE: NOTE: Please note: The dates listed above are not the actual dates of the program. At a later date your program dates will be provided to you. Should you have any questions, please follow up with your Education Abroad advisor.

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