Join the hundreds of Carolina students who have studied abroad at the National University of Singapore, an elite institution that is one of UNC-Chapel Hill’s strategic partners! Students will learn and live at NUS’s main Kent Ridge Campus in southwest Singapore. NUS and UNC have a very active exchange partnership, and a lively student/alumni group has formed to help and welcome UNC students to NUS and NUS students to UNC!
This is opportunity for students to perform full-time lab work at the Faculty of Science in the National University of Singapore. The laboratories and faculty at NUS are outstanding and compare very favorably with the faculty and laboratories at UNC-Chapel Hill. Importantly, some opportunities are available at NUS that are not available at UNC-Chapel Hill such as stem cell research projects and, for physics students, research activities associated with the semiconductor industry, in areas such as organic nanodevices, advanced batteries, ion beam applications to microphotonics, superconducting and magnetic materials, and nanomaterials and colloidal systems.
NUS attracts top-quality students, teachers, and researchers from all over the world, as it consistently ranks among the best universities in Asia and worldwide. It’s one of Asia’s top three universities and ranks in the top 25 worldwide by The Times of London.NUS hosts 21 university-level research institutes and centers in various fields such as research on Asia, risk management, mathematical sciences, biomedical and life sciences, nanotechnology, marine studies, and more. The NUS Centre for Language Studies teaches 12 different languages!
Singapore is not just one island but a main island with over 60 surrounding islets with a population of over 3.4 million people and four official languages: Malay, Mandarin Chinese, Tamil and English. Singapore is one of the busiest ports in the world and one of the most important financial centers of Asia. Singapore's location, excellent facilities, fascinating cultural contrasts and tourist attractions contribute to its success as a leading destination for academics, business, and sightseeing. Eating and shopping are Singapore’s national pastimes.
Students will find that Singapore has a great deal of interesting attractions, such as museums, landmarks, nature preserves, and theme parks to visit. While Singapore has a gleaming city center of high-rise buildings, it is also awash with lush gardens and parks. Known as the Garden City, Singapore features a significant area of primary rainforest within its boundaries.
At NUS, UNC-CH exchange participants will be placed in a lab under faculty supervision at NUS to perform for-credit research full-time (40 hours per week) for the 10-week duration of NUS Special Terms 1 and 2 (usually mid-May to late July). For this work, UNC-CH students will receive 12 hours of TREQ transfer credit on their UNC-CH transcript.
Labs in the departments of Physics, Biological Sciences, and Chemistry at NUS are available to our students.
If students are interested in research areas not found on this list, students should also visit the research pages of Faculty of Science faculty for more information on current projects and contact professors directly to see if a position is available. While study abroad advising and departmental advising is available to assist, students must secure lab placement on their own by directly contacting the professor whose lab they wish to work with. We recommend a phone or Skype conversation with the supervisor/PI to ensure the arrangement is a good fit.
**As a prerequisite to attending this program, students wishing to take a lab in: the Biological Sciences must have completed BIOL 202 at UNC; or in Physics must have completed PHYS 118 at UNC; or in Chemistry must have completed CHEM 102 or higher at UNC.**
Courses in this program are Transfer Credit. Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
You must submit the Credit Request Form (insert hyperlink to Formstack) to earn any credit for your time abroad.
You must earn the equivalent of a C or higher to earn any credit.
These courses will transfer back to UNC as “TREQ” credits.
While in Singapore, students live in on-campus student housing at NUS University Town, which opened in 2011. At UTown, all students have single rooms with air conditioning. Approximately 2,400 undergraduates, 1,700 graduate students and 1,000 researchers work, live, and learn in this residential college cluster. The library, coffee shops, cafeterias, rec center, and more are just steps away. Students can also choose to live at Prince George’s Park residential complex, which is older and primarily for graduate students, but offers a variety of room types.
On campus, UNC students will also have access to the NUS library, computer system, and recreational centers, including the infinity pool. Frequent buses shuttle students around campus, and the MRT (rapid transit rail) connects NUS with the rest of Singapore. All parts of the island, including the airport, are easily accessible from NUS by public transportation, and Singapore is also an excellent hub from which to explore the rest of Asia!
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the exchange program is equal to UNC’s rate, based on NC residency status, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.