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Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Advisor: Adrienne Cromwell Program type: Exchange
Class eligibility (minimum): Sophomore
Minimum GPA:
3.3
Language of instruction: English Language prerequisite: Not applicable
Open to Non-UNC students: No
Phillips Ambassadors Scholarship Eligible:
Yes
Graduate exchange: No
Program Description:
Location| Courses & Credits| Housing| Program Costs| Application Process | More Information|

National University of Singapore (UNC-NUS Joint Degree)

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!

Be a part of this innovative new program in cooperation with one of the world's leading universities. Pursue a joint UNC-NUS undergraduate degree in Biology, Economics, English Literature, Geography, Global Studies, History, or Political Science. 

The joint program is believed to be a first at the undergraduate level outside of a professional school setting among UNC's U.S. peer campuses. Students will apply for the program after being admitted to either university. Eligible UNC undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences can take two to four semesters of classes at NUS and earn diplomas from both universities. NUS students can study in Chapel Hill and also receive a degree from both campuses. Please note that students may NOT double major on this program.


Location

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.
 

Courses & Credits

Please see http://studyabroad.unc.edu/nusjdp for detailed information. Please note that students may NOT double major on this program.
 
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Housing

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!
 
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Program Costs

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. 

Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad

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Application Process

Follow these steps to apply for this program:
  1. Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
  2. The Study Abroad Office will review applications and nominate qualified students to the host institution.
  3. Nominated students are required to complete an application for the host institution. Follow instructions provided by the Study Abroad Advisor and make note of all deadlines.
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More Information

For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access.
 
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Calendar Year 2018 08/28/2017 09/29/2017 TBA TBA
NOTE: Program dates are generally as follows: Calendar Year - Early January to Early December (*NOTE: Southern Hemisphere academic year is Spring through Fall of the same year)
Spring 2018 08/28/2017 09/29/2017 TBA TBA
NOTE: Program dates are generally as follows: Spring - Early January to Early May