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  • Locations: Singapore, Singapore
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: UNC applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Advisor: Derek Shepard Minimum GPA: 2.5
Class eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Open to Non-UNC students: No
Housing options: Residence Hall Program type: Faculty-Led
Language prerequisite: No Language of instruction: English
Graduate courses available: No
Program Description:
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UNC Summer in Singapore

Special funding available for this program courtesy of the Townsend Family. Five $5,000 scholarships will be awarded on a merit and need basis. 

Join Dr. Peter Coclanis and fellow UNC students on this summer faculty-led experience in Singapore. The program is hosted at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and is designed as a hybrid experience in collaboration with their Faculty of Arts and Social Science summer program (FASSTrack). Students will spend 5 weeks on the NUS campus living and studying with local and international students from around the world in a truly metropolitan setting. 

Singapore is at the crossroads of multiple cultures and languages, and is an ideal destination for anyone interested in Asia. English is one of the four official languages, and the program/location does not require any prior knowledge of foreign languages. 


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.

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

This program is an unique hybrid experience that allows students to take a course for UNC graded credit with a UNC professor, and also allow students the freedom to choose an additional course from the FASSTrack catalog - for a total of 6 credits. Some courses include a 5 to 9 day travel component to another Southeast Asia country (with an additional expense). 

All students participating in this faculty-led program will take: 

ASIA/HIST 539: The Economic History of Southeast Asia (3 credits) - taught by Professor Peter Coclanis 

In addition, students will choose another course offered in the FASSTrack summer school. Please consult the website but course include "Changing Landscapes of Singapore," "Sociology of Deviance," "Health of the Poor in Asia," and "Korean Language I." 

The FASSTrack course in this program isTransfer 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.
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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. 
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Program Costs

Special funding available for this program courtesy of the Townsend Family. Five $5,000 scholarships will be awarded on a merit and need basis. 

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 program are based on the cost of operating the program abroad and are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuation. Tuition and fees 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.

Additional NUS Program Options:
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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications