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  • Locations: Singapore, Singapore
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Host Program Website: Click to visit
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • App for Spring & Calendar Year open August 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Contact: Derek Shepard Program type: Exchange, Non-exchange
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5 Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Open to Non-UNC students: No Language prerequisite: No
Language of instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Phillips Ambassadors Scholarship Eligible: Yes
Summer Program Duration: 3-4 Weeks
Program Description:
Location| Courses & Credits| Housing| Program Costs| Application Process | More Information|

National University of Singapore (FASStrack Asia)

This program will be virtual for Summer 2021, please reach out to the Asia Advisor if you're interested in applying.

This program is typically eligible for the Phillips Ambassadors Scholarship; however, this is not the case for virtual summer 2021. 

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. The FASStrack: Asia summer school program offers a selection of courses from 5 different Asian Studies departments as well as courses from the Economics, Sociology, and Political Science departments. Some courses feature a 5 to 9 day field trip to another country in Southeast Asia to explore topics such as human trafficking, food commodities, and pop culture. The Centre for Language Studies offers language courses that will complement the field trips for a comprehensive learning experience and cultural immersion. 


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

The FASStrack: Asia summer school program is housed in the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Students can take courses in Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Malay Studies, South Asian Studies, and Southeast Asian Studies, as well as other non-Asian studies disciplines. Past students have had the opportunity to study Korean, Japanese, Mandarin, or Indonesian if they elect to do so.  

Students are required to take two courses during the FASSTrack program and will earn 6 UNC credits for this program. Please note that a 4-modular credit (MC) course at NUS is equal to a 3-credit course at UNC.

Modeled after the British system of education, NUS courses, which are called modules, typically require less daily homework but place greater emphasis on papers, projects, and exams. Students should expect the quality of instruction and academic rigor at NUS to be equal to that at Carolina.  

Courses in this program are Transfer Credit.
Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
  • You must submit the Credit Request Form 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.
Study Abroad Credit Transfer: Grade and Credit Conversion Chart


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. 

Program Costs

This program is eligible for the Phillips Ambassadors Scholarship
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

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.

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:
Semester/Academic Year Programs
Summer Programs

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

App for Spring & Calendar Year open August 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1