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  • Locations: Singapore, Singapore
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
  • Host Program Website: Click to visit
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • App for Spring & Calendar Year open July 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1
Fact Sheet:
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Study Abroad Contact: Derek Shepard Program type: Exchange
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3.0 Class eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Language prerequisite: No Language of instruction: English
Graduate courses available: No Click here for a definition of this term Phillips Ambassadors Scholarship Eligible: Yes
Program Description:
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National University of Singapore (Computing)

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 exchange option is housed in the School of Computing at NUS and is intended for UNC undergraduates in the Department of Computer Science and the School of Information & Library Science. The NUS School of Computing has two departments: Computer Science and Information Systems. The Department of Computer Science offers three undergraduate programs: Computer Science, Information Systems, and Computational Biology. 


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

This exchange allows Carolina students to enroll directly into the School of Computing and choose their courses from among the full offering.

Please note that as of 2019, exchange students will likely NOT be able to take CS3244: Machine Learning and CS3243: Introduction to AI. 

Students will enroll in a full-time course load, taking at least half of their courses in their home faculty. Students may take the rest of their courses outside their home faculty if they choose to do so.

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.

Computer Science majors should visit UNC’s Computer Science study abroad page for examples of NUS courses that have been pre-approved for transfer to UNC.

Consult your Academic Advisor for more information about how courses fit into your academic plan). Please note that a 4-modular credit (MC) course at NUS is the equivalent of a three credit-hour course at UNC with the EXCEPTION of BIOL courses. Students will earn 4 UNC credit hours for BIOL approved courses only.

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.
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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.

On campus, UNC students will also have access to the NUS library, computer system, and recreational centers, including the infinity pool. Frequent busses 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.
All NUS Program Options:

Semester/Academic Year Programs
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 08/28/2019
10/04/2019 01/05/2020 05/10/2020
Calendar Year 2020 09/10/2019
10/04/2019 TBA TBA
Fall 2020 02/10/2020
02/29/2020 08/02/2020 12/06/2020

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