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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.
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.
The UNC-NUS Joint Degree Program is available in 7 majors. Please visit the Study Abroad website
for detailed degree requirement worksheets:
- Global Studies
- Political Science
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.
Please note that students may NOT double major on this program.
Courses in this program are Transfer Credit.
Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
Study Abroad Credit Transfer: Grade and Credit Conversion Chart
- 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.
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.
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Prior to submitting an application, students should schedule appointments with the following people:
- Director of Undergraduate Studies (or other designated contact person) in your department of major.
- Current Academic Advisor
- Adrienne Cromwell; Director of Advising in the Study Abroad Office
Given the complexities of the Joint Degree Program, it’s important you meet with all three people to ensure that you’re on track to complete all requirements of the program on time.
After these meetings, please follow these steps to apply for this program:
- 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.
- The Study Abroad Office will review applications and nominate qualified students to the host institution.
- 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.
- Applications must be submitted at least one semester prior to your planned study abroad term. However, unlike regular study abroad programs, you may also apply earlier. (For example, you may apply to the JDP as a second semester Freshman but not study at NUS until your Junior year.)
- You may apply anytime between your second semester Freshman year through second semester Junior year.
- Minimum GPA of 3.3 (3.4 for Biology majors) at the time of application
- Apply anytime between second semester Freshman year to second semester Junior year
- Spend 2-4 semesters at National University of Singapore
- Semesters do not have to be consecutive (with the exception of Economics majors)
- Minimum of 120 hours (123 hours for Biology majors) for graduation
- 60 hours in the major
- Up to 46 hours of general education requirements
- Electives or a minor
- Students will receive credit for courses according to each university’s system of assigning and classifying credit hours or modular credits (MCs).
- UNC students in the Joint Degree Program will be restricted to a single major but may be able to complete one minor
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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