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The UW-Madison exchange program in Singapore allows students the opportunity to directly enroll in courses at the National University of Singapore, one of Asia's premier universities. This program is ideal for students from diverse academic backgrounds interested in taking courses in English in a dynamic and multiethnic campus environment.
Singapore is a part of the Asia Pacific, a vibrant and colorful region that is fast becoming a leader in the new millennium. Located at one of the crossroads of the world, Singapore's strategic position has helped it grow into a major center for trade, communications and tourism. Originally a British colony, Singapore is home to a diverse population of Chinese, Malays, Indians, and Eurasians, and others who have chosen to make Singapore their home. The country's four official languages include Malay, Mandarin, Tamil, and English, with English as the most common language of business and everyday life. Singapore's Asian influences along with its location in the heart of Southeast Asia make Singapore the perfect place to experience the various cultures of Asia while in an English-friendly environment.
Singapore is a part of the Asia Pacific, a vibrant and colorful region that is fast becoming a leader in the new millennium. Originally a British colony, Singapore's Asian influences-Malaysia, India and China-along with its location in the heart of Southeast Asia make Singapore the perfect place to experience the various cultures of Asia while also benefiting from the wide use of English.
Getting to Your Program
Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to Singapore but are given guidelines for arrival dates.
A student permit is required for U.S. citizens after arrival. U.S. citizens must have a U.S. passport valid for at least six months beyond the end of the program. NUS will provide you with student permit information.
Non-U.S. citizens should check with the Embassy of Singapore to determine any special regulations pertaining entry into Singapore at any time.
IAP expects you to be an active participant in preparing yourself for your study abroad experience. As a participant on an IAP program, you will receive a pre-departure orientation, either in-person or online. The type and format of this orientation will vary by program and will be provided to you upon acceptance to the program.
An on-site orientation will take place upon arrival for approximately one week
Students at the National University of Singapore may choose to stay in a residence hall or university housing (on or off campus). Rooms are single or double occupancy and furnished with the basic necessities such as beds, mattresses, wardrobes, study tables, book shelves and fans. On-campus accommodations are within walking distance to most campus faculties, libraries, sports facilities and administrative offices, and a free campus shuttle bus service plies the entire campus daily. Students in residence halls purchase a hall meal plan while those in university housing prepare meals in shared kitchen facilities or eat at campus and local restaurants.
Excursions and Activities
Upon arrival in Singapore, students participate in a week-long orientation session at the National University of Singapore to help adjust to life in Singapore and become familiar with the academic culture. In addition to orientation, the university's International Relations Office and Office of Student Affairs provide support to non-graduating (exchange) students during their study.
Students have access to campus sports facilities, as well as organized sports activities. Students can also enjoy the numerous activities and explore the different cultural areas that constitute the character of Singapore like the annual Singapore International Dragon Boat Festival or celebrating the Chinese New Year.
You will be enrolled in the UW System required health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees.
National University of Singapore International Relations Office staff
Use the links below to find out more information on academics, daily life and student impressions for this program.Program Handbook
(Fall - 2013-14)Program Handbook
(Year - 2013-14)Singapore Handbook
(Spring - 2013-14)NUS Online Exchange Student Guide
(Spring - 2013-14)
Returned Student Network
to contact a returned student.
Check out student profiles to learn more about their experience abroad.
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How to Apply
First complete the IAP Online Application. UW Exchange programs may require you to apply directly to the exchange partner either simultaneously during the IAP application process OR after you have received a preliminary admissions decision from IAP.
After you have completed the IAP Online Application, the following forms will become available to you through the application portal. Be sure to read the form instructions carefully for information on when to apply to the exchange partner.
Passport ID Page
Passport-Sized Photograph: 1
Unofficial Transcript - OPTIONAL - Additional File
Forms are subject to change. Complete the forms according to the checklist provided to you in the online application portal.
After the Deadline
IAP will review your application and make a preliminary admissions decision. You will be notified of the admissions decision via email. The exchange university will make the final admissions decision.
Founded in 1905, the National University of Singapore is the country's premier university and boasts a highly qualified international faculty. The university has high standards of teaching and research that have contributed to its high-ranking scores among the top universities of Asia. The National University of Singapore offers a comprehensive range of disciplines ranging from architecture to medicine to music, with a student body of over 32,000 from 88 countries contributing to a vibrant and thriving campus life.
Students on the program take courses with Singaporean and international students in a variety of fields at the National University of Singapore, including arts and social sciences, computer science, architecture, building and real estate, engineering, law and science. All courses, except those in foreign language departments, are taught in English.
Program Web Page(s)
Courses Offered to Exchange Students
Module Search (with descriptions)
Use the links below to see a list of courses that students have taken on this program before and the UW equivalents. Note: this list only includes pre-approved courses for your program and may not be an exhaustive list of courses or departments. You will get instructions on the course equivalent process after acceptance.
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