National University of Singapore


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The National University of Singapore was founded in 1905 as a modest college with 23 students. Today, Singapore’s flagship university spans three campuses and is widely seen as among the best universities in Asia and the world. It is ranked among the Top 25 universities worldwide.

Singapore is a dynamic city where you’ll find a harmonious blend of culture, cuisine, arts, and architecture.  

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Semester 2 January–May
Semester 2 Semester 1 August–December

View the NUS academic calendar.

Guides and additional information


NUS has multiple campuses open to exchange students:

  • Kent Ridge campus (main campus)
  • Bukit Timah campus (Faculty of Law, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and research institutes)
  • Outram campus (Duke-NUS Medical School)

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

4 modules (usually 4 modular credits each) per semester at NUS is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.0 to study at NUS.

Students must not have received any grades below 5.0 during their degree program study at UQ when applying for exchange to NUS.

Find courses

Please check out the list of courses available to undergraduate exchange students and Module Restrictions when selecting your NUS courses.

Brief module descriptions and Class & Exam timetables available in the NUS online portal.

For a detailed course syllabus, please visit the NUS school/faculty/department webpage. Detailed course info for Business modules may refer to here

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Study areas taught in English

Biological sciences
Biomedical science
Chemical engineering
Chemistry and biochemistry
Electrical engineering
English literature
Environmental studies
Food science
History and ancient history
Information technology
Materials engineering
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering
Regional and town planning

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.


Exchange students may apply for a place in the Halls of Residence, Student Residences or Colleges. The halls and colleges are catered, and residents are required to subscribe to the meal plan. Off-campus accommodation is also available to exchange students for a short-term stay. 

Cost of living

The cost of living while on exchange at NUS will vary depending on your choice of accommodation. The Global Relations Office provides a list of estimated expenses (see Incoming Exchangers – After Applying – Step 5: Costs of Living) you can expect to encounter while living in Singapore. 

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

All exchange students are obliged to subscribe to the university's medical insurance scheme

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

NUS provides Student Pass and visa information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.