The June to July 2021, NTU GEM Trailblazer Summer will be offered virtually.

* This experience may require live attendance at lectures, webinars and group work sessions, at a time decided by the partner organisation. No special considerations will be extended to any successful applicant if an approved experience coincides with the commencement of Semester Two studies at UQ. We strongly recommend you consider the time zone differences prior to application. More information may be found on the host university page.

The NTU GEM Trailblazer Summer opens up fascinating Asian cultural experiences and opportunities and at the same time equips you with key entrepreneurial skills for a venture into Asia. NTU offer multiple "tracks" for students to choose from: 

Track 1 - Language and Cultural Studies: An introduction to basic Chinese and Malay language skills, helping students discover the fascinating and intriguing lifestyles in Asia. (Courses are offered in 4-week periods)

Track 2 - Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Offered by the Nanyang Technopreneurship Centre (NTC), learn fundamental entrepreneurship competencies, business acumen and stamina to build and grow businesses. (Courses are offered in 2-week periods)

Track 3 - Creative Design and Media: Conducted by the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, this track consists of courses in creative writing, design and media. (Courses are offered in 4-week periods)

Track 4 - Success in the Globalised Marketplace: To compete in today’s marketplace, one has to possess many traits and skills from cultural intelligence to negotiation skills, strategic management and marketing communications. (Courses are offered between 4-6 weeks periods)

Track 5 - New Technologies, New World: Get tech-savvy with this track and dip into the world of 3D printing, bioprinting and their applications in the real world. (Courses are offered in 4-week periods)

Fields of study

  • Accounting
  • Analytics
  • Business
  • Chinese Language and Cultural Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Design
  • Engineering Technology
  • Finance
  • Information Technology
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Malay Language
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Media

More information regarding specific courses available can be found on the host university website and program brochure. 

Credit equivalent 

3 AUs = 2 UQ Units. Maximum of 2 UQ Units after successful completion of experience (pending UQ faculty approval). 

Students from the below faculties may be eligible to receive credit for this experience:

  • BEL
  • EAIT
  • HASS
  • Science

Eligibility and application

All applicants must meet the UQ short-term experience eligibility criteria and the NTU entry requirements. This program impacts on UQ semester 2 dates (except the Venturing into Entrepreneurship course), therefore, UQ students must meet the additional special conditions for programs that impact on teaching dates.

Students must apply to UQ by 24 March to be nominated to participate in this program. Students will receive application instructions via email after the 24 March deadline. 

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Students are not permitted to take 'physical format' courses. 

Program Dates: 

NTU offer courses of different lengths. You can check the start and end date of your chosen course via the program brochure

Track 1 - Language and Cultural Studies::  

  • 4-week courses: 5 July 2021 - 30 July 2021

Track 2 - Entrepreneurship and Innovation:

  • 2-week course (Venturing Into Entrepreneurship): 5 July 2021 - 16 July 2021

  • 2-week course (New Venture Financing): 19 July 2021 - 30 July 2021

Track 3 - Creative Design and Media:

  • 4-week courses: 5 July 2021 - 30 July 2021

Track 4 - Success in the Globalised Marketplace: 

  • 4-week courses: 5 July 2021 - 30 July 2021

  • 6-week courses: 21 June 2021 - 30 July 2021

Track 5 - New Technologies, New World:

  • 4-week courses: 5 July 2021 - 30 July 2021


Tuition and administrative fees will be approximately $2,100 - $3,200 AUD. More information regarding program fees can be found on the host university information sheet (page 29).


New Colombo Plan Virtual Mobility Grant

Eligible students are considered for one of several AUD$2,000 New Colombo Plan Virtual Mobility Grants for Nanyang Technological University GEM Trailblazer Summer. 

When you submit your application to the Internships and Global Experiences team, you are automatically considered. There is no additional application required. Applicants will need to submit supporting documentation (host acceptance, bank details) by the relevant deadline.  

This grant is not guaranteed even if all selection criteria are met. 

Short-term Experience Grant

Applicants may also be eligible for UQ-specific funding. Applicants will be notified by mid-May (for winter programs) or late-October (for summer programs) if they are eligible for grants and scholarships awarded by the Internships and Global Experiences Team. Please do not rely on this funding to support your experience.

Yong Khee - 2019

The amazing experience has enhanced my social skills in terms of communication and self-confidence. Learning to adapt to a new environment has improved my critical thinking and problem solving skills too.

Read more of Yong Khee's story here








Xinyue - 2018

In the programme, I made a lot of friends in the same classes and NTU's activities. It is really good to meet different people from different countries and backgrounds. The courses I chose made me pay more attention to details in life and discover the wonderful things by myself.

Read more of Xinyue's story here. 


Key Dates

Application Deadlines

UQ: 30 March 2021

Program Dates

See the 'Course information' tab for more information about program dates. 

Fast Facts

Type: Study
Mode: Study abroad
Location: Singapore (Virtual)
Credit: For-credit only
Cohort: Undergraduate

Global Experiences Information Sessions

Students are encouraged to register and attend an information session to receive more details on the short-term application process, eligibility criteria, funding etc.