Peer Advising Programme

Incoming Exchange Students

Welcome to National University of Singapore (NUS) and Singapore!

Start getting used to the warmth, it is around 27 degrees Celsius [81 degrees Fahrenheit] every day in Singapore! We hope you are looking forward to an exciting semester or two at NUS and in Singapore!

The Peer Advising Leaders (PALs) are a team of six NUS students who have all recently returned from their own exchange at one of NUS’ many partner universities. The PALs have all been through the process of planning an exchange semester, from navigating the application processes, to working with academic advisors for module mapping (credit transfer), right down to the whole experience of living abroad and studying at a new institution! The PALs are here to help you ease into the life at NUS and in Singapore through a variety of events and activities throughout the semester! Hopefully these events will allow you to learn more about your new home for the next semester or two, as well as to meet NUS students and exchangers from around the world!

Welcome and Orientation

Your PALs kick off each semester with a huge Welcome Party for our incoming exchange students and returning NUS students. Drawing a crowd of more than 500 exchange students each semester, the Welcome Party provides an excellent opportunity for you to form friendships with peers from other universities and to meet NUS students!

Sports Event

Another popular event which takes place at the beginning of each semester is Row, Row, Row Your Dragon Boat. You can try your hand at dragon boating, and put your newly-found skills to the test in a dragon boat race along the Kallang River.

Travel Clinic and ‘Go Away’ Exchange Fair

Before the Recess Week (fall/spring break) of each semester, the PALs organise a line-up of student speakers from around the region for Explorasia! This session allows NUS international students to highlight useful information, helpful travel tips and notable sights in neighbouring countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia and many more. You will definitely find these tips useful when planning your travels.

Social Event

Towards the end of the semester, the PALs throw a Farewell Party for you to bid farewell to NUS and the many friends you have made throughout your exchange term at NUS. The event brings everyone back together again for one final soirée over food, music and student performances!

These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to PALs events. Please refer to our list of events for some of the other events you can expect to hear about and hopefully get involved in during your time at NUS. You can also find regular updates on our PALs’ Facebook page.


Please click on the following links for further information about the programme