Peer Advising Programme

**Important Update on COVID-19**

7 October 2020 - Latest - The COVID-19 pandemic continues to significantly impact the health and economies of communities around the globe. Currently, many countries are experiencing a resurgence in COVID-19 infections, and travel restrictions of various forms are still in place worldwide. After much deliberation and out of consideration for the health and safety of the NUS community, NUS President has made the difficult decision of a partial suspension of the Student Exchange Programme (SEP) for AY2020/21 Semester 2. Additional information is available at this webpage.

Welcome to the NUS Peer Advising Programme!

The Peer Advising Programme was established by the NUS Global Relations Office (GRO), together with Student Exchange Programme (SEP) participants, in an effort to enhance the SEP experience for incoming, outgoing and returning exchange students.


The Peer Advising Programme aims to facilitate the integration of incoming exchange students to NUS campus life through a variety of events and activities; as well as to ease the preparation process for NUS students who will be going for and returning from their own SEP. GRO, together with our Peer Advising Leaders (PALs), create platforms for incoming, outgoing and returning exchange students to interact, while also offering tailored services which cater to their specific needs.


Our community of Peer Advisors consists of NUS students who have recently returned from their SEP, and are passionate to share more about their experiences and to help their juniors with their own SEP journeys!




Incoming Exchange Students

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

Start getting used to the warmth, it is around 30 degrees Celsius 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 NUS students who have all recently returned from their own exchange at one of NUS’ many partner universities. The PALs have 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!


From Welcome Party and Buddy Programme to the ever-popular Dragon Boat  and Coffee Get Together, we have a slew of events to  help you settle down and get to learn more about your new home for the next semester or two. Join us in making new friends from NUS and other universities, trying out local delicacies, and exploring the numerous sights that Singapore and Asia have to offer!



Be sure to keep a look out for the sign-up emails to the activities in the first few weeks of the semester! Follow us on on our PALs’ Facebook page and our Instagram for more updates.


Outgoing Exchange Students

Are you excited about your upcoming semester abroad? Trust us when we say that it is going to be the best experience of your university life! We have been there before and want to help you by:


  • connecting you with our Peer Advisors who have been on exchange and understand what it is like to be in your shoes. All you need to do is to drop us an email telling us where you are heading to and we will find a helpful Peer Advisor for you.
  • organising SEP Drop-in Clinics and the annual Study Abraod Talks. At these events, you will get to meet Peer Advisors, Student Exchange Programme (SEP) managers, returning and incoming exchange students to ask any questions you might have about your upcoming exchange.

SEP Drop-in Clinics

The process of preparing for exchange can be daunting at times, but we are more than willing to give you a helping hand! The Peer Advisors conduct SEP Drop-in Clinics every semester for two to three weeks. During which, you can speak to peers and SEP managers who can give advice and help you plan for your exchange.


The schedule on SEP Drop-in Clinic will be shared on the PALs’ Facebook page.


If you are not able to attend the SEP Drop-in Clinic, you may download the Pre-Departure briefing slides which the SEP managers have prepared for you.

Study Abroad Talks

The Study Abroad Talks are held every semester for students who have applied or are considering to apply for SEP. Returning and incoming exchange students from our partner universities will talk about their home university and share useful materials with you. Please keep a lookout for the event updates on the PALs’ Facebook page.



Returning Exchange Students

Welcome Home!

We understand that being away for so long and getting back to your old life presents a unique set of challenges.


You need not forget your exchange experience just because it is over. The Peer Advising Programme is just as much for returning exchange students as it is for the incoming and outgoing exchange students. We can help you by:


  • connecting you with other returning exchange students who are facing the same re-integration challenges
  • organising re-entry briefings for returning exchange students
  • providing you with opportunities to help outgoing exchange students prepare for their Student Exchange Programme (SEP)
  • putting you in touch with incoming exchange students who are eager to make friends from National University of Singapore

Be a Peer Advisor and meet fellow returning exchange students! Besides being a part of the re-integration support group, you will also get to participate in our SEP activities. Look out for the emails asking you to join as a Peer Advisor!

Photo Competitions, Surveys and Information Sessions

Keen to share stories and photographs of your exchange experience? We would love to hear from you! We run photo competitions, conduct SEP surveys as well as invite returning exchange students to share their stories at Information Sessions and Pre-Departure Briefings  every semester. Take part in our photo competition and SEP survey and stand a chance to win attractive prizes! You will also receive a small token of appreciation when you share at our Pre-Departure Briefings and information sessions. Please look out for the emails from the SEP team at Global Relations Office and let’s stay in touch.


Become a Peer Advisor today!

As a Peer Advisor, you will meet students from all over the world and forge friendships which can last a lifetime. If you’re interested in sharing more about your exchange experiences or you want to help incoming exchange students adjust to life at National University of Singapore (NUS) and in Singapore, Peer Advising is the perfect activity for you!


Role of a Peer Advisor:

  • Become friends with incoming exchange students! Show them your favourite hangout spots in Singapore, introduce them to some of your favourite local dishes, and help make Singapore their second home for their exchange semester or two!
  • Help outgoing exchange students who have questions about Student Exchange Programme (SEP) by sharing your wisdom at events such as the Go Global Fair and Pre-Departure Briefings. Having been through all the process of planning your SEP, from navigating the application processes, to working with academic advisors for module mapping, right down to the whole experience of living abroad and studying at a new university; you will be surprised at all the advice you have for your outgoing exchange students. What better way to re-live your exchange experiences?

We know most of you are probably in your third or fourth year and it might be difficult to commit yourselves to all of the exciting Peer Advising activities. Fret not! This is supposed to be a fun programme and you can choose which activities you would like to help out.


So what are you waiting for? Become a Peer Advisor today! Look out for the emails asking you to join as a Peer Advisor or get in touch with our PALs at peeradvising@nus.edu.sg.


Contact Your Peer Advising Leaders (PALs)

They are the hardworking team who organises events to keep our exchange community in touch.

Enquiries:

Your PALs are happy to receive your questions, feedback and invitations to lunch anytime. Don’t hesitate to email us, LIKE our Facebook page and join with the community!

Email us at: peeradvising@nus.edu.sg