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The International Relations Office (IRO) fosters international partnerships for transformative global opportunities and programmes.  As part of NUS’ commitment to global education, IRO offers the Student Exchange Programme (SEP) and other global opportunities such as international summer programmes (i-SP), international internships (i-Intern) and international research attachment programmes (i-RAP).  Embark on a journey to get exposed to the best of international community, cultures and practices beyond your boundaries.

Your overseas experience is an investment in your future and it requires careful planning, management and commitment. Underlining this importance, NUS believes that all students should have the opportunity to participate in our programmes, and has adopted a “needs blind” policy for student acceptance. This means that IRO will support you in identifying a suitable programme and funding for your overseas experience, subject to your meeting the programme’s criteria for participation, and flexibility for other considerations.


27 June 2016

Field research in Thai villages

Nine NUS students travelled to remote villages in northern Thailand to learn about issues of land rights, deforestation and discrimination, as part of the NUS’ Study Trips for Engagement and EnRichment (STEER) and an off-shoot of the USP Special Term module on Participatory Social Development in Southeast Asia.

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16 June 2016

Lessons from Central Europe

28 NUS Pharmacy undergraduates participated in a Study Trip for Engagement and EnRichment (STEER) from 28 May to 6 June 2016, and got an insight into the healthcare systems in Hungary and Austria.

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18 March 2016

PIE interviews IRO Director

IRO Director Associate Professor Anne Pakir talks to The PIE (Professionals in International Education) about NUS’ international student population and alliances within the ASEAN region.

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7 March 2016

The Straits Times news article on New educational offerings at NUS and Yale-NUS College

NUS students can now enjoy new overseas opportunities including i-Intern (International Internships) to Kazakhstan, Ghana, Uganda and Hungary as well as a new STEER (Study Trip for Engagement and EnRichment) to Costa Rica.

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29 February 2016

The Straits Times news article on Semester at Sea

NUS Life Science undergraduate Ms Jaslyn Ng spent three months on a “floating campus” during the summer of 2014. Operated by the non-profit Institute for Shipboard Education and sponsored through the University of Virginia, Jaslyn sailed and studied on a former cruise ship while touring 10 countries in Europe.

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IRO Spotlights

Information Session: Disney Cultural Exchange Program
Date: Tuesday, 4 October 2016
Time: 9.30 am to 10.30am
Venue: Central Library Theatrette 2
Guest Speaker: Ms Yvette Noethen, Disney International Programs

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Information Session: Intern with an NGO, overseas!
Date: Wednesday, 7 September 2016
Time: 10.30 am to 12.00 noon
Venue: Central Library Theatrette 2
Guest Speaker: Ms. Fiona Soh, Director (Resource Development and Communications), World Vision Singapore

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Fifth Annual IPSA-NUS Summer School for Social Science Research Methods
Date: 4 - 15 July 2016
Venue: National University of Singapore

Ranging from a wide variety of basic to advanced courses in quantitative, qualitative, and formal methods, the courses focus on both the theory and practice of social science research.

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