International Relations Office

Incoming Exchange Students

Before Applying

Before you apply to be an exchange student at NUS there are some important things you need to know. Please read and review all of the topics within this section before you apply.

Step 1: Check Eligibility

You can apply for fee-wavier coursework-based exchange at NUS, if you:

  • are nominated by the exchange coordinator from one of our SEP Exchange Partners. Contact your university's study abroad or international office for more information.
  • have completed at least two semesters of undergraduate studies and must continue to be registered as a degree-seeking students at your home university throughout your intended duration of exchange at NUS
  • are proficient in English in order to benefit from your studies at NUS. The medium of instruction at NUS is English (except for Asian or European studies, where a good command of the respective Asian or European language is a prerequisite). TOEFL or IELTS score is only required for students who are applying to take Law modules at NUS but are from non-English medium Universities.

If you are a student at a university that is not one of NUS' Partner Universities, you can apply as a "Non-Exchange" student on a fee-paying basis. Non-Exchange students can refer to NUS Registrar's Office Non-Graduating Programme for more information.

More information on the general criteria and language requirements for attending NUS as an exchange student is available on the NUS' Registrar's Office NUS Non-Graduating Programme page.



Step 2: Choose the relevant academic semester

The standard academic calendar consists of two main semesters and a special term:


  • Semester 1:        August - December
  • Semester 2:       January - May
  • Special Term:     May - July

Each semester normally includes 13 weeks of instruction and 2 weeks of examinations. As an exchange student you can attend NUS for one or two semesters or the special term but you must ensure that your modules are approved by your home university and fulfill the requirements of your degree programme at your home university.



Step 3: Understand the academic requirements and constraints at NUS

Academic matters for exchange students are handled by the NUS' Registrar's Office. Please see their Non-Graduating Programme page for complete information. There you can find information on:


Please note that as part of your online application you will be asked to request up to ten courses to take while on exchange at NUS.  As these are only requests and DO NOT guarantee you a place in the course, we recommend you use all ten slots to better your chances at getting the minimum number of courses (three or 12 Modular Credits) necessary to be enrolled at NUS on a Student Pass. 

Higher level undergraduate courses (e.g. module code starting from 4000 & above) have very limited supply and are usually NOT available to exchange students. In order to increase the chances of securing enough modules, incoming exchange students should consider taking modules with module code starting from 1000 to 3000.

Master level modules are open to students coming under master-level exchange agreement only.



Step 4: Save up for the exchange

Tuition Fees

If you are a nominated Exchange (NGE) student, your tuition fee is waived but you are required to pay for the Miscellaneous Student Fees.

Miscellaneous Student Fees (MSFs) for NGE students
Amount (per semester)*
Student Services Fee (SSF) (Exchange)
Health Service Fee (HSF)


  • All fees shown here are inclusive of prevailing GST.
  • Audited modules are charged as per table above.
  • Fees may be subject to revision from time to time.
  • Late payment charge of S$25 will be imposed for any outstanding fees after the respective payment due date.

Living Costs

Students are responsible for the cost of their accommodation, meals, books and any other miscellaneous expenses. Please see the other sections on accommodation and cost of living for more information.

Financial Awards for Incoming students

The NUS International Relations Office administers limited number of awards on behalf of the sponsors. As these external awards are limited in numbers, we regret that only successful applicants will be contacted by NUS. The list of financial awards available for incoming students can be found on this link.



Step 5: Research on accommodation options

On-campus Accommodation

As NUS is currently facing a housing shortage, non-graduating exchange students are not guaranteed NUS accommodation.

To be eligible for on-campus accommodation application, you must be accepted as a full-time undergraduate exchange student.

On your online application you will be asked if you would like to be considered for NUS on-campus accommodation. Only applicants who have selected “YES” for on-campus accommodation will be informed of their housing outcome in their letter of offer and provided with instructions.

For a range of the on-campus accommodation available at NUS, please see the Office of Student Affairs' Residential Services page.

Off-campus Accommodation

Some non-graduating exchange students might have to consider staying at off campus accommodation if on-campus accommodation is not available to them.

For more information on off-campus accommodation, please see Other Accommodation.



Step 6: Apply to NUS

Application Procedures

Once you have reviewed all of the requirements and procedures for studying on exchange at NUS and you have obtained formal approval from your home university's student exchange coordinator, you are welcome to apply online during the stipulated application period.

Submission deadline of Online Application
Submission deadline of Supporting Documents
NUS Semester 1
(August - December) &

Full year (August to May)

21 March to 15 April
1 May
NUS Semester 2
(January - May)

1 September to 1 October
15 October

The application process for exchange students is handled by the NUS' Registrar's Office.  Please see their Non-Graduating Programme page for complete information. There you can find information on:


All supporting documents have to be submitted using the same online application portal. If you wish to be considered for the semester which you have applied for exchange, please complete your online application before the deadlines!

We regret to inform that late or incomplete application will not be considered as we do not wish to delay the other applicants from receiving their offer letters on time.



Step 7: Read the supporting reference materials

We have prepared a list of materials for you to refer so that you can make an informed decision before applying to NUS. Please read them.


If you have questions at this stage, please email to AskIRO portal.