International Relations Office

Incoming Exchange Students

Welcome to the NUS International Relations Office site for undergraduate coursework-based exchange students!  We are delighted that you are considering NUS for your exchange and hope that you can find all of the information you need to make an informed decision to spend a semester or an academic year with us.


Why come to NUS on exchange?

Enjoy a First-Class Education

Enjoy quality education in a vibrant English-speaking university in the heart of Asia. English is widely spoken on campus, but you will also have a chance to learn Chinese, Malay, Tamil, French and countless other languages spoken by the diverse student population. 

NUS is consistently ranked in the top 30 universities around the world and among the top three universities in Asia by Times Higher Education World University Rankings and by QS World University Rankings.

Take advantage of attending a comprehensive university with seven main participating faculties offering courses from engineering to history and physics by taking courses outside your major, including Asian languages, cultures and history.

You can participate in on-campus sports and activities unique to Asia like dragon boating, cultural dance, tai chi, and table tennis, or participate in a wide variety of performance groups and other student clubs.

Check out our Student Testimonials to find out what other exchange students have gained from their exchange experience at NUS!

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Live in a Safe, Exciting and Multicultural City with 365 Days of ‘Summer’

Practice what you learned in your Chinese language course earlier that day with the aunties and uncles (terms of endearment and respect for those older than you in “Singlish”) over kopi and kaya toast at the neighborhood coffee shop, explore Singapore's bustling nightlife, catch a 3am meal of Indian, Chinese, and Malay (and many more!) cuisines at one of the legendary food centres, or do all three in the same day! 

Singapore is located one degree north of the equator which makes for a hot and sunny climate year-round, meaning you’ll never be stuck indoors and you can get a tan by the pool even in January. 

Singapore is your Gateway to Southeast Asia!

From Singapore, most regional destinations are only a few hours’ flight away. Within 4 hours of flying you can reach China, India, Australia or the Philippines, and in even less time you can reach the countries right at Singapore’s doorstep – Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong and Indonesia!  Even more importantly, you can travel to them easily and as cheaply or luxuriously as you want.  In fact, just taking the ferry to the many beautiful islands of Malaysia and Indonesia can make the perfect weekend trip.

During their semester or year at NUS many adventurous students travel to the ruins of Angkor Wat, to see the beauty of Ha Long Bay and to party under the full moon at Koh Phangan in Thailand. From Singapore, Asia is yours to discover.