3    The Learning Experience

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The learning experience at Yale-NUS College is steep and carefully designed, to expose students to a range of core courses while preserving the flexibilities necessary to encourage independent exploration. The curriculum requires students to study both Western and Asian traditions in the humanities and social sciences, with equally strong and significant engagement with the natural sciences. The rigor of the curriculum encourages students to question relentlessly, think broadly, analyse problems judiciously, and most importantly evaluate the consequences.

Students’ classroom experiences are augmented by a wide range of co-curricular activities such as internships, study abroad opportunities and participation in student organisations. The compulsory residential life during their candidature further creates limitless opportunities to study, communicate and exercise.

Teaching takes place primarily in small, seminar-style classes, with a strong emphasis on intellectual engagement and interaction, hence fostering and encouraging the intellectual habits of curiosity, critical inquiry, and creative thinking in students.

The residential college system has proven an ideal context for liberal arts education at Yale and other leading universities in the United States. Residential colleges are living and learning communities that promote personal and intellectual growth while cultivating citizenship and leadership. The Yale-NUS College consists of three residential colleges.  Students will live in and become active members of one of these three residential colleges during their four years in Yale-NUS College. Headed by a Rector and Assistant Dean, each residential college has their own distinctive culture.

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