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Disclosure during the Application Process

When you are completing your application forms for admission into NUS, you are encouraged to disclose any form of special needs/assistance that you might require upon admission.

Doing this does not in any way put you at a disadvantage during the admission process. The purpose of declaring your disability or special needs is in fact beneficial for you as the Disability Support Office will work with the relevant faculties to ensure that arrangements for your needs and requirements are looked into in.

It is also important that you let us know if you require on-campus accommodation as we will need to assess if our facilities and infrastructure can support your individual needs.


Pre-matriculation contact with DSO

At any time prior to matriculation, you are encouraged to contact the Disability Support Office to seek more information about the services and facilities that NUS provides for our students with special needs. 
If you would like to speak to or meet with us to discuss your specific needs in greater detail, please do email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Students on Exchange Programme

If you are a student with special needs exploring a student exchange programme at NUS, be sure to write in to find out the specific needs/services that you require are available before you apply for an exchange programme. Alternatively, you could seek the assistance of your International Relations Office or Disability Support Office, to write in to inquire on your behalf.




Transition from College/Polytechnic to NUS

Feeling lost or uncertain about how to navigate your student journey in NUS?
Life in NUS can be quite different from the learning institution that you came from.  Knowing what your options are and where to obtain the required support and services will help ease your transition blues

The information on this website will provide you with a good idea of what is available for students with special needs. However, it is important for you to take ownership of your learning journey.

Speak to us at the Disability Support Office so that we can help facilitate support for your learning needs. We are reachable via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone at +65 6516 8115.


Guided Orientation

For students with difficulties with mobility, maneuvering around a new environment can be a daunting and potentially hazardous task.

As the campus sits on a hilly terrain, wheelchair users may find it useful to be given a guided tour of wheelchair accessible routes within and around their respective faculties.

Depending on the degree of visual impairment, students will similarly benefit from having a buddy alongside them, to assist with mobility to and from classes, the canteens, libraries and other learning facilities.

If you already know someone who is able to help you, we are happy to hear that. However, if you would like to request for such assistance with movement around the campus, please contact the Disability Support Office as soon possible, preferably prior to the start of the school term, to facilitate timeliness of such arrangements.

On-Campus Accommodation

The Hostel Admission Services (HAS) of Office of Student Affairs (OSA) oversees the placement of NUS students to the various NUS student hostels. The HAS website provides a comprehensive step by step hostel admission guide for students who are planning to live in an NUS hostel for the first time.

However, if you have specific needs or requirements and do not know which hostel is able to meet your needs, please contact the Disability Support Office to inform us of your specific needs. Where necessary, a meet-up with the hostel admissions staff may be arranged to allow for a better understanding of your needs.

Visit their website for more information: http://www.nus.edu.sg/osa/has


Transportation

Internal shuttle Service

The Office of Campus Amenities runs an efficient Internal Shuttle Service bus system within and around campus.
The following link provides a detailed route map of all the internal shuttle bus services available: http://www.nus.edu.sg/oca/Transport-and-Parking/Getting-around-NUS.html

Some of the bus services are wheelchair accessible. 
However, students may experience difficulty in boarding the buses during busy peak hours in the day.

If you are a wheelchair user or a student with visual impairment, please do not hesitate to ask a peer or anyone around you to allow you to board the bus first. If necessary, your peer could alert others who may be unaware of your needs, to help you board and alight from the bus.

Van service @ OCA

The Office of Campus Amenities also provides transport services for mobility impaired students with documented temporary or permanent disabilities. If you require this service, please approach Disability Support Office or your Faculties and Schools. This complimentary service is strictly for transport to and from classes and is subjected to vehicle availability. Trips for personal errands will not be accommodated.

Internship opportunities

SG Enable

The Disability Support Office works closely with SG Enable, our external partner, to bring opportunities and services closer to our students with special needs.

The call for application is usually announced via email in February/March, every year. This applies for Internship during the May-July university vacation period. Updates will also be available via the DSO website so be sure to check back on it.

Centre for Future-ready Graduates (CFG)

CFG runs a Job Portal called NUS TalentConnect that links you to an array of job opportunities as well as internships and part-time positions across industries. You can also set alerts to be notified of jobs that matches your preference.

You are encouraged to deposit a resume with CFG by emailing it to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
Alternatively, simply log in to TalentConnect using your NUSNET ID to begin your discovery.


Scholarship/Bursaries Opportunities

Together with our external partners from various organisations, DSO brings about opportunities for deserving undergraduates with special needs. Here are some of the available scholarships:

Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Scholarship for Persons with Disabilities

This is a multi-disciplinary scholarship that recognises excellent academic results of students with physical, hearing, visual or speech impairment.
Find out more here.

Microsoft YouthSpark Scholarship

The Microsoft YouthSpark Scholarship seeks to nurture and develop candidates who demonstrate excellent academic credentials, strong leadership potential, and a passion for creativity, higher learning and innovation.
Find out more here.

SPD Bursary Award

The SPD Bursary Award is offered to students from low-income families. Students must have a physical disability or have parent(s) with physical disabilities. The quantum of the grant provides up to $6,000 per year for university education. 
Find out more here.

Youth Aspiration Award

To encourage youths with disabilities to pursue their interests in visual or performing arts, sports or community service, SPD offers a grant of $5,000 to recipients of the SPD Youth Aspiration Award every year.
Find out more here.

Outstanding Deaf Student Award

The Outstanding Deaf Student Awards are conferred annually by The Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf) to recognize the achievements of Deaf* individuals in academic, vocational and technical education.
Find out more here.

* Deaf refers to people with different degrees of hearing loss.

Financial Support

SEN Fund

The Special Education Needs (SEN) Fund is set up by NUS to provide support to NUS Students with Special Needs (SSN) with physical, hearing or visual impairment. The Fund is meant to assist students in purchasing Assistive Technology (AT) devices that they may need in the course of their studies at NUS.

Eligibility Criteria:-

  • Applicant must be a Singapore Citizen.
  • Applicant must be a Full time student or has a confirmed place in the enrolment. Year 1 students will need to submit the letter of acceptance for enrolment in the new academic year.
  • Applicant must have declared his/her special education need  to the University and submit the statement of diagnosis and/or supporting documents of his/her condition endorsed by medical professionals

    Please click here for the application form.




Career Advisory & Employment

Centre for Future-ready Graduates (CFG)

Career Advisory

The Centre for Future-ready Graduates (CFG), formerly known as NUS Career Centre, has career advisors who offer personalized advice and guidance on how to achieve your career goals.  Find out more about the respective career advisors. (Click here)

Employment Opportunities

CFG runs a Job Portal called NUS TalentConnect that links you to an array of job opportunities as well as internships and part-time positions across industries. You can also set alerts to be notified of jobs that matches your preference.
You are encouraged to deposit a resume with CFG by emailing it to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Alternatively, simply log in to TalentConnect using your NUSNET ID to begin your discovery.


Serving Persons with Disabilities (SPD)

Employment Support Programme (ESP)

Through this programme, SPD helps people with physical disabilities as well as hearing and visual impairments secure open employment. In addition, they also provide job support service of up 6 months to ensure smooth transition into the job as well as working environment.

This service is extended to Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents at no charge. Eligible applicants will be interviewed for job matching and job placements.  Read more.




Career

As an alumnus of NUS, you are eligible to make use of NUS TalentConnect, a job portal run by the Centre for Future-ready Graduates to seek out employment opportunities that meets your interest and preference. 
If it is your first time using the portal after graduation, you will first need to register as an alumnus. Click here to begin.

Inspire

Want to contribute as an Alumni Mentor? If you are keen to share your success story on how you overcame difficulties that you met along the way, why not consider coming back to NUS for a short sharing session to inspire our students with special needs and give them some tips or two along the way? 

Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  to discuss how you can take on this meaningful endeavor.

Collaborate

If you have ideas and would like to propose initiatives and programmes for the benefits of our students, we welcome you to speak to us to discuss how we could work hand in hand.

 


Accommodations and Support Services @ a Glance

-       Lesson & Assessment Related
Extra time during assessments and examination

-       Separate assessment venue

-       Utilisation of laptop and specialized Assistive Technologies during assessments

-       Arrangement of special equipment and furniture for assessments

-       Enlarged print for assessment papers

-       Rest breaks

-       Softcopy of lesson materials

-       Softcopy of library resources

-       Peer Note takers/ External Note takers

-       Sign Language Interpretator

-       Short term Loan of laptop with assistive software

-       Loan of voice recorders (coming up soon!)


Transport and Accessibility

-       Van service for mobility on campus

-        Availability of chairlifts at selected venues:

> Hon Sui Sen Auditorium, Business Library, Computing 1, Arts Canteen -The Deck

-        Free access to carparks for parents of students with special needs (pick-off/drop-off)

-        Ramps and accessible toilets across campus


Advisory and Support Network

-        Welcome Reception for students every semester

-        Peer support via volunteers and NUS Enablers

-        Advice and support from DSO – walk in/appointment

-        Medical and Counselling services at University Health Service

-        Guided orientation around campus

-        Small group/one to one meet up sessions with DSO Student Care Manager


Funding and Opportunities

-        Special Educational Needs (SEN) Fund for Assistive Technologies

-        Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

-        Internship Opportunities

-        Networking and Employment Opportunities

Please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  if you would like to inquire further on any of the above.