FAQs for Non-graduating Programmes

  1. Application & Admission Matters (General Information)
    1. What is the difference between Exchange and Non-Exchange students?
    2. What are the types of Non-Graduating programmes that NUS offers?
    3. Are there any restrictions on the modules which I can select?
    4. Is there any minimum or maximum number of modules which I can do per semester / each part of Special Term?
    5. What happens if there is a clash in either the class or examination timetable of my selected modules?
    6. Can I change the modules after I have been accepted to read them at NUS?
    7. How do I apply for admission to the Non-Graduating Programme and when is the closing date?
    8. What happens if I submit an application after the deadline?
    9. How do I know if my hard copy application supporting documents have been well received by NUS?
    10. I am still an undergraduate. Do I still need to submit an original or certified true copy of my academic transcript?
    11. When will I be notified of the outcome of my application?
    12. What are the possible reason(s) for rejecting my selected module(s)?
    13. I am applying as a Non-Exchange student. Where should I mail my hard copy supporting documents to?
    14. Where can I find the list of modules offered for the semester / Special Term?
    15. Where can I find the description and pre-requisites information of each module?
    16. I am not sure how to fill up some of the fields in the online application form. Where can I get information on this?
    17. Do I have to submit TOEFL/IELTS?
    18. I have other questions which are not answered, who shall I contact?

  2. Registration Matters
    1. How do I register as a student after being offered admission to the Non-Graduating Programme?
    2. I have no access to the internet in my home country and so I cannot complete Registration (Part One) online. What shall I do?
    3. I have made my payment for Miscellaneous Student Fees (MSFs) online via the Student Information System, but the payment is “pending”. What should I do?
    4. Can I register at a later date if I cannot make it on any of the stipulated days for registration as stated in the Registration Guide?
    5. What if I cannot register within the first two weeks of the semester or in the first week of Special Term Part 1 or 2?
    6. Can I ask my friend to register on my behalf at the registration centre if I am not available?
    7. What should I do if I need to obtain an entry visa to enter Singapore?
    8. Do I need to activate my NUS Student Card?
    9. When should I arrive in Singapore and NUS?
    10. Where can I find more information to prepare for my exchange at NUS?

  3. General Academic Matters
    1. How can I add or drop modules?
    2. I have just added/dropped my module. Why are records in Student Information System not reflecting the changes that I have made?
    3. Can I still audit my module after the deadline for auditing modules online is over?
    4. I tried to drop a module that I set to audit online, but it doesn't work.
    5. What does auditing a module mean?
    6. I am purely doing research. During the Critical Data Verification Exercise, do I need to verify anything?
    7. Why do I have to participate in the Critical Data Verification Exercise?
    8. If my module does not have an examination component, what should the status be?
    9. What if I missed the deadline to verify my modules?

  4. Fee Matters
    1. Where can I check my student's bill?
    2. I am a Non-Exchange student. Will I be charged tuition fees for modules which I choose to audit?
    3. Do I have to pay tuition and Miscellaneous Student Fees?
    4. What happens if I don't pay my fees?
    5. I am a Non-Exchange student; will I be liable to pay fees for the modules which I have dropped with a Withdrawn (W) or Failed (F) grade during the 'Drop with Penalty' period?
    6. I have completed the Non-Graduating Programme and was informed that I have outstanding fees. I am unable to access to Student Center in Student Information System to make the payment. How do I pay for the outstanding fees?

  5. Application for Student's Pass
    1. How much do I have to pay to apply for a Student's Pass?
    2. How can I confirm if I need single or multiple-entry visa when holding a Student's Pass?
    3. When do I complete my Student's Pass formalities?
    4. Is a medical examination required for international students before coming to Singapore?
    5. Where is the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) building situated?
    6. What should I do if I have lost my Student's Pass?
    7. How do I make an e-appointment with Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA)?

F. On-campus Accommodation Matters
  1. I am an international student, and I need on-campus accommodation. How do I know if I am eligible to apply?
  2. What are the types of accommodation available?
  3. Does the hostel provide meals for its residences? What are the meal plan rates like?
  4. When and how do I apply for hostel?
  5. When will I be notified of the outcome of my hostel application?
  6. When is the official check-in date?
  7. I will be arriving Singapore before the official check-in date or during non-office hours.


A. Application & Admission Matters (General Information)

A01. What is the difference between Exchange and Non-Exchange students?

Coursework-based exchange students are nominated by one of NUS exchange partner universities to study at the University. Exchange students pay only Miscellaneous Student Fees.

Non-Exchange students are not selected by their home university to study at the University or whose home university does not have a formal student exchange agreement with NUS to enable them to come as an exchange student. Non-exchange students have to pay tuition fee (on per module per semester basis) as well as Miscellaneous Student Fees. For information on fees, please visit this website.

A02. What are the types of Non-Graduating programmes that NUS offers?

Students in the Non-Graduating programme may pursue the following:

  • Coursework (Undergraduate/Graduate Level)
  • Research (Undergraduate/Graduate Level)
  • Combination of coursework and research

A03. Are there any restrictions on the modules which I can select?

Yes. For August and January intakes, please click here. For Special Term intakes, please click here.

A04. Is there any minimum or maximum number of modules which I can do per semester / each part of Special Term?

Generally, students can do up to a maximum of 20MCs worth of modules (approximately 5 modules) per regular semester, regardless of whether modules are set to audit or examinable. Non-graduating international students are required to read a minimum workload of 12 MCs (approximately 3 modules) or pursue a full-time research during regular semester in order to qualify as a full-time student and be issued with a Student's Pass.

Students in the Special Term are advised to take no more than two modules per part of the Special Term.

A05. What happens if there is a clash in either the class or examination timetable of my selected modules?

In such event, you will have to forgo one of the clashed modules; i.e. you can drop one of the modules or change it to audit.

A06. Can I change the modules after I have been accepted to read them at NUS?

Yes - For August and January intakes, you can make changes to the modules which have been offered to you during the Module “Add/Drop” period. You are required to check your Registration Guide for the stipulated deadlines.

Students in the Special Term should use the Academic Profile Updates (APU) form to add or drop modules.

A07. How do I apply for admission to the Non-Graduating Programme and when is the closing date?

You have to apply online and mail/post all relevant hard copy supporting documents by the stipulated deadlines as per information in our website:

Intake

Submission deadline of Online Application

Submission deadline of Hard Copy Supporting Documents

(applicable for Non-Exchange students only)

NUS Semester 1
(August - December)

28 March to 22 April

1 May

NUS Semester 2
(January - May)

1 September to

1 October

15 October

NUS Special Terms
(Part 1: May - June) (Part 2: June – Aug)

1 February to 1 March
15 March

A08. What happens if I submit an application after the deadline?

Any applications submitted after the stipulated deadlines will not be processed.

A09. How do I know if my hard copy application supporting documents have been well received by NUS?

An acknowledgement email will be sent to you upon receipt of your hard copy application supporting documents. Incomplete applications (including those submitted online with or without soft copy supporting documents uploaded) will not be processed.

A10. I am still an undergraduate. Do I still need to submit an original or certified true copy of my academic transcript?

Yes, you are required to submit your undergraduate academic transcript (leading to either a Bachelor/Master's Degree) which is issued by your Home University (with English translation, if applicable). Please also take note that only original academic transcripts of all degree programmes you have completed or are currently pursuing are accepted. The transcript should be endorsed with the university's seal and official signatory and include a grade legend.

A11. When will I be notified of the outcome of my application?

You will be notified of the outcome of your application via email by the below dates. Alternatively, you can check the outcome via the application portal.

Intake

Application Outcome

August

Mid-June

January

Mid-November

May / June

3rd week of April

A12. What are the possible reason(s) for rejecting my selected module(s)?

There are various reasons as to why a particular module is rejected by the respective department. It could be because:

  • Modules are oversubscribed (no more vacancy)
  • Modules are not offered this semester
  • Students have not met the required pre-requisites
  • Modules are not open to Non-Graduating students
  • Priority is to full-time NUS undergraduates or mainly NUS students who are graduating

A13. I am applying as a Non-Exchange student. Where should I mail my hard copy supporting documents to?

Non-Exchange students are required to refer to the supporting document checklist here. All completed hard copy supporting documents must be mailed to:

Registrar's Office (Non-Graduating Programme)
National University of Singapore
University Hall, Lee Kong Chian Wing
UHL #04-01, 21 Lower Kent Ridge Road
Singapore 119077

A14. Where can I find the list of modules offered for the semester / Special Term?

For August and January intakes, you can refer to the list of available modules which are offered to Non-Graduating students here.

For May and June intakes, you can refer to the list of available modules offered to Non-Graduating students here.

Please refer to A03 for modules restrictions for the respective intakes.

A15. Where can I find the description and pre-requisites information of each module?

You can find a short description and pre-requisites information of each module in our online NUS Bulletin. You may also try searching the Integrated Virtual Learning Environment (IVLE) here for any detailed course syllabus.

A16. I am not sure how to fill up some of the fields in the online application form. Where can I get information on this?

You can refer to the General Instruction on how to apply online

A17. Do I have to submit TOEFL/IELTS?

TOEFL/IELTS scores are required only for those non-exchange applicants who are from non-English medium institution. Students (exchange or non-exchange) who are from non-English medium institution and are applying to read Law modules in NUS are also required to submit the TOEFL/IELTS scores.

A18. I have other questions which are not answered here, who shall I contact?

The NUS International Relations Office has a self-help online portal here. Alternatively, you can email nghelp@nus.edu.sg.


B. Registration Matters

B01. How do I register as a student after being offered admission to the Non-Graduating Programme?

Firstly, you need to complete the online Registration (Part One). After doing so, you will have to come to the Registration Centre on one of the dates as stipulated in the Registration Guide for Non-Graduating Students to complete your registration formalities.

B02. I have no access to the internet in my home country and so I cannot complete Registration (Part One) online. What shall I do?

For students in the August and January intakes, there will be computer terminals at the Registration Centre for you to complete your online Registration (Part One) if you come on the scheduled registration date in NUS. However, do note that you may experience a long waiting time at the Registration Centre.

For students in the May/June intakes, there will be no computer terminals. You can complete your online Registration (Part One) once you can connect to NUS Wireless Network. Please refer to the online guides here for connecting to the NUS Wireless Network.

B03. I have made my payment for Miscellaneous Student Fees (MSFs) online via the Student Information System, but the payment is pending. What should I do?

If you were not prompted for your credit card information in a pop-up page, you would have to try to make the payment again. Turn off your internet browser's pop-up blocker and allow pop-ups, where applicable, before trying to make payment again.

B04. Can I register at a later date if I cannot make it on any of the stipulated days for registration as stated in the Registration Guide?

For August and January intakes, all students are required to register on the stipulated date.

For May and June intakes, you are required to register in the first week of Special Term Part 1 and 2 respectively or as indicated in your offer letter (for students in a summer programme only). Please refer to the Academic Calendar for the exact date.

Registrar’s Office would only provide special arrangement for students who are unable to register on the stipulated date due to valid reasons. You must email nghelp@nus.edu.sg at least 2 weeks prior the registration date with the following details:

  • Your full name
  • Application number
  • Arrival date in Singapore
  • Valid reason for your absence on the official registration date

B05. What if I cannot register within the first two weeks of the semester or in the first week of Special Term Part 1 or 2?

You will need to inform Registrar's Office by email to nghelp@nus.edu.sg. Students are encouraged to defer and re-apply for the next semester if they are not able to come for registration by the end of Instructional Week 2. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for the exact dates.

B06. Can I ask my friend to register on my behalf at the registration centre if I am not available?

No, you will have to register in person. If you are not able to come on any of the registration days, please email to nghelp@nus.edu.sg to arrange for an alternative registration date. Please refer to B03.

B07. What should I do if I need to obtain an entry visa to enter Singapore?

The University will apply for the entry visa and an “In-Principle Approval” (IPA) letter for all international students on their behalf through the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority's (ICA) Student's Pass Online Application and Registration (SOLAR) system.

For international students who require entry visa to Singapore, the University will email you the IPA letter after your application has been approved by ICA. Your IPA letter will serve as a single-trip entry visa upon arrival in Singapore.

For International students who do not require entry visa to Singapore, you will receive your stamped IPA letter during registration day.

You may check Singapore's Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website on your visa requirements.

B08. Do I need to activate my NUS Student Card?

Students will be given their NUS Student Card during registration day upon submission of required applicable documents (please refer to the respective - Registration Guide for details). Students are required to self-activate their Student Card before they can use NUS facilities and systems. Information for self-activation will be provided during registration day.

B09. When should I arrive in Singapore and NUS?

Students are encouraged to arrive in Singapore by end July (for August intake), by first week of January (for January intake), early May (for May intake) and mid-June (for June intake) to complete their registration formalities in person at the Registration Centre according to the registration schedules. Please refer to the respective Registration Guide for Non-Graduating Students for more information. The exact dates of the regular semester and Special Term can be found in the Academic Calendar.

B10. Where can I find more information to prepare for my exchange at NUS?

Coursework-based exchange students can find more information published by the NUS International Relations Office (IRO) here. The Incoming Exchange Student Guide and NUS Information Sheet are published at the same website. All exchange students are encouraged to learn more about exchange at NUS via these resources.


C. General Academic Matters

C01. How can I add or drop modules?

You can add modules during the official “Add/Drop” period in the regular semester via the following links:

Students in the Special Term should use the Academic Profile Updates (APU) form to add or drop modules.

C02. I have just added/dropped my module. Why are records in Student Information System not reflecting the changes that I have made?

The system usually takes about half to 1 day to reflect the modules you have added/dropped.

C03. Can I still audit my module after the deadline for auditing modules online is over?

For the regular semester, once the deadline to audit modules via the NG Module Registration (MoRe) System is over, you will not be allowed to change any of your modules from examinable to audit.

C04. I tried to drop a module that I set to audit online, but it doesn't work.

Audited modules cannot be dropped via the NG Module Registration (MoRe) System. You will have to use the Academic Profile Updates (APU) Form instead and get the necessary endorsement from the respective department.

C05. What does auditing a module mean?

Auditing a module means:

  • You are not completing any assignments/tests and sitting for the final examination for that module
  • There will be no seat allocated to you during the final examination
  • You will not get a letter grade shown for the module in your transcript. An ‘AUD’ grade will be shown instead, indicating that you have audited the module.
  • Please note that auditing a module is not the same as setting your module to Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grades. Such grades are not applicable for NG students.

C06. I am purely doing research. During the Critical Data Verification Exercise, do I need to verify anything?

No action is required of you during the Critical Data Verification Exercise.

C07. Why do I have to participate in the Critical Data Verification Exercise?

The purpose of the verification exercise is to ensure that all critical personal and academic-related data are correct in order for NUS to provide effective and efficient services.

C08. If my module does not have an examination component, what should the status be?

For modules with no examination component, you should leave the status as examinable. An examinable status means you will receive a letter grade for your module in your transcript.

C09. What if I missed the deadline to verify my modules?

If you had missed the deadline to verify your modules, then the modules in your student records will remain status quo in the system and seats will automatically be allocated to you for your examinable modules (where applicable).


D. Fee Matters

D01. Where can I check my student's bill?

You can check your student's bill and make payment for it via Student Center in Student Information System.

D02. I am a Non-Exchange student. Will I be charged tuition fees for modules which I choose to audit?

Yes, all audited modules are charged tuition fees. Details of per module fees can be found here.

D03. Do I have to pay tuition and Miscellaneous Student Fees?

If you are an Exchange student, your tuition fee will be waived. However, you must pay for the Student Services Fee as well as the Health Service Fee.

If you are a Non-Exchange student, you will have to pay tuition fees and Miscellaneous Student Fees. Click here for fee information.

D04. What happens if I don't pay my fees?

A Negative Service Indicator (NSI) will be tagged against your student account as a “Hold”. You will not be able to access your online examination results and your NUS transcript will also be withheld. Students continuing their non-graduating studies in a subsequent semester will not be allowed to enrol in any modules and may have their candidature of study terminated.

D05. I am a Non-Exchange student; will I be liable to pay fees for the modules which I have dropped with a Withdrawn (W) or Failed (F) grade during the 'Drop with Penalty' period?

Yes, modules dropped during this period would result in a 'W' or 'F' grade reflected in your transcript and you will also be billed for these modules accordingly.

D06. I have completed the Non-Graduating Programme and was informed that I have outstanding fees. I am unable to access to Student Center in Student Information System to make the payment. How do I pay for the outstanding fees?

Students are unable to make payment for their outstanding fees via Student Information System as their accounts with NUS will be closed 1 month after the completion of the programme. Students will need to make the payment by using one of the modes of payment indicated at the following link: http://www.nus.edu.sg/finance/NoticeonPaymentofFees.html.


E. Application for Student's Pass

E01. How much do I have to pay to apply for a Student's Pass?

Please refer to the ‘Fees’ section at the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website. Alternatively, you can enquire with the immigration officer at the counter or via email at ICA_STP1@ica.gov.sg.

E02. How can I confirm if I need single or multiple-entry visa when holding a Student's Pass?

ICA will decide if you will need a single or multiple entry visas and this will be indicated in your In-Principle Approval (IPA) letter accordingly.

E03. When do I complete my Student's Pass formalities?

You will need to complete your Student's Pass formalities after Registration (Part Two). You are required to submit the stamped IPA letter with your medical* examination report to ICA.

Please note that the issuance of the Student's Pass is conditional upon the outcome of the required medical* examination.

* Please note that only international students whose application for the Student's Pass is 6 months and beyond are required to undergo and pass a medical examination.

For the list of documents to submit to ICA, please refer to the ICA website here.

E04. Is a medical examination required for international students before coming to Singapore?

All international students whose application for the Student’s Pass is 6 months and beyond will have to undergo a medical examination by a qualified medical practitioner either in Singapore or in their home country. Those who are found to have active Tuberculosis or HIV infection will not be granted the pass, and will have to return to their respective country at their own expense.

E05. Where is the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) building situated?

Immigration & Checkpoints Authority
ICA Building, 10 Kallang Road
(Next to Lavender MRT station)
Singapore 208718

E06. What should I do if I have lost my Student Pass?

International students who have lost their Student’s Passes are required to apply for a replacement at ICA within 7 days from the date of loss. Please refer to the ICA website here for the list of documents to be submitted and other instructions for replacement of loss of Student’s Pass card.

E07. How do I make an e-appointment with Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA)?

For students coming in August and January intakes, ICA will set up a booth at the Registration Centre in NUS during the scheduled dates for Offisite Enrolment to allow international students to submit the necessary documents for the completion of Student's Pass formalities. For collection of Student’s Pass, please refer to the information on issuance of Student’s Pass in Annex 1 of the Registration Guide.

For students who can only register after the scheduled period for registration and for students coming in May/June intakes, they must make an e-appointment via the ICA e-appointment website in order to complete the Student's Pass application formalities at ICA Building.


F. On-campus Accommodation Matters

F01. I am an international student, and I need on-campus accommodation.  How do I know if I am eligible to apply?

Undergraduate exchange students who are applying for a semester or full year exchange to NUS can indicate their interest for on-campus housing via the NG admission application system.

Students admitted in the Special Term are required to email the respective hostel directly to enquire for on-campus accommodation.

Graduate exchange students and non-exchange are not eligible for on-campus accommodation. Please refer to private housing options at the Office of Student Affairs website.

F02. What are the types of accommodation available?

NUS has various hostel options for your selection. You may refer to the Office of Student Affairs website for the options available for Non-Graduating students.

F03. Does the hostel provide meals for its residences? What are the meal plan rates like?

Students staying in the Halls of Residences, Colleges and Student Residences are required to subscribe to meal plans. For more information on meal plan rates, please visit the Office of Student Affairs website.

F04. When and how do I apply for hostel?

Instructions on how and when to apply for housing will be included in the Acceptance Letters students receive when admitted into the exchange programme at NUS in the regular semester. Students can also check if they have been offered on-campus housing via the NG admission application system.

Please note that placement into on-campus housing is not guaranteed. Due to the limited number of rooms available on campus, some students may receive Acceptance Letters advising them to search for private accommodation.  Private housing options are available at the Office of Student Affairs website.

If you have been offered on-campus housing, you are required to submit an online application via the UHMS Hostel Application portal during the stipulated periods. The step-by-step user guide is available at the Office of Student Affairs website.

Students admitted in the Special Term are required to email the respective hostel directly to enquire for on-campus accommodation.

F05. When will I be notified of the outcome of my hostel application?

Students admitted in the regular semester, may log into the UHMS system to check your application status on the result notification date. Please refer to the dates published at the Office of Student Affairs website.

Students admitted in the Special Term are required to email the respective hostel directly.

F06. When is the official check-in date?

Please refer to the information published at the Office of Student Affairs website.

F07. I will be arriving Singapore before the official check-in date or during non-office hours.

You are required to inform the respective hostel. Please refer to the instructions published at the Office of Student Affairs website.