Non-graduating Programme


We are glad that you are considering spending one semester/year/special term with us as a Non-Graduating (Exchange or Non-Exchange) student. Come and join students from leading universities all over the world for an enriching and rewarding experience at the National University of Singapore (NUS)!

Application and Admission to NUS Non-Graduating Programme

  1. General Criteria
  2. Programme of Study
  3. Academic Matters
  4. Fees
  5. Scholarships and Awards
  6. Application Procedures
  7. Registration
  8. Application Outcome
  9. Enquiries

General Criteria for Non-Graduating (Exchange/Non-Exchange) Students

You must be a current student registered at another University and have completed at least two semesters (one full year) of college/university level and must continue to assume this status throughout your intended duration of study at NUS under the non-graduating programme.

As English is the main language of instruction at the University (except for Asian/European studies where a good command of the respective Asian/European language is a pre-requisite), you must be proficient in the English language in order to benefit from your studies at NUS.

You are required to submit either the Test of English as a Foreign Language [TOEFL] or the International English Language Testing System [IELTS] result if you are:

  • from a non-English medium institution (non-exchange coursework applicants only)
  • applying to read modules from NUS Faculty of Law and from a non-English medium institution (exchange and non-exchange)

The following requirements must be met:

  1. Test of English as a Foreign Language [TOEFL] score of at least:
    1. 600 for the paper-based test; or
    2. 250 for the computer-based test; or
    3. 100 for the Internet-based test
  2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) result of at least 6.5; or
  3. any other qualifications as determined by the respective faculties/schools in NUS.

These candidates may also be subject to a telephone interview.

To come here as an Exchange student, you must be currently enrolled at one of our exchange partner universities and be nominated by your home university. Please contact the relevant office at your university which is responsible for student exchange programmes, or our Global Relations Office, to determine your eligibility.

If your home university does not have a formal exchange agreement with NUS or if you have not been selected by your home university to study abroad under an exchange agreement, you may apply as a fee paying Non-Exchange student. Non-Exchange students follow the same programme of study as incoming exchange students, except that they do not enjoy tuition fee waiver.

Programme of Study

Non-Graduating students studying at NUS may pursue the following:

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

Academic Matters

  1. Workload Requirements

    Based on the full-time NUS undergraduate student's average workload, a full-time Non-Graduating student should read not more than 20 MCs worth of modules (approximately 5 modules) per regular semester, regardless of whether modules are set to audit or examinable. A workload of 20MC would typically require a student to spend an average of 50 hours of study per week over 13 weeks of classes.

    Non-graduating international students are required to read a minimum workload of 12 MCs (approximately 3 modules) or pursue full-time research during regular semester. They are responsible for ensuring that the modules registered would fulfil the graduation requirements at the home university. This minimum workload is also a requirement to qualify for a Student's Pass issued by the Immigration Checkpoints Authority (ICA).

  2. Module Selection & Enrolment

    As part of your application, you will be asked to indicate the modules that you would like to be enrolled in at NUS from a list of available modules on offer. Please ensure that the modules selected (a minimum of 3 modules with at least 3 additional modules as reserves) are offered during the semester for which you have applied. Exchange students admitted under some Faculty/Department specific programmes may have to meet additional requirements. Please check with your Home Faculty/Department before you proceed to select your modules.

    If you intend to apply to read language module(s) offered by the Centre of Language Studies (CLS) (i.e. modules with prefix ‘LA' e.g. LAC/LAM/LAF/LAG, etc), you are required to provide a certification letter from your Home University to declare your level of proficiency in the language(s). Please note that you may be required to sit for placement test(s) as approval to read the language module(s) at the appropriate level shall be subject to test result and available vacancy. For placement test schedules and other relevant information, please refer to the CLS website.

    Approval of modules selected would be required from the relevant academic departments. Please note that while we will do our best to assist you with your module selection, we are unable to guarantee your enrolment in the modules selected as they are subject to fulfillment of the prescribed pre-requisites, availability and timetabling factors.

  3. Module Restrictions

    Due to demand and space constraints, please refer here for the list of modules that have limited or restricted access for Non-Graduating students.

    Modules from the following Faculty/Department/Centre CANNOT be done on an audit** basis:

    • Building
    • Business
    • Computing
    • Law
    • Industrial and System Engineering
    • Industrial Design
    • Public Health
    • Real Estate
    • Centre for English Language Communication
    • Centre for Language Studies
    • University Scholars Programme
    • English Language (EL) modules from Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (namely EL3254)
    • Life Sciences modules from Faculty of Science
    • Theatre Studies (TS) modules from Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (namely TS1101E/GEM1003, TS2233, TS2237, TS2240, TS3238)
    • UROPS modules from Faculty of Science (subject to approval from the respective department offering the module)

    ** Candidates who are admitted on an audit basis will only attend lectures and will not be permitted to sit for examinations. Participation in other practical components (e.g. tutorials, laboratory work, fieldwork) will be at the discretion of the respective faculty/department.

  4. Class & Examination Timetables

    It is important that you check the class and examination timetables of all the modules you intend to take to ensure there are no clashes. The timetable builder can be located here and timetable for each academic year will be available on the first Monday in July annually. If the timetable for the upcoming semester is not available at the time of your application, you may view the previous academic year's timetables as a benchmark.

    Please note that in the event of any schedule clashes for any of your modules selected, we will not be able to accommodate in any way and you will have to drop one of the modules with timetable clashes.

  5. Changing of Modules

    You may make changes to your choice of modules after completing Registration Part One and during the stipulated module add and drop periods. For the general time schedule within which students must add or drop a module, please click here (refer to the information for graduate students).

    As the actual dates may vary each semester, students are advised to check the registration guide for the applicable deadlines in each semester.

  6. Transcript & Credit Transfer

    For Exchange students, two copies of your transcript (one of which is a complimentary copy for the student) will be sent directly to the relevant offices of your home university responsible for student exchange programmes, approximately two months after the completion of the semester (unless otherwise arranged with the partner university). You will have to make your own arrangements to collect your complimentary transcript from the relevant office(s) at your home university.

    For Non-Exchange students, a copy of your transcript will be sent directly to you at the mailing address as updated in our records, approximately two months after the completion of the semester.

    For additional copies of transcripts, students are required to submit an online request. Prevailing fees will apply.

    Transfer of credit is entirely at the discretion of your home university. Please check with your home university as to whether you will receive credit for your proposed modules to be taken at NUS.


If you are an Exchange student, your tuition fee is generally waived. However, you are still required to pay for the Miscellaneous Student Fees.

If you are a Non-Exchange student, you are required to pay tuition fees as well as the Miscellaneous Student Fees.

For modules in the following Faculties/Schools

Tuition fee per module
(per semester)

Arts & Social Sciences
Design and Environment (Building, Real Estate)


Business (except MBA)


Design and Environment (Industrial Design)
Science (except Pharmacy)


Design and Environment (Architecture)





Public Health (graduate modules only)






Public Policy


Science (Pharmacy)


For modules in the following Programmes/Residential Colleges/Teaching Units

Tuition fee per module
(per semester)

Centre for English Language Communication
Tembusu College


Master of Business Administration (MBA)


Research Project/Attachment

Research fee
(per semester or part thereof)

All nationalities


Miscellaneous Student Fees (MSFs) [MSF = SSF + HSF]

Amount (per semester)

Student Services Fee (SSF) (Non-Exchange)


Student Services Fee (SSF) (Exchange)


Health Service Fee (HSF)



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

Scholarships and Awards

Exchange students may refer to our Global Relations Office for information on the availability of scholarships/awards. For Non-exchange coursework students, the University currently does not provide any scholarships/awards. For Non-exchange research students, please check with the department, to which you wish to be attached, for availability of sponsorship, if any.

Application Procedures

  1. Exchange students must obtain formal approval from your home university (student exchange co ordinator) to attend NUS. Exchange applications will only be accepted on the basis of official nominations from a partner university.

  2. Students pursuing research need to obtain formal approval from a research supervisor at NUS before applying for admission to NUS. You will need to contact the relevant department at NUS to arrange for a willing supervisor. Alternatively, you may search through our Staff Research Directory System for a full listing of research interests of all academic and research staff members at NUS.

  3. Please read the general instructions before proceeding to apply online. For coursework applicants, you may wish to review the list of modules that will be offered in the coming semester(s) before you select your module choices in the application system. Please note that this list may be subject to change.

  4. Refer to the supporting document checklist applicable to the admission period that you are applying for and submit them well in advance of our application deadlines below. All documents have to be uploaded online at the end of the online application period. Additional supporting documents can be emailed to

  5. Only Non-Exchange applicants are required to post their hard copy application documents to NUS Registrar’s Office. The hard copy documents should reach NUS Registrar’s Office by the deadline stated below.


Submission deadline of Online Application (with Supporting Documents)

Submission deadline of hard copy Application Documents

NUS Semester 1
(August - December)

21 March to 15 April

1 May

NUS Semester 2
(January - May)

1 September to 1 October

15 October

If you are applying for research attachment only, please submit your application at least 3 months prior to the commencement of your research period at NUS (the above deadlines do not apply).

An email acknowledgement will be sent to you upon receipt of your application and supporting documents.

Note: All applications must be submitted through the online application system. Late applications and incomplete applications (including those submitted online but with no supporting documents) will not be processed.

Non-Exchange students: Completed application documents must be sent 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

CSC scholars: Please send your application documents to the above address and indicate ‘CSC application’ and your NUS supervisor’s name on your package, unless otherwise specified by your host department.


Applicants offered a place in the Non-Graduating programme are required to register physically at NUS.  Registration day is typically held one week before the semester commences, before Week 0 (for Semester 1) and before Week 1 (for Semester 2). Refer to the academic calendar here. An orientation briefing for International Students will also be held in the same period.

Please refer to the schedule below.


Orientation briefing for International Students 

Registration Day

NUS Semester 2
(January - May)

7 January 2020, 10.00am to 12.00pm
Lecture Theatres 27 & 28

9 January 2020, from 9.00am
UTown Auditorium 1, Town Plaza

Application Outcome

With the above application schedule, you will be notified of the outcome by mid-June (for those coming in August) or mid-November (for those coming in January).



Telephone: (65) 6516 1476