Special Term

Under the modular system, where students can progress at their own pace, the Special Term is mounted to cater to students who wish to graduate earlier. NUS welcomes those who have completed their full-time National Service and who have places reserved for them in NUS to register for studies earlier, if they wish, during the Special Terms.

The Special Term comprises two parts, each of which lasts six weeks:

  • Part 1 – May to June
  • Part 2 – June to July

1) Dates of Special Term, AY2015/16

  1. The dates for the Special Term are as follows:

Special Term


Part 1

9 May to 18 Jun 2016 (6 weeks)

Part 2

20 Jun to 30 Jul 2016 (6 Weeks)

Students may register for modules in either Part 1 or 2, or both

  1. For students in the Part-time Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) Programme, please visit the B.Tech Programme website for the B.Tech Academic Calendar.

2) Tuition Fees

  1. The information on tuition fees for full-time undergraduate students can be accessed here. (Please refer to the section on ‘Tuition' for the Special Term Fees)
  2. For Part-time B.Tech students, please refer to the B.Tech programme website.

3) Modules Available

The list of modules available in each Special Term is published in November to plan for Modules Registration.

Please refer to the NUS Timetable Builder System for the class and exam schedule.

4) Modules Registration

Students can register for the modules they would like to read through the Special Term Registration System (STRS) . Please refer to the user guide on registering the modules through STRS.

There will be two Modules Registration periods, one for each part of the Special Term. Students are required to register for the lecture and tutorial classes separately on different dates during each registration period (refer to the table below).



Part 1
(14 to 18 Mar 2016)

Part 2
(30 May to 3 Jun 2016)

Lecture Registration

Round 1 - 14 Mar (9 am) to 15 Mar (5 pm)

Round 2 - 16 Mar (9 am to 5 pm)

Round 1 - 30 May (9 am) to 31 May (5 pm)

Round 2 - 1 Jun (9 am to 5 pm)

Tutorial Registration

17 Mar - Balloting

18 Mar - Add/Drop/Swap

(Starts at 9 am and ends at 5 pm on each day)

2 Jun - Balloting

3 Jun - Add/Drop/Swap

(Starts at 9 am and ends at 5 pm on each day)


Appeal system is open from 5 pm, 18 Mar to 5 pm, 22 Mar

Appeal system is open from 5 pm, 3 Jun to 5 pm, 7 Jun

Outcome of Appeals

28 Mar

13 Jun

The schedule in a table version is available here.

The classes will be allocated through balloting. Students can access to the system to check the balloting results the day after the respective lecture and tutorial registration has ended.

Appeals for modules

Students who are not successful in the balloting can send in an appeal via STRS. Please note that all appeals submitted will only be processed after the end of the appeal period. On the day of the outcome of appeals, students can access to STRS and check whether the module(s) they have appealed for have been allocated to them.

5) Dropping of Module(s)

Students may choose to drop any modules for which they have earlier registered. Please note the penalty and fee policy applicable for dropping modules within the following timelines:


Fee Payment

Special Term
(Part 1)

Special Term
(Part 2)

Drop module (s) with no penalty

Fees not payable

16 Mar to
15 May 2016

1 Jun to
26 Jun 2016

Drop module(s) with “W” grade*

Fees payable

16 to
22 May 2016

27 Jun to
3 Jul 2016

Drop module(s) with “F” grade

Fees payable

From 23 May 2016

From 4 Jul 2016

*A “W” grade is a Withdrawal grade which will be reflected on a student's academic transcript but will not be factored into the Cumulative Average Point (CAP).

Students can access the STRS to drop the module(s). However, students are advised to seek academic advice from their respective home faculties before dropping any module.

Please note that modules dropped with ‘F' grade will not be eligible for the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) option.

6) Online Student Feedback Exercise

Students are encouraged to participate in the Online Student Feedback Exercise, which will be held during the following periods:


Special Term
(Part 1)

Special Term
(Part 2)

Online Student Feedback Exercise for Teaching Evaluation Purpose

10 to 16 Jun 2016

22 to 28 Jul 2016

Please click here to participate in the exercise. Please note that the online feedback application will be opened only one day before the exercise.

7) Examination Related Matters

Please refer to the “Important Deadlines on Examination-Related Matters” in the RO Examination Directory for the dates of examination, results release, declaration of Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) option,  submission of Special Consideration form and application for result review.  The Exam Venue and Seat Assignment will be available at the RO Examination Directory about 1 week before the start of the exams. For Exam Timetable/ Schedule, please refer to the NUS Timetable Builder System.

For Part-time B.Tech students, the B.Tech Office will inform students of the Special Term Examination Timetable/Schedule and date of results release via email once the information is confirmed nearer the time.

For information on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) option matters and/or to declare S/U option, please refer to the useful links in the RO Examination Directory.

8) Conditions

  1. Dropping of modules
    1. Students who register for Special Term modules which are being offered in Semester 2 of Academic Year 2015/2016 and subsequently pass these modules in the Semester 2 examinations will be automatically dropped from the class. Their names will be deleted from the list of students who are registered for these Special Term modules.
    2. Students who have to drop modules after Week 1 because they fail the pre-requisite modules in the Semester 2 examinations will not be granted a fee waiver.
    3. Students may drop modules for which they have earlier registered for during the first two weeks of each of the two Parts of the Special Term. Thereafter, students who do not complete the modules will be deemed to have sat for and failed the examinations.
    4. Fees will only be waived for students who drop their modules during the first week of Special Term Parts 1 and 2.
  2. Registering for examinations
    Students who register for the Special Term modules will be automatically registered for the examinations to be held in the last week of Special Term Parts 1 and 2.
  3. Filing/Not Filing for graduation
    1. Students who file for graduation in Semester 2 of Academic Year 2015/2016 but subsequently register for Special Term modules are required to go the Dean's Office of their respective Faculties to withdraw their file-for-graduation request for Semester 2 of Academic Year 2015/2016. Students are to check their respective faculties' websites for the dates to withdraw their request.
    2. Students who satisfy all graduation requirements and intend to graduate after completion of the Special Term modules will only be conferred, at the earliest, on 31 August and they will be eligible to attend the Commencement ceremony only in the following year.

9) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Please click here for the list of frequently asked questions.

10) Contact Information

For enquires relating to Faculty matters, including students in the part-time Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) programme, please contact the Faculty Administrators.

For general enquiries, please contact the RO STRS Helpdesk.
Hotline: 65165860
Operation Hours: 9:00am – 6:00pm (Mon to Thurs) and 9:00am – 5:30pm (Fri).  Closed on Public Holiday; Sat and Sun.
(Please note that the above hotline is used only during the Lecture and Tutorial registration period.)

Email to: ST-admin@nus.edu.sg