NUS is looking to resume exchanges in AY2021/22 Semester 2 (Spring 2022), but a risk still remains that exchange may be suspended due to the evolving COVID-19 situation worldwide. Students are strongly encouraged to refrain from making any non-refundable transactions until they have received their In-Principal Approval (IPA) letter for their Student’s Pass (Visa) as well as their Entry Approval (if applicable). Purchasing your airline tickets prior to receiving your Student’s Pass and Entry Approval is extremely risky as there is no guarantee that the Singapore government will accede to your applications for either immigration document.
Students can expect to receive their acceptance letter (offer letter) in mid-November 2021 for AY2021/22 Semester 2. Students should read the accompanying Registration Guide for Non-Graduating Students very carefully
to ensure they are aware of the various pre-arrival administrative tasks to complete.
Limited on-campus accommodation will be available at NUS and there is no guarantee that exchange students will be successful in on-campus housing applications. The supply of the on-campus accommodation is further reduced due to safe management measures deployed for COVID-19, closure of hostels due to on-going renovation and fewer NUS students going on overseas programmes. Students are strongly encouraged to consider off-campus options
and to explore off-campus options early (even as their on-campus housing applications are being processed) to be safe. For information on off-campus housing options, please refer here
. Read about the experience of past exchange students who stayed at off-campus accommodation here
On-campus housing applications are slated to begin in mid-November 2021. Details of the application process will be shared in the offer letter.
Yes, students may withdraw from the exchange programme at any time. Many of the quarantine (if applicable) and testing fees associated with travel to Singapore are payable in advance, therefore we encourage students who are considering a withdrawal or deferment to do so by mid-December 2021 to avoid any non-refundable quarantine or testing fees.
As the very first step for withdrawal, please inform your home university’s International or Study Abroad Office of your intention as soon as you have made the decision to withdraw.
Exchange in AY2022/23 Semester 1 corresponds to a new application cycle. Your home university will need to re-nominate you and if nominated, you will need to put in a new application for this exchange period. Please check with your home university’s International or Study Abroad Office to see what options are available to you.
Yes, a new exchange application will need to be submitted. NUS will share the updated application information and timeline with your home university.
Unfortunately, NUS is not planning to offer a virtual exchange option at this time.
Applying as a non-exchange / fee-paying student could be possible, but the application deadline for AY2021/22 Semester 2 (Spring 2022) has closed. You may want to consider applying for AY2022/23 Semester 1 (Fall 2022) instead.
Please note the uncertainties over border control measures, and the difficulties in obtaining a Student’s Pass (Visa), Entry Approval and on-campus housing are also applicable to non-exchange students.
Please check with your home university’s International or Study Abroad Office to explore what options are available to you; if you are interested in pursuing the non-exchange option in AY2022/23 Semester 1 (Fall 2022), please refer to this webpage
for more details.