16 November 2020 - Updated information for students from Asia or Australia
7 October 2020 - Webpage first published
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to significantly impact the health and economies of communities around the globe. We were hopeful that there would be a general recovery from the pandemic, and that a vaccine would be available soon. Unfortunately, these look likely to take longer than expected. Currently, many countries are experiencing a resurgence in COVID-19 infections, and travel restrictions of various forms are still in place worldwide.
After much deliberation and out of consideration for your health and safety, NUS has made the difficult decision of suspending student exchanges for AY2020/21 Semester 2 (Spring 2021) with partner universities in the destinations stated above.
We realise that you will be very disappointed in losing this particular opportunity to do your study abroad / exchange with us in Singapore. If your academic plans are able to accommodate study abroad in the near future, we would be happy to receive your application again for AY2021/22 Semester 1 (Fall 2021). Do consult your home university study abroad office about this possibility.
Some countries in the Asia-Pacific region are faring better with the COVID-19 situation. Nonetheless, stringent border control measures remain in-place. Unfortunately, at this point, border control measures are still in force between Singapore and most countries, except for China and Hong Kong. In view of the time needed to complete administrative processes and apply for a Student Pass (visa) for incoming exchange students, it has become apparent that NUS is unable to host students in Semester 2 of Academic Year 2020/21 (January to June 2021).
Nominated students from our partner universities in China and Hong Kong will be contacted with instructions to proceed with registration for their exchange at NUS in Semester 2.
Thank you for your understanding in accommodating these difficult and uncertain circumstances. The FAQs listed below will help answer some of the most pressing questions you may have. If you require any further assistance, do consult your home university study abroad office.