1. If your academic plans allow for a SEP in AY2022/23, please enquire with your Faculty on the application timelines.
2. We are currently working with other universities in Singapore on local exchange opportunities for AY2021/22 Semester 2. You will be notified at a later date if such opportunities become available.
3. You may explore virtual international programmes and e-STEER opportunities in 2021.
4. You may consider summer programmes in 2022 if the situation permits.
The COVID-19 pandemic remains very fluid, with epicentres of the pandemic shifting around the world, and new variants of the virus emerging more frequently. Despite vaccinations being rolled out to varying degrees of success in many countries, it appears that the road to pre-pandemic levels of international travel will take longer than expected.
Out of an abundance of caution for students’ overall safety and well-being during their time abroad, and in view of the uncertainty surrounding students being able to secure student visas and navigate the ever-changing border-control measures and quarantine requirements of host countries, the University has made the difficult decision to suspend all outbound SEP.
The application cycle for SEP in AY2021/22 would have likely concluded for most faculties and SEP places fully allocated. You may check with your faculties for any available spots.
We are currently working with other universities in Singapore on local exchange opportunities in AY2021/22 Semester 2. You will be notified at a later date if such opportunities become available.
Unfortunately, no. Mapping and credit transfer for such modules would not be
The decision to disallow students from taking online courses offered by SEP universities was arrived at by Provost’s Office after consultation with Faculties.
Virtual Exchange does not yield the same benefits as in-person exchange, whereby a student gets to experience a different academic environment, culture, and the opportunity to forge international friendships through interpersonal interactions via shared activities. Time zone differences will also be a challenge that needs to be accommodated in taking live overseas classes online.
In general, similar to the decision on online courses offered by SEP universities, you will also not be allowed to take courses offered through online winter and summer programmes for credits. However, an exception has been made for online summer programmes 2021. Please refer to this set of FAQs
for more information.
Refunds should be sought from the relevant parties:
1. If it is an expense that the SEP university mandated, please seek a refund from that
university using the SEP cancellation email you received from your Faculty.
2. Other expenses such as airfare and accommodation deposits should not have been
committed so early, as emphasised in an earlier email regarding SEP application. If you have
incurred such expenses, please ask for a refund
from the service provider.
Faculties will adopt the same assessment criteria for selection of students for SEP in AY 2022/23.
Students are usually unable to participate in SEP during their final / graduating semester due to specific academic commitments that require them to be in NUS, e.g. FYP, Honours thesis, etc. Also, most SEP Partner Universities can only issue students a transcript 2 to 3 months after the final exams. If students are depending on the credit transfers to graduate, then they will have to delay their graduation. We would advise students who are considering SEP in their final semester to discuss this with their home Faculties.