Suspension of SEP in AY2021/22 Semester 1

18 May 2021 

The COVID-19 situation still remains very fluid, with epicentres of the pandemic shifting around the world, and new variants of the virus emerging with ever-greater frequency. Despite vaccinations being rolled out to varying degrees of success in many countries, it appears the road to pre-pandemic levels of international travel will be much longer than expected.

Out of an abundance of caution for students’ overall safety and well-being, the University has made the difficult decision to suspend ALL SEP for AY2021/22 Semester 1.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation 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 contact your Faculty SEP coordinators (see list of contacts further down this page). The Global Relations Office can also assist with your questions, and can be contacted via AskGRO.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am affected by this suspension. What are the alternative options available to me?

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.

I think some countries are “safe” or where COVID-19 is “under control”, why can’t I go there?

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.

Can I defer my exchange to AY2021/22 Semester 2?

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.

Is exchange to local universities in Singapore available?

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.

My SEP university is offering me the option of reading their modules online. Is this allowed?

Unfortunately, no. Mapping and credit transfer for such modules would not be permitted.

Why am I not allowed to read / map online modules offered by my SEP university?

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.

Can I enroll in online winter and summer programmes to earn credits?

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.

I have already incurred some expenses in preparation for SEP next semester. Can I claim for reimbursement from NUS?

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.

Will there be any changes to the assessment criteria for selection of students with regard to SEP for AY 2022/23, compared to AY 2021/22?

Faculties will adopt the same assessment criteria for selection of students for SEP in AY 2022/23.

In view of the unique circumstances we are facing, is it possible to go on SEP in my final semester before graduation?

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.

Your Faculty SEP Coordinators

Your Faculty and Department SEP Coordinators are there to help. Please contact them with regard to resolving specific academic issues (alternative modules/programmes/etc).

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

School of Business

Faculty of Engineering

For general enquiries:
NUS Engineering Exchange (SEP) Mailbox

For enquiries on study plans, please contact your Department coordinator:
Chen Li Hua, Melinda Loo (Biomedical Engineering)
Jasmin Lee (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Yap-Chong Wei Leng, Christina Lim, Sarimah (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
Marsita Sairan (Electrical & Computer Engineering)
Revathi Naidu D/O N Alagendran (Engineering Science Programme)
Dr Bok Shung Hwee, Steven Chiang (Industrial Systems Engineering & Mgmt)
Karen Ho (Materials Science & Engineering)
Lim Jue Yu, Sherlin (Mechanical Engineering)

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Science

School of Design and Environment

Ms Lee Si Min (Dean's Office)
Ms Ng Chin Ting Violet (Dean’s Office)
Ms Lyn Chua (Dept of Architecture)
Ms Avery Ong (Dept of Building)
Ms Susie Yeo (Dept of Industrial Design)
Ms Swamy Srividya Narayana (Dept of Real Estate)
Ms Zainab Binte Abdul Ghani (Dept of Real Estate)

School of Computing

University Scholars Programme