While academic merit plays a key role in deciding the outcome of your application, we also consider exceptional achievements in co-curricular activities and competitions. You must have attained a very high level of achievement or leadership positions in activities. Examples of such achievements include International Science Olympiad medals, top national awards, national team sportsmen and exceptional rank in top university entrance examinations (e.g. IIT/AIEEE rankings, etc).
Participation in activities and achievements at intra school, house or class level (e.g. best student, most courteous, science/arts/cultural projects, etc) do not, usually, have a strong bearing on the outcome of your application.
Choice of courses
All applicants are allowed a maximum of 8 choices in your application.
Please list them according to your preference.
The order of the choices does not increase or decrease your chances in any of the courses. However, you should order your choices accordingly to your preference, as you will be admitted to the highest ranked course that you have qualified for.
The outcome of your application for admission will be released between May to July.
The decision on your application was made after careful consideration by the Admissions Selection Committee on the basis of your academic and non-academic records and the keen competition for limited vacancies.
An appeal for admission should be submitted only if you have additional information regarding your academic and non-academic achievements that was not presented in your earlier application.
You should submit an online appeal in late May or early June via Applicant Portal. Please do not submit multiple appeals to various departments in the University. Mass emailing to multiple parties within NUS outside the appeal protocol will result only in slowing down the appeal process. The NUS Office of Admissions makes the final decision on all appeals.
Verification of Documents
Successfully admitted applicants will be called upon for verification of their submitted documents when school terms starts.
When applicants arrive in Singapore for enrolment into NUS, they must bring along original copies of their identification, high school results, secondary school results and other material documents which they have earlier submitted in support of their application.
For applicants who are required to submit their C1 Advanced/Cambridge English: Advanced, IELTS, SAT and SAT Subject Tests and/or TOEFL scores, internet printout results of C1 Advanced/Cambridge English: Advanced, IELTS, SAT and SAT Subject Tests and/or TOEFL scores may first be sent to our office to support your application. Applicants are required to submit a copy of the original score report(s) to the Office of Admissions once it is available.
The University reserves the right to expel students who fail to turn up for the verification of documents or failing to provide the required documents.
English Language Requirement
The medium of instruction at NUS is English. To enable you to benefit from an NUS education, we expect you to have achieved a minimum level of English proficiency. For certain qualifications, you are also required to furnish additional English Language test scores.
Applicants may present any of the following to fulfil the English Language requirement:
||Minimum Acceptable Score
|C1 Advanced / Cambridge English: Advanced
||C6 (Examination taken in 2020 or earlier)
B1 (Examination taken from 2021 onwards)^
||6.5 overall with 6.5 in Reading and Writing components
||200 (for 2020 examination and before)
240 (for 2021 examination onwards)
PTE Academic Online
|62 overall with 62 in Reading and Writing components
- TOEFL iBT
- TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition
- TOEFL iBT Paper Edition
|TOEFL Essentials Test*
|TOEFL revised Paper-delivered Test
The validity of C1 Advanced / Cambridge English: Advanced, PTE Academic, TOEFL and / or IELTS scores is two years. Only scores obtained in the two years leading up to the application deadline will be considered.
The validity of MUET score is five years. Only scores issued in the five years leading up to the application deadline will be considered.
The NUS institution code for TOEFL is 0786. The score report must reach the Office of Admissions by your application closing date failing which your application will be deemed incomplete and will not be processed for admissions consideration.
# IELTS Indicator score is not accepted.
* NUS only accepts TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date, not MyBest scores.
^ Attained a minimum of B1 in EL1119 examination, which is graded based on CEFR Level.