Information for Returning National Servicemen (RNS) 

NUS will reserve a place for you if you are serving full-time National Service (NS) in Singapore. You will only enrol after the completion of your full-time NS obligation, or if you are granted disruption by MINDEF. 

If you have accepted a place in Medicine, you will be considered for Local Medical Disruption Scheme (LMDS) by MINDEF automatically. You do not need to submit a request to NUS for early enrolment.

You can contact the University with your full name, NRIC/FIN, course reserved and scheduled enrolment year on the following matters via AskAdmissions:

  • Relinquish place reserved.

Enrolment procedure

The University will send you a notification via email in November / December 2022 if you are due to enrol in the University in August 2023.  For more information, please refer to the Confirmation of Enrolment Exercise.

Application for early enrolment

If you wish to enrol before you complete your NS, you should complete and submit the RNS Early Enrolment Request Form to the University with the relevant documents confirming your disruption approved by MINDEF, SPF or SCDF. This will assist the University in reviewing your early enrolment request.

Application for a change in course

To understand the process for change of course, click here.

Some RNS may wish to apply for a change of course while serving full-time NS. You can submit a fresh admission application at based on the application window of the application group. You should only indicate the course(s) that you wish to be considered in your new application. 

Your reserved course will be automatically withdrawn if your new application is successful, regardless of your acceptance decision.

If you do not wish to accept the new course offer, it would be advisable for you to:

  • Submit an appeal during the appeal period to reinstate your previous reserved course. The success of your appeal will be at the discretion of the University, and
  • Accept the new offer, while waiting for the outcome of your appeal.

  • If you are unsuccessful in your new application, you will remain in the reserved course if you had accepted the reserved course earlier.


    Application for deferment of studies

    Places will only be reserved for applicants serving full-time National Service (NS) in Singapore as they are required to complete their NS liability before pursuing tertiary education.

    RNS with existing service obligations (such as employment/scholarship bond) should apply for admission only when these obligations are discharged and they are ready to commence classes in the University in the year of application for admission to NUS.

    If you are unable to enrol in August 2023, complete the RNS Deferment Request Form and return it with the relevant supporting documents to the University by the stipulated date on the form.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Click here for Frequently Asked Questions relevant to RNS.

    Special Term (ST) enrolment for RNS matriculating in 2023

    Internal Blended Learning Online Course (iBLOC) and Special Term modules are offered from January 2023 to cater to RNS who wish to have a head start in university education and more time to transit to academic life. Please visit the respective iBLOC and Special Term webpage for more information.