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Residential Colleges

Multi-disciplinary academic curriculum offered in a living-learning environment.

Expect a diverse range of academic courses taught in intimate settings, dynamic and informal out-of-classroom learning, and student interest groups. Elected student leadership roles are available via the College Students’ Committee (CSC) and in interest groups. Meal plans included.

Ridge View Residential College Programme

The Ridge View Residential College (RVRC) Programme offers students a distinct two-year living-learning experience to foster a community of growth and excellence.

The RVRC Programme models values of stewardship to the society and the environment enabled through robust inter-disciplinary education, active community engagement, and critical introspection. Learning is conducted in small groups to enhance student engagement with their Academic Advisors and their peers. This ensures that students have ample opportunities and support for individual growth during their residency at RVRC. 

Formal learning in the academic courses is complemented by carefully designed co-academic activities embedded in the RVRC Programme to make learning fun while becoming the catalyst for strategic learning outcomes beyond the classroom. Diverse industry engagement opportunities are offered to students throughout their residency, to further the college mission to hone future-oriented leaders.

For enquiries regarding admissions for current undergraduates, please contact the residential college at: 

University Town College Programme
College of Alice & Peter Tan
Residential College 4

Tembusu College

The University Town College Programme (UTCP) is a two-year residential programme offered at College of Alice & Peter Tan, Residential College 4, and Tembusu College. Designed as a more coherent delivery of general education, the UTCP emphasises interdisciplinary and active small-group learning. Students from different disciplines, cultures and nationalities are put together in each class, which helps them to assimilate and synthesise cross-disciplinary knowledge, facilitating multi-perspectival thinking.

Through its interdisciplinary curriculum, the UTCP will help students develop effective communications and strong writing skills, critical thinking skills, and intellectual breadth and rigour to tackle the complex, inter-related challenges confronting the world today. A host of informal learning activities, such as talks by distinguished visitors, as well as social and sporting activities, complements the formal curriculum.

Admissions to the UTCP is typically reserved for incoming freshmen. Current undergraduates interested in joining the programme may contact their RC of choice for more information.


Residential Colleges Financial Aid

NUS offers a suite of donated bursaries and scholarships that makes it possible for students who are admitted into Ridge View Residential College Programme (RVRCP) or University Town College Programme (UTCP) to fund the costs of staying in the residential colleges.

Donated Bursaries

Please click here for details about donated bursaries.

Donated Scholarships

Please click here for the list of donated scholarships.

The scholarship is valued at $10,000 annually and is bond-free.
Who Qualifies?
The applicant must be an incoming or current full-time undergraduate student of NUS in the Academic Year 2023/2024.

Tenable annually, the scholarships are awarded on the basis of students’ outstanding academic and non-academic performance, and fulfilment of the University’s prevailing guidelines for scholarship award.

Where non-academic performance is concerned, students are assessed on the basis of their interests and ability to contribute to residential college life and to the programme, and their demonstration of leadership qualities and potential.  Co-curricular records and other capabilities will also contribute towards the overall assessment. 

There are no independent interview sessions for RC scholarships.  Students will be considered for award of the scholarship during the interviews conducted for admissions into the residential college.

Successful recipients are required to:

  1. Submit a letter of appreciation to the donor;
  2. Attend university events, donor organised events and meetings with the donors (if required);
  3. Pay forward by donating towards the scholarship of another student, after graduation (if required by the donor)

Disbursement of Funds
The scholarship funds will be disbursed over two semesters, in August 2023 for Semester One and in February 2024 for Semester Two.  The latter is subject to the student’s confirmation of stay in Semester Two.

The funds will be used to offset against the student’s tuition fees, accommodation fees, miscellaneous fees, etc. The balance funds will be credited into the student’s bank account. Students are therefore reminded to update their bank details in myEduRec under the “Manage Bank accounts” tab.

Application Information

Students applying to NUS College can apply concurrently to the Residential Colleges (RC) Programmes (UTCP and RVRCP). As applications for admission to the RC Programmes are conducted separately from NUS College, UTCP and RVRCP will evaluate your application independently of your application to NUS College. However, do note that concurrent offers from NUS College and from the RC Programmes will not be made. 

Information on applying to the Residential College Programmes (UTCP and RVRCP) may be found here.

UPDATE: The application window for AY2023/24 Residential College Programmes Admissions has closed. To check on your application status, please click here.

As there will only be one application window, you are strongly encouraged to apply even if you have not received an offer to join an undergraduate degree programme in NUS yet. Ultimately, admission into the RC Programmes is contingent upon your acceptance of an offer to pursue an undergraduate degree programme in NUS.

For more information on applying to NUS College, please click here.  

Applications for Residential College Scholarships are conducted jointly for UTCP, RVRCP and NUSC. Applicants interested in applying for a scholarship must submit a separate application for admission into the programme.

UPDATE: The application window for AY2023/24 Residential College Scholarships has closed. To check on your application status, please click here.

To be considered for the donated bursaries, you are required to apply for Financial Aid here.