Updates on Study Abroad for Visiting Coursework Students

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 that the road to pre-pandemic levels of international travel will be much longer than expected.

The number of community cases in Singapore has spiked recently. As a country, we have stepped up our measures to curb further spread which has inadvertently led to the tightening of border control measures. As a result, the Singapore Immigration and Checkpoint Authority (ICA) has drastically reduced or halted the number of new entry approvals granted.


NUS has made the difficult decision of not proceeding with applications submitted by students registered with universities in the destinations stated above for AY2021/22 Semester 1 (Fall 2021).


NUS is only able to host students registered with universities in China and Hong Kong for AY2021/22 Semester 1 (Fall 2021).

The section below details the many steps required for a study abroad semester to happen, to ensure students can make the best decision based on their own risk tolerance, academic requirements and financial situations.

 

Step 1 (End May 2021): Secure at least three (3) modules (courses) from the initial application submitted

This may be more difficult in AY2021/22 Semester 1 due to limited outbound exchanges and fewer modules being available to visiting students. If students are unable to secure at least 3 modules at this stage, students will have their application deemed unsuccessful. NUS is unable to accede to any appeals given the limited number of modules and the strict timeline for immigration matters. Students who are intending to do both modules and non-credited research will need to secure at least 2 modules.

Step 2 (Mid-June 2021): Receive Acceptance Letter (email) from NUS Registrar’s Office which includes information on application of on-campus housing, Student’s Pass (Visa), and Entry Approval

This is contingent upon three modules being secured in Step 1.

Step 3 (Mid-July 2021): Receive housing application outcome

There are limited spaces given social-distance requirements. Students should be prepared to live off campus due to operational constraints. For information on off-campus housing options, please refer here.

Step 4 (Mid-July 2021): Receive Student’s Pass application outcome from Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA)

This may be more difficult in AY2021/22 Semester 1 due to strict border control measures. Student’s Pass approval cannot be guaranteed by NUS.

Step 5 (Mid-July 2021): Receive Entry Approval (EA) application outcome from Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA)

This may be more difficult in AY2021/22 Semester 1 due to strict border control measures. Approval cannot be guaranteed by NUS. In the event of a rejection, students can attempt a second or third application, if feasible.

The EA will indicate the travel period students can arrive in Singapore. Please take note of the last day students can arrive in Singapore, given the last quarantine (Stay at Home Notice (SHN)) requirements.

Last day to clear arrival immigration in Singapore to serve quarantine (SHN) subsequently on campus or at a dedicated facility:

For students requiring 21 days of SHN: 19 July 2021
For students requiring 7 days of SHN: 2 August 2021

Immigration, border control and quarantine measures are constantly evolving. Please refer to the latest information here and calculate the last day to clear arrival immigration and quarantine period here.

 

Step 6 (End July or Early August 2021): Complete swab test within 72 hours before outbound flight(s) to Singapore depending on travel history and departure destination, as well as air carrier’s requirements

A negative test result will be required when boarding the flight(s). 

Step 7 (End July or Early August 2021): Arrive in Singapore and complete 7-day or 21-day quarantine depending on travel history and departure destination 

As at 4 May 2021, arrivals from all but seven (7) countries are required to complete a 21-day quarantine in a government-appointed facility/hotel and undergo testing on arrival and on days 14 and 21. Please refer to the latest information here.

Chargeable costs to be borne by students are as follows:
COVID-19 PCR Test in Singapore
Dedicated facility for quarantine (SHN) in Singapore

Step 8 (Early August 2021): Arrive on NUS campus to start study abroad at NUS. First day of term is 10 August 2021.


The FAQs listed below will help answer some of the most pressing questions you may have. If you require any further assistance, you may write to nghelp@nus.edu.sg.

Frequently Asked Questions


Students are strongly encouraged to withhold from making any non-refundable transactions until at least they have received their Student’s Pass (Visa) confirmation as well as their Entry Approval. Purchasing your airline tickets prior to receiving your Student’s Pass and Entry Approval is extremely risky as the University cannot guarantee your application for either immigration document will be successful.

Immigration policies and border control measures change regularly and often with little to no warning. Students should refer to resources below for guidance from Singapore’s Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) as much of the requirements are based on personal travel history.

SafeTravel website for Student Pass Holder
Quarantine (Stay Home Notice – SHN) Requirements
Quarantine Calculator
Swab Requirements
Cost for COVID-19 PCR Test in Singapore
Cost for quarantine at a dedicated facility in Singapore



If you wish to withdraw from study aboard for AY2021/22 Semester 1, please indicate at this online form by 23 May 2021 23:59 Singapore time (GMT 8+).


NUS do not allow students to read courses remotely. Due to social distancing measures, classes with a larger number of students may have to take place online. Students are required to arrive in Singapore to attend the online classes.