Updates on Study Abroad for Visiting Research 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 your research stint at NUS to happen, to ensure students can make the best decision based on their own risk tolerance, academic requirements and financial situations.

 

Step 1 (About 1.5 months before the intended start of research): Receive Acceptance Letter (email) from NUS Registrar’s Office which includes information on application of Student’s Pass (Visa), and Entry Approval 

Step 2 (About 1 month before the proposed start of research): 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 3 (Depends on whether travel history and departure destination): 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.  If you cannot arrive in time to start your research with NUS, please write to your NUS supervisor and nghelp@nus.edu.sg.

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 4 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 5 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 6 (Intended start date or research): Arrive on NUS campus to start study abroad at NUS.


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.




Please check with your NUS supervisor and inform nghelp@nus.edu.sg of the decision made by the NUS supervisor.