Partial Suspension of Non-Graduating Programme in AY2020/21 Semester 2 (January to May 2021)

Updated on 17 November 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to significantly impact the health and economies of communities around the globe. We were hopeful that there would be a general recovery from the pandemic, and that a vaccine would be available soon. Unfortunately, these look likely to take longer than expected. Currently, many countries are experiencing a resurgence in COVID-19 infections, and travel restrictions of various forms are still in place worldwide.

After much deliberation and out of consideration for your health and safety, NUS has made the difficult decision of not processing applications submitted by students registered with universities in the destinations stated above for AY2020/21 Semester 2 (January to May 2021).

Some countries in the Asia-Pacific region are faring better with the COVID-19 situation. Nonetheless, stringent border control measures remain in-place. In view of the time needed to complete administrative processes and apply for a Student Pass (visa), it has become apparent at this point that NUS is only able to host students registered with universities in China and Hong Kong in Semester 2 of Academic Year 2020/21 (January to June 2021).

The FAQs listed below will help answer some of the most pressing questions you may have. If you require any further assistance, exchange students should consult your home university study abroad office and non-exchange students may write to

Frequently Asked Questions

Students of overseas universities in the Americas, Europe or Middle East affected by the suspension

Unfortunately, NUS is not planning to offer the option of online courses at the moment.

Please check with your NUS supervisor.

Students of overseas universities in Asia or Australia

Unfortunately, NUS is not planning to offer the option of online courses at the moment.

Please check with your NUS supervisor.

In addition to obtaining the Student’s Pass or Student’s Pass In-principle Approval from the ICA, international students will also need to obtain approval from the Ministry of Education (MOE) before they commence their journey to Singapore. Each application will be assessed by MOE on a case-by-case basis, and approval is not guaranteed.

NUS will apply for your entry approval with MOE on your behalf, based on your travel plans in the Overseas Travel Declaration (OTD) system. Students should not proceed with their trip to Singapore unless they have received the entry approval letter. Please refer to the registration guide here for more information.

Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 globally, border control measures imposed by the government of any locale can change often and suddenly. Information about the latest measures for entry into Singapore can be found via the following online resources:

SafeTravel website – Arrival in Singapore
SafeTravel website – Student’s Pass Holder
Immigration & Checkpoints Authority - Border Control Measures
Immigration & Checkpoints Authority - Before Entering Singapore (Long-Term Pass & In-Principle Approval Holders)
Immigration & Checkpoints Authority - Arrival in Singapore 

Additionally, do ensure that you check on the border control measures implemented in the place(s) of origin and transit en route to Singapore.