National University of Singapore

National University of Singapore



The National University of Singapore one of the oldest higher education institutions existing in Singapore today, ever since its establishment in 1905.

With a history like that, you just know that it comes with a heap ton of progress and when there’s progress,

there are also gains which the National University of Singapore is very familiar with.

The NUS is a research-intensive university that has been consistently ranked within the Top 100 Universities in the World and remains as one of the Top 3 in all of Asia Pacific.

It’s also worth mentioning their connection and collaboration with other world-renowned universities,

like Yale University for their Yale-NUS College that teaches courses and subjects associated with liberal arts,

And Duke-NUS Medical School which is a post-graduate medical school in collaboration with Duke University.

Additionally, it should be known that NUS holds four national-level institutes within their campus and is recognized as a research center of excellence in Singapore.

Some of the notable alumni coming from the National University of Singapore would include Kishore Mahbubani, Felicia Chin, and even Halimah Yacob, the president of Singapore.

Now that you’ve managed to pick up a substantial background of NUS,

you’re now probably interested in what kind of programs they teach or what kind of courses they offer both their undergraduate and postgraduate applicants.


UNSPLASH @hudsoncrafted

The National University of Singapore is a distinguished university that offers a range of different programs, with excellent professors and elaborate application and training.

To name a few of them…

Courses that lie in the disciplines that includes the sciences,

  1. Applied mathematics
  2. Chemistry
  3. Computational Biology
  4. And much more! (This includes specialization in courses such as Applied mathematics)

Medicine and dentistry,

Design and environment

  1. Architecture
  2. Landscape Design
  3. Real Estate
  4. And much more…


  1. Undergraduate Law Program
  2. And a Graduate LL.B. Program

Arts and social science

  1. Chinese Language (and Studies)
  2. Philosophy
  3. History
  4. And much more…


  1. Biomedical Engineering
  2. Civil Engineering
  3. Engineering Science
  4. And much more…


  1. Business Administration (Accountancy)
  2. And Business Administration


  1. Business Analytics
  2. Computer Science
  3. Information Security
  4. And much more…

And finally, Music

But other than the above mentioned,

The National University of Singapore also offers other special undergraduate programs.

You can choose from a selection of special programs, joint degree programs, minor programs, and a whole lot more.

This encompasses both undergraduate applicants and postgraduate applicants. You can click the link here if you’re interested.

Furthermore, another great thing about NUS is that the school is equipped with excellent utilities and services that would assist students to further improve their studies and/or research in their specific course.

And if you’d like, you can also have your own accommodation within the school campus, staying in one of the three different student residences that NUS houses.

Read more about their Housing Agreement and Rules & Regulations.

How to Apply

UNSPLASH @kaitlynbaker

For both international undergraduate and postgraduate applicants, there’s a certain set of qualifications that need to be met before you apply, you can read all about it here.

You get to learn the admission requirements and closing dates that you can draw estimates for the next academic year.

It should also be known that in several courses there are specific academic pre-requisites; just academic requirements meant for the certain course you’re going to apply for. On the page,

It also says which courses will have their applicants undergo a selection test or interview.

Although, if you’ve spent your whole school life panning out your future, then this shouldn’t be much of a problem for you.

If you’re transferring to the university as a transfer student then they also have admission requirements for that.

Fortunately for current NUS students, late applications for transfer in the academic year 2020-2021 will commence from June 9 to June 11 (2020).

But not to worry for those who aren’t NUS students, if you have plans on transferring during the next academic year, you can!

As long as you can compile the several requirements needed for the transfer.

Financial Aid

UNSPLASH @spanic

Many prestigious schools, such as that of NUS, prioritizes the student’s education over everything else.

That means making sure that their circumstances don’t compromise their ability to pursue their studies.

Not only do they prioritize the student’s education, but they also prioritize the students themselves,

So it’s very important to the school that students who aren’t able to financially support their studies by themselves are given support by the school.

There are also certain eligibility requirements for both part-time and full-time undergraduate students which you can read here if you’re a part-time student, but if for full-time students, click here.

Also, important to mention that during the A.Y. of 2018-2019, the National University of Singapore had an undergraduate tuition fee of 38,200 SGD.

That’s where NUS’ financial aid schemes come into play. You can choose to apply for scholarships to loans to even work-study assistance.



Scholarships should be your number one priority if it’s within your ability to achieve it, however, due to the fact that scholarships often come in slots,

It’s quite difficult to acquire if you’re too late but good thing that NUS has a variety of different scholarships you can choose from.

There’s even that’s meant freshmen international students.

It’s often a priority since it’s hassle-free and you don’t have any growing interests that you need to pay off by the end of the academic year.

Most of NUS’ scholarship programs have a nationality requirement which is limited to Singaporean citizens, permanent residents, and citizens of ASEAN countries,

Although, there are other scholarships where the nationality requirement varies.

Although, the link provided above is meant for undergraduate applicants, if you’re a graduate applicant looking for a scholarship then you can click here.

Not to worry though if you don’t see scholarships happening for you or it isn’t on your list. There are other means of financial-aid which might just work for you.


An NUS study loan is part of NUS’ financial-aid package which ensures students get the best experience without harboring any excess anxiety.

However, the thing about loans is that you’ll have to pay back the debt later.

Sometimes it can be difficult to catch up and other times its quite manageable, it all depends on Singapore’s student debt situation and how you’re going to handle it.

You may read all about NUS’ study loans by clicking the link provided or by clicking here.

Another is the NUS Assistance Loan;

the difference between this one and the NUS Study Loan is that the study loan might be exclusive to Singaporean citizens as the NUS Assistance Loan is available to various nationalities.

Read more about it by clicking the link provided or you can click here.


Other Schemes (OSEP Loan, OSP Loan, External schemes, etc.)

There are many other financial aid schemes that are available to full-time undergraduates who are especially in need.

For example, the Overseas Student Exchange Programme Loan. Its value stands around $3,000 per semester depending on the income of the applicant’s family.

There’s also an Overseas Student Programme Loan, this is available to all NUS undergraduates who are taking NUS-approved overseas programs where the minimum loan is $3,000.

This loan covers most of the expenses that students on overseas programs are going to encounter during the program.

If you’d like to know more about other external schemes (in case one requires more aid or assistance to cover their tuition fees) you can read about it here.


Work-Study Assistance

This form of financial-aid needs no tedious explanation.

In contrast to other forms of financial aid in the package, this one is open to all full-time undergraduate students of any nationality.

Just as long as they’re a recipient of the financial aid package offered by NUS.

But there are  also conditions to this financial-aid option that one applying should note;

  • Such as students can’t work for more than 16 hours per week during term time
  • And an applicant’s participation under this scheme is only for one year.

If you’d like to continue your participation, then you’ll have to leave it to the assessment of your eligibility as an applicant based on a fresh application for financial aid each year.

To know more, you may click here.

Student Life

UNSPLASH @papaioannou_kostas

If you have worries about whether or not you’re going to fit in in NUS’ environment then you should probably double-check on those anxieties.

NUS’ campus body is no short of diverse and lively. It’s almost impossible to not find a community that you can mesh well and find your new-found passion in life.

Once you’re there, you’ll be around different groups and individuals of wide backgrounds, ethnicities, and upbringing.

And added to the amazing environment, you’ll also have a jaw-dropping experience by witnessing the interior and architecture of the school.

NUS is popular for being a green-friendly school with the majority of its facilities and buildings around campus holding that green mark.

The school’s reputation drives in the most passionate and individualistic characters, those that’ll make your NUS experience worthwhile.

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