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Engineering in Singapore - National University of Singapore
Singapore, Singapore (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Budget Sheets Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
Apartment, Dormitory
Illinois Sponsor:
Credit or Not for Credit:
For credit
Foreign Institution:
That National University of Singapore (NUS)
Program Description:

Program Overview
Students who wish to study in a Southeast Asian country will find the National University of Singapore to be a unique and interesting location.  Students can take a variety of courses with other Singaporean students while experiencing true Singapore culture.

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Program Specific Information
General Study Abroad Information
The Country of Singapore

Though physically small, Singapore is an economic giant. It has been Southeast Asia's most modern city for over a century. The city blends Malay, Chinese, Arab, Indian and English cultures and religions. Its unique ethnic tapestry affords visitors a wide array of sightseeing and culinary opportunities from which to choose. A full calendar of traditional festivals and holidays celebrated throughout the year adds to its cultural appeal. In addition, Singapore offers luxury hotels, delectable cuisine and great shopping! The island nation of the Republic of Singapore lies one degree north of the Equator in Southern Asia. The country includes the island of Singapore and 58 or so smaller islands. Because of its efficient and determined government, Singapore has become a flourishing country that excels in trade and tourism and is a model to developing nations. The capital city, also called Singapore, covers about a third of the area of the main island. [Read More]
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Academic Environment
Where you will study
That National University of Singapore (NUS) began over a century ago as a modest medical school with 23 students, to serve a very powerful purpose: to be the place of higher learning for talented men and women in Singapore who would serve community, nation and society. From a fledgling college, NUS has developed into an institution considered by many to be among the best in the world. Our transformative education and high impact research are aimed at making a distinctive and positive impact on society. We hope you will be inspired by the many fascinating facets that make NUS a leading global university centered in Asia, and a community that will influence the future. [Read More]

Students will spend a semester or academic year studying a variety of courses. Courses can be taken in social sciences, humanities, and technical areas. Courses are taught in English.
Available Departments in Engineering at NUS are:
  • Chemical & Bioengineering
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Industrial & Systems Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
If your department is not listed above, be sure to check other departments for courses of interest.

Use the following links to view available courses for exchange students. 
SP17 Non-Grad Student Course List.pdf

For a listing of courses offered that already have Illinois equivalencies, please click here.
Note: As a study abroad participant through a University of Illinois approved program, once you are accepted, you will be required to go through a Course Approval Process, during which the courses you plan on taking abroad will be evaluated by a 299 Advisor for Illinois credit (that can then be used to fulfill major, minor, general education, or elective credit). Details about this process will be provided once you are accepted to a program.

All classes in this program will be taught in English.
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Onsite Support

Each exchange program offered through the College of Engineering utilizes an on-site coordinator.
International Student Office
The international student office assists students with local issues (from classes to accommodation) and may host social gatherings throughout the semester.

There is a new apartment-style housing facility at NUS where many international and Singaporean students choose to live. The facility has a variety of rooms. The nicest and most expensive room has an attached bath and air conditioning. The complex includes a small grocery store and two cafeterias where students buy their own food.

The other option is to live in one of the dormitories, or colleges, as they are known at NUS. Dorm life is a bit different in Singapore. It is almost like a cross between a dorm and a sorority. Students are expected to participate in dorm activities, and it becomes a close -knit group. Most of the dorm rooms do not have air conditioning, and in tropical Singapore, this may present problems for some students. 

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Credit will be given for courses taken abroad with prior approval of the student’s advisor and the IPENG office.  Credit earned abroad can be transferred to UIUC and used to satisfy curriculum requirements as approved.


Students must have completed the basic engineering requirements and show a strong commitment to academic achievement.  They must have at least a 3.0 GPA to participate in this program.
Eligible applicants will be reviewed and accepted on a first-come, first serve basis of completion of all application materials in the pre-acceptance phase of the application.

Returned Study Abroad Student Reflections
Student Experiences
Engineering students returning from a program abroad (winterbreak, summer, semester or even academic year) write about their experiences to provide students a firsthand knowledge of their thoughts and activities while they were away.  The following website will provide you both written and PowerPoint versions of experiences of students abroad – whether on an IPENG program or campus related program.  ( )
Contact Former Study Abroad Students
Having trouble deciding on a location? Unsure about what to pack, or which classes to take? Send an email to someone who has been there! Our returnees love talking about their time abroad, so send them an email!
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Additional Program Resources
Before You Leave
 The “preparing to go”  section on our website provides you with information on what to pack, money abroad, transportation, communicating with family members while abroad, and even what to do the day of your departure. ( )
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Application Process
Dates and Deadlines
All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines posted on the brochure page: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date; paper materials are due by 4:45 PM the following business day.
Spring Semester Programs
Deadline: September 15
Fall/Academic Year Programs
Deadline: February 15 
How to Apply
Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page) to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable $50 application fee by clicking Apply Now and logging in.
This program has a two-step application process:
Step 1.) The Study Abroad Application which includes:
  • Letter of Recommendation (if applicable) - done electronically (must be an academic advisor, TA or professor)
  • Personal essay questions
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Signature verification form
  • Official Transcript (prefer a hard copy transcript)
  • Online questionnaires
If you are nominated by the International Programs in Engineering Office based on your application in Step 1, you will then be notified to submit a host-university application to National University of Singapore. Your study abroad advisor will provide you with additional information, and supplemental application instructions will follow.
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Who Can Apply?
  • Engineering students who have met the basic eligibility requirements listed above may apply for this program.
This program is open to non-engineering UIUC students. Non-engineering students participating in this program will be required to pay a program fee of $2750 per semester.

Please note: If there are more applicants than space available, engineering students will receive first priority. Non-engineering students are not eligible for the International Engineering Fellowship.
This program is open to non-UIUC engineering students. Non-UIUC engineering students participating in this program will be required to do the following:
  • Apply as a non-degree student during term abroad
  • Pay a non-refundable processing fee of $475
  • Pay a program fee of $4750 per semester in addition UIUC Range IV tuition.  See current tuition rates:   
  • Complete all required paperwork and attend meetings, if possible.

Please note: If there are more applicants than space available, UIUC students will receive first priority. Non-UIUC students are not eligible for the International Engineering Fellowship.

Contact Information
International Programs in Engineering (IPENG)
1308 West Green St.
210 Engineering Hall
Urbana, IL 61801
Hours of operation: Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.  

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Program Cost and Advance Fees
For an Unofficial Budget of this program, please scroll to the top of this page and find the box labeled “Budget Sheets,” and click on the semester during which you want to participate. Please read through the Unofficial Budget information, which also includes information on Financial Aid, and Scholarships.
All students should be aware that once they are accepted and commit to a program, they will be charged the non-refundable processing fee.

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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Because this program is sponsored by the University of Illinois, financial aid can be applied to the cost of the program. The amount of financial aid that is applicable to study abroad will depend on your financial aid package. Since there are many variables that determine how your financial aid package applies to study abroad, it is best that you consult with a financial aid advisor in the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss your individual financial aid package. 
In addition to financial aid, there are other alternatives to funding your time abroad. Click here to learn more about our over $850,000 in scholarship opportunities. One scholarship that everyone is eligible for is the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Scholarship. For more information, click 
Interested UIUC Engineering students may also want to receive the International Engineering Fellowship to help with airfare.  Check the IPENG website for further information on eligibility and guidelines for the fellowship.  ( )  Application deadlines are very strict for this fellowship.  Only students planning to study abroad during a current application cycle may apply.
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Health, Safety, Pre-Departure
Pre-Departure Activities
All students are required to attend all Pre-Departure Activities the semester before their term abroad. The exact dates, times, and location will be given to students post-acceptance so that they can arrange for their attendance at the activity(ies). Topics such as Culture Shock, health and safety scenarios, and other helpful pre-departure information will be presented. This is also a really great opportunity to talk about packing, meet other classmates on a program, and talk to returnees who have already been to the host country.  Check the IPENG Calendar for upcoming dates. 
Health and Safety
The health and safety of students abroad is something that the University of Illinois takes very seriously, which is why the Study Abroad Office provides services that range from international insurance coverage to a 24-hour phone line to speak to an Advisor on Duty. These services can be found on our website:

Additionally, students are required to sign off on a Health and Safety Orientation , and are encouraged to read through the Safety and Security section of our website which includes topics from road safety and keeping your valuables and money safe, to nontraditional student identities while abroad.  This link includes information on our 24-hour Emergency service, Health Matters, Insurance, and Safety and Security
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Passport/Visa Information
You must have a valid passport to participate on this program. If you do not already have a passport, or if it needs to be renewed, you must begin that process now, even before program acceptance. 
You may also be required to get a visa for your program.  Please consult the host country’s consulate website or a visa agency to determine whether or not a visa is required to travel to your destination country or countries. (

Withdrawal, Change, and Cancellation Policy
To change to a different program during the application process, please visit this link (

To withdraw from a program after committing to participation, please visit this link to view the Withdrawal and Refund Policy ( )
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2017 02/15/2017
02/15/2017 07/31/2017 12/02/2017
Academic Year 2017-2018 02/15/2017
02/15/2017 07/31/2017 05/16/2018
Spring Semester 2018 09/15/2017 09/15/2017 01/09/2018 05/14/2018
Fall Semester 2018 02/15/2018 02/15/2018 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/15/2018 02/15/2018 TBA TBA

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