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National University of Singapore (YA), Singapore



City Information


Singapore packs a surprisingly massive number of attractions: verdant parks, world-class zoos, luxurious hotels, historical structures, and deliciously cheap eats, all in a land area not much bigger than El Paso, Texas. Considering the towering, iconic skylines of Marina Bay and the Civic District, it's hard to imagine Singapore actually living up to its "garden city" aspirations. Leave the built-up areas behind, though, and you'll find a network of parks that spans the island, adding to a green cover that makes up about 46 percent of the country. For such a small island, Singapore is also a chock-a-block with a variety of Asian cultures, all living side-by-side, each with an ethnic enclave and a Singapore festival of its own. Students will get a truly unique insight into a multi-faith culture where people eat, worship, and live to the fullest extent of their heritage.

University Information

Founded in 1905 as a Medical College, the National University of Singapore is now the oldest and largest university in the country. It is ranked as the 22nd best university globally and 1st in Singapore and Asia according to the Times Higher Education Word University Rankings. Singapore currently has over 28,000 students and over 5,000 academic staff members that cover 16 faculties from music to medicine. The university has several larger research institutes as well as some niche areas such as bioengineering, bio imaging, tissue engineering and nanotechnology.

Additional Information

Additional Fees:
Student Services Fee - 57.51 SGD
Health Service Fee - 67.95 SGD

National University of Singapore requires an academic average of 70% or above

Summary Table

Competitiveness Quite competitive
Minimum Academic Average needed for Year Abroad 60%
Number of places open for semester abroad N/A
Number of places open for year abroad 2
Number of places open for summer abroad N/A
Semester Abroad only: Do UK Students Need a Visa? Yes
Total estimated cost per semester in local currency
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12,500 SGD per semester.
City type Very large city (1m+)
Campus Type(s) Suburban
Where do exchange students normally live? Mixture of university halls of residence & private off-campus accommodation
Are exchange students guaranteed a place in University halls of residence? No
Which UoL semester would a student normally spend at this partner? Full academic year
Term Dates

Semester 1: August to December

Semester 2: February to June

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