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About the Program
On this direct enrollment exchange program, Tulane students take courses at the National University of Singapore (NUS), a comprehensive public university that is internationally recognized as #1 in Asia, based on the QS World University Rankings. The University has 13 faculties offering undergraduate and graduate programs taught in English. NUS' faculty members number approximately 1,500. The number of undergraduate students enrolled at NUS is approximately 23,000, and the number of graduate students is over 9,000.
Located about 12 kilometers from the center of Singapore, the University's Kent Ridge Campus sits on a ridge of low hills. Although only 75 meters above sea level, the elevation offers the campus a clear view of the waters off the southwestern shores of Singapore.
The quintessential modern Asian city, Singapore has exudes 21st-century style and culture. As a multi-lingual city where English is the language of business and government, Singapore offers students a chance to live and study in an Asian society without prior study of an Asian language. The city-state is a global commerce hub and is ranked highly in many quality of life indexes, including education, healthcare, life expectancy and personal safety. The main island, Pulau Ujong, is home to NUS and the country's financial and governmental offices. However, it is just one of 63 islands that make up the entire nation. The tropical rainforest climate of the area means that students will encounter a humid, warm environment year-round. The population of Singapore is comprised of people of Chinese descent (74%), Malay descent (14%), Indian descent (9%) among others. Given this diversity, Singapore counts four languages as official: English, Malay, Mandarin Chinese and Tamil. The population also contributes to a variety of different religious and cultural celebrations and attractions that students can experience while in the country.
- 3.0 cumulative GPA
- Completion of 3-4 courses within the chosen field or department of study. The field of study is generally expected to be the student’s major or minor at Tulane
- Completion of coursework with Asian content is strongly recommended
Fields of Study
Chinese Studies, Information and Communications Management, Economics Management, English Language and Literature, South Asian Studies, Geography, Southeast Asian Studies, History, Public Policy, Japanese Studies, Malay Studies, Philosophy, American Studies, Political Science, European Studies, Social Work and Psychology, Singapore Studies, and Sociology, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Bioengineering
Enrolling directly at NUS, students take 4-6 courses (modules) per semester, including one area course with Asian content and one Asian language course from the NUS curriculum. The NUS system is similar to the US university system in that students complete their degree in four years, and students can take courses outside their home department. However, like the British university system, the final grade in most classes is determined by the final exam. Like in many other universities around the world, professors may not assign much homework as they expect students to be very self-directed when studying course materials and reviewing lectures.
In the Departments of Psychology, Economics and Political Science, a maximum of 4 modules is advised due to the intensity of the heavy workload.
Visiting exchange students can participate in the NUS Peer Advising Program, established to enhance the exchange experience for all students. The Peer Advising Program faciliates the integration of visiting excahnge students through a variety of events and activities. Joining the program can be your first step in integrating into student life at NUS. The university boasts over 100 student organizations, societies and interest groups, over 40 sports teams and over 20 music, dance, drama and visual arts groups. Visiting exchange students are members of the NUS Students' Union and can participate in all of the vibrant and dynamic activities available to degree-seeking students. Tulane students will also feel right at home, given NUS' committment to community service. The Center for Community Engagement enhances the spirit of volunteerism across the campus, and visiting exchange students have the opportunity to participate in any number of service projects.
Students have the option to live in University Town, known as UTown, an integrated residential community just a short walk from the NUS Kent Ridge campus. UTown is a lively intellectual, social and cultural environment that promotes community through learning and student engagement. You will live in one of the university's six residence halls or in off-campus residents. Each hall is equipped with laundry facilities and social lounges. Students have the option of buying a meal plan from the university. In addition to living accomodations, UTown contains study rooms, dining options and the Stephen Riady Centre, a sports, educational and performing arts facility. You may also select to live in Prince George's Park Residences, often the choice of international students as they provide a social atmosphere without obligation to participate in sports or other activities.
NUS International Student Page
NUS Incoming Exchange Guide
Module on NUS Academic Culture
NUS Peer Advising Programme
NUS At a Glance
University Town Website
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