Study engineering abroad in Singapore

The National University of Singapore is a leading English-speaking, global university centered in Asia. NUS’s 36,000 students come from 100 countries, with international students making up 20% of the undergraduate population.

NUS also offers wide variety of cultural experiences, student clubs and academic societies to provide students with rich experiences outside of the classroom. For more information about life at NUS as an international exchange student, check out Journey Beyond Your Shores.


At NUS, courses are called modules and units are called modular credits. Exchange students are required to take at least 12 modular credits (MCs) per semester and no more than 20 MCs. In order to maximize your chances of securing at least 12 MCs, NUS recommends that you use all 10 module (course) choices in the online application form. Please use the following resources to aid you when selecting modules.

NUS offers courses in the following areas that might be applicable to your degree requirements:

School of Computing

Computer Engineering

Computer Science

Informational Systems

Faculty of Science




Faculty of Engineering


Chemical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Environmental Engineering

Industrial & Systems Engineering

Materials Science & Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

You need to consult with your USC academic advisor in order to determine the appropriate course equivalences at NUS for your degree requirements.

Semester Dates

The fall semester (Semester 1) runs from August to December. The spring semester (Semester 2) runs from January to May. Each semester has 13 weeks of instruction and 2 weeks of exams.


Students will apply for housing after they have been accepted into the program. More information on how and when to apply for housing will be included in the NUS acceptance letter.

In order to abide by social distancing measures, NUS residences will most likely not be able to operate at full capacity in Semester 1. Students should research off-campus housing options to be safe.

Based on the latest border control measures, students may need to self-isolate for up to 10 days upon arrival in Singapore. Student should take this into account when making travel and housing plans. As a general guide, students should arrive no later than 31 July 2022 for a 10-days self-isolation, 3 August 2022 for 7-days self-isolation and 7 August 2022 for 1 to 3-days self-isolation. More information regarding arrival procedures will be included in acceptance letters.

Living Expenses

$1200-$2950 USD

Living Expenses, Including Housing Per Month

For a estimated cost of living breakdown please refer to the Cost of Living section on the NUS website. Students must also pay for USC tuition, flights, and any additional costs incurred not covered in the NUS website. 

Be certain to check current exchange rates.

More Information

For detailed information about application procedures, required supporting documents, important dates, student visas, contact details, etc., please read the NUS Info Sheet or visit the NUS Global Relations Office website for prospective students

Immigration and Insurance

All exchange students are enrolled in the NUS Health and Insurance Scheme (HINS). You are also required to be covered by the USC Overseas Health Insurance plan. Both are mandatory and neither can be waived, no exceptions.

Given the uncertainties associated with international travel, we ask nominated students not to make travel or housing arrangements for their exchange until they receive their acceptance letters (emails) from NUS in mid-June 2022 and know the latest travel advice and entry steps.

 For more info regarding COVID-related coverage, please click here.

Students are strongly encouraged to purchase supplemental travel insurance to ensure they are adequately covered during their time abroad.


All exchange students are required to obtain a visa (Student’s Pass). NUS will assist you in obtaining your visa. You are responsible for paying all costs associated with obtaining your visa.

Published on August 22nd, 2016

Last updated on April 12th, 2022