Study Abroad Program Overview
Study abroad in Singapore offers learning in a dynamic international city with a unique fusion of tradition and modernity, in its cultures, diverse languages, enticing foods and lovely architecture.
At the top-ranked National University of Singapore (NUS), you can
- take classes on cutting-edge topics with local and international students
- enjoy courses taught by faculty from around the world
- undertake unique interdisciplinary studies or conduct in-depth research
- pursue your artistic, athletic and cultural interests.
The NUS emphasis on group projects, field research, and class presentations will help you meet other students and promotes a new perspective and deeper exploration of your academic interests.
UCEAP Scholarship: All participants in 2018-19 year-long programs will receive a $2,000 scholarship (does not include extensions). See the Cost page for details.
For a peek into the life of exchange students at NUS, check out this video by UCB student, Hannah Yang.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
The Center for Language Studies
offers courses in 13 languages, including Southeast Asian languages, such as Malay, Tamil, and Indonesian.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
late July to early December
early January to mid-May
late July to mid-May
You are encouraged to extend your UCEAP participation from the fall to the year.
"I am glad I stayed 2 semesters because it allowed me to build relationships and feel comfortable in Singapore."
--UCEAP Singapore Participant 2015-16
UC students live in NUS dormitory residences on campus. More information on housing
The International Relations Office arranges various cultural activities and excursions. You can immerse yourself into student life by participating in one of the many student societies and recreational sports or by volunteering through the NUS Students’ Community Service Club.
You will also find many opportunities for hiking, nature walks, bicycling, and beach activities throughout Singapore.
"Joining clubs and programs is a good way to make friends. I recommend the SG Kaki Programme. The program connects you with local students as well as other foreign students."
~ UCEAP Participant Spring 2016
UCEAP students are supported by UC's network of study abroad offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. Once abroad, a host university faculty or staff member assisting UCEAP will be your first point of contact for all matters. Among other things, the designated person provides support with academic matters, program logistics, and personal issues. The International Relations Office
provides on-site support for all international students at NUS.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; research & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; and housing.
The National University of Singapore (NUS) is a leading global university with rigorous classes taught in English in most UC majors. Particular fields of note include engineering and computer sciences, biological sciences, environmental studies, social sciences, and South and Southeast Asian studies.
Use the following resources to learn more:
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad; 24 quarter/16 semester UC units required; four courses. Courses are 6 quarter/4 semester UC units each. Maximum of 5 courses allowed.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programs (UROP) are offered by the School of Computing, the Faculty of Engineering, and the Faculty of Science. You can search the NUS Staff Research Directory System to find a research staff member who works in an area of your interest. Then you need to make contact through the department to express your interest.
The University Scholars Programme provides experiential learning experiences outside the classroom.
Internships are not available to exchange (UCEAP) students.
National University of Singapore
The National University of Singapore (NUS) is an innovative global university with modern facilities and top-ranked academic programs. NUS is distinguished in Southeast Asian studies, as well as engineering, business, and biological sciences. NUS is equally strong in systems science, information technology, the social sciences, and humanities. Located at the tip of the Malaysian Peninsula on the Indian Ocean, NUS offers strength in the marine sciences.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
Estimated EAP Costs *
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2016-17. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2016-17 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
- Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
- Round-trip transportation from California
- UC fees
- Tuition at host institution
- Mandatory Host Country Health Insurance
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate
2.85 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
Other Eligibility Requirements:
Graduate students can only apply to the MBA program.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by the National University of Singapore.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: