Study Abroad Program Overview
Pursue this summer opportunity to participate in cutting-edge scientific research with international scientific teams working under the oversight of the Singapore Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A*STAR). A*STAR’s commitment to innovation encourages scientific collaboration across disciplines to identify answers for pressing scientific questions and design solutions for current global challenges.
Students apply to engage in a two-month full-time internship at one of 21 biomedical science, physical science and engineering research institutes. Research areas include bioengineering, biology (molecular, cellular, developmental), chemistry, chemical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, materials science, and physics. Pre-med students are welcome to apply but biomedical assignments are very competitive. Applications are then reviewed and final acceptance is offered by the A*STAR research team.
Click here to read about a student's rewarding experience on the program.
Participants receive an A*STAR stipend to assist in covering living costs for completion of a minimum two-month research term.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
Summer Session 1
early June to mid August (for UC semester students)
Summer Session 2
mid June to late August (for UC quarter students)
"I was able to attend several events that helped expose us to the culture of Singapore or some of the highlights of the country. It also gave us the opportunity to bond with other students living abroad." -- UCEAP A*STAR Participant Summer 2015
Students live at housing of their choice within the greater Singapore area. Students are responsible for finding their own housing and will need to be mature and independent in their lifestyle. More information on housing...
Enjoy cultural activities and excursions that include hiking, nature walks, bicycling, and beach activities throughout Singapore.
UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of study abroad offices at every UC campus and partnerships with EAP host universities throughout the world. The A*STAR Program will provide assistance in research assignments.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; and housing.
The Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A*STAR) provides undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to engage in world-class research.
Students join ongoing team projects and are given assignments related to the successful completion of the broader research agenda. As a full-time, hands-on lab program, this is a research internship and does not provide students with academic classes. As you become a member of an ongoing research team, prior research experience is highly recommended.
Possible internship fields include bioengineering, biology (molecular, cellular, developmental), chemistry, chemical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, materials, physics. Biomedical placements are very limited and very competitive.
Students apply to the A*STAR Research Institutes. Those selected by A*STAR perform specific lab duties full-time, five days a week, attend lab meetings, keep a journal and/or lab notebook, and complete a written summary of what was learned over the course of the assignment.
Use the following resources to learn more:
There is no course information in the MyEAP Public Course Catalog as each participant will be conducting unique research which will be described on a Special Study Project form for each student. Additional information is in the Academic Information section of the Program Guide.
"I am sure research internships are available at our UC campus but I had been unable to get involved in full-time independent research thus far until now."
-- UCEAP A*STAR Participant Summer 2015
10 UC quarter/6.7 UC semester units of upper-division internship credit will be awarded for this program; one research internship course. May be graded pass/no pass or letter grade.
Research and Independent Study
This is a full-time research internship program. Additional independent study, research, or internships are not possible.
For over twenty years, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) has promoted national science and technology planning and development in Singapore. Over 2,300 A*STAR scientists and researchers work at laboratories located throughout the city. Each A*STAR research unit has a particular focus geared towards producing meaningful outcomes and promoting collaboration between research and industry.
With headquarters located to the north, outside downtown Singapore in twin research hubs termed Biopolis and Fusionopolis, A*STAR provides a conducive environment in which to learn, live, work, and explore.
Agency for Science, Technology, and Research
Test Drive Your Future
Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
- Engage in full-time internships at one of A*STAR's biomedical science, physical science, and engineering research institutes.
- A*STAR Research Institutes
Please note-Current internship offerings may vary; you may do your own research to find additional internship opportunities.
Setting Up Your Internship
- You will submit preliminary information regarding your internship interests at the time of application.
- Your internship acceptance/placement will be finalized prior to arrival.
A recent UCSB student provided a blog
about his time in A*STAR. He was Biochemistry major and was placed in a lab at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB) researching cancer genetics.
The internship is a required component of this program. You will enroll in a UC course to document your nine week internship. You will earn 10 UC quarter units (6.6 semester units) for your internship course.
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 *
|Summer Session 1||9||10||6.7||$3,350||$4,150|
|Summer Session 2||9||10||6.7||$3,350||$4,150|
* 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
- 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.
Singapore International Pre-Graduate Award (SIPGA)
Participants completing a minimum two-month (nine-week) summer research term will receive the stipend from A*STAR which will help cover living costs of the stay in Singapore. No separate application is required. Payment will be made to students on-site in accordance with the local payment timeframes. However, students should plan to bring sufficient funds to cover the full period of the stay abroad.
Junior, Senior, Graduate
3.30 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.GPA Note
: Students must have a cumulative UC GPA of at least 3.3.
Other Eligibility Requirements:
Students must be a US citizen, majoring in biology, pre-med, chemistry, physics, computer science, or engineering.
This program is intended for undergraduates advanced in their respective field of study, not for students starting out in one of these fields. Students should have research experience and be prepared to participate in hands on lab work and/or research. There is minimal on-site support for students. Students are responsible for finding their own housing and need to be very independent.
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 A*STAR.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: