Study Abroad Program Overview
Summer in Singapore and make it your portal to Asia when you join the National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) for an exciting five-week program. Asia is the spotlight of FASS curriculum, in which coursework first introduces the cosmopolitan hub of Singapore, and then takes your learning beyond the classroom with local field trips and, in a few instances, a week-long course excursion to another Asian country.
Included in annual publications as one of the top places to travel, the city-state of Singapore offers a mélange of cultural experiences, languages, foods, iconic sites, and aromatic scents to stimulate your curiosity and deepen your understanding of the richness and complexity of our world.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
The Center for Language Studies offers relevant Asian language courses that complement field excursion courses.
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UC students live in NUS dormitory residences on campus with local and international students. More information on housing...
Enjoy cultural activities and excursions arranged by NUS. Many courses include week-long field trips to other Asian countries.
You will also find opportunities for 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 UCEAP host universities throughout the world. The NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Science will administer the summer program and assist UC students in matters of daily life.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; units, exams, and grades; orientation; and housing.
Courses are offered through the Faculty’s Asian Studies, Humanities, and Social Sciences Divisions and focus on Asia with particular attention to the diverse environment of Southeast Asia. Courses are taught by NUS professors or visiting lecturers.
Students take two courses — either one field trip course and one non-field trip course or two non-field trip courses. Field trip courses feature a week of travel study to another Asian country which have included Taiwan, Japan, Korea, India, or Indonesia. Courses may include local day trips in Singapore or to a nearby overseas location over a weekend to facilitate your experiential learning outside the classroom.
The Center for Language Studies also offers relevant Asian language courses that complement the field trips for a comprehensive learning experience and cultural immersion.
Use the following resources to learn more:
12 quarter/8 semester UC units required; two courses. Letter grade required.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Opportunities for internships or independent research for academic credit are not available on this short term summer program.
The National University of Singapore
The National University of Singapore (NUS) is an innovative global university with modern facilities and top-ranked academic programs. A leading center for the study of Southeast Asia, NUS is also distinguished in engineering, business, and the biological sciences. Located at the tip of the Malaysian Peninsula on the Indian Ocean, NUS offers notable strengths in the marine sciences.
Its main Kent Ridge campus is situated on a spacious area about 20 minutes from the city center, easily accessible by public transportation.
Visit the National University of Singapore website.
* 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 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 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:
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.
- 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
- Program excursions
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior
2.50 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
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: