General information 

Singapore is a very small island that lies just South of Malaysia, yet the city always has something to offer. The country is famous for its spectacular food, its multicultural metropolis, the merlion, and its world-class shopping malls.

As the Lonely Planet notes 'food is the national obsession - and it's not difficult to see why. Sitting out under the stars at a bustling hawker centre with a few bottles of Tiger beer and diving into an enormous array of Asian dishes is one of the iconic Singaporean experiences. Sambal stingray, char kway teow, oyster omelette, chicken rice, clay-pot seafood, fish head curry, beef rendang… the list is as long as it is delicious.'

Please note that some partners may not be available for exchange for a particular academic year, if this is the case it is stated below.

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National University of Singapore

National University of Singapore website

Fast facts

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of students enrolled: 38,000+
  • Number of campuses: 3
  • Academic year: August - May
  • Autumn Semester Equivalent: August - December
  • Spring Semester Equivalent: January – May


Founded in 1905 as a Medical College, the National University of Singapore is now the oldest and largest university in the country. It is one of the best universities in Asia, currently 14th in the world in the QS world rankings 2018.

Areas of study include arts, social sciences, business, computing, environment, engineering, sciences, law and music.


  • 8 hours to Sydney
  • 1 hour to Kuala Lumpur
  • 2 hours to Cambodia

Singapore is a small tropical island with over 63 surrounding islets. It offers world class shopping centres, entertainment and excellent nightlife in the popular Clarke Quay bar and restaurant area. Other highlights include the luxurious colonial-style Raffles Hotel which has a number of restaurants and bars open to non-guests and the award winning Singapore Zoo which has the largest population of captive orangutans in the world! All of these are within easy reach of the university as there is an efficient transportation network of taxis, buses  and an underground MRT rail system, which operates from 6am to midnight.

Top Attractions: NUS Centre for Arts, Little India markets, Singapore Sling from Raffles Hotel, Chinatown, Marina Bay Sands and the National Museum of Singapore

Travel Opportunities

Situated in the heart of SE Asia, Singapore is a travellers’ haven offering easy access to Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines, as well as further afield to China, Hong Kong and Nepal.

Adventurous students travel to the ruins of Angkor Wat, see the beauty of Ha Long Bay and party under the full moon at Koh Phangan in Thailand.

Travelling to the beautiful islands of Malaysia makes the perfect weekend trip.


Singapore weather is sunny and humid all year round. The temperature hovers around 25-33°C with 75% humidity. Rainfall is slightly higher during the monsoon season in the months of November to February.

Finance 2019/20

Bursaries from the University of Nottingham available for those accepted to study abroad at NUS:

  • Means tested Global Travel Bursary of £750 dependent on household income for students begining their studies in 2016 or after. Students who started their studies before 2016 should see the finance webpage, as the award criteria will differ (available to students classed as Home Students for fees purposes and accepted to study abroad as part of the University-wide exchange programme)

  • DUO-Singapore Exchange Fellowship is an award from the Singaporean Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a select group of students each year. Successful students receive €4000.

Approximate living costs per semester:

  • Return flight from UK (av. 13.5 hours): £500-700
  • Visa costs: S$* 30-90
  • Student service fees: S$ 63.11 per semester
  • Medical service fees:S$ 68.35
  • Accommodation: S$ 300-800 per month on-campus
  • Meal plans: S$ 250-400 per moth on-campus
  • Travel insurance: approx. 94p. per day, dependant on personal circumstances (taken from STA insurance estimate)

* Singapore dollar.

Approximate living costs compiled from external sources and partner university website.

More about living costs


  • University halls of residence are available but not guaranteed to exchange students. NUS has a number of halls of residence available on the Kent Ridge Campus and in University Town. NUS halls are known for their vibrancy in Co-Curricular Activities, rich history and culture.
  • Private accommodation is available but quite limited and significantly more expensive. Most landlords tend to only consider a one-year lease.

More about accommodation

Application success rate

Percentage of students placed at this partner out of total applications received (including 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice).

2016/17 = 20%
2017/18 = 22%
2018/19 = 10%

Module catalogue

More about studying abroad at the National University of Singapore

NUS disability support

LGBTQ travel advice for Singapore



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