The National University of Singapore (NUS) is the sovereign city-oldest state’s higher education institution. The current NUS is the consequence of a 1980 merger between the previous University of Singapore and Nanyang University, which was founded in 1905 as the Straits Settlements and Federated Malay States Government Medical School.
The campus, which is near Kent Ridge, follows the British educational system, which was clearly inspired by Singapore’s former colonial power. In the form of course credits, it also has certain American influences.
Arts & Social Science, Business, Computing, Dentistry, Medicine (Yong Loo Lin), Engineering, Integrative Sciences & Engineering, Music, Public Health, Public Policy, and Science are the current divisions of NUS.
NUS is also responsible for the Duke-NUS School of Medicine in Outram and the Yale-NUS Liberal Arts College in University Town. In this article, we’ll look at the National University of Singapore’s international student scholarships.
Students from other countries
More than a quarter of NUS’ 30,943 students, or 26%, are international students.
Despite the large number of overseas students, the Office of Student Affairs oversees them alongside native-born students.
Even though the office serves thousands of students, it still manages to provide everything a foreign student would require, such as briefings, host programs, welcoming parties, and buddy programs.
For all overseas enrollees, the office also provides a downloadable startup package guide.
International Students’ Tuition Fee
Undergraduate tuition fees for international students range from SGD 17,550 ($13,085) to SGD 63,750 ($47,525). The special term charge, which ranges from SGD 1,755 ($1,310) to SGD 3,090 ($2,305), is not included.
Annual graduate tuition, on the other hand, is a little more costly – especially if the Ministry of Education does not subsidize it. It could cost anywhere between SGD 35,650 ($26,575) and $95,650 ($71,300).
Admissions Guide for International Students
Do you want to study at NUS? See the Undergraduate Admissions Guide and the Graduate Admissions Guide for further information.
Fees for applications
The cost of applying to NUS as an undergraduate is only SGD 20 ($15).
Graduate applications, on the other hand, are SGD 50 ($38) more expensive.
This non-refundable fee can be paid online (by credit card), via AXS, or by check/bank draft. Payment confirmation normally takes 3 to 7 days (credit card or AXS) (for bank drafts).
International Students’ Admissions Requirements at the National University of Singapore
The attainment of a high school diploma is the minimum qualification for aspiring international students. In addition, the applicant must have completed at least 12 years of basic education.
Aside from that, applicants must provide their ACT and SAT scores, as well as a report on their advanced placement score.
Students must also finish pre-requisite courses as required by their desired programs in addition to these baseline prerequisites. Students interested in Architecture, for example, must complete Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, or Physical Science.
A screening interview is also required for some schools, including Architecture, Industrial Design, Law, and Dentistry (among many others).
Graduate applicants, on the other hand, must have a Bachelor’s (Hons) degree as a minimum requirement. For Ph.D. applicants, a Master’s degree is, of course, recommended.
International students must also take an English proficiency test and the GRE if their bachelor’s degree was not earned at one of the following institutions:
- Nanyang Technological University is a university in Singapore.
- Singapore Management University is a private university in Singapore.
- Singapore University of Technology and Design is a university in Singapore that focuses on technology and design
Additional documentation, such as transcripts of records, academic documents, referee reports, and proof of financial support, may be required for specific programs.
According to the World University Rankings, NUS is rated 25th in the world. It’s also ranked third in Asia and 24th in the world in terms of reputation.
On a subject-by-subject basis, NUS is placed in the top five universities in the world:
- Computer Science 8th
- 12th in Engineering & Technology and Law
- Business & Economics is ranked 14th
- Physical, Clinical, and Health Science, 18th
- Social Science ranks 22nd
- Life Science is ranked 25th
- Arts & Humanities is ranked 37th
- 57th position in Psychology
In the meantime, NUS has a higher ranking in the Top Universities Survey. It is ranked the 11th finest university in the world here.
NUS is also ranked first in Petroleum Engineering, second in Civil/Structural Engineering, third in Chemical Engineering, and third in Computer Science, according to the poll.
Ratio of Acceptance
According to estimates, NUS has a 16 percent acceptance rate. These successful applicants have an average GPA of 3.7, with SAT and ACT scores of 1250 and 29, respectively.
Successful international applicants, on the other hand, have an IELTS score of 6 and a TOEFL score of 85.
International Student Scholarships at National Universities
Scholarships for Undergraduates
1. Undergraduate Scholarship in Science and Technology
- Link to a Scholarship
- Scholarship Amount: After the Ministry of Education Grant Subsidy, tuition and mandatory fees.
This scholarship is granted to qualifying students who qualify for admission to programs in the schools of Computing, Science (excluding Pharmacy), and Engineering. It is open to citizens of Asian nations (except Singapore).
This scholarship includes an SGD 6,000 ($4,475) living allowance, SGD 200 ($150) settling allowance, and annual lodgings in addition to tuition. It also covers the cost of a round-trip ticket from Singapore to the student’s home country (upon admission) (after graduation).
This National University of Singapore scholarship does not require a separate application. Grantees are chosen based on their academic achievements, extracurricular activities, and leadership abilities in high school.
2. ASEAN Scholarship for Undergraduates
- Link to a Scholarship
- Amount of the scholarship: Tuition charge after Ministry of Education Grant Subsidy + Stipend
This scholarship is available to outstanding students from ASEAN countries (excluding Singapore) and is awarded without the requirement for a separate application.
Aside from being an ASEAN resident, the scholar must have excelled academically in high school. He or she must also have great leadership abilities and potential, as well as excellent co-curricular achievements.
This National University of Singapore scholarship covers tuition as well as an annual living allowance of SGD 5,800 ($4,325).
Scholarships from external organizations are also available to international students. A list of similar prizes may be found here.
Scholarships for Graduate Students
1. Research Scholarship at NUS
- Link to a Scholarship
- Amount of Scholarship: Full tuition + Stipend
Local and international graduate students accepted into any of NUS’ graduate research programs are eligible for this prize. Completion of an Honours/Upper-division Bachelor’s degree and qualifying for a Ministry of Education grant are also criteria for this award.
A monthly allowance of SGD 1,500 ($1,120) for Master’s students and SGD 2,000 ($1,490) for Ph.D. students is included in the scholarship at the National University of Singapore.
Individuals who pass the Ph.D. qualifying exam are also eligible for a top-up fee.
2. Scholarship for NUS-Singapore students
- Link to a Scholarship
- Amount of Scholarship: Full tuition for four years plus stipends
International students who meet the criteria can apply for the NUS-Singa scholarship, which offers tuition subsidies, monthly stipends, setting allowances, and travel allowances for four years. Once they complete the Ph.D. qualifying test, scholarship holders of this National University of Singapore scholarship will receive a top-up.
Graduate students enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Science, School of Computing, Duke-NUS Medical School, and NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine are not eligible for the NUS-Singapore scholarship.