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National University of Singapore (NUS)

Founded in 1905 with just 23 students, NUS is the oldest higher education institution in Singapore. Today Singapore’s flagship university spans three campuses in Kent Ridge, Bukit Timah and Outram.
Find out more at NUS' exchange webpages

Number of places available: 2 general full year places, 1 Law full year place.


Term Dates:

Application Dates

Intake Nomination deadline (by DU) Submission deadline for online application by students once awarded a GO place by DU.
NUS Semester 1,(August - December) & Full year (August to May) mid-February to mid-March 21 March to 15 April
NUS Semester 2, (January - May) 1 August to 1 September 1 September to 1 October

All applications must be submitted online after NUS has received the formal nomination from Durham. The online application portal will be closed after the deadline. For more information, please visit the NUS website

Academic Information

A list of all modules available for exchange students is available.

Students must have at least an average of a "B" grade in the declared major of studies at home university for better chances of securing modules amidst the competition. No grade below "C" in the major of studies.

Study Load

20 units per semester (approximately 5 courses). For more information, please visit NUS Registrar's Office


Students are advised to be as flexible as possible with module requirements. There are no guarantees for modules as some are in very high demand and will be difficult to get onto.

Students should refer to the list of module restrictions before making any choices: NUS Registrar's Office (see "Course Related Matters").

In particular, courses in Architecture, Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Psychology and Economics are in high demand, and places are limited.  Students may have to be flexible in terms of study plans / modules taken.

Language Requirements

Classes in NUS are conducted in English except for foreign language classes. Nominated students from Durham for fee-waiver exchange at NUS are expected to be proficient in English in order to follow the classes. No English Language courses are available to exchange students who need to brush up on the English Language while on exchange.


On-campus accommodation at NUS is available to exchange students but is limited and is it NOT guaranteed. Students must indicate on the initial application form if they would like to apply for on-campus accommodation. More information about on-campus accommodation can be found in the application guide and in the Campus Housing Options guide.

Students who fail to secure on-campus accommodation should consider staying off campus, the NUS housing team can assist. Please visit the website for further information on off-campus accommodation.

Student Support

NUS offer a range of Student Services from academic support, hostel admissions, resources, disability support and more.

Other Information

All international students must take up the compulsory NUS Health and Insurance Scheme (HINS) which is included in the Miscellaneous Student Fees (MSFs).

Information on insurance coverage

MSFs Rates

Summer Opportunities

NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers the FASStrack Summer Programme.


GO Full Year Study: Step by Step

How does it work?

Find out details of how full-year GO study works

Where can I go?

Find out about Durham's partner universities

How to apply

Find out the application process

Preparing to go

What students must do pre-departure

Currently Abroad

Help and resources for students abroad

Returning Students

Find out what to do on your return