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Yale-NUS College

As an exchange student, there are a few things you need to know about going to Yale-NUS College. Learn more about the location, the courses and student life! 

Visit their website for more information about studying abroad at Yale-NUS College!


Yale-NUS is a fully residential liberal arts and sciences college in Singapore which is the result of a collaboration between Yale University and the National University of Singapore. It was founded as an institution in 2011. NUS is consistently ranked the best university in Asia and one of the best in the world. As an autonomous college within NUS.

The Yale-NUS campus is brand new and located in beautiful and vibrant UTown area of the NUS campus in Clementi. Over 60,000 square meters, it includes three residential colleges, three dining halls, one library, a recording studio, art studios, a blackbox theatre, scientific research labs, and more. Yale-NUS is the only fully-residential campus of higher education in Singapore, and one of the few in Asia.


Singapore is a vibrantly cosmopolitan and culturally diverse city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula in South East Asia. Singapore is a truly multicultural kaleidoscope with four official languages: English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil, adopted from each of the four major ethnic or 'racial' groups: Eurasian, Chinese, Malay and Indian.

Singapore's strategic location, excellent facilities, fascinating cultural contrasts and tourist attractions contribute to its success as a leading destination for both business and pleasure.

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Level of competitiveness

Very competitive ***

The level of competitiveness (Less competitive * / Competitive ** / Very competitive ***) refers to one's chances of being allocated an exchange space at this partner. This is an approximation determined by the number of applications received for this destination during the last academic year versus the total number of exchange spaces available to Queen Mary students. 

Academic Calendar

Semester 1: Orientation in early August, classes from mid-August, and exams in early December

Semester 2: Orientation in early January, classes from mid-January, and exams in early May

For the detailed calendar, please visit the Yale-NUS website.


Exchange students are not eligible for the Common Curriculum courses, which are reserved for full-time degree students, with the exception of “Historical Immersion”. Registration for Historical Immersion will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Exchange students are not eligible for Independent Reading and Research modules.

Exchange students can only take 1 or maximum 2 modules offered by other faculties at NUS, subject to approval by teaching faculty and to the non-graduating module restrictions


Students need to take 18-22  credits (usually four x 5 credit courses) per semester.

Find out more about credit transfer and grade conversions.


All exchange students are required to stay on campus and a lump-sum fee is charged for room and board at our Residential Colleges. General information is available on the webpage for incoming exchange students, under the section “Housing and Student Life”.

You can find additional information on residential living and on their Dining Experience on their website.

Cost of Living

  • Cost of room (accommodation) and board (dining hall food): SG$4525/semester (rate for AY2019/20)
  • Student Services Fee: SG$63.11/semester (rate for AY2019/20)
  • Health Service Fee: SG$68.35/semester (rate for AY2019/20)
  • Books/Supplies: SG$100/semester (approximately)

Support Services

The Counselling Centre together with the Wellness unit of the Dean of Students Office oversee the well-being and mental health of students at Yale-NUS College. This includes providing services and resources to manage and reduce stress and establishing the foundation for a community of care.

More information on accessibility can be found on Yale-NUS College's Learning Accommodations page. 

Campus Life

 Find out more about student life at Yale-NUS College.

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