National University of Singapore Admissions 2023: Requirements, Programs, Tuition Fees ,,Singapore

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Shilpa Saxena

The National University of Singapore also denoted as NUS commenced as a medical school with only 23 students, who came to the university for research in 1905. It was 75 years later that the university transformed into an institution offering a variety of study and research options covering fields other than Medicine.

A medical research team led by Assoc Prof Alfredo Franco-Obregón as part of iHealthtechNUS has contributed to the discovery of a protein that responds to weak magnetic fields related to muscle recovery. Another invention of a novel thin sweat-absorbent film to serve as an ideal shoe insole and lining as well as underarm pads was a work of Engineering researchers that took place in this very institution.

With more than 2,600 faculty members, NUS consistently ranked as one of the world’s and Asia’s top universities. The university has produced many world-renowned personalities. Some of its alumni include four former Singaporean Prime Ministers and Presidents as well as two former Malaysian Prime Ministers.

Table of Contents
  1. Courses Offered
  2. Eligibility & Documents Required
  3. Application & Tuition Fees
  4. Scholarships & Financial Aid
  5. Admission Process
  6. Student Diversity & Preferred Profile
  7. Part Time Work While Studying
  8. Campuses & Accommodation
  9. University Contact Information

Courses Offered

What all courses are available to international students?

NUS offers a variety of taught and research courses in the form of degrees programmes and other programmes, such as:

  • Concurrent degree programmes
  • Minor programmes
  • Joint-degree programmes
  • Double-major programmes
  • Double-degree programmes
  • Part-time programmes

Special Undergraduate Programmes

NUS has partnered with over 300 universities spread across more than 40 countries, which allows students to be a part of the Student Exchange Programmes. Apart from the full-time bachelor’s degree programmes, the undergraduate aspirants may choose from the following list of programmes:

  • Student Exchange Programme (SEP)
  • NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC)
  • University Scholars Programme
  • University Town College Programme (UTCP)


Through its 17 faculties, departments and schools, NUS education covers more than 2,000 modules each semester.

List of Disciplines

Students may choose to pursue their graduate and undergraduate studies in the following disciplines:

Undergraduate Disciplines

Graduate Disciplines

Art and Social Sciences

Arts and Social Sciences

Business and Accountancy






Design and Environment

Design and Environment


Duke-NUS Medical School








Integrative Sciences and Engineering


Public Health


Public Policy




Cancer Science Institute


Centre for Quantum Technologies


Institute of Systems Science


Risk Management Institute


Temasek Defence System Institute


The Logistics Institute – Asia Pacific

Thegraduate disciplines cover a huge list of masters, doctorate, and postgraduate diploma programmes.

List of Popular Disciplines

  • Architecture
  • Creative Arts
  • Computing
  • Engineering and Science
  • Hotel Management
  • Medicine
  • MBA


The university is widely celebrated for its high-impact research activities in the fields of Biomedicine, Engineering, Life Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. With 31 university-level research institutes and centres, NUS boasts three out of five of Singapore’s Research Centres of Excellence (RCE). Thesecentres specialise in Cancer, Environmental Life Sciences and Engineering, Mechanobiology, Quantum Technologies, and Water.

Research Initiatives

Globally recognised for some of its ground-breaking research works and inventions, NUS has built eight integrative research clusters, which are:

  1. Ageing
  2. Asian studies
  3. Biomedical science and translational medicine
  4. Finance and risk management
  5. Integrative sustainability solutions
  6. Maritime
  7. Materials science
  8. Smart nation

NUS Research Community and Impact

The impact of NUS research wing as of 2019 can be gauged as follows:

NUS Research Wing

Source: National University of Singapore

NUS works towards promoting comprehensive research in collaboration with many government agencies and academic institutions as well as industries in Singapore and outside. These include organisations such as Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) and International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU).

Eligibility & Documents Required

What are the eligibility requirements?

The minimum programme-wise eligibility criteria that international applicants need to meet before applying to the National University of Singapore are given below:

Undergraduate Level Eligibility Requirements

Basic Education:

  • Grade 12 in relevant discipline with impressive grades in all five major subjects (including English)

English Proficiency (either of):

  • IELTS: Minimum overall 6.5 bands with 6.5 in Reading and Writing components
  • TOEFL: Minimum score of 92-93 for internet-based or 580 for paper-based
  • PTE Academic: Minimum overall 62 with 62 in Reading and Writing components
  • C1 Advanced/Cambridge English-Advanced: Minimum score of 180
  • EL1119: C6
  • MUET: Minimum 200

Standardised Exams:

  • SAT: A minimum score of 600 for evidence-based Reading and Writing section and 650 for the mathematics section
  • ACT: A minimum composite score of 29 with a minimum of 8 in the Writing component

Note: Students may also support their English proficiency with an SAT score alone.

Graduate Level Eligibility Requirements

Basic Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline with honours

English Proficiency (either of):

  • IELTS:
    • Minimum 6 bands for MS
    • Minimum 6.5 bands for MBA
  • TOEFL:
    • A minimum score of 85–92 for MS
    • A minimum score of 100 for MBA

Standardised Exams (either of):

  • GMAT: A minimum score of 650 (must for MBA)
  • GRE: A minimum score of 320 in Verbal and Quantitative and 3.5 in Analytical (optional)

Note: Indian applicants may submit their GATE score with a minimum score of 90% instead of GRE or GMAT to apply to NUS. Also, GMAT or GRE requirement can be waived off in exceptional cases such as in the case of applicants holding a work experience of more than 10 years. In this case, they also need to show their exceptionally strong performance in academic history and score impressively well in the interview rounds.

Work Experience:

  •  Mandatory for MBA: Minimum 2 years
  • Optional for other master’s programmes

Note: To learn more about the specific entry requirements, it is recommended to visit the exact page of the intended course on the official website.

What documents are needed for the application?

International students need to provide the following set of documents at the time of application at National University of Singapore:

Note: These are general requirements for applying to NUS and may vary with different courses. It is recommended to check the exact requirements from the course page of the official website.

Application & Tuition Fees

Is there any application fees?

International students need to pay SGD 20 as a non-refundable application fee on the online application portal of NUS. Fee can be paid using international cards of AMEX, AliPay, Visa, Mastercard, or PayNow via electronic payment. Follow these steps:

Step 1: Follow the exact instructions on the E-Payment website.

Step 2: Print a copy of the receipt for personal reference.

Note: The application fee for all the programmes at NUS is the same; however, it may increase with progressive years.

What is the fee structure of courses offered by the university?

The annual tuition fee chargeable to international students at NUS for session 2020-2021 is as follows:

Course Type

Tuition Fee* (in SGD)

Bachelor Degrees


Master Degrees






Source: National University of Singapore

*Fee varies depending on the course and progressive years. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for the exact fee.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Is there any scholarship or financial aid available for international students?

NUS is counted as one of Singapore’s flagship educational institutions. The university has developed many scholarship programmes to support its national as well as international students. Though there is a limited number of scholarships available to international students, the institution covers most of its applicants.

NUS Scholarship Highlights

About 90% of the total NUS scholarships are designed to cover either 100% tuition fee or some part of it. Majority of scholarships are awarded to the students at the time of their admissions.

Note: Qualified research students are notified about their status in either May or October depending on their admission cycle.

Admission Process

When do the admissions start?

NUS admission calendar majorly follows two intakes:

NUS Admission Intakes

While the application window opens about 10 months in advance, applicants must adhere to the strict deadlines as follows:


Application Deadline*

Document Deadline*


March end

Early April


February end

Early March


Round 1 – January end

Round 2 – March end

*Deadlines vary depending on the course and can change frequently. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for exact deadlines.

Note: All the applications need to be submitted by 11:59 PM SGT on the day of given deadlines.

What are the steps to the application process? Does this involve an interview round?

Applications to all the courses offered by NUS are done via online application portals of the university. Check out the steps below to see how to fill undergraduate and postgraduate applications on dedicated portals:

Undergraduate Applicants:

International applicants need to follow these steps to apply to an undergraduate programme at NUS:

Step 1: Visit and sign up to apply.

NUS UG Application Steps

Step 2: Enter personal details and contact information.

NUS UG Application Steps

Step 3: Enter details of academic qualifications.

NUS UG Application Steps

Step 4: Enter information on university/tertiary education.

NUS UG Application Steps

Step 5: Enter the information on all outstanding achievements.

NUS UG Application Steps

Step 6: Insert the programme details and paste the application material in the boxes provided.

NUS UG Application Steps

Step 7: In this step, input the following:

  • Next-of-kin information
  • Personal identification number
  • Application fee
  • Financial aid
  • Other information
  • Tuition grant

NUS UG Application Steps

Step 8: Read the declaration carefully.

NUS UG Application Steps

Step 9: Press the ‘Continue’ button to complete the application.

Graduate Applicants

International applicants need to follow these steps to apply to a graduate programme at NUS:

Step 1: Sign up on the university’s application portal at

NUS PG Application Steps

Step 2: Click on ‘Create New Application’ and choose the following:

  • Programme type
  • Faculty
  • Programme
  • Department
  • Specialisation (area of study)
  • Source of finance
  • Specify in case of ‘other source of finance’
  • Academic load

NUS PG Application Steps

Step 3: Read the instructions from the faculty/department/school carefully.

Step 4: Fill up the information as stepping through the application process.

Step 5: The system will perform an application completeness check for the selected programme.

Step 6: Once the above steps are completed, fill up the declaration section.

Step 7: Click on the 'Submit' button in the declaration page to complete the submission.

Step 8: To make an online payment for the application/acceptance fee and view details of your application (e.g. application status and admission status), click ‘View Application/Make Payment/Submit Reply on Offer of Admission’ at the menu on the left.

Step 9: To make changes to basic programme info for an application, click ‘Edit’.

Step 10: To apply to multiple programmes within the same application cycle and to change the order of preference, please click on the ‘Up’ and ‘Down’ links as required.

Note: The active page is automatically saved upon clicking on ‘Previous’ or ‘Next’ hyperlinks.

When will I hear from the university after I submit my application?

Information on admissions starts appearing on the university website from February onwards. Indian students may expect the admission decisions from the university by:


Expected Decision*




Mid-May to July end

*Dates vary depending on the course and can change frequently. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for exact deadlines.

Student Diversity & Preferred Profile

How difficult is it to get an admission? What is the acceptance rate of the university for international students?

With a typically low acceptance rate, NUS is a highly competitive institution. Each year, the university receives over thousands of applications, especially from within Asia. However, due to a limited number of seats in every class, the acceptance rate drops to only 5%.

Preferred Profile

Factors affecting admission at NUS include:

  • Academic aptitude
  • Standardised exam scores
  • References
  • Intent behind pursuing the program (best justified through statement of purpose
  • Extracurricular records

It is recommended to pay special attention to the minimum requirements of each programme at the time of application to avoid confusions regarding the eligibility or scope.

NUS MBA Class Profile

MBA aspirants may refer to the statistics below to understand the class profile of NUS MBA:


Full-Time MBA

Part-Time MBA

Average GMAT score



Average work experience



Average age






International students



Source: National University of Singapore

As the data show, more international students find a place in the part-time MBA programme at NUS. However, in both programmes, the minimum requirements to get enrolled are high, making the place a competitive environment.

How many Indian/international students are studying at the university?

While the National University of Singapore houses over 38,000 students, the share of international students is about 32% of the total student body. Students from more than 100 countries take admissions in a variety of programmes that the university has to offer.

Countries Represented in NUS MBA

NUS MBA is highly popular amongst international students. Aspirants from more than 25 countries aim for not just the full-time MBA but also its part-time programme. Following countries have been represented in the MBA class of NUS:








South Korea



Hong Kong







United Kingdom


United States









Though there are more countries to this list, these countries have reported sending highest number of students to NUS MBA programmes.

Part Time Work While Studying

Can I work while studying here?

The National University of Singapore encourages its students to work inside and outside the campus to gain some exposure in their respective fields of study.

Type of Jobs Allowed:

  • Graduate jobs
  • Internship opportunities
  • Part-time and temporary jobs

How to Find Suitable Jobs:

Students may find amazing opportunities to work under professors or with college alumni through three platforms introduced by the university:

Work while Studying at NUS

Let us understand how they work:

NUS TalentConnect

It is a job portal especially designed for the students and alumni of NUS to find jobs and work in collaboration. It allows students to find various options in within NUS departments as well as its corporate partners across industries.

How to Apply:

  • Create a profile page using the registered email address
  • Review account information
  • Upload resumes and cover letters
  • Look for opportunities matching the job function or industry

NUS career+

NUS career+ is a dedicated mobile app developed to help NUS students test their career efficiency.

How to Apply:

  • Download the application
  • Log in using the registered email address
  • View preferred jobs that match the field of study
  • Allow the application to automatically retrieve the academic records
  • Build a customised list of skillsets
  • Let the application match skillsets with real-time jobs
  • Keep track of progress towards the desired career path

NUS Student Work Scheme (NSWS)

This scheme aims at helping NUS students be self-reliant while gaining some relevant experience by working within the campus.

How to Apply:

  • Access the central portal of NUS TalentConnect to find job details available under the NSWS
  • Search a job match with the prospective NUS Hiring Departments

NSWS equips its students with the skills and knowledge required to excel as a professional by on-the-job training and guidance.

Campuses & Accommodation

How many colleges and campuses does the university have?

The university has 17 faculties, departments, and schools spread across 3 main campuses in Singapore. NUS offers the majority of university’s academic, research, and administrative facilities within its main campus in Kent Ridge sprawling across 150 hectares of land. Apart from this, there are 11 international colleges in other countries. The three national campuses are:

NUS Campuses

Campus Highlights

Every campus has something unique to offer. Check out the highlights of each of NUS campus:

Kent Ridge Campus:

  • University Town (UTown) – extension
  • Residential college
  • Academic and recreational facilities
  • Student residence halls
  • Sports facilities
  • Arts and cultural activities

Outram Campus:

  • Duke-NUS Medical School (Duke-NUS)
  • Medical education shaping future practitioners

Bukit Timah Campus:

  • Law faculty
  • Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Overall, NUS has more than 200 student clubs that organise numerous activities promoting student engagement and overall development.

Events and Activities:

  • Symposiums, talks, forums featuring prominent speakers
  • Bazaars, carnivals, fairs with stalls
  • Exhibitions, performances, concerts, recitals conducted by NUS Centre for Arts and NUS Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music

NUS Notable Collaborations

Some of the notable schools of NUS include:

Students find amazing learning opportunities through brilliantly-designed programmes as part of these collaborations.

Is on-campus housing available? How much does it cost?

All national and international students may find a variety of options to live within and near the university campus.

Options available for all students:

  • Residence halls
  • Student residences
  • Residential colleges

On-Campus Residence Halls for Undergraduates

  • Eusoff Hall
  • Kent Ridge Hall
  • King Edward VII Hall
  • Prince George’s Park (PGP) House
  • Raffles Hall
  • Sheares Hall
  • Temasek Hall

Headed by:

  • Hall master
  • Team of resident fellows
  • Elected student committee

Benefits of On-Campus Accommodation

  • 70 food and retail outlets
  • 7 well-equipped modern libraries
  • Wi-Fi and LAN connectivity

Off-Campus Student Residences for Undergraduates

  • Prince George’s Park Residences
  • UTown Residence

Managed by:

  • Team of resident advisors
  • Resident assistants

Students with Special Needs —

NUS on-campus accommodation has the facility of special rooms designed for students with special needs. Those who need special attention due to a serious medical condition may indicate at the time of application. This would help the authorities allocate the most appropriate room available for such students.

Steps to Apply for On-Campus Accommodation

Step 1: Check eligibility: Check out if the eligibility and selection criteria to apply for on-campus accommodation.

Step 2: Explore hostel options: Find out the available hostel options on the campus.

Step 3: Check hostel rates: Get information on hostel rates.

Step 4: T&C of hostel application: Carefully read and understand the ‘terms and conditions’ of the hostel.

Step 5: Application process:

  • Register on the University Housing Management System (UHMS) Hostel Application portal
  • Pay an application fee of SGD 26.75 via Amex, Master or Visa debit/credit, or eNETs
  • Apply for accommodation
  • Upon being accepted to stay at NUS for one academic year, pay another acceptance fee of SGD 200 to secure the spot for the second semester

Cost of Living at NUS

Given below is an idea of the annual cost required to stay at NUS:


Cost* (in SGD)

On-campus accommodation (single/double occupancy)




Personal expenses


Transportation within Singapore


Average cost of books and supplies


Total estimated costs excluding accommodation


Total estimated costs including accommodation


Source: National University of Singapore

*Cost is subject to change with progressive years. We recommend students to check the latest cost on the university website.

Graduates Eligibility for On-Campus Accommodation

  • Students enrolled in the full-time programmes are eligible to apply for the on-campus accommodation at NUS
  • Part-time students or students who have withdrawn their admission from NUS are not eligible for hostel residence
  • Students with any outstanding financial arrears or students who are on Leave of Absence (LOA) are not eligible to apply for or live on the university premises

Note: International students must possess valid passes that are as issued by the Immigration and Customs Authority (ICA) or the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) throughout their stay in an NUS hostel.

Insurance Information

All students staying on the campus must be insured either under the NUS Student Insurance Scheme or an equivalent. The insurance tenure needs to be as long as student’s stay in the NUS hostel.

Off-Campus Housing for Graduates

Graduates may apply to any of the following options for off-campus accommodations:

NUS Off-Campus Accommodation Options

The aforementioned off-campus options are mostly preferred by married students with spouse or children.

University Contact Information

Whom should I contact in case of any doubts?

International students may contact the university office at:


Telephone: +65 6516 1010

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