Please be reminded that you may need to meet different deadlines when applying to this program:
- Princeton will nominate each candidate for the SPIA program by March 10, 2021
- Nominated students must submit the NUS application by April 15, 2021
- Students must complete all materials in GPS for final Study Abroad approval by April 30, 2021
This is the program brochure JUST for SPIA students interested in the task force.
Princeton students majoring in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs can attend a fall semester program at the National University of Singapore (NUS), one of the top universities in Asia and the world. NUS is perfectly located in the heart of South East Asia, which makes it very easy for students to travel in the region to places like Malaysia, China, India, Australia, and others. In addition to the task force, Princeton students will be able to choose courses from all undergraduate departments.
NUS is consistently ranked as one of Asia's top universities by both UK ranking systems, the QS World University Rankings and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. According to the latest 2015 QS World University Rankings, NUS is ranked 12th in the world and retained its position as 1st in Asia.
NUS is perfectly located in the heart of South East Asia, and this makes it very easy for students to travel in the region (to places like Malaysia, China, India, Australia, etc.).
Princeton students will be able to choose courses (modules) from all undergraduate departments. Not all NUS modules are open to Princeton students to apply to, and there are some restrictions in place. In particular, Business, Law, and Economics modules are in very high demand and can be very difficult to get in. Module allocation depends on supply/demand, and meeting any relevant pre-requisites. A list of the modules that NGNE students could apply to can be seen here.
A full course load for Princeton students is comprised of 16 MCs (Modular Credits), which typically correspond to 4 NUS courses. SPIA students will also have to take the Task Force seminar, in addition to the regular course load.
Students are advised to read the online guide under “Before Applying” on modules selection and application before applying for the exchange at NUS.
- Fall 2021: For Princeton students joining this program, there is an Orientation beginning in early August. Although Princeton students are encouraged to take part in the full Orientation program, students with documented academic conflicts are allowed to join the program by the first day of classes (and they will have to make up for the missed orientation information).
Although on-campus accommodation is not guaranteed for non-exchange students, Princeton will be working closely with the NUS Housing office to try and secure on-campus accommodation for Princeton students. US offers three types of on-campus accommodation: (1) Residential Colleges, (2) Residences, and (3) Halls of Residence. Each residential college at NUS has a mix of local and international students, and includes a mandatory meal plan (2 meals/day). Available on-campus options (though please note not all on-campus will be available for Princeton students to apply to) and costs can be seen at: http://nus.edu.sg/osa/campus-living/residential-options.
NUS features a very lively and vibrant student life, with more than 90 clubs and organizations Princeton students can participate in.
Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section
of the Study Abroad website.
Passport and Visa
Students must have a passport valid for at least six months after the end of their study abroad program. For information on obtaining or renewing a US passport, please consult the US State Department Passport Website
. Students are responsible for checking the entry requirements for their destination country, and obtaining an appropriate visa, if required. Entry requirements can be found on the destination country’s embassy or consulate website.
Students interested in applying to this program must complete three separate processes:
- Be nominated by Princeton University by March 10, 2021
- Apply directly to the program and submit hard copy of materials to OIP by April 15, 2021. Visit the program website directly for application instructions and deadlines. Please note that program application deadlines are often earlier than Princeton approval deadlines.
- Complete the Princeton approval process by April 30, 2021. You may download the course approval form and instructions from your GPS application. Click “apply now” on this brochure to access these items. Check GPS for Princeton’s approval deadlines.
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