National University of Singapore - Honors

Program Facts

Program Type: Exchange

Credit Type: Transfer Credit

Terms Available: Academic Year , Fall , Spring

GPA: 3.5

Class Eligibility: Junior , Senior , Sophomore

Program Open To: UA Students

Language of Instruction: English

Application Deadline: Academic Year: February 15 , Fall: February 15 , Spring: August 25

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The National University of Singapore is one of the preeminent universities of Asia and has a global academic reputation. NUS has been rated as one of the world’s top 20 universities and is rated in the top 10 in engineering. To find out more about NUS' Engineering Department click HERE. To explore the modules (courses) available for exchange students, click HERE. To look at module descriptions, click HERE. Please note that Business and Law modules are not available for University of Arizona students.

The National University of Singapore is an English language institution. All classes are taught in English, making NUS a good destination for students studying a variety of fields. NUS will offer world-class instruction in many fields, including a variety of sciences. Almost all majors offered at the University of Arizona are available at the National University of Singapore.

UArizona Honors students studying at NUS have access to exclusive honors modules, offered through the NUS College (NUSC). Learn more about the NUS College curriculum.

NOTE: Starting with the 2024-2025 Academic Year, students participating in the NUS Honors program are required to take 2 modules from the NUSC course catalog here.


NUS has a 370.64 acre campus situated on a ridge surrounded by lush greenery. It is only 25 minutes away from the city. Close to the campus is a housing estate with food outlets, clinics, shops and a supermarket, where you can stock up on groceries and buy toiletries and other essentials. As the western port facilities of Pasir Panjang are close to NUS, you can enjoy panoramic sea views from some parts of campus.

Singapore is an island nation located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. Singapore’s historical importance as a regional trading and transportation hub has propelled it into the financial and business powerhouse it is today. Singapore is one of the most modern cities in the world. Entering Singapore is like travelling forward in time. You’ll be surrounded by ultra-modern architecture, chic shopping districts, multi-national corporations, great public transportation, and the cleanest streets you’ll ever see in a modern city.

Singapore’s citizens are mostly Malay and Chinese, though many Indians, Tamils, and Arabs call Singapore home. Singapore’s ethnic diversity is evident in its wide variety of restaurants. The streets of Singapore also hold traditional festivals put on by its culturally diverse population. English is one of Singapore’s four official languages.

If you want a modern city in which to experience a variety of different cultures, Singapore is the place for you.


Good to Know:

LGBTQ+ Equality Index rating: Singapore rates 55/100 (with 100 being the most equal) on Equaldex’s LGBTQ+ Equality Index.

Global Peace Index rating: Singapore ranks 4/163 in the Global Peace Index. The lower the score, the more peaceful the country.

Languages spoken: Mandarine 35%, English 23%, Malay 14%, Hokkien 11%, Cantonese 6%, Teochew 5%, Tamil 3%, other 3%


NUS has 6 Halls of Residence with about 3,000 residential places. The halls are situated in different parts of the campus and are a great place to get familiar with other students, as well as other cultures. Each Hall of Residence has staff members in place to look after students’ well being. In these residences, 11 to 15 single rooms are grouped into clusters, with each cluster having its own kitchen and bathroom facilities. Meal plans are not available but students have the option of cooking their own meals. Each kitchen is equipped with basic cooking appliances. This cluster concept allows students to enjoy a more independent style of life while still interacting with students from different backgrounds. Each residence has a team of assistants and advisers to assist students with any concerns they may have.

UArizona Honors students may apply to live in the prestigious USP Cinnamon College. Within this unique space, USP students develop a sense of belonging through living and learning together. Students take classes in special "learn lobes", share meals with peers and professors, play sports, and organize events in the halls. Other amenities include Master’s Commons, floors lounges, suites and the common lounge – fondly known as Chatterbox.

Residence Life

Due to the high demand for student dormitories, Off Campus Housing is also available.

Click here to review the U.S. Embassy in Singapore's COVID-19 information page.

Semester Dates

  • This program may require a quarantine upon arrival in Singapore
  • Please check the NUS Academic Calendar for the most accurate program dates.

Semester Cost

  • $50 Study Abroad Application Fee
  • Mandatory Geo Blue International Health Insurance at a rate of $3 a day (approximately $360 a semester)
  • You pay Main Campus UA Tuition & Fees to do an exchange and receive all of the financial aid you use on main campus.
    • To learn more about how financial aid is applied to studying abroad, please see the official OSFA website.
  • Other estimated costs include but not limited to housing, transportation (air & local), visa, meals, books and supplies
  • UA Study Abroad scholarships are available based on eligibility

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