Yale-NUS College (Singapore)
Yale-NUS Liberal Arts and Sciences College is an exchange destination for University College Utrecht students in Singapore. It is an autonomous liberal arts college located on the NUS campus.
Please note: Students must have a 3.2 GPA (minimum) in order to apply for this destination.
|Number of places available|
2 per semester
Fall Semester: Early August – early December (including exams)
|Language of instruction|
Fall Semester: April 8
Liberal arts curriculum including common courses and electives in the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences and mathematics. Specific course listings will be available several months before the semester begins. Read more about Yale-NUS’s curriculum.
1st, 2nd, and 3rd year levels
Yale-NUS works with Modular Credits (MCs); NUS students usually take 5 courses comprising a total of 20 Modular credits per semester. UCU has established that 18 MCs is the equivalent of 30 ECTS, so 20 MCs is the equivalent to 33.3 ECTS. 1 MC = 1.67 ECTS.
Yale-NUS works with a GPA system ranging from 5 to 0.
Yale-NUS students live on campus for all four years of their studies. Students live in single dormitory rooms with shared bathrooms. Meals are provided in the dining hall. Learn more about Yale-NUS’s residential life.
NUS breaks down living costs in Singapore on this page. Note that room and board at Yale-NUS College costs around 4,500 Singapore Dollars per semester
Onsite orientation will be provided on arrival in Singapore.
UCU students who go on exchange to Yale-NUS come back with overwhelmingly positive experiences. The study programme at the university is very well organised, and the academic quality of courses is high, with a lot of class engagement. A downside of this is that the workload can be quite demanding as well, but most students didn’t mind this since the courses were interesting and in-depth. The campus housing is just outside of the city, about as expensive at UCU and close to the academic buildings.
The city of Singapore can be expensive and a bit of a “bubble”, but many students don’t experience this as an obstacle since they can easily take trips to neighbouring countries during breaks.
This destination will definitely challenge you and take you to the next step in your academic career!
Yale-NUS is in Singapore, a city-state with over 5 million inhabitants. It is one of the most densely populated countries in the world and is known for its modern cityscape as well as experiments with green cities. Find out more here.
Singapore has a tropical climate. It lacks seasons and temperatures are always between 25 and 33 degrees with high humidity. There is always a lot of rainfall, but especially in November-January.
Yale-NUS College has about 1,000 students and is located on the NUS campus. The NUS campus is located in the city of Singapore some 10 km from the city center. It has over 35,000 students. The University Town (the residency area next to the campus) has, apart from the residential building, classrooms, elaborate sport facilities, small markets, several dining facilities, etcetera. Download a map of the campus here.