Institution Facts

A leading global university centred in Asia, the National University of Singapore (NUS) is Singapore’s flagship university which offers a global approach to education and research with a focus on Asian perspectives and expertise.

Its 16 faculties and schools across three campus locations in Singapore – Kent Ridge, Bukit Timah and Outram – provides a broad-based curriculum underscored by multi-disciplinary courses and cross-faculty enrichment. NUS’ transformative education includes programmes such as student exchange, entrepreneurial internships at NUS Overseas Colleges, and double degree and joint degree programmes with some of the world’s top universities, offering students opportunities and challenges to realise their potential. The learning experience is complemented by a vibrant residential life with avenues for artistic, cultural and sporting pursuits. Over 37,000 students from 100 countries further enrich the community with their diverse social and cultural perspectives.

NUS has three Research Centres of Excellence (RCE) and 23 university-level research institutes and centres. It is also a partner for Singapore’s 5th RCE. The University shares a close affiliation with 16 national-level research institutes and centres. Research activities are strategic and robust, and NUS is well-known for its research strengths in engineering, life sciences and biomedicine, social sciences and natural sciences. Major research thrusts have been made recently in several fields such as quantum technology; cancer and translational medicine; interactive and digital media; and the environment and water. The University also strives to create a supportive and innovative environment to promote creative enterprise within its community.

NUS is actively involved in international academic and research networks such as the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) and International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU).

Admission Criteria

Applicants (regardless of nationality) presenting the Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Levels (H1/H2/H3 curriculum) are required to meet the following minimum academic requirements:

  1. Pass in at least two subjects at H2 Level and offer either General Paper (GP) or Knowledge & Inquiry (KI) in the same sitting.
  2. Meet the Mother Tongue Language (MTL) requirement for admission by having one of the following:
    1. minimum of D7 for the higher MTL paper taken at the ‘O’ Level examination.
    2. minimum of ‘S’ grade for the H1 MTL paper or General Studies in Chinese.
    3. minimum of ‘S’ grade for the H2 MTLL paper taken at the ‘A’ Level examination.
    4. pass in the MTL ‘B’ Syllabus paper at the ‘A’ Level examination.

If you have been exempted from MTL, the MOE-approved subject-in-lieu will be considered as your MTL subject.

If you are unable to fulfil the MTL requirement but satisfy all other admission requirements, you will be admitted to the University on a provisional basis. During your course of study, you will be required to attain the minimum requirement as listed above by retaking the relevant MTL paper as a private candidate at the ‘A’ Level examination or by attending the MTL (Chinese/Malay/Tamil) course conducted by the University as an alternative last resort before you are permitted to graduate. You are strongly advised not to wait till the final year of study to attempt to fulfill your MTL requirement. If the late attempt is unsuccessful, you will have to bear the consequences of a delay to your graduation.

Meeting the above minimum admission requirements does not guarantee a place in the university as admission to the University is based on open competition and would depend on the applicant’s academic standing,course selection and competition amongst applicants. In exceptional cases, work experience and other achievements may be considered.

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