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Nanyang Technological University
Singapore, Singapore (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall / Academic Year,
The online application is currently closed. Please see the announcements for information on when the next application cycle will open.
Program Sponsor: Global E³ 
Fact Sheet:
Disciplines Available (engineering or related field):
Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Computer Science, Electrical, Electronic, Environmental, Materials Science, Mechanical
Courses Available in English?:
Program Description:

Nanyang Technological University

University Info   |   College of Engineering Info   |   Office of Global Education & Mobility

Language of instruction



Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is a research-intensive university with globally acknowledged strengths in science and engineering. The university has roots that go back to 1955 when Nanyang University was set up. Today, NTU has four colleges with 12 schools, and FOUR autonomous entities, the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering.

NTU is the fastest-rising Asian university in the top 1% of the world’s best universities; ranked 41st in the world* and 7th in Asia#.

*QS World Ranking 2013
#QS Asia University Ranking 2014


Study Level

  • Undergraduate Students : Accepted
  • Graduate Students : Accepted


Fall, Spring or Academic Year

Summer Program - summerNTU

Available to Global E3 students as a fee-paying program, and not administered by IIE as part of the Global E3 program. Please view our website, or contact the university directly for more information.


English Proficiency:

Non-native English speakers must have a minimum level of proficiency in English to be able to study at the Nanyang Technological University. Based on our requirements, please refer below as a guideline for a student to cope with studying at NTU:

  • General Paper of the Singapore Cambridge GCE 'A' Level Examination (sat in 2007 onwards): A, B, C, D, E
  • General Paper of the Singapore Cambridge GCE 'A' Level Examination (sat in 2006 or earlier): A1, A2, B3, B4, C5, C6
  • IELTS: a minimum of 6 for the Writing sub-test
  • TOEFL: a minimum of 570 (paper) or 90 (internet) or 237 (computer)
  • SAT1: a minimum of 600 for the Verbal section; or 7 for the Essay section
  • IB: a minimum of 4 for Higher Level English or 4 for Standard Level English
  • MUET: Band 6 and a minimum of 50 for writing
  • GEPT: High intermediate Stage 2 consisting of writing and speaking modules (applies to students from Taiwan universities only)

Disciplines Available:

  • School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
  • School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • School of Computer Engineering
  • School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • School of Materials Science and Engineering
  • School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Only engineering students will be accepted through Global E3.
Students must register for 50% of courses in the School of Engineering.

Kindly note below are the list of restricted programmes (unavailable to exchange students) in NTU:
  • All courses from our 5 autonomous institutions – the National Institute of Education*, the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering and Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine.* Only NIE General Electives are available to exchange students
  • Entrepreneurship courses offered by the Nanyang Technopreneurship Center
  • Inter-semestral sessions (eg. NTU MBA programme)
  • Selected Post-Graduate Restricted Courses (refer to info sheet found on GEM Trailblazer website)
  • Selected Undergraduate Restricted Courses (refer to GEM Trailblazer website)
    • For AY2015-2016, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and School of Civil and Environmental Engineering have more restrictions in courses than previous semesters.
  • Nanyang Business School Undergraduate Programmes
    1. Core Courses unavailable to non-Business students
    2. Courses relating to the Singapore legislation, legal and accounting system, which may be relevant only in the Singapore context
    3. Please read through the School’s guidelines carefully.
Additional application materials?

Students wishing to study in Singapore must complete a separate university application in addition to the Global E³ application. Please click on this exchange application link and refer to our information sheet and our website at for more info.

When will students receive their acceptance package?

Usually in May/June for students enrolling in the fall semester and Nov/Dec for students coming in the spring semester.

E-Welcome package will be mailed directly to the student via email. Exchange Students' home institution will also be notified of E-Welcome package by email.


Semester Dates

  • Fall: early August to early December
  • Spring: early January to early May

Academic Calendar

Course Contents


Course descriptions   |   Schedule of classes (The timetable for the Fall semester will only be available towards May and Nov for Spring semester) 


Course descriptions   |   Schedule of classes

Workload per semester

NTU's courses are assigned credits based on the Academic Unit System. For a typical one-semester subject, the number of academic units is calculated as follows:

(a) one hour of lecture/tutorial per week : 1 AU

(b) 3 hours’ laboratory/fieldwork per week : 1 AU

A maximum of 20 AUs can be taken per semester (approximately 4-5 modules). This is subject to the home university and NTU’s approval. All courses shall be subjected to vacancies, availability, pre-requisites and exam or class timetable clashes.

For more information on the Academic Unit System, please visit our website.

Grading System

Letter Grade Grade Point
A+ 5.0
A 5.0
A- 4.5
B+ 4.0
B 3.5
B- 3.0
C+ 2.5
C 2.0
D+ 1.5
D 1.0
F 0.0

Academic Transcripts

Exchange students’ academic transcripts will be mailed directly to their home institution within 2 months after the end of the semester. A copy of the academic transcripts will be emailed to the Student Exchange Office of the respective universities for file.


Is on-campus accommodation available to exchange students?

Upon acceptance as an exchange student (for study only), you may apply for on campus housing through the Exchange Student Portal and are subject to availability.

For AY2015/16, despite the housing crunch, we provide priority to all GE3 member institutions’ students except for PG Students. 

  • Upon acceptance as an exchange student, student may apply online for on-campus accommodation through the NTU Exchange Web Portal prior to the stipulated closing date. Details on on-campus accommodation application could be found in the E-Welcome Package which shall be sent to student after conditional acceptance.
  • Students coming on Research and/or Work exchange shall be recommended off-campus housing in view of the varied project dates.
  • Should student be successful in securing on-campus accommodation, housing will be in one of our 18 Halls of Residence based on double occupancy ie. Twin-sharing, where only 12 Halls have air-conditioned rooms while remaining 6 Halls do not. However, all rooms have ceiling fans.
  • Exchange students are allocated randomly and request for transfer of Halls and room-mates shall not be entertained.
  • Students with medical condition and have specific requests will have to submit doctor’s letter certifying the condition which shall be verified by NTU medical centre.
  • Accommodation fees shall range between S$235 to S$450* (varies with room type) per month during the semester, depending on hall of residence allocated.  * Varies with room type and subject to revision. 
  • For students unsuccessful in their application for on-campus accommodation shall be recommended off-campus accommodations at hostels located within short bus rides to NTU.

Details of off-campus accommodations can be found on our website.

For more information, please refer to the Trailblazer website.

When can exchange students move in to the Hall of Residence?

Usually 3 days or earlier before the commencement of the semester. The International Student Centre will notify exchange students (for study exchange only) on the exact check-in date in the acceptance package. Exchange students who intend to arrive earlier than the check in date will have to source for temporary off-campus housing.


Entry Visa

All students studying in Singapore need to possess a valid student pass.

Health Insurance & Immunizations

All exchange students are required to purchase the NTU Group Hospital & Surgical Insurance (GHSI) even if you have already bought a similar insurance from your home country. This requirement is made to facilitate easier access to medical treatment whilst in Singapore, particularly admission to local hospitals.


When should I arrive?

3 days before commencement of the semester. Students who are successful in the application for on-campus accommodation should confirm the Arrival & Check-in date with the International Student Centre before arrival. A half-day orientation programme takes place usually 3-5 days before the commencement of the semester. The International Student Centre shall advise the exact date of orientation via email again. 

Each Hall of Residence also organizes its own orientation camp. It is scheduled to take place one week before the commencement of our semester. If student wish to participate, a fee is chargeable. Details should be obtained from the Hall Office upon your arrival.

Is airport reception available?

No. Students will have to find their own way to the university as public transport is readily available from the airport to all parts of Singapore. For those offered on campus housing, information will be provided on how to get to the accommodation and to collect the keys to the room. Please note the opening hours of the hall offices.

Is there any bank on campus?

It is optional for you to open a bank account.

If you will like to, you may open a saving account at the OCBC (NTU Campus branch). However, please note that you will be charged with an administrative fee should you close the account within the first 6 months.

Other banks may not allow you to open an account if you are staying in Singapore for less than 6 months.
Visa / MasterCard / American Express / Diners Club / Maestro / Plus are widely recognized in Singapore. You may withdraw money from most bank machines. There are also ATM machines located around campus.

For full banking facilities, there is an Overseas Chinese Bank Corporation (OCBC) located on campus. You may also visit Jurong Point Shopping Centre, which is located near campus for your banking needs.


Estimated living expenses:

The living costs you incur will depend on your lifestyle. On an average, student should prepare an estimated SGD5,000 per semester to defray costs such as accommodation, food, transportation, personal expenses, textbooks etc.

Other administrative fees:

Undergraduate students – SGD145* per semester

Postgraduate students – SGD370* per semester

The above compulsory payment includes fee for matriculation card (applicable to postgraduates); computer; sports; amenities; copyright; student health service; Group Hospitalization & Surgical Insurance etc.

Note: Students should ensure they have sufficient monies to pay for these compulsory payments upon arrival/registration at NTU.

*subject to revision


Office responsible for international exchange students

Office of Global Education and Mobility


International Student Support (ISS)

The International Student Support (ISS) helps international students adjust to life at NTU, and make the most of what NTU has to offer through a host of services and activities. ISS also helps with exchange students' visa applications and arrival. 



Located at approximately 137 km north of the equator, Singapore is a cosmopolitan country that is strategically and centrally located at the south of the Malay Archipelago. It boasts of its green and clean ‘Garden City’ among the modern cities and has more than 5 million people of various ethnic communities and cultures, mainly Chinese, Malay, Indian and other smaller communities.
Currently, it is the busiest port in the world with over 600 shipping lines sending super tankers, container ships and passenger liners to share the busy waters with coastal fishing vessels and wooden lighters. Also, as one of the world's major oil refining and distribution centres, Singapore is a major supplier of electronic components and a leader in shipbuilding and repairing. It has also become one of the most important financial centres of Asia, with more than 130 banks. Business dealings are facilitated by Singapore's superb communications network which links the nation to the rest of the world via satellite, 24-hour telegraph and telephone systems.
English is the language of business and administration. It is also the medium of instruction in schools and at the University. Most Singaporeans are bilingual and are able to speak English and at least one other language – usually Mandarin, Malay or Tamil.
Being a food paradise, Singapore has a wide variety of Asian or Western cuisine, which can be found everywhere in Singapore. From food centres to expensive restaurants, there will be ample opportunities for you to savour both local and international cuisine including possibly, the food of your own country.
Singapore's strategic location, excellent facilities, fascinating cultural contrasts and tourist attractions contribute to its success as a leading destination for business, education and pleasure.

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