National University of Singapore

World Rankings

  • QS World University Ranking (2017–18) 15
  • THE World University Ranking (2017–18) 22

Entry Requirements

  • For international applicants seeking admission to NUS, you should have completed or are completing high school, that is, at least 12 years of general education in the year of application.
  • The list of acceptable high school qualifications and the admissions requirements can be found on the website. 

Course Flexibility

  • 75% major, 25% non-major modular mix, with 16 Schools/Faculties covering over 50 undergraduate courses. The wide range of the courses offered by NUS can be found on the website.
  • Additional non-standard degree paths including Minor, Double Major, Double Degree, Joint Degree programmes with overseas universities and Concurrent Degree programmes encompassing Bachelor-Masters curricula.
  • NUS has collaborations with many leading universities around the world, from the US and Europe to Asia, offering courses such as accountancy, architecture, arts and social sciences, business administration, computing, dentistry, engineering, environmental studies, industrial design, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, project and facilities management, public policy, real estate and science.
  • Broad-based curriculum enables students to build a course structure with depth in their specialisation, and breadth in their interests.
  • Details of the course structure, including the modular system in NUS, can be found on the website.

Student Services and Facilities

  • NUS Office of Admissions: As the first point of contact for most undergraduate students entering NUS, the Office of Admissions assists students on various matters, including the administration and award of scholarships, financial aid, and the processing of transfer applications to other courses within the University.
  • NUS Career Centre: The NUS Career Centre assists and guides students to discover themselves early and take advantage of the many opportunities that the University offers so that students can build up strengths, skills and eventually a career portfolio desired by employers.
  • NUS Libraries: NUS’ seven libraries support the scholarly and research activities of NUS staff and students with their outstanding collection of print, electronic and multimedia resources.
  • IT and Computing Services: NUS is vitally connected to the global knowledge community with its state-of-the-art IT infrastructure and high-speed network. The University is also well-equipped with a wide range of teaching and learning resources and facilities, as well as comprehensive student support services.

Support for International Students

  • NUS Office of Student Affairs has a dedicated International Student Section to assist international students in integrating into NUS and Singapore. All the necessary information from pre-departure checklist to getting a student pass can be found on the website.
  • The NUS i.CARE (acronym for International Connect and Relations Enthusiasts) has a dedicated group of student volunteers to befriend and help international students adjust to life in NUS and Singapore.

Students' Union

  • At NUS, there are over 100 student societies and groups that students can participate, depending on their interests and inclinations.
  • The NUS Students' German Language Society, NUS Students' French Language Interest Group, NUS Students' Korean Culture Interest Group, and the NUS Japanese Studies Society are some of the interesting clubs that students can consider.
  • For more information on students’ societies and interest groups, visit the website.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • For students who may need financial assistance, NUS offers a Work Study Assistance scheme, allowing students to work on and off campus, not exceeding 16 hours a week during term time.
  • More details can be found on the website.

Student Mix

  • NUS has a diverse campus community comprising staff and students from 100 countries.
  • The total student population in NUS (as at 2012) is about 37,400 students. Among them, 27,200 are undergraduate students and 10,200 are graduate students.
  • For more details on the composition of the student population at NUS, visit the website.


  • Founded in 1905 as the Straits Settlements and Federated Malay States Government Medical School.
  • From the University of Malaya (1949) to the University of Singapore (1962) to the National University of Singapore (1980), NUS has been tied closely to the development of Singapore.
  • Over the past decades, NUS has developed into an institution considered by many to be among the best in the world. Our transformative education and high impact research are aimed at making a distinctive and positive impact on society. We hope that students will be inspired by the many fascinating facets that make NUS a leading global university centred in Asia, and a community that will influence the future.
  • Recent developments include the establishment of the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health in 2011, the introduction of residential living and learning at the University Town and the establishment of the Yale-NUS College.
  • For more information about  the National University of Singapore, visit

Notable Alumni

  • Over its long and distinguished history, NUS has produced many remarkable alumni who are notable for their achievements in government, academia, business and culture.

Some of our outstanding alumni include:

  • Singapore’s second President Dr Benjamin Sheares, current President of Singapore and NUS Chancellor Dr Tony Tan; former President of Singapore Mr S R Nathan; former Singapore Prime Ministers Mr Lee Kuan Yew and Mr Goh Chok Tong; and former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
  • Director-General of the World Health Organisation Dr Margaret Chan.
  • Group CEO and President of Hyflux, a leading global provider of integrated environmental solutions, Ms Olivia Lum.
  • Singapore’s former ambassador to the United Nations and former president of the United Nations Security Council, Professor Kishore Mahbubani. He is also the founding dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS.

Further Details

Address National University of Singapore
University Town
2 College Avenue West
Singapore 138607