Boston University students have the opportunity to study for a semester or an academic year at the National University of Singapore (NUS), one of Asia’s leading universities. Students participating in the National University of Singapore Exchange are able to select from a broad range of courses offered at NUS allowing students from a variety of majors at BU to attend. During their time in Singapore, students have the option to live in the National University of Singapore residence halls.

Students participating in the National University of Singapore Exchange are able to select courses from the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Science (NUS is an international leader in Life Sciences research), and their renowned Faculty of Engineering. Asian studies, gender studies, culture, and religious studies are but a few of the opportunities that are available in addition to opportunities to study engineering, mathematics, chemistry, physics, and biological sciences. In addition, all students are strongly encouraged to take one course in an Asian language—Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Tamil, Thai, or Vietnamese—while enrolled in the program. Other courses are taught in English. Review the courses offered to exchange students at NUS.


The Global Learning Experience: An Online Course

Students in all Fall and Spring programs have the opportunity to enroll in The Global Learning Experience at no additional cost.

  • CAS IP101: The Global Learning Experience (1 credit)
    • All program participants have the opportunity to make the most of their semester abroad with The Global Learning Experience, a self-paced, Pass/Fail course with brief readings and experiential assignments that accompany them while living and studying in a country and culture different from their own. Students post their work, experiences and observations to an online platform to trace and articulate their achievements abroad from an academic, personal and professional standpoint. The course links students with the faculty instructors as well as peers studying on other BU Study Abroad programs around the world. Students earn one credit in addition to the total program credits mentioned below at no additional cost.

University Dormitory 

  • University housing is available but not guaranteed to exchange students
  • U-Town and Prince George Park are the most common halls for exchange students
  • Single rooms with shared kitchens or suite-style apartments; NUS provides some guidance for students to arrange private housing if they prefer or if they are not allocated to university housing.
  • All NUS residences are fully furnished; kitchens are equipped with basic utensils
  • Housing is paid directly to NUS; board is not included
  • University dining facilities available; some residences offer meal plans, others do not, those that do not are pay per meal
  • Laundry available in each residence
  • Fall Semester: early August to early December
  • Spring Semester: early January to early May
  • Academic Year: early August to early May

Program participants will be notified of any changes to the program calendar.

  • Fall Semester/Academic Year: March 15
  • Spring Semester: September 15

Notification of admission begins after the application deadline.