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National University of Singapore (NUS): Singapore

a. General Information

A leading global university centered in Asia, the National University of Singapore (NUS) offers a global approach to education and research, with a focus on Asian perspectives and expertise. Its transformative education includes a broad‐based curriculum underscored by multi‐disciplinary courses and cross‐faculty enrichment, as well as special programmes which allow students to realise their potential. Over 30,000 students from 100 countries further enrich the community with their diverse social and cultural perspectives, making campus life vibrant and exciting.

The NUS mission is transform the way people think and do things through education, research and service and comprises three mutually reinforcing thrusts:

  • Transformative education that nurtures thinking individuals who are alive to opportunities to make a difference, are valued members and leaders of society, and global citizens effective in diverse settings.
  • High‐impact research that advances the boundaries of knowledge and contributes to the betterment of society.
  • Dedicated service, as a national university, that adds to social, economic and national development.

b. The Exchange Program

The NUS Faculty of Law prides itself on its global outlook, and as part of this mission, has invested heavily in developing an extensive student exchange programme. The Faculty hosts over 120 exchange students each year and over 100 international LLM students, who study alongside NUS students, bringing an extremely vibrant and cosmopolitan feel to the classrooms as well as the campus. We look forward to welcoming you to our diverse community of students and scholars and hope you will, if you choose to come, have a rewarding and thoroughly enjoyable experience. This webpage provides some useful links to basic information on the exchange programme. 

c. Academic Calendar

The academic calendar for 2014-2015 is as follows:

Semester Dates 1st semester 2nd semester
Teaching 11 Aug – 14 Nov 2014 12 Jan – 17 Apr 2015
Examinations 22 Nov – 6 Dec 2014 25 Apr – 9 May 2015
Vacation (if any) 7 Dec 2014 – 11 Jan 2015 10 May – 2 Aug 2015

Additional academic calendar details are available here.

d. Language of Instruction

Instruction at NUS is in English.

Students can take any of the language courses offered by the Centre for Language Studies subject to qualification and availability. 

e. Eligible Courses

All non‐graduating students are generally expected to choose from the same elective subjects that are available to NUS Third and Final year LLB students. Please select law electives with module codes of Level 4000, i.e. LL 4XXX

The NUS Faculty of Law offers a wide range of elective subjects. Non‐graduating students are advised to read elective subjects that are not available in your home university especially subjects that will provide a common law, Asian, or Singapore perspective on legal issues. The following are popular categories of subjects:

  • subjects in Public and Private International Law, especially those with a Singapore or Regional perspective;
  • subjects in IP & Technology Law;
  • subjects in Corporate, Commercial, and Maritime Law
  • small‐group seminars with 100% continuous assessment

Some elective subjects also have specific prerequisites. For example, several subjects in the corporate and financial services area are only available to students who have done Company Law or an equivalent course in Corporations Law in a common law jurisdiction. You are therefore advised to ensure that you have the necessary prerequisites before applying for such subjects.

For illustrative purposes, courses offered during Semester 1 (Fall) during previous years  may be found here and here. The list of courses to be offered during Semester 1 (Fall) during Academic Year 2013‐2014 will be available in April 2013.

List of modules available to exchange students is available here.

For course information please refer here.

Subjects in Other Faculties (Non‐Law Modules):
Non‐graduating students may also, with the approval of your home university, take subjects in other Faculties at NUS, if your timetable permits and if spaces in those subjects are available. You are required to register directly with the relevant NUS Faculty to take these subjects and inform the Faculty of Law for our records. If you choose to do non‐law modules, you should also note that you are responsible for, and will have to abide by, the add/drop timelines of NUS.

Non‐graduating students are generally not permitted to read the compulsory law subjects that NUS students read during their first two years of law studies. Exceptions may be granted only if you have sufficient reason for doing so and have obtained the prior approval of your home university as well as the permission from the Vice Dean (International Programmes) to do so. Non‐graduating students are strictly not permitted to read the following:

  • Legal Analysis, Writing and Research II (LAWR)
  • Legal Case Studies
  • Introduction to Legal Theory

Module constraints and restrictions

Economics and Business modules

  • Modules from the NUS Business School and NUS Department of Economics are extremely popular, over-subscribed and cannot be guaranteed. 
  • Students who require these modules need to be very flexible in their study plan and be prepared to take courses offered by other Faculties and School.


  •  Students must be majoring in Law at their home university in order to be considered eligible for Law modules.
  • Only selective electives Law modules (i.e. with module code LL4XXXX) are available for exchange students. 
  • Selected students will be informed via email from NUS Faculty of Law to register for the Law modules separately. Note that this is different from module selection done at the stage of application for exchange.

Failure to register for the Law modules during the stipulated Law registration date will result in no allocated Law modules for the students  For more information on module constraints and restrictions consult this webpage.

f. English Language Courses

All NUS Faculty of Law courses are in English.

j. Academic Requirements for Admission to the Exchange Program

Incoming exchange students must have completed at least one year of law study at Stanford Law School.

h. Standard Course Loads

Most exchange agreements state that it is the home institution which decides how many subjects or credits their students must read at NUS. In some instances, home institutions reserve the discretion to approve the list of subjects taken by their students at NUS.

Thus, in determining the number of subjects to list, non‐graduating students must seek advice and permission from their home university on the list of subjects as well as the minimum or maximum number of credits they are required to read while on exchange at NUS.

An NUS law student typically takes 20 credits per semester, which is the maximum allowable load. The minimum credits required for the purpose of obtaining a Student’s Pass to do an exchange at NUS is 12 credits. Exchange students at NUS thus normally take 12 to 16 credits of subjects per semester. Students who have never studied law in English or who come from civil law jurisdictions are advised to take 12 credits if their home university permits it.

i. Course Enrollment and Registration

At the point of online application to NUS under the Non‐graduating Students Application, you would have completed a course selection form that required you to list the subjects you wish to read at NUS. The Admission Letter of Offer from the Registrar’s Office in your package should reflect the modules you originally selected.

Please note that the list of available subjects is indicative only and is for the purpose of application to NUS as a non‐graduating student. The list of subjects will not be applicable for the purpose of confirming the actual courses you will study in Semester 1 (Fall), Academic Year 2013‐2014.

Following on from the preceding paragraph, you will have to participate in a separate subject registration exercise which takes place during the last week of June.

j. Grading System

NUS grading policy is available here.

The grading system for the modules taken in NUS can be found at the back of the official NUS transcripts. 

k. The Application Procedure

The general procedures and information on Non‐Graduating Student matters as well as access for online application can be found here
The application requires the following steps (a full checklist is available here):

  1. Submit online application here. For instructions on how to fill in the application form please consult this page.
  2. Print a copy of completed online application form.
  3. Prepare supporting documents:
    • 1 passport-size photo
    • Nomination letter from home university
    • Original copy of academic transcript (in English and with University stamp). This shall also be uploaded in the online application. 
    • TOEFL/IELTS/GMAT result (for law modules applicaion only)
    • Copy of passport page (showing the nationality and personal details).
  4. Send the application form and supporting documents to the following address:
    Registrar's Office (Non-Graduating Programme)
    National University of Singapore
    University Hall, Lee Kong Chian Wing
    UHL #04-01, 21 Lower Kent Ridge Road
    Singapore 119077

All supporting documents must reach the Registrar’s Office by 1 May for Full Year or Semester 1 exchange and 15 October for Semester 2 exchange.

Application Outcome:

Students will be notified of the outcome of their application by first week of June (for those coming in August) or first week of November (for those coming in January) via email with a copy of the home university coordinator. 

l. Application Deadlines

For Semester 1 (Aug.-Dec.), the online application must be received by April 15 and all supporting documents must reach the Registrar’s Office by May 1. For Semester 2 (Jan.-May), the online application must be received by October 1 and all supporting materials must be received by 15 October.

m. Housing Information

The request for housing is incorporated in the online exchange application. Successful applicants will receive instructions on housing application procedure via the Letter of Offer which will be sent via email. Accommodation is not guaranteed but we will try our best to place exchange students on on-campus.  On-campus accommodation application guide can be found here.

n. Visa/Immigration Information

Exchange students are required to obtain a student pass. Students who have been accepted to NUS will receive instructions via email for Student’s Pass application.

Students who need a visa to enter Singapore can use the In-Principle Approval (IPA) letter to serve as a single-trip entry visa. More information is available here. All other students will be instructed to enter on a tourist visa and then convert it to a Student's Pass during registration. 

o. Fees

University-administered accommodation


S$280 - $750. 

Rates available here.

Private accommodation

Rates available here.


S$450 to S$950 (3 meals a day)

Most on-campus accommodation comes with compulsory meal plans.

For Residential Colleges in University Town, the cost of the meal plan is $8.00 per day (incl. GST), and is mandatory for all members of the Residential Colleges. The estimated total cost for Semester 1 is $864 and for Semester 2 is $816. Breakfast and dinner will be provided every day of term except Saturdays (breakfasts only) and Sundays (only dinner).

For Halls of Residence, the estimated total cost for Semester 1 is $404.50 and for Semester 2 is $382.00. Breakfast and dinner will be provided every day of term except Saturdays (breakfasts only) and Sundays (only dinner).

Personal expenses (such as sundries and local transportation)

S$250 to S$350

Compulsory Insurance

 S$58.85 (per semester)

Any fees other than tuition (e.g. student services etc)

Student’s Pass: S$90

Student Activity and Services: S$28.89

Registration Fees: $16.05

Academic Related Fees: $18.35

p. Health Insurance Requirements

Every international student must take up the compulsory NUS Group Medical Insurance Scheme (GMIS). Please refer to the following for more information.

q. Program Contacts

National University of Singapore
3rd Storey, Unit 03-03,
Shaw Foundation Alumni House,
11 Kent Ridge Drive,
Singapore 119244
Phone: (65) 6516 4356 Fax: (65) 6778 0177

Operating hours: Mon-Thur: 8.30am–6.00pm, Fri: 8.30am–5.30pm.

Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.

Associate Professor Joel Lee,                                                                                                   Vice Dean,Student Affairs 

Ms. Grace Lam                                                                                                                      Assistant Dean                                                                                                         

Management Assistant Officer
Ms Rahima Hussain

Faculty of Law
c/o International Programmes
National University of Singapore
469G Bukit Timah Road
Eu Tong Sen Building
Singapore 259776
Telephone: (65) 6516 6631
Facsimile: (65) 6779 0979

National University of Singapore
#UHL-01-01 University Hall, Lee Kong Chian Wing
21 Lower Kent Ridge Road
Singapore 119077
Phone: (65) 6516 2301 Fax: (65) 6778 6371


r. Other Information

More information about the exchange program is available here.

International Relations Office

Registrar’s Office (Non-Graduating Programme)

Online Course Catalogue

Special Term Course Listing (Correct for AY 2010/11)