MFA Travel Advisory to South Africa

April 20, 2015

Travelling South Africa [Updated: 20 April 2015]

MFA’s latest release can be retrieved at this link .

Mob attacks against foreigners have spread from Durban to several cities in South Africa. The situation remains fluid.

Singaporeans travelling to South Africa are strongly advised to closely monitor local news and developments. They should avoid areas of public disturbances, be vigilant at all times and observe instructions from local authorities.

Singaporeans are strongly encouraged to eRegister with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at to facilitate contact in the event of an emergency. They should take all necessary precautions for personal safety including purchasing comprehensive travel and medical insurance. Please check with the insurers if in doubt on the terms and conditions of the insurance coverage.

Singaporeans who require consular assistance while in South Africa may contact the Singapore High Commission in Pretoria or the MFA Duty Office (24 hrs) as follows:

High Commission of the Republic of Singapore – South Africa
980-982 Francis Baard Street (formerly Schoeman Street)
Arcadia, Pretoria 0083, Republic of South Africa
Telephone: +27-(12) 430 6305, 430 6498, 430 7163, 430 7505
Telefax: +27-(12) 342 4425
Contact: 001-27-7298 88759

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24-hours)
Tel: +65-6379 8800, 6379 8855
Fax: +65-6476 7302

YSEALI Academic Fellowship: 5-Week Academic Fellowship to America

April 7, 2015

Dear Students,

Here’s the opportunity for you to take part in an academic residency and educational study tour, engage in local community service activities, develop leadership skills and interact with American peers through the YSEALI (Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative) Academic Fellowship.

More information about YSEALI and its various programs can be found at


Essential Program Information:

a) Program Funding: This program is fully-funded by the U.S. Department of State and will cover: program administration; domestic and international travel and ground transportation; book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances; and housing and subsistence.

b) Housing and Meal Arrangements: Housing will be in university dorms or university hotels.  Fellows may be expected to share a room and bathroom with another student of the same gender.  Most meals will be provided at campus facilities, though Fellows may have access to a kitchen to cook some meals on their own. Care will be taken to ensure that any special requirements regarding diet, daily worship, housing, and medical care are satisfied.

c) Health Benefits: All participants will receive the Department of State’s coverage of $100,000 with a $25 co-pay for the duration of the program.  Pre-existing conditions are not covered.

d) Program Requirements and Restrictions: Fellows are expected to fully participate in the academic program.  They should attend all lectures and organized activities, and complete assigned readings.  Candidates should be made aware that the fellowship is very intensive and that there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program.


What are the eligibility requirements?

Applicants must be:

  • Between the ages of 18 and 25 at the time of application, although exceptional applicants over 25 can be considered if they meet all other eligibility requirements;
  • A Singapore Citizen or PR from an ASEAN member country
  • A full-time undergraduate student from college, university, or other institutions of higher learning; or have graduated in the past four years;
  • Proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English;
  • Not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.;
  • Eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa


What are the selection criteria?

  • Demonstrate interest, knowledge, or professional experience  in environmental Issues
  • Demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university, place of work, and/or community;
  • Demonstrate a commitment or interest in community service, volunteerism, or mentorship;
  • Indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States and ASEAN as a region;
  • Be willing to actively participate in an intensive academic  program, community service, and study tour;
  • Have a commitment to return to their home country to apply leadership skills and training to benefit their community, country, or the ASEAN region; and
  • Preferably have little or no prior study or travel  experience in the United States.


Application Details

If you are interested, please:

  1. Sign up as YSEALI members at
  2. Fill in the attached form (and rename it “YSEALI Academic Fellows Application Form- Civic Engagement”)

Please send the completed application forms directly to Tessa S. Tham at by May 31st, 2015.

Internship in Japan

April 7, 2015

Dear Students, thank you for attending the talk on “Internship in Japan” organised by IRO.

For more information, please refer to the following slides. You may contact either IRO or Mr Yoichi Imamura if you need clarifications.

InternJapan Brochure English version






FASS Internship credits

DUO Singapore Exchange Fellowship Award – Applications for AY15/16 are now open!

March 9, 2015

A Message from International Relations Office (IRO)

Dear NUS students,

The DUO-Singapore Exchange Fellowship Award by Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs aims to promote student exchanges between NUS and European ASEM members. The Award, based on merit, funds up to three pairs of students exchanges (3 incoming and 3 outgoing) between NUS and its respective partner university in Europe in any academic field. Each student will be  awarded 4,000 Euros, which will partially subsidise the cost of airfare, accommodation, living expenses, etc, for SEP. This award carries no obligatory bond period.

Applications for AY 2015/2016 are now open!



NUS students with the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • Are Singapore citizens/ permanent residents/ ASEAN citizens
  • Have been nominated for SEP to an NUS partner university in a European ASEM member country (Refer here for the list of ASEM member countries which NUS has SEP partnership with)
  • Participating in SEP in Sem 1 and/or Sem 2 of AY2015/2016


Application Process

Only hardcopy applications are accepted and should be submitted to IRO by Friday, 20 March 2015.

Please note that this deadline applies to ALL students going on exchange in AY 2015/2016.  Hence, students going on exchange in semester 1 and/or semester 2 are to apply now.


Late and incomplete applications will not be considered.


Further queries
More information on the DUO Award and its application procedures can be found at:

For further enquiries, please contact the International Relations Office here.


We look forward to receiving your applications for the DUO-Singapore Exchange Fellowship Award!





SEP Application Briefing Slides AY15/16 Round 2

February 27, 2015

Dear students

Thank you for turning up at our SEP application briefing for AY15/16 Round 2

As promised, please find below the links to the presentation materials.

FASS SEP Application Talk_26 Feb 2015_IRO



Gentle reminder on our SEP Consultation Hours.

The schedule can be found here:





Info Session: SMU Global Summer Programme 2015

February 26, 2015

Dear students

Perhaps you are curious about the summer offerings at the other local universities in Singapore.

Then we have some good news for you!

Colleagues at SMU will be at FASS for to give an information session next for their SMU Global Summer Programme 2015. The day is 5 March (Thursday) and time is 6.00 pm at LT13, FASS. There is also an SMU Global Summer Programme leaflet for your information.

We hope to see all of you there!

UPDATE: Slides from the above talk are available below.

SMU Global Summer Programme NUS Talk Mar 6

SMU Global Summer Programme 2015



February 26, 2015

This is a message by the International Relations Office (IRO)

Are you a prospective exchange student? Have questions on exchange?

IRO’s PALs SEP Clinic is back!

The clinic will run every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 2pm – 4pm on weeks:

* 7: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th March

* 9: 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th March

* 10: 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th March

Please note that there will be no SEP clinic during E-Learning Week (9th – 13th March).

You are welcome to walk into the International Relations Office at the Shaw Foundation Alumni House, 3rd Storey, Unit 03-04 to speak to our Peer Advising Leaders about any queries that you might have during the above timeslots.  You may also email the PALs at any time at: NUS Peer Advising:



Asia Now! The Archaelogy of the Future City (SSU2006/GEM2906) – A NUS IARU Global Summer Programme

February 24, 2015

Made up of 10 of the world’s leading research universities, each member of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) offer the Global Summer Programme (GSP) each year.

Since 2014, Tembusu College has hosted the Asia Now! The Archaelogy of the Future City as one of the 2 IARU GSP offered by NUS.

For more information on the GSP programme, please go to

Students interested can apply directly to Tembusu College at this link by 15 March 2015.



IRO Summer Information Session 2015 (4th March, 6pm @ LT10)

February 24, 2015

Dear students,

Still undecided about your summer plans this year?

Join us at the IRO Summer Info Session to find out more on summer schools, internships, research attachments, and STEER programmes!

4th March (Wed), 6pm @ LT10, FASS

See you at there!

Int prog fass 2015










Slides from the above info session are now available below.

Internships, Research Attachments and Summer Programmes for FASS Students (4 March 2015)

Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS) Summer Program 2015

February 16, 2015

TUFS Short Stay Summer Program 2015  (10 July  – 4 August 2015)

This three-week intensive program is aimed at learners of the Japanese language who are currently enrolled in TUFS’ partner universities.

The program offer two courses – Business Japanese and General Japanese. Both courses are designed to be practical ones providing the learners hands-on exposure to everyday Japanese language in Japanese education, culture, and society. Each class will consist of a small number of participants – 12 or less. Supporting the selected participants from TUFS’ partner universities to improve their Japanese language skills, this program will provide invaluable opportunities for the participants to experience the real Japan. General Japanese includes off-campus activities focused on Japanese culture experience while Business Japanese includes a company visit and interacting opportunities with Japanese people in various career fields.

With the cooperation from TUFS International Student Support Association, on-campus Japanese culture experience – tea ceremony, Kimono try-on, flower arrangement, calligraphy and interacting opportunities with Japanese students at TUFS will also be offered.

For more information, go to

Interested students can apply directly to TUFS via the online link in the website above.