International Exchange Day 2016

Hi students,

International Exchange Day is happening on the 8th of September (Thursday) at UTown from 9am.

Come join us at our very own FASS booth! Get your questions on studying abroad answered and learn more about the Partner University or Country you are interested in.


Here to answer your questions are of course the Study Abroad Team and your fellow school mates, those who had just returned from SEP and students from our Partner Universities currently studying at NUS.

Listed below is the schedule of Partner Universities and the countries represented throughout the day.


11:00am to 1:00pm

Ateneo de Manila University

Boston University

George Washington University

University of Leeds

Seoul National University

Simon Fraser University

University of Queensland

University of North Carolina

University of Gadjah Mada

University of Bonn

University of Mannheim

University of New South Wales

University of Oslo

University of Tokyo

University of Zurich


1:00pm to 3:00pm

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Inst Tecn Y De Estudios Superiores De Monterrey

Keio University

Seoul National University

Tohoku University

Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

University of British Columbia

University College London

University of Amsterdam

University of Auckland

University of Bristol

University of Calgary

University of Copenhagen

University of Washington

University of Waterloo

University of Helsinki


3:00pm to 5:00pm

Jagiellonian University

Kwansei Gakuin University

Shanghai Jiaotong University

University of California

University College London

University of Copenhagen

University of Gadjah Mada

University of Manchester

University of Mannheim

University of New South Wales

University of Oslo

University of Zagreb


Hope to see you there,


Kwansei Gakuin University Intensive Japanese Language and Culture Study Program 2017

Dear Students

In 2017, the Winter program will be held from February 8 to 25, and the Summer program from July 19 to August 5.

Students benefit from studying with KGU faculty and staff in the beautiful campus, and a chance to stay with a host family to learn more about the local culture. Every year, more than a hundred students from KGU’s partner institutions all over the world take part in the program, and enjoy learning the Japanese language while taking part in various hands-on cultural experiences such as calligraphy, flower arrangement, sumo wrestling, Japanese archery, and more!

Online application periods: 

Winter: October 12 – November 10

Summer: April 10 – May 22

Short program website:

The syllabi for each level can also be found on the website.

【KGU】Intensive Japanese Language and Culture Study Program

Enquiries should be made to the Center for Japanese Language Education office:

Thank you.

Call for Participation for Western University’s International World’s Challenge Challenge

Dear students

This is an announcement on behalf of Western University through our International Relations Office.

Western University is inviting some of the world’s best universities tocompete in the first international World’s Challenge Challenge in 2016-2017. Interested NUS students can form diverse teams of three to choose a global issue and design a unique solution. The teams will then present their unique solutions to panel of academic and community leaders at NUS that will judge the presentations and ideas based on an established scoring rubric. The top team from each World’s Challenge Challenge partner will win a trip to London, Canada, in May 2017, to compete in the international finals. The tentative period of the competition at NUS (onsite) is projected from early October to mid-December; after which a panel of judges appointed by NUS will choose the winning team to head to Canada in May next year.

For more details about this challenge, please click here, here and here for more information. If you have any query, please write to Mr Jacob O’Quinn ( for more information.

NUS International Internship Award- Financial Aid Scheme for Overseas Internships

Starting from financial year 2016 (1 April 2016), NUS International Relations Office (IRO) has introduced a new funding scheme for students doing overseas internships that are not administered by IRO.

With some terms and conditions, this NUS International Internship Award scheme will generally support all NUS students embarking on an overseas internship, including faculty-facilitated internships and student self-sourced internships. This will ensure that student interns, who are Singapore Citizens or Singapore PRs, can receive additional co-funding under the International Enterprise Young Talent Programme (IE YTP).

NUS International Internship Award  – Basic features:

  1. Funding is provided for all international internships meaning IRO and faculty facilitated, as well as self-sourced internships
  2. Funding amount:-
    • Base Quantum: SGD 50/week (Southeast Asia, China, and Oceania, except Australia and New Zealand)
    • Base Quantum: SGD 100/week (rest of the world including Australia and New Zealand)
  1. Bursary top-up for students with low PCI (Singapore Citizen only)
  2. Minimum. duration: 4 weeks and Max. duration: 24 weeks
  3. Minimum. CAP 3.0

Terms and conditions:

  • Students cannot receive another funding from FASS for the same internship
  • Total funding amount is capped according to regions, which takes into account benefits provided by the company as well as costs of the programme (airfare, housing, living expenses)
  • Application needs to submitted before the internship start date

Details about the NUS International Internship Award can be found here. Please refer to IRO if you have any query.

We would like to encourage all FASS students going on overseas internships to apply for this award even if it is a self-sourced internship. In addition FASS students can claim credits for their internship as well. More information can be found here.



Invitation: Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) 2016 Asia Conference

Please note that this is an announcement on behalf of the organiser of this conference: The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Please refer to them directly if you have any query on this.


It is with pleasure I extend the below invitation to NUS students to participate in the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations 2016 Asia Conference which will take place between 19 and 23 August 2016.  The Conference is Harvard University’s largest annual student conference in the Asia-Pacific region.  This year it will be  hosted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong and will focus on 5 tracks, namely, Environment and Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Technology, Humanitarian Affairs, Business and the World Economy, and Governance and Diplomacy.

The Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) is a student-run organization of the Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences.  Since 1991, they have continuously gathered a growing pool of international students from top universities, renowned academics, business professionals, and political leaders to engage in their rigorous educational events.  The HPAIR Asia Conference is a 5-day academic program aiming to enrich delegates with a broader exposure to issues spanning multiple arenas, including political, social, economic, cultural, and business.  As the world becomes more globalized as well as commercialized, the boundary between business and other aspects of society is increasingly less rigid. The HPAIR Asia Conference seeks to capture this phenomenon and help delegates understand its impacts on the future of international relations.

Application for delegates has now started and you are invited to join this wonderful event! The regular deadline for application is 15 May, 2016. For more information, please visit


Office of Academic Links

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

STEER Kazakhstan 2016

<<On Behalf of IRO>>

Dear students,

The NUS International Relations Office welcomes you to apply for STEER Kazakhstan 2016.

Click here to apply from now till Sunday, 3 April 2016. You will be notified of the outcome via your NUS email during the first week of April.

FAQ is attached. Please refer to here for updates, if any (webpage will be up by this week).

STEER Kazakhstan (FAQ)

Thank you and best regards,

The International Relations Office



IRO PALs: SEP Drop-in Clinics

<<On Behalf of IRO>>

Hi NUS students,


Have questions about the Student Exchange Programme (SEP)? Wondering about where to go? Unsure about how to go about mapping modules for the transfer of credits?

The SEP Clinic run by the Peer Advising Programme of the International Relations Office is intended to help answer these questions and more. The clinic will run from Week 7 to Week 10 (1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd March), every Tuesday and Wednesday from 11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm.
SEP Clinic Poster
You are welcome to walk into the International Relations Office at the Shaw Foundation Alumni House, 3rd Storey, Unit 03-04, on the above dates at the stated times to speak to our friendly Peer Advising Leaders about any queries that you might have regarding SEP.


Should you have any enquiries about the SEP Drop-In Clinics, please email the PALs directly at <>



Your Peer Advising Leaders (PALs)

Go Away Study Abroad Fair

<< On behalf of IRO>>


Hi NUS students,

NUS International Relations Office (IRO) is organising ‘Go Away’: a Study Abroad Fair, on the Thu 18th February, 6-8pm at the Yusof Ishak House Student Lounge (Level 4).

“Go Away: Study Abroad Fair” is an informative fair allowing NUS students who are keen to go on overseas programmes to find out more about available programmes, destinations, and partner universities.

Head on down with your friends to come view our different ‘country-booths’; listen to student-sharers; check in with NUS seniors; as well as meet students who are on exchange here at NUS and find out about their schools and home countries, their culture, cost of living, and more!


Once again, here are the event details:

Thursday, 18th February 2016

6pm – 8pm

Yusof Ishak House Student Lounge (Level 4)


What are you waiting for? Click HERE to sign up now!


Should you have any further queries on the event, please email the event organisers at <>




13th Sino-Singapore Undergraduate Exchange Programme 2016

What is this programme about?

The prestigious Sino-Singapore Undergraduate Exchange (SSUE) Programme is spearheaded by the respective Ministries of Education (MOE) of Singapore and China. It is the only G-G (Government-to-Government) Tertiary Exchange Programme between Singapore and China. It was the brainchild of Singapore’s then Prime Minister Mr Goh Chok Tong, who proposed this programme to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) then Vice-President Mr Hu Jintao in April 2002 when the latter visited Singapore. The programme was formally established on 29 May 2002.

The SSUE programme aims to instil Singaporean students with a global perspective and understanding of China and its potential and to expose Chinese students to aspects of Singapore life, education and culture. The main objective and focus of this programme is to create opportunities for networking and interaction between the Chinese and Singaporean participants. On a higher level, the programme helps to strengthen bilateral ties between Singapore and China.  Many student participants become exemplary ambassadors of NUS and Singapore during the programme.

When does it take place?

The programme consists of two parts:

·         A 15-day China programme (hosted by the PRC MOE and the participating Chinese universities) from 22 May to 5 June 2016

·         A 15-day Singapore programme (hosted by the Singapore MOE and the participating Singapore universities; NUS will usually host the delegates for 2 days) from 17 to 31 July 2016


Where does it take place?

·         Singapore leg: On NUS campus and around Singapore

·         China leg: In Chengdu (Sichuan Province) & Guiyang (Guizhou Province)


Which are the participating universities?


Chengdu, Sichuan Province
·         Sichuan University 四川大学

·         Southwestern University of Finance and Economics 西南财经大学

Guiyang City, Guizhou Province
·         Guizhou University 贵州大学

·         Guizhou Normal University 贵州师范大学


·         National University of Singapore (NUS)

·         Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

·         Singapore Management University (SMU)

·         Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)


What is the programme content?

·         Academic lectures

·         Visits to participating universities

·         Networking sessions with local students

·         Cultural exchange

·         Excursions to places of interests

·         Visits to government organisations and private companies


What are the arrangements for student accommodation?

·         For the China leg, students will stay in hotels arranged by the Ministry of Education (China)

·         The incoming Chinese delegates will stay in a hotel arranged by the Ministry of Education (Singapore)

What does it include?

·         Airfare

·         In-country travel

·         Accommodation

·         Excursions

·         Majority of meals


How much does it cost?

·         Programme fee for each student will usually be capped at S$600 (excluding a S$100 deposit, payable upon acceptance into the programme)

·         Additional changes to flights or duration of stay: Up to S$500 (estimated; however, this can vary significantly)

·         Personal Expenses: S$20 per day (estimated; however, this can vary significantly based on personal spending habits)


Are NUS study and travel grants available?

No, as this programme is heavily subsidised through the funds from the Sino-Singapore Undergraduate Exchange Programme.
What are the eligibility requirements?

·         Singapore citizen or permanent residents (non-PRC-nationals);

·         Aged 25 and below;

·         Preferably Year 2 or Year 3 undergraduate at the time of application;

·         Minimum CAP score of 3.0;

·         Articulate, confident, open-minded and eager to learn and share knowledge;

·         Pleasant personality and a team player;

·         Demonstrates interest in China and its culture;

·         Must FULLY COMMIT to all aspects of the programme; and

·         Preferably hold a special talent(s) or skill(s), such as singing, playing musical instruments, drama, photography, IT and designing skills

Note: Non-Chinese and non-Mandarin speaking students are welcome to apply. However, do take note that most of the talks, seminars and dialogue sessions held during the China leg of the programme will be conducted in Mandarin.
Is a visa required?

Only students who are extending their stay beyond the programme..
How do I apply?

Email the following application documents to Jasper Tang before 2pm, on Monday, 22 February 2016.

·         Completed Application Form

13th SSUE Application Form

·         CV

·         Unofficial Transcript (from Student Integrated System)


Shortlisted candidates may be contacted to attend an interview between 24 and 26 February 2016.

Who to contact for more information?

For additional information or related queries, please write in to Jasper Tang