University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Spring 2022: EXCHANGE National Univ. Singapore

Program Dates January 09, 2022 - May 08, 2022 (dates are tentative)
This program is closed.

Program Overview Note: This program requires the even exchange of students between UD and the partner institution abroad. Therefore the number of exchange spots available to outbound UD students is dependent on the number of inbound students sent to UD by the partner institution. If parity is not achieved, the exchange cannot take place.

If you do not have a current passport, you should be aware that COVID-19 has delayed passport processing times significantly. The U.S. State Department has announced that it now takes an average of 18 weeks (4.5 months) to process a passport.

Given the circumstances, if you want to study abroad in 2022, you need to apply for or renew your passport NOW - even if you’re not 100% sure about your study abroad plans yet. We recommend expediting both the processing time and the shipping time for your passport.

Traveling and studying abroad during a global pandemic poses new challenges and requires accepting a higher level of uncertainty than in the past. Students who choose to study abroad at this time must be prepared to adapt to the evolving situation and must take responsibility to act in accordance with the rules, regulations, and recommendations of UD, their program leadership, and legal authorities of their home and host country. Due to the rapidly changing and unpredictable global and local response to COVID-19, these rules, regulations and recommendations are subject to change at any time.

The University will continue to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) as we approach the departure date for this program. Please reach out to your program coordinator or faculty director with questions and continue to monitor the UD coronavirus webpage for updates.

If UD decides to cancel a study abroad program, we will communicate directly with affected students. In this case, the University of Delaware will reimburse the cost of program fees, tuition and flights (if purchase was advised by CGPS).

The National University of Singapore (NUS) exchange program is open to Chemical Engineering majors only. Under the terms of the institutional agreement between NUS and UD, the number of students involved in the mutual exchange is to be negotiated in advance for each academic year. The students selected by UD for this exchange pay UD tuition and enroll directly in courses with NUS students, live on campus, and enjoy life in Singapore.

Singapore is a very popular destination; it was ranked as #1 by CNN as a tourist destination and again by the travel guide ‘Lonely Planet’ in their top-10 list of best travel destinations for 2015. Singapore is often called the food capital of the world, most notably because of its famous ‘chili crab’ dish for which festivals are held globally. It is known for being highly ‘connected’, having an exceptional health care infrastructure, and for its many green environmental initiatives. Singapore is also widely known for being exceptionally clean and safe.

Singapore is an island nation located just north of the equator, so the climate is tropical. It is separated from the extreme southern edge of the Malay Peninsula by the 1km-wide Johor Strait. There are more than 60 small islands and one large one. The large island is relatively flat with a maximum height above sea level of only 545 ft (166m). Temperatures average about 88°F (31°C) in the daytime with only minor seasonal variations. Though it is slightly cooler in December and January, lows seldom get below 74°F (23°C). There is a considerable amount of rainfall annually, averaging a little over a meter for the year, yet there are also equally frequent periods of brilliant sunshine, making it also an attractive beach destination. There are no obvious dry and wet seasons, but there are two periods considered as monsoons, the Northeast Monsoon (December – March) with increased rainfall and the Southwest Monsoon (June – August) with early morning rainstorms, but lesser overall rainfall. Humidity is high with levels typically ranging from 70-90%.

General Info / Student Life

The University: At the National University of Singapore, the Faculty of Engineering’s mission is to nurture Engineer Leaders with a global perspective and to lead in technology through high-impact research. Celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2015, the Faculty of Engineering has contributed substantially to the rapid industrial and economic growth of the nation while continuing to contribute to a knowledge-based economy. Professional engineering education started in 1955, with classes held at the Singapore campus of the University of Malaya. Two years later, a four-year diploma course was set up at the Singapore Polytechnic when the Department of Engineering moved to Kuala Lumpur. It became a four-year Bachelor of Engineering course in 1964. The Faculty of Engineering was established in the National University of Singapore (NUS) with the merger in 1980 between the University of Singapore and Nanyang University. The largest of 14 faculties and schools at NUS, the Faculty has grown from 300 students in the late 1970s to close to 10,000 strong today. Today, they are a vibrant community with 10 departments, divisions and programs. The great diversity of the campus community creates a unique and energizing learning environment. The modern self-contained campus offers a vibrant, invigorating and inspiring lifestyle which transcends the lecture hall. No matter what your interests are – sports, theatre, music and chilling out – NUS has something to please you.

For a summary of highlights from a past UD participant, download the power point at the bottom of this page, and for additional information see the "exchange info sheet" also at the bottom of this page.

Language: The language of instruction for almost all courses at NUS is English.

Calendar: The NUS Spring Semester runs for 13 weeks beginning in mid-January (making UD winter session impossible) and ending in early May.

Visas and Passports: A passport is required to travel to Singapore. U.S. Passport Holders (regular, official and diplomatic) do not require a visa to enter Singapore for business or for social visit purposes; however, they must meet certain entry requirements . Students who are not U.S. citizens should consult with the Embassy of the Republic of Singapore.

Air Transportation: Students are responsible for their own roundtrip airfare between the U.S. and Singapore.

Local Transportation: WalkNUS is an initiative by the Office of Campus Amenities to promote a healthy lifestyle in NUS by encouraging people to walk the short distances instead of taking the bus. There are several 4 main NUS Internal Shuttle Bus Services, which are supplemented by express services and direct services. There is also extensive public transportation.

Housing: NUS tries to provide on-campus housing for all exchange students. Housing is in high demand, so it is important to request on-campus housing within NUS-specified deadlines. Costs vary depending on residence hall.

ACCESSIBILITY: Students with disabilities are welcomed and encouraged to study abroad, but should be aware that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

Courses: All students must enroll in the 0-credit course UNIV 550 (placeholder for this travel study experience) and UNIV 372 (Discovery Learning marker). Courses are taught in English and can vary from semester to semester. Students chosen for the exchange will be required to take NUS courses equivalent to the UD Chemical Engineering Laboratory I (CHEG345) and UD Heat and Mass Transfer (CHEG342). They may select additional elective courses in consultation with their academic advisor to complete the exchange course schedule. NUS allows students to enroll in a wide variety of courses; however, all business courses are excluded.

Only courses completed with the equivalent grade of “C” or better will transfer back to UD. Before committing to the program students are encouraged to meet with their assistant dean or academic advisor to ensure that credits earned on the program will facilitate their progress towards graduation.It is the student's responsibility to secure the necessary UD transfer credit permissions prior to departure according to UD's standard transfer credit procedure, and to have an official transcript from the host institution sent to UD upon the conclusion of the exchange semester.
UNIV 372-022: Study Abroad - EXCHANGE National Univ. Singapore (0 credits) pass/fail
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Discovery Learning

Program Costs:

How much does it cost?.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$6,490.00$17,420.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$6,490.00$17,420.00

The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.

When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and IGS will post the Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.

Contact Information:
Douglas Buttrey
Faculty Director
Chemical Engineering
236 Colburn Lab

Submit Program Application by 5pm on April 20, 2021
Recommendation also due by 5pm on April 20, 2021

Interest Meetings:

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.