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National University of Singapore (NUS)

National University of Singapore, 10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260, SINGAPORE
4.27 / 5 based on 126 reviews.
Description:
The Singapore Government announced that the University of Singapore and Nanyang University would be merged to form a new institution of higher learning to be known as the National University of Singapore. The National University of Singapore began operations on 7 July 1980.


Programmes
Accreditations
83% of students recommend
126 reviews
Housing
4.3/5
All experiences (126)
Student life
4.8/5
5 stars (78)
Academic
4.2/5
4 stars (36)
Languages
4.4/5
3 stars (12)
Expenses
3.7/5
2 stars (0)
Overall
4.4/5
1 star (0)
I think this program adapts to all kinds of students and it's certainly a top-notch option for those looking to study abroad (especially for native English-speakers who don't want to learn a new language). Good weather, food, well-developed, easy to travel around, good school, etc. Read Review
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13 5-star reviews of National University of Singapore

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Review by Derek, Pennsylvania State University, State College, United States
Biology, University Agreement
HOUSING    
Personal assessment
Cost
KEY:
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Disappointing.
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Type of housing: Residential College in UTown
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why? Convenience, easier to interact with other students.
Personal comments:
I would highly recommend the residential colleges (CAPT, USP, Tembusu, etc.) because mostly locals stay in them so it's a great way to meet & interact with locals. They are also relatively new facilities in a really nice part of campus. There is a meal plan and the food is ok.
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STUDENT LIFE    
Personal social experience
Activities
KEY:
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
So-so.
Did not get involved.
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Describe host city: Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
Activities, Nightlife, Travel: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Personal comments:
I didn't go out/party that often but there are definitely plenty of places to do that in SG (albeit a little expensive). Nothing I can add that the travel books don't already say. Travel is convenient and weekend trips to neighboring countries are feasible. One aspect I appreciated was being able to hang around the locals who typically don't go out even on weekends (a lot of the Residential College students go home though).
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ACADEMIC    
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
KEY:
Fantastic.
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Disappointing.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
The courses are graded on a curve which is different from quite a few American universities. Also Finals are heavily weighted which is a difference (>50% typically). Singaporeans work hard so the curve makes it a little harder to get the A. Overall though, I felt they were fair and learned quite a bit in some of my courses.



My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
KEY:
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
Personal comments:
Somehow the classes felt more intimidating especially because the curve and the heavy weight on only a couple exams but it was ok.

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Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Language of instruction: English
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Personal comments:
Very English-friendly which is no surprise since it's their official language. I will say it can be hard to understand when Singaporeans speak really fast in Singlish, but they'll naturally adjust when they're talking to you.
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EXPENSES    
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
KEY:
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
None
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits:
Food at hawker centers is cheaper but if you go to a normal restaurant, expect to pay typical American prices. Alcohol is fairly expensive (sin tax). Phone is reasonable if you get a pre-paid plan with minutes and use wifi (whatsapp, etc.) for most of your communication.
Nightlife: was more expensive than at home.
Overall, Housing: was the same price as at home.
Food, Travel, Telephone: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
Nothing surprising. The more you do, the more you'll spend. MRT/Bus are reasonable cost-wise but the costs do add up.
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OVERALL    
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
KEY:
Very Important.
Important.
Not really important.
Unimportant.
Culture
Costs
Activities
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
I had the impression before going that locals are closed off to internationals and that most of your friends are going to be international but this certainly does not have to be the case. It's not that the locals are closed off- it has more to do with the cultural differences that cause the self-segregation.
In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!



During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
KEY:
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Traveled
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
If you're someone who doesn't like to go out all the time and would be interested in interacting with the local community, I def. recommend the residential college. It is like a U.S. dorm building but with it's own clubs (sports, music, art, dance, writing, etc.) They also divide every few floors into a 'House' which holds its own events and helps with integrating into the local community.



FINAL COMMENTS

I think this program adapts to all kinds of students and it's certainly a top-notch option for those looking to study abroad (especially for native English-speakers who don't want to learn a new language). Good weather, food, well-developed, easy to travel around, good school, etc.
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