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Program Information:
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Location Singapore, Singapore
Academic Terms A (Aug-Dec) or W/Sp (Jan-May)
Credits 18-24 UW credits
Eligibility Registered Foster School students in good standing
Language English
Adviser Global Business Center |
Priority Application: January 15th
Rolling Application: June 15th
Foster School Study Abroad
  General Students will attend the National University of Singapore through the Foster School of Business exchange.

Exchange programs require a high level of independence. Students should be responsible and show preparedness to participate in this experience.

Click here to view upcoming Information Sessions for this program.
Students wishing to know more about applying for this exchange should contact the Global Business Center directly.
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  Where You Will Study
  Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships
  Application Process
  Student Perspective

Where You Will Study

Singapore is a cosmopolitan city-state that is Asia's multi-cultural melting pot.

The National University of Singapore (NUS) is a pre-eminent leadership and management development center in this fast-integrating region nestling between dynamic China and booming India. NUS is the most established university in Singapore, and is well known for its excellence and leadership in business and executive education. The reputation of NUS is based on a long tradition of innovative teaching and research, as well as on premium faculty and high-caliber students. NUS is distinguished by it’s vitality, creativity and commitment to the mission of improving the practice of management.

The NUS Business School aims to educate students in state-of-the-art management concepts and business practices, thus enabling students to become versatile global managers and adaptive business leaders.

Students who participate in the exchange program have the opportunity to experience a different learning environment. At the same time, they get to develop certain life skills during the exchange semester. This experience will enable them to develop an awareness and appreciation of other cultures, as well as broaden their outlook and approach to doing business.

For more information about National Singapore University and being an exchange student there, please visit their exchange student information page.


During semester-long exchange programs, students take 18-24 UW credits during fall or spring semester. Most students take a combination of business core, business electives, and non-business courses while abroad. A typical student will take 1 core class, 2-3 business electives, and 1-2 non-business electives.

Participating in an exchange program requires careful academic planning. Students are encouraged to meet with their Academic Adviser and a Global Business Center Adviser prior to applying to an exchange program to ensure that study abroad will fit into their academic plan.

Many students find it helpful to review the Foster School excel document which lists previously evaluated courses. (Please note: this includes courses that were approved and denied. Also note the expiration date. Finally, most electives are not tracked on this sheet. If you would like to take a course at an exchange school that is not on the list, you can get it reviewed by academic advisers.)

Another useful resource is the UW Study Abroad Course Equivalency Database.

At the National University of Singapore, exchange students take classes (classroom modules) offered at the Business School. Students on exchange at the NUS Business School, must take at least 50% of their courses (modules) at the Business School.

Students pre-register for their courses (modules) prior to arrival in Singapore. Due to the high demand for business courses each semester, students are encouraged to stick to the classes they pre-registered for. It is not guaranteed that their schedule can be changed once they arrive to NUS. 

Students who are interested in taking courses in disciplines other than business must inquire with those specific departments. Enrollment in non-business course work is dependent on the approval of each individual discipline.

The average student at NUS takes 4 courses per semester. Each course is worth 4 NUS credits (which is equivalent to 4-6 UW Credits). Exchange students are strongly advised to not take more than 5 courses per semester, as the workload could be very heavy. This is especially so if they wish to experience student life to the fullest in Singapore and take part in other activities besides schoolwork. 


There is a range of on-campus housing is available, but due to a housing shortage, on-campus housing is not guaranteed for exchange students. It is recommended that exchange students apply for housing early. To view on-campus accommodation available at NUS, please see the Office of Student Affairs’ Residential Services page.

On-campus housing costs $300-$800 per month depending on room type.

Some exchange students choose to stay off campus. NUS has information regarding alternative housing available on their website.

Additional information regarding housing can be found in the exchange evaluations document within the "Student Perspective" section of this page.

Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships

As a participant of a UW departmental exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange tuition is determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. In addition to the exchange tuition, there is a UW Study Abroad/Concurrent Enrollment administrative fee, and a Foster School Exchange Program Fee.

Fee amounts and due dates are available on the Foster School Exchange Program Details page.

You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.

This useful tool is a great way to estimate how your cost of living in a particular country might compare with the cost of living you are accustomed to here in Seattle.

Most types of financial aid can be applied to your study abroad experience. Please check with the Office of Student Financial Aid regarding eligibility. You can adjust your financial aid budget for the terms that you will spend abroad by completing a Revision Request for Additional Expenses form. You will need to attach a program budget, which may be requested by filling out a Budget Request Form.

For more information about budgeting, financial aid, and scholarships for study abroad visit our page on Finances.

Application Process

Applications are open, click here to apply. Students should submit their application and requested materials directly to the Global Business Center via the online application before the January 15 deadline. 

Upload all requested materials to the online application:
  1. Application Form
  2. Essay
  3. Resume
  4. Transcripts - unofficial

Priority application deadline: Januray 15th
We try to fill all spots during the January application cycle for the following academic year. For example, if you want to study abroad during your junior year, you should apply in January during your sophomore year.

Rolling applications until: June 15th
If there are exchange openings available after the January 15th priority deadline, applications are accepted on a rolling basis for Winter/Spring academic terms until the programs fill or until June 15th.

Please apply according to these dates, not the dates that are listed on any of the fact sheets for the individual exchange programs.

See Withdrawal for UW program withdrawal policies.


Student Perspective

One of the best ways to obtain an idea of what it is like to live and study in another country, is to hear directly from the students who have been there before!

After participating in a UW Study Abroad program, students are asked to complete an evaluation report detailing their experiences abroad and giving advice for future students. A composite of Foster School student responses about their exchange experience at the University of Hong Kong can be found here:

National University of Singapore Exchange Evaluations
(You must use your UW email address and password to view the exchange evaluation)

Or, read more on the Foster School Undergrads Go Global Blog.

Foster School Study Abroad Advisers can also connect you with a student who formerly participated in this program. Inquire with the Global Business Center,