Singapore is a thriving, dynamic city-state in Southeast Asia. It is a major global business center and described as one of Asia’s economic “tigers”. Singapore has a population of over 5 million, with a remarkable level of diversity allowing students to experience many different cultures in one place. As a cultural melting pot, the city offers opportunities to explore authentic Chinese, Indian, Arab and Malaysian cultures all in an ultra-modern, high-tech city environment known for its high quality of life. AU students now can experience this extraordinary place firsthand through study abroad at Yale-NUS College.
Established in 2011, the prestigious Yale-NUS College is a small, liberal arts residential college of about 1,000 students founded together by Yale University and the National University of Singapore (NUS). It has an intimate, small communal campus environment with a major focus on academics in an active learning and small classroom/seminar setting. AU students integrate into campus life at Yale-NUS and live and take courses directly within the university alongside local students and other international students. The student body is very international with students from all over the world studying alongside local Singaporean students.
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AU students directly enroll at Yale-NUS College for either a semester or a full year and earn full AU credit. International exchange students can take courses offered by most of the various academic departments as long as they meet any pre-requisites. Courses are all taught in English. Courses are provided in the following major 14 academic areas:
Anthropology • Arts & Humanities • Economics • Environmental Studies • Global Affairs • History • Life Sciences • Literature • Mathematical, Computational and StatisticalSciences • Philosophy • Philosophy, Politics and Economics • Physical Sciences • Psychology • Urban Studies
Most classes at Yale-NUS are small in size and in a seminar format with close interaction with faculty. You will have numerous opportunities to interact with the local students, such as having a discussion with them during seminars and working on projects or presentations together.
More specific information about the courses available can be found at the Yale-NUS website.
View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page.
Studying at Yale-NUS puts you right amidst the vibrant, bustling life of Singapore. A shopping and dining paradise,
Singapore also offers a wide choice of entertainment, outdoor and indoor, daytime and nighttime. It is also rich in a diversity of arts and culture due to the rich multicultural environment of the city.
Yale-NUS College has a small campus setting located next to and within the larger campus environment of the National University of Singapore (NUS), not far from downtown. Residential college life is a central part of the Yale-NUS experience. Building community, creating college traditions, and engaging in late-night conversations is at the heart of student life. It is a close-knit community, students are assigned into one of three colleges (Saga, Elm, and Cendana). Each college has its own quirks, traditions, and history to boast. If you are interested in building a college culture from the ground-up and do so with peers from all over the world, explore Yale-NUS residential college life.
A big part of student life at Yale-NUS is also getting involved in one of the many student organizations on campus. Dean’s Fellows, who provide informal mentoring and support to student organisations, bring a wealth of experience from their own undergraduate years – leadership roles in community service, slam poetry, a cappella singing, inter-faith dialogue, yoga, journalism, and much more. This expertise, coupled with hundreds of student groups and activities at NUS and University Town, offer Yale-NUS students the resources to continue building a vibrant campus community.
More information about student life can be found at the Yale-NUS College website.
Housing and Meals
The Yale-NUS residential college model creates ‘nested communities’, a living-learning environment that creates frequent opportunities to interact with professors and staff, as well as visiting speakers, artists, and international leaders. Students are housed in one of three on-campus Residental Colleges. Each Residential College has a Rector and Vice Rector who live in the college and play a significant role in residential life. The Vice-Rectors support the overall wellness of students and coordinate community-building events. The Vice-Rectors also play a role in academics, providing support and advice to students on an individual basis. The college Rectors are responsible for fostering and shaping the social, cultural and intellectual life and character of the colleges. College Rectors sponsor educational programming events, invite guests for Rector’s teas, host study breaks and offer programs to enhance the intellectual and cultural student experience.
Each of the Residential Colleges also has their own dining hall. Students will have a meal plan, which includes 19 meals per week (three meals on weekdays, two meals on weekend days). Through the dining experience, Yale-NUS College aims to foster community among students, faculty and staff by creating an inviting atmosphere for intellectual and community space.
Students live in comfortable personal living spaces, with numerous common areas designed to facilitate bonding and a modern dining hall. Each student has a single room within a four- or six-room suite (including shared living room and bathroom). Suites are single gender unless otherwise requested. More information on residential life is at the Yale-NUS website.
The Yale-NUS College program is available for Fall semester, Spring semester and Full Year. Please see the Yale-NUS website for more detailed semester dates.
- Yale-NUS Fall Semester: mid-August – early December
- Yale-NUS Spring Semester: mid-January – mid-May
- Yale-NUS Academic Year: August-May