Yale-NUS College is Singapore’s first residential liberal arts and sciences college, and is a collaboration between Yale University and the National University of Singapore (NUS). Yale-NUS College delivers a challenging internationally-focused education, emphasizing multidisciplinary learning with a research focus. All students pursue the Common Curriculum, a sequence of ten classes which covers the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. This lays the foundation for their major and grounds them in the principles of academic inquiry, critical thinking, and problem solving. The excellent student to faculty ratio, unparalleled international opportunities and avenues to self-directed learning prepare our graduates for a complex and changing world. Yale-NUS College is global and diverse with international students making up over 40% of our student body.
The curriculum at Yale-NUS College aims to prepare every student for their chosen graduate outcome regardless of whether they choose to pursue a career or further studies straight after college. The interdisciplinary curriculum is composed of three parts: the Common Curriculum (10 modules), free electives (11 modules), and classes within a major which includes a year-long capstone research project (11 modules). The low faculty to student ratio and seminar-style classroom pedagogy fosters an intimate community of learning where any student can learn both from their professors and peers. Learning is independently driven, and seminar rooms transform into spaces where students practice articulating complex issues and problems, debate opinions and solutions, and design their own research agendas.
At Yale-NUS College, we also believe in pushing students out of the classroom, and experience global issues first hand on the ground or research out in the field. Experiential learning challenges the traditional assumption that learning only occurs within the four walls of a classroom, and urges students to push their boundaries by going out of their comfort zones. On campus, classroom conversations often spill into the dining halls, suites, courtyards and sky gardens. A majority of students also choose to go abroad to pursue a specific academic experience, an experiential fellowship, or pre-professional training in a global office.
All students at Yale-NUS College spend their four years on a residential campus of living and learning where amenities and services are conveniently located on campus or within University Town (U Town). Residential staff and faculty stay on campus to offer round the clock physical, mental, and emotional health support for all students, and every student has access to health and counselling services, as well as 19 meals per week in the dining halls. All eight libraries in NUS are accessible to every Yale-NUS student, as well as an extensive online database of scholarly materials. Each student has their own room in a suite of four or six students, and can take part in a wide ranging list of activities on campus organised by one of the college’s offices or student organisations. Learning has no boundaries as each student takes charge of their own holistic development into an engaged global citizen in the 21st Century.
Affording the cost of a college education can be a significant concern for some, but our Financial Aid office offers a few schemes to help afford the cost of an education. They range from: need-based Study Awards, Merit Scholarships, the Tuition Grant Scheme (for Singaporean Permanent Residents (SPRs) and international students only), and some study loans. For more information on these schemes, please visit this link. Additionally, students can also apply for a Tuition Fee Loan (TFL) from local banks to cover up to 90% of tuition and residential fees. Every Yale-NUS student is also eligible for external scholarships and bursaries and are bound to the terms of those awarding bodies.
Every complete application to Yale-NUS is automatically considered for a merit scholarships and there is no need to submit a separate application form or additional documents for an evaluation. Merit Scholarships disbursed by Yale-NUS are awarded to outstanding applicants and may cover residential fees, tuition fees, or both residential and tuition fees. These scholarships are awarded at the point of admission, are bond-free, and also tenable for all 4 years of study.
There are three ways to apply to Yale-NUS College: directly through the Yale-NUS Admissions website, on the Common Application where Yale-NUS College is an independent member, or lastly, through Yale University’s Common Application when students check the box at the end of the application asking if they would like to share their application with Yale-NUS College (i.e. Yale Share). If a student checks the box, then a copy of their application is sent to Yale University, and another copy is sent to Yale-NUS College.
Yale-NUS College and Yale College maintain separate admissions offices and make independent admission decisions. Shared applications neither help nor hurt a student’s chance of being admitted to one college or the other. However, all application materials (with the exception of official SAT and/or ACT scores) will automatically be sent to Yale-NUS from Yale. Therefore, students applying to Yale-NUS College via the Yale Share option, will need to ensure that an additional copy of their standardised test scores is also sent to Yale-NUS College.
Transfer Applicants Policy
Transfer applicants go through the same admissions process as every other candidate, and the required materials for their application are also exactly the same regardless of which channel they apply through. Existing academic credits for transfer applicants cannot be transferred into Yale-NUS to waive graduation requirements.
Advanced Credit Standing Policy
Due to our rigorous and unique curriculum, Yale-NUS College does not recognise any advance credit
from an applicant’s school before matriculating at Yale-NUS College. If a student is transferring into Yale-NUS College from another college or university, their accumulated credit for their of study thus far will not be recognised either, and all transfer students will be treated in the same way as new incoming students in their first year.
Below are some of the statistics from our most recently admitted class of Yale-NUS students. Singapore is a modern, multicultural, and cosmopolitan global city that a large number of foreign expatriates and their families call home. Many students take advantage of the nation’s advantageous location as an aviation hub, and travelling to the rest of Asia and South East Asia is often a convenient and short flight away.
The Yale-NUS student body is incredibly diverse with representation from more than 65 nationalities across 6 continents. The college regularly hosts exchange students from our partner institutions every semester, which adds to the diversity of international students on campus. Many of our local and international students have also lived in several countries before calling Yale-NUS home.
- Costa Rica
- El Salvador
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- United States
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Czech Republic
- Republic of Serbia
- United Kingdom
- South Africa
- Hong Kong
- North Korea
- Russian Federation
- South Korea
- Sri Lanka
- New Zealand
Have questions about Yale-NUS? Our team in Admissions & Financial Aid is more than happy to assist you. Contact any of them using their information below!
Hwa Chong Institution, Jurong Pioneer JC, NUS High School, Tampines Meridian JC, Singapore Polytechnic, Nexus International
Central Asia, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan
Anglo-Chinese JC, Dunman High School, Yishun Innova JC, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Chatsworth International School, Chinese International School, Hillside World Academy, Stamford American International School, International Community School of Singapore
Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Central America, Latin America, and the Carribean
Catholic JC, ACS Independent, Saint Joseph's Institution, SJI International
Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Oceania
National JC, Temasek JC, River Valley High School, Singapore Sports School, Republic Polytechnic, Australian International School, GEMS World Academy, ISS International School, Singapore American School
Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea
Yeap Yi Yi
Anderson Serangoon JC, School of the Arts, Nanyang Polytechnic, Global Indian International School, Hwa Chong International School, Overseas Family School, Singapore Korean School
Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Israel, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE