General

  • What is Yale-NUS College?

    Yale-NUS College is a small, residential liberal arts and sciences college in Singapore; redefining liberal arts and science education for a complex, interconnected world. We are a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, and supporters, dedicated to building a community in which living and learning are intertwined and habits of creativity, curiosity, and critical thinking are encouraged.

    The College was founded in 2011, as the result of a groundbreaking collaboration between Yale University and the National University of Singapore. Our first cohort of students commenced their studies in 2013, and graduated in May 2017.

    We draw upon the resources and traditions of our two parent institutions, in order to pursue excellence through innovative teaching and research, and providing students with global opportunities for learning and development.

  • What degree will Yale-NUS students receive upon graduation?

    Graduates of Yale-NUS receive a Bachelor of Arts with Honours, or a Bachelor of Science with Honours, depending on their course of study. The Yale-NUS degree is conferred by the National University of Singapore.

  • How do students choose a major?

    All students will pursue the Common Curriculum, which spans three disciplines – Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences; this allows them to explore a range of subjects before choosing their major at the end of their second year. Students pursuing the Double Degree Programme with Law (DDP) also pursue the Common Curriculum and begin taking Law-related modules from as early as the first year; DPP students de facto major is Law, and can choose to minor in one of the 14 majors or any of the independent minors. Exceptional students pursuing the DDP can have a second major recognised, subject to the College’s academic requirements.

  • What is the residential community like at Yale-NUS College?

    In order to take full advantage of the integrated living and learning community, each student is required to live on campus for all four years in one of three Residential Colleges: Saga, Elm, and Cendana. As a resident of each residential college, students can look forward to an intimate community supported by Rectors, Vice-Rectors, Dean’s Fellows, and Residential College Advisors. All students have frequent opportunities to interact with their professors and staff, as well as visiting speakers and artists.

  • How will Yale-NUS prepare students for life after college?

    The Yale-NUS Centre for International and Professional Experience (CIPE) provides a portfolio for our students’ academic learning, broaden their perspectives and hone the skills and character they need to succeed as students today and leaders tomorrow. The CIPE team provides one-on-one mentorship for every student throughout their undergraduate life. Current students are engaged in internships, research study abroad, and fellowships internationally and locally. At Yale-NUS, every student is guaranteed the opportunity to go overseas.

  • Does Yale-NUS College offer any graduate programmes?

    Yale-NUS College offers a four-year undergraduate liberal arts programme leading to a Bachelor's degree in Arts or Science, with Honours. Faculty attention and commitment is focused on undergraduate students only, as graduate programmes are not available.

Admissions

  • What are the admission criteria?

    Yale-NUS is committed to a holistic admissions process. This process ensures that students are considered based on many factors that may indicate success at Yale-NUS College. In order to make such assessments, the Admissions Committee carefully evaluates each application, including academic performance, rigor of secondary school curriculum, extracurricular accomplishments and potential for contribution to the Yale-NUS community. Each applicant is asked to provide a completed application, including essays, teacher recommendations and academic transcripts. Due to the holistic nature of our admissions, there isn’t a set criteria or minimum academic scores to be considered for admission.

  • What are the application deadlines and decision timetables for admission?

    The College has two rounds of admission:

    Round 1
    Deadline: 15 January
    Decision Notification: 23 March

    Round 2
    Deadline: 20 March
    Decision Notification: 4 May

  • Will my subject combination affect my application to Yale-NUS?

    There is no preferred subject combination for applying to Yale-NUS. It is our aim to build a diverse and dynamic class of students at Yale-NUS. If you are adventurous, intellectually curious and have an academically rigorous background, we welcome you to apply!

  • Who should write my teacher recommendations?

    Your selected teachers must be able to write about your recent work in academic subjects. We strongly encourage you to submit recommendations from teachers who had taught you in your last two years of high school, junior college or its equivalent. Yale-NUS College does not require that these recommendations be from teachers of particular subjects. It is a good idea to have the two letters come from teachers of different subjects. Choose teachers who know you well and who can give us a sense of your academic and personal strengths.

  • Can a Co-Curricular/Extra-Curricular Activities teacher, a coach or someone whom I had worked with on an external project or internship write one of my teacher recommendations?

    We will still require two recommendations from instructors who taught you in academic subjects. However, you may submit a testimonial from somebody who has interacted with you outside of the classroom as an additional letter of recommendation, so long as the letter contributes a unique perspective on your candidacy that we would not get from your teachers or from the school testimonial.

  • Can I request for an interview with the Admissions Committee?

    As part of the holistic admissions process, admissions committee will determine who is shortlisted for an interview. Individuals cannot request for an interview. If invited for an interview, please note that the interview becomes a required component of the application review.

  • How will the interviews be conducted? Will it be a group interview or an individual basis?

    Yale-NUS interviews are designed to better understand the unique experiences of short-listed candidates. They are conducted as a one-on-one casual conversation by a representative of the Admissions Committee, and last approximately 30 minutes. Interviews will be held on-campus for those residing in Singapore and by Skype for those outside of Singapore.

  • I am thinking of applying for admission. Should I apply in Round 1 or Round 2?

    You are welcome to apply during either round. As we will admit students in both rounds without preference, you should apply when you deem your application best maximises your credentials.

  • Is there a magical set of courses, grades, essay topics, and accomplishments that will guarantee admission to Yale-NUS College?

    Yale-NUS College practices holistic admissions. This means that we look at many diverse pieces of information when we assess your application, you can refer to the application checklist here. We look at your accomplishments, interests and personality; in addition to your academics. The admissions process is a way for us to learn more about you, as an individual. We read every application that we receive and our goal is to build a diverse and dynamic student community here. Since every applicant is a different person with their own unique passions and talents, there is no magical combination of application components that guarantee admission.

  • If I apply to Yale-NUS College in Round 1 and am not admitted, may I re-apply in Round 2 in the same year?

    If you are not admitted in Round 1 of the full admissions cycle, you may not re-apply in Round 2. If you are deferred from Round 1, your application will be considered again in the following round. You can, however, re-apply in the next admissions cycle.

  • I am applying to Yale-NUS by sharing my Yale application with the College. How can I indicate which Yale-NUS Round of Admissions I am applying in?

    If you have opted to share your Yale College application with Yale-NUS, your application will be considered to be in Round 1. For more information on sharing your Yale application with Yale-NUS, please click here.

  • I am applying to Yale. If I share my Yale application with Yale-NUS College, will my entire application be shared with Yale-NUS or do I still have to send any documents to Yale-NUS?

    If you share your Yale application with Yale-NUS, all materials that you submit to Yale through the Common Application Online (Common App, Supplement, School Report, Mid-Year report, etc.) will be shared automatically with Yale-NUS College. However, materials that you send directly to Yale (e.g. official SAT/ACT/TOEFL score reports, late teacher recommendations) will not be forwarded automatically to Yale-NUS, and you will still have to send a separate copy of those to Yale-NUS.

  • Can I apply on paper instead of online?

    Yale-NUS College only accepts online applications.

  • How can I inform Yale-NUS College of special circumstances that may have affected my performance in school?

    You may ask whoever is writing your school testimonial/counsellor report to address any special circumstances in his or her letter. You may write about particular challenges in your personal statement, but it is always a good idea to have your counsellor explain the situation.

  • May I apply to enter Yale-NUS College in the semester that commences in January?

    Students may only begin a course of study at Yale-NUS College in the semester that commences in August.

  • Will Yale-NUS College limit the number of students admitted from a given country?

    We seek to build a diverse student body, comprising the best and brightest students from all backgrounds. We cannot predict the quantity or quality of applications, and as such, we will not pre-determine the number of candidates whom we will admit from any particular country.

  • Are admissions officers familiar with the educational system in my country?

    Yes. Our officers are familiar with educational systems and credentials from around the world. If you like, you are welcome to send additional information about your country’s educational system along with your application.

  • What if my school does not use GPAs or class rank?

    There are designated spaces on the Yale-NUS College application for your class rank and GPA. If you do not have a GPA or a rank, please leave those spaces blank.

  • Will I need to have my school documents translated if they are completed in my native language?

    Yes. Official and certified translations must accompany any documents that are not written in English.

  • Does applying to Yale-NUS College mean that I must withdraw from any other school at which I am currently holding an offer of admission?

    Application to Yale-NUS is merely an expression of interest and you do not need to withdraw from any other school at which you are holding an offer of admission. However, if you are offered a place in Yale-NUS and decide to accept our offer, you will have to officially decline your place at the other university/college.

  • I am currently an undergraduate student in a university. Does Yale-NUS accept transfer students?

    Students who have already started university level education are welcome to apply. However, Yale-NUS College does not accept transfer credits as we want all our students to undergo the shared intellectual experience of the Common Curriculum in the first 2 years of their undergraduate programme. If you apply to our College and are accepted, you will be expected to enter our College as a first year student in the fall semester together with the rest of the incoming class.

  • Is there a separate application procedure as a transfer student?

    Since Yale-NUS College does not accept transfer credits, the application process is the same as if you were applying straight from high school. Please refer to this link for more information.

  • Does Yale-NUS grant credit or advanced standing for achievements in International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP), A Levels or other secondary school curriculum?

    Yale-NUS College does not grant credit or advanced standing for previous academic work as we want all our students to undergo the shared intellectual experience of the Common Curriculum in the first 2 years of their undergraduate programme.

  • I have already started studying at another university or college. Can I transfer to Yale-NUS College?

    Yale-NUS College reads any submitted application with consideration for admission. However, Yale-NUS College does not consider transfer applications any differently from any other application. All applications from students who have already completed studies at another institution must still go through the standard Admissions application process as outlined here.

  • If I have already completed courses at another university or college when I apply to Yale-NUS College, is it possible for me to receive transfer credit?

    No, it is not possible to receive transfer credit from any university or college studies that took place prior to applying to Yale-NUS College.

Financial Aid

  • I am a prospective student. Does applying for financial aid affect my chances of being admitted?

    No, the College has a needs-blind admissions policy, regardless of nationality, which means admissions decisions are not affected by the student’s ability to pay.

  • If I have applied for financial aid (i.e. need-based study award), does it affect my chance of obtaining a merit scholarship?

    All applicants who have submitted an admissions application to Yale-NUS College are automatically considered for merit scholarships. Applicants who have also submitted a financial aid application are considered for merit scholarships like all other students.

  • What is the deadline to submit my financial aid application?

    Please refer to the following deadlines that are applicable to you:

    • Round 1 Prospective Students: 24 February
    • Round 2 Prospective Students: 8 April
    • Deferred Matriculation Students: 1 April
    • Returning Students: 1 May
  • I did not receive a merit scholarship at my point of admission. Will I still be eligible for merit scholarships in my subsequent years of study?

    Merit scholarships are only awarded at your point of admission and will not be awarded in subsequent years of study.

  • I did not receive a merit scholarship at my point of admission. May I submit an appeal?

    There is no appeal process for merit scholarships.

  • Are fee rates charged according to year of admission offer and acceptance or year of matriculation?

    For students serving Singapore military service, fee rates are set at the year you accept the admissions offer.

    For all other students without Singapore military service obligations, fee rates are set at the year you matriculate, even if you have military service obligations in your home country.

  • What is the average amount in financial aid that a Yale-NUS student receives in an academic year?

    The value of each Yale-NUS College need-based study award is determined by a variety of factors, including a student’s family income, number of dependants in the family and cost-of-living in home country. As these factors differ between students, an “average” amount would not be an accurate indicator of how much a student may receive.

    Currently, approximately 50% of the Yale-NUS student body is in receipt of need-based financial aid.

  • What sort of financial coverage does the Yale-NUS Financial Aid Office consider?

    The Financial Aid Office considers financial assistance for payment towards Yale-NUS subsidized tuition fees and residential college fees (collectively known as Cost of Attendance). The Financial Aid Office does not provide funding for living expenses, cost of travel or incidental expenses.

    Students may enquire with the Centre for International and Professional Experience (CIPE) on funding opportunities for study abroad semesters, internships and programmes during vacation periods (e.g. Yale Summer Session).

  • Can financial aid be used for study abroad semesters, internships and programmes during vacation periods?

    Yale-NUS need-based study awards are meant for payment towards Yale-NUS subsidized tuition fees and residential college fees (collectively known as Cost of Attendance). They are not meant to fund living expenses, cost of travel or incidental expenses.

    Students may enquire with the Centre for International and Professional Experience (CIPE) on funding opportunities for study abroad semesters, internships and programmes during vacation periods (e.g. Yale Summer Session).

  • I have been granted a study award and/or merit scholarship. How do I receive study award funds and/or merit scholarship funds awarded to me?

    Study Award funds are first netted off against tuition and/or residential college fees in the student bill. At this point, there is no cash disbursement. Remaining balances, if any at all, are then deposited into the student’s Singapore bank account, but only if the student has provided Singapore bank account details to the National University of Singapore, through the Student Information System, EduRec.

    Merit Scholarships funds are also netted off against tuition and/or residential college fees in the student bill. If your merit scholarship has an allowance component, the allowance is deposited into your Singapore bank account. However, students must provide Singapore bank account details to the National University of Singapore, through the Student Information System, EduRec, in order to receive the allowance.

  • Do I receive Financial Aid in cash?

    Financial Aid awards are first netted off against tuition and/or residential college fees in the student bill. At this point, there is no cash disbursement. Remaining balances, if any at all, are then deposited into the student’s bank account, but only if the student has provided bank account details to the National University of Singapore, through the Student Information System, EduRec.

  • What are the loan options available to assist in tuition fees payments?

    All students whose parents or close family members have a Singapore Central Provident Fund (CPF) account may like to consider the CPF Education Scheme.

    All students may also consider the Tuition Fee Loan (TFL). Do note that for international students, only those who have opted to take up the Tuition Grant Scheme offered by the Ministry of Education are eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan (TFL). The loan is offered by DBS Bank and OCBC Bank and the value of the loan is up to 90% of subsidised tuition fee payable by Singapore Citizens for the same course of study.

  • How do I apply for a merit scholarship?

    All applications for admission to Yale-NUS College will be considered for a merit scholarship. There is no need to submit a separate merit scholarship application.

  • If I have been awarded a merit scholarship, is it necessary to re-apply for it in subsequent academic years?

    All Yale-NUS merit scholarships are awarded for the duration of 8 semesters (4 academic years) and there is no need for re-application.

  • If my merit scholarship only partially covers tuition fee and/or residential college fee (collectively known as Cost of Attendance), may I apply for financial aid to cover the remaining cost?

    Yes, you may. Yale-NUS Financial Aid is designed to assist with Cost of Attendance payments. If these fees are not totally covered by your merit scholarship, you may submit a financial aid application during the application period for consideration.

  • What are the merit scholarship options available in Singapore to an international student?

    Several merit scholarships offered by Yale-NUS College are available to international students. Many Singapore-based organisations that award merit scholarships cater primarily to Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents. International students should consider exploring funding or merit scholarship opportunities in their home country.

  • When can I apply for financial aid?

    The application period varies depending on whether you are a new applicant, deferred matriculation student or a returning student.

    New applicants

    Applicants who are invited for an admissions interview will also be invited to apply for financial aid. There are different submission deadlines depending on whether the applicant is applying in Round 1 or Round 2. Please refer to this website for more information.

    Deferred matriculation students

    The application cycle will open in January of your matriculation year. An email will be sent from the Financial Aid Office with information on how to apply, the supporting documents required and the application deadline. If you do not hear from us by the beginning of February of your matriculation year, please write to financialaid@yale-nus.edu.sg. Please refer to this website for more information.

    Returning students

    The application cycle will open on 1 March, for the next academic year starting August. An email will be sent from the Financial Aid office with information on how to apply and the supporting documents required. All applications must be submitted by the 1 May deadline.

  • How do I apply for financial aid?

    Applicants will be informed by the Financial Aid Office via email when the application opens. They will then be required to submit an online application form (the link will be provided in email). After submitting the application, applicants must upload required supporting documents. The list of supporting documents can be found here.

  • If I have never applied for Financial Aid before, may I submit a Financial Aid application?

    Yes. Students who have not applied for financial aid before are not excluded from future application cycles.

    The financial aid application season opens on 1 March for returning students and closes on 1 May. All applications must be submitted by 1 May.

  • Do I need to re-apply for financial aid annually?

    Yes. Financial aid is awarded for one academic year and students are required to submit a new application if they wish to be considered for each subsequent academic year.

  • Does the value of financial aid change from year to year? If so, why is that?

    The value of financial aid may change from year to year due to changes in family financial circumstances. For example, a parent’s income may increase from one year to the next or there may be fewer dependants in the family, such as when a sibling graduates from university.

  • If I apply for Financial Aid but my award value is lower than what I think I need, or if my family’s financial situation has changed, can I submit an appeal?

    All decisions on study awards are based on a thorough review of all documents submitted. If your financial circumstances have changed substantially or you have additional information that you did not submit previously, you may contact the Financial Aid Office at financialaid@yale-nus.edu.sg.

  • If I need financial aid in Semester 2, can I submit an application then?

    Financial aid is processed and awarded before the start of every academic year. Students will not be able to apply for financial aid after the start of the academic year.

    For returning students, the financial aid application opens on 1 March every year and closes on 1 May. All applications with supporting documents must be submitted by the 1 May deadline.

  • According to the Yale-NUS website, the college offers 2 types of need-based awards: Yale-NUS Study Award and Donors’ need-based study award. Is there a separate application for Donors’ need-based study awards?

    No, there is only one application process, which applies to both Yale-NUS Study Awards and Donors’ need-based study awards.

  • I have been awarded a financial package from Yale-NUS as well as a merit scholarship/award from an external organization. Is it possible to accept both awards?

    Please send the terms and conditions of the external award to financialaid@yale-nus.edu.sg so we can review and advise.

  • The financial aid application asks for my parents’ tax records as supporting documentation. What if my parents do not earn enough/are not required to file tax returns or pay income tax?

    The purpose of asking for tax records is to establish total income earned.

    If your parents are unable to provide tax records, they should provide alternative documentation, such as a statutory declaration on how much they earned in the period requested for. Note that income does not merely refer to employment income. It also includes income from trade, investments (such as rental income and dividend income) and business, amongst others.

    If the statutory declaration is made in Singapore, your parents should sign it in the presence of a Commissioner for Oaths or Notary Public as witness.

    If the statutory declaration is made in a Commonwealth country, your parents should sign it in the presence of a Notary Public, Justice of the Peace or other authorised person under the law of that country as witness.

    If the statutory declaration is made in a country that is not part of the Commonwealth, it will have to be made before a consul, vice consul or other authorised person under the law of that country as witness.

  • One of my parents is changing job in a few months – will this be taken into account?

    Financial aid applications are based on income data from 2 years ago. For example, students matriculating in 2020 will have their applications assessed using 2018 family income data. Therefore, parents changing jobs in the present or foreseeable future will have no impact on the current application. However, these job and income changes will be taken into account in subsequent financial aid applications.

  • My parents are divorced/separated. What documents should I submit to support my financial aid application?

    Both divorced parents must provide tax documents if the divorce occurred after the end of the income period requested for. For example, if we request for tax documents pertaining to income earned in 2018 and your parents had their divorce finalized in 2019, then both parents’ tax documents pertaining to income earned in 2018 must be submitted.

    If the divorce occurred before or during the income period requested for, then income documents pertaining to the non-custodial parent need not be submitted.  For example, if we request for tax documents pertaining to income earned in 2018 but your parents had their divorce finalized in 2017, then tax documents pertaining to income earned in 2018 for the non-custodial parent need not be submitted. However, the non-custodial parent must provide information on alimony and child support payments made in 2018.

    In the case of separated parents (i.e. not officially divorced but living separately), we require income documents from both parents.

  • How will Study Abroad affect my current merit scholarship and/or financial aid?

    Your merit scholarship and/or financial aid will continue to be disbursed in semester(s) you are abroad, as long as:

    1) you are paying tuition fees to Yale-NUS College that semester; AND

    2) 100% of your credits earned that semester go towards a degree awarded by Yale-NUS College.

    Although students will not be paying Yale-NUS residential college fees during this time, they will continue to receive the full value of the study award/merit scholarship, and any balance left after paying Yale-NUS tuition fees should be used to pay residential fees at the host college.

    The above applies to a student’s first semester abroad but may not apply if the student wants to spend a second semester abroad. Students who spend a second semester abroad typically pay fees directly to their host college and not to Yale-NUS. Therefore, students who spend a second semester abroad may not receive funding from their study awards or merit scholarships.

  • What do I need to do in order to receive financial aid upon my return from Study Abroad?

    You must re-apply for financial aid during the regular application cycle. The application cycle runs from 1 March to 1 May and this is the only opportunity to apply for financial aid for the academic year starting in July. Missing the 1 May deadline may mean a student will not receive financial aid for the upcoming academic year.

  • When on Study Abroad, do I need to do anything regarding the loan(s) I have taken?

    If you are currently receiving loan funds, the funds will continue to be disbursed during the semester(s) you are studying abroad, as long as you are paying Yale-NUS tuition fees.

  • When on Study Abroad, I will not be charged Yale-NUS Residential College fees. If I am receiving financial aid from Yale-NUS College, what happens to any remaining balance that is not used to assist with Yale-NUS Residential College fees?

    Any remaining balance after payment towards Yale-NUS subsidised tuition fees and miscellaneous fees will be deposited into your Singapore bank account, but only if you have provided your Singapore bank account details to the National University of Singapore, through the student information system, EduRec. You may contact the Student Services Office studenthelp@yale-nus.edu.sg for more information on the deposit schedule after the student bill is available.

  • How does taking leave of absence affect my current merit scholarship and/or financial aid?

    If you are a merit scholarship recipient, merit scholarship funds will not be disbursed during the semester(s) you are on leave of absence. You may still use up to 8 semesters of funding, provided you have shown satisfactory academic progress.

    If you are currently receiving financial aid, your study award will be cancelled during the semester(s) you are on leave of absence.

    The decision to take leave of absence will not affect your eligibility to apply for financial aid in future application cycles. However, you must adhere to the financial aid application deadline when submitting your application. The application cycle runs from 1 March to 1 May and this is the only opportunity to apply for financial aid for the academic year starting in July. Missing the 1 May deadline may mean a student will not receive financial aid for the upcoming academic year.

  • What do I need to do in order to receive financial aid upon my return from leave of absence?

    You must re-apply for financial aid during the regular application cycle. The application cycle runs from 1 March to 1 May and this is the only opportunity to apply for financial aid for the academic year starting in July. Missing the 1 May deadline may mean a student will not receive financial aid for the upcoming academic year.

  • What is the financial aid application process like for students returning from leave of absence?

    The process is the same for all students, regardless of whether they are active students or on leave of absence. The application cycle runs from 1 March to 1 May and this is the only opportunity to apply for financial aid for the academic year starting in July. Missing the 1 May deadline may mean a student will not receive financial aid for the upcoming academic year.

  • When taking a leave of absence, do I need to do anything regarding the loan(s) I have taken?

    You may contact the Financial Aid Office at financialaid@yale-nus.edu.sg if you are intending to take leave of absence. If you are currently receiving loan funds, the funds will not be disbursed during the semester(s) you are on leave of absence. The loan will be re-activated when you return from leave of absence to Yale-NUS.

Special Programmes

Double Degree with Law

  • Who is the Double Degree Programme (DDP) with Law best suited for?

    Yale-NUS College DDP with Law is designed for intellectually-driven and globally-minded individuals who want a rigorous and interdisciplinary education. The programme is best suited for students who want to pursue a liberal arts and sciences education as well as receive professional training in the law.

  • I understand that I need to apply separately to Faculty of Law, NUS and Yale-NUS. If I get admission into both, does that mean that I am automatically in the DDP?

    No, we will offer admission to small group of students from this group. Admission is competitive, and less than 10% of the student population of Yale-NUS will pursue the programme.

  • Which Round should I apply in if I am interested in the DDP?

    You may choose to apply in either Round 1 or Round 2. If you apply during Round 1, you will receive your offer of admission before you apply to the Faculty of Law, NUS. Offer of admission to Yale-NUS will not be contingent on admission to Faculty of Law, NUS or the Double Degree Programme.

  • What if I have been accepted by Yale-NUS College and am shortlisted by the Faculty of Law, NUS?

    Students admitted to Yale-NUS College in Round 1 and shortlisted at the Faculty of Law, NUS should reply to the Yale-NUS College’s offer of admission by May 1. Results of the Double Degree Programme with Law will be available beginning mid-May and students can update Yale-NUS of any changes to their status, accordingly. Students admitted to Yale-NUS in Round 2 who have indicated interest in the Double Degree Programme with Law, will receive both their Yale-NUS College admissions decision and their admissions decision for the Double Degree Programme with Law, in advance of the reply-by date of June 1. All students admitted in Round 2 must reply by to their offer by June 1.

  • Can I apply to the Yale-NUS College DDP with Law if I am already a student at Yale-NUS or Faculty of Law, NUS?

    We do not offer mid-term admission to the programme.

  • I already have admission to Faculty of Law, NUS for the current academic year. Can I apply to Yale-NUS now and hope to get selected for the DDP?

    Yes. You may retain your Faculty of Law, NUS offer and at the same time apply to Yale-NUS College for admission. If you are offered a place at Yale-NUS and are selected for the Double Degree Programme, you will begin your studies at Yale-NUS College accordingly in the current academic year.

  • I already have admission to Faculty of Law, NUS for the current academic year. If I apply to Yale-NUS now, is my place at the Faculty of Law, NUS automatically given up?

    The admissions process at Yale-NUS and Faculty of Law, NUS are separate. In the event that you are accepted by Yale-NUS, there will be two possibilities. If you are offered the Double Degree Programme, you may accept that and begin your studies at Yale-NUS College in the current academic year. If you are not offered the Double Degree Programme, you will simply choose between Yale-NUS or Faculty of Law, NUS. You will be informed in time so as to allow you to exercise your relevant options.

  • What kind of qualifications will I receive at the end?

    Students who successfully complete the programme will receive two degrees, namely, a Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) from Yale-NUS College and a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) from NUS.

  • Which school do I belong to if I pursue the Yale-NUS College DDP in Law?

    If you’re pursuing the Yale-NUS College DDP with Law, you are a Yale-NUS student. You’ll live in one of the three residential colleges and participate in every aspect of student life like any other Yale-NUS community member

  • Where do I take my classes?

    In your first year of study, you will take Yale-NUS Common Curriculum courses and a Law elective in the first Special Term of the Summer.  In the second, third and fourth years students will complete the Yale-NUS Common Curriculum, take Yale-NUS electives, and take core and elective Law courses. In the fifth year of study, you’ll take almost all your classes at the NUS Law Bukit Timah Campus (BTC).

  • Where will I stay while pursuing the Yale-NUS College DDP with Law?

    For the first four years of the programme, you will live on campus at Yale-NUS College in one of the three residential colleges along with all Yale-NUS students. In the fifth year of the programme, students can apply for housing but it is not guaranteed.

  • What tuition fees will be charged to students pursuing the Double Degree Programme in Law and Liberal Arts?

    The fee policy for the DDP with Law and Liberal Arts has been updated with effect from AY 2018 and for subsequent cohorts. For information regarding tuition fees for the DDP, please refer to National University of Singapore (NUS) FAQ on DDP.
    In the fifth year, DDP students are not eligible for Yale-NUS Study Awards, and can apply for financial aid directly through NUS.

Yale-NUS & Duke-NUS Liberal Arts and Medicine Pathway

  • What is the Yale-NUS & Duke-NUS Liberal Arts and Medicine Pathway?

    The Yale-NUS & Duke-NUS Liberal Arts and Medicine Pathway shapes future clinicians who appreciate the interconnectedness of the sciences, social sciences and humanities in medical practice. Through the broad-based education at Yale-NUS College, graduates will be well-trained in the art of inquiry, enabling them to think and reason in a way that leads to greater cross-fertilisation of ideas and new solutions in healthcare.

    The pathway allows students to be admitted to Yale-NUS College and simultaneously receive a conditional admission to the graduate entry MD programme at Duke-NUS Medical School. Students on this pathway will still have to submit formal applications to Duke-NUS at the end of Year 3 of the student’s tenure at Yale-NUS. All successful students will complete the full curriculum of Yale-NUS and graduate with a BA/BSc(Hons) before proceeding to join Duke-NUS.

  • Why should I pursue the Yale-NUS & Duke-NUS Liberal Arts and Medicine Pathway?

    The Yale-NUS & Duke-NUS Liberal Arts and Medicine Pathway shapes future clinicians who appreciate the interconnectedness of the sciences, social sciences and humanities in medical practice. Through the broad-based education at Yale-NUS College, graduates will be well-trained in the art of inquiry, enabling them to think and reason in a way that leads to greater cross-fertilisation of ideas and new solutions in healthcare.

    The pathway allows students to be admitted to Yale-NUS College and simultaneously receive a conditional admission to the graduate entry MD programme at Duke-NUS Medical School. All successful students will complete the full curriculum of Yale-NUS and graduate with a BA/BSc(Hons) before proceeding to join Duke-NUS.

  • What will I experience in the Pathway?

    A Yale-NUS education features the Common Curriculum that all undergraduates take, which encourages critical, creative, and active thinking through a range of subjects including comparative social inquiry, philosophy and political thought, quantitative reasoning, and more in the first two years with no prescribed majors.

    In the third year, students confirm a major in order to gain deep knowledge in one area of study, while taking electives in other disciplines that give them an appreciation of how the sciences, social sciences and humanities all play a role in the practice of medicine.

    Under the guidance of both their Yale-NUS major adviser and Centre for International & Professional Experience (CIPE) staff adviser, students will also gain academic and non-academic experiences throughout their undergraduate programme that strengthen their commitment to the field of medicine in a broad sense. Students can expect to stay engaged with Duke-NUS through periodic meetings with Duke-NUS faculty on campus and invitations to activities designed to provide insights into the medical school experience and a career in medicine. A general overview of the mentorship and enrichment activities is below.

    Mentorship and Enrichment Activities:
    – Close guidance by designated staff from Yale-NUS Centre for International & Professional Experience (CIPE) staff
    – Duke-NUS Medical Specialties Workshops
    – Duke-NUS Alumni Clinical Observership
    – Community Projects

  • What degrees will I earn after successful completion of the Pathway?

    Successful students will graduate with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) Honours degree or Bachelor of Arts (BA) Honours degree at Yale-NUS College, followed by a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree at Duke-NUS Medical School.

  • Who can apply for the Yale-NUS & Duke-NUS Liberal Arts and Medicine Pathway?

    To be eligible for consideration, a student must:
    – Submit an application to Yale-NUS College by the stated application deadlines (either Round 1 or Round 2)
    – Submit the Supplemental Essay for the Yale-NUS & Duke-NUS Liberal Arts and Medicine Pathway through the Yale-NUS Applicant Status Page
    – If invited, attend interviews for both Yale-NUS and Duke-NUS

  • How do I apply for the Yale-NUS & Duke-NUS Liberal Arts and Medicine Pathway?

    Please review the following thoroughly:
    a) Applicants to Yale-NUS College will be invited to submit a Supplemental Essay for the Yale-NUS & Duke-NUS Liberal Arts and Medicine Pathway through the Yale-NUS Student Applicant Portal. The essay must be submitted by the stated deadline:
    Round 1: 1 February
    Round 2: 1 April
    The Yale-NUS College Application (with all required documents), together with the Supplemental Essay, will be considered as a complete application for the pathway. No additional materials are required.
    b) Completed applications will be reviewed by both Yale-NUS and Duke-NUS. A select number of students will be invited for separate interviews with Yale-NUS and Duke-NUS. Interviews with both institutions are required for admission to the pathway.
    Note: It is possible to be selected for an interview with Yale-NUS but not Duke-NUS. This will not have an effect on admission to Yale-NUS College.
    c) After completion of interviews with both Yale-NUS and Duke-NUS, a limited number of applicants will be selected for the Yale-NUS & Duke-NUS Liberal Arts and Medicine Pathway. Admission to Yale-NUS College does not ensure admission to the pathway. All students who apply for the Pathway will be notified of their admission to both Yale-NUS College and to the pathway.
    In order to join the pathway, a student must be admitted to both Yale-NUS College and the pathway, and must accept a place at Yale-NUS College.

  • What is the timeline once my application for the Pathway is complete?

    Yale-NUS Application Due
    Round 1: 15 January
    Round 2: 20 March

    Yale-NUS & Duke-NUS Liberal Arts and Medicine Pathway Supplemental Essay Due
    Round 1: 1 February
    Round 2: 1 April

    Yale-NUS Interviews
    Round 1: January – beginning March
    Round 2: April

    Duke-NUS Interviews
    Round 1: February
    Round 2: April

    Admission Notification
    Round 1: By 1 April
    Round 2: By 1 May

    Student Reply Deadline
    Round 1: 1 May
    Round 2: 1 June

  • How will I know if I’m shortlisted for an interview?

    Those selected for an interview by Yale-NUS and Duke-NUS will be notified by email. The invitations for interviews at Yale-NUS and Duke-NUS will come separately and will result in two separate interviews. An interview invitation from Yale-NUS does not guarantee an interview invitation from Duke-NUS, due to the separate review of applications by each institution.

    Yale-NUS interviews are conducted on the Yale-NUS campus for those residing in Singapore. For students outside of Singapore, Skype interviews will be coordinated.

    Duke-NUS interviews will be held at the Duke-NUS campus (Singapore). Applicants may also request to be interviewed via Skype if they are out of the country. Requests for Skype interviews will be reviewed and approved by the Duke-NUS Associate Dean for Admissions.

  • How long after my application is complete should I expect a response?

    Applications to the pathway will be considered according to the following timeline:

    Yale-NUS Application Due
    Round 1: 15 January
    Round 2: 20 March

    Yale-NUS & Duke-NUS Liberal Arts and Medicine Pathway Supplemental Essay Due
    Round 1: 1 February
    Round 2: 1 April

    Yale-NUS Interviews
    Round 1: January – beginning March
    Round 2: April

    Duke-NUS Interviews
    Round 1: February
    Round 2: April

    Admission Notification
    Round 1: By 1 April
    Round 2: By 1 May

    Student Reply Deadline
    Round 1: 1 May
    Round 2: 1 June

  • Can I be admitted to Yale-NUS College but not to the Yale-NUS & Duke-NUS Liberal Arts and Medicine Pathway?

    Yes. Due to the limited number of students admitted to the Duke-NUS Doctor of Medicine (MD) programme each year, a small cohort will be selected for participation in the Yale-NUS & Duke-NUS Liberal Arts and Medicine Pathway.

  • If I am not admitted to the Yale-NUS & Duke-NUS Liberal Arts and Medicine Pathway, can I still apply to the Duke-NUS Doctor of Medicine (MD) programme as I complete my degree at Yale-NUS?

    Yes. All Yale-NUS students are welcome to apply directly to Duke-NUS for further studies after completion of their degree at Yale-NUS. Further information about direct applications to Duke-NUS can be found here.

  • Will my application to the Yale-NUS & Duke-NUS Liberal Arts and Medicine Pathway have an effect on my application to Yale-NUS?

    No. Each application to Yale-NUS will be considered individually in accordance with the College’s holistic review of applications. If a student is not granted admission to the pathway, their application will continue to be reviewed by Yale-NUS for admission to the College, without any consideration to the decision for the pathway.

  • What are the requirements for final acceptance of conditional admitted students to the Duke-NUS Doctor of Medicine (MD) programme?

    Duke-NUS utilises a holistic admissions review process that is individualised to each applicant. Broadly speaking, the admission process takes into account a combination of academic accomplishments, and personal attributes and experiences.  The final admissions decision will be based on the following criteria:

    1.  Cumulative Grade Point Average – as an indication of academic performance.
    2.  Complete the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) exam by September of the year prior to entry.
    3.  Complete meaningful clinical/medical and service experiences throughout their undergraduate years (in consultation with an advisor at Yale-NUS College).
    4.  Expected to conduct themselves professionally. If concerns should arise at any time regarding a student’s academic performance or personal/professional development, the student may be reviewed by the Duke-NUS MD Admissions Committee resulting in action up to and including withdrawal from the offer.
    5.  Submit the Duke-NUS MD application and all required application materials to the Duke-NUS Admissions Department by the specified deadlines.
    6.  Successful graduation from Yale-NUS College.

    Students accepted into the pathway are also required to participate in engagement activities at Duke-NUS during their second through fourth years of college.  For a list of the activities, please refer to our website.

  • Is there a possibility that I might lose the conditional offer into the Duke-NUS Doctor of Medicine (MD) programme?

    A student will lose conditional admission if any of the following occur during the completion of their Yale-NUS undergraduate degree programme:

    - Withdrawal from Yale-NUS.
    - Failure to achieve the academic readiness for medical school.
    - Violate a standard of academic or ethical conduct policy or any other applicable policy of Yale-NUS where the potential outcome could result in a disciplinary action (including but not limited to probation, suspension, expulsion or removal from the College).
  • Can I withdraw from the Yale-NUS & Duke-NUS Liberal Arts and Medicine Pathway during the course of my undergraduate studies?

    Although you are not required to make a binding commitment to Duke-NUS at the time of admission, you should inform Yale-NUS and Duke-NUS of your withdrawal from the pathway at least one year preceding medical school matriculation.

    Candidates who decide (for whatever reason) not to continue with the pathway but rather to apply via the regular admissions process to multiple schools are welcomed and encouraged to apply to Duke-NUS as well. While the assurances of the conditional admissions would no longer apply, the Duke-NUS MD Admissions Committee would be happy to consider regular-process applications from candidates in this situation.

  • As a Singapore Permanent Resident or International student on the Pathway, are there any implications if I take up the Tuition Grant for my undergraduate studies?

    All Singapore Permanent Resident and International students who have opted to take up the Tuition Grant are required to work 3 years in a Singapore registered entity upon graduation from Yale-NUS. Students who wish to work overseas for a non-Singapore entity or who wish to pursue graduate studies without completing the three-year work obligation are required to submit a Banker’s Guarantee (BG). The value of the BG is equivalent to the Tuition Grant provided (pro-rated if part of the three-year obligation has been served).

    Students on the Pathway will be joining Duke-NUS immediately after graduating from Yale-NUS, without having served any part of the three-year obligation. As a requirement, students must submit a Banker’s Guarantee equivalent to 20% of the full value of Tuition Grant provided. In addition, students may serve the (deferred) three-year work obligation concurrently with the five-year service commitment required by the Ministry of Health, after graduating from the Duke-NUS MD programme.

National Service

  • I am currently serving my National Service and I have already accepted an offer of admission from NUS/another university. Can I still apply to Yale-NUS?

    The application to Yale-NUS is merely an expression of interest and you do not need to withdraw from any other school at which you are holding an offer of admission. However, if you are offered a place in Yale-NUS and decide to accept our offer, you will have to relinquish your place at the other university/ college.

  • Can I submit army testimonials in place of the teacher recommendations?

    We require every applicant to submit two recommendations from teachers or instructors who had taught you in academic subjects. However, you may submit your army testimonials as an additional letter of recommendation, so long as the letter contributes a unique perspective on your candidacy that we would not get from your teachers or from the school testimonial.

  • If I am invited to an interview, will Yale-NUS College write to my unit’s commanding officer to request for permission to leave camp for that time?

    You would have to arrange with your unit’s commanding officer to request for permission to leave camp for your selected interview appointment time. We also offer weekend interviews to accommodate schedules for people who are currently serving National Service.

  • I am currently serving National Service and can only start school 2 years later. Can I apply now, or do I have to wait until I complete my National Service?

    You may apply to Yale-NUS College now. If you are admitted, we will reserve your spot until you finish your National Service.

  • If I am currently serving Singapore National Service, how will my tuition fees be computed?

    National Servicemen will be charged the tuition fees prevailing at the time you accepted the offer of admission.

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