NUS Summer Research in Science

Conduct research at one of the world's highest-regarded universities (ranked 11th globally, QS 2019).

The National University of Singapore's Faculty of Science offers opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in research programs during the Summer from May to August. This program provides students with opportunities to work on research projects they are interested in and under the supervision of their faculty members. 

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Summer 2022 applications

Apply from November 1, 2021 to January 10, 2022 

University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

Summer 2023 applications

Open November 1, 2022 

Program details

This program offers UCalgary undergraduate students to do research in these areas of science:

Please identify which professors you would be interested in working with. Please choose your top 3-5 for this stage of the application.

Students will attend the credit bearing (UROPS) version of the research program and will receive a transcript with 8MCs which is the equivalent of 3 UCalgary credits.

Transfer credit for research projects is not guaranteed, so students should speak with their academic advisor to determine if transfer credit approval can be granted for their research program.

We anticipate the 2020 program will be similar.

 Dates  Programme    13 May 2019   Orientation

 13 May - 3 August 2019

 (Special Term I & II) 

 1. Conduct research for 12 weeks in NUS under the supervision of our faculty members

 2. Cultural trips 

 2 August 2019  Farewell dinner  29 July - 2 August 2019

 1. Give an oral presentation to supervisors and examiners before leaving Singapore

 2. Complete a feedback form

 11 October 2019

 (Week 8 of Semester 1, AY2019/2020)

 Submit a full research report to supervisors and examiners for grading

 This allows students to concentrate fully during their 12 weeks of research and give them ample time to work on literature reviews and reports when they are back in their home university.

 February 2020  Receive NUS Official Transcript
  1. Costs

    Students pay the costs of this program, including tuition, directly to NUS or to the service provider. The fee for the research attachment is S$3,820 and approx S$150 in miscellaneous student fees.

    Estimated costs are:

    Student Pass Application Fee S$30 - S$120
    Housing (depending on room type) S$2000 - S$3500
    Meals S$1000 - S$1800
    Transport (travel expenses on Public Buses/Trains) S$300 - S$450
    Personal Expenses S$250 - S$400

  2. Funding

    Participating students can also apply for a Research Grant worth $3000. 

Participants of the Summer UROPS will be put up at Prince George's Park Residences (PGPR) during the 12 weeks of research in non-air-conditioned single rooms. Students cannot move into PGPR earlier than one day before the first day of NUS Special Term Part I. Arrangements of room will only be confirmed in early May.

This research program is open to regular, full-time students in the Faculties of Science, Health Science or Kineseology at the University of Calgary, who will have completed at least 2 full years at the post-secondary level by the time of placement. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (B) over their past 10 courses at the time of application.

An academic reference is required for a complete application. Please use the course list section of the RAISA application to list your top 3-5 professors.

If you plan to travel on a passport from an Assessment Level 1 or 2 country according to the Singapore visa assessment, we recommend to look at programs outside of Singapore. If you are a citizen of Singapore, you will not be eligible for Singapore exchange programs. Please speak with an advisor for more information.

The University of Calgary has pre-negotiated places on this research program, so students will not be competing against students around the world for placement. (However, nominated students are still responsible for securing a professor to work with them during the NUS application phase.) If we receive more qualified applicants than spaces, we will interview to determine which students to nominate and which to consider for their second choice. 

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Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The advisor for this program is: Tara Jorgensen

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.