The Drexel exchange program with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is open to all Drexel students. NTU is a research-intensive university with globally acknowledged strengths in science and engineering. Drexel's exchange program with NTU allows Drexel students to study at one of the top universities in Asia becoming fully immersed in the education, culture and daily life of both Singapore and NTU.
Located in the in the heart of a booming Asia-Pacific region, Singapore is the perfect 'soft landing' as it is a predominantly English-speaking environment. With over 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students and its Undergraduate Research Experience on Campus (URECA), NTU offers an amazing experience.
All classes at Nanyang Tech are taught in English and there is no foreign language requirement. Check out the majors offered at NTU here. Students may choose courses from NTU's course catalog and must obtain pre-approval for any courses they plan on taking there. Take a look at NTU's Course Catalog to check out course offerings.
Students may study at NTU either during NTU's Semester 1 or Semester 2.
Semester 1 is from early Aug - early December. Students would need to leave their spring/summer co-op 6 weeks early in order to arrive in Singapore in time for NTU's Semester 1.
Semester 2 is from early January - early May. Students would begin their spring/summer co-op 6 weeks late and would need to find their own co-op.
PLEASE NOTE: Singapore's student work permit regulations have become increasingly strict and NTU will no longer be able to provide students with this paperwork. Please be aware that students will have to search for an employer that will sponsor their work permit and may have to search for an independent co-op if they cannot secure one abroad.
Drexel students will need to work closely with the study abroad office, their academic advisor and the co-op office to determine how best plan their study abroad experience. Due to the need for cycle changes, the study abroad office urges you to begin planning 12-18 months in advance.
NTU - Course Equivalents.xlsx Students will need to get equivalents approved by the appropriate department for each course they plan to take in Singapore. For example, if you want to take a sociology course at NTU for Drexel credit, its equivalent must be pre-approved by the Sociology Department at Drexel.
Grading: Students are taught by Singaporean faculty at their host university. Grades are noted as credit/no credit (CR/NCR) on their transcript and will NOT affect their GPA. In order to receive CR students must earn a "C" or above. The goal is to be a full-time student at the host institution while also taking the equivalent of a full-time load at Drexel.
Singapore consists of the main island and some 60 small islands. With its strategic geographical location, good infrastructure and a sound political climate, the Republic has emerged as an important regional center for trade, communications, tourism and banking. Despite rapid growth and soaring skyscrapers, Singapore remains one of the cleanest, greenest and safest cities in the world.
Students live in on-campus housing at NTU during the study portion of their program. Thus students interested in the study+co-op option will need to find accommodation closer to their work once their studies are finished. Please visit the NTU's website for details of housing opportunities.
Students will need to obtain a "Student Pass" (i.e. student visa) upon entry into Singapore. All visa processing takes place in Singapore. NTU will apply for the student visa on your behalf.
This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus all of your financial aid travels with you. If you are interested in seeking additional funding, you should considering applying for study abroad Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.