About the Location
Singapore is located on a an island at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. Home to more than 4.8 million people and covering less than 270 square miles, the city-state of Singapore is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Singapore is a major center of international business and trade and is home to one of the largest ports in the world. It is a vibrant and cosmopolitan country composed of various ethnic communities and cultures including Chinese, Malay, and Indian. While the national language is Malay, English is the language of administration, business, and education. Singapore is at the crossroads of East and West and is an excellent location for students to explore Asian cultures in an English-speaking context.
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is a research-intensive university ranked among the top 50 universities in the world. NTU enrolls more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students across its different colleges and schools. The Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (SCI) is a leader in journalism and media education in Asia. Nanyang Business School (NBS) is a world-class business school accredited by AACSB and EQUIS. The School of Humanities and Social Sciences offers courses in several disciplines including economics, psychology, and sociology.
More information on NTU is available from the NTU information sheet.
This program is ideal for a highly-motivated student with a history of very strong academic achievement. Students considering this program should also posess a very high degree of independence and flexibility. The campus environment at NTU is very different than that of Elon, and students should expect the various offices on campus to function more like those at a large institution with less individual attention. Students will be expected to work through various university processes in an independent fashion. For instance, students on this program will be expected to make their own way to campus in time for orientation. Students will also be required to request approval to enroll in individual courses, and in some cases that approval may not be granted. Likewise, students are required to apply to live on-campus and in some cases that application may be declined. Students on this program must be able to handle some degree of uncertainty.
Additional information about course equivalents for this program is available through the GEC website (Elon password required).
Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis, regardless of the host institution's policy.
Fall semester – early August to early December
Spring semester – early January to early May
Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.
For cost information for this program, please see the budget sheets:
Need-based scholarships are available for Elon semester programs through the GEC. For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.
If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.
Housing & Meals
Students will live either on-campus in residence halls or off-campus in privately-run residences. Students must apply for housing after being accepted by the program. Housing is chosen on a lottery basis, and about 60% of NTU exchange students will have to live off-campus in any given semester.
The 16 Halls of Residence are home to some 9,200 students. Students in most halls will live in double or single rooms with communal showers and toilets. Halls offer other common facilities such as kitchens, reading rooms, and laundry. Rooms are furnished with a bed, study table, chair, wardrobe, and bookshelf. There are phone and Ethernet jacks in each room. Bedding, bed linen, pillows, and blankets are not provided. There are 14 different canteens and cafes on campus, and several of them are located in one of the halls.
Some examples of private residences include YoHa and Scholar's Residence.
In all cases students will pay for meals out-of-pocket. Students who reside in the residence halls will pay for meals on a per-meal basis in the canteens and food courts on-campus. More information about these dining locations can be found here. Students who live off-campus may still eat in the canteens, but they may find it more cost-effective to cook meals for themselves in their accomodation.
Additional Eligibility Notes
While a GPA of 3.2 is required for all students applying to NTU, a GPA of 3.4 is required for students applying to study at Nanyang Business School.
Students must complete the online Elon University study abroad application by the published deadline. See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information. Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.
Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by Nanyang Technological University.
A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad. These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety. Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program. Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.
Click here for the semester programs pre-departure orientation schedule.
Additional Links and Information
Interested in the program? Join the Global Education Center Facebook page to connect with alumni, meet interested students, and get program updates.
Study Abroad Student Ambassadors (SASAs) are GEC student representatives who have participated in one or more study abroad programs, and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with current SASAs via email, or contact past study abroad participants who have attended your program. They are looking forward to hearing from you!
Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources
Singaporean Embassy in DC http://www.mfa.gov.sg/washington/
US Embassy in Singapore http://singapore.usembassy.gov/