Ranked among the top 1 percent of universities worldwide, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) places you in an academically stimulating environment that is both culturally enriching and socially fulfilling. NTU is located in the southwestern region of Singapore, and is the academic home to more than 33,000 undergraduate and graduate students from around the globe. A research-intensive public university with a truly international faculty, NTU offers programs in business, engineering, physical sciences, humanities, arts, and social sciences. Its main campus is the largest in Singapore, and served as the Olympic Village of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in August 2010.
NTU is located outside the city center but the campus is like a city or "third CBD are" it itself. NTU is well connected to the rest of the city by Mass Rapid Transit (MRT). There is a mall is one train stop away.
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Singapore is a cosmopolitan country located strategically and centrally at the southern tip of the Malay Archipelago. Known as the “Garden City,” it boasts green and clean surroundings rivaled by few other modern cities and is home to more than 4 million people of various ethnic backgrounds - mainly Chinese, Malay, and Indian.
Singapore is the busiest port in the world. With over 600 shipping lines, it sends super tankers, container ships, and passenger liners into busy waters along with coastal fishing vessels and wooden lighters. In addition, Singapore is one of the world's major oil refining and distribution centers, a major supplier of electronic components, and a leader in shipbuilding and repairing. With more than 130 banks, it has become one of the most important financial centers of Asia; business dealings are facilitated by Singapore's superb communications network, which links the nation to the rest of the world via satellite and 24-hour telegraph and telephone systems.
English is the language of business and administration in Singapore. It is also the language of instruction in schools and at NTU. Most Singaporeans are multilingual, speaking English and at least one other language – usually Mandarin, Malay, or Tamil.
Being a food paradise, Singapore has a wide variety of Asian and Western cuisine, which can be found everywhere from food centers to expensive restaurants. There are ample opportunities for foodies to savor both local and international cuisine.
Singapore is home to 2 million expats, meaning approximately 40 percent of the country's population are foreigners! Singapore ranks high on surveys of places to live and work worldwide. It is the richest and safest country in the region and its geographic location allows easy access to other countries throughout Asia and Australasia. NTU is located about 10 minutes from Malaysia.
NTU offers you the opportunity to join one of numerous student clubs and organizations. Currently, there are more than 100 student organizations in NTU. The Sports and Recreation Centre caters to the sporting and recreation needs of the University Community. For NTU students, participation in competitive sports and recreation activities form an integral part of University education. You’ll have the opportunity to choose between many indoor and outdoor activities. Past participants recommend trying to join a club of some sort. "My good friends played on the rugby team and absolutely loved building relationships with all of the boys on the team," one past participant shared. "Clubs did not work for me, but staying in contact with my friends from class was very rewarding. Simple things like asking a group of locals if you can work with them typically does the trick. They are very welcoming."
NTU offers a vibrant campus environment. The campus itself is known for being one of Singapore's CBD areas. There are many canteens on the campus where you can eat. As night falls, Singapore takes on another persona to offer students a vibrant array of nightlife and entertainment choices.
Semester dates are similar to the U.S. academic calendar. The Fall semester runs August - December. The Spring semester runs January - May.
Ranking and Rigor
#36 in the world for Business and Management - 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
#21 in the world for Accounting and Finance - 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
Past participants report that the level of academic rigor at NTU is similar to Tulane.
On this exchange program, students take the same courses undertaken by Singaporean students who are studying for their degrees. The language of instruction is English. All courses are taught by NTU faculty. Tulane students typically enroll in 4 - 5 classes per semester. Maximum workload allowed is 6 courses or 20 Academic Units (AUs) per semester.
For a list of courses commonly available at NTU and their Tulane equivalents, please see Sample Courses Offered.
Actual courses offered will vary from semester to semester and year to year. For a an up-to-date list of course offerings, please see the NTU course catalog.
Students list 10 courses in order of preference on their secondary application to NTU. Faculty review and pre-approve student's courses. Course approval shall be subject to pre-requisites and vacancies available. Please note that spots in classes at NTU may be limited, which is why each student needs to list 10 classes on their application.
Most undergraduate students enroll in four courses per semester. NTU does not stipulate the minimum number of AUs students must take. However, Tulane requires students to enroll in a minimum of the equivalent of 12 transferable credits.
Students are typically pre-registered for a couple courses, then need to queue for additional courses upon arrival during add/drop period. If a student drops the class, then another student who has listed the class as their first preference is picked at random from the waitlist. If no one has listed the class as their first choice, the allocation would move to those that listed the course as their second choice, and so on. If you are moved into a class that you list as your first choice, you must go back into the registration system and assign a new fist choice, select a new second choice, etc. Students who have troubles getting into classes can visit the business office at NTU for assistance.
English is the medium of instruction. Class formats vary. Many professors use the teaching format of lecture only with little interaction between student and professor. As is the case in any institution, some professors are more creative/innovative than others and will do their best to make the classroom experience both interesting and stimulating. Other classes are a "one-way street" with the professor giving and the students receiving information. Some classes involve a lot of group work and presentations. Some even require group papers.
Past participants say, "The courses at NTU test your ability to pay attention and retain information from a 3-4-hour lecture, meticulous attention to detail on examination, and ability to teach yourself a good portion of the material before you ever set foot in the classroom. I wouldn't say that I disliked the style of teaching, it is very different, but a self-disciplined student who is able to teach themselves and commit to one day a week in the library preparing for class is more than equipped to do well." Take up the challenge of this different classroom culture. Make it one of your goals to adapt and function successfully in a different environment.
Grades are calculated through a system of continuous assessment. Participation, midterm exams, final exams, and/or group presentations or homework factor into the final grade. "Midterms" are 10 - 20 multiple choice questions and are usually quite simple. Final exams often make up a large portion of the final grade.
Grading Scale and Conversion Guide
The Singaporean grading system works on a scale from 0 to 100. Professors assign letter grades based on a curve. Tulane works with World Education Services (WES) for credit evaluation and grade conversion. Below please find the U.S. equivalents for grades earned at NTU.
For Freeman semester abroad programs, students must:
complete their lower division business core requirements prior to their semester abroad;
earn a 2.5 GPA in the lower division business core courses;
be in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing.
Students who are on disciplinary probation, academic probation and/or honor board probation during the semester or term in which they intend to study abroad are not eligible to participate in a Tulane study abroad program. Approvals are revoked for students who are placed on probation after being approved to study abroad.
Students on disciplinary, academic and/or honor board probation during time of application are considered only if the probation period ends prior to departure for study abroad. Such applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by Study Abroad & Exchange in consultation with Tulane's Division of Student Affairs and/or Academic Affairs. If the application is approved, the host institution will be notified of the probationary status. It is within the discretion of the host institution and/or Tulane to place additional restrictions on a recently-disciplined student's participation in a study abroad program.
Freeman Semester Abroad Application
To access the Freeman semester abroad application, please attend a Semester Abroad Info Session and make an appointment for follow-up advising with a Study Abroad & Exchange advisor.
Some exchange programs are more competitive than others. Students can list up to 10 school on the semester abroad application, in order of preference. All qualified applications are reviewed on a competitive basis based on GPA; class standing while abroad; academic, personal and professional relevance of study abroad programs; and academic, linguistic, personal and cultural preparation.
Upon nomination, exchange participants are required to submit secondary application materials to the host university. Please see the NTU's Factsheet for more information. The secondary application is due by the host university's deadline.
Exchange program participants pay their regular Tulane tuition plus a $1200 study abroad fee but do not pay Reily Center, Health Center or Student Activities fees. Housing is not charged by Tulane University but rather paid directly to the housing provider abroad. Students are responsible for additional expenses, including international airfare, passport, visa, meals, local transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses. See the budget sheet for more information.
Some countries (e.g., Australia, France, Hong Kong, Singapore, Switzerland) require that students participating in study abroad programs purchase local health insurance in that country. Students are responsible for purchasing this insurance if it is a requirement for the country where they will be studying. The estimated cost is included in the budget sheet.
On-campus housing is guaranteed for UG exchange students, as long as you apply by the application deadline. Upon acceptance as an exchange student, you may apply online for on campus housing through the NTU Exchange Portal prior to the stipulated closing date. Students are allocated randomly and requests for specific types of rooms would be determined on a case by case basis. Requests for specific roommates or preferred halls are not allowed. For more information on housing options, please see http://www.ntu.edu.sg/has/Undergraduate/Pages/index.aspx.
Past participants highly recommend on-campus housing. "I would compare it to Sharpe or Monroe," one past participant shared. "The dorm I was in had outdoor hallways and bathrooms very similar to the other communal bathrooms at Tulane, but they were a bit nicer I would say (if you disregard the bugs, but it's Singapore so there's not much to be done about that). My roommate was another exchange student and I absolutely loved her." The dormitories are within walking distance of classes.
The university does not offer or manage any off-campus housing. Housing Services, however, maintains an online Off Campus Accommodation System (OCAS) to assist students with their search for off-campus housing. OCAS is a listing of housing options available for rent. For more information see http://www.ntu.edu.sg/has/Off-Campus/Pages/index.aspx.