Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Science (Summer UROPS) for Exchange Students

The NUS Faculty of Science offers opportunities for undergraduate students from our Partner Universities to participate in our Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme in Science (UROPS) during the Summer - Special Term Part 1 and Part 2 - from May till August. This programme provides students with opportunities to work on research projects they are interested in and under the supervision of our faculty members. Through Summer UROPS, students can gain first-hand experience in research and earn modular credits (MCs) to fulfil their graduation requirements.

 

Programme Highlights
  • Conduct cutting-edge research in NUS under supervision of a faculty member in a conducive environment with state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. 
  • Present research findings before leaving Singapore, and submit a full research report to project supervisor and examiners for grading after returning to Home University.
  • Immerse in the culture of Singapore through trips and tours. Students will experience the fascinating culture, cuisine and sights of Singapore and immerse themselves into our multifaceted and multicultural city, together with students from the Biodiversity Summer Programme. 

 

Programme Timeline
 Dates Programme  
 14 May 2018   Orientation

 14 May - 4 August 2018

 (Special Term I & II) 

 1. Conduct research for 10-12 weeks in NUS under the supervision of our faculty members

 2. Cultural trips 

 3 August 2018  Farewell dinner
 30 July - 3 August 2018

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

 2. Complete a feedback form

 12 October 2018

 (Week 8 of Semester 1, AY2018/2019)

 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.

 

After successful completion of the above, students will be awarded either 4 or 8 MCs with grades reflected on the NUS Official Transcript. The students' home university can independently decide if they wish to allow the transfer of credits and/or grades.

 

Application Procedures
  1. Student who is interested in participating this research opportunity should inform his/her home university's exchange programme coordinator and will be advised on the detailed application process.

     

  2. Nominated student will have to make one of the following choices using a link provided by his/her home university by 15 February:

     

    Choice A: Contact supervisors in NUS Faculty of Science or NUS School of Medicine directly

    Student needs to supply the faculty member with "Summer UROPS Project Details" form, his/her academic record, CV with publication list (if any), area of research interest and any other documents required by the faculty member. On the basis of this information, the faculty member would then decide whether to undertake supervision of the student. If the faculty member agrees to be the student's supervisor for a UROPS project, the former sends an email to the student confirming his/her acceptance of the student. Student is to forward the "Summer UROPS Project Details" form and acceptance email from the supervisor to Ms Weixin NIAH at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    If student is unable to secure a project by 15 February, he/she has to email Ms Weixin NIAH their CV with publications (if any) and indicate two (2) potential supervisors and departments. The Dean's Office will assist in securing a project for the student. 

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    Choice B: Request the Dean's Office to suggest suitable supervisor based on his/her research interests.

    Student has to email his/her CV with publication list (if any) to Ms Weixin NIAH at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

     

  3. With the approval by the home university and our faculty member, student is to register online at the NUS NON-GRADUATING STUDENTS APPLICATION SYSTEM as a research student by 1 March. Student may wish to refer to the application guide before he/she proceeds to apply online.  
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  5. The applicant will also need to send softcopy of the following documents to Ms Weixin NIAH (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 15 March, if they have not done so:
    • Letter of acceptance by the FoS/NUSMed supervisors. This can be in a form of email or letter.
    • Summer UROPS Project Details form
    • CV with publication list (if any)
    • Screenshot of completed application to the NUS Non-Graduating Students Application System

     

     Late applications will not be accepted.

     

Potential Supervisors

Student may visit the following links to identify their potential supervisors:

 

Accommodation / Housing

Participants of the Summer UROPS will be put up at Prince George's Park Residences (PGPR) during the 12 weeks of research. 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.

 

Student Pass Application

All international students must hold a valid Student's Pass (SP) issued by the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) for their studies at NUS. For more information about the Student Pass Application, please visit http://nus.edu.sg/osa/services/students-pass.html

 

Estimated Costs

Tuition fee will be waived for exchange students, but he/she must pay for the NUS Miscellaneous Student Fees (MSF) which includes:

  • Student Services Fee
  • Health Service Fee

Do note that if the study period ends in Semester 1 or part thereof of the following academic year, MSF for Semester 1 shall be payable.

Details of the above fees payable can be found at the Registrar's Office website.

 

Students may also incur the following expenses during the stay in NUS:

 Items Estimated Costs (SGD)  
 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

 

The above constitutes only an estimated/approximate cost of the programme; some of the items would be subject to revisions and where appropriate an additional 7% goods and service tax. These costs are based on an estimate for a reasonably comfortable lifestyle and do not represent the travelling costs as a tourist. The actual amount could be much higher or lower depending on individual spending patterns.