Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Science (Summer UROPS) and Summer Undergraduate Research Attachment in Science (Summer URAPS) 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) and Undergraduate Research Attachment Programme in Science (URAPS) during the Summer from May till August or July till September. 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 get to experience the fascinating culture, cuisine and sights of Singapore and gain insights into our multifaceted and multicultural city, together with students from the Biodiversity Summer Programme. 


Summer UROPS Programme Timeline
 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


After successful completion of the above, students will be awarded 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.

Do note that students who are enrolled in Summer UROPS are to adhere to the programme timeline. For Chang Gung University students, please refer to the programme timeline which will be sent to you via email. 


Summer URAPS Programme Timeline
 Dates Programme  

 13 May 2019 or

 1 July 2019


 13 May - 3 August 2019

 (Special Term I & II) or

  1 July - 21 September 2019

 (Special Term II & Semester 1)

 1. Conduct research for 8-12 weeks in NUS under the supervision of our faculty members

 2. Cultural trips 

 2 August 2019  Dinner gathering

 3 August 2019 or

 21 September 2019

 End of Summer URAPS


Do note that students who are enrolled in Summer URAPS will not receive a NUS Official Transcript as he/she will not be assessed by the NUS supervisor/examiners at the end of the research attachment programme. Please check with your Home University if you will be enrolled in Summer UROPS or URAPS.


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 can make one of the following choices to secure a project for Summer UROPS or URAPS:


    Choice A: Contact potential 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/s 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 will send an email to the student confirming the acceptance of the student. Student is to forward the "Summer UROPS Project Details" form and acceptance email from the supervisor to Ms Kai Yi ONG 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 Kai Yi ONG 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. 


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

    Student has to email his/her academic record, CV with publication list (if any), research interest/s to Ms Kai Yi ONG 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 NUS faculty member, student is to register online at the NUS Non-Graduating Students Application System as a research student by 1 March. Student should refer to the application guide before he/she proceeds with the application.  

  5. The applicant will also need to send softcopy of the following documents to Ms Kai Yi ONG (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
    • Academic Record
    • CV with publication list (if any)
    • Screenshot of completed application to the NUS Non-Graduating Students Application System
    • For Summer URAPS students, please provide your intended start and end date of your research programme. 


     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 or URAPS 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 Orientation Day. Arrangements of room will only be confirmed in early May or end-June.


Student's 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


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 research period ends within Semester 1 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 (S$)  
 Student's Pass Application Fee  S$30 - S$120
 Housing (depending on room type)  S$2,000 - S$3,500
 Meals  S$1,000 - S$1,800
 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.