Department of Chinese Studies 中文系

Admissions, Fees & Finance

Entry Requirements

Students intending to read Master of Arts (Chinese Culture and Language) coursework programme must fulfil any of the following:

An NUS Honours degree (Second Class and above) or equivalent (e.g., a four-year Bachelors degree with at least an average grade of B or equivalent) in the subject or related field;


A good Bachelors degree (at least an average grade of B or equivalent) in the subject or related field and successful completion of a placement test; or exceptionally;


Other qualifications and experience subject to approval by the Board of Graduate Studies

English Proficiency

Applicants whose native tongue and medium of university instruction is not English should submit their TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score as evidence of their proficiency in the English language. As such, only if the applicant meets both criteria, i.e. native tongue is not in English AND medium of university instruction is not in English, must they submit the TOEFL/IELTS. However, as some Departments/Programmes may be more stringent in their requirement, please check the website of the respective Department(s)/Programme(s) you are applying to or contact them directly if you are unsure.

The following minimum TOEFL score is required:

  • 85 for the internet-based test (with a minimum score of 22 for the writing section); or
  • 580 for the paper-based test; or
  • 237 for the computer-based test.
  • Alternatively, an IELTS result of 6.0 is required.

TOEFL or IELTS results are only valid for two years after the test and the validity should not expire before the beginning of the application period for the coursework programme. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) has indicated that score reports are valid only if our University receives them directly from ETS. The Faculty's TOEFL institution code is 9081.

Application Process

Application Deadline: 1 November (in the year preceding the intake) to 15 January (in the same year as the intake)

The outcome of application will be made known by late May for the August intake

To learn about the application process and supporting documents, please click here.

Tuition Fees

  • The tuition fee for the AY2019/2020 intake is S$32,100 (inclusive of GST) for the entire program for all students irrespective of nationality.
  • A S$2,000 non-refundable deposit is due upon acceptance of offer. This deposit will be counted as part of the tuition fees payment upon successful matriculation
  • The remain payment schedule is S15,050 by 1st week of semester 1; $15,050 by first week of semester 2.

*Students in this program are not eligible for MOE’s Service Obligation Scheme.