Language Modules

The Centre for Language Studies teaches thirteen languages: Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Spanish, Tamil, Thai and Vietnamese. Currently it offers a number of language modules ranging from elementary to advanced levels.

*Click on the respective language image to view the full description of each module including pre-requisites, preclusions, workload, course coordinator and modular credits.

The Centre for Language Studies has reached an agreement with Yale-NUS College for a limited number of places in its Spanish language to be offered to FASS and cross faculty students (Year 1 to 3). Yale-NUS College is the provider of this module. Students can bid for YLS1201 through CORS. The module description and timetable for Spanish language can be found here. FASS students can only count Spanish modules towards their UE requirements. Hence, they may exercise the S/U option for this module if they have not reached the maximum S/U limit applicable to their cohorts.

Either Bahasa Indonesia or Thai or Vietnamese is required for students majoring in Southeast Asian Studies; French or German is required for European Studies majors; and Japanese for Japanese Studies majors. Other Arts and Cross-Faculty students may choose to read language modules as Unrestricted Electives outside of their major or as Breath modules outside their faculties respectively. Arts graduate students who need to learn a foreign language for the purpose of their studies or research may apply through their departments.

There are no pre-requisites or qualifying test for Level 1000 language modules. But these modules are meant only for students without any prior knowledge. Those who have learned the language through formal and informal means (incl. through external courses, self-study or an extended stay in the target language country) must contact CLS to take a placement test.

Students may face disciplinary action by the University for making a false declaration.

Eligibility

Students who are eligible to read language modules are:

Students of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:

  • Students from the 2001 cohort onwards can read the language modules as part of their Unrestricted Electives outside of their major to fulfil their Degree requirement.

  • Students from the 2008 cohort onwards taking language modules outside their majors are allowed to opt for S/U on these modules. Students for whom the language modules are part of the majors will not be allowed to opt for S/U on these modules. The S/U option is available for a maximum of 12MCs for the whole degree course. For more details, please refer to FASS website.

  • From Cohort 2014 onwards, students are eligible to exercise the S/U option for all levels of language modules regardless of whether the modules will fulfil their major or UE requirements.

Students from other Faculties:

  • Students from the 2001 cohort onwards can read the language modules as part of their Breadth module requirements outside of their faculties.

  • Students from the previous cohorts are eligible to read the language modules as Cross-Faculty Modules (CFM).


Postgraduate students will have to fill in an application form (FASS-G40/05) and return it to FASS, Division of Research & Graduate Studies, AS7 Level 6. Students from other faculties should submit the application through their Home Faculties.

 

Entry Requirements

Each individual language concentration has a different set of entry requirements and eligibility conditions. They are depicted below in order of their language concentrations.

Students with previous knowledge of the language that they intend to study must declare this. They are required to take a test for advance placement and may be admitted into a module at a higher level. Students may contact the CLS for further information on the placement tests.

*Click on the specific language to view admission requirements and eligibility conditions.

Arabic

There are no entry requirements for the Arabic Language Modules. That is, all NUS students, irrespective of their major and faculty, can take Arabic. However, to ensure equal learning opportunities/experiences, students with prior knowledge of Arabic, whether acquired formally or informally, should take the placement test—normally conducted two weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. Students with no prior knowledge in Arabic can enroll in LAR1201 Arabic 1. For all other Arabic modules, Arabic 2-Arabic 6, students may enroll if they fulfil the respective pre-requisites or a written and oral placement test.

Bahasa Indonesia, Malay, Thai and Vietnamese Languages

Entry Requirements:

There are no pre-requisites for students who wish to enroll in the following elementary modules: LAB1201, LAM1201, LAT1201 and LAV1201. These modules are intended for complete beginners.

To be eligible to read Bahasa Indonesia/Thai/Vietnamese modules, students can be:
  • Undergraduate students reading the module(s) as compulsary, unrestricted elective outside major or breadth module.
  • FASS and Cross-faculty postgraduate students can apply to take language modules by filling in the application form FASS-G185/02. Please note that the modular credits obtained cannot be counted towards graduation requirements.

Basic Chinese

Entry Requirements:

Students who have not received any formal education in Chinese before can enroll in LAC1201 Chinese 1. LAC1201 is a pre-requisite for LAC2201 and LAC2201 is a pre-requisite for LAC3201. The pre-requisite for LAC3203 Chinese for Science and Technology and Chinese for Business and Industry (jointly offered by CLS and Department of Chinese Studies) is 'AO' Level Chinese, Higher Chinese at 'O' Level or equivalent.

French and German Languages

The Centre for Language Studies currently offers a number of French and German language modules from elementary to advanced levels.

European Studies major students should refer to the European Studies website for the language requirements for European Studies.

Students on the SEP French/German language preparation programme run by CLS for the International Relations Office will read 4 modules, either LAF1201, LAF2201, LAF3201 and LAF3203 (French) or LAG1201, LAG2201, LAG3201 and LAG3203 (German).

Only freshmen who have just been accepted into the university may apply to the International Relations Office in June/July for admission into the SEP language preparation programme. All other interested students may wish to direct their enquiries to the CLS.

Entry Requirements:

There are no pre-requisites for students who wish to enroll in LAF1201 French 1/LAG1201 German 1. However, these modules are meant for complete beginners who have not learned French/German previously. Students with previously acquired knowledge of French/German may be admitted into a module at a higher level, subject to a placement test. European Studies major students may be exempted from one to two modules if they have the appropriate level of proficiency. Students may contact the CLS for further information on the placement tests.

Japanese Language

Entry Requirements:

The Centre currently offers a number of Japanese language modules from elementary to advanced levels, and welcomes students who show a keen interest in the language. All the Japanese language modules will require student attendance and participation in 7 instructional hours a week (2 lecture hours + 5 tutorial hours).

There are no pre-requisites or qualifying tests for students who wish to enroll in LAJ1201 Japanese 1. This module is meant only for complete beginners who have not learned Japanese previously. Students with acquired knowledge must take placement tests to be placed in the appropriate level. Students are also to declare any previously attained language qualification such as Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT, a test administered internationally by the Japan Foundation and the Association of International Education of Japan). Students may contact the Centre for further information on the placement test.

All Japanese language modules count towards Japanese Studies graduation requirements for JS major students. JS major students should refer to the Japanese Studies section in this handbook for language requirements.

Korean Language

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites for students who wish to enrol in LAK1201 Korean 1. Students with previously acquired knowledge of Korean may be admitted into a module at a higher level which will be offered from Semester 2 AY2008/2009, subject to a placement test. Students may contact the Centre for Language Studies for further information on the placement tests.

The SEP language preparation programme will be offered only to freshmen who have just been accepted into the university. They may apply to the International Relations Office in June/July for admission into the programme. All other interested students may wish to direct their enquiries to the International Relations Office.

Hindi and Tamil Language

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites for students who wish to enrol in the following elementary Hindi and Tamil modules: LAH1201 Hindi 1 and LAL1201 Tamil 1. These modules are intended for complete beginners. Students who have received any formal education in Hindi or Tamil previously or have prior knowledge in Hindi or Tamil cannot enrol in LAH1201 Hindi 1 or LAL 1201 Tamil 1 and are required to take a placement test in order to be placed at an appropriate level. LAH1201 and LAL 1201 are the prerequisites for LAH2201 Hindi2 and LAL 2201 Tamil 2 respectively.

Hindi and Tamil may be read to fulfil graduation requirements for the South Asian Studies Programme. South Asian Studies major students should refer to the South Asian Studies Programme Degree.

Registration

Module Registration

  • Undergraduate students, except students from Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine need to register online through CORS during the registration period at the beginning of each semester.
  • Students may add or drop modules online during this period.

  • Students from Faculty of Dentistry and Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine are to approach their Dean’s Office for registration of language modules.

  • Postgraduate students will have to fill in the Centre for Language Studies application form (CLS-POSTGRAD FORM) and submit it through their home department. Acceptance will depend on vacancies in the module.
  • Students with prior knowledge of the language can refer to the CLS Homepage or call at CLS General Office for more information on placement tests. Students who pass the placement tests (upon a waiver) may bid online for the higher-level module through the Centralised On-line Registration System (CORS).

*Please note that students are responsible to ensure that there are no Lecture and Examination time-table clashes.

For more information on CORS, please refer to the website at http://www.cors.nus.edu.sg

Tutorial Registration

  • FASS and Cross-Faculty students need to register on-line during the Tutorial Registration Exercise at the beginning of each academic year.

  • Students may add or drop tutorials online during the on-line Add/drop and Swapping exercise at the beginning of each semester.

  • Non-graduating and Postgraduate students need to register for tutorials during the Manual Tutorial Registration Exercise at the beginning of each academic year.

  • Students who missed the registration or wish to make a change to their initial tutorial class, may approach CLS General Office during the Manual Tutorial Registration period.

  • CLS will decide if to approve/accept requests subject to valid reasons (i.e. timetable clashes), vacancy and approval by respective language coordinators.

  • Students with timetable clashes must show evidence of such clashes.

*Please note that students are responsible to ensure that there are no Lecture and Examination time-table clashes.

Mapping

If you are planning to participate in an exchange programme and want us to map a language module for you, you have to provide us with the following information.

  1. Module title and code
  2. Module description
  3. Detailed course content
  4. Course syllabus (progression) and grammar
  5. Course Structure (number of hours; weekly and total)
  6. URL to course website or email from course coordinator

For students who are going for the exchange programme during Semester 1 or 2, you have to to submit an online module mapping request through NUS Student Integrated Information System (myISIS).

For students who are going for a local exchange programme or summer programme, you are required to fill in the application form below if your faculty does not have one. FASS students are to forward the completed form with the required information to Ms Lee Pei Ying (for all language modules except Korean) or Ms Ong Meng Choo (for Korean language modules only).


Students from other faculties are required to submit their applications through their Home Faculties. CLS will correspond with the Home Faculties on the mapping requests.

You are advised to plan and submit the form as early as possible before you leave for exchange. All mapping requests are subject to approval even if you may have already taken the module. Please note that the review will take about three weeks upon receipt of all required information and there is a block out period for review from Round 0 of CORS bidding to end of week 4 of each semester.. Please click to download the Mapping Form (doc).

FAQs

For general Frequently-Asked-Questions(FAQs) of the faculty, please click here.
For general FAQs on the Centralised On-line Registration System (CORS), please click here.

General Questions

Is placement test compulsory if I have prior knowledge of the language that I intend to study at CLS.

Yes, if you have previously acquired knowledge of the language, you are required to sit for a placement test. For placement test, please refer to announcement on CLS Home Page or contact the CLS General Office for further information. Students who pass the placement tests may bid online for the higher-level modules through the Centralised On-line Registration System (CORS).

What is the definition of prior knowledge of language?

We refer not only to those who have studied the language in a formal context and have sat for O- and/or A-Level exams and/or its equivalent, but also to those who have learned the language through any other means and for any duration of time.

I missed the online registration. When and how do I add a module?

You can submit an appeal online through the Centralised On-line Registration System (CORS).

Can I drop a module after the online add/drop period?

Yes, you may but subject to penalty. Please refer to the List of Important Events on the FASS website for the dates.

I am a Cross-faculty student and have been unable to register for a language module.

Check if you fulfill the pre-requisite(s) for the desired module. If you do and are unable to register, please approach CLS office with evidence of possession of pre-requisite(s). For students whom returned from an exchange programme, please provide proof of mapping and result.

Can I change lecture groups after I have signed up for the time slots?

Yes, you may drop the lecture group and add another online during the bidding exercise at your own risk. You may approach CLS General Office after the bidding exercise but the change of groups is subject to valid reasons (i.e. timetable clashes), vacancies and approval by the respective module coordinator. Please provide evidence of timetable clashes (Self-prepared timetable is not acceptable).

Can I change tutorial groups after I have signed up for the time slots?

Yes, you may swap groups during the add/drop/swap exercise at your own risk. After the add/drop/swap exercise, you may approach CLS General Office but the change of groups is subject to valid reasons (i.e. timetable clashes), vacancy and approval by the respective module coordinator. Please provide evidence of timetable clashes (Self-prepared timetable is not acceptable).

I am a cross-faculty student. Is the S/U option available to me?

If you are reading the module as breath and have not exceeded the maximum number of S/U modules, you may select the S/U option.

Where can I find more detailed course information such as breakdown of CA components, class announcements, course schedule, textbooks, etc. for a particualr module?

You may visit the IVLE once you are registered under the module.

Can Language modules be regarded as Unrestricted Electives outside Major?

If you are an Arts student form cohort 2001 onwards, you may read language modules outside your major to fulfil your 'Unrestricted Elective requirements' under the Faculty requirement.

Do I have to buy textbooks for the course?

Yes, for most modules. Please refer to the course outline for your module (available in IVLE or in the relevant section of respective language's website).

I am an Arts student who has taken a language module as an Unrestricted Elective outside Major. However, I have decided to major in an area studies programme, and am wondering whether I can count the language module I took earlier as a compulsory one?

Yes, you can, provided that the module is relevant to the programme. For example, if you have decided to major in Southeast Asian Studies, and you have taken LAV1201 Vietnamese 1 as an unrestricted elective outside major before you declared your major, the module can be counted as one of the three Vietnamese language modules you are required to take to fulfill the degree requirement.

I am a Cross Faculty student who wish to take a language module but was not offered. I would like to know if I could appeal.

You may appeal online through the the Centralised On-line Registration System (CORS) or through your home faculty after the registration ends. Acceptance will be based on supporting reasons and vacancies of the module.

When are placement tests usually held for modules to be registered the next semester?

Placement tests are usually held at the end of the previous semester immediately after examination and before the registration period for the next semester. You may look out for the notice of placement tests posted on our Homepage and notice board or contact the general office directly.

Can a student take 2 language modules in 1 semester?

Yes, as long as the student is able to cope with the lesson hours and the work involved.

Can a student take a language module in this semester and take a different language the next semester?

Yes, there is no restriction on this. However, students are strongly encouraged to continue with the same language in order to master it.

Can Non-NUS students take language modules offered by the Centre?

Language modules are only offered to NUS students and overseas students on exchange programmes. Non-NUS students can take language courses offered by NUS Extension.

Can I audit a language module?

No, we do not allow auditing of modules. Student must attend classes and sit for all tests, quizzes and the final examination.

Bahasa Indonesia

I have had some informal exposure of Malay when I was young, but my proficiency is not good enough. I am now interested in pursuing BI module.

You need to take a placement test to determine which Bahasa Indonesia module suits your level best. Please contact the CLS General Office for further information on the placement test

I am Indonesian by origin but have never or limited exposure in the language or have never or seldom lived in Indonesia. Is Placement Test compulsory?

You must take a placement test regardless of your extent of exposure in the language.

I am a Southeast Asian Studies major student and wish to read Bahasa Indonesia/ Thai/ Vietnamese modules. How many modules do I have to read?

Southeast Asian Studies major students are required to read 3 to 4 modules. Typically, they will be LAB1201/LAT1201/LAV1201, LAB2201/LAT2201/LAV2201, LAB3201/LAT3201/LAV3201 and LAB3202/LAT3201/LAV3201.

I would like to read Southeast Asian Studies as a Single or Shared Major. When should I begin doing my language modules?

You are strongly advised to start your language study from the first semester in Year 1. This will allow you to assess if you have the aptitude to learn a language (most people do!). It will also give you the option of doing more than the 3 or 4 required modules. You can do a 5th and/or a 6th module as part of your Unrestricted Electives outside major (Shared Major students).

I would like to do a B.A. Honours degree in Southeast Asian Studies. How many language modules do I have to read?

Southeast Asian Studies Honours students can read only 1 language module, either LAB3202/LAT3202/LAV3202 or LAB4201/LAT4201/LAV4201, in Semester 1 of the Honours year.

I have previously taken Malay (or Vietnamese, or Thai) module, can I now take the Bahasa Indonesia module?

Language learning takes time. Therefore, you are encouraged to continue on with the language of your choice in order to achieve a more solid proficiency in the language.

When does Southeast Asian Languages Instruction start each semester?

There are no lectures and as for tutorials, they will start in the third week.

French

I have no knowledge of the French Language. Can I be a student?

Yes. You can apply to take the French 1 module which is designed for students who have never learnt French before.

I have previous knowledge of French. Can I be a student?

Yes but you have to sit for a placement test which usually takes place:

  1. at the end of the semester, just after the exams and
  2. 2 or 3 weeks before the lectures start. This test will assess your proficiency in the language and we will then place you in a class that is suitable for you.

I am a student from the European Studies Programme. Can I take French?

European Studies students have to study either French or German language starting from their second year. Allocation of the chosen language module will depend on the number of places available in each academic year. For more information on European Studies Programme, please contact the Programme Coordinator - Dr. Srilita RAVI at 6874-6031.

What is the 'Student Exchange Programme' (SEP) about?

SEP students get to spend 1 semester in a foreign university, usually, in their third year. SEP students who choose to go to French universities will have to attain a certain level of proficiency in the French language before their semester abroad. They will, thus, have to sign up for an appropriate number of French language modules.

How are the classes conducted?

Classes are divided into 2 parts : lectures and tutorials. Attendance is compulsory for both lectures and tutorials. There will be a total of 5 hours of instruction per week. Students will attend 2 lectures (medium-sized classes) per week x 13 weeks and 1 tutorial (small group teaching) per week x 11 weeks. Each lecture / tutorial lasts 1hour and 40 minutes.

Where can I find out more about individual courses?

Details on individual courses can be found on the IVLE (Integrated Virtual Learning Environment) website. Details include course outlines, times and location of the lectures, lecturers' profiles, recommended textbooks and information on the weightage of CA and exams etc.

How many different modules of French classes do you offer?

We offer a total of 6 modules on French Language, French for Academic Purposes and another 2 modules on French Studies.

Where can I find more information about French?

You can go to the French corner at http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/cls/fc/

I am a SEP LPP student. Can I opt for S/U on the language module that is under my SEP LPP requirement?

Yes, you can, if you are an Arts student from the 2008 cohort onwards taking language modules outside your major. However, if you are taking the language modules as part of the major, you will not be allowed to opt for S/U on these modules. No, if you are an Arts student from previous cohorts (i.e. before 2008). If you are a cross-faculty student, you are allowed to opt for S/U on the language modules. Do note that the S/U option is available only for a maximum of 12MC for the whole degree course for all students. Please check with your Home Faculty for more details.

German

I am a European Studies major student and wish to read German modules. How many modules do I have to read?

European Studies major students are required to read 4 modules. Typically, they will be LAG1201, LAG2201, LAG3201 and LAG3202. Students who are reading EU as a single major may read up to 2 more language modules to fulfill the graduation criteria for a B.A. degree without Honours.

I would like to do a B.A. Honours degree in European Studies. How many German modules do I have to read?

European Studies Honours students are required to read 1 module, LAG4201, in Semester 1 of the Honours year. They have the option of doing a second module, LAG4202, in Semester 2.

I would like to read European Studies as a Single or Shared Major and German as the required language. When should I begin doing my German modules?

You are strongly advised to start learning German from the first semester in Year I. This will allow you to assess if you have the aptitude to learn a language (most people do!). It will also give you the option of doing more than the 4 required modules. You can do a fifth and/or a sixth module as part of your major requirements (Single Major students) or Unrestricted Electives outside the major (Shared Major students).

How many modular credits are awarded for each module?

For Arts students, each German module will carry 4 MCs. For cross-faculty students, please check with your faculty's Deanery to confirm the number of MCs as there may be some variations.

When does German language instruction start each semester?

The lectures start in week 1 (or the first lecture week) of each semester. Tutorials start each semester in the third week.

Do I have to buy textbooks for the course?

Yes, for most modules. Refer to the course outline for your module (available in IVLE or in the relevant section of e-daf, the Virtual Self-Access Centre for the German modules).

Can I change lecture groups after I have registered successfully for a module?

You can only change groups by dropping the group you have registered for and adding the new group during the online add/drop period. However, you risk losing your originally allotted place if you are unable to add your desired group.

I am a SEP LPP student. Can I opt for S/U on the language module that is under my SEP LPP requirement?

Yes, you can, if you are an Arts student from the 2008 cohort onwards taking language modules outside your major. However, if you are taking the language modules as part of the major, you will not be allowed to opt for S/U on these modules.

No, if you are an Arts student from previous cohorts (i.e. before 2008).

If you are a cross-faculty student, you are allowed to opt for S/U on the language modules.

Do note that the S/U option is available only for a maximum of 12MC for the whole degree course for all students. Please check with your Home Faculty for more details.

Japanese

I would like to study Japanese Language and do not have any background knowledge.

You are not required to have any knowledge of the language if you are enrolling in LAJ1201 Japanese 1. This module is meant for students with no prior knowledge of Japanese.

Do I need to study both Japanese Studies and the language at the same time?

You are not required to take both at the same time. Japanese studies is offered as a GEM and Japanese Language as an Unrestricted Elective outside major. For more information please refer to your handbook.

I will be registering for LAJ1201 soon, but am not sure which lecture group to select, as there are 2 groups.

You may bid any one group if there is a vacancy.

I would like to know the lecture and tutorial hours for Japanese Language.

Japanese Language modules require 7 hours per week. There are 2 hours of lecture and 5 hours of tutorials.

I have taken Japanese language module, can I take other language module as well?

Japanese Language learning takes 7hrs a week. You are strongly encouraged to continue with the same language to achieve substantial proficiency in the language, at least until you complete the elementary level, before taking a different language course.

Korean

I am a SEP LPP student. Can I opt for S/U on the language module that is under my SEP LPP requirement?

Yes, you can, if you are an Arts student from the 2008 cohort onwards taking language modules outside your major. However, if you are taking the language modules as part of the major, you will not be allowed to opt for S/U on these modules.

No, if you are an Arts student from previous cohorts (i.e. before 2008). If you are a cross-faculty student, you are allowed to opt for S/U on the language modules.

Do note that the S/U option is available only for a maximum of 12MC for the whole degree course for all students. Please check with your Home Faculty for more details.

Tamil

I would like to take the Tamil Language and would like to know if I must have prior knowledge of the language.

You are not required to have prior knowledge of the language if you are enrolling in LAL1201 Tamil 1. This module is meant for students without prior knowledge of Tamil.

I am an Indian and wish to take Tamil Language as one of my electives.

You may take the language provided you have not studied it before. Students with prior knowledge of the language must contact the Centre for a placement test.

Thai

Do I have to learn the writing system in the first semester of Thai?

After the first month of the semester, when you are already familiar with the sound and basic structure of the language, the writing system will be introduced to you step by step.

However, all the basic rules of the writing system will not be covered until you finish the second semester.

Vietnamese

At what time of the year will the Immersion program take place?

Soon after the exams in November. The in-country study will go from approximately the end of November until the period before Christmas. The course lasts four weeks, students would be back home for Christmas.

Can students stay back in Vietnam after their course to do a bit of travelling?

Yes. As long as they are aware that they will be entirely responsible for themselves.

Can students travel down South to visit Ho Chi Minh City?

In this case, it is advisable to buy the airfare ticket from Singapore to Hanoi and exit from Ho Chi Minh City. For the distance between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, students will make their own arrangements once in Hanoi.

Do I have to buy textbooks for the Vietnamese course even if I only take one semester?

Yes. Xeroxing of the textbook infringes intellectual property rights.

Why is there an emphasis on getting the Vietnamese tone marks correctly in writing?

Tone marks define the meaning of each Vietnamese word. The incorrect tone marks on a word convey a different meaning, many times leading to misunderstanding or hilarious situations. Having said that, once the students learn to put the correct tone marks, they can write and pronounce the words correctly.

What is the best way to learn Vietnamese tone marks?

Learn the whole word - its tone marks and/or the various symbols above the vowels -with its meaning. In contextual situations, students will be able to recognize the particular word and thus how to write it.

If I am a Vietnamese but cannot speak or write well, can I take any of the Vietnamese modules?

You will have to come for a placement test before module registration to determine your level of proficiency. The Centre reserves the right to determine if you can be placed in any of the modules.

I have previously taken one language (Malay, Indonesian or Thai) module, can I now take the Vietnamese module?

Language learning takes time. Therefore, students are encouraged to choose one of the Languages and continue on with the language of your choice in order to achieve a more solid proficiency in the language.

Student Events

The centre also houses a wide mix of academic events for students in their respective language concentrations:

*Click on the specific language concentrations to view their respective student events.

Bahasa Indonesia

Bahasa Indonesia modules includes:
  • Cultural projects: Bahasa Indonesia programme has since 1995, encouraged its students to explore many different aspects of Indonesian culture through various task-based projects. The purpose of these projects has been to stimulate students' interest in and appreciation of Indonesia's diverse culture. For further information, click here.

Bahasa Indonesia/Thai/Vietnamese

  • Bahasa Indonesia/Thai/Vietnamese Study Abroad Modules:

    A language immersion cum study tour in Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand, which constitutes a module, is organized every year in co-operation with the Southeast Asian Studies Programme, for students who read Bahasa Indonesia, Vietnamese, and Thai respectively. The length of the module is four weeks during which students will attend language classes as well as lectures and workshops on the cultural and socio-historical aspects of the country. In most cases, students will get the opportunity to stay with local families to enhance their language exposure. This language abroad module normally takes place immediately after the end of semester 1. Students are allowed to read this module after they have passed LAB2201/LAT2201/LAV2201. For further information please contact the Bahasa Indonesia, Vietnamese, and Thai Language Programs.

French Language

  • CLS Language Immersion Programme

    Our Immersion is organized every year in a French Language School or University for a period of three consecutive weeks. In the recent years, the cities chosen were Montpellier and Brest. To allow more students to join our immersion, we organize several small groups at different dates during May, June and July. Students are placed in a French family selected by the school. They have to pass a placement test before starting their lessons which are conducted from Monday to Friday. There are language lessons in the mornings, civilization/culture lectures and activities in the afternoon. During weekends, the school organizes different excursions to places of interest in the region.

German Language

  • CLS Language Immersion Programmep

    The CLS language immersion programme caters to students who completed LAG2201 German 2 and wish to strengthen and further their knowledge of the German language and culture. During the entire immersion which lasts 3 weeks, students live with German host families, attend German language classes and take part in hands-on project work and a host of interesting activities as well as some short trips to nearby cities, regions and attractions. Since 2000, the CLS immersion is carried out at the Language Centre at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster.

    If you want to learn more about this immersion, please have a look at the latest students' reports.

  • Student Exchange Programme (SEP)

    Since this programme was initiated as part of a global education at NUS in 1999, a steadily increasing number of students from the SEP language preparation programme have been selected for the Language Immersion Award, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Technical University of Darmstadt and NUS. All recipients take part in a four weeks long language immersion programme after their first year of study. In 2004, 30 students from different faculties were selected to participate in the language immersion programmes at the Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg and the Technical University of Darmstadt.

    All students who take part in this immersion programme are required to take another 2 semesters of German language modules in the CLS before they are eligible to apply to go on exchange to a German university for 1 semester or 1 year during their third year of study. Over the past years, SEP students from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences have been studying at the Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg, the Rupert-Karl University of Heidelberg and the University of Konstanz . Students from the other faculties studied at the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, the University of Stuttgart, the Technical University of Berlin, the Technical University of Darmstadt, the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg, the Rupert-Karl University of Heidelberg, the University of Karlsruhe, the University of Wuppertal, the University of Duisburg-Essen, the European Business School, the Bucerius Law School, and the Otto Beinzheim Graduate School of Management.

    For further information on the Student Exchange Programme please contact the International Relations Office (IRO).

  • NUS Students' German Language Group

    The "Deutsche Sphäre" was officially founded as a NUS Students' of German Language Interest Group in the academic year of 2003/2004. The club intends to encourage the extended usage of the German language outside of the classroom and in the community, while promoting and encouraging lasting interest, knowledge and appreciation of the German language and culture through social activities, cultural events, excursions and other activities. Furthermore, it aims to promote university togetherness and awareness of the German language, culture and history. The German Club is open to all students with an interest in these areas.

    The "Deutsche Sphäre" welcomes new members. All NUS students of the German language are most welcome to join. If you are interested, please check this website.

Vietnamese

  • In-country Vietnamese language program at the Hanoi University of Foreign Languages:

    This immersion program allows students to enhance their language skills through practice on an on-going, day-to-day basis through classroom instruction and social interaction. Activities also include seminars, excursions to historic sites in and beyond the capital of Vietnam and to surrounding villages in the countryside in order to broaden students' understanding of Vietnamese culture and society.

  • During the semester:
    • Meetings with students from Vietnam on campus to practise the language.
    • Outings with students to taste Vietnamese food.
    • Vietnamese films shows.

Student Comments

Arabic

I'm happy and grateful to have learnt so much from this module. - Muhammad Hirman Abu Bakar

I like the emphasis on speaking in the second half of the course. In the learning of a language, speaking is the most important skill to me. I like how the grammar was taught: It was not too overwhelming for us but we learnt enough about it to make grammatical sentences. I am really enjoying Arabic lessons and I’m going all the way with the language. I'm really looking forward to the day when I become fluent in it. - Yue Jie Zheng Bryan

There is a good mix of writing, listening and conversational skills that were taught. We even had time to learn a bit of grammar which helped when we were crafting our composition. In just one semester, we were at least able to join our letters with ease, string proper sentence structures, and speak basic Arabic. This is the coolest module I'm taking this semester. I'm so pleased with how much we've learned and how far we've come. To finally be able write a piece of composition in Arabic is a great achievement for me. - Sheriza Bte. Faisal

I liked that I am comfortable in communicating comfortably in passable Arabic at the end of the course. This ultimately means that I liked that the course had equipped me with the grammatical and vocabulary aspects I would need to communicate simply in Arabic. I can even teach it to my mom at home!:) I also loved that we were such a compact class. But I really wished I could have gotten to know everyone better. Insya-Allah, we can do that in higher Arabic classes:) - Balieh Al-Khadhra

This must be one of the best and fun modules I have ever taken; the only module where I can make mistakes and laugh myself silly. - Muhammad Fahmi B Ismail

Having taken two other language courses, this module stands out due to its various learning tools incorporated, i.e. online websites, listening on ivle, coursepack). Different visuals have greatly aided the learning and memorizing of Arabic words and allowed a more enjoyable learning process. - Chan Oi Leng Priscilla

I enjoyed our Arabic conversations we had with our peers. They are highly engaging and entertaining at the same time, hence facilitated our learning process. LAR1201 is a highly entertaining module and I am willing to recommend it to my peers! (I really mean it.) - Muhammad Fahizul Mansor

I like how systematic the lessons are, which makes vocabulary learning much easier. Even grammar seems much more manageable because there’s good flow from one lesson to the next; in addition the things that we learnt were used again and again so we remember instead of memorise. I also like that at the end of each theme we are asked to have a conversation and write a short composition, it’s a good way to recap both grammar and vocabulary. - Faqeehah Bte Muhammad Harun

Bahasa Indonesia

Basic Chinese

The quality of this course is good! - Satoshi Tsumura, LA1201CN/01

It has been fun learning Mandarin, especially with an international class. - Xu Jie Shuang, LA1201CN/01

Learn Mandarin, it is an asset! - Nadia Tan, LA1201CN/01

I think the course is very well conducted. I have learned a lot in a relatively short time. - Abbie Vogel, LA1201CN/01

I am able to speak Chinese now. - Gu Zhi Ping, LA1201CN/01

I am learning how to read and write Chinese, something I have always wanted to do. - Annie Niou, LA1201CN/01

The learning is very interactive with enough attention given to everyone. - Martin Yulanto, LA1201CN/01

Take this course if you really want to learn Mandarin. - Rally, LA1201CN/01

I will definitely recommend it to my friends. - Chen Kim Yew, LA1201CN/01

This class is very interesting and helpful! - Jean Paul, LA1201CN/02

The teacher is very responsive to the students and well-prepared. - Tracy, LA1201CN/02

Basic Chinese has helped to improve my spoken Mandarin and increasing my Chinese vocabulary. - Noora, LA1201CN/02

You ought to take this module! - Cahyadi, LA1201CN/02

I like this course. - Feria Harsono Lim, LA1201CN/02

Highly recommendable if one wants to acquire basic Mandarin. - Sherylene, LA1201CN/02

This course is really relevant and interesting. - Kim Jeong Yeon, LA1201CN/02

German

Although the hours may seem long, but overall, the programme is interesting and effective. Also, I like the constant interaction between tutors and students. Interaction among course mates is also increased due to the many group exercises, games and projects. Hence, even though learning a new language is no easy task at all, the perks provided by the positive aspects of the programme makes learning not such a tedious experience. - Lee Si Wei, Faculty of Arts and Social Science

German courses make for a learning experience that is very, very different from the courses in my 'native' faculty, Engineering. Because the courses are optional for most people, a lot of effort has gone into making them as much fun as possible. In fact, the two-hour class tends to be a very refreshing change from routine. - Parth, Faculty of Engineering

Mark Twain once claimed that it would take a gifted person 30 years to learn German. In CLS, you will do it a little bit faster. You'll discover whether Hegel makes any sense in the original German. It is also the language of Kant, Goethe, Schopenhauer, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Kafka, Einstein... need I say more? - Tan Lui Hai, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

German is not as difficult as one might think. With the wonderful German courses provided by the Language Learning Center, learning German is really great pleasure rather than torture. Nothing is so enjoyable as to feel the beauty of the language. - Liu Xuejing, Faculty of Science

I find it very fun to learn German, especially when I found out that there are a lot of German words that are exactly the same as Indonesian ones and have the exact same meaning (Mantel, Beton, Gratis, Paket, Komentar are just few examples), and I would like to find out more! - Triana Kumalasari, School of Computing

Malay

This is one of the best modules I have taken, maybe it will be even better if we get to go on a trip to Malaysia.

The class is small hence teacher and student had more interaction.

Great atmosphere in class because of the small group; it is best to learn language when you know everyone in class so you are less afraid to talk and practice the language.

Working in groups during tutorials. RIANG! (happiness!)

Have recommended and encouraged all my friends to learn Malay.

Learning not only the language but also the culture of the Malays.

Vietnamese

I think that the Viet course is very interesting and fun. The contents of course are relatively well planned for us students to grasp the basic grammar and vocab of the Viet lang. Overall this course is not all that difficult, and has been very enjoyable. - Toh Meishan, SEASP student

Interactive and fun, Understand the country better, Satisfying. Feel a deep sense of achievement when you are able to express simple words and actions in Vietnamese as well. - Cross Faculty Student

CLS Language Awards

The prizes were set up in AY2009-2010 to honour the achievements of top students in the Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese, German, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Tamil and Thai language programmes. These prizes are funded by donations. Awardees will be awarded book prizes. The prizes aim to recognise top students who have performed consistently well and to encourage the students to continue with their language learning efforts.

New award

Wan Boo Sow Bahasa Prize is established with effect from Semester 1 AY2017-18 to recognize NUS undergraduate students with a single or second major in Chinese Studies or Chinese Language, or minor in Chinese Studies or Chinese Language or Chinese Translation and have read any level of Bahasa Indonesia and Malay language modules offered by the Centre for Language Studies. For more details of the award, please refer to here


CLS Language Prize awardees are as follows:

Immersion

CLS Language Immersion Programmes

The Centre organizes various immersion programmes to provide opportunities for students to practice the learned language and immerse in the local culture of the target countries. Various immersion programmes are available as follows.

BAHASA INDONESIA IMMERSION PROGRAMME

Language immersion programmes have become popular avenues for accelerating students’ language proficiency. It provides the students with real life and hands-on experience, through which knowledge can be gained effectively. Learning a language cannot be separated from learning its culture.

Hence, through an immersion programme, students are given the opportunity to really immerse in and understand the culture.In addition, the programme promotes bonding among the participants as well as with their host families. Relationships nurtured through this programme provide students with valuable contacts for future work, academic or social networking purposes.

The Bahasa Indonesia Programme at the National University of Singapore (NUS) has carried out LIPs at several Indonesian universities for students who have studied the Indonesian language for at least 2 semesters. For further detail of the Programme please visit the Bahasa Indonesia Programme website.

Students making "Wayang Kulit" (Shadow puppet) from the buffalo skin


CHINESE LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAMME

Have you ever imagined savouring a crispy chicken chop the size of your face, or, standing on the top of the world’s tallest building, Taipei 101, gazing the breath-taking night view? Join us to “Walk the Talk” in our immersion programme to Taipei. You will be able to plunge into the native Mandarin-speaking environment both inside and outside of the classroom, have close contact with the Taiwan-styled hospitality, and be embraced by the one-of-a-kind natural beauty in excursions. If these are not enough to convince you, consider the improved linguistic and cultural proficiency, international friendship, and priceless memories to last for a life time.

2011 Cultural trip at Yingge

Group photo with the teacher


FRENCH LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAMME

Opportunity to interact with locals

Group photo during an excursion

Language immersion programmes are very popular with students who wish to widen their horizons and discover their identity in a foreign language culture. For many years, our students of French make the exciting decision to purchase their plane tickets, pack their bags and embark on an adventure to the city of Montpellier in the South of France for their immersion. As their teachers, we advise, motivate, help them navigate the complexities of the French train systems, as well as provide them tips on places to visit and great culinary experiences to explore. While some are apprehensive prior to departure, they always come back happy with a newfound confidence in their knowledge and a feeling of autonomy and independence. The experience allows them to excel in French in their upper modules and open doors to them in the future.

The French Language Immersion Programme available to students after French 2 level allows them to get a taste of the summer sun, sea breeze and festivals in the South of France while learning French on daily basis and discovering the French culture through excursions organised by the French school. For more information on the immersion please visit the French Language Immersion Programme page.


GERMAN LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAMME

The German language sections offers two language immersion programmes. Each programme includes a 50 hours language course, homestay, excursions and cultural programmes. Both courses usually begin at the end of May, one week after the exams, and last for three weeks.Our partners in Germany are Wipdaf at Westfälische-Wilhelms-Universtät Münster and SLI of Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg.The language immersion programmes are open to all NUS German language students who have completed and passed the module LAG2201 German 2.

Course fees about 1100 – 1200 €: include language course, homestay, transportation, excursions, weekend trip and activities, 2 meals per day.

Münster

Freiburg


JAPANESE LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAMME

Doshisha University

This two-week programme is open to students who successfully completed LAJ2201 or LAJ2202. Doshisha University is located in the beautiful city of Kyoto, and students have lots of opportunities to explore traditional culture in Japan and Kyoto. For more details, please visit Doshisha's website.

Students went for excursion during the immersion

Group photo with the lecturer

Tamagawa University

The three-week programme is open to students who successfully completed LAJ2203 (Japanese 4) and above. Tamagawa University is located in the western part of the metropolitan area of Tokyo-city. This programme is project work-based with various opportunities for interaction with local people. For more information about Tamagawa university and the programme, please visit Tamagawa University's website.

Waseda University

Three weeks Japanese Language Summer Scholarship Program is open to Japanese language students at all levels. This is good for students who want to excel the language ability and to experience a life in Tokyo. For more details, please visit Waseda University's website.

Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology

12 days Japanese Language Winter Scholarship Program at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology is open to intermediate level students majoring in Science and Engineering. For more details, please visit TAT's website.


KOREAN LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAMME

Homestay with host family

Students attending a cultural class

This special programme is offered every summer only to the NUS students who completed LAK2201 at NUS since 2009. The Korean immersion course consists of language classes and cultural events. During the 3-weeks of immersion programme, there are 3-hours of language classes in the morning, followed by cultural activities such as cooking, dance or pottery class.

The immersion also includes excursions to several Korean cities and places of interest as well as a home-stay programme for students to experience the Korean lifestyle.


SPANISH LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAMME

The Spanish language section offers a 3-week language immersion programme in Valencia, Spain, at the end of May/ beginning of June. The programme is structured around 3-hour per day courses (at different levels), offers daily excursions and cultural activities, and includes homestay with Spanish families.

Our partners in Spain are the International School Euroace, based in Valencia (http://www.euroace.net/).
The language immersion programme is open every summer to all NUS Spanish language students who have completed and passed at least one of our modules (one semester).

The students will have to sit a placement test once they arrive in Valencia, so that they can be placed in the group that best suits their level.

All activities and courses offered by the school are designed to ensure the students’ full immersion in the Spanish culture and lifestyle, and the students who wish to prolong their stay and apply for an (unpaid) internship in a Spanish company can do so with the support from the school.


THAI LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAMME

The Thai language immersion programme, organized by the Thai language programme at the Centre for Language Studies, National University of Singapore, aims to further enhance students’ language proficiency and communicative competence. Through participation in authentic communicative tasks, culture-based classroom activities and fieldtrips conducted by a partner university in Thailand, students will acquire a better understanding of sociolinguistics and pragmatics aspects of the Thai language as well as develop intercultural communicative competence.

Conducted twice yearly, in July and December, the three-week immersion programme is currently held at the Language Centre, Chiang Rai Rajabhat University, Chiang Rai, Thailand. In addition to interactive and hands-on classroom activities, students will be engaged in cultural and historical excursions in the neighbouring provinces. Through the visits and rich opportunities to interact with local people and Thai buddies, students will gain an understanding of the Thai society and observe how the language is used in real life contexts. They will also acquire communication strategies which will support their language learning and language use.

Additional Information:

Fee: 1,500 SGD per person (inclusive tuition, course materials, accommodation and excursions)
Programme coordinator: Sasiwimol Klayklueng (email)

Students wearing Chiang Rai Rajabhat University school uniforms are trying Thai traditional dance

Excursion


VIETNAMESE LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAMME

At front gate of the University of Social Sciences and Humanity

The Vietnam Immersion Programme is organised annually for Vietnamese language students who have finished Vietnamese level 1 and above with the following objectives:

1) To give the student participants exposure to authentic Vietnamese language environment
2) To give the student participants exposure to Vietnam, Vietnamese culture and ways of life

The Vietnam Immersion Programme includes two parts:

Part 1: Two weeks of intensive Vietnamese language study at the University of Humanity and Social Sciences (Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City). The students will have Vietnamese language classes with Faculty of Vietnamese Studies.

Part 2: One week of excursion around Vietnam will help the students learn more about the Vietnamese language (e.g. different regional accents, dialects, language registers), Vietnamese geography and Vietnamese cultures. The students will visit destinations of cultural and historical importance such as Hue – the last royal capital of Vietnam, the thousand-year-old capital Hanoi, and UNESCO World Heritage site Halong Bay. This excursion will enable the students to learn and appreciate the diversity of Vietnam.

You can visit our Vietnamese Language Programme Facebook Page and blog for more information.



Outgoing Exchange Students

Language Preparation Programme

First year students enrolling at NUS who do not have prior knowledge of French, German or Korean but are interested to go on the Student Exchange Programme ("SEP") to Austria, Belgium, France, German, South Korea or Switzerland, are encouraged to apply for the Language Preparation Programme during the summer before starting at NUS. Students in the Language Preparation Programme ("LPP") are guaranteed four semesters of language modules in their particular language (French, German or Korean) at the Centre for Language Studies and are also eligible to apply for language immersion awards during the summer between their first and second years. LPP students are then required to go for SEP in the country where their LPP language is spoken to put their language skills to use.


Application

The Language Preparation Programme application for AY2017-2018 is from 7 to 26 June 2017. Interested applicants can apply online here

The timeline for the application is as follows:

Application Period

7 to 26 June 2017

Offer of places

4 to 10 July 2017

Selected candidates to register for preferred lecture groups

11 to 17 July 2017

Centre for Language Studies (CLS) to contact reserved list (if vacancies are available)

18 to 20 July 2017

Announcement of allocation lecture group on CLS website

27 July 2017


Applicants are advised to check the email (including SPAM mailbox) for the offer and instructions on registration of preferred lecture groups.

Those who fail to register for preferred lecture groups will be deemed to have rejected the offer and these places will be offered to students on the waiting list.


LPP Briefing Session

The 2017 briefing session is scheduled as follows:

Date 7 June 2017, Wednesday
Time 2.30pm to 4pm
Venue Faculty of Arts and Social Science, LT10  

 

*Registration is not required for the briefing session


Programme Details

The French, German and Korean Language Preparation Programme ("LPP") is designed to prepare students for the Student Exchange Programme ("SEP") in French, German and Korean-speaking countries such as Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland and South Korea.


Outline of Programme for French, German and Korean Languages

Time Period

French

German

Korean

Year 1

Semester 1

LAF1201
French 1

LAG1201
German 1

LAK 1201
Korean 1

Semester 2

LAF2201
French 2

LAG2201
German 2

LAK 2201
Korean 2

Term Break

Language Immersion* in France or Switzerland

Language Immersion* in Germany

Language Immersion* in South Korea

Year 2

Semester 1

LAF3201
French 3

LAG3201
German 3

LAK 3201
Korean 3

Semester 2

LAF3202**
French 4

LAG3202**
German 4

LAK 3202**
Korean 4

Year 3

Semester 1 and/or Semester 2

SEP in Belgium, France or Switzerland

SEP in Austria, Germany or Switzerland

SEP in South Korea

*Optional
**The above structure is applicable to cohort AY2017-2018 onwards.

LPP Language Courses

Since the LPP is only for students without prior knowledge of the language, all LPP students take the same series of classes in their first two years at NUS.

For the French/German/Korean languages, each language module comprises 52 contact hours per semester. There will be 2 lectures weekly (2 hours per session). Class attendance is compulsory and no additional tuition fee will be charged for these modules, which will be taught by the NUS Centre for Language Studies (CLS).

For further information, please refer to the list of language modules.


Optional Language Immersion

The language immersion during the term break between the first and second year is not compulsory but students are highly encouraged to apply to further develop their language skills outside of a classroom setting. Students in the LPP may apply for the French Language Immersion Award or German Language Immersion Award administered by International Relations Office (IRO). Those who do not receive these awards can still participate in the CLS Language Immersion Programme on a self-financing basis.


Language Study without SEP

Students who are merely interested in learning French, German or Korean but who have no intention of going to Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland or South Korea for SEP should NOT apply for this programme. You should instead register separately for French, German or Korean as a module when you matriculate in NUS.


Language Study without LPP

Students who do have prior knowledge of French, German or Korean are still eligible for SEP to countries where this language is spoken and are still eligible to apply for language courses at CLS. These students should contact CLS to arrange for a language placement test to enroll in intermediate or advanced-level language modules.


Terms and Conditions

  1. Students registered in the respective LPPs are required to go for SEP in the countries as specified in the table below. You will not be allowed to go for SEP in countries other than the ones stated above for the respective LPPs.
  2. Language Spoken

    Countries

    French

    Belgium, France and Switzerland

    German

    Austria, Germany and Switzerland

    Korean

    South Korea

  3. Students must obtain at least a "C" or "S" grade in their language module in order to be pre-allocated the next module. Those who fail to achieve the minimum grade will not be allowed to remain in the LPP..
    Students are advised to refer to their respective Home Faculty's website on the eligibility of the S/U option for language modules.
  4. Participating in the LPP does not guarantee students an SEP placement. LPP students are still expected to apply and compete for SEP as per the normal application process.

Eligibility

  1. The French, German and Korean LPP is open to all first year students preparing for SEP in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland or South Korea. Please note that due to certain restrictions in programme structure, students enrolling in the following faculties and/or departments are not eligible for participation in the French, German and Korean LPP: Double degree programmes with the Law, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Nursing and Medicine faculties.
  2. Applicants must have good "A" level (or equivalent) results and CCA records.
  3. Applicants should have NO prior knowledge of the language they intend to study.
  4. Students with prior knowledge of French but who are interested to go on SEP in a German-speaking country are eligible for the German LPP; the converse applies for students who have prior knowledge of German but who are interested to go on SEP in a French-speaking country.
For additional information or related queries, please click here.

Language Immersion Award

If you have been studying French or German all year and would like to visit Europe to experience it first-hand, this is the ideal opportunity for you!

The Centre for Language Studies (CLS) is proud to present the French and German Language Immersion Awards funded by the ministries and NUS. These awards were created to give students the opportunity to experience life in a non-English speaking environment and the programme will be invaluable in increasing your French or German language proficiency.

When and where does it take place?

The immersions are held yearly in May/June (depending on the destination) and generally last for a period of 4 weeks.


Programme

Period

French LIA

 

  • To be confirmed
29 May to 23 June 2017 
Tentative dates

German LIA

 

  • University of Stuttgart

May to June

Exact dates to be confirmed
   

What does it include?

Selected students can look forward to an enriching language and cultural immersion in Germany or France. The award covers the cost of the language classes, accommodation and cultural excursions. Students will have to bear the cost of their air tickets (both ways) to Germany or France as well as any other costs that are applicable (eg visa and living expenses).

What are the eligibility requirements?

The application for the Language Immersion Award is open to Year 1 Language Preparation Programme (LPP) students who are taking French 2 or German 2 in semester 2.

Why should I apply for the LIA?

From past experience, students who return from the language immersion usually show a marked improvement in their language proficiency. Students have also found the experience rewarding, and this fuels their desires to participate in the Student Exchange Programme (SEP) and their stronger language skills make their SEP experience even more meaningful.

Last but not least, the award covers the cost of the language classes, accommodation and cultural excursions.

How do I apply?

Programme

Application procedures

Application period

French LIA Please click here to apply
10 February 2017, 9am to 24 February 2017, 5pm
German LIA Please click here to apply
10 February 2017, 9am to 24 February 2017, 5pm

Will there be an interview?

Yes. The interview will be held by the Centre of Language Studies within 1-2 weeks after the submission deadline. Shortlisted candidates will be notified of the interview via email.

When will I know the outcome?

Students will be informed of their application outcome by end March 2017.

Queries

For additional information or related queries, please click here.