FASStrack Asia: The Summer School 2020 (22 JUNE TO 24 JULY 2020)


Welcome From The Vice Dean

The National University of Singapore with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) is delighted to offer FASStrack Asia: The Summer School in June 2020, which will take place in Singapore, one of the most modern and dynamic cities in the world.

As a leading university centred in Asia, NUS has ranked consistently as one of the top universities in the world that places a strong emphasis on a high quality, globally-oriented educational experience. As a Faculty, FASS is among the largest faculties at NUS with a rich history spanning over 85 years. We offer the most comprehensive education in the humanities, social sciences and Asian studies in this part of the world. Our strong international reputation for education and research excellence is a result of close to 500 highly respected professors and lecturers who are dedicated and passionate about their research and teaching. And they bring all their knowledge and expertise to bear in the courses to be taught at FASStrack Asia.

With Asia in the world’s spotlight as it undergoes rapid growth, the summer programme will tap into our research strengths in the region and offer students an enriching knowledge and understanding of various Asian-related topics and issues. Taught over a 5-week summer period, students will attend classes, participate in active discussions and learn from academic experts specializing in their area of study. In 2020, FASStrack Asia will also continue to offer courses and field trips that will complement each another for a more holistic summer experience.

Besides NUS students, FASStrack Asia also welcomes university students from Singapore and all over the world to join us for the summer so as to enhance the cultural exchanges and diversity of the programme.

We look forward to seeing you at FASStrack Asia: The Summer School in June 2020.


A/Prof Chen Yi-Chun

International Relations & Special Duties Division, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences






  • Study at NUS, a world-class university in Singapore – a cosmopolitan hub of Asia
  • Many courses with a 5-9 day field trip to a country in Asia
  • Local Singapore field trips
  • Experiential learning out-side classroom
  • Language studies for in-depth field trip immersion
  • UTown on-campus residential college experience
  • Study & live with NUS and international students from overseas partner universities
  • Social Events – Welcome session, heritage tours, food trails, fireside chats & farewell dinner
  • Housing subsidy available to NUS students (T&C apply)


Programme Overview

FASStrack Asia started in 2013 and was developed with the rigorous academic standards which NUS is known for. You will be attending classes held in a dynamic and multi-cultural learning environment with NUS and international students from various universities from all over the world.

FASStrack Asia comprises courses from the Faculty’s Asian Studies Division, Humanities Division and the Social Sciences Division. Courses are focused on Asia, and some of these courses will feature a 5-9 days’ field trip to the country of study. Our Centre for Language Studies will also offer relevant Asian language courses that will complement the field trips for a comprehensive learning experience and in-depth cultural immersion.

You can read up to 2 courses, including one that offers an extended overseas field trip. Other courses may also offer local day trips in Singapore or to nearby overseas location over the weekend in order to facilitate experiential learning outside the classroom.

FASStrack Asia will be based at the University Town (UTown for short) at NUS. This recent campus expansion of NUS is a high-tech, modern educational hub that integrates environmental-friendly building features with the learning, social and cultural aspects of the NUS community. Besides classrooms, UTown is also well-equipped with IT and multimedia facilities at the Education Resource Centre, seminar rooms and study clusters, and a world-class research and innovation hub. For recreation, there are also sports and performing arts facilities, as well as a wide array of dining and retail outlets. Students staying on-campus at the residential colleges can live, study and play in NUS as part of an exciting summer programme experience.





Admission & Application

Application Period: 16 December 2019 to 16 March 2020

In view of COVID-19 situation, please take Singapore's border control measures and FASStrack refund policy (refer to 'Fees' tab) into consideration before applying. 

A. NUS Students

Click here to apply online.

Admission Criteria:
  1. No CAP restriction
  2. No pre-requisite required

If you choose a module with field trip, please send a CLEAR softcopy of your passport (showing your personal details) with the following details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. :

  1. Name & Matric No.
  2. Module Code



Housing Subsidy

For NUS students who want to stay on-campus during the summer school, there are some housing subsidy offered towards the cost of the stay if you volunteer as student assistants (also known as FASStrack buddies). Students will be required to help out with room check-ins, social events or as buddies to incoming international students during the summer school. You may This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Ms Letitia Thng/ Ms Jane Toh if you are interested.

B. International Students

Click here to apply online.

Admission Criteria:
  1. No pre-requisite required
  2. Full-time enrolled university student
  3. Have completed at least one semester or year of study at your home university
  4. Non-exchange students from non-English medium universities (who are also non-NUS partners) are required to meet English proficiency requirements. For details, please refer to this link from NUS Registrar's Office (Click on 'Eligibility').
  5. Admission is conditional upon the approval of Student Pass by Immigration & Checkpoints Authority.

Application fees of S$200 is applicable for non-NUS students.

Fee-paying international students who apply by 14 February 2020 will enjoy the early bird application fees of S$100.

Invited fee-waived international exchange students who apply by the application deadline will enjoy the application fee of S$100.




Modules for FASStrack Asia 2020

Please note that you can only read up to 2 courses in the following combinations:

  • 1 Field Trip course & 1 Non-Field Trip course
  • 2 Non-Field Trip courses

Click on the respective module title for syllabus and view the class schedule here (subject to changes):


S/N Module Code Department Module Title Field Trip Remarks
1 CH2248 Chinese Studies

An Understanding of Singapore’s Teochew Community 

N.A. *NEW* Taught in Chinese
2 EC3880F Economics

Topics in Economics: Miracle and Crisis in East Asia

3 GEH1002/ GEK1018 Economics Economic Issues in the Developing World N.A. To be confirmed
4 LAJ1201 Centre for Language Studies Japanese 1 N.A.  
5 LAK1201 Centre for Language Studies Korean 1 N.A.  
6 MS2210 Malay Studies Malay Culture and Society N.A.  
7 SC2211 Sociology Medical Sociology N.A.  
8 SC2212 Sociology Sociology of Deviance N.A.  
9 SC2215 Sociology Sociology of Food N.A.  
10 SE2218 Southeast Asian Studies Changing Economic Landscape of Southeast Asia  N.A.  
11 SE2880A Southeast Asian Studies Southeast Asia’s Cultural Mosaic Indonesia (Jogjakarta)  
12 SPH2201 Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (SSHSPH) Health of the Poor in Asia Cambodia  


  • Courses listed above are correct at time of update, but may be subjected to changes.
  • There may be further updates to the curriculum of the courses listed and new courses may be added.
  • FASS reserves the right to cancel any modules if there is insufficient enrollment to start a class.


Classes, Credits and Assessments


Field trip courses will offer 4 weeks of 3-hour classes twice a week. Courses with a field trip component will be travelling within the period of 4 to 12 July 2020, although some trips may be shorter.

Non-field trip courses will offer 4 weeks of 3-hour classes thrice weekly. There are no formal classes during the field trip week but there may be additional assignments, local fieldtrips in Singapore or e-learning options for students.




Courses are graded based on assessments and class participation, and there are no final exams. We expect each course to have a class enrollment of 20 - 50 students; less for fieldtrip modules and more for non-fieldtrip modules.

Each course carries 4 Modular Credits awarded by NUS; which is the equivalent of a 3-credit hour course under the North American credit system or 6 ECTS under the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System. Formal contact hours per course are a minimum of 36 hours. For courses with field trip, this excludes the contact hours for the field trip component and which can be as much as 5 or 6 hours per day for a 9-day trip. Courses with no field trip component will offer 36 contact hours with additional assignments during field trip week.

*Please contact your home university for credit recognition of NUS courses.






A. NUS Students

Please refer to the following document on Registrar's Office website for Special Term Fees:  http://www.nus.edu.sg/registrar/docs/info/administrative-policies-procedures/ugtuitioncurrent.pdf

Please note that fieldtrip costs will apply if you read courses with an overseas fieldtrip component. The estimated cost of the trip is set out in the summary table below.

While we encourage NUS students to stay on-campus as part of the summer school experience, this is not a compulsory option for you. If you wish to stay, the on-campus accommodation fees listed below will apply. Some housing subsidies are available if you volunteer as students assistants in social activities or buddies to international students during the summer school.

Please also note that these costs will still apply:

  1. Study materials
  2. Additional meals in the country(ies) where the field trip is conducted if you are reading a field trip course
  3. Participation in social events such as the Singapore Heritage tour and visits to attractions in Singapore.
  4. Transport and entrance fees (if any) of any local field trips that lecturers may organise on the weekends for the students.

B. International Students

(i) Exchange (By Invitation Only)

For international students who are nominated by their home university under an exchange arrangement with NUS, the tuition fee of S$2,985 (all other modules) or S$3,820 (SPH2201) per module will be waived. All other costs will still apply.

(ii) Non-Exchange

If you are coming under a non-exchange arrangement, the tuition fees of S$2,985 (all other modules) or S$3,820 (SPH2201) per module will apply, together with all other costs.


For international students, please note that the above costs do not include:

  1. Cost of applying for Singapore student pass fee imposed by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore
  2. Personal expenses such as study materials, meals, entertainment and local travel in Singapore
  3. Additional meals in the country where the fieldtrip is conducted if you are reading a fieldtrip course
  4. Participation in social events such as the Singapore Heritage tour and visits to attractions in Singapore
  5. Transport and entrance fees (if any) of any local fieldtrips that lecturers may organise on the weekends for the students
  6. Return airfare between your originating destination and Singapore


  Summary of Costs (Applicable to NUS & Non-NUS Students)

  Refer here for Payment & Refund Policy.

COSTS (all denoted in Singapore dollars)Remarks
Application Fees

NUS students - Waived

Invited Exchange Students - S$100 

Non-Exchange (i.e. Fee-Paying) Students

  • Apply by 14 February - S$100 (early-bird fees)
  • Apply after 14 February - S$200
One-time application fee. Fee is payable with the rest of the cost via online payment after students have submitted the FASStrack acceptance forms to us.
Student Pass

Processing Fee - $30*

Issuance Fee - $60

Multiple Journey Visa - $30**

Applicable to ALL international students.

*Pay upon submission of Student's Pass Online Application & Registration (SOLAR)

**Only applicable to students from visa-required countries.

Tuition (per course)

NUS students - Relevant Special Term Tuition Fees 

Invited Exchange Students - Waived

Non-Exchange (i.e. Fee-Paying) Students

  • SPH2201 - S$3,820 per module
  • All other modules - S$2,985 per module
Students can read one or two courses.
Overseas Field Trip (if applicable)

S$1,800 to S$2,000 (Indonesia / Cambodia)

Includes airfare, accommodation throughout field trip, transportation, some meals & admission fees to field sites. Subject to changes. Only applies if the student reads a field trip course.

Mandatory Miscellaneous Fees (Click on 'Fees' and refer to 'Misc. Student Fees')

Student Services Fee

  • For Non-Exchange (i.e. Fee-Paying) Students - S$38.49
  • For Exchange Students - S$31.56

Health Service Fee

  • For both Non-Exchange & Exchange Students - S$34.18
Subject to changes.






You will stay on-campus at one of the residential colleges in a single 1-bedroom along corridors with your peers. Each non air-conditioned room comes furnished with furniture and internet access. In addition, each residential college has shared facilities within the building such as kitchenettes and laundry rooms that encourage social, educational and cultural interaction. The residential colleges are accessible to various parts of campus (FASS, UTown, sports and dining amenities and etc.) via internal shuttle buses.

Due to numerous events on-campus in summer 2020, we regret to inform that no air-conditioned room is available for booking.


Students can check in from 2pm on 18 June 2020 and must check out by 12pm on 25 July 2020. There will be a Welcome Lunch and Registration Session on 19 June 2020. Social activities will also be organised during the summer school such as local tours in Singapore on weekends, and a Farewell Dinner on 24 July 2020.


For FASStrack 2020, students will be staying at Ridge View Residential College (RVRC). Click here to find out more. 

COSTS (all denoted in Singapore dollars)Remarks
On-Campus Accommodation*


(includes 7% GST)

> Non air-conditioned room for 37 nights (i.e. 18 Jun 20 - 25 Jul 20) 

> Meals are not included


 *For NUS students who wish to stay on-campus for FASStrack Asia, the same accommodation costs above will apply. However, NUS students who volunteer as student assistants for FASStrack Asia may be entitled to housing subsidy for the summer.







1. How long does it take to process my online application?

You will receive an offer of acceptance email around end-March to mid-April and you are required to reply to confirm your place in the choice of course(s) you have selected.

2. Are there any scholarships or financial assistance for NUS students and international students who are interested in FASStrack?

I’m afraid there are no scholarships or financial assistance for both NUS and international students at the moment. International students may check with their home universities if there are any scholarships or grants to apply to for summer school programmes.

3. I have participated in previous FASStrack programmes. Can I still enroll for the programme?

Yes, as long as you are reading different courses from those you have read previously.

4. I'm an international student. Do I need to apply for student visa or tourist visa on my own?

You are not required to apply for any student or tourist visa on your end. Once you have been accepted into the FASStrack summer school, NUS will apply for student visa on your behalf and will guide you through the entire application procedure via email prior your arrival in Singapore. It is compulsory to have the student visa before you are allowed to embark on the summer school. Please note that you are required to pay the student visa application fee imposed by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA).

5. How do I apply for visa for my overseas field trip? (For international students who are taking field trip courses)

International students are highly encouraged to apply for visa in their home countries before arriving in Singapore. The tentative travelling dates for overseas field trips are 4 – 12 July 2020. You are still able to apply for visa through respective country embassies in Singapore. Please note that it is important that you do so as soon as you reach Singapore as most embassies take time to process visa applications.



6. Can I switch courses after application?

Change of course is on a case-to-case basis, subject to availability before FASStrack summer school starts. Please kindly email your request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

7. Can I transfer credits to my home university?

For NUS students, modular credits and grades for the courses read during FASStrack Summer School will be counted towards your graduation requirements and Cumulative Average Point (CAP).

For international students, please kindly check the credit transfer process with your home universities. An official transcript will be mailed to either your home university or home address sometime in October 2020.



8. Is the on-campus accommodation compulsory?

No, the on-campus accommodation is optional for NUS and international students. For international students, it is optional if you are able to find your own accommodation in Singapore for the entire 5-week programme.

9. Does the accommodation cost include meal plan?

No, meal plan is not available during school vacation and summer school programmes. There are several dining options in UTown for students to choose from.

10. My family and friends are visiting me in Singapore. Can they stay in my room at UTown?

Due to space constraint and security reasons, no sharing of rooms are allowed.




For Enquiries:

Ms Jane Toh / Ms Letitia Thng

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

National University of Singapore

The Shaw Foundation Building

Dean’s Office

Block AS7, Level 6,

5 Arts Link

Singapore 117570


Tel: +65 6601 5830/ +65 6601 2748

Fax: +65 6777 0751

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