FASStrack Asia: The Summer School 2014 (23 June to 25 July 2014)

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 2014, 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 80 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 more than 350 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 2014, FASStrack Asia will also see more courses and field trips being offered that will complement each another for a more holistic summer experience.

Besides NUS students, FASStrack Asia also welcomes university students from 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 2014.

Associate Professor Paulin Straughan,
International Relations & Special Duties Division,
Faculty of Art and Social Sciences (FASS)

Programme Overview

Now in its second year, FASStrack Asia 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 and the Social Sciences Division. Courses are focused on Asia, and some of these courses will feature a 8-10 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.

Programme Highlights

  • Study at NUS, a world-class university in Singapore - a cosmopolitan hub of Asia
  • Many courses with a 8-10 day field trip to a country in Asia
  • Local Singapore field trips
  • Experiential learning outside classroom
  • Language studies for in-depth field trip immersion
  • On-campus residential college experience
  • Study & live with NUS and international students from overseas partner universities
  • Social Events – Welcome Session, Heritage tour, Fireside Chats & Farewell Dinner
  • Financial aids & subsidies available to NUS students (T&C apply)

Modules for FASStrack Asia 2014

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

  1. 1 Field Trip course & 1 Non-field Trip course
  2. 2 Non-field Trip courses

S/N Module code Department Module title Field Trip Remarks
1) CH3295 Chinese Studies Understanding China: Past and Present China
2) JS2214 Japanese Studies Ideas and Images in Japanese Culture Japan May be read (6c)
3) SC2880B Sociology Korean Pop Culture: Post modernism and the Transnational Korea May be read with (6d)
4) SN2261 South Asian Studies The Emergence of Contemporary South Asia N.A
5) GEK1018 Economics Economics Issues in the Developing World N.A
6a) LAB1201* Center for Language Studies Bahasa Indonesia 1 Indonesia May be read with (7c)
b) LAC1201 Chinese 1 Taiwan
c) LAJ1201 Japanese 1 Japan May be read with (2)
d) LAK1201 Korean 1 Korea May be read with (3)
As part of Southeast Asia in Context Summer School (IARU GSP)
7a) SE2222* Southeast Asian Studies Southeast Asia in Context: The Region at a Glance N.A Compulsory with (7b) or (7c)
b) SE2880A* Southeast Asia's Cultural Mosaic: Religious Spaces, Village Faces Cambodia / Thailand Compulsory with (7a)
c) SE2211* Southeast Asian Social History: Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and Tourism Indonesia Non-IARU students can also opt to read this module with (6a)
As part of OdySEA Summer School
8a) PS3880E* Political Science Human Trafficking in SE Asia Cambodia / Thailand May be read on its own or paired with (8b)
b) SC2207* Sociology People and Culture in Southeast Asia N.A To be read with one OdySEA elective: (8a), (8c) or (8d)
c) SC2224* Sociology Visual Anthropology Field-School Lao PDR Either module must be read with (8b)
d) FST2203* Faculty of Science (FoS) Food Commodities in Indonesia Indonesia

  • Courses listed above are correct at time of printing, but may be subject to change.
  • FASS reserves the right to cancel any modules if there is insufficient enrollment to start a class.
  • Students from IARU partner universities receive a 50% tuition subsidy for SE2222 and SE2880A or SE2211.
  • NUS students who read 2 modules related to Southeast Asia (marked with *) receive a 50% tuition fee subsidy.

Classes, Credits and Assessments

Field trip courses will offer 2 weeks of 3-hour classes twice a week and 2 weeks of 3-hour classes thrice a week. Courses with a field trip component will be travelling within the period of 5th to 13th July 2014, although some trips may be longer.

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 or e-learning options for students.

The full time-table is available for viewing here.

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 not more than 30 students with the exception of capstone 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 30 hours. For courses with field trip, this excludes the contact hours for the field trip component and which can be as much as 4 to 5 hours per day for a 10 day trip. Courses with no field trip component will offer 36 contact hours with additional assignments during field trip week.

* Please refer to your home university for credit recognition.


A. NUS Students

Please refer to the Registrar Office website below for Special Term fees. https://share.nus.edu.sg/registrar/info/ug/UGTuitionCurrent.pdf

NUS students reading modules related to Southeast Asia in Context (IARU GSP) or OdySEA enjoy a 50% tuition subsidy for 2 modules read. Please note that field trip costs will also apply if you are reading a course with an overseas field trip component. Scholarship/bursary awards are also available for needy students.

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 and financial aid is available. The details will be set out in the call for application email sent by the Study Abroad @ FASS team.

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 farewell dinner
  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
For international students who are nominated by their home university under an exchange arrangement with NUS, the tuition fee of $2,590 per course will be waived. All other costs will still apply.

(ii) Non-Exchange
If you are coming under a non-exchange arrangement, then the tuition fees of $2,590 per course will apply, together with all other costs.

COSTS (all denoted in Singapore dollars) Remarks
Tuition (per course) S$2,590 Students can read one or two courses
Overseas Field Trip (if applicable) S$1,700 - S$2,000 (For Taiwan & SE Asia countries)
S$3,000 - S$3,500 (For China, Japan and Korea)
Includes airfare, accommodation, throughout field trip and transportation, some meals & admission fees to field sites. Subject to changes. Only applies if the student reads a field trip course.
Miscellaneous fees S$69,13 Subject to changes.

(iii) IARU
For International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) international students, who wish to join the NUS IARU Global Summer Programme under the Southeast Asia in Context part of the summer school, please refer to www.iaruni.org/gsp for application details. Students from IARU partner universities enjoy a 50% tuition grant for the 2014 session.

Please note that the above table does not include:

  1. Cost of applying for Singapore student pass fee imposed by the immigration authority in Singapore
  2. Daily expenses such as meals, entertainment and local travel in Singapore
  3. Study materials
  4. Additional meals in the country(ies) where the fieldtrip is conducted if you are reading a fieldtrip course
  5. Participation in social events such as the Singapore Heritage tour and farewell dinner
  6. Transport and entrance fees (if any) of any local fieldtrips that lecturers may organise on the weekends for the students
  7. Return airfare between your originating destination and Singapore


You will stay on-campus at the UTown residential colleges in 6-bedroom apartments with your peers. Each room comes furnished with furniture, air-conditioning and internet access, and the apartment has a common living area with a dining table and sofas. In addition, each residential college has shared facilities within the building such as kitchenettes, laundry rooms and student lounges to create a living enivronment that encourages social, educational and cultural interaction. The residential colleges are also located within close proximity to classrooms, sports facilities and dining amenities within UTown.

Students can check in by 19 June and must check out by 26 July 2014. There will be a Welcome and Registration Session on 20 June 2014.

Cost of the accommodation is based on the check-in and check out dates indicated above.

COSTS (all denoted in Singapore dollars) Remarks
On-Campus Accommodation* $1,030(includes 7% GST) 5 weeks(based on 37 nights) on-campus accommodation. Subject to changes. Applicable for students taking non-field trip modules.
$880(includes 7% GST) 4 weeks (based on 29 nights) on-campus accommodation. Storage charges apply for field trip week. Subject to changes. Applicable ONLY for students taking modules with overseas field trips.

  • Single room with air-conditioning in a 6-bedroom apartment.
  • 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 will be entitled to substantial housing subsidies for the summer.

Admission & Application

A. NUS Students

Admission Criteria:

  1. No CAP restriction
  2. No pre-requisite required

Please submit the application form to Ms Ingrid Tay or Ms Catherine Lee at AS7 Level 6, FASS Dean’s Office with:

  1. a copy of your unofficial transcript (Printed from myISIS)
  2. a photocopy of your passport with the page showing your nationality and personal details (if you choose a module with field trip)

Financial Aid

For needy students, there will be some financial assistance offered for the field trip. Please submit the bursary form, together with the application form and the relevant supporting documents to Ms Ingrid Tay via email or in hardcopy at AS7 Level 6, Shaw Foundation Building by 17 March 2014.

Housing Subsidy

For NUS students who wants to stay at UTown during the summer school, there are some subsidies offered towards the cost of the stay if they volunteer as student assistants. Students will be required to help out with room check-ins, in social events or as FASStrack buddies to incoming international students during the summer school.

Application Period: 16 December 2013 to 17 March 2014.

B. International Students

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

Please apply as a Non-Graduating (NG) Programme student via the NUS Registrar Office’s Online NG Application found on www.nus.edu.sg/registrar/edu/ng.html .

Application Period: 16 December 2013 to 17 March 2014.*

* For IARU students applying to Southeast Asia in Context under the IARU GSP 2014, please apply through your Home University by 28 February 2014.

For Enquiries:

Ms Ingrid Tay / Ms Shirley Koh
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
National University of Singapore
The Shaw Foundation Building,
Block AS7, Level 6
5 Arts Link
Singapore 117570
Tel: +65 6601 2748
Fax: +65 6777 0751
Email: studyabroadfass@nus.edu.sg
Website: www.fas.nus.edu.sg/fasstrack