FASStrack Asia: The Summer School 2015 (22 June to 24 July 2015)

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 2015, 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 2015, 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 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 2015.

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

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 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 2015

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 with (6)
3) SN2261* South Asian Studies The Emergence of Contemporary South Asia NA  
4) GEK1018 Economics Economics Issues in the Developing World N.A  
5) MS2210* Malay Studies Malay Culture and Society NA  
6) LAJ1201 Center for Language Studies Japanese 1 Japan May be read with (2)
7) LAK1201 Center for Language Studies Korean 1 Korea  
8) SC2215 Sociology The Sociology of Food N.A *Newly added for Summer 2015!
As part of Southeast Asia in Context Summer School (IARU GSP)
9a) SE2222* Southeast Asian Studies Southeast Asia in Context: The Region at a Glance N.A Compulsory if reading 9(b) or 9(c).
b) SE2880A* Southeast Asian Studies Southeast Asia's Cultural Mosaic: Religious Spaces, Village Faces Indonesia Must read 9(a)
c) SE2211* Southeast Asian Studies Southeast Asian Social History: Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and Tourism Myanmar Must read 9(a)
As part of OdySEA Summer School
10) PS3880E* Political Science Human Trafficking in SE Asia Cambodia / Thailand NA
11) FST2203 Faculty of Science (FoS) Food Commodities in Indonesia Indonesia *Cancelled for Summer 2015!

  • 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.
  • International 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 or South 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 4 to 12 July 2015, 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, local fieldtrips in Singapore or e-learning options for students.

View the class schedule 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 25 to 60; less for fieldtrip modules and more for non-fieldtrip ones.

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 teaching hours for a fieldtrip course are a minimum of 30 hours with additional contact hours for the field trip component which can be as much as 4 to 5 hours per day. Courses with no field trip component will offer 36 contact hours with additional assignments during field trip week. For international students, you may want to direct your query to your home university for credit recognition and transfer.


A. NUS Students

Please refer to the Registrar Office website below for Special Term fees. https://www.nus.edu.sg/registrar/edu/UG/fees.html

Please note that fieldtrip costs will apply if you read modules with an overseas fieldtrip component. The estimated cost of the trip is set out in the summary table below. NUS students reading 2 modules related to Southeast Asia or South Asia (denoted by * under the Module tab) will enjoy a 50% tuition subsidy. This will not apply if you only read one module. Scholarship/bursary awards are also available for students who require financial assistance.

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
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.

(iii) IARU
For International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) international students who wish to join the 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 2015 session.

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 authority in Singapore
  2. Personal expenses such as meals, entertainment and local travel in SingaporeStudy materials
  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)

COSTS (all denoted in Singapore dollars) Remarks
Tuition (per course)

Special Term Fees (for NUS students)

S$2,590 (for non-exchange students)

Waived for exchange students

Students can read one or two courses
Overseas Field Trip (if applicable)

S$1,800 - S$2,000 (For SE Asian countries and China)

SS$3,200 to $3,500 (For Korea and Japan)

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.
Mandatory Miscellaneous fees

S$53.37 (For non-exchange students)

S$46.43 (For exchange students)

Subject to changes.



You will stay on-campus at the UTown residential colleges inin single 1-bedroom, or 4 and 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 from 2pm on 18 June 2015 and must check out by noon on 25 July 2015. There will be a Welcome and Registration Session on 19 June 2015. Social activities will also be organized during the summer school such as local tours in Singapore on weekends, and a Farewell Dinner on 24 July 2015.

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* $1,250 (includes 7% GST) 5 weeks(based on 37 nights) on-campus accommodation. Subject to changes.
* 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 substantial housing subsidies for the summer.

Admission & Application

A. NUS Students

Admission Criteria:

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

Click here to apply online. Please then submit the following documents to Ms Ingrid Tay via email or in hardcopy at AS7 Level 6, Shaw Foundation Building by 16 March 2015.

  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)

Application Period: 15 December 2014 to 15 March 2015

Financial Aid

There will be some financial assistance offered for the field trip on a needs-basis. Please submit the bursary form, together with the the relevant supporting documents to Ms Ingrid Tay/ Ms Catherine Lee via email or in hardcopy at AS7 Level 6, Shaw Foundation Building by 16 March 2015.

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. You may email Ms Ingrid Tay if you are interested.

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
  4. Non-exchange students from non-English medium univerisites(who are also non-NUS partners) are required to meet English proficiency requirements. For details, please refer to this link from the NUS Registrar's Office.

Non-NUS students who apply by 15 February 2015 can enjoy an early bird discount of SGD$200 off the application fees.

Click here to apply online..

Application Period: 15 December 2014 to 15 March 2015

* For IARU students applying to Southeast Asia in Context under the IARU GSP 2015, please apply through your Home University by 6 March 2015 or as stipulated by your Home University.

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