The SEP provides students with an opportunity to study abroad for a semester or full year without having to incur additional cost of tuition abroad. Students pay their annual fees at NUS but can take their modules in countries such as the USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand, Denmark, Sweden, Holland, China, Hong Kong, etc. You need not learn a new language; all you need to do is take modules that are conducted in English. NUS have established MOUs with many partner universities which are attractive to our Geography students.
Some universities that our students have attended include University of British Columbia, Lancaster University, Victoria University of Wellington, University College London, University of Melbourne and Hong Kong University. The Department has a department-to-department MOU with Loughborough University which means that spaces have been exclusively set aside for Geography students only. Although Durham University comes under an MOU signed with NUS rather than the department, places have also been set aside for geography students. Here's the list of NUS partner universities.
To apply for the SEP, please visit here.
You are requested to take note of the deadlines. If you are interested in UCL (Term 1: September-December [12 weeks]; Term 2: January-June [20 weeks]) and Loughborough University (Sem 1: Beginning October to early February; Sem 2: Mid February to mid June).
You can apply to do the SEP for either a semester or a whole year. Generally, students are discouraged from going for SEP during their final graduating year. The recommended period for embarking on the SEP is during the first or second semester of the Second Year. Students are also advised that they should set aside sufficient funds to cover accommodation and living expenses. Students should also ensure that they apply and confirm accommodation at the partner University overseas before they leave. If financial resources prove to be a challenge, students can apply for the Office of Alumni Relations (OAR) awards (to any country), and Registrar’s Office SEP Loan. DUO-Singapore Exchange Fellowship (DUO), is also available for European destinations. Students who are on the Ministry of Education Scholarship can approach the MOE for funds to cover airfare and some living expenses. Please verify and check with MOE for details. It is also advisable to go to the NUS International Relations Office’s (IRO) website at www.nus.edu.sg/iro/ to learn more about their special programmes, announcements, information, awards etc. for SEP students.
Students can map the modules they want with the Geography SEP coordinators (AP Pow CP and Dr Ong Chin Ee). This should only be done AFTER they have been confirmed a placing in the partner University. When selecting the number of modules to take, keep in mind what is needed to graduate. The Department requires that single-subject majors in geography should do at least eight GE modules at NUS. For double subject-majors, if you opt for seven GE modules, you should do at least four at NUS. If you opt to take eight or nine GE modules, at least five should be done at the Department.
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Please note that the 4000 level modules are not open to SEP students except if they are in the Honours programme in UK universities. 5000 and 6000 modules are also not available. UK students intending to come cannot do their dissertation at NUS. We welcome the exchange of ideas for the research piece but you are required to do taught modules. Module offerings vary from year to year, depending on staff availability so it may be advisable to check with the department the modules desired by dropping an email to
SEP students have found that SSA2202/GES1003 Changing Landscapes of Singapore is a good module to take as it provides an overview of Singapore. You may want to consider this module as it also includes fieldtrips.
GEK2001/SSA2202 Changing Landscapes
Modular credits: 4
Preclusions: GEK2001, SSA2202
Cross-listings: GEK2001, SSA2202
This module attempts to understand the rationale of
changes in Singapore’s urban landscape.
It places these changes within a framework that considers Singapore’s efforts to globalise and examines how policies are formulated with the idea of sustaining an economy that has integral links sub-regionally with Southeast Asia while developing new spatial linkages that will strengthen its position in the global network.
Emphasis is also given to recent discussions about how diversity and difference in the perception and use of space pose a challenge to the utilitarian and functional definition adopted by the state.
C.A.: 50%; Duration of examination: 2 hrs
The SEP is meant for undergraduate students (inclusive of Honours students). Masters and PhD candidates who wish to come for a short-term attachment can contact the graduate advisor,
Prospective students should ensure that they have medical insurance and apply for accommodation. Please browse through the Office of Student Affairs website for available hostels.
Previous SEP students have commented how much they have benefited from learning and communicating with NUS students. The intercultural exchanges were, to them, especially enlightening. The department welcomes you and we are sure that the enrichment will be on both sides.
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