Before applying for the overseas Student Exchange Programme (SEP), it is important for students to read through the Conditions & Instructions for the SEP and also take note of the round of the SEP applications:
Round 1/1st Round is open to students who are interested in applying for Semester 1, 2 or Semester 1 and 2 (full year exchange) of the next academic year.
Round 2/2nd Round applications are for only Semester 2 of the next academic year.
Semesters for SEP
Students may go on SEP in the 3rd , 4th or 5th semesters of their studies. Students are not allowed to go on SEP in their graduating semester. They must spend their graduating semester in NUS.
As FASS does not have a compulsory 4-year programme, students have the option to graduate at the end of 3 years if they complete B.A. requirements. Although a student may have every intention to complete an honours degree, extenuating circumstances may compel the student to opt to graduate once he/she completes a B.A. Hence, FASS students may go on exchange up to their 5th semester only.
If you want to go for SEP on your 5th/6th/ 7th Semester*
If you would like to go for SEP in any of the above semester, you will need to submit a letter with your application, stating that you will be pursuing your Honours studies and you understand that by going on exchange in your fifth/sixth/seventh semester, you run the risk of graduating one semester late and would only attend commencement in the following academic year should unforeseen circumstances not allow you to complete your Honours as planned. You are then wiling to accept the consequences of:
delayed graduation, i.e. having to spend another semester in NUS and attending commencement one year late;
payment of tuition fees for an additional semester (if applicable):
delayed promotion from ARS3 to ARS4/SOC4; and
inability to read modules that are offered in only one semester of the academic year (hence exacerbating the effects of the preceding points.
*5th Semester is for FASS students who enrolled in NUS on the basis of their poly diploma qualification and receive their Advance Placement Credit for one semester; thereby making their 5th semester their graduating semester if they are completing a BA. 7th semester is for FASS students who wish to be on exchange in the first semester of their Honours year.