What Students Say

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is committed to developing each student to the fullest of their potential, while ensuring that they enjoy a fulfilling undergraduate life. What better way to explore the special programmes and unique curriculum offered by the Faculty than to hear it from the students themselves? From Study Abroad Programmes to Structured Double Degrees and Major-Minor combinations, these students have experienced them all.

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I am most thankful for my academic journey as a Global Studies major and a University Scholars’ Program (USP) student. Beyond inspiring curiosity and stimulating intellectual rigor, these programs have been instrumental in strengthening my critical-thinking and analytical skills, further enabling me to excel beyond my academic pursuits.

In 2016, I embarked on a one-year-long NUS Overseas College (NOC) program to Silicon Valley. During my stint in the US, I enrolled in graduate entrepreneurship courses at Stanford University, while working full time at a startup (6 months) and venture capital firm (5 months). The experience was beyond eye-opening as it allowed me to witness the application of my academic skills. For instance, my quick-learning and critical thinking skills enabled me to adapt and perform at the highest level amidst a fast-paced and highly diverse global community.

Prior to my NOC experience, I was also able to capitalize on opportunities to explore my passion for non-profit leadership service. In summer 2014, I interned in Tokyo with Japan’s largest NGO, Ashinaga to devise global fundraising strategies. In summer 2015, I interned in Uganda for 2 months to tutor and mentor scholars from 49 sub-Saharan African countries, with the goal of enrolling them into reputable universities worldwide. Through these experiences, I was able to explore the depths of my love for community service, while being surrounded by inspiring world leaders who I could actively learn from.

As such, my NUS journey has been nothing short of transformative, thrilling and meaningful.

Jessica Koh Huey Yee

Year 4 Global Studies Major

NUS College in Silicon Valley

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There are just too many things to love about FASS. I enrolled in FASS because of the wide variety of disciplines available for one to choose from. Many of the classes are well-structured and encourage students to utilize critical thinking and open discussions rather than just rote memorization and regurgitation.

In FASS, I have had the chance to take a diverse range of modules such as Public Speaking, Cultural Studies and Medical Sociology which allowed me to broaden my perspectives and deepen my interests in the fields I would love to pursue.

Besides the enriching academic culture, I am grateful for the various opportunities that FASS have rendered me since I was admitted. From being a Frisbee Captain at Arts Open to participating in my first ever fashion show (Catwalk-on-the-Green) and to experience a semester abroad (SEP), FASS has inspired me time and time again to step out of my comfort zone and has mould me into a more confident and resilient person.

Of course, my life in FASS will never be complete without mentioning two other things – awesome friends and good food!

One of the greatest take-aways for me from FASS is probably the strong social support system and the network of like-minded friends and people!

BONUS: You will probably find the best Laksa Yong Tau Foo at FASS Deck too!

Nicholas Seah

Year 3 Sociology Major

Student Exchange Programme: University of Toronto

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Although I was a science student in junior college, I knew that I really wanted to learn about society and human interactions, and I felt that FASS was the best choice for me because of the wide range of options available. For starters, there is a great deal of freedom in choosing a major or minor. A major in communications and new media with a minor in sociology has allowed me to look at issues from different yet complementary perspectives. Even within my major, there is much flexibility to fit the curriculum to each person’s needs – there are modules relating to public relations, journalism, design, and social science research – allowing me to pursue different areas of interest. The high level of passion the professors and lecturers have for their areas of expertise also means that depth is not compromised while enjoying such an open curriculum. The double degree programme with Waseda University in International Liberal Arts has given me the opportunity to pick up a new language and further explore fields within and beyond the humanities and social sciences. Not to mention, studying in a different country and being immersed in a new culture and system has been an exciting learning experience in itself. In such a dynamic world that we live in, I think such an interdisciplinary education that FASS offers is truly a valuable one.

Mok Shu Xian

Double Degree Programme with Waseda University

Year 3 Communications and New Media Major with Sociology Minor

University Scholars Programme

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What excites me the most throughout my 4 years in FASS is the holistic curriculum that the faculty has to offer. I was exposed to a wide range of subjects from different departments such as humanities, social sciences and even language studies. These modules broadened my horizon and cultivated my interests in different fields of studies. Moreover, I am able to meet and work together with many like-minded individuals who share the same passion as I do.

My four years of economics education at FASS has been truly fulling and rewarding. To me, being able to see things from an Economist’s perspective is a real privilege. I have benefited tremendously from the rigorous training in analytical skills. The Economics department is characterized by amazing lecturers, tutors and peers. In fact, one of my best takeaways from NUS is meeting some of my econs peers who are now my best friends.

Last year, I was given the precious opportunity to participate in the NUS Overseas College (NOC) programme where I joined a start-up company in Stockholm, Sweden for 11 months. The NOC curriculum is designed to enrich students’ understanding in entrepreneurship and it has been truly eye-opening for me; I was exposed to the vibrant start-up scene in Europe and also the innovative business culture in Sweden.

Looking back, choosing FASS has indeed been one of the best decisions I’ve made thus far.

Yan Saifan

Year 3 Economics Major

Minors in Statistics and Enterpreneurship

NUS College in Stockholm

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This is what FASS has given me: like-minded individuals that have evolved to become lifelong friends, an educational experience that has equipped me to be a critical thinker, and a vibrant and safe space to both develop as an individual and broaden my understanding of the world.

The student life in NUS is incredibly vibrant and this is something that I only began to truly appreciate over the course of my exchange semester away from home. FASS as an entity embodies this vibrancy: there is always an event or fair at the Central Forum, there are always people around going to and from classes, there are so many friends to make, so many things to do, so many opportunities to take hold of – all contained within the bustling space of the faculty buildings.

A lot of my time at university has been centred on extra-curricular activities and residential life, but FASS has played an integral role in creating a holistic university experience for me by providing opportunities for an enriching academic experience. Alongside my core modules from the English Literature department, the flexibility of FASS’ structure has given me the privilege of gaining a rich breadth of exposure to various disciplines that fall within my interests, ranging from philosophy to political science, history, film studies, and South Asian studies. I have also had the privilege of meeting dedicated professors who are interested in their students’ development, engaging us both inside and outside the classroom.

Nur Haseena Bte Jupri

Year 3 Major in English Literature

Student Exchange Programme: University of Liverpool

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My time at NUS as a Political Science major has given me the opportunity to learn from and discuss important issues with professors who are renowned in their fields.

In particular, I'm very grateful that I was given the chance to spend a year at UNC Chapel Hill. I was able to experience the culture of an American college campus, making lasting friendships, including with my roommate who I spent the entire year with. North Carolinians were extremely welcoming. My floormates were always ready to head out for dinner with me, where we would just chill and talk about life. I was even able to enjoy Thanksgiving and Easter at one friend's house in a rural area - what a fantastic and memorable experience that was! When he visited Singapore, he stayed over with my family and I showed him around. I loved being in Chapel Hill - be it spending time at Davis Library, strolling down to Starbucks or having a bagel at Panera Bread.

I was also fortunate to have met many friendly people on campus, including dining hall workers and janitors. Zaw Zaw, a Burmese worker at the dining hall, invited me to his home for dinner, where I had an authentic Burmese meal (for the first time in my life, in North America and not Asia!) with his family. And Tracy, a janitor at my dormitory, would always warmly engage me in conversation. It is this atmosphere that made UNC feel so welcoming.

Academically, UNC was challenging and enriching. I took interesting classes ranging from Chinese Art History (taught by an expert Professor who is originally from Taiwan), to a class on the former Yugoslavia. A class on Civil Liberties sparked my interest in the US Constitution. I still keep in touch with my Civil Liberties instructor, Professor Isaac Unah, today. I'm grateful to have made this connection, and to be able to receive his advice from time to time. My first forays into astronomy, geology and economics also took place at UNC.

Overall, I think that NUS really benefits its students through international exchanges. Indeed, students who spend some time abroad gain a richer understanding of East and West. Though the world appears to be looking inward, the challenges we must deal with are global ones.

Robert William Straughan

Year 4 Political Science Major

Joint Degree Programme with The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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