Student Exchange Programme


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 Loughborough University (Sem 1: beginning of October to early February; Sem 2: mid-February to mid-June), read the Loughborough University's Loughborough University's Fact Sheet for incoming exchange students 2017/2018

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 Registrar's Office - Student Exchange Programme website to learn more about their special programmes, announcements, information, awards etc. for SEP students.

Students have to submit their mapping applications online. 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. Please also note that:

  • For Geography and BES-Geography Majors who go on SEP for one semester, the SEP coordinator will process a maximum of 8 mapping applications (Max 2 modules can be mapped at L4000 level when students submit the module mapping requests, but only ONE L4000 module could eventually be transferred and the exact MC is determined by the MC conversion ratio at specific partner university).
  • Only final year modules at partner universities can be mapped back to L4000 modules in NUS. It is the students’ responsibility to provide such information (i.e., what L4000 modules to be mapped in NUS) in their applications. Otherwise, the applications could be rejected.
  • The SEP coordinator can map all modules offered by the Geography Department at partner universities. However, for modules offered by non-Geography departments, the SEP coordinator will deal with them on a case-by-case basis.
  • The SEP coordinator can only provide dummy codes mapping up to L3000 for non-Geography and non-BES-Geography Majors applicants for modules offered by the Geography Department at partner universities. The SEP coordinator may not map modules offered by non-Geography Department at partner universities.
  • No mapping applications will be accepted after the student has completed the SEP programme.

You should also refer to the FASS SEP webpage for further information before submitting your application. Please look through Important FAQs carefully for SEP credit transfer and other commonly asked questions.

You can contact the Geography SEP coordinator (Dr Nawaz Muhammad) for further enquiry.


The Department offers a range of modules which are available here. The department’s research strengths and its facilities are available on the homepage. Please do visit.

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 of Singapore
Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-2-5
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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