Ask Anything!

A. ​​​Application Process

A1. Where can I obtain the course syllabus?

A2. What are the course fees? Are there other costs?

A3. My home university does not have an exchange agreement with NTU, can I still join the programme?

A4. Where can I find more information on the different tracks?

A5. How many courses am I allowed to take? Can I take courses from different tracks?

A6. What level of English do I need in order to participate in the Summer Programme?

A7. Are the courses from the Summer programme applicable for credit transferring?

A8. Are there exams? How will I be assessed?

A9. Who is eligible to apply?

A10. What is the minimum GPA required?

A11. If I am interested, how do I submit my application?

A12. How do I get nominated?

A13. Can I apply even if my home university (exchange partner) is not nominating me?

A14. How do I know if my home university is an exchange partner?

A15. Can I apply even if my university is not exchange partner?

A16. When does application open? What is the submission deadline?

A17. What documents do I need for the application?

A18. When is the due date to pay the programme fees?

A19. What should I do if I wish to withdraw from the programme?

A20. when will I be able to know the outcome of my application?

A21. Can I re-apply if my application is not successful?

A22. How can I apply if I wish to study for a longer duration in NTU?

A23. What should I do if my passport is expiring soon during the point of application?

A24. Are there any scholarships or financial aid which I can apply?

A25. I am a Singaporean studying in an overseas university, can I apply?

 

B. Course details

B1. What is the class size?

B2. Where can I get my timetable?

B3. What if I miss a class?

B4. What if the course that I have chosen has a clash in timetable?

B5. What if the course I have selected is cancelled?

B6. When will I know the result of my course? Will there be a transcript?

 

C. Visa Application

C1. Do I need to apply for an entry visa?

C2. Do I need to apply a student visa for Singapore?

C3. How do I apply for the Student Pass?

C4. What is a Social Visit Pass (SVP)?\

C5. What is the difference between an Entry Visa and a SVP?

C6. How long will I be granted to stay and remain in Singapore?

C7. What should I do if I plan to stay in Singapore longer than my granted stay validity?

C8. Can I extend my stay in Singapore after the course?

C9. Am I allowed to work while in Singapore?

 

D. Accommodation and Facilities

D1. Is on-campus accommodation provided?

D2. What type of housing is available? What is the cost?

D3. I have been given on-campus accommodation. What can I expect from the hall facilities?

D4. Are meals provided in the Halls of Residence? Is it included in the fee?

D5. When can i move into the Hall of Residence?

D6. How do I get to NTU's Yunnan Garden campus? Will there be airport reception available?

D7. What are the currencies used in Singapore? Can I use my credit card(s) or bank card(s) in Singapore?

D8. Can I opt for a single room instead of twin-sharing during my stay in NTU?

D9.When will I know of my room allocation?

D10. Can I choose my roommate and the hall which I wish to live in during my study in NTU?

D11. When can I check in? When do I have to check out?

A12. Can I book on-campus accommodation for my guests during my programme in NTU?

D13. Can I extend my stay?

D14. Can I choose to live off-campus?

D15. How do I go about arranging for accommodation if I am arriving earlier/leaving later than my programme period?

 

E. Insurance

E1. I already have insurance coverege back in my home country. Do I still have to purchase insurance in Singapore?

 

F. Social Integration activities

F1. Are the cultural activities compulsory? Do I have to pay?

F2. What are the type of activities available?

F3. When do these activities take place?

F4. Can I choose the activities to attend?

F5. Is there an orientation? Is it compulsory?

F6. Is there any way which I can get in-touch with other participants from the programme prior to the programme commencement?

 

G. Contact Information

G1. Who can I contact at NTU if I have more questions?

G2. Where can I find the campus map of NTU?

 

A. Application Process

 

A1. Where can I obtain the course syllabus?

Please email us at SummerNTU@ntu.edu.sg for the course syllabus.

 

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A2. What are the course fees? Are there other costs?

The estimated breakdown of the programme fees that a student will incur for the Summer Programme can be found here.

 

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A3. My home university does not have an exchange agreement with NTU, can I still join the programme?
Student will be able to participate in the programme as a fee-paying student.

 

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A4. Where can I find more information on the different tracks?

You may refer to the information sheet.

 

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A5. How many courses am I allowed to take? Can i take courses from different tracks?

There are 5 tracks offered under NTU Summer Programme. Summer Students may take a maximum of 2 courses within a track or across tracks. However, students need to check the course schedule to prevent any clashes between the courses. Cross tracking for courses offered under Track 1 is strictly not allowed. Courses offered under Track 2-5 are allowed for cross tracking.


Note: Choosing of courses across tracks are subject to course schedule.

Please refer here for the schedule of the various courses.

 

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A6. What level of English do I need in order to participate in the Summer Programme?

All teaching and assessment for the courses are in English. Thus students applying for the summer should have English language proficiency. Please refer to the eligibility criteria. We shall deem that students nominated are suitable to come on exchange and would be able to cope with the rigorous curriculum conducted in English at NTU.

 

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A7. Are the courses from the Summer Programme applicable for credit transfer?

Yes. All courses offered under NTU's Summer Programme are credit bearing and the credits will be awarded to students after successful completion of the course(s). All summer courses in all tracks bear either 3 or 4 Academic Units each and the equivalent of 39 contact hours. However, as credit transfer policies vary among universities, students are advised to check with their home university to ensure that NTU's credits will be accepted by their home university before application.

In order to check the number of AUs (Academic Units) for each course, you may refer to the summer track information website.

 

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A8. Are there exams? How will I be assessed?

Students will be assessed based on class participation, written assignments and quizzes/exams. Home university coordinators may contact Summer Team for details regarding the assessment for individual course. NTU uses the Grade Point Average (GPA) system in awarding grades.

 

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A9. Who is eligible to apply?

Undergraduate or Non-Humanities/Business graduate students are eligible to apply. Students who are pursuing a Master's degree at their home university but have yet to attain any Bachelor's degree, shall be classified and apply as an undergraduate student. Please refer to the eligibility criteria.

 

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A10. What is the minimum GPA required?

The minimum GPA requirement is 3.0/5.0.

 

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A11. If I am interested, how do I submit my application?

You may inform your home university(which has to have an existing exchange agreement with NTU) on your interest in our programme. After your home university nominates you as an exchange student, you may proceed to submit your online application. In the case whereby you are not nominated by your home university, you may still apply as a fee-paying student for the programme. Students may submit their online application here.

 

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A12. How do I get nominated?

In order to be nominated, you will need to be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university which has an exchange agreement with NTU. Approach your home university academic coordinator and express your interest.

 

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A13. Can I apply even if my home university (exchange partner) is not nominating me?

Non-nominated students from the partner university may apply under fee-paying.  Students can enjoy 60% discount on tuition fees if they are students from Partner University. Students may refer to the link for fees information.

 

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A14. How do I know if my home university is an exchange partner?

Approach your home university academic office to seek advice.

 

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A15. Can I apply even if my university is not exchange partner?

Students may apply on fee-paying basis, full fees applies. You may refer to the link for fees information.

 

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A16. When does application open? What is the submission deadline?

Application start: 15 February 2019
Application deadline: 19 April 2019

 

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A17. What documents do I need for the application?

1. Latest official transcript in English (signed by the Registrar and should include the university's seal), reflecting all courses taken during the study period in your home university in PDF format (<600 kb)

 

2. A clear, coloured passport-size photo in JPEG format (<60kb; 400(W) x 514(H) pixels).  
The photo
should present the subject accurately. You should ensure that:
    • The photo is sharp and clear, with dimensions 400 by 514 pixels​ without border, and taken within the last 3 months.
    • The subject is framed full face, front view with eyes open, with facial features clearly evident in the photo
    • The photo presents the full head from top of hair to bottom of chin and center the head within the frame.
    • No alternation, removal, amendment or enhancement of the photo image is performed. This includes removal or addition of birth marks, moles or tattoos
    • Headgear worn in accordance with religious or racial custom is acceptable as long as it does not hide the facial features
 
 
​​Passport Photo - Acceptable                  Passport Photo - Not Acceptable
 
 
​3. A clear​ scanned coloured copy of passport information page (valid for at least 6 months from the commencement of your exchange at NTU) in JPEG format (<200kb)

4. medical memo or document to verify your medical condition (if any)

5. Degreevcertificate ( for your postgradute students only)

6.Proof English Language proficiency if you are a fee-paying student

 

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A18. When is the due date to pay the programme fees?

Payment has to be made online. We currently only accept credit card payment.

If your application is successful, you will be sent a Offer of Admission . Should you accept the offer, you are required to make payment within 3 days of accepting the offer. Click "Make Payment" in the Study Abroad portal to view your bill and make payment. 

Refer here for more information about programme fees.

 

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A19. What should I do if I wish to withdraw from the programme?
Please click here to learn more about the withdrawal policy.

 

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A20. When will I be able to know the outcome of my application?

The result of your application will be made known to you via your registered email in April/May.

 

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A21. Can I re-apply if my application is not successful?

The student can re-apply the following year.

 

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A22. How can I apply if I wish to study for a longer duration in NTU?
You may apply as an exchange undergraduate/postgraduate student in NTU for a semester or two semesters should your home university has an existing exchange agreement with NTU.

For more information on Semester exchange, please click here.

 

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A23. What should I do if my passport is expiring soon during the point of application?
You need to ensure that your passport has a validity period of at least 6 months from the date you are leaving for Singapore when applying. You may upload a replacement document(Eg. your identity card or driving license) during application should you be pending for your new passport. You are required to follow-up with an email to NTU GEMTrailblazer Short Term Programme Team at SummerNTU@ntu.edu.sg to furnish us with your updated passport details upon receipt of your new passport.

 

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A24. Are there any scholarships or financial aid which I can apply?
Sorry, NTU does not offer any scholarships or financial aid for Summer Programme participants.

 

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A25. I am a Singaporean studying in an overseas university, can i apply?
Yes, you may apply for the programme provided your home university has an existing exchange agreement with NTU. However, you will only be able to apply as a fee-paying student.

 

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B. Course details

 

B1. What is the class size?

Depending on the course structure, the class size is between 10 to 50.

 

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B2. Where can I get my timetable?

The timetable will be available in the Inbound Study Abroad Portal in June. You will be notified to retrieve the timetable via an email.

 

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B3. What if I miss a class?

Students are to achieve 80% attendance rate in order to complete the course and be able to sit the examination. In the event that the student miss a class, the absence should be supported by a medical certificate issued by a registered doctor.

 

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B4. What if the course that I have chosen has a clash in timetable?

Students will be notified individually if their selected courses clashes in timetable. They will be allowed to choose another course which does not clash in the timetable.

 

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B5. What if the course I have selected is cancelled?

Students will be notified by May 2018 if the course selected is cancelled. Students will be allowed to choose another course that is available.

 

B6. When will I know the result of my course? Will there be a transcript?

The original hardcopy copy of the GEM Trailblazer Summer Students' academic transcript will be mailed directly to their Home University after the completion of the summer programme and within two (2) months from the date of release of examination results by NTU.

A scanned copy of the academic transcripts will be emailed to the student and Student Exchange Office of the Home University for record

 

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C. Visa Application

 

C1. Do I need to apply for an entry visa?

Students from certain countries are required to apply for an Entry Visa prior to arrival.  Kindly check ICA website for the list of countries that require an Entry Visa.  If an Entry Visa is required for your nationality, please apply before departing from your home country. If required, you should apply at least 2-4 weeks before your arrival.

 

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C2. Do I need to apply a student visa for Singapore?

Students who are required to stay in Singapore for more than 30 days for their summer programme are required to apply for a Student Pass. This will apply to students who are applying for the 4-week or 6-week programme.

 

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C3. How do I apply for the Student Pass?

Once admitted to the programme, you will be receive email instructions on how you can apply for student pass.

 

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C4. What is a Social Visit Pass (SVP)?

A SVP is to regulate the stay of foreigners in Singapore. It may be granted at the checkpoint to a foreigner who wishes to enter Singapore for social, business or professional purposes or as a tourist.

 

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C5. What is the difference between an Entry Visa and a SVP?
An entry visa is not an immigration pass. It is a pre-entry permission for the holder of a valid Singapore visa to travel to, and seek entry into Singapore. The grant of a SVP will be determined by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority(ICA) officers at the point of entry into Singapore. Possession of a valid entry visa do not gurantee entry into Singapore.

 

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C6. How long will I be granted to stay and remain in Singapore?
An individual is usually granted a 30 days stay validity. However, each individual's stay validity may vary on a case by case basis. It is advisable for the student to check their stay validity on the Social Visit Pass (SVP) stamp stamped on their passport before leaving the immigration department.

 

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C7. What should I do if I plan to stay in Singapore longer than my granted stay validity?
You may seek extension of your Social Visit Pass (SVP) from Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority(ICA).

Please click here for more information.


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C8. Can I extend my stay in Singapore after the course?

Students who would like to extend their stay in Singapore, should go in-person to Immigration & Checkpoint Authority of Singapore to get their Visa extended. NTU would not be able to extend the stay for you. You may refer to the ICA link for more information.

Please note that you must check-out of the Hall one day after your last course ends. You are permitted to stay in Singapore for as long as your Student Pass/Social Visit pass allows, but students have to make their own arrangements for their accommodation outside the campus for any extension.

 

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C9. Am I allowed to work while in Singapore?

While you are a student at NTU under a Social Visit Pass or Student Pass, you are not permitted to work while in Singapore.


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D. Accommodation and Facilities

 

D1. Is on-campus accommodation provided?

On-campus housing is guaranteed for all incoming GEM Trailblazer Summer/Winter students in one of our 24 Halls of Residence in NTU.  You are required to stay on-campus throughout the duration of your programme of study in student housing being allocated to you.

 



D2. What type of housing is available? What is the cost?

A Twin-sharing room is provided throughout the duration of the Summer programme.  Halls are co-ed by floor or wing.  Rooms are fully furnished.  The cost is SGD30 per night in a twin-sharing room during the summer programme. Therefore, the total cost of accommodation will depend on the length of your course(s) that you have registered for. The bill payable is viewable at the Study Abroad portal (after you have accepted the offer of admission).


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D3. I have been given on-campus housing. What can I expect from the hall facilities?

Rooms are furnished with a bed, mattress, study table, chair, wardrobe, bookshelf and soft board (to pin notes on, etc.). Each room is fitted with window coverings such as venetian blinds or curtains, lighting and a fan. There are Ethernet connections in each room. Other fittings may be provided and these vary from hall to hall.

Bedding, Bed linen, pillows and blankets are not provided. You may bring these items along with you or purchase them on-campus.  You may refer to this suggested  packing list.

Please click here  to find out more on the expected facilities and some of the items that you may wish to bring.


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D4. Are meals provided in the Halls of Residence? Is it included in the fee?

There are no meal plans available at the Halls of Residence.  Students can purchase meals or food at any Hall of Residence canteens, convenience store, supermarkets or food outlets around the NTU campus. You may refer to this  listing for places to eat around campus.


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D5. When can I move into the Hall of Residence?

You will be informed of your allocated hall of residence prior arrival in Singapore. Information on the arrival date and check-in timing will be provided nearer the date of programme commencement.


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D6. How do I get to NTU Yunnan campus? Is airport reception available?

There will not be airport reception.

Students may use the following links for directions to NTU and around campus to locate your allocated Hall of Residence.

Directions to NTU        : http://www.ntu.edu.sg/AboutNTU/visitingntu/Pages/location.aspx

Getting around NTU    :  http://maps.ntu.edu.sg/maps

Refer  here  for the guide on how to get to NTU.


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D7. What are the currencies used in Singapore? Can I use my credit card(s) or bank card(s) in Singapore?

Singapore Dollars (SGD) is used in Singapore. Credit cards such as VISA, Mastercard, American Express, Maestro and PLUS can be used in Singapore. Students may withdraw monies from most of the bank machines (also known as Automated Teller Machines - ATM) which are scattered around the NTU campus.

There is also a local bank (OCBC Bank Singapore) located within the campus. Alternatively, you can visit the nearest shopping mall,  Jurong Point Shopping Centre  for individual banking needs.


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D8. Can I opt for a single room instead of twin-sharing during my study in NTU?

Residential living is a key feature of the summer programme. You are required to share a room with a roommate, which will are allocated randomly by same-gender. Exceptions may be granted if you have a valid medical reason or a disability which requires a specially outfitted room. You may make known any medical condition in your online medical declaration found in the application forms. Your needs will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.


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D9. When will I know of my room allocation?

You will be notified of the allocation of your on-campus accommodation approximately 2 weeks before the start of your course. 

 
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D10. Can I choose my roommate and the hall during my study in NTU?

No, all accommodation allocation will be done via balloting system. Any changes on roommate or hall of residences will not be acceded.


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D11. When can I check in?   When do I have to check out?

The information on the check-in date will be made available in the Offer of Admission.

 
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D12. Can I book on-campus accommodation for my guests during my programme in NTU?

We regret to inform that we are unable to accommodate your guest for on-campus accommodation as our hall of residences are mainly reserved for students studying in NTU. However, you may visit NEC which is located within NTU Yunnan campus for guests accomodation.


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D13. Can I extend my stay?

Your on-campus accommodation is provided by the duration of your registered courses and the cost is included in your programme fee.  As a rule, you must check-out of the Hall one day after your last course ends. You are permitted to stay in Singapore for as long as your Student Pass/Social Visit pass allows, but students have to make their own arrangements for their stay in Singapore for any extension after the summer programme.


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D14. Can I choose to live off-campus?

As the programme is conducted as an on-campus immersion programme, all international students are required to stay in NTU Hall of Residences throughout the duration of the programme.


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D15. How do I go about arranging for accommodation if I am arriving earlier/leaving later than my programme period?

Students intending to arrive earlier than the check-in date and/or arrive after the Hall of Residence's Office hours shall have to source for temporary off-campus accommodation. Alternatively, students may also make reservation at  NEC  which is located within NTU Yunnan campus. The period of stay in the hall of residences is determined by the approved period of the programme as stipulated on the Letter of Enrolment issued by NTU. You will be requested to source for off-campus accommodation ithe case that you are planning to continue your stay in Singapore after the programme period will request you to source for off-campus accommodation.


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E. Insurance


E1. I already have insurance coverege back in my home country. Do I still have to purchase insurance in Singapore?

Yes, it is compulsory for all exchange students to purchase the NTU Group Hospital & Surgical Insurance (GHSI) despite having a similar insurance from their home country. The insurance fee is included in the administrative fees which is compulsory for all students for Summer Programme.

Please click  here  to learn more on the coverage details of the GHSI.

In addition, all incoming students are strongly encouraged to highlight any existing/pre-existing medical conditions or surgeries they have/had during the submission of their online application for the purpose of caring for the well-being of students during their stay with NTU.


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F. Social Integration activities


F1.  Are the cultural activities compulsory? Do I have to pay?

As the summer programme is designed as an immersion programme for students to experience life in NTU and Singapore, social integration and cultural activities are compulsory. The activities will introduce you to local culture and foster bonding and interaction with fellow students.  For many summer students, this is one aspect of the summer programme that is most unique and memorable.  These activities are included in the Administrative Fee charged when you enrol for the programme. You do not have to pay extra for participating in these activities. However, there is strictly no refund for students who are unable to attend any social activities.


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F2.  What are the type of activities available?

Past activities have included a city tour (whole day), visits to attractions and museums of significant heritage or cultural value (e.g., Peranakan Museum), as well as hands-on interactive activities such as prata-making(Prata is a local Indian flatbread prepared freshly and typically eaten with curry, enjoyed widely by many Singaporeans.)


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F3. When do these activities take place?

The City Tour (whole day) is conducted before the teaching week begins (applicable for both the 4- and 6-week programme). In addition, once teaching commences, there will be social activities conducted over two Saturdays on the 6th &13th of July. Students are required to avail themselves to participate in these activites on their respective dates.

Students who are unable to attend the activities for any reason would have miss the activity altogether. Make-up activities will not be conducted. Email will also be sent to students to sign-up for the activities before the activity dates.

 
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F4. Can I choose the activities?

The City Tour is a common activity for all summer students on the 4- and 6-week programme.  Apart from the City Tour, you can select your preferred activity for each of the two Saturdays mentioned above. You can make your selection upon enrolment in the Study Abroad portal, subject to availability of vacancies and on a first-come-first serve basis. In the event that you are unable to select the activity that you prefer, be assured that all activities offered are of similar value and duration. Students should take the opportunity to interact with different groups of students during any of the activities conducted.


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F5. Is there an orientation? Is it compulsory?

Orientation is compulsory and conducted soon after your arrival (but before the start of formal classes). You should therefore arrange to check-in to your allocated campus housing on the date stated in the Offer of Admission to ensure that you do not miss orientation.

During orientation, you will be provided with the necessary information to enable you to settle down quickly on campus, and provide you with useful advise so that you can get the most out of your short time here in Singapore. It would also be a good opportunity to meet fellow students, as well as staff from the Office of Global Education & Mobility who are here to provide you with administrative support.
 

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F6. Is there any way which I can get in-touch with other participants from the programme prior to the programme commencement?

There will be a Facebook Page which will be created to connect the participants from the Summer Programme prior to the programme commencement. Details of the Facebook Page will be known to participants after being successfully enrolled in the programme.
 

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G. Contact Information


G1. Who can I contact at NTU if I have more questions? 

In the case that you can't find the answer within our FAQ, please email us your enquiry at  SummerNTU@ntu.edu.sg


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G2. Where can I find the campus map of NTU?

You may access NTU's interactive map here.


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