Eligibility & Priority

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Students must be meet the eligibility criteria to be able to go for exchange. Students should also be aware of the selection process as their ranking of top 3 universities affects the chances of winning an exchange spot.

Note that students are not allowed to be on exchange during their final semester. They must spend their final semester at NTU.

 

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Eligibility (Semester Study)​

To be eligible for GEM Explorer's Semester Study Programme, you need to: 

  1. Be an active full-time NTU undergraduate

  2. Have completed at least 2 semesters at NTU before the exchange semester

    • You must be at least in Year 2 semester 1 when you are on exchange. ie. You cannot be on exchange in your first year of study.

  3. Check if you meet the minimum CGPA required by your school, refer to table below: 


School​​​

Programme

Min. cGPA

College of Engineering

Sch​ool of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

 

3.3

School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

 

3.3

School of Computer Science and Engineering

 

3.3

School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

 

3.3

School of Materials Science and Engineering

 

3.3

School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

 

3.3

College of Business

Nanyang Business School

 

3.3

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

School of Art, Design and Media

 

3.3 

​​​School of ​Humanities

Only applicable for History and Philosophy 3.3​​
School of Humanities

All programmes, including Double Major, except for History and Philosophy​

​3.3

School of  Social Sciences

Only applicable for Economics                     

3.3

​School of Social Sciences All programmes, including Double Major, except for Economics3.3

Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information

 

3.3

College of Science

School of Biological Sciences

 

3.3

School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

3.5

The Asian School of the Environment

 

3.3

National Institute of Education

National Institute of Education

 

3.6

Sports Science and Management

Sport Science and Management

 

3.3​

 

  • Students must have a minimum CGPA of 3.3 and above when you apply. Some of our partner universities have kindly lowered their CGPA requirement to 3.3.
  • Students must maintain the minimum CGPA required by the host university at the point of application to host university. If you fail to do so, you may not be allowed to go on exchange in the semesters after application and before exchange in order to be allowed to go on exchange.
  • For double-degree programme students, the programme with the higher CGPA shall be considered.    

 

      4. ​Have never been on an overseas exchange programme before

  • You can still apply for GEM Explorer even if you had previously been on fee-paying programmes like GEM Discoverer Prelude, GEM Discoverer Summer Studies, GEM Discoverer Language Immersion, or any Overseas Industrial Orientation/Industrial Attachment.

  • However, if you have been on an overseas exchange programme (tuition fee waiver), you will not be eligible to apply for GEM Explorer Programmes. Refer to Selection & Priority for more information.

 

* For foreign students, please note that you are not allowed to go on exchange to the country that you are a citizen of (i.e. Chinese nationals will not be allowed to go on exchange in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau)

NO APPEALS FOR THE ABOVE POLICY SHALL BE ENTERTAINED.


 

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Eligibility (Research)    

To be eligible for GEM Explorer's Research Programme, you need to: 

  1. Be an active full-time NTU undergraduate

  2. Be from either College of Engineering or College of Science

  3. Have met all attachment and internship pre-requisites

  4. Check if you meet the minimum CGPA required by your school, refer to table above. You must have a minimum CGPA of 3.3 and above when you apply      

    • Students must have a minimum CGPA of 3.3 and above when you apply. Some of our partner universities have kindly lowered their CGPA requirement to 3.3.
    • Students must maintain the minimum CGPA required by the host university at the point of application to host university. If you fail to do so, you may not be allowed to go on exchange in the semesters after application and before exchange in order to be allowed to go on exchange. 
    • For double-degree programme students, the programme with the higher CGPA shall be considered.  
  5. Have not completed any local attachment/internship

  6. Have never been on an overseas exchange programme before

    • You can still apply for GEM Explorer even if you had previously been on fee-paying programmes like GEM Discoverer Prelude, GEM Discoverer Summer Studies, GEM Discoverer Language Immersion, or any Overseas Industrial Orientation/Industrial Attachment.

    • However, if you have been on an overseas exchange programme (tuition fee waiver), you will not be eligible to apply for GEM Explorer Programmes. Refer to Selection & Priority for more information.

NO APPEALS FOR THE ABOVE POLICY SHALL BE ENTERTAINED. 

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Selection & Priority                  

Before you apply, you should understand how our selection process works so that you can maximise your chances of winning an allocated spot in our GEM Explorer Exchange programme.

The GEM Explorer office's selection process is guided by

  • the ranking of top three universities in your application       

  • the no. of available spots per semester and no. of applicants to each partner university *

  • the priority of applicants as stated below

The system shall place students on their 1st university choice first, based on set allocation criteria (priority), before moving on to allocate 2nd university choices to students who did not get their 1st university choice.

 

Priority

GEM Explorer shall select and prioritise students based on the following set criteria:

  1. CN Yang SP, USP , TSP  then Nanyang scholars
    Scholars shall be picked for allocation first. The success of allocation still depends on ranking choices and the availability of spots. 
         
    While scholars are guaranteed a spot in the programme, they cannot be guaranteed a spot in the host universities they ranked. For example: five scholars vying for a university with only two spots.Refer to the Scholars Guarantee for more information.      

  2. Citizenship: Singaporean > Singaporean Permanent Residents > International students
    Next, GEM Explorer shall pick applicants based on citizenship for allocation. Ranking choices, CGPA, and availability still affect allocation.

  3. Academic Performance
    Next, GEM Explorer prioritises applicants based on academic performance. Applicants with comparatively lower CGPAs should be mindful of ranking only top-tier universities with limited spots. Ranking choices and availability applies.
     
  4. Seniority  (only applies for last competitive spots)
    Students at a more senior level with the similar merits shall have a higher chance of allocation.

  5. Students with prior overseas immersion experience (only applies for last competitive spots)
    Students at a more senior level with the similar merits and no prior overseas experience shall have a higher chance of allocation.

  6. For research students, selection will also be based on your School's evaluation/interview.

 

*Available Spots: Each university offers a number of exchange spots each Academic Year. Refer to the Vacancy List via Student Resources for a full run of available spots.

 

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