Semester Study



With over 350 partner universities in more than 40 countries to choose from, you can look forward to experiencing life and studies at a premier partner university in the Americas, Europe, Oceania and Asia.


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Semester Study

Duration:​​Semester-long (3 – 4 months, depending on host university's academic calendar)
Applicable for:  Eligible Undergraduates (UG)
Fees:  Tuition fees to NTU as per normal 
(except host universities with special partial fee-paying arrangements with NTU^)
Credits:    Credits earned can be counted to your NTU degree programme. 
Only for courses approved by NTU School coordinator.
Programme:  Academic + Ambassadorial

Study in an overseas partner university for a full semester and broaden your learning experiences as well as develop a global perspective academically, culturally and socially. The Semester Study programme has two components which all students must satisfy when they go on exchange.

You must meet all academic criteria to complete your courses as set by your host university. This includes regular class attendance, course assignments and examinations, and staying the full duration of your course. Students are not allowed to arrive later or return earlier than the host university's advised dates.

Speak to local students! While on exchange, you should actively participate in outreach activities or events (if any) that promote NTU as a destination for exchange. Find out more here.


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As an exchange programme, tuition fees are paid to NTU as per normal. You do not have to pay tuition to host universities unless they have a special partial fee-paying agreement.

^For example, if you opt to go to the Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT), UCLA, or University of Melbourne, you may be required to pay a partial tuition fee to the host university on top of your tuition fee to NTU. This is due to a special immersion programme agreement between NTU and each university.


Other fees that the host university may require from you:

  • Administration fee
  • Medical examination
  • Health Insurance
  • On-campus housing
  • Misc. fees


Go to:

  • Cost – estimate of all costs of studying and living abroad.
  • Scholarships & Funding – look up scholarships and grants that can assist your exchange.


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Before applying to GEM Explorer, you will need to research your own suitability to take on the entire exchange programme. ​This will help to prevent the likelihood of having to withdraw from the programme should you realise you are not financially suitable or are not able to take enough courses at your host university.

Start with the following:

  • Eligibility

  • Cost

  • Suitability to chosen partner universities (see below)            


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Selecting Universities and Courses

You are required to research if a partner university is suitable for you in terms of academic requirements, available courses, and finances.

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How to start selecting courses?

  • CourseFinder - List of past approved courses taken by past Explorer students.

  • Look for courses at the partner university which have equivalents, or "matches", in NTU. Only courses which are deemed as a "match" by an NTU School Exchange Coordinator can be considered for credit transfer.

  • Look at your current study plan in NTU. Determine if you have the flexibility to take a mix of core and elective courses for your exchange semester.If you can, it is good to take on electives for your exchange semester in case of course changes at the partner university.

​Where can you go?

Are there restrictions from NTU?

  • Check your NTU School for any requirements or recommended course loads for outgoing exchange students.

  • If the partner's academic calendar clashes with NTU's, check with your NTU School Exchange Coordinator if you can still apply for the partner university.



​Are there restrictions from the partner university?

  • Even if you are eligible for GEM Explorer, you still must check if you are eligible to enrol at the partner university. Check the partner university's website for min. requirements on CGPA or min. period of completed study, etc.

  • Partner University Info Sheet gives you partner information at a glance.

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Need help getting started?





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​Still have questions? Send us a direct email here.​

**Do not contact exchange partners directly until you have been successfully allocated an exchange spot to a host university.**


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