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    National University of Singapore Admission 2021-2022, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

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    Being one of the most diverse and innovative universities, the National University of Singapore aces the list of top universities in Asia and counted among the top 1% institutions in the world. When it comes to studying in Singapore, the National University of Singapore is the first institution that crosses the mind of any international student.
    This is quite evident from the enrollment figures of the latest admission cycle of 2020-2021 when a total of  31,760 and 12,125, respectively, enrolled for undergraduate and graduate programs at NUS, considering its global reputation. At NUS, one gets to choose between a broad spectrum of multidisciplinary programs, which includes 70 joint, concurrent, and double degree programs.

    Now let’s learn what makes the National University of Singapore so special and how studying here can be a life-changing experience.

    • The application period for every academic year starts from October 15 and continues till April.
    • The application for admission is done via the institution’s website for both undergraduate and graduate programs.
    • Applications can be tracked at the university’s application status tracking portal.
    • SAT scores are also accepted as proof of English language proficiency by the University.
    • The application outcome for the Indian applicants is expected to be out by Mid-July.

    NUS Admission Requirements for Top Courses

    Programs Deadlines Basic Academic Requirements
    MBA Semester 1: March 31 TOEFL  100  |  IELTS  6.5  |  GRE  320  |  GMAT  670
    M.Sc Mechanical Engineering

    Semester 1: February 20; Semester 2: August 27

    IELTS  6  |  TOEFL  85  |  GRE  320
    M.Sc Financial Engineering Semester 1: March 31 IELTS  6  |  TOEFL  85  |  GRE  320  |  GMAT  670
    M.Sc Supply Chain Management

    Semester 1: February 20; Semester2: August 27

    IELTS 6 | TOEFL 85 | GRE 320
    M.Sc Civil Engineering

    Semester 1: February 20; Semester 2: August 27

    IELTS  6  |  TOEFL  85  |  GRE  320
    M.Sc Materials Science & Engineering

    Semester 1: February 20; Semester 2: August 27

    IELTS  6  |  TOEFL  85  |  GRE  320
    M.Sc Environmental Engineering

    Semester 1: February 20; Semester 2: August 27

    IELTS  6  |  TOEFL  85  |  GRE  320
    Master Urban Planning Semester 1: January 15 TOEFL  92  |  IELTS  7
    M.Sc Geotechnical Engineering Semester1: February 20 IELTS  6  |  TOEFL  85  |  GRE  320
    Master of Business Administration [E.M.B.A] Semester1: April 15 IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  100  |  GRE  320  |  GMAT  670
    M.Sc Business Analytics Semester 1: January 31 IELTS 6.5 | TOEFL 100 | GRE 320 | GMAT 670
    M.Sc Marketing Analytics and Insights Semester 1: February 28 TOEFL  100  |  IELTS  6.5  |  GRE  320  |  GMAT  670
    Master of Computing Computer Science

    Semester1: March 15; Semester2: September 15

    IELTS  6  |  TOEFL  85  |  GRE  320
    B.B.A Semester 1: March 31 IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  92  |  PTE  62
    B.A English Language Semester 1: March 31 IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  92  |  PTE  62
    B.A Economics Semester 1: March 31 IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  92  |  PTE  62

    National University of Singapore Admission Deadlines

    The application process of the National University of Singapore for the academic year 2021-22 has closed. The application deadline day for the undergraduate courses offered by the university is country wise. The graduate courses have separate deadlines as per the course.

    The table below shows the country-wise application closing date:

    Country/Board Application Closing Date Document Submission Deadline Admission Decision to be Out by
    Indonesia/Vietnam
    Unified examination certificate
    January 1, 2021 January 4, 2021 Middle of May
    All 12th qualifications except ISC, CBSE and state boards February 28, 2021 March 3, 2021 May-June
    All ISC, CBSE and state boards March 31, 2021 April 3, 2021 Middle of July

    Check Admission deadlines for other top universities in Singapore

    National University of Singapore Undergraduate Admissions

    International students account for almost 32% of the total student population of NUS. The university has streamlined its process for admissions to make it a hassle-free experience for students. Before signing up and creating an account to make an online application for undergraduate courses go through the below-mentioned points:

    • Do thorough research on the programs offered at NUS and choose the course that best suits your academic interests.
    • Have a look at the admission requirements and application deadlines and See if you meet subject-specific requirements for the chosen course
    • Pay an application fee of 20 SGD and generate an 8-digit PIN in order to log in to ‘Online Application Status Facility’ and track the progress of your application.

    Admission Requirements:

    • Personal Details: Full name as it appears in the passport and a valid email address.
      Academic Details: You will be required to mention whether you have completed class 12 final examination or not. In case if the class 12 results are unavailable, you will be required to share the results of class 11.
    • Additional Test Scores: You may provide scores of any of the standardized tests to study in Singapore, such as MUET, SAT, Cambridge English, TOEFL, AP. Submission of standardized test scores is not compulsory, however, may be used to further enhance your application.
    • University or Tertiary Education Details: In case if you have attained any previous degree from any other tertiary institution, you will be required to provide the academic results.
    • Previous Achievements: Although it is optional to provide any information related to your outstanding accomplishments, it is recommended that you do mention it t boost your application further. This primarily includes details related to:
      • participation in any International Science Olympiad
      • engagement in activities at the national or international level
      • Personal statement giving a brief insight into your academic and other accomplishments.
    • Health-related Information: You will be required to mention health or mental conditions, or mental or physical disability if you have any. Also, you need to mention drug or food allergy, if you have any.
    • Criminal Record: Furthermore, you will be required to mention if you hold any previous criminal record.
    • Financial Aid and Tuition Grant: You will be required to mention if you are seeking any scholarship to study at NUS or tuition grant and make a separate application accordingly.

    Upload the following supporting documents:

    • High School Exam mark sheet
    • Academic transcripts
    • Copy of additional score report (if scores are indicated in the application form), such as. IELTS, TOEFL, SAT and SAT Subjects, AP, ACT, C1 Advanced or EL1119
    • Copy of Passport,  Birth Certificate or Identification Card
    • Copy of International Science Olympiad award certificate (if applicable)
    • Copy of medical report(s) if you have or had any major illnesses or disabilities (if applicable)
    • Copy of criminal record(s) (if applicable).

    Subject-wise Academic Requirement

    Applicants must have passed Class XII or equivalent with the relevant subject as per the course they are applying for. Some of the popular programs and subject requirement is tabulated below

    Program Subject Requirement
    Architecture Chemistry/Mathematics/Physics/Physical Science
    Engineering Courses Mathematics and Physics or Chemistry
    Dentistry Chemistry and either Physics or Biology
    Engineering Science Mathematics and Physics
    Law A high level of proficiency in English
    Medicine Chemistry and Biology or Physics

    National University of Singapore Admission Criteria for Indian Students

    Indian students seeking admission into undergraduate programs at the National University of Singapore need to meet the admission criteria as tabulated below:

    Requirements for Indian UG Students Students with a high school certificate
    Minimum Requirement Results of Indian Std. 12 exams (state or other board exams) with good grades in 5 subjects including English
    ACT or SAT scores Required
    English Proficiency Test Scores Not Required
    Course Eligibility Eligible for all courses on meeting admission requirements
    NUS application deadline March 31, 2021

    For admission into postgraduate courses at the National University of Singapore, Indian students are supposed to meet the following admission criteria depending upon the chosen course:

    Requirements for Indian PG Students Students with a recognized bachelor’s degree
    Minimum Requirement A good bachelor's or honors degree
    GRE scores Required; 320 (verbal & quantitative) and 3.5 (analytical)
    GMAT scores Required; 650+
    GATE scores* Acceptable for Indian students; 90 percentile
    English Proficiency Test Scores TOEFL/ IELTS
    Course Eligibility Eligible for all courses on meeting admission requirements
    NUS application deadline varies

    *For Indian students, the National University of Singapore offers admission through GATE, giving Indian students an additional benefit. They can submit the GATE scores in lieu of GRE or GMAT scores.

    NUS English Language Requirements for International Students

    International student hailing from non-English speaking countries need to demonstrate proficiency in the English language by submitting scores of one of the tests mentioned in the table below. However, students with formal education in English are exempted from providing the English language test scores.

    English Proficiency Test Minimum Acceptable Scores
    IELTS 6.5
    TOEFL Internet-based TOEFL: 92-93; Paper-based TOEFL: 580
    PTE Academic 62
    MUET 200
    C1 Advanced / Cambridge English: Advanced 180
    EL1119 C6

    Student Visa for International Students

    International students will be required to obtain a student pass to study in Singapore. A visa is called “Pass” in Singapore. Application for Student pass must be made at least a month before the start of the academic year. General requirements to obtain a student visa to study in Singapore are mentioned below.

    • A valid passport
    • Letter of acceptance from the university.
    • A printed copy of e-form and form V36.
    • GRE, GMAT, TOEFL and IELTS scores(if required for the course).
    • An application fee of 22 SGD and 44 SGD.
    • All academic transcripts, including high school and/or undergraduate courses.
    • Birth certificate proof.
    • Proof of financial capability

    National University of Singapore Graduate Admissions

    The National University of Singapore has a huge number of graduate courses which include Masters in Business, Science, Technology, etc.

    Where to Apply: Online MBA Portal, and for other courses visit official Website

    A few of the popular courses at NUS along with the requirements, deadlines, and application fees are mentioned below:

    Requirements MBA MSc. in Business Analytics Masters in Computer Science Masters in Artificial Intelligence Masters in Information Systems
    Application Fee 50 SGD 50 SGD 50 SGD 50 SGD 50 SGD
    Academic Requirement Any bachelor’s degree of minimum three years duration Any bachelor’s degree of minimum three years duration A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field; Electronic Commerce/ Engineering/ Economics/ Statistics/ Mathematics students may also apply A bachelor’s degree with Hons. in a related field A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field; Electronic Commerce/ Engineering/ Economics/ Statistics/ Mathematics students may also apply
    Academic transcripts Required Required Required Required Required
    Standardized Test Scores Required; both GRE and GMAT acceptable Required; both GRE and GMAT acceptable GRE score: 320 (verbal & quantitative) and 3.5 (analytical), or GMAT score: 650 and above; Indian applicants may submit GATE scores GRE score: 320 (verbal & quantitative) and 3.5 (analytical), or GMAT score: 650 and above; Indian applicants may submit GATE scores GRE score: 320 (verbal & quantitative) and 3.5 (analytical), or GMAT score: 650 and above; Indian applicants may submit GATE scores
    English Proficiency Score iBT: 100; IELTS: 6.5   iBT: 100; IELTS: 6.5 iBT: 90; IELTS: 6.0 iBT: 90; IELTS: 6.0 iBT: 90; IELTS: 6.0
    Letter of Recommendation 2 academic references 2 references (academic/employer) At least 1 academic reference At least 1 academic reference At least 1 academic reference
    Statement of Purpose/ Personal Statement Required (3 essay questions); video may be uploaded Required (3 essay questions); video may be uploaded Required (3 essay questions); video may be uploaded Required (3 essay questions); video may be uploaded Required (3 essay questions); video may be uploaded
    Resume or CV Required Required Not Required Not Required Not Required
    Admission Interview By invitation only Not Required Not Required Not Required Not Required
    Work Experience A minimum of  2 years A minimum of  2 years Not Required Not Required Not Required

    The selection process at the National University Singapore is very clear and considerably difficult due to the high number of applicants and less number of seats. The selection process of the university is entirely based on the academic qualifications of the applicants, and the marks scored in the proficiency and academic test required to study in Singapore.

    FAQs

    Ques: Is the National University of Singapore good?

    Ans: NUS is the #1 university in Asia due to its comprehensive programs and quality of research conducted. Presently, it is ranked at #7 for Engineering courses and also in the top 10 universities for social sciences & management.

    Ques: Is NUS better than IIT?

    Ans: Being the #1 university in Asia, NUS is obviously much better than IIT in terms of academics and reputation if one can afford the expenses of studying in Singapore.

    Ques: How can I get admission to the National University of Singapore?

    Ans: NUS requires international students to take GMAT/GRE as per the program requirements and also IELTS/ TOEFL for non-native English speakers. Indian students can apply by submitting GATE scores too. Additionally, all students are required to submit SOP and recommendations.

    Ques: How hard is it to get into the National University of Singapore?

    Ans: NUS is highly competitive and receives thousands of applications especially from Asian countries. NUS primarily values academic aptitude, LORs, the intent behind pursuing the program, and participation in extracurricular activities. 

    Ques: What is the acceptance rate for NUS?

    Ans: NUS is highly selective with an acceptance rate of 5%.

    Ques: Does the National University of Singapore require GRE?

    Ans: Submitting GRE scores are not mandatory to get into NUS, however, highly recommended to strengthen the application further.

    Ques: Does the National University of Singapore accept GATE scores?

    Ans: Yes, Indian students can get into NUS by submitting GATE scores.

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    Ques. Which is better: IISc, Bangalore or NUS, Singapore?

    ● Top Answer By Ayush Gupta on 14 Aug 20

    Ans. In terms of the world ranking, IISc is way behind from NUS. In QS world ranking IISc is ranked at 185th position whereas NUS is at 11th position. NUS covers a wide variety of courses like Business, Arts and Social Sciences, Computing, Dentistry, Design and environment, Duke-NUS Medical School, Engineering, Integrative Sciences and Engineering, Law, Music, Public Health, Public Policy, etc. Whereas in IISC there are two centers- Science and Engineering. Both of them provide undergraduate, postgraduate, and Ph.D. programs. IISC mainly focuses on research work and provides only BS degrees at the bachelor level. NTU also has limited courses at bachelor level like Biology, Chemistry, Physics, etc. NTU has good professors and has much better infrastructure, facilities, and global exposure. Because of this, the fee is very high in NUS if compared with IISc. The students are expected to deliver rather than understanding the basics. They have to study advanced subjects in the first semester itself at NUT. IISc is best if you want to stay in India. But if you want global exposure then go for NUS.Read more
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    Known as the most reputable college in my country. It is also referred to as the best college for the degree I chose to pursue, under the Department of Science. Felt more attached to this college than others in Singapore too.

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