Resumption of SEP in AY2021/22 Semester 2

13 August 2021

Approval has been received for the Student Exchange Programme (SEP) to resume in most countries in AY2021/22 Semester 2, barring any worsening of the COVID-19 pandemic, and subject to the border control measures of SEP host countries.

To navigate the new normal of international travel, there are a handful of steps the University now requires SEP participants to complete in order to best ensure the health and safety of students, and to align with the latest MOH guidelines and travel advisories. Please check your email for the updates from your Faculty SEP coordinators and complete the procedures required.

The FAQs listed below will help answer some of the most pressing questions you may have. If you require any further assistance, do contact your Faculty SEP coordinators (see list of contacts further down this page). The Global Relations Office can also assist with your questions, and can be contacted via AskGRO.

Frequently Asked Questions

SEP can resume to most countries in AY2021/22 Semester 2, are there any countries where we cannot travel for overseas programmes?

Travel advisories are subject to change. Refer to ICA website for the latest updates.

Do I have to be vaccinated in order to travel for SEP?

Yes, submission of a copy of your vaccination certificate is required before you can embark on any overseas programmes. MOH has revised its travel advisory, to allow residents of Singapore who are fully vaccinated with vaccines authorised under the Pandemic Special Access Route (PSAR) by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) and used under Singapore’s National Vaccination Programme (i.e. Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty and Moderna vaccines) and any vaccine in the World Health Organisation’s Emergency Use Listing (this includes Sinovac-Coronavc, Sinopharm, and AstraZeneca’s Vaccine) may travel overseas. [Updated on 13 Sep 2021]

# Fully vaccinated individuals would have received both doses of the vaccine, with an additional two weeks after the second dose for optimal protection.

What other requirements do I need to fulfil in order to proceed with SEP?

The additional requirements include the completion of the Overseas Travel Preparedness (OTP) module on LumiNUS, submission of a copy of your vaccination certificate, submission of the Risk Acknowledgement and Consent Form and registration with MFA. Please check the email from your faculty SEP coordinators for detailed information.

Can I book my air tickets and confirm my accommodation once I receive the acceptance letter from my SEP host university?

Students should not make any travel or housing arrangements for their SEP before receiving the required visa(s) for their host country. Given the fluidity of the COVID-19 situation, it is advisable to purchase air tickets from full-serviced airlines which have flexible amendment or cancellation policies. Please check the terms and conditions of your air ticket carefully and consider the following:

  • Does the ticket allow for date change?
  • Does the ticket allow for rebooking? What are the rebooking fees?
  • Does the ticket allow for a refund in the case of a cancellation?

With regard to accommodation, please check the terms and conditions of any housing lease carefully before signing. Be aware of the conditions or penalties associated with a change of check-in or check-out dates, or an early lease termination should the COVID-19 pandemic worsen and an early return to Singapore be required.

What if SEP to my SEP host country has to be cancelled? Will I be reimbursed for my expenses?

Students who opted to proceed with SEP in AY2021/22 Semester 2 will bear all costs and expenses incurred in the event that SEP has to be cancelled due to any prevailing law or regulations or government directive or advisory, health and/or safety concerns arising from the COVID-19 situation at the Host Country.

For expenses incurred, students should seek refund from the relevant parties:

1. If it is an expense that the SEP university mandated, please seek a refund from that university using the SEP cancellation email you received from your Faculty.

2. Other expenses such as airfare and accommodation deposits, please seek refund from the respective service provider.

Given the fluidity of the COVID-19 situation, students are advised to purchase air tickets from full-serviced airlines and book accommodation which have flexible amendment or cancellation policies. Please check the terms and conditions of the air ticket and accommodation booking prior to purchase or signing of rental/leasing agreement.

Can I claim for expenses such as COVID-19 tests and quarantine incurred during the travel for SEP?

Students participating in SEP will be fully responsible for any medical fees, travel expenses, quarantine accommodation costs, COVID-19 tests or other costs related to the measures imposed at that point of time, both in the host country and Singapore in relation to COVID-19.

My SEP university is offering me the option of reading their modules online. Is this allowed?

If you are physically on SEP in the SEP host country/region, and your SEP university offers online/hybrid modules due to safety reasons, you may read these online/hybrid modules offered. In such cases, you will qualify for credit transfer/module mapping (subject to mapping approval of the course content by the faculties.  

Is virtual exchange allowed?

No, students are not allowed to participate in virtual exchange with the SEP university while remaining physically in Singapore. Mapping and credit transfer for such modules would not be permitted.  

The decision was arrived at by Provost's Office after consultation with Faculties as virtual exchange does not yield the same benefits as in-person exchange, whereby a student gets to experience a different academic environment, culture, and the opportunity to forge international friendships through interpersonal interactions via shared activities. 

What if I contract COVID-19 when overseas?

You should seek medical treatment, isolate yourself in accordance to the local advisories, notify and keep NUS as well as your SEP host university informed of your condition. 

NUS students on Official NUS Student Trips are covered by the NUS Student Travel Insurance Policy. Expenses for COVID-19 medical treatment is covered under the policy. Please visit for the Summary of Policy Cover. 

You are also strongly encouraged to purchase additional insurance coverage for overseas medical expenses as well as evacuation or repatriation expenses in the unfortunate event that you contract COVID-19.

How should I better prepare myself to travel for SEP?

There is a number of ways you can prepare for your SEP:

  • Keep yourself updated with the COVID-19 situation at your SEP host country through MOH, MFA, the SEP host country Embassy and SEP Host University websites
  • Complete the Overseas Travel Preparedness (OTP) module in LumiNUS by 1 November 2021 (2359 SGT)
  • Register with MFA or your home country’s diplomatic mission prior to departure
  • Download the International SOS app onto your mobile device and subscribe for email alerts of your SEP Host Country
  • Research and familiarise yourself with the border control measures applicable to you for entry to your SEP Host Country (e.g. quarantine and COVID-19 test requirements upon arrival etc.) and pre-book the necessary test or quarantine facility, if necessary
  • Attend the country/region-specific SEP Pre-departure briefing in Oct/Nov 2021 organised by GRO
  • Organise and prepare, in advance, the necessary documents (e.g. vaccination certificate, acceptance letter from Host University, accommodation booking confirmation/receipt etc.) for entry to your Host SEP country

Is travelling for SEP in Sem 2 guaranteed now that MOE has granted approval for overseas programmes to proceed?

Although MOE has granted approval for overseas programmes to proceed in AY2021/22 Sem 2, travel to countries currently classified as higher risk, including Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka is not permitted.

As the COVID-19 situation may change rapidly, the list of higher risk countries may be updated from time to time, affecting the country/region-specific travel advisory. The border control measures of SEP host countries are subject to change depending on the COVID-19 situation in the country. Travel for SEP in AY2021/22 Sem 2 is therefore not guaranteed. 

Students are advised to monitor the travel advisories on MOH website, MFA website and the SEP host country/region Embassy website or visa application centre website (for border control measure, visa issuance restrictions etc.) when planning for SEP travel.

My parents/guardian do not consent me to go on SEP in AY2021/22 Sem 2, can I still go on SEP?

No, parent/guardian consent is one of the eligibility criteria to proceed with AY2021/22 Sem 2. If you have not received the consent from your parent(s)/guardian, you will not be able to proceed with SEP in AY2021/22 Sem 2.

Can I withdraw from SEP now?

We understand that students and parents may be concerned about the risks involved in travelling overseas during a pandemic. Students who decide to withdraw from SEP will be allowed to do so without penalty. Please inform your Faculty as soon as possible so that your application with the SEP university may also be withdrawn.

Your Faculty SEP Coordinators

Your Faculty and Department SEP Coordinators are there to help. Please contact them with regard to resolving specific academic issues (alternative modules/programmes/etc).

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

School of Business

Ms Jessie Toh
Ms Swamy Srividya Narayana (for Real Estate students)

Faculty of Engineering

For general enquiries:
NUS Engineering Exchange (SEP) Mailbox

For enquiries on study plans, please contact your Department coordinator:
Chen Li Hua, Melinda Loo (Biomedical Engineering)
Jasmin Lee (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Yap-Chong Wei Leng, Christina Lim, Sarimah (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
Marsita Sairan (Electrical & Computer Engineering)
Yit Li Ling (Engineering Science Programme)
Steven Chiang (Industrial Systems Engineering & Mgmt)
Karen Ho (Materials Science & Engineering)
Sherlin (Mechanical Engineering)

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Science

School of Design and Environment

Ms Lee Si Min (Dean's Office)
Ms Ng Chin Ting Violet (Dean’s Office)
Ms Lyn Chua (Dept of Architecture)
Ms Evelyn Choy (Dept of the Built Environment)
Ms Nur Nadirah Binte Haron (Division of Industrial Design)

School of Computing

University Scholars Programme