Special Term

The Registrar's Office manages the application of incoming overseas Non-Graduating (NG) students who are interested in reading one or two modules at NUS in each or both parts of the Special Term. The Office also manages the application of Returning National Servicemen (RNSmen) who have places reserved for them in NUS to register for studies earlier, if they wish, during the Special Terms.

Notice: The information below on the Special Term only pertain to RNSMen and NG students. If you are an Undergraduate or Graduate Student, please refer to the Special Term website instead.

NUS has made the difficult decision of a partial suspension of the Non-Graduating Programme. Additional information is available here.


All interested students are required to apply online via the NUS Online Application Portal. Please refer to the user guide before submitting an application.

A student is allowed to register for a maximum of two modules in each part of the Special Term. A student can choose to register for modules for only one part instead of both parts of the Special Term (i.e. Part 1 or Part 2).

Returning National Servicemen who will be registering as undergraduate students in the coming July/August, please read this set of application instructions before applying.

Non-Graduating Exchange students must obtain formal approval from their home university (student exchange coordinator) to join NUS prior to submitting an online application. Exchange applications will only be accepted on the basis of official nominations from partner university.

Non-Graduating Non-Exchange students are required to print out a copy of the completed online application form and send it along with the required hard copy supporting documents (refer to checklist here) well in advance of our submission deadlines below.

Intake Submission Deadline for Online Application Submission Deadline for Supporting Documents
NUS Special Term
(May - July)
1 February to 1 March 15 March

Outcome of Module Registration

You will be notified of the application outcome in the 3rd week of April.

Returning National Servicemen who will be matriculating as undergraduate students in the coming July/August can refer to the applicable fees here.

If you are a Non-Graduating Exchange student, your tuition fee is waived but you are required to pay for the Miscellaneous Student Fees.

If you are a Non-Graduating Non-Exchange student, you are required to pay tuition/research fees as well as the Miscellaneous Student Fees as set out in the table below.

All fees listed below are applicable for intakes to both parts of Special Term in Academic Year 2020/2021.

For modules in the following Faculties/Schools Tuition fee per module
(per semester)
Arts & Social Sciences
Design and Environment (Building, Real Estate)
Business (except MBA) S$3,225
Design and Environment (Industrial Design)
Science (except Pharmacy)
Design and Environment (Architecture) S$3,905
Law S$3,830
Public Health (graduate modules only)
Music S$12,155
Nursing S$3,725
Public Policy S$4,416
Science (Pharmacy) S$3,810
For modules in the following Programmes/Residential Colleges/Teaching Units Tuition fee per module
(per semester)
Centre for English Language Communication
Tembusu College
Master of Business Administration (MBA) S$4,000
Research Project/Attachment Research fee
(per semester or part thereof)
All nationalities S$1,250
For modules in the following Faculties/Schools Tuition fee per module (per semester)
Miscellaneous Student Fees (MSFs) [MSF = SSF + HSF] Amount (per semester)
Student Services Fee (SSF) (Non-Exchange) S$38.52
Student Services Fee (SSF) (Exchange) S$31.58
Health Service Fee (HSF) S$34.20


  1. All fees shown here are inclusive of prevailing GST.
  2. Audited modules are charged as per table above.
  3. If the study period ends in Semester 1 or part thereof of the following academic year, Miscellaneous Student Fees and Tuition Fee (if applicable) for Semester 1 shall be payable.
  4. Fees may be subject to revision from time to time.
  5. Late payment charge of S$25 will be imposed for any outstanding fees after payment due date.

Applicants offered a place in the Non-Graduating Programme are required to register in person at NUS. Registration takes place at NUS Registrar’s Office in the week before the commencement of each part of the Special Term.

Students in summer programmes should refer to their offer letter for the registration schedule.

For questions related to Non-Graduating Exchange and Non-Exchange, click here.
For questions related to Returning National Servicemen, click here.

Email: nghelp@nus.edu.sg
Telephone: (65) 6516 1476
Operation Hours; 8:30am - 6:00pm (Monday to Thursday) and 8:30am - 5:30pm (Friday)
Closed on Public Holiday, Saturday and Sunday