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Field of Study: Social Sciences

Through courses in the Asian studies, humanities, and social sciences divisions of NUS, you can focus on Asia with particular attention to the diverse environment of Southeast Asia. Courses are taught by NUS professors or visiting lecturers and incorporate field trips to bring classroom studies to life.

Unique study opportunities

  • Explore the world of Bollywood cinema in Indian culture and its impact around the world.
  • Study Malay culture and society.
  • Extend your travel into other Asian countries through public health, economics, and Asian studies field  trip courses.
  • Access Asian language courses to complement field trips and enhance cultural immersion. ​


Language of Instruction: English

Language Study: Optional

All instruction is in English. For a more comprehensive learning experience, you can take a relevant Asian language course through the NUS Center for Language Studies. ​

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Two courses for a total of 12 quarter/8 semester UC units.
  • Take all courses for a letter grade.

Current Program Courses

You’ll take two courses — either one field trip course and one regular course or two regular courses. Field trip courses feature a week of travel study to another Asian country which have included Taiwan, Japan, Korea, India, or Indonesia. Courses may include local day trips in Singapore or to a nearby overseas location over a weekend to facilitate your experiential learning outside the classroom.

Catalogs and resources

  • Summer Courses: click on Modules to see the list of available courses through the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses UC students have taken on this program.
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location.

Academic culture

Teachers in Singapore are highly respected, and relationships between students and teachers are different from those at UC. Students are expected to be polite, never confrontational or demanding. At the same time, many professors in Singapore have been trained in US and European universities. If you approach professors after class, you’ll likely find them friendly and interested in helping. If you have a difference of opinion or want to make suggestions, speak respectfully with the professor privately, out of class.


You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Grades for NUS courses are usually based various assessments and class participation. There are no final exams. This is a new program so we do not have an expected time for grades.