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National University of Singapore

3.9 out of 5 (64 ratings / 54 reviews) Singapore, Singapore
The National University of Singapore aspires to be a vital community of academics, researchers, staff, students and alumni working together in a spirit of innovation and enterprise for a better world.



We started out as a modest medical school with 23 students in 1905, founded by a determined group of businessmen led by Tan Jiak Kim, to serve the needs of the local community. Today, more than 100 years on, as Singapore’s flagship university, we continue to be in service of country and society. Learn more about our rich heritage and leaders of this institution.


  • 13 Undergraduate Schools
  • 4 Graduate Schools
  • 57 Bachelor's degrees
  • 52 Second majors
  • 25 Concurrent degrees
  • 35 Joint degrees
  • 70 Double degrees
  • 144 Master's degrees, Doctoral degrees, Graduate diplomas


The National Research Foundation and the Ministry of Education established the Research Centres of Excellence (RCE) in 2007 to spur research excellence in the local universities. NUS is home to three of Singapore’s five RCEs - specialising in quantum technologies, cancer and mechanobiology - and is a partner in a fourth RCE on environmental life sciences and engineering.

  • Cancer Science Institute Of Singapore (Csi Singapore)
  • Centre For Quantum Technologies (Cqt)
  • Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore (Mbi)
  • Singapore Centre On Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (Scelse)

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
34 4
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Student services

  • The Yusof Ishak House (YIH) is a vibrant student hub, housing the NUS Students’ Union (NUSSU) and various societies. 
  • The Centre for Future-ready Graduates (CFG) prepares students to thrive in a world of constant change, ensuring that they are ready for their future careers.
  • The Student Service Centre is the convenient contact point for information on frontline services like academic and administrative matters, student bills as well as student housing applications.
  • The Student Support Services unit promotes a culture of self-care and community care on campus through activities and programmes.

Housing services

Student accommodation on campus gives you a taste of independent living, and our halls of residence, student residences and residential colleges offer you the comforts of “a home away from home” environment. You will also meet new people, participate in social events and forge lifelong friendships.

  • 14 students accommodation options on campus

Library services

  • Central Library
  • Chinese Library
  • C J Koh Law Library
  • Hon Sui Sen Memorial Library
  • Medical Library
  • Music Library
  • Science Library
  • Yale-NUS College Library

Resource Librarians

  • Area Studies
    • Business
    • Design & Environment
    • Reference Management
    • Engineering & Computer Science
    • Humanities
    • Law
    • Medicine, Pharmacy, & Nursing
    • Music
    • Patents
    • Research Data Management
    • Research Impact Measurement
    • Science
    • Social Sciences
    • Yale-NUS College

    ICT services

    IT Care Service Desk

    Medical services

    The University Health Centre has three divisions – Health Service, University Counselling Services, and Wellness Outreach – to tend to the community’s physical and mental well-being. 

    Student Life

    Campus life

    • Bukit Timah Campus houses the Faculty of Law and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. The colonial style buildings date back to 1928 when NUS’ predecessor institution, Raffles College, was established.
    • Outram Campus Located among many of the nation’s key medical institutions, the Outram Campus houses the Duke-NUS Medical School (Duke-NUS).  
    • Kent Ridge Campus main campus since 1980, the sprawling 150-hectare Kent Ridge Campus hosts most of the University’s academic, research and administrative facilities. It is also a bustling hub of student life, with student residences, sports facilities and venues for arts and cultural activities. 

    Sports facilities

    For sports enthusiasts, we have more than 40 types of sports to cater to your sporting pursuits. Interested students may join our NUS varsity sports teams and/or NUS Students’ Sports Club and its member clubs.

    Catch some sporting action at the University Sports Centre on the Kent Ridge Campus which offers a wide range of facilities such as two Olympic-sized swimming pools, an outdoor training pool and an indoor sports hall.

    Student clubs

    • Enablers
    • Enactus 
    • Energy Carta 
    • Engineering Good Student Chapter 
    • English Debate 
    • Entrepreneurship Society 
    • Environmental Law Students Association 
    • Eta Kappa Nu NUS Chapter – Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers 
    • FinFolks 
    •  Food Science and Technology Society 
    • Games Development Group 
    • Geographical Society 
    • German Language Society 
    • Global Engineering Programme 
    • Global Studies Club 
    • Graduate Students’ Society  
    • Hackers’ Interest G

    Student Reviews

    The NUS Pressure Cooker
    Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

    NUS has its many advantages, including a really robust student life and very extensive global network. The academic environment, though, is extremely competitive and stressful. It also struck me a very pragmatic and research-focused institution. It's not a pleasant experience to fight the bell curve for every module, but it has certainly been a blast of four years where so...

    Good Education a right to all
    Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

    In my university there are no faculty, no placements, and no future for a law student

    NUS review
    Anonymous rated 2 out of 5 stars

    I am studying music major in Ying Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at National University of Singapore. The people are warmly welcome and the University's atmosphere are the best place to study. Studying in NUS push me to develop than before.

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