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Amherst-Yale-NUS College Exchange Program

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Amherst-Yale-NUS College Exchange Program

Amherst has a bilateral student exchange with Yale-NUS College in Singapore. This new liberal arts college is a joint effort between Yale University and the National University of Singapore (NUS). Amherst students may spend one semester taking liberal arts courses with and living in residences alongside Yale-NUS students. Pending availability at NUS, students may enroll in one course at NUS assuming all pre-requisites are met and the course works in the student's schedule. The brand new Yale-NUS campus is adjacent to University Town - or UTown - of the National University of Singapore. (Accepted students will be billed the Amherst College comprehensive fee for the semester and the student health insurance, plus they will receive a credit for non-billed expenses and airfare, up to a certain amount. Non-billed expenses are books, local transportation, personal expenses, visa fees, and meals not covered by the Yale-NUS meal plan.)

Check out this YouTube video from Yale-NUS about study abroad!

We invite students to submit an application to Yale-NUS if it is your first-choice program. We assume that, if admitted, an offer will be accepted. To apply, please follow the instructions below. All materials should be submitted to Dean Janna Behrens, AC 2295 by the deadline. The faculty Committee on Global Education will review and nominate students to Yale-NUS for the exchange.

  1. Complete the Yale-NUS Visiting Student Application. For this application, you will need to make a preliminary course selection (courses subject to change) based on the course offerings in packet. 
  2. Write a personal statement not to exceed three pages that addresses the following questions:
    -  How does a semester with this program relate to your academic goals?
    -  How does it relate to your long-term plans?
    -  Do you have any academic coursework and/or personal experiences that will prepare you for a semester in Singapore?
  3. Request an official transcript from the Registrar's website be sent to Dean Janna Behrens, AC 2295.
  4. Submit your Intent to Study Away (if you haven't already).
  5. Request one faculty recommendation supporting your application to be delivered by the deadline to Dean Janna Behrens, AC 2295 or jbehrens@amherst.edu.

These application materials and steps are due Friday, February 15, 2019 to the Global Education Office, 102 Keefe Campus Center (AC 2295).

Language(s) of instruction available: English
Language pre-requisites: None
Academic specialties: Environmental Studies, General university subjects, STEM
Terms of study: Semester
Amherst approved: Yes
Program type: University-based program
Housing: Dorm with local students
"I really did become more independent and resourceful in ways I could not have imagined. I learned to navigate a new city (I never bought a data plan for my iphone, so I *really* got to know the city well) and more unexpectedly, I got to understand so many minor and almost imperceptible cultural nuances and differences. Most of this came from living with and being in class with students not just from Singapore but from all over the world (40% of YNC is international). It took me a while to really feel like I had made strong and genuine friendships with students there. Those friends are now some of my best friends and a reason I would actually consider living in Singapore in the future. I will say that there were 6 other exchange students who arrived for the spring semester with me (from the U.S., Italy, Netherlands, and France) and those were my main friends until about the second month when I finally began to feel like I had true Singaporean friends. Something unexpected was the network of Amherst alums in Singapore and how welcoming and inclusive they were to me. We were invited to hang out with them and attend their events, which was an incredible and wonderful surprise. There was even a Dean's Fellow and a Professor (Matt Walker! Love him!!) who were both Amherst alums."
-Natasha Kim '18