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Want to study engineering in Asia - in English? Experience cultures and food from around the world? Then Singapore is your city!
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is a research-intensive university with globally-acknowledged strengths in science and engineering. ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) 2017 by the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, NTU College of Engineering has rankings of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (6th globally and 1st in Asia), Telecommunication Engineering (3rd globally and 2nd in Asia), and Automation and Control (17th globally and 2nd in Asia) – all subject programmes offered in NTU’s School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
Courses are in English unless otherwise specified.
This exchange program is College of Engineering (ENGR) specific, meaning only undergraduate ENGR students may participate. NTU and Pitt are members of Global E3, an exchange consortium of over 60 Engineering Schools from around the world. This consortium is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). For more information about the university, see the Global E3 NTU website and the NTU website
NTU accepts students for Fall, Spring or Academic Year
As an active and engaged participant on this program, you will have the opportunity to develop:
- the ability to succeed independently in a foreign education environment.
- non-US based perspectives on your field of study and/or future career path.
- a global network of peers in similar fields of study and connections with faculty in Singapore.
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Singapore is a cosmopolitan country located strategically and centrally at the southern tip of the Malay Archipelago. Known as the “Garden City,” it boasts green and clean surroundings rivaled by few other modern cities and is home to more than 4 million people of various ethnic backgrounds - mainly Chinese, Malay, and Indian.
Singapore is the busiest port in the world. With over 600 shipping lines, it sends super tankers, container ships, and passenger liners into busy waters along with coastal fishing vessels and wooden lighters. In addition, Singapore is one of the world's major oil refining and distribution centers, a major supplier of electronic components, and a leader in shipbuilding and repairing. With more than 130 banks, it has become one of the most important financial centers of Asia; business dealings are facilitated by Singapore's superb communications network, which links the nation to the rest of the world via satellite and 24-hour telegraph and telephone systems.
English is the language of business and administration in Singapore. It is also the language of instruction in schools and at NTU. Most Singaporeans are multilingual, speaking English and at least one other language – usually Mandarin, Malay, or Tamil.
Being a food paradise, Singapore has a wide variety of Asian and Western cuisine, which can be found everywhere from food centers to expensive restaurants. There are ample opportunities for foodies to savor both local and international cuisine.
Upon acceptance as an exchange student (for study only), you may apply for on-campus housing through the Exchange Student Portal. NTU cannot guarantee the availability of on-campus housing. Students unsuccessful in their application for on-campus accommodation will be assisted with finding off-campus housing at hostels located near NTU.
Please refer to the GE3 NTU specific website for more information.
Use the links below to see if the specific departments offer the types of courses you would like to take while studying abroad. We suggest you review courses available with yoru Academic Advisor prior to applying to the program.
- School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
- School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
- School of Computer Engineering
- School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- School of Materials Science and Engineering
- School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
- SSoE student in good standing
- Minimum 2.75 GPA for engineering students
- For the NTU, students must have a B average
- Sophomore standing or higher
- All courses must be approved by the Faculty Director of your department in the Swanson School of Engineering. A course approval form must be completed and submitted to SSoE’s Engineering International Initiatives Office.
- Additionally, for the purpose of full-time status here at Pitt, students should be prepared to take what is equivalent to at least 12 Pitt credit hours.
- Courses taken at NTU will be treated as transfer credits and will be marked as pass/fail (S/NC) on a Pitt student's transcript. In other words, transfer credits will not affect your Pitt GPA. However, students must receive a C grade or higher in order for the credits to transfer. Actual grades earned will appear on the transcript from the exchange university.
- Language Requirements: Non-native English speakers may be required to show evidence of English proficiency.
- Unless otherwise listed, courses are taught in English.
For information about the grading scale at NTU, please see the Global E3 website.
In order to gain Pitt credit, you must receive a C or higher for each course you will transfer back to Pitt for credit.
Transcripts: Please request that your university send a hardcopy to the Engineering International Initiatives Office. Make sure that you follow their instructions on how to ensure that an official copy of your grades are received. Hardcopies should be sent the following address: International Engineering Initiatives, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 152 Benedum Hall, 3700 O’Hara Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, USA.
Exchange university transcripts typically do not arrive from the exchange university until 3 to 4 months after the end of exchange period. Therefore, Pitt students should be mindful of how this may affect their ability to graduate, especially when exchanging during one's senior year. Another consideration is how this may affect your financial aid package, as the S/NC grades are not posted until transcripts are received.
Pitt students participating on an exchange program will pay regular Pitt tuition and fees, according to their in-state or out-of-state residency status. In addition to the Study Abroad Administrative Fee, this also includes all Mandatory Fees, such as the Student Activity Fee, Wellness Fee, Computing and Network Services Fee, and the Security, Safety, and Transportation Fee.
Pitt Students on financial aid and/or tuition scholarships will need to consult the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid or respective entity providing the funds to confirm coverage for study abroad.
For global scholarship opportunities, check out:
- the Pitt GEO scholarship page for links to national, provider and private scholarship samples
- PittFund$Me for Pitt sponsored funding including Pitt wide global scholarships, Nationality Rooms, VIH, etc.
- PittFund$Me for the SSOE Global Experience Scholarships!
Pitt students enroll at NTU for either a full semester (fall or spring) or a full academic year (two full semesters). NTU’s calendar may differ from Pitt's normal fall (August through December) and spring (January through April) semesters, so Pitt students should check the academic calendar at the exchange university. Like Pitt, NTU’s academic calendar follows a Fall-Spring progression, meaning Fall is the first semester followed by the Spring semester as the second. Typically, NTU’s semesters are: Fall (Semester 1): early August to early December & Spring (Semester 2): early January to early May
You must first be accepted by the Swanson School of Engineering International Initiatives Office, then you will be directed to apply to Global E3. (Typically SSoE application deadlines are late September for Spring and early February for Fall.) A formal nomination from SSoE Engineering International Initiatives is required for Pitt students to be recognized as an exchange student at NTU. Therefore, Pitt students must complete all necessary Pitt steps in addition to NTU's requirements. In other words, acceptance by Pitt Engineering International Initiatives does not guarantee acceptance by the exchange university.
Prior to being accepted, please visit the Global E3 website and read the application instructions and application deadlines. (In the past, Global E3 application deadlines have been October 1st for spring semester programs and March 1st for fall semester programs.)
Each university might have an additional application. Please refer to the Global E3 NTU specific website for details.
- SSoE student in good standing
- Minimum 2.75 GPA for engineering students
- For the University of NTU, Students must have the equivalent of a B average.
- Sophomore standing or higher
Questions about funding? Check out our funding pages and note that SSoE has funding specifically for engineering students! There are many other national scholarships you can review. One place to is the Institute of International Education website.
- Fall (Semester 1): early August to early December
- Spring (Semester 2): early January to early May
The University of Pittsburgh provides comprehensive health insurance as a part of studying abroad. More information about the type of insurance and coverage will be provided to you by the Engineering International Initiatives office. However, you may need to purchase additional insurance if the school you will attend requires you to purchase a specific health insurance per their regulations. It is your responsibility to ensure you know the cost of that insurance prior to committing to the program.
In order to study as a student in specific countries, a visa is required. A visa is formal endorsement by the host country to grant permission for an individual to enter, live or stay in that country for a specific purpose and period. In addition to a visa, some host countries may require a residency permit upon arrival.
For those without the host country’s nationality, students may need to obtain a student visa to study on this exchange. Pitt students should also research the visa and/or permit process through the specified country consulate website.
In general visa application requirements may include but are not limited to the following requirements:
- Visa application
- Valid Passport
- Verification of acceptance from sponsoring university (exchange university)
- Financial Documents, such as bank statements, tax documents or pay statements.
- Passport photos
- Application fee
- Medical/physical examination (likely to require a doctor's appointment so plan accordingly)