Eligibility and Application



Student programme category Application period for Exchange Period of Exchange
LLB Year 2 Semester one Year 3 Semester one, Semester two or full year
3-yr JD Year 2 Semester one Year 3 Semester two only*
Law-MPP Year 2 Semester one Year 3 Semester one only
Law-USP Year 2 Semester one Year 3 Semester one or Semester two only
Yale-NUS BA-LLB Year 3 Semester one
(to apply with Law)
Year 4 Semester two only (to participate in exchange under Law faculty)
DDP students Year 3 (to apply with partner faculty) Year 4 Semester one or two only (to participate in exchange under partner faculty)

English Language Requirement:

Some partner universities (PU), may require students to fulfill IELTS/TOEFL requirement and this is especially so for exchange to UK PUs. IELTS/TOEFL will be at student's own additional cost.

Chinese Language Requirement:

Students who wish to opt for an exchange programme at a partner university in China and/or Taiwan would need to fulfill one of the following prerequisites:

» minimum Grade B4 in Higher Chinese at GCE 'O' level; or
» minimum Grade B in H1 or H2 Chinese at GCE 'A' level; or
» minimum Grade 4 in SL Chinese for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Students may also need to undergo an interview and if selected for exchange at a partner university in China, will be required to read LL4009V Modern Chinese Law & Legal Chinese module in Semester 1. (Note: the exchange period for Chinese partner universities is in Semester 2).

CAP requirement:

Some PUs may indicate minimum CAP as admission requirements. While CAP is not applicable for law students, you may use it as an indicative standard that the PU expects students to have in order to be accepted for exchange.

Current Scholarship holders

If you are currently a scholarship holder, please ensure to check your scholarship handbooks on your eligibility to participate in the overseas programme. NUS scholarship holders can write in to the Office of Financial Aid (OFA) via the enquiry portal at https://www.askadmissions.nus.edu.sg if you have any queries pertaining to your eligibility to participate in overseas programmes.

*Important note for JD students

i) Implication on Graduation and Academic Prizes

JD students may only go on exchange in Year 3 Semester two, which is your final semester. As partner universities (PU) have varying semester start/end dates, depending on when your SEP results from PU are released, you can expect a risk that you may not graduate in time with your cohort in June/July.

To be in time for June degree conferment and to attend July Commencement ceremony, your SEP results from PU must be available to NUS by early/mid May.

If you miss the June degree conferment, the next degree conferment would be end of August. To qualify for August degree conferment, your SEP results must be available to NUS no later than first week of July. However, you will then only be eligible to attend Commencement ceremony in the following year and will not be considered for Academic Prizes.

ii) Implication on Enrolment for Part B at SILE

The Part B course normally starts in mid-July each year. Students must have graduated with the JD in order to be eligible for the Part B course. In view of possible late degree conferment, NUS Law will try to work with SILE to allow students to apply and enroll for Part B provisionally, subject to receiving certification from NUS by July that students have passed the JD. NUS Law may request for the PU to send us early notification of your results as soon as they are available so that NUS is in a position to issue this certification within the deadline (which SILE has stressed is a strict deadline). However, students should note that SILE is not obliged to agree nor is PU obliged to provide early notification of your results. These arrangements may allow students to enroll for Part B in their graduation year.

However, students should note that there is a chance that even with the above arrangements, the information from the PU may not be received in time for NUS to meet SILE's 'end of July' deadline. In that event, students may have to withdraw from SILE, forfeit some fees and enroll for Part B the following year. The risk may be small but it does exist.

As such, JD students who wish to go on exchange are strongly advised to select PUs whose semester and exams end early, by early April or no later than mid-May, for June and Aug degree conferment respectively This timeline is on the assumption that PUs takes about a month or so to process results from end of semester. It is the responsibility of students to do their own research for information on PUs you are interested and consider the implications set out above before putting down your PU choices in the SEP application. By accepting an SEP place (if allocated), it is deemed that you accept the risk and implications as mentioned above.


Application through EduRec

» Applications should be made via EduRec Login > Self-Service > Global Education > External Study Application > "Faculty of Law SEP AY2023/2024". Please use your NUSNET ID (xxx@u.nus.edu) as the USER ID (just key in xxx) and NUSNET password as PASSWORD. The guide for student programme application can be found HERE.
» You can choose up to a maximum of 10 partner universities. Please rank in order of preference and select/indicate the period of exchange accordingly. If you do not mind being allocated a place in any semester for any PU, you may just enter the PU once and select either 'NUS Sem 1' or 'NUS Sem 2', but please indicate clearly under the 'Additional Information' section 'Name of PU - any semester'.

Note: Due to limited available places and the need to roughly balance outgoing numbers in each semesters, should there be an overwhelming preference for a particular semester, you may not be allocated a slot. Thus, if you are willing to consider either semester, you are strongly advised to do so and indicate clearly in your application.
» YNC students are to consult and obtain approval from YNC office on your partner university choices before submitting your application to Law. Considerations should include checking that your PU choices offer a good number of combine law/arts modules in order to meet your curriculum requirement. No changes will be entertained once application is submitted.
» Students who wish to opt for an exchange programme at a partner university in China and/or Taiwan, please upload via EduRec a copy of your results for Chinese subject as indicated in the requirements above (see point 1) during application via EduRec.
» The application through EduRec opens from Friday, 21 October 2022 and closes on Monday 5 December 2022, 2359hrs.

Submission of Personal Statement and Referee Contact

» In your submission, you will need to:
a. Upload a Personal Statement of not more than 600 words explaining, inter alia, 1) Why you would like to go on exchange; 2) Particular school or region you would like to go to and 3) Why you should be selected.
b. Indicate a name and contact email address of an academic referee in your personal statement, whom the faculty can contact where need arises. Your referee should be an academic of NUS Law (adjunct included) whom you have sought consent to be your referee.

Short Listing, Selection, Offer and Acceptance

» You will be informed if you have been shortlisted and may be required to attend an interview in mid January 2023. Please ensure that you check your NUS email account on a regular basis.
» The selection criteria will be based on your academic grades. Your personal statement will also be taken into account and, where necessary, your performance at the interview (if any).
» Offer/Reject period will be around end January 2023. Accept/Reject Offer period will be opened for a duration of 3 days (72hrs) only from the date of offer. Request for extension to consider offer of places will not be entertained. Students are presumed to have considered all factors, including financial means/budget, when placing your choices in your application.
» Withdrawal from exchange after acceptance is STRONGLY discouraged. Any request may be reviewed on a case-by-case basis if there are extenuating circumstances. A penalty fee of $500 will be imposed on withdrawals without good reasons.

Application to Partner University


After you have accepted the offer from the faculty, you will be nominated as an exchange student to the partner university. More information on partner university's application procedures, required documents and deadlines will be provided in due course. Students are expected to read necessary information and requirements of the PU including any requirements for IETLS/TOEFL and ensure that relevant arrangements are made to fulfill requirements. Academic reference letters may be required by PU and students are advised to waive your right of access to the recommendation letter.

Note that official acceptance is subject to the partner university reviewing your exchange application and it is expected that students keep up their NUS grades for subsequent semesters prior to the exchange period.


Application to NUS Overseas College (NOC) Programmes


Law students on 4-year LLB programme are allowed to go on NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) programmes. There is no restriction for students who wish to participate in both SEP and NOC. Application to NOC is subject to NOC's selection and approval. As most modules at NOC are largely non-laws, note that only limited credits can count towards LLB degree requirements. Please note the following:

As with the rule that LLB students can take up to 12MC non-law modules within candidature, students may credit transfer up to 12MC non-law modules completed at NOC (provided you will or have not completed any non-law modules at NUS or credit transfer any during SEP) towards the LLB degree requirement. All other credits completed at NOC do not count towards LLB degree requirement.
Request to credit transfer law elective (if any) read at NOC is subject to NUS Law's approval. Students who are participating in both SEP and NOC are not allowed to credit transfer law elective done at NOC.
Credits transfer of modules on a pass/fail basis does not count towards LLB Class of Honours
Students should expect that the duration to complete LLB programme will be extended in order to make up for the credit shortfall during the time away at NOC. Generally, the extension will be by at least one semester (if not more) in order to fulfill all LLB degree requirements. It is the student's responsibility to plan his/her roadmap to ensure that he/she is able to complete the LLB within maximum candidature.
No request for overloading of credits during NUS semester will be allowed.

Please check with the NOC Office for more details on eligibility and requirements before applying. You will also need to keep NUS LAW informed if you are applying or going on NOC programmes.


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Updated on 29 September 2022