Notice to Outgoing Exchange Students


Responsibilities as an Exchange Student

As NUS Exchange Students, you are ambassadors for NUS as well as the Faculty of Law.

Please also read up other important information at:


Partner University Application, Acceptance and Update of Student Status

After accepting the exchange offer from faculty, you will be sent information about submitting application to Partner University (PU) in due course. It is imperative that you adhere to the PU application deadlines given and submit your application with all required documents timely. Once the Partner University (PU) accepts you as an exchange student, your student status will need to appropriately reflect that you are away on student exchange for the relevant semester. Thus, it is important that you inform Law Exchange Team once you have completed your PU application and to subsequently submit a copy of your acceptance letter issued by the partner university (PU) to the Law Exchange Team at as soon as you received it.

Until you received the PU acceptance letter and appropriate entry visa, we advised that you do not purchase flight tickets, make accommodation arrangement etc.

Please note that you need not participate in the law course registration exercise for the semester you are away on exchange if you have received confirmation of your acceptance from PU. Students who have yet to receive PU's acceptance are advised to participate in law course registration, and to release the courses immediately by writing to (LLB) and (JD) as soon as you receive PU's acceptancee.

If your application is rejected by PU, please inform the Law Exchange Team at immediately. This is important as it has implications on course registration and your enrollment status at NUS.


Unit Requirement and Selection of Subjects while on Exchange

While on exchange, it is your responsibility to ensure the following when selecting and reading courses:

» You must complete sufficient credits while on exchange. Please check here for a list of credit requirements at the partner institutions. Students will not be allowed to overload or underload.

(Students on the LLB-LLM Exchange Plus programme should check with host institution on the credit requirement of the programme)

On completion of required credits at partner universities, credits transferred back per semester for courses completed on exchange will be:

» LLB/Law-MPP/3-yr JD students: NUS 20 units
» Yale-NUS BA-LLB students: NUS 20 units
(Note: YNC students can do a combination of Law electives and/or combine Law/Arts electives subject to respective degree requirements. Law electives are capped at 10 units)

Impt: YNC students should consult YNC office for queries pertaining to combine Law/Arts courses.

You must not read course(s) on exchange which cover substantially the same ground as course(s) you already have read at NUS or which you intend to read when you return to NUS. Likewise, courses completed on exchange may preclude you from taking similar courses at NUS.

For LLB students, the Civil Law course requirement may be satisfied by a course on exchange that covers tort, contract and/or property law from a civil law perspective, subject to course mapping approval. Students on JD and LLB-LLM Exchange Plus programme should complete your Civil Law requirement at NUS in view that your exchange semester or LLM year will be your final graduating sem/year and the risk that PU may not offer Civil Law courses. Any non-fulfillment of civil law course will delay graduation. For more information on Civil Law requirement, please refer to weblinks for LLB and 3-yr JD.

Law compulsory courses cannot be satisfied by any course on exchange.

Where there are doubts concerning exchange courses and courses completed at NUS, clarification should be sought for with Associate Dean (Student Affairs) by sending an email to

Where there are doubts concerning exchange courses and NUS Law courses that you intend to read for future semesters at NUS, clarification should be sought directly from the respective convenors with a copy to Academic Affairs at (LLB) and (JD).

When seeking clarifications, you should provide the following details:

» Student's Full Name
» Host University
» Course Name
» Course description (course details, contact hours, number of teaching weeks etc)


Selection of Non-law Courses (only applicable to 4-year LLB)

4-year LLB students from cohort AY2021/22 onwards under the 40 units non-law rule:
(a) you may obtain credit for up to 10 units of non-law courses at a PU per semester of SEP;
(b) you may obtain credit for up 20 units of non-law courses at PU on a full year SEP;
(c) any units obtained for non-law courses while on exchange count towards the overall cap of 40 units non-law. You cannot exceed that cap.
(d) You should note that the limit on the number of Level-1000 courses is 60 units including compulsory courses of which would take up 40-44 units. Non-law courses done on SEP that are pitched at Level-1000 would count towards this limit.

For reference to the rules on non-laws, please refer to the weblink here:  

Law-USP students are allowed to take non-law courses while on exchange and mapped onto USP courses, subject to approval by USP. Students are to inform Law at when such an approval has been obtained.
The host university's credit system may not correlate to the NUS credit system, so it is important that you submit your final list of courses while on exchange to ensure you do not inadvertently exceed the limit. The list will be reviewed and approved by Associate Dean (Student Affairs). Where in doubt, please contact us at


Seeking Approval of Exchange Courses and Course Mapping

Students on exchange are required to seek and obtain approval for all courses you intend to read during exchange at PU prior to the start of your exchange semester. This is to ensure that you have sufficient number of credits and meet relevant requirements required of you during your exchange.

Students on exchange should seek approval by submitting course mapping via EduRec. Please refer to the following document for guidelines and procedures on how to submit course mapping:

» The user guide for Students is available at the Student portal: (under 'Other Functions > Submission of Course Mappings for External Study Program').
» Law Course Mapping and Dummy Codes

You will be notified via EduRec whether your courses are approved or if there are any problems with your course selections. Any revisions after approval has been given (e.g. due to changes in course offerings or add/drop process at PU) should be resubmitted via EduRec and re-use the dummy law codes accordingly. You need not remove the unwanted courses which were approved earlier.

Note: It is the responsibility of students to ensure that the courses read on exchange are approved and that the total credit requirement set by NUS Law is adhered to. The same should be reflected on the transcript subsequently issued by partner university.


Failure of Courses / Insufficient Units

You will receive credit for courses taken in partner university while on approved exchange programmes. While neither the marks nor the grades shall be taken into account in calculating the Class of Honours for your LL.B. degree, you are expected to pass all the courses during your exchange, to ensure that you complete the number of credits required to meet your LL.B. requirement, before you can graduate.

In the unfortunate event that you fail any course(s) while on exchange, please email the Law Exchange Team immediately as you may be required to overload or extend a semester of study to make up for the credits when you return to NUS. Please provide full details of the course(s) failed (title of course, description, number of credits) as well as the academic contact at the partner university.The Law Exchange Team will advise you on the follow-up action upon of receipt of your email.

Official Transcripts from Partner University and Credit Transfer

The approved courses in EduRec will be used to process credit transfer upon your completion of your exchange programme. You are to ensure that your exchange official transcript issued by PU reflects the same courses approved in EduRec. The faculty will process your credit transfer when your exchange transcript is received. Should you be prompted by EduRec to effect credit transfer yourself, you may ignore the prompt.

Please remind PU to send a copy of your official transcript to the address below. A scanned copy via email to while the original copy is in the mail would also be helpful. If you receive your exchange official transcript from PU, you must submit a copy to The Law Exchange Team.

Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
Eu Tong Sen Building
469G Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259776

Attn: Ms Rahima Hussain (Exchange Team/NUS Law)
Deadline for submission of PU transcript:
Exchange Sem 1 - early March
Exchange Sem 2 and FY - early September


All correspondence with NUS will be sent from to your NUS email account. Please check and clear your mailbox on a regular basis to ensure that you receive important notifications from NUS. You may wish to update your alternative email address in EduRec in the event that we are unable to contact you via your NUS email.
You may also want to inform us of your overseas address and phone number while on exchange.We are here to address any queries you may have and also welcome feedback on your exchange abroad whether it relates to course work or life as an exchange student; photographs are also always welcomed.

Course Registration for Returning Exchange Students

The Law Academic Affairs will email you the details of NUS course registration.

You may also contact the Undergraduate (LLB) or Graduate (JD) Programmes Team at /

Updated on 28 September 2023