NUS Useful Links Compilation + Tips


Posted July 01, 2019
Last modified July 01, 2019

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This article is reposted from, originally written by u/Hydriz.

A summary of the key information you'll need if you're applying for or going to start your University life in NUS.

- Important Websites

- Academics

- Module Registration

- Types of Classes

- Degree Requirements

- Second Major and Minor

- Overseas Opportunities

- Residential Life

- Residential Colleges

- Halls of Residences

- Student Residences

- Student Life

- Freshmen Orientation

- Computer Clusters

- Miscellaneous

Important websites

University Administration

  • LumiNUS - The main learning platform where all your modules, content and submissions will be at effective AY2019/20. Modules of previous semesters will be at IVLE.

  • MyEduRec - The main portal for your academic and financial records, also used for applying for overseas exchange and to register for modules.

  • [email protected] - The website that contains important information that may be relevant to you during your time in NUS. Note: Some parts of this portal is outdated, use with care.

  • NUS WebMail - Access your email

  • NUSync - For all student life-related matters (such as co-curricular activities and interest groups).

  • NUS Campus Map - The map of NUS, more detailed than Google Maps.

  • NUS Financial Aid 

Other websites

  • NUSMods - The official timetable builder for NUS and contains information on individual modules.

  • NUS Libraries - Website for searching the NUS online and offline libraries, extremely useful for your project research.

  • NUS Web Lecture - A place for you to catch up on your recorded lectures (only available for certain modules and requires manual activation from LumiNUS).

  • NUS Bulletin - For all information about your degree requirements.

  • NUSWhispers - An unofficial forum where users can post anonymous confessions.

  • NUS Business - An unofficial map of all washrooms available on campus.


In NUS, most of the degrees operate on a modular structure except for Dentistry, Law and Medicine. This means that you are free to choose the combination of modules that you wish to take during a particular semester, subject to certain restrictions such as module pre-requisites and preclusions. Most modules are worth 4 Modular Credits (MCs). The Registrar's Office has more information on this structure.

Module Registration

NUS handles module registration via a priority-based system. This means that you are more likely to get a certain module it is more urgent for you to take it. Module registration is handled by [email protected]

Each of your module selection is given a priority score, which is determined by the type of module you have selected, your seniority and the ranking of your preferences. This priority score is thus used to decide if you get the particular module as compared to another student selecting the same module.

Advice: Use NUSMods to plan for different possible combinations of your timetable and ensure that there are no clashes in your timetable, or your module selection will be voided.

Types of classes

There are many different types of class types, but the more common ones are explained below:

  • LEC: Lecture, a session for the tutor to deliver module content to you in a one-way manner, usually held in Lecture Theatres or Auditoriums.

  • SEC: Sectional, a classroom-based session similar to a lecture, but usually at a smaller scale and allows for class participation. Usually held in Seminar Rooms or Tutorial Rooms, but some modules may incorrectly show this type when it is in fact a Lecture.

  • TUT: Tutorial, a classroom-based session where a teaching assistant will be revising the concepts taught during a lecture and applying the concepts to certain questions, usually held in Tutorial Rooms.

  • REC: Recitation, similar to Tutorial but focuses more on revising concepts taught during a lecture.

  • LAB: Laboratory, a classroom-based session where there will be hands-on work to be done in a Laboratory. The focus is on applying concepts taught in lecture in a practical manner.

Some Lectures may be recorded and made available on the NUS Web Lecture platform.

Degree Requirements

For single degree students (which is the majority of the student population), depending on your faculty, you will have the following types of modules that you will need to take during your candidature in NUS:

  • University Level Requirements: 5 General Education modules to be taken from 5 different pillars, total 20 MCs. Compulsory for every student unless enrolled in a Residential College programme and cannot be mapped overseas.

  • Faculty Requirements: Modules that your Faculty has decided that you will need to take, depends on the Faculty and the course you are enrolled in.

  • Major Requirements: The bulk of your modules will be the ones related to your major and consists of "core" (essential) and "elective" modules. Depending on your course, if you take a certain group of modules, you can request to make it your specialisation (which will be shown on your transcript, NOT your degree scroll).

  • Unrestrictive Electives: Refers to any module that you can take, provided that you fulfill the necessary pre-requisites for the module.

For double degree students, you will not have Unrestricted Electives. Instead, they will be replaced by the Faculty and Major Requirements of your second degree. More information is available on the DDP Framework and Guidelines. For concurrent and joint degree students, please check with your academic advisor for more information specific to your degree programme.

Note: There may also be additional graduating requirements that you will need to fulfill before you can graduate. Hence, check your degree requirements to ensure that you have fulfilled the graduating requirements as early as possible!

Second Major and Minor

When you applied for admissions to NUS, you would have indicated a major that you wish to be enrolled in. This is called your first (or primary) major. The modules that you need to take for the first major are under the major requirements.

As you are free to take any modules as your Unrestricted Electives, you can choose to take up a minor or a second major. This means that you will need to take certain modules to fulfill the requirements for the minor or a second major, which will then be shown in your transcript (NOT your degree scroll).

In general, a minor consists of 24 MCs worth of modules whereas a second major consists of 48 MCs worth of modules. However, the actual number may be lesser depending on the amount of overlap that your first major has with the minor/second major. If there is some overlap, then some modules can be double-counted (taking the module once to fulfill 2 different requirements), up to a maximum of 16 MCs for the second major and 8 MCs for a minor.

Due to the limited space of your Unrestricted Electives, you will probably only be able to take only one second major, or up to 2 minors. A second major will also require a separate application to the host faculty for approval and is not automatically awarded. If you have applied for a second major/minor during your admissions application, you can choose not to pursue that second major/minor without any repercussions.

Overseas Opportunities

There are different types of overseas opportunities available for you to take part in during your candidature in NUS and some of the more common ones are:

  • NUS Overseas Colleges: Allows you to gain entrepreneurial experience up to 1 year abroad, fulfills mainly the internship requirements and a limited number of modules.

  • Student Exchange Programme: Allows you to spend 1 semester at a partner university while taking modules to fulfill degree requirements (usually about 20 MCs).

  • Summer and Winter Programmes: Allows you to spend the summer break (May - July) or the winter break (December) at a partner university while taking modules to fulfill degree requirements (usually about 12 MCs for summer and 4 MCs for winter).

  • Study Trips For Engagement & EnRichment: Allows you to spend some time (usually during the summer break) overseas to understand the culture of the destination country. However, this cannot be used to fulfill degree requirements.

All modules taken overseas can be transferred back to NUS subject to Faculty approval and will only be recorded on a pass/fail basis in the transcript.

Note: These programmes are NOT compulsory (with the exception of NUS Business School). However, it is strongly encouraged that you take part in one to gain a better perspective of the world beyond Singapore.

Residential Life

There are 3 types of accomodation available in NUS:

  • Residential Colleges: A 2-year programme that allows you to take certain modules within that College and can be used to fulfill your General Education Requirements. The Residential Colleges are Cinnamon College (for the University Scholars Programme), Tembusu College, College of Alice and Peter Tan (CAPT), Residential College 4 (RC4) and Ridge View Residential College (RVRC).

  • Halls of Residence: Also known as Halls, the right to continue your stay in the Hall is determined by the amount of contributions you have made to the Hall, usually through the involvement in student life activities related to the Hall.

  • Student Residence: Suitable for people who are just looking for a place to stay.

Residential Colleges

Under the University Scholars Programme and the University Town College Programme, students enrolled in these special programmes are able to take modules in their colleges and be guaranteed a 2-year stay on campus. Residential Colleges are suitable for students that would like to learn beyond their degrees. The 5 different Residential Colleges and their focuses are:

  • Cinnamon College: Pushes the intellectual boundaries of students and develop independent, adaptable thinkers

  • Tembusu College: Developing international citizens for the future

  • College of Alice and Peter Tan (CAPT): Community engagement and active citizenship

  • Residential College 4 (RC4): Systems thinking

  • Ridge View Residential College (RVRC): Environmental sustainability

Halls of Residences

There are a total of 7 Halls in NUS:

  • Eusoff Hall

  • Kent Ridge Hall

  • King Edward VII Hall

  • Raffles Hall

  • Sheares Hall

  • Temasek Hall

  • PGP House

More information about the halls are available here.

Student Residences

There are only 2 student residences available:

  • PGP Residences

  • UTown Residences

The majority of students will reside at PGP Residences whereas only a selected number of students are able to stay at UTown Residences (only through invitation).

Student Life

The majority of student life is available on the NUSync portal, which hosts all information about the different activities available for students to take part in.

Freshmen Orientation

Here are some links to the relevant websites to obtain more information about Orientation 2019:

Computer Clusters

If your laptop battery has ran out and you need to use a computer on campus, here are some computer clusters that you can use:

  • Yusof Ishak House (YIH) Level 2 & 3 (printing and scanning available) - Managed by NUSSU Committee for Information Technology (NUSSU commIT)

  • AS8 Level 2 Computer Room (printing available) - Managed by NUSSU commIT

  • ThinkLab, Level 3, NUS IT (printing available)

  • Central Library, Level 4, Central Library Building (printing available)

  • Science CBLC (Level 2, Block S10)

  • Various Programming Labs at School of Computing (Block COM1 and Block i3) - Only available for SoC students

  • PC Cluster (Level 4, Block E1 and Level 3, Block E2) - Only available for Engineering students

  • The Internal Shuttle Bus (ISB) provides for connectivity to various parts of the huge campus. Download the NUS NextBus app to know when the next bus will be arriving. A map of the routes is available.

  • If you follow the yellow ceiling, you will be able to walk from one end of the campus to another.

This article is reposted from, originally written by u/Hydriz.

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