UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Semester Study Abroad Programs

Singapore: National University of Singapore Business School

Student Life
  • Overview

    Kenan-Flagler Global Programs (KFBS semester exchanges, KFBS summer programs, and KFBS short-term immersions) are ONLY open to students who have been admitted to the major or minor Undergraduate Business Program. Pre-business students and non-business majors and minors are not eligible to apply to Kenan-Flagler Global Programs. Admission status to the Undergraduate Business Program will be verified for all applicants.

    This program is eligible for the Phillips Ambassadors Scholarship (UNC-CH undergraduates only). To learn more visit the Phillips Ambassadors website at http://phillips.unc.edu/. When you are ready to apply click here.

    The National University of Singapore is one of Asia's leading business schools, and is comprised of five academic departments -- Business Policy, Decision Sciences, Finance and Accounting, Management and Organization and Marketing.

    NUS has a large international student population and a thriving exchange program. Approximately 19% of BBA undergraduates are from the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and Africa.

    All courses are taught in English.

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    Application checklist


    • GPA Requirement: 3.00 
    • Language Prerequisite: None
    • Class during program (min): Junior
    • Language of Instruction: English
    • Non-UNC may apply? No 

    Exchange Options
    • Undergraduate Exchange: Yes Exchange Only 
    • Graduate Exchange: No

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  • Program Terms and Dates

    This program is offered during the following terms: Fall, Spring

    Program dates are generally as follows:
    Fall - Early August to Early December
    Spring​ - Early January to Early May

    Spring 2018 dates are January 10 - June 15

    Application Dates

    Spring 2018 Program:

    • ​​​Application opens: August 1, 2017
    • Application deadline for Spring 2018: September 12, 2017
    • Notification begins: September 20, 2017
    Fall 2018 Program:
    •  ​​Application opens: November 1, 2017
    • Application deadline for Fall 2018: February 15, 2018
    • Notification begins: February 23, 2018
    Spring 2019 Program:
    • Application cycle opens: now open
    • Round 1 application deadline for Spring 2019: April 12, 2018
    • Round 1 notifications begin: April 25, 2018
    • Round 2 application deadline for Spring 2019: September 5, 2018
    • Round 2 notifications begin: September 14, 2018

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  • Academics

    Credit information for KFBS students

    NUS offers a curriculum that is similar to Kenan-Flagler's, and business students transfer a combination of business core and elective courses towards the undergraduate business major or minor. Students will take 4-5 courses and transfer 12-15 UNC credit hours. NUS has popular course offerings in Asian business, finance, management, and marketing.

    Courses taken at the National University of Singapore Business School will transfer back to UNC Pass/Fail. Achieving a grade of C or above will transfer back to UNC as a pass course, which will not affect UNC GPA. Students who receive any grade under C will fail the course and an F grade will transfer back to UNC, which will affect their UNC GPA. Though transfer credit for this program is Pass/Fail, future employers and graduate schools will also look at the NUS transcript, so grades are important.

    Students participating on this program will transfer back 3 UNC credits for every 4 credit course at NUS, and are expected to take four to five courses worth 4 NUS credits each during the semester. A student who earns a C or better in all courses will receive a total of 12-15 UNC credits for their semester abroad.  

    This program also fulfills Experiential Education and you will earn points towards the Kenan-Flagler Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative. Full-time enrollment on this program is defined as a minimum of 12 credit hours.

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  • Housing

    NUS offers on campus housing, however space is limited and not all exchange students receive on campus housing assignments. The student accommodations are within walking distance to most campus faculties, libraries, sports facilities and administration offices. There is also a free internal shuttle bus service that operates throughout the campus 7 days a week.

    Our recommendation for students interested in NUS is to apply for on campus housing as early as possible and independently search for alternative off campus housing in the event that on campus housing is not available.

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  • Student Life

    Singapore is a large modern city with a diverse population of over five million inhabitants. Located in Southeast Asia, Singapore is considered one of the world's leading financial centers.

    While Singapore's history dates back to the 11th century, it is a relatively young country in terms of independence. It gained independence from Malaysia in 1965. As a port city, Singapore has a history of being conquered. The Portugese destroyed the city in the 1600s, and the British took control in the early 1800s, where Singapore gained importance as a port city. During World War II the island was occupied by the Japanese, then control reverted back to the British, then the Malay, and today sovereignty. Singapore has a highly developed free market economy and has been applauded for it's visionary development.

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  • Budget

    Here, you will find a list and links to costs related to this program.
    Last cost update: December 2018

    We suggest you create your study abroad budget using this worksheet to help you think about your costs on this program:

    • Populate the figures from the tables below into the left side costs of attendance
    • Input your financial resources on the right

    Your customized budget sheet can help determine your current financial status, and help you understand what additional funding you may need to help make this an affordable program option.

    Cashier Billed Expenses*:

    UNC Tuition and Fees
    Take the amount on the Tuition and Fees line and divide by 2 to get your semester tuition and fees cost

    Fee UG Business major/minor
    Based on major/minor enrollment
      Study Abroad Fee $700

    GeoBlue International Medical Insurance

    *Cashier Billed Expenses are those charges billed directly to your UNC ConnectCarolina account.


    Out of Pocket Estimates**:

    International Airfare

      Meals $1,500
      Immigration Visa/Residence Permit

    Passport Application Renewal
      Course Materials $150
      International Cell Phone Plan $350
      Personal Expenses
                Travel Insurance $400
                Local Transportation $600
                Personal Travel $1,500
                Incidentals (ex. Laundry) $1,000
                Shopping/Souvenirs $150
                Other Personal Expenses***  
      Total Estimated Expenses: In-State  $17,050
      Total Estimated Expenses: Out-of-State $30,064

    **Out of Pocket Estimates are based on the cost of the program, which is determined by combining the average costs our previous students have spent in each of these categories, along with the costs our partner provides to us as their averages. These estimates are subject to change based on exchange rate fluctuations, bank fees, and individual variances in costs of living.
    ***Other Expenses: the budget worksheet also has a place for you to input other expenses outside of the out-of-pocket estimates that you may incur, such as attending concerts or sporting events.

    Funding your study abroad program

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  • Accessibility

    Please make an appointment with a Kenan-Flagler Global Programs Advisor via the Intranet if you would like to discuss this program. We work with students who are registered with the Accessibility Office or who may require certain accommodations for study abroad.

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