important information for future NUS exchangers

Administrative things to do before Singapore:

  • Read the e-mails from the NUS and ETH regarding your exchange carefully. You will receive a bunch of e-mails with much information. Note the deadlines and check with other students who will also go to the NUS, what you have to do and when.
  • Studen's Pass Online Application & Registration (SOLAR) is for your VISA. This is from the Singapore Government and not from the NUS. It is important to do everything on time and make the payments.
  • If you decided to live on the campus (and I recommend to do so for your exchange semester), you will receive e-mails from your accomodation. You have to make payments (preferably by credit card), do a test about the rules on the campus and some other things. In the beginning you have to choose your priorities. Residential College 4, College of Alice and Peter Tan, UTown Residence and also Cinnamon College and Tembusu College are good and located at Utown. Ridge View Residential College or Prince George's Park Residence are not at Utown (5 to 10 minutes by bus). If you are not happy with your residence or your room, you have always the option to ask for a change. And the chance is high to get a new, hopefully better room / residence.
  • Beside SOLAR and your accomodation, you have to do all the things for your study. Selecting courses, upload all your details and so on. Just do what they say in the e-mails. For a nice overview about the courses at NUS, this website might help you: www.nusmods.com
  • www.nus.edu.sg/nusbulletin/search-modules/ is the official "search modules" website from the NUS
  • If you have any questions, and trust me, you will have questions, it is very well organised by the NUS. There exist one e-mail adress for all kind of questions! You can ask everything to nghelp@nus.edu.sg. Depending on your question, they forward it to the person who can help you.
  • For the ETH, you have to follow www.mobility-online.ethz.ch.
  • The ETH supports you financially. Also for your travelling costs. Check this homepage: https://www.ethz.ch/studierende/de/studium/finanzielles/reisekostenbeitraege.html
  • If you want to take a distance exam, you can do it at NUS. Just check the deadlines and calculate some time for waiting for an answer. But keep in mind, distance exams suck ;)
  • I think it is better to arrive a few days before the semester starts. It gives you time to settle down without much stress. So book your flight with considering that. Go to the information day (few days before the semester starts at NUS) and you will receive much information (I missed it because of my late arrival).
  • Join the facebook group with all the NUS exchangers

 

Useful things to pack into your luggage or to buy in Singapore:

  • dishes (plate, fork, knife, spoon, cup)
  • bedclothes (pillow with pillowcase, bedlinen, blanket, etc.)
  • perhaps a matress pad (the matress is hard and plastic covered)
  • hangers
  • table lamp
  • power adapter & powerboard
  • umbrella
  • flipflops / slippers
  • laptop with internet connection or router
  • thermometer
  • vaccination card
  • copies of important documents (passport, health insurance card, ...)
  • folder with documents (receipts etc.)
  • important logins and codes (banking, NUS E-number, NUS A-number, NUS password(s))
  • pins for the corkboard
  • singapore sim card (I had SingTel and was pleased with it)
  • badminton racket / tennis racket (if you want to play)
  • some decoration (poster or so, the room is not very cozy)
  • swiss chocolate
  • international driving license (needed in some countries, if you wanna rent a car)
  • EZ-link card for the MRT in Singapore (Can buy in any 7-eleven)
  • Your CreditCard and your DebitCard

 

Apps / websites which are useful for your stay:

 

  • The apps Uber and Grab for cheaper rides than with taxis
  • The app h!Account (for the simcard from SingTel)
  • The app NUS NextBus
  • IVLE app and www.ivle.nus.edu.sg (like moodle at ETH)
  • www.myaces.nus.edu.sg for dropping / adding modules
  • www.myisis.nus.edu.sg for payments, registration and check the grades after the semester
  • www.exchange.nus.edu.sg for establishing your NUS e-mail
  • www.nusmods.com for module information and timetable
  • www.google.ch/flights to find cheap flights for your trips
  • www.busonlineticket.com or www.easybook.com for rides to malaysia or so

and I think there are some more useful apps and homepages. Let me know in the comments if you have some more! :)

 

In Singapore:

  • At the registration, you will receive a folder. Inside are some documents with information what you have to do, therefore read it and do it.
  • Install your NUS e-mail account. You will receive as from now many information through this new NUS e-mail adress.
  • Carry your E-number and your NUS matriculation card always with you. You're gonna use it for many logins. Also remember your password. We had to change the password in the first week (it was mandatory, otherwise it didn't work at all).
  • If you have any question about housing, studying, student's pass whatever, you can always ask the people and they try to help you. Or still email to nghelp@nus.edu.sg.
  • There is an information day before the semester starts. It is a good chance to meet some other exchangers. In the first week, there is also a exchanger welcome party and likewise a good place to meet some other students.
  • Drag & Drop phase: In the first weeks (I don't remember exactly), you can drop out your modules and apply for new ones. You can do it on the myaces website. It is a bit annoying to do that because you don't know if you get into the new module.
  • Like moodle, at the NUS they use IVLE. All information about the modules, uploaded slides for the lectures etc. are on this homepage. You will use it a lot. Here is the link: www.ivle.nus.edu.sg.

 

extracurricular things to do in Singapore:

  • Gardens by the bay (Lightshow)
  • Marina Bay Sands Hotel (Skypark)
  • Mount Faber Park
  • Kent Ridge Trail
  • Sentosa
  • Botanic Gardens
  • Zoo / Night Safari
  • Arab Street
  • Little India
  • China Town
  • Mac Ritchie
  • Cycling on Pulau Ubin
  • Clark Quay / Boat Quay / Robertson Quay
  • Rooftopbar (i.e. Level 33 or 1-Altitude)
  • museums (i.e. Singapore city gallery, Art & Science museum)
  • and much more :)

 

I will ask other ETH-NUS exchangers to read this article and to add more important information I forgot. I hope you can use my tipps and that it will help you.

Kommentar schreiben

Kommentare: 3
  • #1

    Patrick Frank (Samstag, 15 April 2017 08:37)

    I have also been studying at NUS for one semester and I would like too add the following things:
    * if you want to write a distance exam you have to apply via mystudies.ethz.ch and if your application is accepted you have to organize an examiner and a room at your guest university
    * it is nearly impossible to get an oral exam examined, for some reason the examination office is incredible strict
    * as mentioned above, the colleges are really nice, it is easy to meet other students, but the quality of the compulsory meals is not good, try to get a college/residence without compulsory meal plan
    * if you want to take a module but your application has been rejected, go a talk to the professor, he/she can help you

  • #2

    David Tanner (Sonntag, 16 April 2017 03:23)

    Besten Dank Patrick! :)

  • #3

    Simone (Dienstag, 18 April 2017 13:37)

    If one is missing the taste of home one can find Ovo crunchy cream at Mustafa shopping mall for only 1.90 SGD$, roughly 1.40 CHF (yeah no mistake!).