National University of Singapore (NUS) Executive Visiting Fellows Programme


The National University of Singapore (NUS) Executive Visiting Fellows Programme is a non-degree, certificate programme designed for select global leaders to customise their NUS learning experience.

The NUS Executive Visiting Fellows programme allows individuals and groups to access professional development on their own terms, by combining courses within subject areas of immediate value to their careers. Participants can look forward to exciting classes, stimulating faculty engagements and inspiring discussions with other NUS students.

NUS Fellows are rewarded with unique insight into the latest advances in their domain, connections with industry experts and a rich network of ambitious peers.

Upon completion of the programme, Fellows would have gained:

  • Unique knowledge and expertise related to areas of interest
  • Experience from academic studies and Singaporean industry practices through lectures, mentorship and field experiences
  • Personal connections with international network of practitioners and subject matter experts
  • Research results, or business project deliverables as agreed during application phase

Programme Highlights

  • Full time, non-degree, certificate programme
  • Customised course selection including three courses per semester, each course corresponding to 4 Modular Credits
  • Optional participation on audit basis allows for exemption from formal examinations
  • Pursuit of individual or group research project
  • Mentorship from faculty for project completion


Throughout the programme, participants are formally registered as NUS students and gain:

  • Admittance to NUS academic courses
  • Access to seminars, public lectures and lunchtime talks hosted at NUS schools
  • Admittance to university shared facilities to conduct research, meetings and discussions
  • Team mentorship with NUS faculty members


Application Period

An Academic Year (AY) at NUS consists of two semesters and a special term (which occurs during the Semester 2 Vacation, and is divided into two parts of six weeks duration each):

  • Semester 1: Aug–Dec
  • Semester 2: Jan–May
  • Special Term (Part 1): May–Jun
  • Special Term (Part 2): Jun–Jul

For the Executive visiting Fellows Programme, there are two application periods for each AY:

Programme Intake Application Dates
NUS Executive Visiting Fellows Programme
Semester 1
(Aug Intake)
1 Oct of preceding year to 28 Feb of intake year
NUS Executive Visiting Fellows Programme Semester 2
(Jan Intake)
1 Mar of preceding year to 31 Jul of preceding year


Admission to the NUS Executive Visiting Fellows programme is granted on a competitive basis as places in the programme are limited. Applicants should possess the following minimum requirements:


Bachelor's Degree (preferably with Honours) in Science, Engineering, Analytics, Medicine, Business or equivalent disciplines

Note: Candidates with academic qualifications other than the above may be considered on a case-by-case basis, subject to approval by the department


Fellows must be professionals with a minimum of eight years of professional experience, or a mix of academic and professional experience 

English Language

Applicants whose native tongue and medium of university instruction is not completely in English:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score of 85 (Internet-based), or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) minimum Academic score 6.0

Applicants will be assessed based on their personal achievements as well as recommendations and official endorsements 


The NUS Executive Visiting Fellows programme is offered on the following basis (with estimated time to complete the programme indicated below):

 Full-time 6 months (12 units) 
12 months (24 units)

Note: International applicants must be accepted into an approved full-time course in Singapore to apply for a Student’s Pass. For more information, refer to the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website.


The NUS Executive Visiting Fellows programme is a one or two semester coursework-based certificate programme comprising:  

  • Elective modules (12 MCs per semester for up to two semesters)
  • Project work

Tracks available for Fellows:

  • Healthcare
  • Analytics
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Sustainability

For more details about the modules (e.g. laboratory-based or not, subsidy status), please visit NUSMODS.


To graduate from the NUS Executive Visiting Fellows programme, students must meet the following requirements:

Programme and/or Specialisation

Read and pass, or audit, a total of 12 or 24 MCs

Module and/or Qualification

Not Applicable

Cumulative Average Point (CAP) 

Minimum 3.0 (out of maximum 5.0) for enrolled modules.

Please see also the University’s minimum standards for Continuation and Graduation Requirements specific programmes may implement stricter or additional requirements.


Complete and present a project completed under guidance from NUS faculty members

Programme at a Glance*

Next Intake:

Application Period:
1 Oct 2022–28 Feb 2023

* For full details, please refer to main write-up. 

 Inaugural Graduation of the NUS Executive Visiting Fellows Programme
14 March 2022 — NUS SCALE celebrated the graduation of Dr Mathias Egermark, who successfully completed the inaugural NUS Executive Visiting Fellows programme. The NUS Executive Visiting Fellows programme is a distinctive learning and research pathway within NUS, offered to select individuals to deepen their knowledge and proficiencies in a highly customised fashion. 
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23 December 2022