Special Terms for Existing Full-Time Undergraduate Students

Course enrolment in the Special Terms is optional. The Special Terms Calendar can be found in the AY Semester Academic Calendar.

Note: Returning NSmen (who have completed their full-time National Service and who have places reserved in the University for AY2020) are to refer to the Matriculation webpage if they are enrolling in the Special Terms.


Schedule of Activities for Special Terms AY2019-20.

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For Special Term I  (Semester S)

For Special Term II (Semester T)

Release of Class Schedule in StudentLink

Fri, 06 Mar 2020

Students to plan class timetable and place courses on waitlist

Mon, 16 Mar – Wed, 18 Mar 2020
(9.30 am – 10.00 pm daily)

Thu, 19 Mar – Sun, 22 Mar 2020(9.30 am – 10.00 pm daily)

Release of course allocation results

Thu, 26 Mar 2020

Add/Drop Period

Mon, 30 Mar – Wed, 01 Apr 2020(9.30 am – 10.00 pm daily)

Mon, 06 Apr – Wed, 08 Apr 2020
(9.30 am – 10.00 pm daily)

Second opening with offering of additional courses​:
Release of Class Schedule in StudentLink​Thu, 09 Apr 2020

Place choices on waitlist for GERPE/UE through STARS​

Mon, 13 Apr – Tue, 14 Apr 2020
(9.30 am – 10.00 pm daily)
Wed, 15 Apr – Thu, 16 Apr 2020
(9.30 am – 10.00 pm daily)​
Release of GERPE/UE allocation results​ ​​Sat, 18 Apr 2020
Add/Drop Period
Mon, 20 Apr 2020
(9.30 am – 10.00 pm)
Wed, 22 Apr 2020
(9.30 am – 10.00 pm)​

Teaching Weeks

Mon 11 May – Fri 12 Jun 2020

Mon 22 Jun – Fri 24 Jul 2020



Students will NOT be allowed to register for courses if they have activities that coincide with the Special Term classes. These include: 

·    Students who are on attachment or internship

·    Students who are participating in the overseas summer programmes 

·    SPMS students who are registered for the SPMS Undergraduate Research Experience courses

·    Students who have received notification for In-Camp Training (ICT), or those who are on short-term employment or engaged in activities that prevent them from attending all scheduled classes

Students will be required to declare online (via STARS) that they are not involved in such activities that will clash with the Special Term classes before they can place their choices on waiting list.

Final year students who will be fulfilling their graduation requirements at the end of Semester 2 are not allowed to read course(s) in the Special Terms unless they have outstanding courses to complete the minor that they are already pursuing.

Course Registration

Students may read up to 2 courses in a Special Term and up to 4 courses in the 2 Special Terms combined, subject to availability of vacancies.

Students will need to refer to the Class Schedule prior to planning their class timetable and may use STARS to plan their timetable.

Each student may place up to 5 choices which can be GER-PE, UE or a combination of both on the waitlist through STARS

Allocation of GER-PE and UE will be based on the availability of vacancies and the priority criteria set by the Schools. Priority will be given to students who are completing their studies at the end of this academic year but have yet to fulfil their GER-PE/UE requirement. 

At the end of the registration period, students are strongly advised to immediately check their courses registered through STARS (and not NTULearn) to ensure that their records are correct. A student who is still registered for a course after the Add/Drop period but did not subsequently sit for the examination will be deemed to have read and failed the course. An 'F' grade will appear on his official transcript.


Conduct of Classes and Examinations

In AY2019, Special Term I and Special Term II classes and examinations will be conducted in e-mode. There will be no on-campus classes and examinations.


Special Term Fees & Payment Mode

Please click here for information on the special term fees.

Students will receive an e-bill for the courses registered. The same payment modes (CPF Education Scheme, PSEA, Tuition Fee Loan, NTU Study Loan, GIRO, NETS, cheque) that students have opted for in the main semesters will continue to apply for the special term fees payment unless otherwise advised by the students. You may contact NSS-Finance (ubs@ntu.edu.sg) for enquiries on e-bill.  

Note: Scholarships and Mendaki Tertiary Tuition Fees Subsidy cannot be used for payment of Special Term fees for full-time undergraduate students.

Leave of Absence during Special Term

As participation in the special term is optional, the University will not issue any supporting document to excuse students from any activities or defer their In-Camp Training (ICT).

Students participating in the Special Terms are not allowed to apply for leave of absence on personal grounds given the short duration of the special terms and the intensive nature of the classes.

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) Grading Option & File for Award of Minor

Students may opt for S/U grading (instead of letter-grading) for courses registered (*refer to point (e) in the S/U option webpage) in the Special Terms. Final year students who are completing outstanding courses to complete the minor that they are already pursuing in the Special Term and are due to graduate in AY2019-20 can apply for the award of their minor. For details, please refer to the relevant webpages:

For S/U option

To file for award of minor

Graduating after Special Term II

Students who are reading courses in Special Term II to complete their degree requirements in AY2019-20 will NOT be able to join Convocation 2020.

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