NTU-University Scholars Programme (NTU-USP) is a programme. Selected students will be offered both the programme and scholarship while others may only be offered the programme. The programme is designed to be academically rigorous, intellectually daring and stimulating. Students are given many opportunities to explore many disciplines outside their own domain of study and complement that to the NTU-USP programme.
NTU-USP has a liberal arts focus to its curriculum structure which is different from the other Premier Scholars Programmes. For example, Renaissance Engineering Programme (REP) focuses on Engineering, CN Yang Scholars Programme (CNYSP) on research in Science and Engineering and NTU-NIE Teaching Scholars Programme (TSP) on education. NTU-USP is suitable for students from all Colleges except College of Medicine while the other programmes are focused on specific Colleges.
NTU-USP is not a programme on its own. Scholars remain in their home programme while concurrently pursuing NTU–USP curriculum and co-curricular enrichment activities.


Most degree programmes from four Colleges, except Medicine and programmes with a second major/minor, are eligible to apply for NTU-USP.  However, double degree Accounting and Business (ACBS) by the College of Business and Psychology with a second major in Biological Science (PSBS) are compatible with NTU-USP.  

For more information, check Our Programme.

NTU-USP is not a stand-alone programme. You will need to choose your preferred major when applying to NTU. Some of your common curriculum and electives options will be replaced with NTU-USP core and elective courses.

You are required to indicate your interest in NTU-USP when you submit your application to NTU. In the Admissions application portal, there will be an option for you to tick to indicate interest for NTU-USP. Application to NTU-USP is by invitation only, and shortlisted applicants will be contacted directly via email and/or WhatsApp.

You should apply immediately after you have received your A-level results by indicating your interest in the scholarship programme when submitting your NTU applications. Application to NTU-USP is by invitation only, and shortlisted applicants will be contacted directly via email and/or WhatsApp.

If you have been accepted to NTU and wish to appy for NTU-USP, you may wish to send us an email via [email protected]. If you have accepted another University, you should apply to NTU and indicate your interest in NTU-USP. You may follow up with us by writing to us at [email protected].

You will be assessed based on your academic, outstanding co-curricular portfolio and personality. This will include an interview and writing a 500 word essay. Your interest in NTU-USP’s Club is also important and you should check our social media handles to know about the various Club activities.

There will be no written test during NTU-USP interview. However, all shortlisted applicants are required to submit online an essay by a stipulated deadline.

It depends on what programme you are transferring to. If the programme is not compatible with NTU-USP, you will need to withdraw from NTU-USP. If the programme you will be transferring to is compatible with NTU-USP, yes, you will still be part of NTU-USP.

No, NTU-USP is not a residential college programme. Nonetheless, should you choose to stay in a hall, you will have guaranteed accommodation as part of your scholarship benefit.

Yes, you can take up a minor if you have enough Academic Units to read one. For more information on a minor and how to declare your interest, you can see here.  If you do not have enough Academic Units to read a minor, you need to consult your home programme administrator for overloading.

Yes, NTU-USP admits foreign students.


The NTU-USP Scholarship is unique. It is a programme that takes in small number of academically excellent students with monetary and non-monetary benefits. Comparing to the Nanyang Scholarship that NTU offers, the NTU-USP Scholarship comprises of the same benefits with subsidised Study Abroad opportunities and more.

The scholarship will cover a candidature of a maximum of 8 semesters for a 4-year programme and 6 semesters if a 3-year programme. You will not be covered by the scholarship should you wish to extend your candidature.

Yes, your school fees after the Singapore tuition grant will be covered under the scholarship.

No bond is attached to the NTU-USP Scholarship for Singapore citizen. However, a three-year bond is applicable to all Singapore PRs and international students under the MOE Tuition Grant Scheme.

Students with an external scholarship will not be offered a NTU-USP scholarship. However, you can be accepted into the NTU-USP as a scholar with no scholarships. You will continue to benefit from your existing scholarships.


For students matriculating in Academic Year 2021 and onwards, each NTU-USP student is required to complete 4 core modules and 2* or 4 electives, depending on which programme you study.

*Nanyang Business School and College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Double Major students need to read 2 electives only.

Please refer to our website for the listing here.

Class sizes are small and seminar-style to maximise interactions and foster creative opportunities. Our classes heavily encourage active participation and student-professor interaction across a range of interdisciplinary topics.

Yes, you will still be able to take Electives for most courses.

Generally there is no additional workload required by taking up the NTU-USP programme with your major. However, you may be required to read additional Academic Units if you decide to read a second major, except for Psychology with a second major in Biological Sciences.

You will need to maintain a GPA of no lower than 3.5.

Overseas Learning

It is a heavily-subsidised programme where NTU-USP will cover for the student to spend a semester away in one of the seven overseas university partners to gain a global edge, global networking, invaluable insights and experience a new culture.

Our current partner universities are:

  1. Australian National University (AU)
  2. University of Melbourne (AU)
  3. University of Edinburgh (UK)
  4. King’s College London (UK)
  5. University of St Gallen (CZ)
  6. University of Pennsylvania (USA)
  7. Bryn Mawr College (USA)

Study Abroad is a NTU-USP exclusive programme where scholars get to enjoy a heavily-subsidised semester offshore at one of our 7 partner universities.

International Exchange Programme, however, is open to all NTU students which our scholars will also get to enjoy preferential placement ahead of other students.

All Year 1 NTU-USP scholars will undertake a core module called Fieldwork and Documentation – Travel Overseas Programme for Scholars (TOPS). This module allows first year scholars to investigate multi-disciplinary issues in another country, usually regional. 

Overseas travel is subject to approval by the NTU and Singapore Government based on recent COVID-19 situation.

Some of the elective modules offered by the NTU-USP provides students the chance to travel to a country for research-based fieldwork, effectively bringing the textbook to life. An example will be our scholars travelling to Chiang Mai/Taiwan for the module, SP0051 Astronomy where students travel to Chiang Mai to visit the observatory for star-gazing activities.

Overseas travel is subject to approval by the NTU and Singapore Government based on recent COVID-19 situation.

Student Life & Hall Accommodation

Yes. Although guaranteed, you will need to make a formal application for the hall stay.

Definitely! As long as you are able to manage your time well and continue to meet curriculum requirements.

There is never a dull day in NTU-USP! A typical day of our scholars' varies from attending thought-provoking lessons to chilling out in the Crespion canteen, to hanging out in the Premier Scholars Programmes' (PSP) lounge. You can see more here.

No, it is not compulsory as this is not a residential programme. However, should you choose to stay in a hall and have applied within the deadline stipulated by the Hall Office, you will have guaranteed accommodation as part of your scholarship benefit.

That is definitely feasible! We have many students and alumni who launched their startups/social ventures/social projects while studying! You just need to manage your time well and plan for your modules in advance. Our alumni, Edward Yee, started GivFunds, a social venture that provides interest-free loans for changemakers in South Asia, while studying in NTU-USP! He is currently studying at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. One of our current second-year NTU-USP student, Adrian, also started his own community initiative “Five Cents Project”! You can view his story here.


Aside from NTU-USP’s interdisciplinary programme, NTU-USP also offers diverse opportunities to students and encourages them to explore beyond their comfort zones and hone leadership skills along the way. With these exposures, we hope that our students grow to become independent, thought-provoking leaders of the future.

NTU-USP students usually work with home programme or the NTU Career and Attachment Office for their internship matters. However, NTU-USP does work with some organisations to provided similar opportunities. In addition, NTU-USP Alumni tend to recruit their juniors to intern at their organisations.