Student Exchange

Our students have the opportunity to attend exchange programmes with partner universities in many countries, including Australia, Canada, East Asia, Europe, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These exchanges enrich the university learning experience by allowing students to better understand different cultures and lifestyles, and gain new friends.

Courses read during the exchange can count toward your degree (but see below for restrictions). Students in the Chemistry and Biological Chemistry programme are allowed to do their Final Year Project overseas, subject to the availability and agreement of a research supervisor at the host university (you will have to arrange this for yourself or with the assistance of an NTU faculty member).


I did an exchange at the Institute Curie in Paris, France. It was a fantastic experience. I expanded my knowledge of synthetic chemistry and gained hands-on experience with purification and analytical equipment — while also not forgetting to travel around and enjoy the beautiful places in France!

Derrick Tan Jing Yang
BSc (Hons) in Chemistry & Biological Chemistry
Class of 2016

Visit the GEM Explorer page for information about full-semester exchange programmes, the available partner universities, and application procedures. Note that overseas FYPs must be taken as full-semester courses.

Visit the Gem Discoverer page for information about shorter exchange programmes. These include exchange programmes during the Special Terms (summer vacation).

For inquiries, please contact our student exchange coordinators for advice. In particular, we can give you advice regarding your eligibility, your study plan during the exchange, and financial assistance.

  • Core modules may not be read on exchange, with the exception of CM3061 (Chemistry & Biological Chemistry Laboratory 3) and CM3062 (Chemistry & Biological Chemistry Laboratory 4).
  • Overseas Final Year Projects are allowed, but must be arranged in advance by the student. In particular, there must be a suitable advisor at the host institution.
  • You may only read up to 4 Major Prescribed Electives on exchange.
  • No course prerequisite waivers will be granted.
  • Only courses currently offered in NTU can be matched. We will not match courses we do not currently offer.
  • Students are not allowed to go on exchange during their final semester.
  • NTU will not administer exams on behalf of the host university.
  • Coursework overloading/underloading is subject to approval by NTU. Underloading is also subject to approval by the host university.

Please note that students who are in their final year of studies are not allowed to participate in overseas semester exchange programme.

Global Programmes

NTU offers enriching student mobility programmes with more than 100 leading companies and 150 partner universities in more than 30 countries through its Global Education and Mobility (GEM) initiatives such as GEM Explorer and GEM Discoverer.

Do look out for communique sent by OGEM office for application details.


1. Ensure that you meet your graduation requirements with your exchange. Students who are transferring credits from another university must comply with the following requirements for graduation:

  • Curriculum requirements for your degree programme
  • Minimum candidature period
  • Minimum AU of graded courses
    • Credits that are transferred to NTU are NOT counted towards the minimum AU of graded courses
    • The total AU from graded courses that a student has earned to-date is shown in his degree audit
  • Minimum years of study spent at NTU
  • Minimum CGPA for graduation

For more details, please click here.

2. Most courses in SCBE are offered in one semester only. Students need to plan carefully to ensure that they would be able to complete their remaining courses after the exchange programme, so that it is within their degree candidature in NTU.

3. Student planning should also factor in the pre-requisites of the SCBE courses, and the semester in which these courses are offered. This is to prevent timetable clashes and the progress of their study for course in the senior year, which require these pre-requisites.

Course Planning and Matching

1. Do your research and choose overseas universities offering up to 15 - 20 courses that:

  • are available to you for the exchange semester you intend
  • match those in your School at NTU for credit transfer*

2. Make use of ‘Coursefinder’ on Studentlink. It provides a list of approved courses taken by your seniors for their exchange. It does not provide the exact list of courses that they eventually take during their exchange.

3. If you plan to go to an overseas school which your seniors have never visited, you will need to find out what is offered/available at the school (from their website), and the suitable courses that can be matched to your NTU course.

4. Course Matching is done by comparing the content and total contact hours of the overseas course and the corresponding NTU course. The courses match when they are deemed comparable in these 2 areas. CBE and BIE syllabus can be found on the school’s website.

5. Exchange coordinators are Asst Prof Song Juha for BIE programme and Assoc Prof Lee Jong-Min for CBE programme. You may approach them for advice on

  • Course matching (pls have on hand details such as course content, duration, and contact hours)
  • Suitable exchange universities, based on past student’s experience

6. Exchange coordinators cannot provide advice on

  • Application procedure
  • Exchange universities never visited by SCBE students
  • Financial aid
  • Post-application matters

 Visit the exchange administrator website (e.g. OGEM) for details or contact them if you need assistance.

Restricted Courses

Students are not allowed to clear these courses on overseas exchange:

  • EG0001/EG1001 – Engineers and/in Society
  • HW0288 – Engineering Communication

Students are not allowed to clear these courses on any exchange i.e. must be read in NTU:

  • BG4801 – Final Year Project
  • CH4801 – Final Year Design Project
  • CH4702/CH4703 – Independent Research Project
  • All ICC Common Core

*Credit Transfer

applicable from AY2020 onwards

1. Cap on the number of AUs that can be transferred back to NTU:

  • GEM Explorer – 24 AUs
  • SUSEP – 24 AUs
  • GEM Discover – 8 AUs

2. All categories of courses (e.g. Core, MPE, GER-UE, BDE etc) can be read and have credit transferred, as long as the course match was approved.

3. You can transfer credit for one overseas course to ONLY 1 NTU course. Note: It is possible to match 1 overseas course to many NTU courses, but ultimately you can transfer credit to ONLY ONE NTU course.

4. In some cases, you may need to take 2 or more overseas courses, to transfer credit to 1 NTU course.

You may write to CCEB Acad (Undergraduate) office ( if you need clarifications on credit transfer matters.