GEM Trailblazer (Semester Exchange)

GEM Trailblazer Information Sheet
The GEM Trailblazer (Semester Exchange) programme allows international students to either study or conduct research for one or two semesters, while gaining credit towards their home degree. We welcome applications for undergraduate and postgraduate students from our partner universities. In order to participate, students must be nominated by their home universities. 

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To apply to the Programme, you must fulfil the following eligbility criteria:

  • My home university has an active formal agreement with NTU
  • I have been nominated by my home university
  • I am a full-time, matriculated student at my home university
  • I have completed at least two semesters of study at my home university (at least seven semesters for Direct Masters applicants intending to read PG-level courses )
  • I have a CGPA of at least 3.3/5 or equivalent
  • I am proficient in the English language

If your home university does not have an agreement with NTU, you will need to check back with your home university’s exchange office regarding the availability of exchange or other options that you can consider. You may also be interested to explore the GEM Trailblazer Summer programme as an alternative.

Period of Exchange
Nomination period
Application period
Application outcome
Semester 1
(Fall, August - December)
1 - 15 March1 - 30 MarchSuccessful applicants will be notified via email about 6-8 weeks after the application deadline.
Semester 2
(Spring, January - May)
1 - 15 September
1 - 30 September

* Dates may be subject to change.

Pre-application: Nomination
You must be nominated by your home university to the Programme. We will not review your application if we do not receive your nomination details.

Step 1: Begin your application
Upon successful nomination, you will receive an email contaning instructions and the link to the application portal. Complete your application according to our requirements so as not to hold back the outcome of your application. The full list and details of the mandatory supporting documents is found on Page 4 of the Information Sheet.

You will be asked to indicate your interest in a minimum of 10 courses in your application. These courses must be approved by your home university and deemed necessary for your academic progression. To learn more about the courses offered to exchange students, refer to the 'Coursework' tab of the Programme Brochure.

Step 2: Submit the application
Afer completing your application full, ensure that it is submitted no later than the stipulated application deadline. We ask that you respond in a timely manner if we request for further details or clarifications.

Step 3: Accept the Offer
If your application is approved, you will receive the E-Welcome Package approximately 6 to 8 weeks after the application deadline. Upon accepting the Offer, you will have access to the GEM Trailblazer Exchange/Study Abroad Portal, which provides you with one-stop information and access to the relevant admissions matters that require your attention prior to arrival.

Accepting the Offer kickstarts the admissions process that will ensure a smooth start at NTU. You will have access to the Pre-Arrival and Welcome Guides on the Student Intranet, which contains important information to help you prepare for your semester abroad. The GEM Trailblazer team will also advise you about matters concerning the Student's Pass, on-campus housing, course registration, and more.

NTU does not offer any scholarships or financial assistance to exchange students. You must be prepared to cover the entire cost of studying abroad for the duration of your programme. Refer to the 'Financial' tab of the Programme Brochure for information about the estimated expenses you should plan for.

About the DUO-Singapore Fellowship Award (by invitation only)
The Asia-Europe Meeting's (ASEM) DUO Fellowship Programme aims to promote student exchanges between European and Asian ASEM member countries. Under this programme, the DUO-Singapore Exchange Fellowship is awarded by the Singapore Government to Singapore and ASEAN students studying in Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS) and Singapore Management University (SMU). The Award is also open to studentsfrom European ASEM countries (who come from universities with fee waiver arrangements with NTU, NUS and SMU)

The Award, based on merit, is for a pair of exchanges between a university in Singapore and its respective partner university in Europe in any academic field. Awardees will receive a maximum of €4,000 Euros for one semester of up to four months, which covers airfare, accommodation and living expenses. 

This award is by invitation only and only applies to students participating in the GEM Trailblazer programme during Semester 1 of each academic year. The GEM Trailblazer Team will inform short-listed candidates and host universities accordingly.

Ready to explore the GEM Trailblazer Exchange programme?

Our programme brochure will tell you more about course selection, accomodation and more.

GEM Trailblazer Programme Brochure

Have questions?

We are here to support you in your journey to becoming a global citizen! If you have a query about our inbound semester exchange programme, drop us an email at [email protected].