NTU-University Scholars Programme (NTU-USP)

Double Degree | Double major | Single Degree | Special Programme

A vibrant and unique programme specially designed to offer outstanding students global learning opportunities that complement their core areas of study. 
The Nanyang Technological University – University Students Programme (NTU-USP) allows students to sharpen their critical thinking skills and leadership abilities through interdisciplinary academic and co-curricular programmes promoting independent learning and immersive cultural experiences. Students are exposed to the practice of independent inquiry and learning across diverse academic fields, as they undertake interdisciplinary courses across the sciences, engineering, humanities and social sciences.
  • Professional Development

  • NTU-USP Alumni Association

  • Student & Staff Achievements

  • Seminars

  • Workshops 

Applicants should possess outstanding Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'A' level, Diploma awarded by a polytechnic in Singapore, NUS High School Diploma, IB Diploma or Year 12 equivalent qualifications and have excellent co-curricular records.

Applicants should also be enrolled in any of the following majors in NTU:

1. College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences

  • Art, Design & Media
  • Chinese
  • Communication Studies
  • Economics
  • English
  • History
  • Linguistics & Multilingual Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Psychology with 2nd Major in Biological Sciences
  • Public Policy and Global Affairs
  • Sociology
  • Chinese & English
  • Chinese & Linguistics & Multilingual Studies
  • Economics & Media Analytics
  • Economics & Psychology
  • Economics & Public Policy & Global Affairs
  • English & History
  • English Literature & Art History
  • English & Philosophy
  • History & Chinese
  • History & Linguistics & Multilingual Studies
  • Linguistics & Multilingual Studies & English
  • Linguistics & Multilingual Studies & Philosophy
  • Philosophy & Chinese
  • Philosophy & History
  • Psychology & Linguistics & Multilingual Studies
  • Psychology & Media Analytics

2. College of Business

  • Accountancy
  • Business
  • Double Degree in Accountancy & Business

3. College of Science

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry & Biological Chemistry
  • Environmental Earth Systems Science
  • Mathematics & Economics
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Physics & Applied Physics

4. College of Engineering

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Bioengineering
  • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Data Science & Artificial Intelligence
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Information Engineering & Media
  • Maritime Studies
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

5. National Institute of Education

  • Sport Science & Management

The Nanyang Technological University – University Scholars Programme (NTU–USP) provides an intellectually stimulating environment for students who are enrolled in our programme. NTU–USP students sharpen their critical thinking skills and leadership abilities through interdisciplinary academic and co-curricular programmes promising independent learning and immersive intercultural experiences.

This academically rigorous multi-disciplinary programme complements and bridges NTU’s core disciplines, adding breadth to each scholar’s academic experience. Scholars remain in their home programme while concurrently pursuing NTU–USP courses and activities.

The NTU–USP experience offers a vibrant student life. Our co-curricular enrichment activities supplement the NTU–USP academic curriculum through freshmen overseas study, seminars by distinguished professors, and NTU–USP scholar-led initiatives.

The NTU-USP Curriculum 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. Class sizes are kept small to maximise interaction and foster creative discussions. The NTU-USP curriculum intends for students to move out of their comfort zone and explore other areas of interest, which may or may not be their niche.

Students are required to take four core courses, and select two* or four elective courses of their interest from two academic categories; minimum one from each category (i.e. total of six or eight NTU-USP courses). Core courses will be read in the student's first year in NTU while elective courses can be read throughout the student's length of study.

The NTU-USP courses offered are listed below. Please note that the NTU-USP elective courses offered in each academic year (AY) may vary depending on the availability of faculty, as well as the inputs from existing students.


  • Writing and Reasoning
  • Ethics
  • Fieldwork and Documentation: Topics in Sustainability / Travel Overseas Programme for Scholars (TOPS)
  • Living Well

Elective courses to be chosen from the following categories

  • Arts, Humanities, and Culture (AHC)
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)

The electives include a range of diverse modules that are specially planned and produced by faculty fellows across NTU for NTU-USP scholars.

*An exception is made for students from the Nanyang Business School (NBS) and students from College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences (CoHASS) taking Double Major programmes. They are required to take the same four core courses but will take two elective courses (instead of four) of their interest from two academic categories; minimum one elective from each category.

    Elective courses to be chosen from the following

    • SP0005 Quantitative Reasoning
    • SP0011 Major Contemporary Environmental Challenges: A Multidisciplinary Perspective 
    • SP0013 Cultivating Heartware for Inclusivity and Diversity 
    • SP0015 Understanding Science in the Media 
    • SP0016 What is Reality? Perspectives from Quantum Physics and Philosophy 
    • SP0018 Sociolinguistics: Language and Culture
    • SP0020 AI: Law, Technology & Ethics, from Financial Services to Autonomous Vehicles
    • SP0023 Error and Bias 
    • SP0024 Political Earth 
    • SP0025 Exploring Spaces: Communities, Societies and Cultures
    • SP0030 Travels and Travellers 
    • SP0031 Truth and Ethics in Art and Journalism
    • SP0032 Art, Technology, and the Image
    • SP0033 Community Literacy Practices in the 21st Century
    • SP0034 Mindfulness
    • SP0035 The South East Asian Economy
    • SP0036 Paleoanthropology and Human Evolution
    • SP0037 Naughty and Nice Deviance in Fables, Folklore, and Literature
    • SP0040 Maritime Silk Roads: Past, Present, and Future 
    • SP0042 Theatrical Mobility: Adaptation and Improvisation
    • SP0046 Performing Comedy: Improvisation and Standup
    • SP0047 Key Problems and Puzzles in Contemporary Aesthetics 
    • SP0048 Global Histories Through Masterpieces 
    • SP0051 Astronomy 
    • SP0056 Workings of the Human Body 
    • SP0065 Refugee, Displaced Communities, Education and Opportunities
    • SP0067 Creativity, Cognition, & the Imagination 
    • SP0068 Artificial Intelligence: History, Philosophy, & Prospects 
    • SP0071 Love and Sex 
    • SP0072 Enterprise, Innovation and Leadership
    • SP0079 Language and Society 
    • SP0081 Culture and Conflict 
    • SP0082 Truth, Lies, and Hype 
    • SP0083 Science, Culture, and Society 
    • SP0084 Communicating Gender: From Biology to Culture 

    Eminent Speakers Series

    The Eminent Speaker Series (ESS) is a series of talks and seminars for scholars that aims to provide a higher-level platform for the scholars to connect with world-class professor, industry and business leaders and to learn best practices from the best brains around the world.

    ESS topics will be broad-based to cater to the different needs and expectations of the scholars. The topics range from culture and the arts, business and entrepreneurship, philosophy, modern science and technology to politics.