Overseas Entrepreneurship Programme

Programme Overview

The Overseas Entrepreneurship Programme (OEP) provides a unique opportunity for NTU undergraduates to gain entrepreneurial experience outside the classroom. Students are offered internship roles in technology-based start-ups in global innovation hotspots, and work closely with founders to contribute to the business. Through OEP, students will gain a global perspective of business and markets, build valuable business contacts, and develop the skills to build and run a start-up. NTU is an appointed partner of the Innovators Academy under Ministry of Education's Global Innovation Alliance initiative of which OEP is a part of.

Students who demonstrate financial need may apply for the Chua Thian Poh Overseas Immersion Award to go on OEP. Each student is funded up to S$5,000* each Academic Year. 

Eligible students are also funded up to S$5,000 (Southeast Asia Start-ups only) by the Ministry of Education.

*Terms and conditions apply. Subject to changes


Internship Duration

6 months / 1 year

Internship Mode


Course Intake

January and July

Dates for application windows 

For January batch:For July/August batch:
Round 1: 20 May to 22 JulyRound 1: 15 Dec to 7 Jan
Round 2: 1 Aug to 31 AugRound 2: 15 Jan to 2 Feb


Programme Details

A unique feature of OEP is a series of customised workshops and training organised for the students to prepare them for their OEP internship. Students will pick up the skills required to thrive in a start-up environment. Some examples include “Interview and Communication Skills”, “Digital and Social Media Marketing” and “Business Plan Creation” workshops.

The overseas exposure in OEP presents opportunities to create new business ideas through observation and interaction with the local business community. Students will be provided mentorship in helping them create a business idea while on internship overseas. Students are required to submit and present a business proposal upon their return.

Students are strongly encouraged to attend local entrepreneurship events like hackathons, innovation competition, and fireside chats with local entrepreneurs. This would help them integrate into the startup ecosystem and hone their entrepreneurial skills while learning from the best in the business, Students will be grouped to organise an entrepreneurial event every 6 months in the host country as part of their OEP internship.

Students who are keen to find out more can download our brochures - English | Chinese.

Australia, China (Including HK and Taiwan), Denmark, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Norway, Sweden, Thailand, The Netherlands, United States, Vietnam.

For companies interested to partner with OEP, please refer to our brochures - English | Chinese.

Programme Curriculum

To find out more, please download our brochures - English | Chinese
Learn more about the OEP course outline and assessment criteria here: 6-month OEP | 12-month OEP

For companies interested to partner with OEP, please refer to the OEP Corporate brochures - English | Chinese

OEP students can gain academic credits during their internship, subject to approval by both OEP and faculty, the credit allocations for individual colleges are different.

With travelling restrictions lifted by the University in October 2021, travelling to the host countries for students on a credit-bearing internship is an option amid the current pandemic, subject to certain conditions.

Admission Info

  • Current NTU full-time undergraduate students who have completed at least 2 semesters in NTU and at least one remaining semester of study upon return without exceeding their maximum candidature (depending on course curriculum). Students are encouraged to apply for OEP during their penultimate or final year.
  • Passion for entrepreneurship and willingness to take on the challenge of working overseas in a changing start-up environment.
  • Possess the maturity to thrive in a foreign and highly competitive environment as you will be dealing with founders and important stakeholders.

    • Students are allowed to clear their internship credits using OEP, though subject to OEP’s and the faculty’s approval.
    • For scholars, please check with the scholarship administrators with regards to your eligibility to participate in the programme.
    • No extension of candidature will be allowed as students are advised to plan their modules in advance.
    • Confirmation of placement in OEP is subjected to appointments offered by the startups.

OEP sends students overseas twice a year - January and June.

Please download the application form here and submit to [email protected] after completion.
Together with your application form, you also need to submit:

1) An essay of not more than 300 words telling us about:

  • your entrepreneurial aspirations and what you hope to achieve by going on OEP
  • your personal passion and mission statement
  • a time when you failed at something and how you overcame it​

2) Your resume

3) Full degree audit

After submitting your application, you will be notified via e-mail if you have been shortlisted for an interview. Do check your NTU e-mail inbox regularly for the outcome of your application and the selection interview.

There will be a subsidy for Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents to cover air tickets, travel and health insurance, visa expenses and medical check-up. Terms and conditions apply.

Overseas Student Programme Loan (OSP Loan)
Full-time undergraduates of all nationalities, including recipients of scholarships and bursary, may apply for the OSP loan. Students must apply for the OSP Loan under the OEP. All enquiries regarding the loan should be directed to OAFA via [email protected]

Please click here for more information.

Enterprise Singapore (ES​G) Global Ready Talent Programme (GRT) Grant

The GRT grant provide funding for eligible internship programme to developing countries.
OEP locations currently supported by GRT grant include China (Including Taiwan and Hong Kong), Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.

OEP interns may receive GRT grant amount of up to S$5,600 for a 6-month internship (terms and conditions apply)

To be eligible for the grant, a student must

1.     be a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident
2.     not hold any external scholarships or awards

Students who have received and accepted the offer for the GRT Grant must complete and submit a report to OEP within 2 weeks after the completion of their internship.
1. Can I apply for OEP if I am on scholarship?

Students on scholarships must check with their respective scholarship administrators or providers on their eligibility to participate in the OEP before applying. Selected candidates will only be permitted to embark on this programme after meeting the eligibility criteria.

2. Can I go for GEM Explorer before embarking on OEP?

As will be conducting briefings and interviews for all outgoing students, students are encouraged to be in NTU in the semester before embarking on OEP. However, we will review each student on a case-by-case basis. Subject to meeting your minimum residential candidature, you can participate in GEM Explorer before completing OEP.

3. Can I graduate immediately after returning from OEP?

This will depend on your course and your school. If you are participating in OEP during your final semester, please note that the marks entry will be delayed and will affect your graduation by 2 months.

4. Can I apply for OEP if I am currently in my freshman year?

Freshmen are welcome to apply for this programme but you will only embark on the programme once you have completed at least 2 semesters.

5. Am I eligible to apply for OEP if I am a graduate student?

No, OEP is currently only open to NTU undergraduates.

6. If I am an international student, will I be eligible for the programme?

Yes, international students may apply for the programme but they will not be eligible for the subsidies.

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