Summer Engineering Research Internship for U.S. Students (SERIUS)

This is an 8-week long internship program offered to students from select U.S. partner universities. Successful applicants will undergo internships at NUS labs from May 18 to July 10, 2015.

Biomedical Engineering (6 projects)

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering (3 projects)

Civil & Environmental Engineering (4 projects)

Electrical & Computer Engineering (13 projects)

Materials Science & Engineering (1 project)

Mechanical Engineering (6 projects)

Why would someone want to travel half the world to Singapore? Apart from developing research skills and finding out what’s at the cutting edge in engineering and technology, students can learn how this is done in a different culture and environment from faculty and researchers, who are experts in their field, at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Singapore is at the heart of Southeast Asia, and English is used, because of its British colonial heritage. It is the most user-friendly English-speaking introduction to Asia, and an excellent gateway to discover and learn more about the surrounding region. The country is a melting pot of cultures and has a unique blend of East and West. You’ll get fantastic insights into Asian cultures and practices, uniquely mixed with Western influences, as you interact with both local and international students, and explore Singapore’s mix of cultures.

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SERIUS is open to students from select U.S. universities. Students should preferably be in their junior year but sophomores who are motivated and academically prepared, are most welcome too.

SERIUS is tagged to the NUS module, EG2605 Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme, and has 4 NUS modular credits (MCs). Students will get a grade of “Satisfactory” or “Unsatisfactory”.

Tuition fee for participating students will be waived under the student exchange agreements NUS has with these universities. The estimated costs involved in this internship are in the following table:


Estimated Costs (8 weeks)

Student Services Fee (one-time)


Health Service Fee (one-time)


Student Pass Application Fee (one-time)

S$90 – S$120

Accommodation at University Town (S$32 per night; total: 60 nights)



S$800 – S$1,600

Public Transport

S$200 – S$300



(Note: costs are stated in Singapore dollars, which is lower than the US dollar. US$1 S$1.28)

The actual costs will depend on your personal needs and lifestyle. Please note that the figures only include expenses for your daily essentials and does not account for other items such as shopping, entertainment, computers, electronic/communication devices, recreational travel, etc.

The internship period will be for 8 weeks, from May 18 to July 10, 2015.

Dates to note (subject to change; please check website for the latest updates):



Project application deadline

Please check with your study abroad office

Application outcome to be made known to students

late February

Online registration deadline

March 15

Submission of supporting documents deadline

March 22

Accommodation check-in date

May 16 & 17

Accommodation check-out dates

July 11 & 12


Students who wish to apply should complete the SERIUS application form and submit it, together with the relevant documents, to their universities’ study abroad offices:

  1. Johns Hopkins University: Office of Study Abroad
  2. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: International Programs in Engineering Office (IPENG)
  3. Olin College of Engineering: Ms Carol Kelley, Office of Student Life,
  4. University of Pittsburgh: Dr Kristine Lalley, Director of International Engineering Initiatives,
  5. Arizona State University: Ms Jennifer Moy, ASU Study Abroad Office,

Project supervisors may interview candidates via email or Skype.


“I had a great time learning in the laboratory, while simultaneously being able to travel to other countries in Southeast Asia on the weekends.”
Amy Sun, Johns Hopkins University

“Rewarding experience in research and a great opportunity to explore Singapore.”
Henry Sanchez, Johns Hopkins University

“I’m more comfortable doing experimental work than I was before. I’ve also been able to spend time with engineering grad students, which has been useful in thinking about what I want to do after graduation.”
Jessica Oehrlein, Olin College of Engineering

“My lab is fantastic, and if I ever come back to Asia, I hope to see them all again. They were so welcoming and helpful. I learned so much on this internship – about the scientific community, being an engineer, and myself.”
Ashley Moy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“NUS is a place with lots of energy and I am leaving this place with an experience of a lifetime.”  
Shreyans Chowdhary, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign