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 21 to July 15, 2014.

Biomedical Engineering (8 projects)

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering (5 projects)

Civil & Environmental Engineering (8 projects)

Electrical & Computer Engineering (7 projects)

Mechanical Engineering (5 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.

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$30 per night; total: 60 nights)



S$800 – S$1,600

Public Transport

S$200 – S$300



Additional fees may apply. Please check with the study abroad office at your home university.

(Note: costs are stated in Singapore dollars, which is lower than the US dollar. US$1 S$1.25)

The actual amounts 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 21 to July 15, 2014.



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 19 - 20

Accommodation check-out dates

July 16 - 17


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. Vanderbilt University:  VUSE Associate Dean Cynthia Paschal 
  4. University of Pittsburgh: Dr Kristine Lalley, Director of International Engineering Initiatives,

Project supervisors may interview candidates via email or Skype.


“I was able to do much research on my project and was able to delve deeper into instrumentation.”
BaDoi Phan, Johns Hopkins University

“I was told by people that Singapore was very strict. However I found the people open and friendly. It was an awesome and fun experience.” – Drew Petersen, Johns Hopkins University

“I would highly recommend coming to NUS – it provides a great getaway to Southeast Asia. Definitely explore as much of the city as you can, and enjoy your time here!” – Inez Lam, Johns Hopkins University

“Good involvement in program and frequent interactions with partners and staff here.”
Bofan Shi, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“I thought the work I was delegated was really interesting and working with NUS students was really insightful.”
Michael Genovese, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign