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 23 to July 15, 2016.

Biomedical Engineering (6 projects)

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering (4 projects)

Civil & Environmental Engineering (6 projects)

Electrical & Computer Engineering (14 projects)

Materials Science & Engineering (1 project)

Mechanical Engineering (8 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). Participants will need to submit a report on their projects at the end of the attachment period. A grade of "Satisfactory" or "Unsatisfactory" will be given.

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



There may be additional charges by your home university. Please check with your study abroad office.

(Note: costs are stated in Singapore dollars, which is lower than the US dollar. US$1 ≈ S$1.41. Fees and
accommodation cost are correct as at 1 August 2015 and are subject to change.)

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. Do set aside more money if you intend to travel around the region!

The internship period will be for 8 weeks, from May 23 to July 15, 2016.

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

Accommodation check-in date

May 21 & 22

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. Olin College of Engineering: Ms Carol Kelley, Office of Student Life,
  4. University of Pittsburgh: Dr Diane Hardy Saran, Associate Director, International Engineering Initiatives,
  5. Arizona State University: Ms Jennifer Moy, ASU Study Abroad Office,
  6. University of Wisconsin-Madison: Please complete the IAP online application at Please contact Mr Andy Quackenbush, International Academic Programs, if you have any questions.

Project supervisors may interview candidates via email or Skype.


“(The biggest highlight was) engaging with people in the lab and working on an independent project with resources we needed available.”

Angelica Morgan, Johns Hopkins University

“Do it!!! I think that everybody should study abroad at least once. If you are thinking about visiting Asia but are afraid of the language barrier, visit Singapore first.”

Oluwami Dosunmu-Ogunbi, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“I really enjoyed the food, culture, and sights of the city. Singapore is a very progressive country and I believe it is a model for the rest of the world to follow.”

Alvaro Rodriguez, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“I really enjoyed the blend of learning and applying new skills in the lab with exploring new cultures and stepping a bit outside of my comfort zone.”

Stephen Snow, University of Pittsburgh

“(The biggest highlight was) being able to experience Singapore whilst simultaneously participating in exciting, novel research.”

Andrew Mao, Johns Hopkins University

“I really, really enjoyed this internship. The work was meaningful and challenging, and the staff and students were all friendly. Singapore has so much to offer besides just the academics and that’s really what made this opportunity so great.”

Alannah Malia, University of Pittsburgh

“This program offered an excellent opportunity for me to explore graduate programs of interest.”

– Jonathan Zia, Arizona State University