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


From SERIUS 2016 Participants

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 22 to July 14, 2017.

Projects on offer:

  • Biomedical Engineering (5 projects)
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  • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering (4 projects)
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  • Civil & Environmental Engineering (7 projects)
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  • Electrical & Computer Engineering (18 projects)
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  • Materials Science & Engineering (3 projects)
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  • Mechanical Engineering (8 projects)
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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.

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:

Item Estimated Costs (8 weeks)
Student Services Fee (one-time) S$19.21
Health Service Fee (one-time) S$31.45
Student Pass Application Fee (one-time) S$90 – S$120
Accommodation at University Town (S$28 per night; total: 60 nights) S$1,680
Meals S$800 – S$1,600
Public Transport S$200 – S$300
Miscellaneous S$500

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$1.37. Fees and accommodation cost are correct as at 30 September 2016 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 22 to July 14, 2017.

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

Activity Date
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 20 & 21
Accommodation check-out dates July 15 & 16

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:

University’s Study Abroad Offices Contacts
Johns Hopkins University – Office of Study Abroad
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – International Programs in Engineering Office (IPENG)
Olin College of Engineering – Ms Carol Kelley, Office of Student Life
University of Pittsburgh – Dr Kristine Lalley, Director of International Engineering Initiatives
Arizona State University – Ms Abby Dalpra, ASU Study Abroad Office
University of Wisconsin-Madison – Mr Andy Quackenbush, International Academic Programs

Please complete the IAP online application at

Note: Project supervisors may interview candidates via email or Skype.