Special Programmes:

Global Engineering Programme (GEP)

Nurturing the Talents of Tomorrow

Global Education for a Globalised World

The Global Engineering Programme (GEP) is an exclusive programme designed to attract the very best students to read any branch of engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Students with exceptional potential will be provided an accelerated pathway and enhanced educational experience that incorporates a strong global learning aspect. The objective is to align and nurture the particular strength of this select group of top engineering undergraduates to be engineer-leaders. The programme is offered to new incoming students from Academic Year 09/10.

Key features

Award of two degrees:
1) Bachelor of Engineering at NUS.
2) Postgraduate degree in Engineering at a top partner university.

Accelerated progress: Students are exempted from reading certain specific modules through advanced placement credits. They can pursue self-study modules so that they can complete their B Eng within three years and go on to postgraduate studies in the 4th year.

Overseas universities: Students will spend at least one semester at a partner university overseas during the undergraduate phase of the program. There will also be opportunities to participate in overseas summer programs and community projects. The 4th year (postgraduate studies) will be spent at one of the partner universities if they can successfully gain admission.

Full NUS scholarships: GEP students may be provided full scholarships which has no bond attached for the duration of their undergraduate studies.

Financial support for graduate studies: If necessary, support will be sought from external agencies to fund GEP students for their graduate studies overseas. Where applicable, upon completion of their graduate study, the GEP students may be required to serve for a short period as specified by the scholarship awarding agency.

Mentoring: Students will enjoy close supervision and mentoring by a select pool of Faculty staff.

Exposure to research: Students will be given early exposure to research through specially-tailored Undergraduate Research Opportunity Programmes (UROP) within the Faculty, or research internships at a partner local or foreign institution, such as at the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE) – a programme under the National Research Foundation at the University Town.

Special Seminars: Special seminars/talks will be arranged for GEP students to meet, interact and be enthused by top engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs and renowned thinkers. Students are also encouraged to pursue summer programme to widen their knowledge, exposure and network.

Entry into the GEP

Interview: The GEP will only admit students who have been interviewed and recommended by a panel comprising selected staff from the Faculty of Engineering at NUS.

NUS Scholarship applicants: Students who are interested to gain entry into the GEP must apply for the NUS scholarship or the ASEAN Overseas Graduate scholarship. Shortlisted candidates for such scholarships will be invited to compete for entry into the programme.

Scholarship holders from other organizations: Upon request, scholarship holders from other organizations may be considered for entry into the GEP, subject to meeting the shortlist and interview requirements.

By invitation: Candidates who performed extremely well at the end of their first semester at NUS may be invited to an interview for admission into the GEP.

Returning National Serviceman (RNS)

• RNS need to re-apply at the Office of Admissions for the GEP if they are interested. If you are eligible, you will be invited for an interview. In the meantime, RNS should hold on to his place in any programme offered until an offer of GEP is made to him.

Undergraduate modules

• GEP scholars will need to complete the total number of MCs required as for normal stream students pursuing the same undergraduate programme in order to graduate.

• GEP scholars, once selected, will take Advanced Placement Credit Tests to exempt them from specific modules. This is done prior to their matriculation in August. Those who passed H3 subjects conducted by NUS, NTU, SMU & A*STAR institutions may also be exempted from related modules. The list of Advance Placement Modules can be found here.

• GEP scholars may study some modules independently, submit the necessary assignments and take an examination to gain a grade for the module. This is done in consultation with the mentor and with approval from his/her department.


• A mentor will be assigned to each GEP scholar. The scholar shall meet the mentor regularly to discuss on any matters related to his/her study. The mentor shall also provide advice on matters related to enhancement programmes such as the University Research Opportunity Programme (UROP), Vacation Internship and Student Exchange Programme which feature significantly in GEP.

Performance & Exit

• The mentor and the GEP committee will review progress and performance at the end of every semester. Those who fail to maintain a good CAP will first be given a warning. A student who subsequently fails to make the expected improvement may be asked to leave the programme. Such student will continue with the regular BEng programme.

Concurrent programme

• The undergraduate phase of the GEP is of three year duration and hence students in this programme cannot be concurrently registered under the DDP and USP.

Graduate study

• GEP students shall apply for admission into the graduate programme at a partner university in Year 3, in consultation with their respective mentor.

• The Faculty of Engineering is working with various agencies (including A*STAR, DSTA, PUB, Keppel Corporation, etc) to offer full scholarships for the postgraduate phase. Students sponsored by these agencies during the postgraduate phase may be required to serve for a short bond as specified by the funding agency.


  GEP Links:
  About GEP
  List of GEP Scholars
  GEP Alumni
  GEP Committee
  GEP Mentors
  Claims Guide for SEP and Summer Programme
  Other Relevant Information
  Media Coverage
  Information from our partners
  News Highlights
  Career Prospects
  Student Exchange Programme
  Advanced Placement Credit Modules AY2016/2017 and Tests
  ST Engineering Prize for GEP
  GEP Sub Club Committee 2016/2017
  Global Internship and Mentorship (GIM)
  MSc (MOT) programme
  Students in Dean’s List
  Prizes/Awards Winners
  SEP and Summer Programme Claims
  Postgraduate Studies and Contacts of GEP Alumni
  Scholarships for Master Programme
  Global Experience

GEP in summary …


Target group

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Up to 50 of the top 1-3% of each cohort

Eng @ NUS

Eng @ NUS and/or study at top engineering school overseas Eng @ NUS and/or study at top engineering school overseas Graduate study at GEP partner university

Distinctive Features:
B Eng at NUS within 3 years including studies abroad (up to 1 year).
• Graduate study (e.g. Masters) at GEP partner university on the 4th year.
Specially tailored leadership programmes.
Full scholarship for BEng phase and financial support for the graduate studies.
• Enhanced flexibility with Advanced Placement Credits & Independent Study Modules.
Close mentorship by selected faculty members.
Specially tailored UROP with GEP partner universities.