Summer Engineering Research Internship for US Students (SERIUS)

This is an 8-week research attachment program offered to students from specific US (now including Canada) partner universities. Successful applicants will undertake internships at NUS Engineering labs in Singapore from May 21 to July 12, 2019. Students should preferably be in their junior year, but sophomores who are motivated and academically prepared, are welcome too.

In addition to developing research skills and finding out what’s at the cutting edge in engineering and technology, students learn from faculty and researchers who are experts in their field in a different culture and environment, 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. As students interact with both local and international counterparts, they will get fantastic insights into Asian cultures and practices, uniquely mixed with Western influences.


SERIUS is tagged to the NUS module, EG2605 Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP), and carries 4 NUS modular credits (MCs). Participants will need to submit a report on their project at the end of the internship. This will be graded “Satisfactory” or “Unsatisfactory”.

Projects available:
(projects are listed by host departments; some projects are multi disciplinary and suitable for students of different engineering majors.)

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


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$28.76
Health Service Fee (one-time) S$34
Student Pass Application Fee (one-time) S$90 – S$120
Accommodation at University Town (S$33.20 per night; total: 60 nights) S$1,992
Meals S$800 – S$1,600
Public Transport S$200 – S$300
Miscellaneous S$500

(Note: Costs are in Singapore dollars, which is lower than the US dollar. US$1 = S$1.37. Fees and accommodation cost are correct as at October 1, 2018 and are subject to change.)
There may be additional charges by your home university. Please check with your study abroad office.
Actual costs will depend on your personal needs and lifestyle. Please note that the figures only include expenses for your daily essentials, and do not account for other items such as shopping, entertainment, computers, electronic/communication devices, recreational travel, etc. Do plan a larger budget if you intend to travel around the region.


Activity Date (2019)
Project application deadline Please check with your study abroad office
Application outcome  made known to students Mid February
Online registration deadline March 15
Accommodation check-in date May 19 & 20
Accommodation check-out dates July 13 & 14

Prior to application, students will need to be nominated by their home universities for SERIUS. Please check with your study aboard offices on the internal application process and eligibility. Interested students 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
Arizona State University – Ms Abby Dalpra, ASU Study Abroad Office
Johns Hopkins University – Office of Study Abroad
Olin College of Engineering – Ms Sheila O’Neill, International Programs Coordinator
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – International Programs in Engineering Office (IPENG)
University of Pennsylvania – Ms Jillian Cener, Global Internships Manager

Please apply via the UPenn application portal
University of Pittsburgh – Dr Kristine Lalley, Director of International Engineering Initiatives
University of Toronto – Ms Elina Tulla, Programs and Process Coordinator, Centre for International Experience
University of Wisconsin-Madison – Mr Andy Quackenbush, International Academic Programs

Please complete the IAP online application at