Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

General

What is the objective of the GEP?

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 the particular strength and nurture this select group of top engineering undergraduates to be engineer-leaders. The pursuit of a higher degree is facilitated.

Will a mentor be assigned to each GEP scholar?

Yes, each GEP scholar will be closely mentored by a specially selected Faculty member.

Will I be recognised if I am on the GEP? Will it be reflected on my transcript?

Your transcript will not reflect that you were a GEP scholar. Instead, you will receive a separate certificate for successful completion under the GEP.

If I am offered the GEP under a certain engineering course, can I still appeal for another engineering course and will the GEP offer hold?

We will evaluate each on a case by case basis.

How would GEP scholars be exempted from specific modules?

GEP scholars who gain exemption from certain modules would not need to read those modules. They can gain exemption by taking Advanced Placement tests or they could be asked to do self-learning for some modules. Click here for the Advanced Placement Modules that are offered by the Faculty of Science, NUS Engineering and School of Computing.

Would the Faculty be separating GEP scholars from mainstream students right from Year 1?

NUS Engineering curriculum structure is modular and not all students from the same cohort of the same discipline will always have classes together. GEP scholars are no different, although more of their modules from Year 1 onwards that they are taking will not be in sync with other students admitted in the same year.

For the GEP, since it is a 3-year accelerated honours programme, how will the lessons (lectures, practical, tutorials) be conducted as compared to those who are not in the programme? Do we attend separate lectures or together?

Although you will take most courses with the other students, because of the accelerated rate, you may be taking some modules with your “seniors” rather than with students of your batch. There may be a few modules that you will take that may be different from your other fellow classmates. This will vary from the discipline which you are admitted to. Since it is an accelerated programme, you are advised to closely work with your Mentor to plan out your course schedule and module mapping for student exchange programme. You should also discuss undergraduate research opportunities programme and vacation internship options with your mentor.

Regarding our modules, will GEP students have to take all the General Education and Singapore studies modules like the rest of the undergraduates? Will they have to fufill the breadth requirements by taking modules offered by other faculties, or will they just concentrate on Engineering modules?

In general, most of the modules taken are no different from students under the normal programme. However, some of these modules may be replaced by similar type of modules, especially those for breadth requirements. These may include those Advanced Placement Credit tests which GEP scholars have taken.

I do realise that the accelerated 3-year programme means that students will spend much more time on their studies compared to normal undergrads, and hope that the opportunities offered by the GEP will not pale in comparison to the extra-curricular activities offered by the rest of NUS.

Students on GEP should be able to gain advanced placement credits to reduce their workload. In addition, they are expected to be pro-active in doing UROP and vacation internship projects to gain further credits. This will ensure that their normal semesters are not overloaded such that normal extra-curricular activities are sacrificed.

Could you elaborate more about the extra-curricular programmes that GEP students will be exposed to?

GEP students can participate in extra-curricular programmes available to all NUS students. Being the cream of the crop, they should in fact show initiative in participating in such programmes. Special programmes, for example those with GEP scholars of other institutions may be arranged where the opportunities arise. Interaction with key professionals, including seminar and discussions, and visits to their companies may be arranged.

Are there still opportunities to go for Industrial Attachments and other enhancement Programmes?

The opportunities are there but the realisation will depend on many factors, including the ability and interest of the student. Within GEP, we plan to have other enhancement programmes. The University Research Opportunity Programme (UROP) and vacation internship will be a major feature in GEP, where students will have a chance to work closely with a mentor on a research topic.

If I were to accept the GEP offer, do I have to inform the NUS Business school and the University Scholars Programme about my withdrawal from the Double Degree Programme and the USP respectively myself? Or will the Engineering faculty handle the withdrawals on my behalf?

You have to handle the withdrawals yourself.

Is there any opportunity for GEP students to participate in the NUS Overseas College (NOC)?

We do not allow GEP students to participate in the NOC as it is typically of a year’s duration, spanning over 2 semesters.

Returning National Serviceman (RNS)

As a Returning National Serviceman (RNS) who has a place reserved in the Double Degree Programme, how do I apply for the GEP?

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.

Application for GEP admission

How do I apply for the GEP? Is it through the NUS Office of Admissions?

Starting from AY 2014, there is a selection box for the GEP in the online application form for applicants applying with the Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘A’ level, International Baccalaureate and the NUS High School Diploma.

Can an international student apply for the GEP?

International students are not precluded from applying.

Is it possible to apply for the GEP during the first year of study in the Engineering course?

Since the GEP is a 3 year accelerated programme it is advisable to apply for GEP before you enter first year.

Are polytechnic graduates eligible to apply for the GEP?

Polytechnic graduates are not precluded from applying for the GEP.

Selection criteria & quota

What are the criteria for selecting students for the GEP?

Besides academic excellence, CCA achievements and performance at the interviews will be taken into consideration. Invited applicants should submit their results, CVs and achievements for consideration.

How large is the intake for the GEP?

We shall be selecting about 30 – 40 students from each cohort.

Are there intake quotas across the disciplines?

In general, there is no pre-set quota across the engineering disciplines as we are more concerned about taking in high-quality students for the GEP regardless of engineering discipline.

Performance & exit

Is there a minimum CAP to attain to remain in the programme? What will happen if we do not meet this minimum CAP?

GEP scholars should maintain a CAP of at least 4.5 so that they can get a First Class Honours degree. Otherwise, they may have difficulty getting admitted to a good university for their Masters program. However, we do understand that there may be one or two semesters that students may not be able to maintain this CAP for many good reasons. Hence, we will only issue a letter of warning to students if their CAP falls below 4.25 and the GEP committee will examine cases where the CAP falls below 4.0 before making the difficult decision of asking students to revert to the normal programme instead of carrying on under the GEP. With close mentorship, we are confident that the situation of a student getting out of GEP will rarely arise. Students are advised to discuss with their mentors on their academic progress and if necessary, remedial action.

If I am admitted into the GEP but am unable to cope, can I withdraw later without a penalty?

If the scholar decides to terminate the scholarship prematurely, the university reserves the right to impose some repayment, if necessary, on a case-by-case basis. He/she can then revert to the normal programme.

Scholarship & Reimbursement

Is a scholarship awarded automatically to all those who are selected for the GEP? What is the value of the scholarship? Is there a bond?

All Singaporean students who are selected for admission to GEP will be awarded either a GEP scholarship, or the NUS Global Merit Scholarship, unless special arrangement with another scholarship awarding agency has been made. There is no bond for those awarded these aforementioned scholarships. The 2 types of scholarship are described below.

  1. GEP Scholarship
    GEP scholarship covers the undergraduate tuition fee for 3 years and also awards an annual living allowance of S$6,000 for 3 years, an overseas student exchange allowance of up to $5000 and summer programme allowance of up to $3000. In addition, a $2000 computer allowance (one-off) is provided.
  2. NUS Global Merit Scholarship
    Details of the NUS Global Merit Scholarship can be found in this link
    http://www.nus.edu.sg/oam/scholarships/freshmen/scp/scholarship-scp-nus-global-merit.html

Am I still eligible for the GEP if I am receiving another scholarship?

Recipients of the GEP scholarship may not concurrently hold any other scholarship, fellowship, grant or award without prior approval from the University.

Is financial assistance for graduate studies guaranteed? Is it the Faculty of Engineering’s responsibility to secure the financial support or do students have to apply on their own?

Our faculty will work closely with external scholarship boards to help student secure funding for the overseas Master’s course with our partner universities. However, students may also apply on their own for financial assistance.

How does a GEP student get reimbursed for the payment that he/she has to fork out first?

For reimbursement, the student has to fill up the Claim Form. The reimbursement applies for approved Exchange Programme fee, Summer Programme fee, etc. The duly completed form is to be submitted together with all supporting documents and original receipts to Mr Yong Tat Fah at his office EA-06-10. All reimbursements shall be subjected to the approval by GEP Director.

If I am a recipient of the Science and Technology (S&T) Undergraduate Scholarship or the ASEAN scholarship, am I eligible to apply for the Global Engineering Programme?

S&T Scholars are eligible to apply for and enrol in the Global Engineering Programme (GEP), on condition that they obtain approval from (i) their sponsor for the deferment of their scholarship bond and (ii) MOE for the deferment of their MOE Tuition Grant bond, before they embark on their postgraduate studies. S&T Scholars who obtain approval to defer their scholarship bond are required to place a Banker’s Guarantee of up to 100% of their estimated scholarship liquidated damages with a local bank, and sign a supplement agreement. The exact Banker’s Guarantee amount will depend on the nature and location of the postgraduate studies. An additional Banker’s Guarantee may be required for the deferment of the Tuition Grant bond.

ASEAN Scholars are similarly eligible to apply for and enrol in the Global Engineering Programme (GEP), provided they obtain approval from MOE for the deferment of their MOE Tuition Grant bond, before they embark on their postgraduate studies. ASEAN Scholars who obtain approval to defer their MOE Tuition Grant bond may be required to place a Banker’s Guarantee with a local bank.

Both S&T and ASEAN Scholars are restricted to 1 semester of overseas exchange throughout their undergraduate studies, and are not allowed to concurrently receive the GEP Scholarship.

Graduate phase

Will students still be awarded the B.Eng. degree at the end of 3 years if they do not wish to pursue graduate studies? Will there be any penalty?

Students will be awarded the B.Eng. degree at the end of 3 years if they have fulfilled all programme requirements. For Poly students who are admitted to GEP, they have to complete their B.Eng. degree programme within 2.5 years. If GEP students have a good reason not to pursue graduate studies, there will be no penalty.

What are the overseas partner universities under the GEP for the Master’s degree?

The overseas partners are based on mutual agreements between universities and may change from time to time.

If a GEP scholar cannot gain admission to the overseas partner universities, can he still pursue graduate studies?

Yes, he can still pursue graduate studies at an appropriate university approved by the NUS Engineering management board.

Can a GEP scholar select other universities besides the partner universities for the graduate study?

A GEP scholar is encouraged to select our partner university for graduate studies as we have developed special linkages with them. Whilst they are also highly ranked universities, GEP scholar should discuss his/her university of interest with his/her mentor.

Existing undergraduates

In Year 1 Semester 1, NUS Engineering has restricted a maximum number of 20 MCs that a student can take. As a GEP student who is expected to accelerate the study, can I take more than 20 MCs?

The GEP Committee will send the list of GEP freshmen to UG office and ask them to relax the 20-MC limit. GEP students can read up to 27 MCs for Semester 1 of Year 1. However, please note that this overloading of modules cannot be used as a mitigating factor should the student fail to maintain the CAP required to continue in the GEP.

Concurrent Programmes

I am already in the USP. Can I combine both USP & GEP?

A USP scholar needs to satisfy the USP curriculum (8 First-Tier and 4 Advanced-Tier modules) which cannot be accelerated unlike the GEP. It would be difficult to combine both USP and GEP and complete both within 3 years. GEP scholars are selected at the point of entry and are advised to choose only a single degree.

I am already in the Double-Degree Programme (DDP). Can I combine both DDP & GEP?

The normal duration of a DDP is 5 years. It would be difficult to accelerate both bachelor degrees to within 3 years. GEP scholars are selected at the point of entry and are advised to choose only a single degree.

Credit/grade transfer for subjects taken at H3 in ‘A’ level

I had taken NTU's H3 Contemporary Physics in my A level and attained a Merit. Can I transfer any MCs from this subject? And if I can, will there be any grades transfer for it?

Yes, you can obtain the Advanced Placement Credit (APC). In other words, you can claim credit for the MCs of NTU’s H3 module. But you cannot transfer the grade as this was not done in NUS.

Institution that offers the H3 subject Minimum grade required Advanced Placement Credits (APC)
NUS Pass Credits and Grade*
NTU, SMU or A*STAR Pass Credits

* This is the original letter grade awarded by NUS, which may be converted to Satisfactory (S) grade during the University’s official period of declaration, subject to Home Faculty’s rules on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) Option. For more information on S/U, please refer to http://www.nus.edu.sg/registrar/edu/UG/graduation.html#SU
Please note: NUS reserves the right to review the APC criteria from time to time.

If the transfer can be done, how do I go about applying for the transfer? Or will the Office inform us on this matter at a later date?

In July of every year, the Registrar’s Office will write to the freshmen who have done H3 modules in NUS, NTU or A*Star. The freshmen will be asked whether they will want to apply for the APCs and transfer grades. [Please note that the latter option of transferring grades is only meant for H3 modules done in NUS]. Therefore, if you are enrolling this year, please wait for the Registrar’s Office to write to you in July.

Frequently Asked Questions