International Programmes

A key mission of USP is to offer students a range of opportunities to initiate, lead and join international academic and community programmes and projects, so that they get to challenge themselves, become sensitive to, and be familiar with the modern world. Through these opportunities, we hope students can begin making positive impact on the world while still in NUS.

At USP, we set out to create an environment in which our students are self-motivated to learn, grow and effect change. We encourage our students to propose and organise international programmes, as well as take up leadership roles in the process. Students, faculty and the administrative staff get to work hand-in-hand to make substantial and sustainable programmes happen.

Although participation in USP international programmes is not compulsory, they are highly valued by USP students and competition for a place in a programme is the norm.

Jakarta IP

Of Cities, Civilisations and Complexity: One Week in Jakarta

Five USP students, together with NUS students from other faculties, travelled to Jakarta on the Inter-Civilisation Dialogue Study Programme led by USP faculty A/P Syed Farid Alatas. The programme aims to acquaint participants with various aspects of Islamic thought in Indonesia, with particular emphasis on the challenges presented to modern Muslims.

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Rhetorics IP

USP-Sciences Po Comparative Cultural Rhetorics Academy – “The Programme Has Changed the Way I Look at a Menu”

In June 2016, eight USP students, together with NUS and Sciences Po students, participated in a two-week undergraduate intensive non-credited seminar led by USP faculty Dr Mark Brantner. Under the theme “Rhetorics of Food”, the programme introduced students to methods of rhetorical analysis and production developed in and appropriate to Asian, European and American contexts. Students studied for one week in Singapore and one week in Reims, France.

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Steer thailand ip

Field Research in Thai Villages

Nine NUS students travelled to remote villages in northern Thailand to experience the local way of life and learn about issues of land rights, deforestation and discrimination. The insightful trip, led by USP faculty Associate Professor Peter Vail, was part of the NUS Study Trips for Engagement and EnRichment (STEER) programme, and an off-shoot of the USP Special Term module on Participatory Social Development in Southeast Asia.

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Tackling Poverty with Pragmatism

Over the course of 12 days in May 2016, as part of the 7th Builders Connect Learning Programme in the Philippines, nine students from University Scholars Programme (USP) had the opportunity to address these issues. This programme aims to give students multidisciplinary insights into complex issues such as poverty alleviation, through partnerships with international charity organisations or Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

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Upcoming Events


Comparative Cultural Rhetoric Academy


17th AUN and 6th ASEAN+3 Educational Forum and Young Speakers’ Contest