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.

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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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Brazil's Beacon of Hope

To many, Brazil is known for its Mardi Gras revelry, exotic samba and, of course, football — “the beautiful game” first dubbed by Brazilian football legend Pelé. A group of NUS students also learnt that Brazil could be more than just the land of cheese, pastries and the football museum. As part of NUS’ Study Trip for Engagement and EnRichment (STEER), 31 students who visited São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in December 2015 found Brazil’s solidarity economy and social business landscape an eye-opener, providing an international model of social and economic development.

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Learning about Theatre in the Classroom and Beyond

Last semester, USP Highlights student writer Mary took the USP Inquiry module “UAR2207: Theatre and the World” taught by Dr Miguel Escobar Varela. Here, she shares her thoughts on the module after a field trip to Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

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Upcoming Events


EPIIC International Symposium


Inter-Civilisational Dialogue Study Programme


“Desert Nights, Rising Stars” Writers Conference