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Nanyang Technological University : Courses, How to Apply, Admission, Fees & Acceptance Rate

Updated on 29 February, 2024

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Founded on July 1, 1991, the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is one of the best research-intensive global universities.

With much diversification in terms of the program, it can be said that the university doesn't just excel by relying solely on research-based programs. The renowned university also makes way for coursework programs.

The official address of the Nanyang Technological University is:

50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798

The university was initially set up as Nanyang Technological Institute (NTI) in 1981 and was tasked to enforce Singaporean economic growth by educating practice-oriented engineers.

In 1991, the institute merged with the National Institute of Education, and Nanyang Technological University came into existence.

Singapore's second-oldest public research university, NTU, decided to become autonomous in 2006 and is now proclaimed one of the country's largest public-sector universities.

Let's shed some light on the caliber of the university with the help of some metrics. Nanyang Technological University’s ranking, as per top-ranking indexes is as follows:

  • QS World University Rankings: Rank 12
  • QS WUR Ranking by Subject: Rank 1
  • Asian University Rankings: Rank 3
  • THE (Times Higher Education) World University Ranking 2022: Rank 46
  • Rank 1 for Neuroscience and Nanotechnology (US news)
  • Rank 1 in Material Science


Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, facilitates a smart campus that essentially leverages innovative tech-enabled solutions to make life easier. This intellectually nurturing environment fosters growth.

Moreover, NTU leverages innovative technological solutions and integrates them into its holistic and flexible curriculum. The smart infrastructure of the Nanyang Technological University is comprised of two major campuses.

  • The Yunnan Garden Campus: The Yunnan Garden, the main campus of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, stretches over 200 acres and is Singapore's largest on-campus residence infrastructure.
  • The Novena Campus: Located close to LKCMedicine's partner teaching hospital, this particular campus is a dedicated clinical science building.

Moreover, the various priority research clusters are as follows:

  • Artificial and Augmented intelligence
  • Brain and learning
  • Health and society
  • Culture, organizations, and society
  • Future of industry
  • Natural ecosystems and resilient urbanization

To support the premium quality education standards, the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, has a multitude of state-of-the-art laboratories. They are:

  • Biomedical informatics lab (BIL)
  • Computer Networks and Communication Lab (CNCL)
  • Hardware and Embedded Systems Lab (HESL)
  • Computational Intelligence Lab (CIL)
  • Parallel and Distributed Computing Lab (PDCL)
  • Data management and Analytics Lab (DMAL
  • Innovation Lab (I-Lab)

NTU has also laid the foundation for various research centers. NTU houses the following research centers in collaboration with the National Institute of Education.

  • Earth Observatory of Singapore
  • Singapore Center for Environmental Life-Sciences Engineering (SCELSE)
  • Ageing Research Institute of Society and Education (ARISE)
  • Centre for Research and Development in Learning (CRADLE)
  • Cyber-Security Research Centre (CYSERN)
  • NTU Integrated Medical, Biological & Environmental Life Sciences (NIMBELS)
  • Energy Research Institute 
  • Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NEWRI)

All the courses offered at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, are in the English language.   


Being one of the most prestigious research-intensive universities globally, NTU has an intake of about 33,000 students per year. The Nanyang Technological University acceptance rate is 35%, as per EduRank. 

To stay on top of your application process and avoid delays, here are the various dates for the Nanyang Technological University admission process: 

Admission Stage

Event Actions


Admission application
  1. Online application
By 19 March 2022
  1. Application fee payment
By 23 March 2022 
  1. Submission of ABA (Aptitude-based Admissions)
By 23 March 2022 
  1. Supporting online documents submission
By 23 March 2022 
Scholarship Application
  1. Online application
By 19 March 2022
  1. Appraisal form and photograph submission
By 26 March 2022 
Offer and Acceptance 
  1. Application result
From March-end 2022
  1. 1st window for acceptance of the offer
3 January – 24 May 2022 
  1. Online appeal on the result
10 May – 22 May 2022 
  1. 2nd window for acceptance of offer
1 June – 17 June 2022 

How to apply for NTU?

The entire application process for Nanyang Technological University Singapore is online. Consider the following steps in order successfully navigate the application process.

Step 1: Apply online

You first need to head to the Nanyang Technological University website and access the application form to initiate your application process. Once you have completed Toand submitted the form, you will receive a confirmation email comprising your application number.

If you are an international student, you need to make sure that your application complies with the admission requirements. For instance, if you are from India, your application must comply with  Indian Standard 12 (At least 90% in all subjects including English but excluding the other languages and Technical subjects such as Home Science, Art, and Fashion Design in the 12th Board exam). (Application date: 15th October 2021 – 19th March 2022).

Step 2: Payment of application fee

Once the application form has been completed, head to the application fee payment. The application fee is:

  • SGD 30 (INR 1,680) – For payment via bank draft
  • SGD 20 (INR 1,120) – For payment via the online portal
  • SGD 10 (INR 560) – For Singaporean nationals

This application fee is payable irrespective of the success of the application submission.

Step 3: Document submission and verification

The last and final step of the application process is to submit the necessary documents for verification. Here is a list of documents you should possess to clear the application process.

You have to head to the ‘Application Tracking Page’ and find the checklist of all documents necessary for application submission.

  • Personal identity proof (Passport, identity card number, etc.)
  • Residential proof containing home, phone number, and postal address
  • Proof of educational qualifications and results. (10th mark sheet, 12th mark sheet, university transcripts)
  • A writing score sheet that comes after clearing any one of the following standardized assessment tests: TOEFL, SAT, PTE, IELTS, ACT.

Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Program

Nanyang Technological University Admission Requirements for the undergrad program are as follows.

  • Must have attained at least 12 years of general education or be taking high-school examinations in the year of application.
  • Must possess either one of the following test scores.
  1. IELTS: writing 6, overall, 6
  2. TOEFL: minimum of 90) 
  3. SAT: minimum of 1250, and the examination must have been taken after March 2016
  4. Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): minimum of 55
  5. ACT with Writing: You must have a minimum composite score of 30 in one writing.
  6. AST English score
  7. C1 Advanced (CAE)
  • Make sure you clear all the minimum subject requirements about your respective subject of choice.
  • All necessary documents should be in order, as per the requirements mentioned above.

Post-Graduate Programs

To attain Nanyang Technological University acceptance for the post-graduate program, you must fulfill all the below-given eligibility criteria.  

For Research Programs

  • Must possess a Bachelor’s degree with minimum honors.
  • Ability and willingness to perform intensive research on the topic of choice
  • Must possess a valid GRE/GMAT score; in case you aren’t from an autonomous Singaporean university
  • Indian applicants may use the GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test of Engineering). The score must be above the 90 percentile. Moreover, the test must be given within three years of the date of application.
  • Some other acceptable test scores regarding the COVID-19 pandemic are as follows: TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition, GMAT Online Test, IELTS Indicator, GRE Take Home Test, and TOEFL ITP Plus for China students.

For Coursework Programs

The requirements for the coursework programs are very similar to that of the research programs. Here is a breakdown of the minimum scores required for getting into the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, coursework programs.

Master of Media and Communication7.0

600 (paper-based)

250 (computer-based)

100 (internet-based)

M.Sc. (Applied Economics)6.5

563 (paper-based)

223 (computer-based)

85 (internet-based)

M.Sc. (Applied Gerontology)7.0

600 (paper-based)

250 (computer-based)

100 (internet-based)

Courses Offered 

Undergraduate programs

The assortment of top courses offered by the undergraduate program at the Nanyang Technological University are:

  • Accountancy 
  • Aerospace engineering
  • Art, design, media 
  • Bioengineering 
  • Chemical and biomolecular engineering
  • Business 
  • Civil engineering
  • Computer engineering 
  • Economics and data science 
  • Environmental engineering 
  • Mathematical sciences 
  • Sociology
  • Sports sciences and many more!

Postgraduate programs

The wide array of postgraduate programs offered on the research front are as follows:

  • Doctor of Philosophy 
  • Master of Arts 
  • Master of Business
  • Master of Communication studies 
  • Master of Engineering 
  • Master of Science 
  • Master of Applied science 
  • Master of Accountancy

The postgraduate programs offered on the coursework front are as follows:

  • Applied Linguistics 
  • Applied Psychology 
  • Humanities Education
  • Mathematics 

College Calendar

The college calendar for the students of Nanyang Technological University Singapore is as follows.

  • Semester 1: 1st August 2022 – 2nd December 2022
  • Semester 2: 9th January 2023 – 5th May 2023
  • Special term: 8th May 2023 – 16th June 2023

Key Events at the University

Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony 19 July 2022
Convocation 20 July – 1 August 2022
UG Freshmen Orientation 25 July – 5 August 2022
UG Qualifying English Test 1 August 2022
University Welcome 2 August 2022 
State of the University Address 20 September 2022
Students’ Union Day 9 September 2022

Holidays Announced by the University

Hari Raya Haji 10 Jul 2022 (Sun)
National Day 9 Aug 2022 (Tue)
Deepavali 24 Oct 2022 (Mon)
Christmas Day 25 Dec 2022 (Sun)
New Year's Day 1 Jan 2023 (Sun)
Chinese New Year 22 - 23 Jan 2023 (Sun-Mon) 
Good Friday 7 Apr 2023 (Fri) 
Hari Raya Puasa 22 Apr 2023 (Sat) 
Labour Day 1 May 2023 (Mon)
Vesak Day 2 Jun 2023 (Fri) 
Hari Raya Haji 29 Jun 2023 (Thu) 

Extra-curricular Activities

The Nanyang Technological University truly believes in the importance of extra-curricular activities for overall academic and physical growth. Here is a list of all the extra-curricular clubs that the university offers. 

Arts, Cultural, and Sports

  • Chinese society 
  • German society 
  • Heritage club
  • Japanese appreciation club
  • Korean cultural society 
  • Malay language and cultural society 
  • Nanyang arts ensemble 
  • Sports shooting club 
  • Outdoor adventure club 
  • Tamil Literary society
  • University mountaineering club 

Community Engagement 

  • NTU Conjunct Consulting
  • Earthlink
  • Engineers Without Borders NTU
  • NTU Social Impact Catalyst
  • Red Cross Youth - NTU Chapter
  • Rotaract Club of NTU
  • NTU United Nations Students' Association
  • University-Y@NTU


  • Buddhist Society
  • Nanyang Technological University Cru
  • Catholic Students' Apostolate
  • Christian Fellowship
  • Legion of Mary
  • Muslim Society
  • Sikh Cultural and Literary Society
  • Tabernacle University Fellowship
  • The Navigators


  • Aerospace Society
  • AIESEC – NTU Local Committee
  • Anglers' Club
  • Animal Lovers' Society
  • ASME Singapore Chapter – NTU Student Section
  • Astronomical Society


Nanyang Technological University has robust industrial connections with over 200 active industry partners and nine govt-industry funded NTO corporate labs.  

These partnerships encourage tremendous innovation and aim to generate comprehensive solutions to address world issues. Some of the deemed partners at NTU are:

  • Hyundai-NTU partnership
  • Global-Foundries NTU partnership
  • NTU GovAgencies-SME partnership

Moreover, here is a list of government-funded laboratories that were made in partnership with NTU.

  • Singtel Cognitive and Artificial Intelligence Lab for Enterprises
  • Surbana Jurong-NTU corporate lab
  • Rolls-Royce @NTU corporate laboratory

Work opportunities during the course

To teach students, the keys aspects of work and work-life, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, offers a university-approved training program called Work-Study Scheme (WSS).

Students are provided with part-time job opportunities in a diverse assortment of fields such as finance, administration, planning and event management, statistical analysis, library management, etc.

All you need to do is access the student intranet and head to the NTU Policy portal.

Tuition and Living Expenses

Here’s is the breakup of Nanyang Technological University fees: 

ProgramSingaporean citizenSingaporean permanent residentInternational studentNon-subsidized students
All Programs (except the ones mentioned below)


(INR 5 lakhs)


(INR 7 lakhs)


(INR 10 lakhs)

S$33,700 (lab-based)

S$32,100 (non-lab based)

Accountancy, Business, Accountancy & Business, Business & Computing, Business & Computer Engineering


(INR 6 lakhs)


(INR 8 lakhs)


(INR 12 lakhs)


(INR 21 lakhs approx)



(INR 20 lakhs)


(INR 28 lakhs)


(INR 43 lakhs)

 Not Applicable 
Renaissance Engineering Program


(INR 10 lakhs)


(INR 14 lakhs)


(INR 22 lakhs)

 Not Applicable 

The average cost of living for a student residing at Nanyang Technological University is S$18,000 (INR 10 lakhs)

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