Frequently Asked Questions

Admission

How to apply?

Interested applicants should submit an online application via the University Town College Programme Application System. They will be assessed based on their essays and interview, in addition to their academic achievements and co-curricular experiences.

This admissions exercise is not applicable to:

  • Students enrolled or previously enrolled in the UTCP at College of Alice & Peter Tan, Residential College 4, and Tembusu College;
  • Students enrolled or previously enrolled in the University Scholars Programme; and
  • Students enrolled or previously enrolled in Ridge View Residential College Programme.

Curriculum

How many UTown modules am I expected to read under the UTown College Programme (UTCP)?

Students admitted as part of the Semester 1 UTCP freshman intake will be offered a two-year residency during which they are expected to complete the UTCP curriculum.

Students admitted as part of the Semester 2 UTCP freshman intake will be offered a three-semester residency during which they are expected to read four modules (and strongly encouraged to complete the five-module UTCP curriculum).

Students admitted as part of the Semester 1 UTCP senior intake will be offered a one-year residency during which they should read one module with their College.

Students admitted as part of the Semester 2 UTCP senior intake will be offered a one-semester residency during which they should read one module with their College.

How are the college modules counted towards graduation?

The UTCP is designed to co-exist as an alternative pathway to fulfilling the University Level Requirements (20 MCs), which most NUS degree programmes require as part of graduation.

In some instances, UTCP students who read Ideas & Exposition modules are not required to read their Faculty’s compulsory writing / communication modules (also offered by the Centre for English Language Communication). As I&E modules may not be double-counted towards both University Level Requirements and Faculty requirements, such students may have to read another module to meet the modular credits needed for graduation, as advised by their Faculties.

Students whose degree structure do not have University Level Requirements (namely Law, Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, and students on Joint Degree Programmes with overseas universities) should check with their respective programme administrators on how the UTCP modules may be classified for graduation.

Cohorts 2014/2015 and before
The UTCP curriculum (20 MCs) fulfils the graduation requirements of General Education (8 MCs), Singapore Studies (4 MCs) and Breadth (8 MCs). Junior and Senior Seminars with GEM or UTC module prefixes count towards General Education, Senior Seminars with SSU or UTS module prefixes count towards Singapore Studies, and Ideas & Exposition modules with IEM or UTW module prefixes count towards Breadth.

UTCP students from Engineering (including Computer Engineering) or Science (except Pharmacy and Environmental Studies) are not required to read their Faculty’s compulsory writing / communication modules if they have read Ideas & Exposition modules.

Cohort 2015/2016
Students who complete the UTCP (20 MCs) are exempted from the five modules in the GE curriculum (20 MCs). Five UTCP modules will be read in place of the five modules in the GE pillars.

UTCP students from Engineering or Science (except Pharmacy and Environmental Studies) are not required to read their Faculty’s Level 1000 compulsory writing / communication module if they have read any Ideas & Exposition module.

Cohorts 2016/2017 onwards
Students who complete the UTCP (20 MCs) are exempted from four of the five modules (16 MCs) of the GE curriculum. With effect from AY2016/2017, the University requires all undergraduates (with the exception of Law, Medicine (including Nursing) and Dentistry) to complete the GER1000 Quantitative Reasoning (QR) module. This is the fifth GE module, and serves to complete the GE requirements for UTCP students. GER1000 will be pre-allocated for students in their first or second semester. Four UTCP modules will be read in place of the GE modules to fulfil the University Level Requirements, and the fifth UTCP module will be read as an Unrestricted Elective (UE) or Faculty requirement if applicable.

UTCP students from Engineering, Arts and Social Sciences, or Science (except Pharmacy and Environmental Studies) are not required to read their Faculty’s Level 1000 compulsory writing / communication module if they have read any Ideas & Exposition module.

Are the UTown modules to be read on a letter-grading basis?

Junior Seminars are offered on CS/CU. Students are awarded letter grades for Ideas & Exposition modules (IE1 and IE2) and Senior Seminars, with S/U option.

Accommodation

What are the cost of the rooms in Residential College 4?

 

All Apartments in RC4 are Air-Conditioned
Per Week Sem 1 (18 weeks) Sem 2 (17 Weeks)
Single Room $135.00 $2,430.00 $2,295.00
Single Room in Suite $145.00 $2,610.00 $2,465.00

 

Are all the rooms in Residential College 4 air conditioned?

Yes all rooms are air conditioned in Residential College 4. All rooms are equipped with a fan and an air conditioned unit. Hostel rates are not inclusive of utilities charges. Air-conditioning in rooms operates on a pay as you use scheme, thus the cost is largely dependent on the number of hours the unit is turned on, along with the setting on the thermostat.

What do the different status on the University Hostel Management System (UHMS) mean?

In Progress – You room allocation preference and and application fee of $26.75 has not been made

Pending – Waiting for the allocation of results to be reviewed or acceptance fee of $200 dollars has yet to be made

Successful – Acceptance free of $200 has been paid to confirm the room allocated to you.

I have confirmed my residency in the other NUS hall/residence prior to getting my University Town College Programme. How do I go about my room registration?

A Terms and Conditions email will be sent to you, you will have to agree in writing to the following Terms and Conditions listed to proceed with your room registration in Residential College 4. Upon acceptance, you will have to re-register on University Hostel Management System (UHMS) and make your payment of $26.75 with the preferred room type selection. Your $200 acceptance fee at the previous hostel will only be transferred to the college if there are no outstanding charges incurred in your current Hall/Residence.

My UHMS application is successful, will I be able to know my unit number before check in?

You will only know your unit number until the day you check in. You may refer to your successful application status in the University Hostel Management System (UHMS) on the room type you have confirmed upon your $200 acceptance fee.

I have been allocated a suite room, however I would like to downgrade to a single room. Can I be downgraded to single corridor room?

Your appeal will be looked into if you have a financial issue or a health condition that requires your room to be downgraded to a single corridor room. You are required to appeal in writing to the college on your downgrade appeal. However each appeal will be looked into on a case by case basis. The appeal will only be successful based on the room availability in the college.

I have been allocated a single corridor room, however I would like to upgrade to a suite room. Can I be upgraded to a suite room?

Upgrades are strictly not allowed under the college policy. However if you have a health condition that requires you to be in a suite room. The college will require you to appeal in writing with your medical documents attached. The college will then look into the request on a case by case basis. The request will be subjected to room availability in the college as well.

My friend and I are willing to do a room to room swap, would that be possible?

Under the college policy, a room to room swap will not be possible. Please also note that under the NUS Housing rules swapping rooms on your own without seeking approval from the College Office is not be allowed and is subjected to disciplinary action from the college.

My friend/family would like to visit my room, would that be allowed?

Visitors are welcomed from 7:00am to 11:00pm each day. All visitors are to be accompanied by the resident at all times. Staying overnight in the college is strictly prohibited and subjected to disciplinary action from the college.

Residential Life

My internet connection is problematic. Who do I call?

Call IT Care Hotline at 65162080. Please visit https://comcen.nus.edu.sg/itcare/ for operating hours, email contact and walk-in location.

What can I do if I encounter problems or defects with items in my room?

Call RC4 Management Office at 66012774 or 66012776, or visit the office located at #01-01 during office hours (Mon-Thu: 8:30am-6pm; Fri: 8:30am-5:30pm).

You may also send an email to ohs.rc4@nus.edu.sg.

 

After office hours, please contact your respective Resident Assistant for assistance.

 

Financial Aid

I have accepted the NUS Study Loan offered (NUS Financial Aid) and would like to apply for UTown Bursaries. How should I go about it?

Applications for NUS Financial Aid, UTown Bursaries and RC4 College Grant are all via Undergraduate Financial Aid Portal. If you have applied for any of these, you do not need to submit a fresh application and will automatically be considered for all three.

Can I hold a UTown Scholarship and a bursary at the same time?

No, you will not be able to hold both financial aid concurrently.

When can I expect to receive my financial aid disbursement?

If you have applied for financial aid by 1 April, submitted within two weeks from the online submission date all supporting documents without the need for further verification by us and fulfilled all requirements of the loan(s) and/or bursary, you should be able to receive your funds latest by late September. Otherwise, you will receive your financial aid funds within 2 to 3 weeks from your acceptance of the financial aid scheme or according to the disbursement timeline as stated in the individual scheme’s website. You can also check the status of the disbursement of your financial aid funds via your online student bill under Student Centre in Student Information System (SIS).

How can I check my financial aid application status?

You can check the status of your application via Undergraduate Financial Aid Portal using your student number (current student) or admission application number (prospective student).

I have missed the application deadline. What should I do?

Please note that late application for financial aid is strictly discouraged as this will impact the administration and efficient allocation of funds for financial aid. If you are in need of financial assistance after the application deadline, you may login to Undergraduate Financial Aid Portal and state the reason(s) for your late application and proceed to apply accordingly. We will consider your application on a case-by-case basis.