Earn modular credits (MCs) during your time at NOC

​General

The NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) internship programme offers selected NUS undergraduate or post graduate students a unique opportunity in entrepreneurship education at seven different locations: Silicon Valley and New York in the United States, Shanghai and Beijing in China, Stockholm in Sweden, Singapore and Israel. We are adding another two locations in Switzerland and Germany in the second quarter of 2016.

Students selected for the programme will do internship in technology-based start-ups in the world’s leading entrepreneurial hubs. At the same time, they will be taking classes at reputable foreign universities, namely Stanford University, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Fudan University, Tsinghua University, Peking University and Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Tel Aviv University and Inter-disciplinary Center Herzliya.

Students who need to check with their own faculties regarding modules mapping may click here to access the list of faculty facilitators.

NOC Curriculum Structure

The NOC programme is designed to be academically neutral, which means a participating student can possibly earn equivalent number of modular credits for a semester, as per a non-NOC student. Year-long programme will be over a 12months period or the equivalent of 2 regular semesters and the programme awards up to 52 modular credits (MCs), depending on the location. Short programme is over a 6months period or the equivalent of 1 regular semester and the programme awards up to 24 modular credits (MCs).

Broadly, the NOC programme consists of 3 parts:

  1. Internship: up to 28 MCs (depending on the year-long programme, short programme or Singapore programme)
  2. Entrepreneurship Courses: Up to 16 MCs (depending on college)
  3. Discipline-based Courses: Maximum 8 MCs (depending on college)

Download a copy of suggested / sample academic roadmap for planning or for reference. Students typically join NOC programme in their 5th &/or 6th or 6th &/or 7th semester. Refer to the respective tabs for the individual college curriculum.

A carefully thought-out roadmap serves to provide students with succinct clarity on how their NOC participation can be built into their remaining candidature in NUS. The roadmap will be highly useful in helping students to assess the need for an extension of candidature. All NOC participants are required to spend at least one regular semester in NUS upon their return from the programme.

Faculty of Engineering (FoE) / School of Computing (SoC) students who are undertaking NOC internships (from NOC Jan 2015 intake and onwards) that are relevant to their discipline or major; involving intensive work (e.g. technical design, research, development, experimentation, etc) as well as analysing the viability of the product, idea or service, may apply and seek approval from your faculty and / or department to collectively use NOC internship modules (i.e TR3201, TR3202 & TR3203N - 28MCs) to fulfil the degree major requirements. Students are to check with their faculty/ department for updated mapping approval. Click here for the list of FoE/SoC modules can that be fulfilled under this.

Fulfilling Undergraduate Degree Requirements with NOC Credits

For students admitted to NUS before AY2015/2016:
In principle, modules taken under the NOC programme can be used to fulfill any of the 3 types of degree requirements: University Level Requirements (ULR - Breadth), Programme Requirements or Unrestricted Elective Modules (UEM). However, any proposed mapping or substitution of any NUS module with another module (taken under the programme) will have to be submitted to the respective faculty or department for consideration and approval.

Table A: For NOC Jan 2015 Intake and onwards

Table B: For NOC Intake Jul 2014 and before

Note:

  1. #For students who are unable to count the three internship modules (TR3201, TR3202 and TR3203N) towards programme requirements, they will be counted towards their UEM requirements.
  2. Specific mapping or substitution of any NUS module with another module (taken under NOC) is to be submitted to the respective faculty, school or department for consideration and approval.
  3. Students enrolled in NUS AY2015/2016 and before able to use entrepreneurship modules/internship modules to fulfil their breadth requirements, except for students at NUS Business School. 

Preclusions:

Students who have taken a specific TR module at BIZ prior to joining the NOC program may be precluded from taking the equivalent course under the NOC programme. As part of the NOC requirements however, students are required to take (at least) two entrepreneurship courses (refer to individual college curriculum for details on compulsory modules). There are cases where students have obtained a Technopreneurship Minor from BIZ or have completed a major part of the Minor requirements. In such cases, students will take entrepreneurship courses under the NOC program as enrichment modules. If students have taken any of the compulsory TR module, do check back with NOC for the latest preclusions requirements.

For students who have taken TR3002 New Venture Creation in NUS prior to NOC, are still required to take the module while on the program. It will be taken on enrichment basis, i.e. it is graded, subjected to the minimum grade requirement but there will be modular credit awarded by NUS.

Table C: Preclusions for Entrepreneurship Courses under NOC

Internship Outcome

Only students who have secured an internship placement may prepare to leave for NOC programme upon approval of the required visa. Students who fail to find an internship may be given another opportunity to participate in the next intake (roll-over) subject to the student’s candidature and review by NOC. Students who have secured an internship but do not leave for the overseas locations before NUS semester commences are to register for and attend regular classes until such time they are issued with a visa and depart for the programme. Students will need to arrange to drop the modules once their departure date is confirmed.

University Scholars Programme (USP)

USP students may map modules taken under the NOC programme to some modules required under the USP programme. Approval from USP and faculty has to be sought before this is allowed. Refer here for more information.

NUS School of Business (BIZ)​

For a list of pre-approved Business modules/FAQ, you may refer here. Do note that for non-business students who are planning to take one of the pre-approved business modules, you need to check with your faculty/department on whether additional approval is required.