Earn modular credits (MCs) during your time at NOC


The NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) internship programme offers selected NUS undergraduate or post graduate students a unique opportunity in entrepreneurship education at twelve different locations: Silicon Valley and New York in the United States, Toronto in Canada, Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen in China, Stockholm in Sweden, Munich in Germany, Lausanne in Switzerland, Israel, Singapore and Southeast Asia (Jakarta and Vietnam).

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, University of Toronto, Fudan University, Tsinghua University, Peking University, Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Technical University of Munich, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Tel Aviv University and Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) 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 48 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) while the NOC Singapore programme awards up to 28 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 14 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 undergraduate 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/E/P - 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, 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). For students admitted from AY2015/16 and onwards, modules taken under the NOC programme can be used to fulfill either 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

Semester NOC Components MCs (Max) Programme Requirements (Faculty / Major) Unrestricted Elective Modules (UEM)
5th & 6th
6th & 7th
TR3201 Entrepreneurship Practicum 8 8 #(8)
TR3202 Start-up Internship Programme 12 12 #(12)
TR3203N/TR3203T/TR3203P/TR3203E Start-up Case Study and Analysis 8 8 #(8)
Discipline-based Courses 8 8  
Entrepreneurship Courses ^14   14

Table B: For NOC Intake Jul 2014 and before

Semester NOC Components MCs (Max) University Level Requirements
(ULR - Breadth)
Programme Requirements
(Faculty / Major)
Unrestricted Elective Modules (UEM)
5th & 6th
6th & 7th
TR3101 Internship Continuous Assessment 4     4
TR3102 Internship Programme Report 8     8
TR3103 Start-up Business Case 8     8
Discipline-based Courses 8   8  
Entrepreneurship Courses 12 8   4
  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.
  4. ^The maximum credits for Entrepreneurship Courses was 16 before NOC Jul17 intake.


Students who have taken a specific TR/BSN/BSP 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) one 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 under NOC requirements, 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 won't be any modular credits awarded.

Table C: Preclusions for Entrepreneurship Courses under NOC

Module Code/Title
Module Code/Title
NOC Module code/Title Partnering University Module Code/Title
TR2201 Entrepreneurial Marketing NUS TR3003
NUS TR2201
NUS TR2201
NUS TR2201
NUS TR2201
MS&E271 Global Entrepreneurial Marketing (NOC Silicon Valley)
MANA130006 营销管理 (NOC Shanghai)
MANA110023 中国市场营销 (NOC Shanghai)
MANA110056 市场营销导论 Marketing Introduction (NOC Shanghai)
MANA110038 营销学基础 Fundamental of Marketing (NOC Shanghai)
^TR2202/TR3008 Technological Innovation NUS TR2202
NUS TR2202
EG-UY 1094-A Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (NOC New York) /
EG-UY 1094-A Special Topics in General Engineering (NOC New York)
#325.013.1 技术创新管理 (NOC Shanghai)
00510232 技术创新管理 (NOC Beijing)
TR3001 New Product Development NUS TR3001 MANA130058 新产品开发管理 (NOC Shanghai)
TR3007 Entrepreneurial Finance NUS TR3007 #341.044.1.01 创业投资 (NOC Shanghai)

#These modules are no longer available on the NOC Programme.
^Due to recent change in the BBA curriculum, TR2202 was converted to a level 3000 module (TR3008). Effective NOC Jul18 and onwards, TR3008 and TR2202 are preclusion to each other.


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 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 to the Biz Approved Mappings in SIS/Global Education/Search Module Mappings. For more information pertaining to Biz/TR modules, please 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.

Engineering Scholars Programme (E-Scholar)
E-Scholars will be enrolled in one of the 6-month NUS Overseas College Programmes (NOC). NOC programme is designed to provide international industry exposure to students. For more information, please refer to FAQ and here.