Academic FAQs

General

Where can I find ‘Quicklinks’ to important academic information such as the Academic Calendar, Required Reading List, Library, Canvas, EduRec, Syllabi Repository and many others?

Visit the Student Information & Resources webpage: https://students.yale-nus.edu.sg/

Where can I find general information about the College, faculty, students or Liberal Arts & Sciences?

FAQs on general information relating to Yale-NUS College and Liberal Arts & Sciences education can be found here: https://www.yale-nus.edu.sg/faqs/

Requirements & Regulations

Where can I find the College’s degree requirements, good academic standing and other academic rules?

Yale-NUS students are bound by the stipulations in the Yale-NUS Undergraduate Regulations, which is available via the Student Information & Resources webpage: https://studentlife.yale-nus.edu.sg/policies/undergraduate-regulations/.

For specific major/minor requirements, visit the webpage of the relevant major/minor: https://www.yale-nus.edu.sg/curriculum/majors/

For rules governing the capstone, visit the capstone webpage (https://students.yale-nus.edu.sg/2016/04/06/capstone/) and peruse the Capstone Guidelines & Regulations.

What if I need an exception to a policy in the Yale-NUS Undergraduate Regulations because of an unavoidable or justifiable reason?

You may petition the Committee on Academic Standards (CAS) by way of your Residential College Assistant Dean of Students. More information on the petition process can be found here: CAS-Petition-Guidelines.

Module Registration

Where can I find module briefs, exam timetables, room legends, forms and other useful information related to modules?

Visit the Yale-NUS ModReg website: https://modreg.yale-nus.edu.sg/

I have a query or issue relating to module registration at Yale-NUS and NUS. Who can help?

The ModReg FAQs provides answers to most module registration questions: https://modreg.yale-nus.edu.sg/faqs-on-module-registration/. If you need further information or clarification, contact the Yale-NUS Registry via: registry@yale-nus.edu.sg.

If you need advice on choosing modules, contact your Residential College Assistant Dean of Students, pre-major or major academic advisor (as appropriate), or the Head of Studies for the major.

Note that students must have no outstanding bills to be able to register for modules. If you need to speak to someone about this, contact Student Services in the Dean of Students’ Office.

When is the last day in the semester that I can drop a module?

Visit the Yale-NUS ModReg webpage for add/drop and other module-related deadlines: https://modreg.yale-nus.edu.sg/#important-timelines.

Note that for modules dropped after Week 2, ‘W’ will appear on your transcript.

What is the normal course load at College and may I underload or overload?

The recommended workload is 20 MC per semester. Students are required to register between 18 MC to 22 MC per semester.

Students wishing to register for more than 22 MC or between 14 MC and 17 MC per semester must seek approval from their Assistant Dean of Students. The requirement to obtain approval of the Assistant Dean of Students to register for between 14 MC and 17 MC is waived for students in their final semester before graduating.

Only in truly exceptional circumstances will students be allowed to take on more than 25 MC in a given semester, and never more than 30 MC. In such cases, a student will be expected to provide both a compelling rationale and a time management plan.

Students wishing to register for 13 MC or fewer MCs per semester will need to petition the Committee on Academic Standards (CAS) by way of the Residential College Assistant Dean of Students.

More information on course load and the timeline to add/drop modules can be found at https://modreg.yale-nus.edu.sg

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Where can I find a depository of Yale-NUS modules approved by the College?

The Yale-NUS Course Catalogue can be accessed via the Yale-NUS website under ‘Academics’ and “Curriculum’: https://course-catalogue.yale-nus.edu.sg/courses.

However, for the list of modules offered in any given semester, please refer to the Module Brief document published by the College Registry during each module registration period or consult the appropriate Head of Studies or academic advisor.

Teaching & Learning

How do I find my instructor’s office?

Please refer to the staff directory to locate your instructor’s office: https://www.yale-nus.edu.sg/about/staff-directory/.

Where can I find information about an instructor’s office hours during the semester?

Instructors’ office hours (availability for one-on-one consultation) in the current semester may be found here: Faculty Office Hours. If your instructor is not in the list, or if you need to arrange another date or time for justifiable reasons, contact your instructor to arrange an alternate date or time.

What is Canvas?

Canvas is the Learning Management System used by Yale-NUS College.

A general guide to Canvas can be found here: https://community.canvaslms.com/community/answers/guides/canvas-guide.

I have a query or problem relating to Canvas. Who can help?

If this is your first time using Canvas, or if have any query or problem relating to Canvas and its features, contact Yale-NUS EdTech via: edtech@yale-nus.edu.sg.

What is the College’s policy on student attendance at classes/labs?

Faculty members will include a detailed attendance policy on each module syllabus. In general students are expected to attend classes, labs, and lectures. If a student will be absent for any reason, the student should, where possible, inform their instructor in advance. Faculty members will normally give permission for one missed class over the course of the semester, on a non-assessment day, for academic or other reasons. However, instructors may, at their discretion, require additional work to compensate for the loss of in-class learning. If students will miss more than one class, including for academic reasons, faculty members have discretion to impose a reasonable grade penalty or assign additional work in accordance with their specific attendance policy stated on the module syllabus.

What is academic integrity and why is it important?

Yale-NUS College expects its students to abide by the highest standards of academic integrity as a matter of personal honesty and communal responsibility. Acting with academic integrity requires that (a) students do their own work, (b) students not interfere with the work of others, (c) students accurately and honestly represent the content of their work, and (d) students properly attribute others’ work. Violations of the College’s academic integrity standards undermine both the community and the individual growth of students. Accordingly, they will be addressed with the utmost seriousness and sanctions ranging from grade penalties to expulsion. Examples of violations of academic integrity include plagiarism, copying or sharing homework answers, submitting work completed for one course as ‘new’ work for another course, or fabricating or falsifying research data.

For more information on academic integrity policies and procedures, please visit: https://studentlife.yale-nus.edu.sg/policies/academic-integrity/.

The Yale-NUS Library provides resources on citations and plagiarism here: http://library.yale-nus.edu.sg/avoiding-plagiarism/

What is Recess Week?

The recess week in the middle of each semester of the academic calendar is to allow students to take a break after 6 weeks of classes.  While students may use this week to revise and consolidate their learning in all their modules, they should also be able to relax and re-charge after 6 weeks of intense academic study. Therefore, barring unforeseen circumstances, faculty should not make assignments due or schedule make-up classes during Recess Week.

What is Reading Week?

The provision of a Reading Week in the College academic calendar gives students an opportunity to prepare for examinations, allows time for review and, where needed, for make-up classes. Reading Week also addresses the need to synchronise the end-of-classes timing between Yale-NUS College and NUS to avoid inconveniencing students enrolled in modules at either institution.

Normally, there will be no assessments or regular classes during Reading Week. However, Reading Week may sometimes be used for review or make-up activities. These Reading Week activities will normally be noted in the syllabus, except in extenuating cases, such as an instructor’s illness, which cannot be predicted in advance.

What is S/U?

This Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) option encourages students to pursue their intellectual interests without undue concern that exploring a new subject area may adversely affect their CAP.

Students who are registered in the Yale-NUS College BA (Hons), BSc (Hons) programmes and Concurrent Degree Programmes (CDPs) may exercise S/U option of up to 20 MC in their candidature period.

Students who are registered in the Double Degree Programme in Law & Liberal Arts may exercise S/U option of up to 10 MC in their candidature period.

Do I get more S/U opportunities if I overload?

No, S/U is capped at 20 MC (10 MC for students in the DDP programme).

Can I retroactively S/U a class?

No, you may not retroactively S/U a class and you must adhere to the S/U deadline for each semester.

Grades, Transcript & Student Status Letter

When are the final grades for modules released?

Final grades are released in early December for Semester 1 and early June for Semester 2.

How do I request a transcript?

Please visit this webpage which provides more information: https://students.yale-nus.edu.sg/2017/12/08/request-for-transcript/.

How do I request a student status letter?

Please visit this webpage which provides more information: https://students.yale-nus.edu.sg/2016/04/06/request-student-status-letter/

Advising and Assistance

Who is my pre-major or major academic advisor?

Your Residential College will inform you about your assigned pre-major or major academic advisor (as appropriate). If you need more information, contact your Residential College executive.

If you do not wish to raise a matter with your academic advisor or if your academic advisor is not available or responsive, you may contact your Residential College Assistant Dean of Students (AD).

I need tutoring for my module(s). Who can help?

The Peer Tutoring programme is designed to bring additional academic support to our students, and an opportunity to teach learning for our tutors. For more information, visit: https://teaching.yale-nus.edu.sg/student-support/students-peer-tutoring/

I need help with my writing in English. Who can help?

The Writers’ Centre has resources and tutors who can help. For more information, visit: https://writerscentre.yale-nus.edu.sg.

What should I do if I am unwell and unable to complete an assignment or exam?

Speak to your Assistant Dean of Students about an Assistant Dean’s Notes (ADN).

ADN are to be obtained only from the AD of the student’s RC (or the designated covering AD). The ADN is mainly for the postponement of an assignment or exam. The AD may give permission for a student in their residential college to make up work missed during the semester because of an incapacitating illness (physical or mental health), the death of a family member, or an emergency of comparable seriousness. The AD also has authority to give permission to make up work missed because of the observance of religious holy days. For more information, visit: https://students.yale-nus.edu.sg/2017/08/15/request-for-ad-note/

What is the College’s policy on Medical Certificates (MC)?

A student who receives a Medical Certificate (MC) from a doctor or a psychiatrist for a period of less than two (2) weeks does not also need an Assistant Dean’s Note. A student who receives a Medical Certificate (MC) from a doctor or a psychiatrist is unfit to attend class or complete assignments during the period specified in the MC. When an MC is presented to the faculty member, the faculty member will work with the student when the student is well to make up for a missed class or set a new deadline for an uncompleted work/exam.

If a faculty member is concerned that a student has been receiving multiple MCs or if the period of illness specified in the MC is more than two (2) weeks or if the period of illness specified in the MC significantly impacts the fulfilment of the module’s key learning outcomes, the faculty member will contact the student’s Assistant Dean, who will follow-up with the student.

I have conditions that require learning accommodations. What can I do?

Accommodations improve learning outcomes for students with physical, cognitive, and psychological conditions that inhibit academic success. For more information, refer to the Learning Accommodation FAQ webpage: https://students.yale-nus.edu.sg/2018/03/02/learning-accommodations/

I am stressed about my academic work or progress. Who can I speak to?

You may want to speak to your Residential College Assistant Dean of Students. You may also want to peruse the FAQs at Counselling@Yale-NUS: https://studentlife.yale-nus.edu.sg/counselling/counselling-faqs/

What is Leave of Absence (LOA)?

From time to time, circumstances might compel students in the College to interrupt their enrolment. These breaks in enrolment are formally recognised as Leaves of Absence (LOA). The LOA might be for a variety of reasons: academic, personal or medical. For more information, visit the LOA FAQ webpage: https://students.yale-nus.edu.sg/2018/11/28/loa-information-coming-soon/

Can I take a Leave of Absence (LOA) in my senior year? What happens to my capstone?

In general, you may take LOA in your senior year for two semesters due to the two-semester capstone module. LOA for the complete academic year (two semesters) means you will be taking the capstone when you return in step with the subsequent class. However, do consult your Residential College Assistant Dean of Students about why you need an LOA in the senior year. You must seek the approval of your Assistant Dean of Students and your major’s Head of Studies prior to applying for LOA in the senior year.

For detailed rules governing the capstone, visit the capstone webpage (https://students.yale-nus.edu.sg/2016/04/06/capstone/) and peruse the Capstone Guidelines & Regulations.

Will the College support my work on the capstone while I am on Leave of Absence (LOA)?

No, you are on Leave of Absence from the College.

What kind of courses should I take if I want to go to graduate school and/or pursue a Ph.D.?

This will depend on the area of study or discipline that you plan to pursue.

Speak to your Residential College Assistant Dean of Students as well as the Majors Advisor and/or Head of Studies. Consider reaching out to faculty members in the area of study/discipline at Yale-NUS College, NUS and other institutions. Do some research on programmes that you might apply to in order to understand the application process and programme requirements.

CIPE may be able to help with potential applications for postgraduate programmes and/or scholarships: https://cipe.yale-nus.edu.sg/graduate-and-professional-school/

 

I am nearing the end of my candidature and I am concerned about the graduation audit. Who should I speak to?

Do keep in regular contact with your Residential College Assistant Dean of Students and your academic advisor. If you need help, your Assistant Dean of Students and/or academic advisor can advise you or refer you to the appropriate faculty member (for example, the Head of Studies).

It is your responsibility to ensure that you fulfil your degree requirements and seek necessary advice or assistance accordingly. ‘My Graduation Audit Report’ and ‘My What-if Report’ in MyEduRec allows you to track progress toward graduation requirements.

Curriculum & Programmes

Where can I find information on the College’s curriculum and the sample student experience?

For general information on the College’s curriculum as well as the sample student experience, visit: https://www.yale-nus.edu.sg/curriculum/student-experience/

Where I can find information on the Common Curriculum?

For information on the Common Curriculum and specific modules, visit: https://www.yale-nus.edu.sg/curriculum/common-curriculum/

Where can I find information about the majors and minors?

Information on the College’s majors and minors can be found here: https://www.yale-nus.edu.sg/curriculum/majors/ (click on the major for detailed information on each major or minor).

You can also access FAQs on major and minor related matters via the aforesaid webpage: https://www.yale-nus.edu.sg/major-faq/

Where can I find information and policies regarding the capstone?

Information and policies relating to the capstone can be found via the capstone webpage: https://students.yale-nus.edu.sg/2016/04/06/capstone/.

Where can I find information on the Double Degree Programme (DDP) in Law & Liberal Arts?

Information on the Double Degree Programme (DDP) in Law and Liberal Arts can be found here: https://www.yale-nus.edu.sg/curriculum/double-degree-with-law/

Where can I find information on Special and Concurrent Degree Programmes?

Information on Special and Concurrent Degree Programmes can be found here: https://cipe.yale-nus.edu.sg/graduate-and-professional-school/special-and-concurrent-degree-programmes/

Where can I find information about learning languages?

Information and FAQs on learning languages can be found at the Languages @ Yale-NUS page: https://languages.yale-nus.edu.sg/

Where can I find information about student research opportunities?

Visit the webpage of the Centre for International and Professional Experience (CIPE): https://cipe.yale-nus.edu.sg/summer-opportunities/summer-research-opportunities/

Where can I find information about study abroad?

Visit the webpage of the Centre for International and Professional Experience: https://cipe.yale-nus.edu.sg/study-abroad/

Where can I find information on Week 7 and Learning Across Boundaries (LAB)?

Visit the webpage of the Centre for International and Professional Experience (CIPE): https://cipe.yale-nus.edu.sg/experiential-opportunities/week-7/ and https://cipe.yale-nus.edu.sg/experiential-opportunities/labs/

Where can I find information on internships?

Visit the webpage of the Centre for International and Professional Experience (CIPE): https://cipe.yale-nus.edu.sg/career-services/internships/.

Graduation

Where can I find information about the Yale-NUS Graduation Ceremony?

Information and FAQs relating to the Yale-NUS Graduation Ceremony can be found here: https://graduation.yale-nus.edu.sg/.

What is Latin Honours?

Latin Honours refers to the College’s system of recognising student cumulative academic achievement at graduation. For more information and FAQs, visit this webpage: https://students.yale-nus.edu.sg/2016/04/14/yale-nus-latin-honours/.

Note: The College is conducting a scheduled review of Latin Honours in Semester 1 of Academic Year 2019/20. You may submit your feedback to the Review Panel via this email by 1 October 2019: latin_honours_review@yale-nus.edu.sg

Where can I find advice and information about jobs?

Visit CIPE’s Career Services webpage: https://cipe.yale-nus.edu.sg/career-services/

Further Information

I need further clarification or I need information on a matter not listed here. Who can I speak to?

Please contact your Residential College Assistant Dean of Students (AD) for academic or wellness matters, and Student Services for administrative matters. If they cannot help, they will point you to relevant offices or faculty who can help.