Singapore Universities Student Exchange Programme - SUSEP (Outbound)

Why Embark on SUSEP?

SUSEP is a local academic exchange programme that offers SUTD undergraduates a different learning experience at one of the local universities. Students will have the opportunity to take classes in other universities, network with new friends and earn credits back to SUTD. 

  • Broaden perspectives
  • Experience different learning culture
  • Networking opportunities
  • Personal and professional growth
  • Ambassador of SUTD 
  • Value add to your resume

What is SUSEP?

  • Spend a term at a local university in Spring Term (Term 6)

  • Grades received will not be counted towards CGPA

  • Earn credits for passed courses towards SUTD degree

  • Continue to pay tuition fees to SUTD while tuition fees at the host university is waived

  • Only a full semester exchange is allowed (partial semester exchange is not allowed)


  • Enrolled as full-time SUTD Student

  • Sound academic record of CGPA of 3.0 and above at the point of application (students should maintain the CGPA of 3.0 and above every term up till the exchange term without failing any subjects before embarking on exchange)

  • Pass all subjects (students should ensure that any outstanding boot camps or re-tests should not happen during their exchange term)

  • Outstanding Fifth Row records

  • Eager to learn new things, make new friends and embrace new cultures

  • If you are holding any existing scholarship, check and ensure there are no restrictions involving exchange (e.g. Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of Education)

  • Motivated to be a strong ambassador for SUTD

  • Have sufficient financial means to cover necessary expenses for the full exchange duration 

  • Satisfy host university’s eligibility criteria

  • A clean disciplinary record

Process and Timeline^

Process Application Cycle
Spring Term
Communications (Pre-Application and Research) May/June
Online Application July
Selection and Interview July to August
Application Result and Offer Acceptance September
Finalise Study Plan September to December
Nomination and Application to Host University October
Acceptance by Host University November
Pre-Departure December
Depart for SUSEP January 
Return and Complete Deliverables April to July

^ The above Process and Timeline is for reference only and is subjected to changes.


  • SUSEP application is open to all Term 5 students in June/July annually. Students will be informed via email.

  • Students will be able to choose up to 3 host universities in order of preference during application.

  • Students going on SUTD's official internship must complete all 16 weeks of internship and ensure your SUSEP does not clash with the internship period. 

  • Students are responsible for doing thorough research on partner universities and course planning. 

  • Students are responsible for all exchange-related expenses such as insurance and/or miscellaneous fees. Host university's accomodation/hostel will not be available for students.

  • Students should consider their personality, maturity and adaptability. One must desire to interact, be flexible and take things in their stride when the going gets tough.

  • All exchange awards and scholarships are not applicable for SUSEP students.

  • Students who have accepted SUTD's offer to embark on GEXP are not eligible to apply for SUSEP. 

Selection and Interview

  • Exchange spots are extremely limited. Students will be considered based on academic merit, Fifth Row records, application essay, suitability of proposed study plan and selection interview, with higher chance given to students who have no previous overseas opportunities offered by SUTD (assuming all things equal). 

  • Participation in Freshmore Asian Cross-curricular Trips (FACT) and self-paid overseas Summer Programmes will not affect students' SUSEP application.

  • The ranking of university choices during application affects the chance of securing an exchange spot.

  • Shortlisted applicants will be informed via email for an interview.

  • SUTD decision on the application outcome including allocation and offer of host university is final and cannot be disputed. Request or appeal to change the offered host university will not be entertained. 

  • S​election and exchange offer by SUTD does not constitute an offer of enrolment by the host university. The host university reserves the right to accept or decline a student's application.

Resources and Student Blogs

For more information on SUSEP, please refer to SUSEP Resources (login with SUTD email). Do also check out your seniors’ SUSEP experience on their blogs


Partner Universities