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BA South Asian Studies

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

3 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

17100 SGD
8050 SGD

Application fee

International 20 SGD
National 20 SGD
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)92
TOEFL-PBT (min)580
SAT (avg)1225
ACT (avg)29

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About this course

The South Asian Studies Programme (SASP) is an innovative programme which is designed to increase students' understanding of the South Asian region from different disciplinary points of view. The region comprises seven nation-states – India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives and, wherever possible, modules deal with the region as a whole.

In this multidisciplinary programme, there is an emphasis on contemporary and recent historical studies, the aim of which is to give a basis for appreciation of the developments which have taken place in these nations since the end of the colonial period in the mid-20th century, and the opportunities they have for change in the future. The multidisciplinary base of the programme links economics and development studies, historical and political studies, social and cultural studies, and philosophical, literary and linguistic studies. Considerations of gender also inform these disciplines. Students are encouraged to develop connections among these areas in the light of their interests and goals.

SASP offers students with GCE ‘A' Level or GCE ‘AO' Level passes in Tamil the possibility to pursue studies of Tamil language and culture at an academic level. The SASP is also concerned with the understanding of the South Asian Diaspora in Southeast Asia and world-wide, as well as the historical and contemporary linkages that exist between the nations of Southeast Asia and the South Asian region. SASP is designed to be supportive of graduates who want to be administrators, educationists, analysts, policy-makers, consultants or representatives of Singaporean and international corporations and agencies with interests and operations in the South Asian states.

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Eligibility Criteria

South Asian Studies Programme welcomes all students with good results at GCE ‘A' Levels (including the General Paper) who have an interest in South Asia. No prior knowledge of the region nor knowledge of any South Asian language is required.

The medium of instruction at NUS is English. To enable you to benefit from an NUS education, we expect you to have achieved a minimum level of English proficiency. For certain qualifications, you are also required to furnish additional English Language test scores.

Please note that only IELTS and/or TOEFL scores obtained in the two years leading up to 1 March of the year of application will be considered. For instance, for applications closing on 1 March 2016, the validity period for the scores is from 1 March 2014 to 1 March 2016 (both dates inclusive).

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Course Modules

Single Major
Pass at least 60 MCs of SN or SN-recognised modules (include Tamil or Hindi language modules), which include the following:

  • SN1101E South Asia: People, Culture, Development
  • a minimum of 40 MCs of Level-2000 and Level-3000 SN modules
  • a minimum of 20 MCs at Level-3000 or higher (excluding language modules)
  • a maximum of 8 MCs of either Tamil OR Hindi language (See Note 1) modules, not both

Note 1:
Language modules are optional.

Second Major
Pass at least 48 MCs of SN or SN-recognised modules (include Tamil or Hindi language modules), which include the following:

  • SN1101E South Asia: People, Culture, Development
  • a minimum of 16 MCs at Level-3000 (excluding language modules)
  • a maximum of 8 MCs of either Tamil OR Hindi language (See Note 1) modules, not both

Note 1:
Language modules are optional.

Pass at least 24 MCs of SN or SN-recognised modules (See Note 1), which include the following:

  • SN1101E South Asia: People, Culture, Development 
  • a minimum of 8 MCs at Level-3000
  • a maximum of 8 MCs of either Tamil OR Hindi language (See Note 2) modules, not both

Note 1:
The following modules are recognised as contributing towards the SN minor requirements:

  • EN3265 South Asian Literatures in English
  • HY2258 Passage to India: Contemporary Modern Indian Society
  • LAH1201 Hindi 1
  • LAH2201 Hindi 2
  • LAL1201 Tamil 1
  • LAL2201 Tamil 2
  • SN1101E South Asia: People, Culture, Development
  • SN2233 Globalizing India: The Politics of Economic Change
  • SN2251 Information Revolution in India
  • PH2204/SN2273 Introduction to Indian Thought
  • SN2275 Tamil Studies I
  • SN2277 Indian Communities in Southeast Asia
  • SN2278 Introduction to Sikhism
  • SN2279 The Making of Modern India, 1856-1947
  • SN3261 Exile, Indenture, IT: Global South Asians
  • SN3262/HY3236 The Struggle for India, 1920-64
  • PH3204/SN3272 Issues in Indian Philosophy
  • SN3274 South Asian Cinema
  • SN3275 Tamil Culture and Society
  • SN3276 Introduction to Classical Indian Texts
  • SN3278 Rivers of India: Divinity & Sacred Space
  • SN3279 Language, Culture and Identity in India
  • SN3280 Governing Public Services in India
  • SN3880A Art of India
  • SN3281 The Story of Indian Business

Note 2:

Language modules are optional.

Note 3:

A maximum of 8 MCs from the minor can be used to satisfy the requirements of a major or another minor.

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How to Apply

Applicants are allowed to submit only one application online. Duplicate applications will not be considered. Forms which are downloaded and printed from our website will not be accepted. An acknowledgement screen showing your 8-digits application number will be displayed if your online application has been successfully submitted. Please save or print a copy of the acknowledgement screen for future reference.

  • Payment of Application Fee (S$20)
  • A non-refundable application fee of S$20 (inclusive of 7% Goods & Services Tax) must accompany your application.
  • Electronic submission of Application Checklist and supporting documents

Print and complete the Application Checklist. Attach the checklist with a clear set of supporting documents and upload it electronically at the Online Application Status Facility.

List of Supporting Documents required:

  • National level High school examination results slip (if applicable)
  • School examination results slip e.g. Year 11 High School transcripts/ SPM/ IGSCE/ Indian Standard 10
  • University academic transcripts (only applicable to applicants applying for 3-year Law Programme)
  • Additional results slip (if scores are indicated in application form) e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, SAT and SAT Subject Test scores, AP, ACT etc.
  • Passport / Birth Certificate / Identification Card (clearly reflecting your Full Name and Date of Birth)
  • Medical report(s) if you have or had any illnesses or disabilities (if applicable)
  • Criminal record(s) (if applicable)

Supporting documents must be arranged in the above order with full name and application number written on the top right hand corner of all copies.

Passport-sized photograph, extra-curricular activities records and recommendation letters are not required. All non-English supporting documents must be accompanied by an English translation, except for applicants submitting the Indonesian Ujian Nasional (UN)/Ebtanas or STPM result slips. Indonesian and Vietnamese applicants are required to translate Prizes/Awards documents before submission of documents.

All applicants are encouraged not to submit original certificates and documents. The Office of Admissions will not be held responsible for the damage or loss of original certificates or documents submitted. All documents submitted will not be returned.

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