This varies across languages. Check this Yale-NUS Languages website and the NUS Centre for Language Studies (CLS) website for detailed information on the specific courses you are interested in.
Most NUS CLS language courses count for 4MCs whereas all Yale-NUS language courses count for 5MCs. The allocation of MCs is based on each institution’s academic policies, expected workload and course requirements.
Language learning is an intensive endeavour. On average, you should expect to spend at least two to three hours outside of class for every class session. Keep in mind that a 5MC course should require 12.5 hours per week including class time.
|The following website and corresponding table below explain how the module workload components work: http://www.nus.edu.sg/registrar/edu/modular.html|
|A||No. of Lecture hours||Actual contact hours per week|
|B||No. of Tutorial hours||Actual contact hours per week|
|C||No. of Laboratory hours||Actual contact hours per week|
|D||No. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork, etc.||This caters to assignments, independent studies, fieldwork, and other forms of continuous assessment that contribute towards the final grade of the module|
|E||No. of hours for preparatory work||This refers to the number of hours a student is expected to spend each week in preparing for lectures and tutorials|
|For example, if a French 1 module has a workload 4-2-0-0-4, this means 4 lecture hours, 2 tutorial hours, and 4 hours outside of class work.|
You should discuss this with the particular course instructor but in most cases, you will have to take a language placement exam.
Taking more than one language each semester is possible but not recommended, given the number of electives available and the time demands imposed by studying a foreign language. You should discuss this with your academic advisor and Vice Rector. If you want to audit one of them (i.e., take the course without being officially enrolled in it), you will need the course instructor’s approval.
If you have prior experience with the language that you want to study (e.g., you took it in high school or Junior College), you should discuss this with the course facilitator. In most cases, you will be asked to take a placement exam. For specific dates or ways to assess your proficiency level, please contact the NUS CLS office or the respective Yale-NUS language instructor.
This is not necessary during Rounds 1 and 2 of the course enrolment process. However, once the final timetable from NUS CLS is out, you should indicate your preferred lecture and tutorial time. Our Registry Department will need that information to place you into the particular module and section that works with your schedule. If you are unsure as to when a particular language meets, please contact the NUS CLS office or the respective Yale-NUS language instructor.
Yes, this is an option after your first semester at Yale-NUS. Please remember that overloads need to be discussed with your academic advisor and approved by your Vice Rector.
Language courses are graded by default. However, you are given the option to S/U the final grade if you are not satisfied with your results. Please refer to the S/U description in the Undergraduate Regulations. Do note that S/U courses cannot be counted towards a major or minor.
Yale-NUS currently offers the following languages on campus: Modern and Classical Chinese, Spanish, Ancient Greek, and Latin. Additionally, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Sanskrit are available via teleconference from Yale University.
You can take any of the languages offered at NUS CLS, however, do note that some of those languages may have limited availability. Yale-NUS works closely with the Centre for Language Studies at NUS to get you into the language course you want. Additionally, there are summer language study opportunities via CIPE.
In general, our language courses follow the basic sequence below. However, based on demand and summer language study opportunities, this may be adjusted for particular languages. For current course listings, you should check the OurCORS site.
|Basic Language Sequence for Classical Languages: Latin, Ancient Greek, and Sanskrit|
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Basic Language Sequence for Modern Languages: Chinese, Spanish, and DLS: Italian, Portuguese, and Russian|
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
Unfortunately, French for Academic Purposes is only open to LLP students. Non-LLP students are welcome to take French 4.
Yes. Classical Chinese is for students with at least two years of prior study of Modern Chinese or native equivalency.
The Directed Language Study courses are taught by Yale instructors via teleconference. They are usually taught in the evenings because of the time difference between Singapore and New Haven and enrollment in these courses is limited to 6 or 7 students per course. Otherwise, these are full 5MC courses with the same workload as other language courses.
Yes, you can certainly enrol in language courses during your semester abroad. Contact the Centre for International & Professional Experience (CIPE) for information about study abroad opportunities and the application process. They will also help you with the credit transfer process.
The timing of your Study Abroad programme is largely dependent on your personal schedule. We think Semester 2 of Year 2 or Year 3 would be a good time. In general, there is some flexibility. However, students are typically not permitted to go on study abroad programmes during their capstone year.
Selected courses taken while on a summer or semester study abroad programme via CIPE will count towards your graduation MC requirement. However, this is contingent on CIPE’s approval of the credits.
The Centre for International & Professional Experience (CIPE) at Yale-NUS offers internship opportunities for a wide range of prominent places, including intergovernmental organisations (IGOs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), public sector, consulting firms, etc. You can find details on all these opportunities here.