Transfer FAQ

Transfer FAQ

1. How do I apply for a transfer to the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine?

The transfer application is open all year round. To be considered for the upcoming academic year which begins in August, please submit all documents by end April.

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2. Are all medical students in an overseas institution eligible to apply for transfer to the School of Medicine?

Only Singapore Citizens and its Permanent Residents who are current medical students of recognised overseas institutions are eligible. These overseas institutions must be recognised by the Singapore Medical Council (SMC). The list of schools can be found here. Foreign students must apply via the standard admissions route to begin at Year 1.

3. Are all transfer students accepted into the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine?

Transfers to NUS Medicine are handled on an individual, case-by-case basis, in the event that a vacancy is available in that particular year.

4. How does NUS Medicine consider transfer applicants?

Applicants are considered on the merits of their ‘A’ level or high school results, and their university results. Once shortlisted, an interview will be conducted via teleconference, unless the transfer applicant is in Singapore.

5. Given my academic results, what are my chances of being shortlisted for the interview?

The competition will depend on the number of places available, and the number of students who apply for that particular year.

6. Does a transfer student need to repeat the years which he/she has already completed in the overseas medical school?

Transfer students will be informed of the year of study where the vacancy is available. The student may not need to repeat years already completed, if there is an appropriate availability and the curriculum of the medical undergraduate programme at his/her home university aligns with that of NUS Medicine. If a transfer student is admitted, we will work to ensure a smooth transition and address any gaps in the medical curriculum and training.

7. How does the NUS residency requirement affect the transfer applications?

NUS has established a minimum of 50% residency requirement for all NUS degrees. This means that a transfer student would need to complete three full years at NUS, regardless of the number of years he/she may have already completed in a medical school overseas.

8. I attended an interview for Medicine admissions previously. Am I eligible for a transfer?

Yes, you are eligible to apply for a transfer.

9. What is the bond period for transfer students?

Candidates admitted to the Medicine undergraduate degree course at the National University of Singapore, who are not in receipt of PSC scholarships or bursaries, are required to serve the Government of Singapore upon successful completion of the course according to the scheme in the following table:

Course Singaporeans Singapore PRs and International Students
Medicine 5 years
(excluding housemanship)
6 years
(excluding housemanship)

Each student is required to sign an agreement with the Government to serve the specified bond period, failing which liquidated damages will be payable.

Your acceptance of the offer of admission to the Medicine undergraduate degree programme at NUS is conditional upon your signing the necessary bond with the relevant authority in the year of entry to the University. At the time of signing of the bond, the Ministry of Health, Singapore, will require that you affirm your willingness and ability to serve out the bond upon graduation. You will also need to verify that you have not renounced your Singaporean citizenship or PR status, and that you have no criminal history which may render you ineligible for registration to practise medicine in Singapore.

Candidates are allowed to enrol for the Medicine undergraduate degree programme on the understanding that they will fulfil these conditions, unless they fail to obtain the degree of MBBS. Failure to fulfil this condition will result in candidates not being awarded the degrees concerned. They will also be liable to pay liquidated damages.