COVID-19 Information at Yale-NUS

The well-being and safety of our students, faculty and staff are of utmost importance to Yale-NUS College. Since January 2020, the College has put in place a series of precautionary measures to keep our community safe and healthy, and to better mitigate potential risks of the evolving COVID-19 situation. We continue to monitor the situation, take guidance from advisories released by the authorities, and adjust our measures accordingly to keep everyone safe. Key updates and important information on COVID-19 will be shared here.


Updates on Academic Year 2020/2021 at Yale-NUS

We are committed to starting our new academic year in August 2020. We have been heartened by strong application numbers and look forward to welcoming as full and diverse a class of first-year students as possible when term reopens, as well as our returning Kingfishers.

While the approval of passes and entry into Singapore will be determined by prevailing COVID-19 conditions and travel regulations, we will allow for some flexibility in student arrivals for the new academic year, even as we plan for it to start on schedule. This may involve a mix of face-to-face and online learning. Our priority remains to ensure the safety and well-being of our community while not losing sight of the academic and residential experience for our students.

More details on our new academic year will be shared here in June 2020.

In the meantime, admitted students commencing their studies in August 2020 may learn more about COVID-19 and how it pertains to their upcoming enrolment at Kingfishers Connect and Family Connect. New students and their families may log in using the password that has been shared via email. Please contact or call +65 6601 2416 for further queries.

Existing students who need more information about returning to campus should check with the Yale-NUS Dean of Students Office at before making any travel plans. For more information, please visit our student portal. Parents and family members can reach out to for queries or concerns.


Prevailing Measures at Yale-NUS

As we deal with the pandemic, Yale-NUS students, staff and faculty have come together to support one another in various ways so that the College can continue to have as open and active a semester as possible, while prioritising the health and safety of our community.

Residential life continued in its physical form for as long as we could enable it and where we could not, it took on exciting new virtual forms that reflect the ingenuity and creativity of our community. During Semester 2 of Academic Year 2019/2020, classes were moved online quickly, and we switched to alternative modes of teaching and assessment where possible. As a community of learning, we aim to help our students focus on learning while setting aside, as far as we can, their worries about achievement metrics. Our faculty have responded flexibly to students’ needs without losing sight of fulfilling a student’s learning objectives expanding their range of grading options to lessen student stress and anxiety.

All this has been made possible due to the willingness of our staff and faculty to go above and beyond, and the collaboration of our students as they adapted quickly to each change. Our long-term goal remains to ensure the well-being of everyone in our community as we continue to fulfil our mandate to provide an educational experience of quality for our students.


Visitors and Members of the Public

General Campus Information

In line with the Singapore Government’s directive to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Yale-NUS College’s campus is closed from 8 April to 1 June 2020. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

During this time, all deliveries have to be collected by the College’s residents directly at the Oculus or outside the gates of the Residential College, keeping to safe distancing measures in place.




Through this public health crisis, we have adopted an incremental approach: calibrating restrictions to assess risks while enabling us to have as open and active a semester as possible.

Learn more about measures on residential life and academic matters that were implemented during Semester 2, Academic Year 2019/2020.

For more information or queries, please contact the Yale-NUS Dean of Students Office at

Summer Opportunities and Study Abroad Programmes

After much deliberation, the College has decided to cancel exchange and study abroad for Semester 1, Academic Year 2020/2021. Several important factors were taken into account: virus-related travel and immigration restrictions, health conditions and plans for the upcoming term at our partner institutions, public health projections regarding the spread of the virus, and our most important concern, the health and safety of our students.

We will work with our students to make the best possible arrangements for the upcoming semester in terms of modules, housing, and other opportunities they may wish to pursue on campus. Learn more about the arrangements regarding the exchange programmes .

As overseas summer plans have been impacted by the COVID-19 situation, the College is actively helping affected students explore programmes, research or internships opportunities in Singapore, or encouraging them to consider opportunities in their home countries. Within the College, we have expanded our Summer Research Programme to include more student researchers and are providing more work opportunities in our administrative departments for students who want to gain work experience over the break. Learn more about the resources available.

Yale-NUS will be accepting applications from Singapore-based students studying overseas for Semester 1, Academic Year 2020/2021. Yale-NUS is also working to provide support for university students based in Singapore who attend universities abroad but may be unable to return for the upcoming semester due to COVID-19. Students pursuing undergraduate degrees abroad may apply to attend Yale-NUS for the semester.  If you are interested in pursuing this option, you are encouraged to contact Lindsay Allen from the Centre for International & Professional Experience at for more information.

Graduating Students (Class of 2020)

For graduating students from the Class of 2020, the College’s Centre for International & Professional Experience (CIPE) is providing support in their post-graduate endeavours. Each student has been assigned CIPE advisors who are familiar with the student’s intended plans (graduate school, employment etc.) so as to best support them in the coming months. To commemorate the completion of our students’ College experience in the fullest way possible despite the COVID-19 situation, the College will be organising a virtual Graduation Ceremony on 18 May 2020. Learn more about the support available for graduating students.



Staff and Faculty

Our staff and faculty have been working tirelessly to ensure that College operations, classes and programmes are able to continue where health and safety is not compromised.

Following the latest directive from the Singapore government, all staff and faculty, with the exception of frontline staff from Security, IT, Residential Life and Facilities Management, have made arrangements to work from home.

Learn more about the College’s measures on staff safety and well-being.



Yale-NUS News on COVID-19

22 May Yale-NUS students support each other during time of COVID-19, Latest@Yale-NUS, 22 May 2020
19 May Graduands urged to reimagine, create a post-COVID-19 world, CNA, 19 May 2020
15 May ‘More authentic, personal’ with Yale-NUS online graduation, The Straits Times, 15 May 2020
8 May Excellence and Adaptability – Teaching and Learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Latest@Yale-NUS, 8 May 2020
4 May Singapore Higher Education and COVID-19: An Early and Measured Response, International Higher Education, 4 May 2020
30 Apr Yale-NUS students, staff and faculty reach out to serve communities amid trying times, Latest@Yale-NUS, 30 April 2020
24 Apr Solidarity, giving, and mutual aid amidst COVID-19 at Yale-NUS, Latest@Yale-NUS, 24 April 2020
24 Apr A New World, The Business Times, 24 April 2020
21 Apr The afterlife of stuff, The Straits Times, 21 April 2020
20 Apr Campaign to make workers feel welcome in housing estates, The Straits Times, 20 April 2020
17 Apr Global PsyCorona study looking for M’sian participants, Malaysiakini, 17 April 2020
17 Apr Life in a time of COVID-19: Yale-NUS College rises to the challenge, Latest@Yale-NUS, 17 April 2020
14 Apr (冠状病毒19)前线医护人员压力大 可寻求免费辅导 | Frontline healthcare workers face pressure and can seek free counselling, Channel 8 News, 14 April 2020
13 Apr Spirit of giving, The Straits Times, 13 April 2020
12 Apr Go green amid Covid-19 circuit breaker, but with clean containers , The Straits Times, 12 April 2020
10 Apr Coronavirus Economic Impact: SE Asia faces economic turmoil due to COVID-19, CGTN, 10 April 2020
10 Apr Man in S’pore urges public to show support for foreign workers by gifting items like masks & groceries, Mothership, 10 April 2020
06 Apr Contact tracing – on which Singapore’s COVID-19 strategy rests, CGTN, 6 April 2020
03 Apr Social trust in times of crisis, The Straits Times, 3 April 2020
03 Apr (新冠肺炎) 医护人员压力大 专业心理医师 提供1对1心理辅导 | (COVID-19): Healthcare workers under pressure, professional psychologists provide 1-to-1 counselling services, China Press, 3 April 2020
28 Mar Coronavirus: NUS, NTU and SMU let students write off grades for modules this semester, The Straits Times, 28 March 2020
13 Mar Teaching intelligence: how to take your classes online, Times Higher Education, 13 March 2020
05 Mar Singapore excels at transparency while confronting spread of COVID-19, The Star, 5 March 202

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