Orientation is the embarkation point of your Yale-NUS journey and will provide you with the tools to navigate the exciting experiences that await you: making new friends, taking Common Curriculum classes, enjoying life in your Residential College, participating in student activities and organisations, declaring a major, getting to know Singapore, studying abroad, exploring internships, working on your very own capstone project, all while finding serenity and balance as you engage in the many facets of your Yale-NUS experience.Read more
Orientation will guide you and your classmates to think deeply about a number of foundational questions which will allow you to better define your own individual identity within a setting that is new to you — Yale-NUS College. You will also learn about the many diverse and interesting members of the Yale-NUS community with whom you will be sharing a parallel journey and common home. You will come away from Orientation ready to stake out your unique place at Yale-NUS with a growing understanding of the supportive community that will expand your horizons with new ways of thinking, understanding, and experiencing the world.
You will also learn about the many invaluable resources on campus, like the Centre for International & Professional Experience (CIPE), Counselling and Wellness, Intercultural Engagement, Athletics and Recreation, Student Organisations, Student Services, and more.
You will be led through the various Orientation activities by your Orientation Group Leader and also get a chance to meet your Residential College Advisor who will provide support and guidance throughout your first year in College.
Your Residential College – Saga, Elm, or Cendana – will be your home for the next four years and will play a central role in Orientation. You will meet and interact personally with your College Rector, a distinguished yet approachable and friendly professor. Your Rector will lead you in learning and reflecting about the local environment during the Orientation. Each College, in addition, has an Assistant Dean who will meet with each of you for one-on-one discussions about your academic interests and to provide care and support to enrich your experience at the College.
Enjoy Orientation! You will make friends that last a lifetime while finding your place in our supportive and caring community.