Welcome, Class of 2023, to Yale-NUS College!
Orientation 2019 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 organizations, 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 the many facets of your Yale-NUS experience.
Orientation 2019 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’ll also learn about the many invaluable resources on campus, like the Centre for International and Professional Experience (CIPE), the Counselling Centre, the Centre for Intercultural Engagement, Wellness, Athletics and Recreation, Student Organizations, Student Services, and much, much more.
You’ll 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-base for the next four years and will play a central role in Orientation. You’ll 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 whole-person experience at the College.
You will spend a day in Pulau Ubin, an offshore island home to one of Singapore’s last villages. The daylong trip and rustic locale will provide the perfect opportunity for team-building and bonding with the members of your Residential College.
Enjoy Orientation! You’ll make friends that last a lifetime while finding your place in our supportive and caring community.