Admissions to Tembusu College for Academic Year 2019-20 commences on 11 March 2019!

For admissions in AY2019-2020:

There will only be one application window for incoming students into UTCP [11 March 2019 (9:00AM) to 15 April 2019 (11:59PM)]. You are strongly encouraged to apply even if you have not received an offer to join an undergraduate degree programme in NUS.

University Town College Programme (UTCP) at Tembusu College is typically a two year residency programme. After two years, students may apply to spend a third year in residency, during which they can take part in the Third Year Experience. A very limited number of students may also be selected to stay a fourth year.

Candidates interested to gain admission to Tembusu College have to submit an application through the Joint Residential College Application System website. Please note that the application system will not be available from 1:00AM to 6:00AM daily (+8 GMT) for system maintenance.

All candidates have to submit an essay as part of the application process. Shortlisted candidates residing in Singapore should be prepared to be called for an interview. Otherwise, alternative interview arrangements will be considered on a case by case basis. The interview session will allow us to get to know you better and learn about your interests and talents. It is also an opportunity for you to find out more about University Town and the College. We are looking to recruit a diversity of people with varied interests.


Before accessing the Joint Residential College Application System, candidates should note the following:

After successful admission via the UTCP, the candidates are required to complete a room registration process via the Office of Student Affairs’ University Hostel Management System (UHMS) portal. The UHMS portal is only available to candidates who have been offered admission to Tembusu College and an NUS undergraduate programme.

So what is it like in this Home of Possibilities?

Armed with a go-pro, our Tembusu Ambassadors snuck around, documenting our facilities and a small number of interest groups, to present to you what goes on in Tembusu College! Take a peek here right now!

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.