Special Summer Academic Programmes

These academic programmes allow students to gain new knowledge in the fields of urban sustainability and bioethics.

Global Citizenship Program in Urban Environmental Sustainability

UPDATE 11 FEBRUARY 2020: The  GCP will not run in 2020, due to the uncertainty surrounding the 2019-nCoV outbreak.  Thank you for your interest in the programme. Details on CCP 2021 will be available in early 2021.

The Global Citizenship Program (GCP) is a summer academic programme hosted by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in partnership with institutions around the world. It aims to promote global collaboration in sustainable development education, to enrich students academically and culturally, and to prepare them for future challenges and opportunities in an increasingly urbanized world. The 3-week programme studies policies and initiatives in Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Taipei that aim to mitigate and adapt to climate change, with co-benefits leading to sustainable development of urban areas. Students from all GCP partner universities travel to all three cities, attend lectures and field trips given by international leading experts from academia and industry, immerse themselves in local environments and culture and exchange insight and experiences from their respective countries.
GCP partner institutions:

  1. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  2. National Taipei University
  3. Arizona State University
  4. Yale-NUS College

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • 5 spots in GCP 2019 are available to Yale-NUS College students.
  • Students from all disciplines who are interested in issues intersecting climate change, sustainable development and urbanisation are invited to join. Former participants have come from backgrounds as diverse as engineering, environmental studies, law and public policy.
  • The programme is open to students in their first, second and third year of study at Yale-NUS College. We expect that most applicants will be current second-year students.
  • There is no CAP requirement but students’ prior and current coursework and academic standing will be considered as part of the holistic application process.

1 February 2019: Application deadline
By 20 February: Application results announced
26 February: Deadline for selected participants to confirm their spot in the programme. Release of spots for waitlisted students.
2 March: Final deadline for selected participants to confirm their spot in the programme.
20 March: Deadline for students to complete the HKUST undergraduate visiting student online application.
27 March: Students submit Hong Kong visa application form and HK$550 visa fee.
April-June: Students make travel arrangements to/from Hong Kong and obtain necessary visas.
27 June – 20 July 2019: Global Citizenship Program takes place. Students are required to commit for the full duration of the programme.

CIPE covers the programme fee, which includes:

  • All breakfasts and lunches during weekdays; two group dinners in Hong Kong and Taipei
  • Housing (shared room in a student dormitory while in Hong Kong and Taipei; 3-star hotel in Guangzhou)
  • Travel insurance
  • Roundtrip airfare from Hong Kong to Taipei
  • Roundtrip coach transport from Hong Kong to Guangzhou
  • All ground transportation in Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Taipei
  • A programme T-shirt.

Participating students are expected to cover:

  • Roundtrip airfare from their home country to Hong Kong
  • Visa fees for Hong Kong (HK$550/SGD$96), as well as for China and/or Taiwan (as applicable)
  • All dinners (except for two group dinners covered by the programme)
  • Personal expenses (incl. for sightseeing during free time). GCP hosts recommend budgeting SGD$500-$800 for personal expenses for the duration of the programme.

Limited need-based aid is available to help students cover airfare costs from their home country to Hong Kong.

Programme Syllabus and Credit Transfer
The GCP syllabus and schedule will be made available in early Sem 2. They will be similar to those in previous years, available for reference here: GCP 2017 Schedule.
The GCP courseload is equivalent to 5MCs at Yale-NUS College. Interested students should reach out to their academic advisor and/or Head of Studies to determine if the course may count directly to their major. After the programme ends, students must be on the lookout for credit transfer informational emails and attend the necessary info sessions.

Interested students should apply directly on Symplicity to the posting “Global Citizenship Program in Urban Environmental Sustainability” with a CV/resume, an unofficial transcript and a personal statement. Detailed application instructions are available in the posting.

The programme requires all students to complete a team assignment and an individual final report. In addition, Yale-NUS students are required to submit a CIPE summer programme reflection.

Yale University Sherwin B. Nuland Summer Institute in Bioethics


The Sherwin B. Nuland Summer Institute in Bioethics, hosted annually by Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, is a 2-month long intensive summer programme for undergraduates, graduate students and professionals from various disciplines. Participants attend a series of morning lectures surveying the field of bioethics, and intensive seminars on special topics such as neuroethics, care for the dying, bioethics and law, philosophy, technology and ethics, public health ethics, etc. Students also attend discussion groups and visit the esteemed Hastings Center. For the latest updates about the programme and helpful resources for prospective students, please visit the programme page linked above.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria: CIPE supports up to 2 students to attend the Summer Institute in Bioethics. Current first and second-year students are encouraged to apply. A strong application will demonstrate curiosity, thoughtfulness and an interest in bioethics manifested by having taken courses or written papers in the area, or by having engaged with bioethical issues through work or extracurricular activities. For more information on the selection criteria, visit the programme website.

Application Deadline: 1 February (internal); Rolling (external). See below for more information.

How to Apply: Candidates first apply to and are selected by a committee of CIPE and Yale-NUS faculty. After being selected internally, successful candidates submit their application directly to the Summer Institute in Bioethics.

  • For the first stage of the application process, students must apply in Symplicity to the posting “Yale University Summer Institute in Bioethics.” The application requires a CV/ resume, an unofficial transcript and two statements of purpose that mirror the statements required in the Summer Institute application.
  • During the second stage, students selected after the first stage apply directly to the Summer Institute in Bioethics by following the instructions here. The application requires all the above materials, plus 1 letter of recommendation from a professor familiar with your academic ability. The recommender should send the letter directly to bioethics@Yale.edu with the subject line “Letter of Recommendation for [Student Name]”. See the CIPE guide for requesting a letter of recommendation HERE.

Candidates for whom English is not the first language may be asked to speak with representatives of the Summer Institute in Bioethics by phone or Skype in order to demonstrate competence in spoken English.


1 February: Application deadline for the first stage of the application.
By 15 February: Application outcomes announced. Selected students must confirm their acceptance of the programme spot with CIPE as soon as possible, then apply directly to the Summer Institute in Bioethics, whose application deadline is rolling.
March-May: Participants make travel and housing arrangements and obtain their US visitor visas. Housing is usually arranged on a sublet basis through the programme coordinator, Lori Bruce.
Early June – Late July: Summer Institute in Bioethics takes place. Selected students are required to commit for the full duration of the programme.

Funding: CIPE provides SGD $5000 per participant to support the cost of the programme fee, housing and meals. Students are expected to cover roundtrip airfare from their home country to the US, visa fees for a B1/B2 visitor visa, local transport expenses and personal expenses.

Credit Transfer: While the Summer Institute in Bioethics does not award Yale credit, students may apply to receive credit from Yale-NUS College by following the standard credit transfer process. The number of module credits awarded depends on the total number of contact hours accumulated in the programme, and may vary from 8-10 MC. After the programme, students will receive informational emails about the credit transfer process, and must attend any required info sessions.

Deliverables: All participants are required to write a final paper and present at the final poster session of the programme.

Questions: Contact Zhana Sandeva at zhana.sandeva@yale-nus.edu.sg.

Have Questions?
Zhana Sandeva
Senior Programme Manager, Leadership & Global Citizenship

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Update: 20 November 2018