Nanyang Technological University GEM Trailblazer Summer Program

Program Details

Program Location Singapore, Singapore
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Direct Enroll
Course # SA 20260
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2022 06/29/22 to 07/30/22
Summer 2022 06/15/22 to 07/30/22
Page Links
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


Nanyang Technological University GEM Trailblazer Summer Program

Glorious Singapore!

Once a British colonial trading post, Singapore is today a thriving global financial hub and described as one of Asia's economic "tigers."  The country is considered to be one of the most cosmopolitan and prosperous destinations in the world. With its beautiful beaches and dazzling skyscrapers, Singapore is a mix of unearthly beauty and modern technology. It is also widely known for its cleanliness, cosmopolitan vibe, and electronics. The country also has one of the highest percentages of expatriates in the world and every year Singapore sees more and more people from all across the globe moving to the island to find new opportunities and excitement.

NTU has been ranked 11th in the world and 1st in Asia in the latest 2018 QS World University Rankings.  The QS Asia University Rankings 2018 ranked NTU 1st in Asia, displacing NUS which dropped to 2nd place.   NTU also came in overall 1st in the world in the ranking of young universities for four consecutive years in the QS Top 50 Under 50 rankings from 2015 to 2018.

A summer in Singapore, a perfect 'soft landing' in the heart of booming Asia-Pacific region and a springboard to explore the many cultures, languages and societies surrounding the country, which includes India, China, Vietnam and many more.  NTU's unique summer program will bring students an education that prepares them for the new global reality. They will be immersed in Asian cultural experiences and opportunities while gaining knowledge about entrepreneurial skills they can use for venturing into Asia, a region with more than 4.3 billion people.

For more program information, please visit the program website.


Nanyang Technological University GEM Trailblazer Summer Program

The beautiful NTU campus

The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Engineering] [College of Liberal Arts] [Daniels School of Business]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

The GEM Trailblazer Summer Program offers 5 tracks. Within each track are several courses, all taught in English and each worth 3 credits. Students may take a maximum of 2 courses within a track or across tracks. However, students need to check the course schedule to prevent any clashes between the courses.

Program dates will vary and will depend on the tracks/courses students choose to take. 

Track 1: Chinese Language & Cultural Studies:  Administered by NTU's Confucius Institute, this track is designed to equip students with basic Chinese Language skills as well as to expose them to the intriguing Chinese cultures.

Track 2: Entrepreneurship & Innovation Asia: Offered by the Nanyang Technopreneurship Centre, this track is designed to equip students with fundamental entrepreneurship competencies, business acumen and stamina to build and grow businesses.  

Track 3: Creative Design & Media: Conducted by the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, this track consists of courses in creative writing, design and computer animation.

Track 4: Success in the Globalized Marketplace: Students who wish to gain all-round insights into the global skill sets required for today's competitive marketplace and corporate world will be able to select from a range of business and humanities courses.

Track 5: New Technologies, New World: Conducted by the world's most renowned expert in this field, Dr Chua Chee Kai, this track aims to provide a general understanding of 3D-Printing and Bioprinting, a multidisciplinary technology that merges the field of cell culture, biomaterials science and mechanical engineering and their applications in the real world.


Besides studying, the NTU Summer Program also provides students a chance to participate in cultural activities and tours around Singapore to learn more about Singapore's heritage.


NTU has a total of 24 Halls of Residence on campus which houses around 10,200 undergraduates. They are similarly styled accommodation and are co-ed by floor or wing.

Summer students shall be housed in one of the 24 residence halls based on double occupancy, based on the duration of their summer program.

Meals are not included, but students can purchase meals at the Hall of Residence canteens or at food places around the NTU campus and outside campus. There are no fully equipped kitchen at the hall for students to cook their meals.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2019

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and the Host University
Program Fee $5,000.00
Study Abroad Fee $609.40
Purdue International Insurance (per month) $32.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,500.00
Housing $1,000.00
Visa $100.00
Books and Supplies $50.00
Meals $800.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $1,200.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Summer Programs Mar 1

Returnees Information

Nanyang Technological University GEM Trailblazer Summer Program

The Hive-NTU's interactive learning ctr

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email