What better way to kickstart your exciting life in NUS than to make some good friends and memories in the wide array of freshmen orientation programmes and social camps available on campus! Stay tuned for more information about them! :)
Kindly take note that sign-up links for the various camps will only be released during the April/May period on the respective Facebook pages of student clubs and societies. The camp and project dates featured in this brochure are not exhaustive - they are for major NUS freshmen camps and projects only. Please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for general enquiries regarding these programmes.
WHAT ARE NUS FRESHMEN ORIENTATION PROJECTS (FOPs)?
As they begin their NUS journey, new NUS undergraduate students (freshmen) are thrust into a colourful campus life bursting with a vibrant student culture and an exciting range of Freshmen Orientation Projects (FOPs) aimed to ease them into this new university chapter of their life. Most of these projects range from overnight camps, day-long activities or even half-day workshops that are organised by various NUS groups and societies that comprise of faculty clubs, non-faculty clubs, halls and residential colleges, student interest groups, NUS Offices, and the NUS Students’ Union (NUSSU).
WHAT ARE SOME MAJOR FOPs?
Others / Cross-faculty
- Social camps
- Ethelonter Camp (Community Service)
- NUSSU Union Camp
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE VARIOUS NUS FOPs?
Most NUS FOPs are meant for NUS freshmen. However, each FOP has a different participation/admission criteria for freshmen, or may extend participation to returning NUS undergraduate students as well. Some general FOP categories can be followed below:
- Opened solely to freshmen enrolling into the respective faculty
- Opened to all freshmen
- May be focusing on specific interests (e.g. community service, sports, cultural activities etc.)
Major NUSSU FOPs
- Comprises of Union Camp, Rag & Flag, and Student Life Fair
- Opened to all freshmen
- Some may be opened to all other NUS students
Returning NUS undergraduate students can participate in these various NUS FOPs as well either as an organising committee member, a councillor/befriender, or even a participant.
WHEN AND WHERE THE VARIOUS NUS FOPs HELD?
Most NUS FOPs are held between June and Mid-August each year. They are usually based on campus grounds, but some activities may be carried out outside.
WHERE CAN INFORMATION ABOUT THE VARIOUS NUS FOPs BE OBTAINED?
Every year during NUS Open Day Student Village, major NUSSU entities - i.e. NUSSU Executive Committee (EXCO), Faculty Clubs, Non-faculty clubs, Halls and Residences - will manning booths to share about their various initiatives and projects, in particular, orientation projects and camps for incoming students/freshmen. Attending NUS Open Day is a good opportunity for prospective NUS students to learn about these NUSSU FOPs as they can engage in a more personal and meaningful conversation with returning NUS students to get a first-hand account of their own freshmen experience and learn about NUS student life.
General information about the various NUSSU FOPs organised by the major union entities can be obtained from the Union’s website (http://www.nussu.org/freshmen-category/orientation) and its NEXUS Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/nus.students.union.nexus) which will be regularly updated from April (Facebook) and May (website).
For more detailed information about each NUSSU FOP or information about other NUS FOPs, students are advised to check the respective FOP/FOP organising committee/club’s website or Facebook pages for updates.
IS IT COMPULSORY TO PARTICIPATE IN THESE FOPs?