DiscoverSUTD is a 3-weeks long introduction to the SUTD community. It is conducted on 14 September 2020 - 2 October 2020. This event is collaboratively brought to you by the various
Fifth Rows, faculty, pillars, departments (which include SUTD Housing) and research laboratories in SUTD.
The main event page serves as the starting point for your SUTD journey. Within this page, there is a community calendar, session sign-ups and speaker biographies for our flagship event, the SUTD Human Library.
Now, before you continue, you are highly recommended to bookmark this page! This guide will be updated continuously as we receive feedback throughout the event. Through this guide, you will be able to learn more about what
SUTD can offer.
What you'll learn
Key Highlights of DiscoverSUTD
DiscoverSUTD Event Calendar
Tips on Enjoying Your First Month at SUTD
How to Provide Feedback
These are the key areas of DiscoverSUTD:
DiscoverPeople: Human Library
Over the next few pages, we'll take you through what we've planned in each area, and why you should attend these activities! You'll find a detailed breakdown on the sign-up process in Section 7 of this guide: Calendar.
Last but not least, we have a Telegram group and a Discourse forum. You're encouraged to join them
and use them to ask questions or report problems/feedback to your seniors.
A Human Library allows YOU to borrow "books". These books are real people: faculty, staff, researchers and seniors. When you borrow a book, you sit down with them and have a conversation about
their experiences both inside and outside of SUTD.
Every single book will have a bio that gives you an idea of what conversation topics you might expect! You can read all the bios right here to find out more about your favourite books.
Among the 20+ books include:
Senior Management, including Associate Provosts
Faculty from all pillars
Researchers and graduate students
During the Human Library, you can expect to gain unique insights into the various aspects of being a part of the SUTD community, as well as the work experiences and lessons learnt by faculty/researchers throughout their careers, giving
you a better understanding of the wider world.
SUTD has many research labs located all around the campus. We will list down all the different research laboratories and groups here for you to take a look at!
By clicking on the event name, you will be brought to the event abstract where you can find out more details about the event and sign up for the event itself:
Click on the event you're interested in.
From there, you will be able to see all the information about the event.
If you wish to attend, click the sign-up link (not all events require a sign-up).
To fill in the Microsoft Form, you will need to sign-in with your SUTD Microsoft Account.
After submitting the form, you will be considered as registered for the event.
Sign up early because some sessions have limited vacancies!
At SUTD, we love free food, or as we call it, DSBJ (Don't Say Bo Jio).
To celebrate the start of your SUTD adventure, we're going to be organising supper several times a week! You can come over on a sign-up basis. We will be having supper sessions in the Multi-Purpose Hall 1 & 2 at 8pm to 9pm (first session) and 9.15pm to 10.15pm (second session) on the following dates:
Wednesday, 16 September 2020
Thursday, 17 September 2020
Monday, 21 September 2020
Tuesday, 22 September 2020
Thursday, 24 September 2020
Monday, 28 September 2020
Tuesday, 29 September 2020
Thursday, 1 October 2020
Food is one of the things that matter to us the most! Within the school, there are a few eateries that students go to if they fancy something outside the canteen.
GomGom (Sub/Sandwich Cafe) Opening Hours: 9am to 8pm (Mon-Fri) 12pm to 6pm (Sun).
Crooked Cooks (Western and Japanese Restaurant with a Bar) Opening Hours: 9am to 11pm (Mon-Fri) 10am to 10pm (Sat).
My NoNNa's (Western and Chinese Fusion) Opening Hours: 10am to 7pm (Mon-Fri).
d'Star Bistro (Italian Pasta & Pizza) Opening Hours: 9am to 8pm (Mon-Fri).
A couple of restaurants at Changi City Point (CCP) offers food at prices that are friendlier for students. CCP is within walking distance, one MRT stop away (Expo MRT). There is also a shuttle bus that runs at
30-minute intervals (starting at 11:15am and ending at 7:45pm).
Soup Spoon Union Offers student meals at $6.90. Student meal hours: Mondays to Fridays, until 6:30pm.
Wolf Burgers Burgers and a meal at 10% student discount.
Fancy heading out a bit further? Want to treat yourself to a job well done? A mere two MRT stops away (and with no transfers required) is Tampines, with the following excellent, if a bit hard on your wallet, food places:
iSteaks Estimated Price: About 15-20 dollars per person, including drinks.
老火汤 Estimated Price: About 20-25 dollars per person for a full meal.
Fat Papa's Estimated Price: About 20 dollars per person for a meal.
Blogs such as TheSmartLocal, TimeOut and
DanielFoodDiary have written so much about Jewel. Guess what? We're literally two MRT stops away! If we were to list the number of restaurants
there, it would take up the rest of the page... so we'll leave you to explore it yourself!
There are three housing blocks for students: Block 59 (nearest to campus), Block 57 (middle) and Block 55 (furthest from campus). Block 59 and Block 55 have nice rooftop areas on Level 12 with great views and some benches.
Tip for rooms: the lowered blinds near the room door tends to rattle continuously. Tape them down for a good night's sleep!
There are many housing facilities that you can book! Just go to the housing portal to find out more.
You can top-up your aircon credits by visiting this website.
The format of the room code is [Building].[Floor][Room]. For example, 1.308 references a room in Building 1, Level 3, Room 8, which happens to be TT1.
After some time in school, you would realise that rooms in our school are often referred to using code numbers (e.g., 2.716, 3.109 or 5.401). Here's a quick breakdown of what this code means to ease getting yourself around:
(#.___): The number at the left of the decimal represents the building where the room may be found.
Building 1 is where the SUTD Library may be found.
Building 2 is where the Campus Centre may be found.
Building 3 is opposite the Campus Centre, where Gong Cha may be found.
Building 5 is where the Fab Lab may be found.
(_.###): For the number at the right of the decimal, the first digit represents the floor where the building may be found, while the other two numbers represent the room number.
For rooms located at the SUTD Hostel and the Sports and Recreation Centre area, the building number would have two digits representing the block number and therefore, the code number format would
be (##.###). For example, the Housing Management Office is located at 59.191.
Block 55 would be the hostel block furthest from the campus.
Block 57 would be where the Student Lounge is located.
Block 59 would be the hostel block nearest to the campus.
Also, if you need to go across buildings, the following levels are interconnected in this fashion:
Level 2: The second floor of the Campus Centre links Buildings 2 and 3.
Level 3: The roof area above the Campus Centre links Buildings 1, 2 and 3. An additional link bridge links Buildings 1 and 2 in the middle of Building 1. A final link bridge hidden along Building 1 links Buildings 1 and 5.
Level 5: The link bridge roof is walkable and links Buildings 1 and 2.
Spaces to work after class are not limited to your cohort classrooms. Here is a quick list of alternatives that are used by your seniors:
Hostel meeting room/study room
Library (there are discussion rooms on Level 2)
Pi Lab (located beside the printing room at Building 1 Level 5)
Student Activity Centre (located at Building 5 Level 4)
ROOT Cove (2.311A - located at Building 2 Level 3/4)
Time is short in SUTD and 4 years can pass by you in a flash. Here are some suggestions to help you get the most out of your time here in SUTD.
Know what you want to get out of SUTD. Be it a career path, a good social circle, or technical skills. This will help inform the choices you make, and help you prioritise what matters to you.
Appreciate the value of time. Your time is finite, and every choice has an opportunity cost to yourself and others. Make your choice clear to both.
Be reasonable to the people giving you the opportunity and be clear about your level of commitment. There are too many opportunities in SUTD, and most of them might be tempting. It is alright to explore, but be
When it comes to commitments, aim for quality over quantity. You will be unable to gain much if you take on too many things. It is recommended to be part of a maximum of up to 2 Fifth Rows and 1 active UROP only.
Finish what you start! Being responsible not only helps you build up a portfolio of complete projects, it also helps establish you as a reliable team member and helps with finding and building teams.
Be mindful of how you conduct yourself. SUTD is small and news spreads quickly. It is very easy to be famous or infamous for the way you carry yourself and how you treat your commitments.
The SUTD curriculum provides you with robust theoretical foundations and bare minimum practical foundations, which might not be sufficient for thriving in the working world. And in fact, many of the more "applied" courses occur
late in your undergrad career (Term 6 onwards). This is after your internship opportunities and about the time when you begin your job hunt.
In our experience, projects and technical skills can weigh far more heavily than grades can. It is important to avoid focusing solely on grades, as it is very important to bolster your knowledge with practical and technical
skills for the career path you at looking for.
As such you should be prepared to develop your skills during your own time:
Utilise extra-curricular opportunities, such as technical Fifth Rows
Self-learn from freely available resources on the Internet
We recommend to spend Term 1 joining a UROP or specialist clubs and societies to try to bolster your skills! Take advantage of the lower academic pressure to invest in your technical abilities. Remember, no matter how well or badly you
do, every grade is still recorded as a 'PASS' in Term 1.
Then, with a foundation, start diving into a deeper project or discipline in Term 2 immediately. Pillar years can get quite hectic, and many students find they no longer have the time to spend self-learning technical skills then. Your
Freshmore year is really the best time to get a firm technical foundation!
That said, don't go around failing subjects! Grades are still relevant. They help you to open up a lot of opportunities in school (like exchange programmes), and are important for pursuing further studies as well as qualifying for
careers in certain sectors (particularly the Government and Academia sectors).
Doors are always open!
In SUTD, the faculty and staff are always willing to engage with students. Email professors directly if you're interested in their work or if you have an interesting idea and need some help.
Outside of school, you'll often realise that people are pretty welcoming as well. Don't be afraid to cold call companies for opportunities such as internship or mentorship. It is common for students to get better responses from
contacting the company directly compared to using the official career portal.
At SUTD, plenty of opportunities for people of different interests are available, and those with a keen desire to do research work will find that plenty of research opportunities are abound. During the first few weeks in school, we
would like to nudge you to think about topics you are interested in, do a bit of your own research/reading, and figure out if you would like to pursue it as a UROP!
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP)
Funding: Up to $1500 per project.
UROPs are the main source of research opportunities for undergraduate students. There are 2 ways that one can join an UROP:
Applying for a project listed by a Professor/Faculty member on MyPortal. Students are to contact project supervisors to discuss the details of the project before applying.
No projects to suit your fancy? Pitch your own project! At SUTD, the professors and faculty are more than willing to support/guide students in their own initiated projects. If you have an idea that you feel is worth exploring, but
lack the guidance and financial support to do so, a self-initiated UROP is always a good idea.
Funding: Up to $2000 per student in project group.
Have an idea you're super keen on exploring, but UROP funding is insufficient? Consider applying for a self-initiated project with the International Design Centre. Some examples of ongoing IDC-UROPs can be found here (they are slightly outdated though).
Of course, all funding comes at a price. IDC-UROPs require a detailed proposal and a comprehensive final report detailing the full scope, methods and findings of the project upon the conclusion of the UROP (only good practice, really).
Watch out for an email from IDC for an open call for new UROP proposals.
At SUTD, there are plenty of overseas opportunities as well. Here, we list down 3 types of overseas opportunities that you can participate in as a Freshmore (FACT and Summer Programmes) and after Term 5 (GEXP)!
Freshmore Asian Cross-curricular Trips (FACT)
The FACT team is conducting an information session for FACT on 30 Sep, Wed, 5:30pm. You can find more details about the info session here.
SUTD has a suite of short-term summer programmes catering to the diverse interests of our students. Undergraduate students will benefit from spending a fulfilling summer abroad catering to varied interests – thematic projects, academic study, entrepreneurship or research.
Look out for the upcoming information session!
Summer 2021 Virtual Information Session
Date: Wednesday, 14 October 2020
Time: 3:00pm onwards
More details and updates will be provided via upcoming emails.
To better the world, first see and experience the world!
GEXP provides SUTD undergraduates a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend an exciting term living and learning in one of our partner universities worldwide. It allows students to experience an international education and cultural immersion while developing global perspectives.
Students will be able to transfer credits earned in our partner universities back to SUTD. Grades received will not be counted towards CGPA. Students will continue to pay tuition fees to SUTD while tuition fees at the host university is waived. These full immersion opportunities aim to enhance SUTD students’ global perspectives.
Currently, there are 34 partner universities in 17 exciting destinations for you to choose from!
Aalto University, Finland
City University of Hong Kong
Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic
Hanyang University, South Korea
IE University, Spain
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Lehigh University, USA
Mahidol University, Thailand
National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
National Taiwan University
Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), South Korea
Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea
Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico
Texas A&M University, USA
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
The University of British Columbia, Canada
Tianjin University, China
Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
University of Bristol, England
University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP), USA
It is not uncommon to have multiple assignments due in the same week (or day), along with multiple project checkpoints or submissions in certain weeks (often right before or after recess week). You should mentally prepare yourself for
Here are some tips to help manage the workload:
Do not be complacent. Be fully prepared to put in consistent effort.
It is very easy to fall behind by accident, and the pace of the curriculum makes it even harder to catch up. Don't think that you can "catch up later".
Putting in work early helps you prevent late or even sleepless nights. However, things break, and this means you might need to stay up to fix things.
It helps to keep a to-do list on hand to help keep track of your tasks.
Manage your academics with your peers! Grab dinner at CCP with your friends or play some multiplayer games to de-stress, but do it in moderation.