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Experiential Semester Programme (ESP)

Experiential Semester Programme (ESP)


Experiential Semester Programme (ESP) is a six-month internship and an effective pedagogy to take learning beyond the classroom. ESP enables students to earn credits while gaining professional industry experience and build personal networks to boost employability. ​

Generally, ESP periods are defined as Semester 1, i.e., August to December period, and Semester 2, i.e., January to May period.



Please keep a look out for the ESP registration email in Year 1 Semester 2 and submit your interest by the deadline stipulated.​


While students are required to continue paying fees on ESP, they earn more AUs for the extended period of the internship:
For AY15 & After:
PA (Professional Attachment) (AB2004) 5 AUs (10-12 weeks)
PI (Professional Internship - under ESP)
5 AUs (Core) & 5 AUs (UE) =
10 AUs (at least 20 weeks)

*Total Academic Units (AU) requirements remain unchanged. However, academic requirements in degree audit will be adjusted during the processing of ESP marks. Requirement for Core will be increased by 5 AUs (AY15 & after) while UE will decrease by 5 AUs.

ESP students receive insurance coverage and CPF exemptions under ESP but not when they are on personal LOA internships.
ESP students benefit from structured internship learning with faculty supervision.
With overloading, ESP students complete their degree programme in 3 years without the need to defer gradu​ation.
If students have completed a part of their Unrestricted Electives (UE) requirements, or require the UE AUs for USP, or any minor programmes, students will then be earning extra UE AUs under ESP.



ESP is open to all single degree Accountancy, Business and Double Degree Accountancy and Business students. Confirmation of a place in ESP is subject to final placement offers by internship companies. Students who have completed PA will not be allowed to participate in the ESP.

As students are required to overload under ESP, students are advised to consider various factors such as academic potential, personal development opportunities and passions for non-academic pursuits when deciding on ESP.


Students may either do a Professional Attachment (PA) or Experiential Semester Programme (ESP), and not both. Students who are interested to go for ESP are to do so only in either Year 2 Semester 2 or Year 3 Semester 1.


Students should not be planning for ESP in their graduating semester because this will hinder the students’ ability to attend convocation. To facilitate graduation, students are therefore advised not to go for ESP in their graduating semester.


With effect from AY2018/19, students who apply for Semester Leave of Absence to take up internships will only be allowed for their second or third 6-month internship.


To have an internship counted as Professional Attachment (PA) under ESP, the following conditions have to be met:

  1. Student has not completed AB2004 Professional Attachment;
  2. Internship period covers a minimum of 20 weeks, and overlaps with the official NTU PA period; and
  3. Internship to be approved by NTU Career Attachment Office (CAO).

Contact Points

For ESP curriculum and course registration, please email NBS Undergraduate Programmes Office at
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