International Research Exchange Programme (IREP)

NJC has eight established IREPs across six different countries. Every IREP offers students the distinctive opportunity of collaborating on a research project with peers from another country, while also immerse themselves in another culture via homestays of their peers. NJC students also get the opportunity to be ambassadors of Singapore and the College by extending their warm hospitality when their peers from another country visits Singapore to work on the research project. This cross-culture research exchange helps broadens perspectives of research and also deepens the global awareness of NJC students. The subject areas of research available in IREP includes Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and the Humanities.


United Kingdom


Overseas Institute: Camborne Science and International Academy (CSIA)

One of our newest partners, Camborne Science and International Academy is a well-acclaimed academic institution in Cornwall, England. In this research exchange programme, students will focus on application and authentic problem solving based research projects. They will study the applications of nanoparticles in different fields of science, e.g. chemiluminescence and biosensing. They will operate the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) to study surface properties of materials and carry out spectroscopic techniques such as UV-Vis, Infra-Red (IR) and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy. Students will also get the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich English culture via visits to farms, attending classes and homestays.

Area of Research

Biology, Physics, Mathematics



Overseas Institute: Moscow Chemical Lyceum (MCL)

Students will explore organic and organometallic synthesis. Specifically, students will carry out advanced experiments in organic and organometallic synthesis for application in the pharmaceutical industry. Also, students will learn advanced analytical methods: infrared and nuclear magnetic spectroscopies are amongst a host of analytical tools used to support the various projects in this programme. Advanced methods in retrosynthesis and mechanisms form the theoretical basis of the work that is done. Students will, while engaged heavily in research, have an opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich culture of Russia, from ballets to plays to enjoying Russian family life via homestays.

Area of Research




Overseas Institute: Waseda University Honjo Senior High School (WUHSHS)

In its 9th year, the Waseda University Honjo Senior High School – National Junior Science Research Exchange Programme is among the founding programmes in the International Science Research Exchange Programme. Students have the opportunity to explore a range of projects in various fields of Physics. From synthesis, characterisation and analysis of stimuli-responsive polymers to sonoluminescence and its application, students will advance their capacities and interest in materials sciences, spectroscopic methods, electrodynamics and computational methods. Beyond academia, students in this programme will experience Japanese culture both in schools and while hosted by their peers’ families.
Area of Research

Biology, Chemistry, Humanities, Social Sciences



Overseas Institute: Affiliate Schools of The Ritsumeikan Trust (RITS)

Ritsumeikan is an exchange involving a host of different schools from Japan.

Area of Research

Biology, Chemistry, Geography





Overseas Institute: Gyeonggi Science High School for the Gifted (GSHS)

Students participating in this exchange programme can look forward to interesting microbiology based projects. They will be exposed to techniques such as culturing bacteria and optical density measurements and perform biotechnology experiments, such as isolating the gene of interest from organisms and selecting for the cells with the gene of interest. They will also get the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich culture of Korea, viz. food (kimchi), language (Hangeul) and homestays.

Area of Research

Biology, Chemistry


Overseas Institute: Korea Science Academy of Kaist (KSA)

In this research exchange programme, students will engage in a range of exciting and cutting-edge projects under the mentorship of prominent scientists affiliated to KAIST – one of the leading universities in South Korea. They will hone their knowledge of chemistry and physics by analyzing reaction mechanisms to understand advanced oxidation processes (ultrasonication-enhanced ozonation). They will also get the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich culture of Korea, viz. food (kimchi), language (Hangeul) and homestays.

Area of Research

Biology, Chemistry




Overseas Institute: Suzanne Cory High School (SCHS)



Overseas Institute: Mahidol Wittayanusorn School (MWITS)

This is our unique math-focused research programme. Through this partnership with one of the leading high schools in Thailand, students will be able to learn advanced mathematical concepts and tools in various areas of Mathematics and computig (such as graph theory and equivalence relations). They will apply the tools in a related research problem, such as solving an open problem or developing alternative approaches towards existing real- life problems (such as using equivalence relations to encrypt messages). Students will get the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich Thai culture by interacting with the students from Mahidol.

Area of Research

Biology, Chemisty