Congratulations on your decision to study abroad in Singapore!

We have outlined here TEAN’s six easy steps to studying abroad. Your TEAN Program Manager guides you through the entire process, reminding you when and what we need from you as you traverse along the journey to studying abroad. These six steps also include all the vital information you need to know as you prepare for your time abroad. If you can’t find the answers to your questions here, then don’t hesitate to call or email us.

Get Started

Overview

Snapshot

Congratulations! You have applied to a TEAN Singapore semester or summer program, so you are already one step toward the best semester of your college life! This section walks you through how to complete your application; paying your deposit; how to obtain a passport and check that yours will be valid for the duration you need, the best ways to contact TEAN and all the important dates to mark down on your calendar. As usual, if your questions are not answered here, then don’t hesitate to contact us. Step 1: Get Started explained in 60 seconds.

TEAN Application

Complete your TEAN Application

1. If you haven’t already started your application with TEAN, you will need to visit the apply now page to start the process. You will be asked to pay a $95 application deposit that is counted toward your total program fees.

2. Once you’ve submitted your application and paid the application deposit, our team will review your application.

3. After your application has been approved by TEAN you will receive an email from us with information on how to login to your account and access your application.

  1. Now you can start to work on the checklist items listed for your application. You will see a list of things that need to be worked on including the following:
  • TEAN Applicant Profile 
  • Copy of Your Passport – see the step by step instructions below (let us know if you’re renewing).   
  • Send the TEAN Statement from University electronically to your advisor at your home institution for completion 
  • Emergency Contact Info  
  • Academic Reference (if marked as required) 

As we move through the application process more forms and items will be added to your checklist by your Program Manager. So continue to check back for updates! 

5. Submit your most recent transcripts

In order for us to fully process your application, we will need to review your official transcripts. For students studying in the Spring semester, we will need transcripts including grades from the previous Spring semester. For Fall students, we require transcripts including grades from the previous Fall semester. Summer students must have the previous Fall semester grades included on your transcript.

There are two ways you can submit your official transcripts:

1. Request an official copy of your transcript be sent via mail to our office:

The EDUCATION ABROAD Network
5301 Southwest Parkway, Suite 200
Austin, TX 78735

2. Request an official copy of your transcript be sent electronically (directly from your Registrar’s office) to TEANtranscripts@teanabroad.org We are unable to accept documents that have been previously opened as they are then considered “unofficial.”

Program Acceptance

TEAN PROGRAM ACCEPTANCE 

Once you complete the required forms in your TEAN application portal, your Program Manager will let you know that you are accepted to the program!  Once accepted, we will provide information on how you will pay for your program. If we do not have a billing agreement with your home institution, you will receive your program invoice at this time. Payment is due by your program’s payment deadline. We’ll send you more information on how to make payment, using financial aid, and the option of a payment plan. Please be prepared to make payment by your payment deadline in order to move forward with the program.  You can review more information regarding finances here 

PROGRAM CONTRACT 

Your TEAN Program Contract will be available in your TEAN application portal once you apply. You must sign and upload your completed Program Contract by your program’s payment deadline. Please familiarize yourself with the cancellation policy below prior to signing your  contract. 

CANCELLATION POLICY 

The below cancellation policy applies if a student chooses to withdraw.  For our policy covering TEAN cancelling the program, please see here. 

This policy applies to all cancellations, regardless of the reason. Your request to withdraw and receive a refund must be made in writing to TEAN. The $95 application deposit is non-refundable. If your application is denied due to eligibility requirements, your deposit will be fully refunded. Alternative payment arrangements (financial aid, payment plans, etc.) do not exempt you from this policy. Payment deadlines can be found on our Dates & Fees page. 

If you withdraw…  

  • on or before the TEAN original payment due date, you are liable for the $95 application deposit  
  • 1-9 days after the TEAN original payment due date, you are liable for $750 plus costs incurred by TEAN on your behalf  
  • 10-20 days after the TEAN original payment due date, you are liable for $1,250 plus costs incurred by TEAN on your behalf. Summer program participants are liable for $1,000 plus costs incurred by TEAN on your behalf.  
  • 21 or more days after the TEAN original payment due date but prior to the final deadline for withdrawal, you are liable for $1,750 plus costs incurred by TEAN on your behalf. Summer program participants are liable for $1,500 plus costs incurred by TEAN on your behalf.   

The final deadline to withdraw from any TEAN program is 14 days prior to the start date of the program. If you withdraw after this deadline, regardless of the reason for withdrawal, you are not eligible for any refund from TEAN.  

Signing and returning all documents in your student portal is your responsibility. If you fail to return the documents after repeated notification (email or call), you will be deemed withdrawn and will not be eligible for any refund.  

Housing confirmation fees are non-refundable after the TEAN original payment due date. If you change or defer to another TEAN program after your TEAN original payment due date, but prior to the final deadline to withdraw, TEAN will assess a $500 change fee plus costs incurred. Program changes are not permitted 1-14 days prior to the start of the program. Prior to your official acceptance, please refrain from booking flights for your program. TEAN reserves the right to adjust program dates to accommodate host university calendar changes and is not responsible for airline fare or ticket change fees incurred by program participants.   

Prices and dates are subject to change without notice. 

Passport

Apply/Renew your Passport

Obtaining a passport for international travel may take a considerable period of time as the State Department can often have a backlog of applications to work through. Therefore, it is crucial that you apply for your passport as early as possible to avoid any last minute complications. You can apply for your passport at your local U.S. Post Office.

You can obtain necessary information regarding passports from the U.S. Department of State: Passport Services Department,   download passport applications, find a nationwide list of passport agencies, etc. here.


Verify Validity of your Passport

As a condition of your student visa, your passport must be valid a minimum of six months after your program end date. If your current passport is set to expire before then, you will need to apply for a renewal.


Inform TEAN of your passport details

  1. Scan a color copy of your passport page with your photo and information on it.
  1. Upload the scanned image to your TEAN application where it states, “Please upload a copy/photo of your passport (signature and picture page only).” Alternatively, email the scanned copy of your passport to your TEAN Program Manager.
  1. Enter your passport information under the section titled, “TEAN Applicant Profile.”

Contacting TEAN

Contacting TEAN

Email is the primary form of communication during the application and enrollment period. Please provide us with an email address you use regularly, as important program announcements and instructions will be sent via email. Also, please check your email on a regular basis and make sure to update your online application if you change your email address. Please also periodically check your junk mail to ensure that messages from TEAN are not begin filtered into “spam”. If messages are being filtered into spam, please add TEAN’s email to your contacts. Singapore Management University may also contact you directly via email with information regarding your student visa and enrollment.

In addition, please be sure to include your full name on all correspondence (including emails). We work with many students so providing your name will ensure timely responses to questions and inquiries.

Mailing Address

The EDUCATION ABROAD Network
5301 Southwest Parkway, Suite 200
Austin, TX 78735

Telephone and Fax

Toll Free: 1-800-585-9658 (from within U.S.)
Local Number: 1-312-239-3710 (from outside of U.S.)
Fax: 1-312-239-3713

Office Hours

TEAN is open Monday – Thursday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, and Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Central Standard Time and observes all major holidays. If these hours are not convenient, you may schedule a time outside of our normal business hours to speak with us. If you are currently international, it is possible to set up a time to Skype and get to know your Program Managers.

Important Dates

Important Dates

We finalize our program calendar several months before each semester abroad. During that time, we work with our overseas partner universities in order to determine our orientation schedule. We will provide updated information pertaining to orientation, key semester dates, flights and excursions once our program calendar has been finalized. We will send you an email notification once the updated calendar information has been posted on the website so you can plan accordingly.

Once the program calendar has been finalized, we will post this information on our website and you’ll be notified by your Program Manager. Once the calendar has been released, all dates are still subject to change. While we do not anticipate any date changes once the calendar has been finalized, we reserve the right to make changes, particularly if one of our partner universities institutes their own date modification. All program participants will be contacted in the event of a date change.

DEADLINES AND CANCELLATION POLICY 

If you haven’t already, please start your TEAN application prior to your program’s application deadline.  Your payment for the program (unless we have a billing agreement with your home institution) and Program Contract are due by your program’s payment deadline. You can find both deadlines on our Dates & Fees page. You must also reach out to your home institution’s study abroad office to ensure you meet any of their deadlines to study abroad. 

Please review the cancellation policy in the ‘Program Acceptance’ section above for important dates should you choose to withdraw your application. 

Program Start Dates

The program officially begins at the start of our Orientation Program in Singapore. Students arriving in advance of our orientation will be responsible for their own transportation from the airport and any necessary accommodations prior to the orientation start date.

Dates by Program

Singapore Semester
Singapore Summer

Diversity & Identity

Diversity and Identity

One of our main goals at TEAN is to make sure all of our students are thoroughly supported from day one of the study abroad process. Embracing diversity in all its forms is very important to us. We’re dedicated to providing the most information and resources possible so students can make an informed decision on what program will best suit them, both academically and personally. We encourage all students to read through our Diversity and Identity page of our website to find resources useful for you directly and learn more about the students you will be studying abroad with.

Get Schooled

Overview

Snapshot

Congratulations again! If you’ve gotten this far you are well and truly on your way to an incredible study abroad program in Singapore! This section contains information on selecting your courses to ensure you get credit for them, financial aid and how to navigate the system to ensure your aid transfers, details of the TEAN and other scholarships you may want to apply for. Step 2: Get Schooled explained in 60 seconds. 

Semester Courses

Read this First

  • The courses for the upcoming semester are not released until about three months prior to the start of the semester so until the courses are confirmed for your term it is best to look at the previous academic year’s courses for the term in which you are interested (i.e. Spring 2023 students should look at the Spring 2022 [2021-22 Term 2] course offerings and Fall 2022 students should look at the Fall 2022 [2021-22 Term 1] course offerings).
  • The courses you pick at this stage are for pre-approval. You will register for classes at SMU approximately 4 weeks prior to departure.
  • ALWAYS choose more than 8 courses in order to have enough to select from in the event you do not fulfill prerequisites or that courses overlap on the timetable.
  • If you intend to apply for courses that have prerequisites, you may need to provide syllabi from courses that you have previously taken so the appropriate academic advisors at SMU can assess your eligibility.
  • Make sure to review your course selections with your academic advisor in order to ensure that your credits will transfer back to your home university.

About the Courses (Units)

  • Although courses do not change tremendously from year-to-year, please be aware that you may need to make additional selections once courses are officially published.
  • Most courses are 1 SMU credit, which equates to 3-4 U.S. credits.
  • You will enroll in 3-4 courses, which equates to 12-16 U.S. credits.
  • U.S. Fall Semester = Term 1 at SMU and the U.S. Spring Semester = Term 2 at SMU

Course Levels

Students should pay close attention to the prerequisites of the courses as the 100, 200, 300 and 400 levels are not necessarily indicative of the sequential order of the courses and the class level of the student. 600 level courses are for graduate students only. 


Selecting Your Courses

Please make sure you’ve read Step 2 in its entirety before choosing courses.

    1. Visit the Singapore Management University online course catalog.
    2. Click “Change Term” and review courses from the previous year until the courses for the upcoming term are published (i.e. Spring 2023 students should look at the Spring 2022 [2021-22 Term 2] course offerings and Fall 2022 students should look at the Fall 2021 [2021-22 Term 1] course offerings.
    3. Click on the different letters for the subject area for which you want to explore.
    4. Click on courses to view their descriptions and prerequisites.
    5. To view the course syllabi, click on “View Class Sections” and then click on the course outline icon.
    6. Meet with an advisor at your home university to make sure your courses are approved.
    7. Email your TEAN Program Manager if you require any syllabi for pre-approval.
    8. Submit your course selections on your TEAN online application.

Popular Courses

Choose Earth

At TEAN, “Choose Earth” encompasses not only environmental sustainability but also social justice and cross-cultural awareness. SMU offers a range of courses that will expose you to global issues, solutions and understanding. If you would like to participate in our Choose Earth Certificate program, consider one of the subjects below to complete the course requirement. 

  • MGMT632: Corporate Social Responsibility
  • FNCE314 Sustainable Finance
  • GA001: Exploring Asian Identities
  • IDIS007: Climate, History, and Society
  • LAW001: Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • MGMT235: Sustainability Management and Governance
  • SMT112: Sustainable Digital Cities
  • MKTG234 Sustainable Marketing
Term 1 and 2 Courses
Business
Fall Courses (Term 1) Spring Courses (Term 2)
ACCT101 Financial Accounting ACCT101 Financial Accounting
ACCT407 Corporate Financial Management  ACCT401 Strategic Management Accounting
COR1301 Leadership and Team Building COR1301 Leadership and Team Building
COR3301 Ethics and Social Responsibility COR3301 Ethics and Social Responsibility
ECON118 Economic Development in Asia ECON118 Economic Development in Asia
ECON234 International Trade ECON241 Strategic Thinking
FNCE201 Corporate Finance FNCE201 Corporate Finance
MGMT342 Organizational Aspects of Sustainable Innovation FNCE314 Sustainable Finance
MKTG205  Advertising  MKTG234 Sustainable Marketing
Communications & Media
Fall Courses (Term 1) Spring Courses (Term 2)
COMM253 Storytelling for Organizations and Brands  COMM 361 The Business of the Creative Industries
COMM245 Internal Communication MGMT345 Digital Strategy in the Digital Media and Entertainment E-Commerce Ecosystem in Asia
Environment
Fall Courses (Term 1) Spring Courses (Term 2)
COR2203 Climate Change: Global and Local Solutions COR2203 Climate Change: Global and Local Solutions
COR2205 Climate, History and Society
PPPM201 Environmental Politics and Policy
SMT.112 Sustainable Digital Cities
Humanities & Social Sciences
Fall Courses (Term 1) Spring Courses (Term 2)
LAW205 Corporate Law LAW203 Comparative Legal Systems
POSC316 The Politics of Water in Asia PSYC108 Social Psychology
PSYC202  Cultural Psychology SOCG203 Gender and Family
PSYC207 Psychology of Motivation COR2618  Food Cultures – Are We What, Where and How We Eat? 
SOCG110 Deconstructing Singapore Society  
International Studies
Fall Courses (Term 1) Spring Courses (Term 2)
GA001 Exploring Asian Identities GA001 Exploring Asian Identities
GA201 Popular Culture in Asia GA205 Managing Diversity in Asia
GA303 Special Topics in Asian History, Culture, and Society IDIS010 Southeast Asia: Past and Present
  POSC222 Chinese Foreign Policy
Science
Fall Courses (Term 1) Spring Courses (Term 2)
CS101 Programming Fundamentals I CS420 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
CS420 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence CS440 Foundations of Cybersecurity
CS440 Foundations of Cybersecurity IS424 Data Mining and Business Analytics
 IS110 Information Systems and Innovation

FAQs

When and how do I enroll in my classes?
You will enroll in classes online approximately 4 weeks prior to departure. SMU uses a bidding system for enrollment meaning you will receive $100 SMU e-dollars and will bid for the courses that you want to enroll in. Both TEAN and SMU will provide detailed instructions for enrolling using the bidding system once we are at that stage in the process.

Can I change my classes after I enroll?
Yes, you will have an opportunity during the add/drop period on-campus to make adjustments to your schedule and enrollment.

Can you guarantee that I’ll get into my classes?
No, TEAN cannot guarantee that you will be able to enroll in specific classes. This is why we suggest that you have 6-8 course pre-approved so that you have some flexibility with your enrollment in the event a course is full, you don’t meet the pre-requisite requirements or there is a timetable clash. If you have very specific classes you need to take while you’re abroad, please contact your Program Manager.

Is there a discount if I only enroll in 3 courses?
Yes, there is a tuition discount if you only enroll in 3 classes. Please refer to the Fees & Inclusions tab on the program page for details. During the course selection period, you will receive a form from TEAN that you must complete asking you to confirm how many courses you intend on taking during the semester.

Choosing the option to only enroll in 3 classes requires approval from your home university and is your responsibility.

Summer Courses

Courses & Credits

Students can take 1 course over the four-week program, which usually transfer as 3 U.S. semester credits. Students interested in adding a second course will be responsible of any additional fee. For scheduling reasons, students taking two courses must select one course from each cluster listed below.

Courses in Cluster 1 will be held in the morning, and courses in Cluster 2 will be held in the afternoon. Each course has 36 contact hours so depending on your home university, each course may be worth either 3 or 4 credits. Final credit allotment is at the discretion of each student’s home university, and is typically based off of the total number of contact hours for each course.

Please be sure to select at least one additional course per cluster so you have a back-up should a course fill up and meet capacity or get cancelled due to low enrollment. All courses are limited to the first 45 students and are admitted on a first come, first serve basis.


Selecting your Courses

  1. Review the Summer Course Listings below or on SMU’s website
  2. Below, click the course title to review and download the syllabi.
  3. Meet with your home university to approve your courses.
  4. Enter your courses in order of preference in the TEAN Course Selection form in your TEAN Application.

Popular Courses

Cluster 1:
Cluster 2:

Course Approvals

Schedule Meeting with Academic Advisor

It is highly recommended that you have your academic advisor approve your classes before leaving if you wish to ensure you receive transfer credit. If you do not wish to receive any credit when you return home you may be able to forego the approval process. Some students negotiate the credit transfer issues when they return from their program, but at the very minimum you should meet with your academic advisor/dean before departure so they are fully aware you will be studying abroad. They will be able to help you select courses that will count towards your major and that will be easily transferable for credit when you return.


Schedule Meeting with Study Abroad Office

Contact your study abroad office at your home university to discuss study abroad credit approval and other specific procedures to be completed for your program overseas. This is an important step as it may reveal crucial steps towards avoiding complications and making your transition abroad seamless. In addition, your study abroad advisor will need to sign our “Statement from University” form. You can send this to them from your online application.

Financial Aid

Schedule Meeting with Financial Aid Advisor

While we strive to keep our programs affordable, we recognize that many students need financial help. The good news is that most financial aid you are currently receiving is applicable toward study abroad. Generally, you can transfer federal financial aid, such as Pell Grants and Stafford Loans, which do not need to be repaid until after graduation.

See the Higher Education Act of 1965 (Public Law 102-325, 106 Stat.448): The act was reauthorized in the summer of 1992 to include a number of provisions to facilitate the use of federal financial aid for study abroad. (NAFSA: Association of International Educators Newsletter, Volume 44, No 3/Dec-Jan 1993).

The U.S. Department of Education advised that the Perkins Loans, SSIG Grant Program, Pell Grants, FSEOG Grants, Stafford Loans, SLS loans, PLUS Loans and Consolidation loans can now be used for study abroad. Your study abroad experience does not have to be compulsory for your degree program in order to apply your aid. Please contact your home institution financial aid office to discuss your financial aid options for study abroad.


FINANCIAL AID AGREEMENT FORM (FAA) 

The Financial Aid Agreement form (FAA) is completed by you and your home university. The FAA acts as proof of incoming funds and allows you to defer a portion of your payment until your financial aid awards are released, even if that is after your program start date. Note: If your entire program is covered by aid, a down payment is still required to confirm your participation in the program. More information will be available via a link in your TEAN portal. 

  1. Download the Financial Aid Agreement from your TEAN application 

 2. Read the information carefully and sign and date the student portion at the bottom 

  1. Send your signed FAA to your financial aid office and ask them to either send to info@teanabroad.org or return the form to you to upload to your TEAN application. 
  2. Pay your program’s down payment OR the balance not covered by aid (whichever amount is greater) by your program’s payment deadline.

For example: If your financial aid covers all but $700 of your balance and your program down payment is $1000, you would pay $1,000 by the payment deadline. This $1,000 would go towards your total program balance. 

If your financial aid only covers $5,000 of your $12,000 program balance, you would pay the difference ($7,000) at the payment deadline and then pay the remaining $5,000 once your aid is disbursed. 

  1. Pay your remaining balance once your financial aid is disbursed. Payment is due to TEAN within 5 business days of the date listed on your FAA form.

Your FAA is due by your program’s payment deadline. You can read more about financial aid and payment options here 


Consortium Agreements

If you are currently receiving financial aid (federal loans, grants, scholarships, etc.) from your home institution please follow these steps. The financial aid you currently receive may not be processed in the same manner and the same amounts may not be awarded to you.

Step 1:  Visit your home university’s financial aid office and inform them you will be studying abroad through TEAN. Ask them how much of your current aid will transfer for a study abroad experience. You will also need to check if there is additional paperwork specific to your home university.

Step 2:  Ask your financial aid office if they have a “consortium agreement” (do not worry if this is a foreign term to you, they will know what it is!) which essentially means they will complete all paperwork regarding your existing financial aid while you are studying abroad. This is the ideal arrangement as it makes the whole process easier for everyone. You will also need to have a TEAN Financial Aid Agreement form filled out that will be provided to you by your Program Manager.

Step 3:  If they have a consortium agreement, most likely they will have an existing agreement that is university specific. TEAN will likely have to sign this for you and send it back to them. It will not go to your overseas institution. The TEAN Financial Aid Agreement form should then be faxed or emailed to us.

Unfortunately, not all universities will sign a consortium agreement. If this applies to your school please consult us immediately for further guidance.

Please note: The financial aid process is very complex and adequate planning is necessary. You should contact your home institution’s financial aid office if you will, or think you may need to, apply loans or aid to your study abroad program. TEAN is not a lending institution so unfortunately, all financial aid and loan discussions will need to be made within your home university’s financial aid office.

Scholarships

Scholarships

In addition to the current financial aid you receive, you may want to consider one of our many scholarships. Each year TEAN awards thousands of scholarship dollars to qualified program participants.  Awards range from $1,000 – $5,000, and we have a range of categories that students may qualify for. In addition, there are scholarship opportunities available through several external organizations. Review details of the available study abroad scholarships. If you are a returning TEAN student, review the option to apply for our TEAN Repeat Grant as well. 

Get a Room

Overview

Snapshot

You will live in an off-campus apartment located within walking distance from the SMU campus. Within a short walk from your front door, you will find many cafes, awesome street food, restaurants, and shopping’s. You will share a room with another TEAN student within a multi-bedroom apartment. Continue to the Housing Details section for full details on what to expect in your TEAN housing. Step 3: Get a Room explained in 60 seconds.  

 

Housing Details

The Apartment

You will live with other TEAN students in a shared apartment approximately 10 minute walking distance from the SMU campus. Depending on student numbers, gender breakdown and availability, you may be accommodated in a 1-6 bedroom apartment. Within your furnished, shared, apartment you will have the following: 

  • Living/lounge room
  • Dining area
  • Bathroom(s)
  • Bedrooms including writer’s desk and chair, bed, reading lights and area to hang clothes

Within the apartment complex, you will have access to shared amenities including:

  • Kitchen(ette) including refrigerator, microwave oven, induction cooktop, electric kettle, glassware, crockery, cutlery, and utensils 
  • Communal lounge space to study or relax
  • Laundry facilities
  • Large social kitchen
  • Small gym facility
  • 24-hour security & CCTV

Utilities

All your utilities, including Wi-Fi, will be included in your housing fees to TEAN.


Linens

Linens are provided and included in your total program fee. Students are provided with sheets, a comforter, a pillow and towels.


Internet

Wireless internet is included.


Cleaning

The apartments have weekly housekeeping service, however this is subject to change based COVID-19 protocols. In between those cleans you will be responsible for keeping your room and the common areas tidy. You are also responsible for laundering your own sheets and towels.


Accessibility

Accessible options vary greatly, please consult your program manager directly for additional information.

Get Booked

Overview

Snapshot

It’s time to book your flights! It’s really happening – get excited! This section details information regarding booking flights for Singapore. Step 4: Get Booked explained in 60 seconds.

Semester Flights

Semester Flights

The best route (and airfare) for flights to Singapore will depend on your departure point in the U.S. Please read the below Steps for Booking Flights, Important Flight Booking Notes, and FAQs in full before booking your flights.

Important: Do NOT book your flights until you have received instructions to do so by email from TEAN.


Steps for Booking

Step 1: Review the Flight Booking Instruction email sent to you by your Program Manager. Do not book your flights until you receive the instructions from TEAN by email.

Step 2: Read all the information on this page carefully and be sure to contact us with any questions, to ensure you understand the flight booking procedures.

Step 3: Review the arrival date and program end date. TEAN Staff will meet you at the airport provided you arrive within the specified timeframe. You must arrive in Singapore by 4:00pm on the designated arrival day in order to be eligible for one of the group transfers. There will be set transfer times of 9:00am, 12:00pm and 4:00pm. Students should book flights departing on or after the program end date. If you depart after the program end date you may not be able to stay in TEAN housing beyond the end date.

Note on Arrival Timeframe: TEAN staff will meet you at the airport between 7:00am-4:00pm but please note the transfer times are scheduled for 9:00am, 12:00pm and 4:00pm so depending on your flight arrival time, you may be required to wait for the next transfer. If you arrive before the specified timeframe, you will just need to wait in the International Arrivals area. For anyone arriving after 4:00pm, you will be responsible for making your own way to accommodation and your Program Manager will provide you with details on that closer to departure.

Step 4: Decide if you are intending to travel independently prior to or after the program dates as this will impact your travel dates to/from the U.S.

Step 5: Research travel itineraries and costs. To assist with your search, ensure you read the below “Important Booking Notes”.

Before you purchase tickets, please feel free to contact us or send us your tentative itinerary so that we may ensure it is correct and/or the best routing for your situation.

Step 6: Book your international travel and submit your entire travel itinerary to your TEAN Application and complete the TEAN Arrival Form sent to you by your Program Manager.


Important Flight Booking Notes

  • TEAN recommends shopping around to find the best routing and airfare from your departing location.
  • Check out our partner travel agency, Student Universe. The key benefit to using a travel agent like Student Universe is the personalized service, particularly useful if flights are delayed, connections are missed, or if you have to change your flight for any reason. Fill out your request here, https://www.studentuniverse.com/travel-services-fit, email travel@studentuniverse.com, or call +1 303-802-8507. Hours are: Monday-Friday: 9:00am – 6:00pm EST.
  • If you would like to compare airfares, please feel free to research flights online. We recommend flight search tools such as SkyScanner or Google Flights.
  • Students must arrive in Singapore on or prior to the recommended arrival date. Please ensure that you have the correct arrival date when researching airfare options. Most flights arriving on the arrival date will have departed a day before, however this is not always the case, as sometimes a departure of two days prior will be required!
  • Provided you arrive on the official arrival date during the specified timeframe, TEAN will coordinate your airport transfer to your accommodation for the semester in the TEAN apartment.
  • Your accommodation will be  available starting on your arrival day. It will not be available to early move-ins.
  • Be careful when looking at arrival dates/times. Double check dates and times to ensure you arrive during the TEAN pick-up time window, otherwise you will need to book airport transportation and accommodation if you arrive outside the arrival window.
  • Airfare costs can vary greatly from one departure city to another. In the event that you live relatively close to more than one potential departure city, we encourage you to research flight options through each applicable departure location. Students may find that by driving to a slightly farther departure city/airport, they may save several hundred dollars in airfare costs.
  • Pay attention to any cancellation policies, ticketing fees and baggage fees. Many great deals are non-refundable and have quite a few rules and regulations for use.
  • We recommend booking any domestic flights from your home city on the same ticket as your international flight in order to get international baggage allowances. This will also ensure that you will be booked on the next available flight in the event that a connection is missed.
  • We strongly encourage you to do your research on various websites before finalizing your flight booking to ensure you’re getting the best value. Keep in mind that sometimes sites like Expedia, Kayak, Orbitz, Hotwire, Priceline, etc. do not provide the best customer service in times of need (missed flights, getting rebooked, changing your itinerary, etc.). We recommend booking with Student Universe or with the airline directly.
  • We strongly advise you to consider purchasing trip insurance on all your flights, as  you will be protecting a large purchase from possible interruptions to your trip.

Summer Flights

Booking your Flights

TEAN partners with Student Universe to offer students a simple way to book their flights. We recommend booking with Student Universe however it is not a requirement. Please review all the information on this page before booking your flight.

Important: Do not book your flights until you have received instructions to do so by email from TEAN and you have completed all steps in the TEAN application portal.

TEAN strongly recommends that you purchase refundable airfare or flights with flexibility. If you purchase non-refundable tickets for the current arrival date and the date changes for any reason including entry and quarantine requirement changes, visa processing issues or PCR test results, you will be responsible for the cost to change your flights.

The best route (and airfare) for flights to Singapore will depend on your departure point in the U.S. Please read the below Steps for Booking Flights, Important Flight Booking Notes, and FAQs in full before booking your flights.


ARRIVAL IN SINGAPORE

  • Review the Flight Booking Instruction email sent to you by your Program Manager. Do not book your flights until you receive the instructions from TEAN by email.
  • Read all the information on this page carefully and be sure to contact us with any questions, to ensure you understand the flight booking procedures.
  • Review the arrival date and program end date. TEAN Staff will meet you at the pickup point provided you arrive within the specified timeframe. You must arrive in Singapore by 7:00pm on the designated arrival day (June 24) in order to be eligible for pickup. Students should book flights departing on or after the program end date (July 23). If you depart after the program end date you may not be able to stay in TEAN housing beyond the end date.

Note on Arrival Timeframe: TEAN staff will meet you at the pickup point at 7pm. so depending on your flight arrival time, you may be required to wait for the next transfer. If you arrive before the specified timeframe, you will just need to wait in the International Arrivals area. For anyone arriving after 7:00pm, you will be responsible for making your own way to accommodation and your Program Manager will provide you with details on that closer to departure.

  • Decide if you are intending to travel independently prior to or after the program dates as this will impact your travel dates to/from the U.S. Remember if you arrive prior to the start date or after the program end date you are responsible of your accommodation during the extra days, you will be there.
  • Research travel itineraries and costs. To assist with your search, ensure you read the below “Important Booking Notes”.
  • Before you purchase tickets, please feel free to contact us or send us your tentative itinerary so that we may ensure it is correct and/or the best routing for your situation.
  • Book your international travel and upload your entire flight itinerary to your TEAN Application.

RETURN DATES

  • Since TEAN doesn’t bring you back to the airport at the end of the summer (trust us, using public transportation will be a breeze by then!), you will need to leave your housing on the last day of your program which is July 23
  • You cannot leave the program early. If you have special circumstances, let us know so that we can work with you.
  • You are allowed to stay in Singapore after the program independently as long as your visa permits
  • We recommend that you purchase a round-trip ticket, if possible

BAGAGE ALLOWANCE

  • Each airline has different baggage allowances, so it is imperative that you check with your airline(s) for your luggage allowance. If you do not double check with your airline(s), it may lead to additional baggage charges during your travel days.
  • Adding your domestic connection to your international ticket helps ensure that you will have your international luggage allowance for all your flights

IMPORTANT FLIGHT BOOKING NOTES

  • TEAN recommends shopping around to find the best route and airfare from your departing location.
  • If you would like to compare airfares, please feel free to research flights online. We recommend flight search tools such as StudentUniverse, SkyScanner or Google Flights.
  • Students must arrive in Singapore on or prior to the recommended arrival date (June 24). Please ensure that you have the correct arrival date when researching airfare options. Most flights arriving on the arrival date will have departed a day before, however this is not always the case, as sometimes a departure of two days prior will be required!
  • Provided you arrive on the official arrival date (June 24) during the specified timeframe, TEAN will coordinate your airport transfer to your accommodation for the summer in the TEAN apartment.
  • Your accommodation will be available starting on your arrival day. It will not be available for early move-ins.
  • Be careful when looking at arrival dates/times. Double check dates and times to ensure you arrive during the TEAN pick-up time window, otherwise you will need to book airport transportation and accommodation if you arrive outside the arrival window.
  • Airfare costs can vary greatly from one departure city to another. In the event that you live relatively close to more than one potential departure city, we encourage you to research flight options through each applicable departure location. Students may find that by driving to a slightly farther departure city/airport, they may save several hundred dollars in airfare costs.
  • Pay attention to any cancellation policies, ticketing fees and baggage fees. Many great deals are non-refundable and have quite a few rules and regulations for use.
  • We recommend booking any domestic flights from your home city on the same ticket as your international flight in order to get international baggage allowances. This will also ensure that you will be booked on the next available flight in the event that a connection is missed.
  • We strongly encourage you to do your research on various websites before finalizing your flight booking to ensure you are getting the best value. Keep in mind that sometimes sites like Expedia, Kayak, Orbitz, Hotwire, Priceline, etc. do not provide the best customer service in times of need (missed flights, getting rebooked, changing your itinerary, etc.). We recommend booking with Student Universe or with the airline directly.
  • We strongly advise you to consider purchasing trip insurance on all your flights, as you will be protecting a large purchase from possible interruptions to your trip.
  • We strongly recommend not transiting/stopping through another country on your way to Singapore. If you do book a flight that is not a direct flight from your country to Singapore, you will be responsible of checking the entry requirements of the country you will be transiting through.

HOW TO BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS

After you’ve reviewed all the flight booking information on this page including Arrival in Singapore, Return Dates, Baggage Allowances, Important Booking Notes you can proceed with booking your flight through the TEAN and Student Universe booking portal here:
Student Universe Booking Portal

Please note you are not required to book through Student Universe though we highly recommend it. Student Universe offers student fares and assistance in the event you need to change your flights.
If you have any questions regarding booking your flights, please contact the Singapore Program Manager, Paula Rivera, on 312-239-3710 or via email at paula.riverasantos@worldstrides.com

Flight FAQs

Flight FAQs

How much should I expect the airfare to be?
The estimated cost for all international flights varies approximately from $1500 – $2,500. This is due in large part to the departure locations from within the U.S. (for example: New York, NY versus Omaha, NE), as well as the return travel dates.

Why doesn’t TEAN offer a group flight for Southeast Asia programs?
Airfares for individual flights to this region are cheaper than group flights, and for this reason we provide advice on booking your flights individually.

What if I want to arrive prior to the recommended arrival date?
That’s fine. You will need to book your own accommodation before the official program arrival date. Your TEAN Program Manager will be able to provide you with details of the TEAN housing, and a time of when to meet up with the group on the arrival day. Note that airport pickup is only available if you arrive on the official program arrival date during the designated arrival window.

Does TEAN need my flight information?
Yes! We require that you upload your flight itinerary to your TEAN Application under “Upload Copy of your Flight Itinerary.”

How many bags can I have?
You need to check with the airline for baggage allowances as they differ by airline and by international or domestic. We strongly recommend that you confirm your luggage allowance before you travel to avoid expensive charges for additional bags or overweight luggage.

Do I have to book a return flight?
You don’t have to book your return flight now if you’re not sure what your plans are going to be at the end of your semester. That said, it can oftentimes be more economical to book it all on one ticket.

Offset Your Carbon Footprint

How to Offset your Carbon Footprint

Team up with TEAN to reduce your carbon footprint by offsetting your carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from air travel!

What is carbon offsetting?
Carbon offsetting is the action or process of compensating for carbon dioxide emissions produced from industrial or other human activity by participating in activities or programs designed to reduce the equivalent amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

How do I calculate my carbon emissions?
Visit the free Carbon Footprint calculator page to access a user-friendly calculator that will guide you through the quick process of calculating your carbon.  We encourage you to utilize the emissions calculator to estimate how much carbon is entering the atmosphere from your flight overseas. Through TEAN activities or utilizing companies that Carbon Footprint Ltd is associated with, you will have plenty of ample opportunities to offset your carbon throughout your semester abroad and better understand the many ways in which you can make a positive environmental impact.  The Choose Earth Team at TEAN is always happy to assist you with your calculations, so please don’t hesitate to ask us for help!

What can I do to offset my carbon emissions?
TEAN will suggest plenty of opportunities to Choose Earth while you are abroad that will help offset your carbon emissions from your international flight. Following their helpful tips and offsetting your flight is the best way to start reducing your overall carbon footprint while abroad.

If you would like to do more – and we hope that you do! We encourage you to donate the monetary amount estimated by the calculator through Carbon Footprint Ltd.'s partnerships with multiple certified eco-friendly companies. That way, you can directly contribute to programs that help offset the carbon emitted from your flights, helping to make a global impact. Contributions from climate conscious consumers assist in developing projects that promote clean technology. The beauty of this particular program is that you can choose from a variety of charitable causes that are personal to you, as opposed to a single monetary donation to an airline where you may not beg sure if your money is going exactly where you intend it to. Through Carbon Footprint Ltd, you have the power to choose when and how your carbon emissions are offset.

Get Documents

Overview

Snapshot

This section is very important. Before you jet off for the time of your life, you’ll need to apply for a student visa for your program. Please read this section carefully, and when the time comes, your Program Manager will guide you through the visa application process. 

Student Visa

Student Pass

All students going to Singapore will be required to apply for a student pass online prior to your departure and you will finalize the visa process in person after you arrive in Singapore. You do not have to surrender your passport to the Singaporean Consulate at any point since the application process is completed online prior to departure and in person after you arrive in Singapore. However, we encourage you to not plan travel for your first four weeks in Singapore while your Student Pass is being finalized. SMU will submit the initial application information that is required by the Singaporean government before you are able to begin the process of applying for the Student Pass. Your Program Manager and SMU will supply you with specific, step-by-step instructions about 6- to 8-weeks before departure, when you are eligible to apply. Please read the following instructions as it is important to understand the process and what to expect.

When you arrive in Singapore, you will be granted a Social Visit Pass stamp in your passport or on your Disembarkation/ Embarkation card, because they will see your Student Pass application in their system. This will allow you to stay for at least 30 days in Singapore. Before expiry of the entry visa stamp, you must collect your Student Pass from the immigration office (this is an actual card similar to a drivers license) and finalize the visa process, which will either be facilitated by Singapore Management University on a specific day prior to the start of the semester or you will need to make an appointment directly with the Immigrations and Checkpoint Authority (ICA).


Visa Application Process

The Student Pass application is a three-step process with required steps to complete before you leave and after you arrive in Singapore.

Part One (prior to Departure)

After you receive your official acceptance letter from SMU, it will only be about a week or two before they notify  you that you are able to to submit your online application (eForm16) with Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA). Items required for your Student Pass application:

  1. You will need your Student’s Pass Application and Registration (SOLAR) number that will be listed on your Singapore Management University acceptance letter
  2. Please note that an electronic copy of a recent passport-sized color photograph, which meets the following requirements, is needed for your visa submission. You will also need to have this photo printed and with you when you arrive in Singapore to finalize your Student Pass.
    1. The photograph image must be taken within the last three months.
    2. The photograph should be in color and must be taken against a white background with a matte or semi-matte finish.
    3. The photograph image must show the full face and without headgear (headgear worn in accordance with religious or racial customs is acceptable but must not hide the facial features).
  3. Submit $30 SGD application fee
  4. Print and sign the application (eForm16). You will need to bring this form with you to Singapore to verify with the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).
Part Two (Prior to departure)

After the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority approves your application, they will issue an In-Principle Approval (IPA) letter to SMU. SMU will send the IPA letter so you are able to proceed with Part Two; you cannot move forward until this is received. Once you receive the IPA letter, please log into your SOLAR application on the ICA’s website and pay the $60 SGD issuance fee and $30 SGD multiple entry fee. The multiple journey/multiple entry fee is required if you plan to leave Singapore to travel during the semester. Items required for Part Two of your Student Pass application:

  1. In-Principle Approval (IPA) letter (that you received in your Student Pass confirmation email)
  2. Submit Issuance Fee on ICA’s website
Part Three (After you arrive in Singapore)

All students applying for the Student Pass are required to attend the Student Verification and Enrollment session at held at SMU or schedule an e-appointment with ICA directly (your Program Manager will let you know if you need to schedule an e-appointment – we will confirm this for you after you book your flights). Bring the following with you to the Offsite Student Verification and Enrollment session or e-appointment at ICA:

  1. Your In-Principal Approval letter
  2. Your signed printout of the Student Pass application form (Form 16)
  3. Your passport-sized color photograph which meets the requirements listed above
  4. Proof of payments ($60 SGD Student’s Pass Issuance Fee, $30 SGD multiple entry fee and $30 SGD application fee)

Cost of Student Visa

Students are required to pay a $30 SGD application fee electronically at the time of submission and then $90 SGD prior to your departure.


Processing Time

All students need to complete their Student Pass application at least 30 days prior to departure. It can take up to ten days to get your In-Principal Approval letter. Once you complete the final step of the process after your arrival in Singapore, we estimate that it can take up to 4 weeks for you to receive your Student Pass.


PASSPORT REMINDER

You should apply for your passport as soon as possible once you apply for your study abroad experience in Singapore, as this process can take approximately 4–8 weeks and will be required for your student visa application as well.

Your passport should be valid for at least six months after the conclusion of your semester to satisfy Singapore’s entry requirements. All countries have different requirements for passport validity so be sure to check details for any other countries you plan to visit before your final return home.

Get Going

Overview

Snapshot

It’s almost time! Now you just need to review some final pre-departure information including the below quick tips, insurance while abroad, our packing tips; planning how you will manage your money while abroad, reviewing cell phone arrangements, and reading up on details regarding your arrival and your orientation. Our Singapore-based staff is looking forward to meeting you when you get off that plane. Step 6: Get Going explained in 60 seconds.

Pre-Departure Tips

Pre-Departure Quick Tips

Photocopy all-important documents – Leave one set of photocopies with your parent/guardian and keep one set with you (on your person) as you travel. Important documents to copy include, but are not limited to: passport, airline itinerary, medical insurance details, inoculation details, IPA Letter, Digitally Verifiable COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates (SMART Health Card, EU Digital COVID Certificate), SG Arrival Card (Done exactly 3 days prior to departure)

Bring copies of important numbers/contact details – Details include, but are not limited to: emergency contact details (ie: parents/guardians), TEAN contact details (to be provided), arrival details (to be provided).

Exchange money in advance of your arrival into Singapore – If possible, it is advisable to exchange some funds prior to your arrival into Singapore. Most international airports have currency exchange kiosks where you can exchange funds for a small fee. Rates are competitive with local banks, and will be much more convenient than attempting to exchange funds after your arrival in Singapore following a long and exhausting journey. It is recommended that students have enough funds to get them from the airport to the accommodations (if necessary) and cover any initial expenses while in Singapore ($100 USD is a recommended amount!).

Arrival Instructions – Be sure to carry all airport arrival instructions as provided by TEAN. This will be extremely helpful in the event you are unable to locate your TEAN staff at the airport.

Bug Spray – This is highly recommended for your stay in Southeast Asia; however rather than bring along, it is advisable to wait to purchase it until after you have arrived in Singapore. Doing so will allow for more space and less weight.

Clothing – Please refer to the Packing List in regards to appropriate dress, especially in consideration of classes at SMU. Please also note that beyond these campus requirements, it is still important to practice “conservative dressing” while in Southeast Asia. Be careful not to expose too much of the shoulders or arms (tank tops are okay for daily wear but can’t be worn for temple visits). Clothing exposing the torso or with low-cut necklines should not be worn. Shorter skirts and shorts are generally okay outside of temples and rural areas. In regards to exposure of the shoulders – when in doubt, throw a thin lightweight shawl or scarf over your shoulders.

Insurance

Health Insurance

TEAN requires that all international students possess health insurance coverage for the duration of their studies in Singapore. The cost of this insurance will be included in your program fee and enrollment is automatic.

Your medical insurance policy includes the following:

  • Prescription medications
  • Medical evaluation
  • Hospitalization
  • X-rays
  • Emergency medical assistance
  • Medical transportation and evacuation
  • Return of mortal remains
  • There are some limitations to this medical insurance, including dental and optical services. If you have any existing health concerns, contact your current insurance provider before you leave for Singapore. Medical insurance for higher levels of need is your own responsibility.

Personal Articles Insurance

We recommend students put anything of value, i.e. phone, camera, tablet, jewelry, musical instruments, cell phone, laptops, etc., on a Personal Articles Policy (many homeowners already have this policy so students most likely can add their items onto their parents’ Personal Article Policy). This insurance often covers the full value of the items worldwide, with no deductible. Typically, items valued up to $3,000 can be covered for an approximately $30 premium. We encourage students to take pictures of item(s) and note their model, make and serial number, as well as saving receipts when possible. Purchase of this insurance is left to the discretion of the student and their parents.


Travel Insurance

Trip insurance is optional and is not included in TEAN program fees. We recommend considering supplemental trip insurance to protect against unexpected mishaps (i.e. lost luggage) that can occur while traveling. Plans range from $100 to $350 and can be purchased through various insurance carriers. If you would like to discuss plans with TEAN’s recommended travel liaison please contact Student Universe at 602-253-4743.

Health & Safety

Health and Safety

TEAN is committed to the health and safety of every participant. It is very important that students make informed decisions about their study and travel destinations. TEAN continually monitors the safety and security of our study abroad program locations as well as popular student travel destinations. We continue to advise students of the safety and health risks associated with studying and traveling abroad based on the information from the U.S. Department of State travel warnings, local law enforcement, the Southeast Asian governments, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, and the World Health Organization.

TEAN has created an Emergency Response Plan for our study abroad locations that will be implemented by both our staff in Southeast Asia/the South Pacific, and our U.S.-based staff in Chicago. TEAN staff will work with students, parents, and study abroad staff at both the student’s home and host institution to provide the most up-to-date information regarding situations that may arise while studying abroad.


Tips for Personal Safety

Emergency Contacts: Be sure to designate a parent or guardian as your Emergency Contact. This way, information regarding an emergency situation will automatically be passed on to your parents. Also make sure to provide TEAN your Emergency Contact’s most up-to-date contact information.

Communication Information: Provide TEAN with accurate and up-to-date contact information regarding your mobile phone, address and email address. Be sure to notify your parents and Resident Director in case of an emergency.

Keep Others Informed: Tell others (your roommates, your parents, your Resident Director) your travel plans. Keeping others informed will make it easier to locate you in case of an emergency.

Stay Informed: Research the political, cultural, and social climate of your study and travel abroad destination before heading overseas. While abroad, whenever possible, read local newspapers and watch local news broadcasts for developments that may affect your health and safety. If you have questions, please contact a TEAN staff member either in the U.S. or abroad.

What about anti-foreign sentiment? Although individuals are generally well liked abroad, host nationals will often question the activities of foreign governments and may hold anti-foreign views. This has occurred for some time, in periods of both peace and crisis. Participants in the past have found these tips useful: use common sense, dress to blend in, speak softly, avoid overt displays of home country patriotism, and stay away from known established locations frequented by foreigners. TEAN also advises that students avoid all public demonstrations.


Safety Notes Regarding Food & Water

While Singapore is very clean and you do not need to worry about the drinking water, TEAN urges students to be extremely cautious about food and water while traveling elsewhere around Southeast Asia. Diseases from food and water are the leading cause of illness in travelers. When traveling around other parts of SE Asia follow these tips for safe eating and drinking:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially before eating. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand gel (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • Drink only bottled or boiled water, or carbonated (bubbly) drinks in cans or bottles. Avoid tap water, fountain drinks and ice cubes. Water that is provided at restaurants is safe to drink.
  • Make sure food is fully cooked.
  • Avoid dairy products, unless you know they have been pasteurized.

Diseases from food and water often cause vomiting and diarrhea. Make sure to bring diarrhea medicine with you so that you can treat mild cases yourself.


Vaccinations

There is no need to have malaria shots or take malaria pills. Malaria is not prevalent in the areas where you will be studying. It is recommended to have general vaccinations up-to-date including tetanus, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, etc.

Please note TEAN requires all students to be fully vaccinated (including booster) against COVID-19 in order to participate on programs. If you have any questions, please contact your Program Manager.

If you have any health conditions that may cause issues, please make sure to consult a doctor before departing.


Relevant Travel and Safety Links

State Department Travel Warnings
Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization
U.S. Embassies

Packing List

School Dress Expectations

While Singapore Management University does not have an official dress code, students studying at SMU typically are a bit more dressed up for class than American students are used to. You likely will not see students coming to class in pajamas or hooded sweatshirts. Students are also advised against wearing overly revealing clothing or clothing with vulgar language. Other than that, please just use your best judgment to wear casual but appropriate attire. Also, plan on dressing in layers for the hot weather outside and the air conditioning inside!

Males

Wear a nicer t-shirt, polo or button down shirt with jeans or slacks. Sometimes students wear shorts to class, but we are told it usually is only on Fridays. Don’t wear t-shirts or jeans with any holes in it.

 Females

Wear dresses and skirts at appropriate lengths and don’t wear short shorts to class. T-shirts, blouses, jeans and slacks are all fine.


Computers & School Supplies

We recommend that you bring your own laptop with you to Singapore so you can do your schoolwork from home. There are computer labs on campus though if you need to use them. The internet is pretty fast and reliable so students have not had trouble getting online in the past.

If you need to purchase schools supplies you can go to the bookstores on campus or you can order items online. You will get more specific instructions at the Singapore Management University orientation. Feel free to bring the school supplies that you cannot live without, but keep in mind you can buy pretty much everything you need from back home in Singapore.


Suggested Packing List

 Essentials to Pack

  • Passport/visa documents
  • Arrival instructions
  • Driver’s license or state ID (alternate form of ID)
  • Airline tickets and/or electronic confirmation numbers
  • Money (cash, debit/credit cards, etc.)
  • Photocopies of important documents
  • Prescription medicine to last your entire stay (bring note/proof from doctor)

Necessary Items        

  • Basic lightweight clothing such as khakis/lightweight trousers, pajamas, underwear, socks, shorts, bathing suit and t-shirts
  • Two pairs of comfortable walking shoes: tennis shoes, shoes for hiking (lace-up shoes), flip-flops, etc.
  • Sunscreen and bug spray (may also be purchased after arrival)
  • Beach towel and/or bath towel
  • Hat (to protect from the sun)
  • Camera (optional) /smart phone and memory card + battery charger or extra batteries
  • Electrical outlet converter and adapter
  • Contact lenses and solution
  • Glasses: prescription (if necessary) and sunglasses
  • Backpack for schoolbooks and for short–term travel
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Phone numbers and email addresses of people with whom you wish to keep in contact
  • Extra passport photos just in case
  • Feminine hygiene products (tampons can be difficult to find throughout Southeast Asia and may be expensive)

Former Participant Recommendations

  • Asian sizes run smaller, so bring comfortable, lounge-type clothes and clothes to go out at night in from home.
  • More room for souvenirs for your way home!
  • Although books are readily available, you may want a book or two for your arrival. You can even buy one at the airport.
  • Medications – Ibuprofen, stomach medications, cold medications, and if you are prone to iron deficiency, perhaps consider bringing some supplements for your iron supply.

Baggage Restrictions

International Flight to Singapore

Most airlines allow all passengers flying internationally two checked items: one carry-on and one personal item. Please contact your air carrier for their current baggage restrictions (including dimensions and weight) and fees for additional checked items. If you will exceed your air carrier’s baggage restrictions, it is generally more economical, safer and easier to pay the airlines for additional checked baggage versus shipping items to Singapore.

Internal Flights within Southeast Asia

Pack light when traveling around Southeast Asia on personal excursions as discount airlines have strict baggage allowances. Be mindful of these restrictions if you booked each leg of your flight to Singapore separately, as each airline may have different allowances.


Packing Tips

Students are notorious for bringing too much luggage for the duration of their study abroad term. Please try to limit your belongings to only the most necessary items for the duration of the program. Remember, you will also accumulate items during your stay as well. Please also keep in mind the following:

  • Less is more – pack lightly!
  • Leave behind half of what you think you will need (remember you will purchase items overseas so you will need extra space)
  • Affix labels on your belongings (especially on all of your luggage)
  • Go to the website of your overseas carrier for current baggage restrictions on international flights
  • Take clothes that can be layered and mixed/matched rather than individual outfits.
  • Consider buying electronic appliances (like hairdryers) in your host country so they are automatically adapted to the electrical systems in Southeast Asia.
  • Don’t bring any sentimental favorites. If you can’t bear to lose something, don’t bring it!

It is wise to plan that the airline may lose your baggage and to have ample supplies with you for at least 24 hours. Pack toiletries, laptop/valuable electronics, necessary medication and one change of clothes in your carry-on. More than likely this will not happen to you, but if it does you will be prepared. Please remember to adhere to all luggage restrictions when packing your carry-on. Also note that you may only take 3 oz or less of each liquid in a quart-sized Ziploc bag on the plan with you. The packing list provided is a suggested list only. Double check to ensure you have packed all necessary items.

Cultural Tips

Cultural Tips

  • Greetings will follow a strict protocol often based on both the ethnic origin and age of the person. Younger people or those who work in multi-national companies may have adopted the western concept of shaking hands with everyone, but this is not the case with older or more reserved Singaporeans.
  • The concepts of group and harmony are very important
  • Having or saving face, which indicates personal dignity, is also very important. It is a mark of personal qualities such as a good name, good character and being held in esteem by one’s peers. Face is a prized commodity that can be given, lost, taken away or earned.
  • Singaporeans claim they are an egalitarian society, yet they retain strong hierarchical relationships that can be observed in the relationship between parents and children, teachers and students, and employers and employees.
  • This reliance on hierarchy is drawn from Confucianism, which emphasizes respecting age and status, even blind obedience to one’s elders. The elderly are always treated with the utmost respect and courtesy.
  • There was a law passed in 1996 that mandated that children must assume financial responsibility for their elderly parents should the need arise. This is indicative of the high status of the elderly and the challenges facing the small country as the next generation becomes more individualistic.
  • Avoid public displays of affection and never show anger.
  • Singaporean people appreciate clean and neatly presented visitors, especially in formal or public places.
  • Please never shout or raise your voice.
  • Before you take a photo of someone ask if it is okay.

Non-Verbal Communication

  • Singaporeans are group dependent and rely on facial expression, tone of voice and posture to tell them what someone feels.
  • They often trust non-verbal messages more than the spoken word.
  • They tend to be subtle, indirect and implicit in their communications.
  • They hint at a point rather than making a direct statement, since that might cause the other person to lose face.
  • Rather than say ‘no’, they might say, ‘I will try’, or ‘I’ll see what I can do’. This allows the person making the request and the person turning it down to save face and maintain harmony in their relationship.
  • Silence is an important element of Singaporean communication.
  • Pausing before responding to a question indicates that they have given the question appropriate thought and considered their response carefully.
  • They do not understand western cultures ability to respond to a question hastily and think this indicates thoughtlessness and rude behavior.

Arrival

Arrival and Airport pick-up

Specific arrival details will be provided to you prior to departure but in general, you will need to arrive within the allocated arrival window provided to you during the flight booking process.

It is your responsibility to notify TEAN in a timely manner if you experience flight delays and/or itinerary changes.

Remember to have with you the following documents in your carry on:


Contact Information

Prior to your departure your Program Manager will provide you with contact details for all key TEAN personnel, including your Resident Director, as well as information on your local embassy and emergency contacts.

Communicating While Abroad

CONTACTING HOME

Below are some suggested ways that you can easily stay in touch with your family and friends while studying abroad.

We recommend setting up a contact plan before you depart, deciding how and when you’ll be available while abroad. Whether that looks like daily, weekly, biweekly or monthly check-ins, it’s good to have a consistent way to get in touch, as well as back up alternatives in case of an emergency. While studying abroad can be a time to spread your wings and become more independent, it’s important to regularly touch base with your loved ones so they don’t worry while you’re away.

No matter which method you choose, we recommend downloading your preferred applications before leaving home and testing them out to make sure any accounts and contacts are set up properly.

LOCAL SIM CARD

TEAN will assist students with getting a local SIM card for calls, texting and data. This will be at your own cost. Phone plans vary and your Resident Director will provide additional information on setting up your local SIM during your orientation. Remember to let your resident director know that you will be needing a SIM card

UNLOCKING YOUR PHONE

In order to use the local SIM card, you need to make sure your phone is unlocked and able to accept SIM cards from other mobile carriers. “Unlocking” your phone means that your phone is not locked to one specific carrier. If your phone is unlocked you will be able to use a foreign SIM card while you are abroad. If you’re unsure if your phone is unlocked, it’s important to call your current service provider to check. If you cannot get your current phone unlocked, you will need to bring a different unlocked phone from home or plan to purchase a phone while in your host country.

INTERNATIONAL PHONE PLAN

While all students are given local SIM cards, some may decide to keep their US number and opt for an international phone plan. In most cases, this allows students to utilize their phone domestically in their host country and internationally. The cost of this can vary based on service provider. If you are interested in this option, you should get in touch with your phone service provider to get the relevant fees and service options. Be sure to consider costs for dialing local numbers as it can sometimes make an international plan undesirable for calls within your host country.

PURCHASING A PHONE IN COUNTRY

This would only be a viable option if you do not want to or cannot use your current U.S. phone, and can speak and read the local language. Phones can be purchased in all locations for costs comparable to U.S. phones. This may be a good option for a student who is looking to use a phone for just texting and calling while in country, as non-smart phones can be purchased cheaply in most countries. If you are worried about losing your U.S. smartphone, you may want to consider purchasing an inexpensive phone in your host country.


FREE INTERNATIONAL CONTACT OPTIONS

While all students will have access to a local number, there are free ways to get in touch with people across the world while connected to the internet or data.

SKYPE

Allows free chat, audio calling and video calling between users while using WiFi or data. This allows for calls between two parties both using the Skype app downloaded. The Skype app can be downloaded onto you phone, tablet and computer. You can also purchase Skype credit which allows you to call international landline and mobile phone numbers directly (so both parties don’t have to have a Skype account). These calls typically cost around $.05 for the connection and $.03 per minute, making it an affordable option.

FACEBOOK MESSENGER

Facebook’s Messenger app allows free chat, audio calling and video calling between users while on WiFi or data.

IMESSAGE

While we don’t suggest going out of your way to purchase an iPhone for this option, it is a great feature for any students who have these phones already. iPhones use iMessage and FaceTime while on WiFi or data at zero charge to the provider plan.

OTHER FREE MESSAGING APPS

There are several apps that allows free chat, audio calling and video calling between users while on WiFi or data. WhatsApp is popular outside of the U.S. but some countries also have their own messaging app of choice that you’ll likely want to download to chat with your new local friends. These include:

EMAIL

It may seem obvious but email is a great way to continue to stay in touch with people back home regardless of the time differences. If your host institution gives you a new school email, but sure to update friends and family with the email address you will be checking most frequently throughout your program.

Finances Abroad

Finances Abroad

Opening a local bank account in Singapore (Only for semester students)

If you are in Singapore for the semester and interested in opening a local bank account, you can do so with the assistance of our Resident Director upon arrival.

BRINGING CURRENCY TO SINGAPORE

We do not recommend bringing large amounts of cash with you for security and safety reasons. However, you may wish to bring a small amount of foreign currency for any initial personal expense needs. Most major banks in large U.S. cities have foreign currency in stock, but smaller, regional banks may be able to order Southeast Asian currencies. Therefore, do not wait until the last minute to place your order. Alternatively, you can exchange money at the airport before you depart for the overseas flight. This is slightly more expensive than using a local bank, but much more convenient.

MONEY ACCESS IN SINGAPORE

Credit card: We recommend that you have a credit card for your time in Southeast Asia and not just a debit card. You will possibly not use it much, but it is good to have for emergencies or to purchase flights for regional travel.

Visa and Mastercard works best in Singapore (Before you use it, make sure you check with the shop if there is a fee to use it – some places charge extra to use international credit cards) All major credit and debit cards are accepted in large businesses, hotels, and restaurants in Singapore. However, you might find that smaller stores and cafes do not take cards, so carry some cash with you, always.

NOTE: Please make sure to talk with your bank and let them know that you will be away from your home country for a semester or summer. Many banks tend to freeze cards if a transaction was made outside of your home country. Do not forget this step.

Bringing Cash and withdrawing money: Bring some pocket money in cash with you whether you want to exchange some prior to arrival or bring some cash to exchange later.

Withdrawing money: To withdraw money in Singapore, you can use your standard Visa or Mastercard, at many ATMs in Singapore. Ask your bank what the international withdrawal fees are so that you’re aware how much you will be charged for each ATM withdrawal.

Cost of Living

The cost of living in Singapore is pretty comparable to life in the United States. The day-to-day living could be less if students eat at more local restaurants, then they will be able to have their money go farther than it would at home. Purchasing clothing is usually more expensive than it would be at home. However, as students are in one of the best regions in the world to travel, travel around Southeast Asia is very affordable and participants may find themselves booking regional airfares and optional excursions at additional expense.