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Singapore Management University
Spend a semester in Singapore at Singapore Management University where you have the unique opportunity to experience the city-state’s diverse and vibrant culture while enrolling at one of Asia’s top business schools – its business and management program is ranked 41st globally. The modern campus is conveniently located in the city center within easy distance of art galleries, cafes, restaurants and shops.
Study at Singapore Management University, one of the youngest institutions in the world to acquire AACSB and EQUIS accreditation
Explore your potential for a business career in Asia with inside knowledge and experience
Learn and live in Singapore - an English-speaking Asian city
Jump into discovering Singapore right from the start and delve into the local culture with our comprehensive three-day Orientation Program - we’ll show you all you need to know and have lots of fun while we’re at it
Live in off-campus apartments conveniently located within short distance to campus and with easy access to trains and buses to explore the entire city
Explore both East and Southeast Asia conveniently and inexpensively from the centrally located country of Singapore
Appreciate access to TEAN’s Singapore Resident Director for continued support throughout the semester
The moment you step off the plane in this buzzing Southeast Asian city-state, you will be immersed in Singaporean culture. Spend three days learning about the traditions and customs of this thriving metropolis while covering the basics – Orientation combines informational sessions focusing on academic differences, cultural events and activities, and practical advice for your interactions and experience in Singapore.
Start the orientation by experiencing the juxtaposition of Singapore’s rustic charm in this modern age with a tour of the historic Singapore River on an iconic bumboat ride from Clarke Quay to the heart of the Financial District and Marina Bay Sands. Next, explore the award-winning Gardens By the Bay marvelling at one of the world’s most magnificent botanical gardens and the famous light show in the Supertree Grove. Finally, finish the evening with a ride up to the top of Marina Bay Sands to view this amazing city from an awe-inspiring perspective.
Students live in off-campus apartments a short distance away from the SMU campus. The apartments are within easy access of trains and buses to take you all over the city. The apartment complex includes on-site laundry, 24-hour security, communal lounge and work spaces, a small gym and is within walking distance to cafes, restaurants and shops. Students will be responsible for their own meals and cooking. Utilities and Internet are included.
Our team works with you from start to finish through the study abroad process. Our programs staff will help guide you through the application process to go abroad, then upon arrival in Singapore, you will meet our team who will provide assistance during your time in-country. Throughout your semester you will meet with the Singapore Resident Director for informal discussions and cultural activities. Our staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social, or cultural questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.Meet the Team
- Founded in 2000 with collaboration from world-class institutions, Singapore Management University is one of the youngest institutions in the world to achieve both AACSB and EQUIS accreditations.
- Ranked 41st in the world for business and management studies by the QS World University subject rankings 2019.
- With an emphasis on globalization, SMU features full-time faculty members and industry practitioners from representing more than 30 different nationalities and 84% of the university’s full-time students have gone on their own overseas program.
- SMU’s seminar-style approach keeps classes small, stimulating, interactive and encourages critical thinking.
- Located in the center of the city, SMU’s campus is cosmopolitan (think NYU) and features coffee shops, a library, reading rooms, art studios, sports hall, gymnasium and swimming pool.
- SMU has more than 160 special interest groups to help participants integrate with other local and international students.
Singapore Management University is a city campus located in the center of Singapore. Visit the google map link below to see the location.View Map
Academic Departments and Schools at Singapore Management University are divided into six academic divisions: Accountancy; Business; Economics; Information Systems; Law; Social Sciences. Please note that law courses may incur an additional fee.
Students enroll in 3 – 4 courses per semester (3 – 4 SMU credits) which usually transfer as 12 – 16 U.S. semester credits (or 18-24 quarter credits). Each course has 39 contact hours so depending on your home university, each course may be worth either 3 or 4 credits. It may be possible to take five classes, but that must be approved by SMU and your home university.
Students will enroll in courses approximately 1 month prior to arrival and will have the opportunity to make changes during the add/drop period once onsite. Courses are available in the below disciplines. For detailed instructions on how to find courses and syllabi, please see our course selection instructions.Course Selection
|Communications & Media||
|Humanities & Social Sciences||
- 3.0 GPA
- Minimum of two completed terms of undergraduate studies at a four-year institution
Our local staff arrange various activities during the semester designed to help immerse you in the local culture. These activities are included in your semester program. In addition, if you have a specific interest or hobby, your Singapore-based TEAN Resident Director will be able to point you in the right direction. Below are examples of previous activities arranged for students. Note that activities change each semester.
Licensed Mandarin teacher, May Lao Shi, will take the students on a tour of Chinatown with its sprawling street market and famed Buddhist temple. Afterwards, we will whet our appetites with a lesson on how to (correctly) use chopsticks while dining on traditional Chinese dishes as our instructor teaches some key Mandarin phrases that will come in handy over the next few months.
Pulau Island Trip
Explore a local Singapore island, Pulau Ubin. The only way to reach the island is on a small junk boat, which is an experience in itself. Pulau Ubin is a step back in time with dirt roads and local vendors renting bicycles to tourists. Once on the island students can ride bicycles through the rain forest landscape – on any given day, you’ll see monkeys and wild boars. The lookout tower and boardwalks that extend out into the water provide great places to see Singapore from a different perspective. For lunch, fill up at a local outdoor restaurant, Little Island Brewery.
Cable Car to Sentosa
An iconic part of Singapore’s skyline, a stay in the city-state isn’t complete without a ride on the famous Singapore Cable Car. Gliding nearly 200 feet above the sea, soak up the beautiful views of Singapore and beyond before being dropped on Sentosa Island to continue onto the next adventure of Fort Siloso. Most famously, Fort Siloso was used during the “Battle of Singapore” in 1942. From there, experience the less serious side of Singapore at Ola Beach Club. Tourists flock to this stop for its fun water adventures and delicious food.
TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from June for Spring applications, and from January for Fall applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.
|Spring Deadline||Sept 15|
|Fall Deadline||April 1|
Your signed program contract and full payment for the program are due by the program deadline. Please note we do have options for using financial aid and enrolling in a payment plan if you cannot make full payment by the payment deadline. You can find more information about funding your program here
|Spring Payment Deadline||Oct 1|
|Fall Payment Deadline||April 15|
|Arrival Date||Jan 2|
|TEAN Orientation||Jan 5 – 7|
|Classes Begin||Jan 9|
|Semester Break||Feb 27 – Mar 5|
|Classes End||April 16|
|Final Exams||April 17 – 23|
|Check out of housing and return to U.S.||April 29|
|Arrival Date||Early Aug|
|Program Ends||Early Dec|
Fees & Inclusions
- Tuition: $13,500
- Program fees and housing: $12,250
- Tuition: TBD
- Program fees and housing: TBD
Students enrolling in courses from the School of Law will incur an additional tuition fee, per course.
- Full tuition (4 courses)
- Guaranteed, pre-arranged housing
- Comprehensive overseas health insurance
- Services of a local Resident Director
- Three-day Orientation Program with meals, accommodations and transportation
- WiFi included in apartment
- University and course selection advice
- Official academic transcripts from host institution
- Credit approval and transfer assistance
- Academic advising
- Student visa preparation assistance
- Financial aid transfer planning
- Airport pickup and reception
- Pre-departure and arrival information containing local details about host city and university
- A truly one of a kind adventure!
What’s Not Included
- International airfare ($1,100)
- Student visa ($80)
- Meals during the semester ($1,600)
- Airport transfer at end of semester ($25)
- SMU matriculation fee – paid prior to departure ($170)
- Travel insurance ($350)
- Public transportation ($250)
*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.
Apply for TEAN scholarships – starting at $1,000 – for the chance to receive money specifically for studying abroad. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!
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Sungei Buloh Wetlands
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