Experience the vibrant business culture of Singapore and Asia with Singapore Management University’s Global Summer Program. This program offers students a unique learning opportunity to take courses from a prestigious Asian university that is EQUIS and AACSB accredited while networking with business leaders in one of the world’s most active business hubs. Participants can take one or two courses over four weeks taught by a diverse group of faculty that use real-life case studies and examples.


Summer Program
July (4-weeks)


Application Deadline:
April 1

3.0 to apply


City Campus

Off-Campus Apartments

3- 6 credits


Take courses focusing on Business, Innovation and Society in Asia that cover current hot topics at the EQUIS and AACSB accredited Singapore Management University

Spend your summer in Singapore, a globally focused, English-speaking, Asian city. Singapore was recently named the second safest city in the world according to the Safe Cities Index of 2015 released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)

The SMU Global Summer Program includes invaluable opportunities to network with respected CEOS & industry experts from various fields during weekly Wine & Cheese nights

Participate in a valuable on-site orientation at the start of the program

Appreciate access to TEAN’s Singapore Resident Director for continued support throughout the semester

Live in off-campus apartments conveniently located within walking 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

Program Details


Upon arrival in Singapore TEAN’s local Resident Director gets you settled into your accommodation and provides a one-day orientation. An introductory tour around Singapore and a welcome dinner will get you accustomed to your surroundings and our local support staff.

The day before classes start at Singapore Management University, take advantage of our university Orientation during which you will also complete final registration for classes


Students live in off-campus apartments within close walking distance to campus, and within easy access of trains and buses to take you all over the city. A feature of our program is an integrated housing policy with students sharing their apartment with other visiting students at SMU to promote more cultural exchange. The apartment complex includes a pool, tennis court, on-site laundry, TV room, cafes and a small fitness room. Students will be responsible for their own meals and cooking. Utilities and Internet are included.

TEAN Staff

During the program you will meet with the Singapore-based Resident Director for informal catch-ups, and an included cultural event. 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.

Cultural Events

Students may sign up for many weekend activities offered by Singapore Management University – from city tours, to beer brewery visits, to food trails! Our local staff also arranges a cultural event during the Summer program. The activity changes each summer based on the interests of the TEAN group.


About Singapore Management University

  • 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 50th in the world for both accounting and finance, and business and management by the QS World University subject rankings 2015.
  • With an emphasis on globalization, SMU features full-time faculty members and industry practitioners 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 interaction and 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.


Students can take 1 – 2 courses over the four-week program, which usually transfer as 3 – 6 U.S. semester credits. For scheduling reasons, students taking two courses must select one course from each cluster 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 39 contact hours so depending on your home university, each course may be worth either 3 or 4 credits.

All courses are limited to the first 45 students and are admitted on a first come, first serve basis.

Cluster One

This course introduces students to: (a) the economic, political and socio-cultural theories and frameworks for understanding the context of business in the Asia Pacific region; and (b) the application of contextual knowledge to the decision-making processes of companies operating in the region. Students are expected to assess the business environments of specific Asian economies, as well as analyze challenges relevant to companies in countries such as China, India, South Korea, Taiwan and selected ASEAN economies.

The study of consumer behavior is an important part of the science underlying the design of marketing programs. Drawing upon academic research in marketing, psychology and economics, the course introduces important theories, methods and findings of research on attention, comprehension, memory, attitude formation and choice. The course also covers macro influences on consumer behaviour at the reference group, subcultural, cultural and environmental levels. This course lays the theoretical foundation for other marketing courses and the implications of consumer behaviour theories to real-world marketing problems are discussed throughout the course.

Through case studies from global leaders in the leisure entertainment business like Disney, Merlin Entertainment and Universal Studios; Asia’s leading destinations and resorts – Hong Kong’s Ocean Park, Australia’s Gold Coast and Singapore’s Sentosa Island; and the industry’s leading experience engineers, students will have a deeper “behind-the-scenes” appreciation of how mindful and meaningful experiences are created and delivered. Out-of-classroom sessions and site visits will bring theoretical concepts and practical insights into the real-world context. This course will be taught by industry giant and veteran, Mr. Darrell Metzger, who counts being the CEO of Sentosa Island as well as Ocean Park as part of his extensive portfolio.

This course is broadly designed to offer a detailed analysis of China’s rapidly evolving capital markets, ranging from the overall assessment of the macroeconomic environment and political context, to the detailed micro level study of the specific players, instruments and individual transactions. Many of the insights gleaned from the course can be readily applied to other emerging markets making this is a good introductory course for students of various backgrounds who are interested in understanding the functioning of emerging market capital markets in general.

This course focuses on using Design Thinking activities to solve a problem that uses an IT solution. Students will be able to understand the design thinking concepts such as empathy, observation, interview, ideation, prototype and user-centric testing as well as IT innovations in automation, usability and improving lives. Students will learn through studying SMU student project case studies, which will (a) show what worked or failed and why, and (b) emphasize the strength and limitations of IT solutions, teamwork and project management.

Statistics abound in our lives, from economics to physics, from accountancy to medicine, and business to technology, etc. Students will be introduced to basic to mid-level statistics, and gain a working competency in crunching data, statistical software and results management, as well as writing sound interpretations in decision-making situations.

Three Nations, Three Continents, Three Cultures: An Examination of the Constitutions of France, Japan and the United States. Successful democratic societies adhere to the concept of the “rule of law”, and each one has a comprehensive “law” that forms the backbone of the legal and political structure of the society. The various constitutions of successful democracies share many similarities but, often, the differences are as striking as the similarities. From among the 190 or so countries that are members of the United Nations, one could choose any number of constitutional documents to analyse and compare. These three constitutions provide good case studies for the operation of electoral democracy and for the balancing of individual rights against the interests of the society as a whole. This course will be taught by the highly esteemed Prof. Howard Hunter.


This course aims to help students develop an understanding of current theories and their implications for solving financial problems using financial strategy. The major topics covered include wealth creation, enhancement of shareholder value, managing corporate growth, corporate capital investments, capital structure policy, corporate payout policy, real options, investment banking and capital raising, mergers and acquisitions, working capital management. We will study the problems which corporations face in making investment decisions with an emphasis on valuation. Research results from recent empirical work, case studies, and their implications for corporations will also be discussed, where appropriate.

This course introduces students to the theoretical concepts, analytical tools and real-life situations of airlines in Asia and elsewhere in the world.  Topics covered include economics, regulation, technology choices, industry trends and different forms of inter-firm competition, at selected points in time and geography, including examples in North America, Europe and Asia. This course emphasizes the application of theory to the real world strategic issues in primarily the scheduled passenger airline industry.

An introduction to management studies in the context of sport and its delivery, the course examines common sports products and services and their delivery through sport organisations, whose legal identity and form are discussed. The growing sportscape internationally and in Singapore provide opportunities for various management, business, and professional services to grow and evolve in a dynamic industry, especially when sport issues such as consumption of services and products, management of sport organizations, marketing and promotions are contextually different from other industries. Students will learn the functions, roles and skills of management in regard to the production and delivery of sport as a commodity for consumption.

Since the end of the 20th century, Asia has undergone remarkable economic growth. Its impact on the rest of the world has been momentous and far reaching. This course examines various aspects of the economy of East and South Asian countries, and will be divided into two parts. The first part provides a historical introduction of Asia, including macro-economy, trade and environmental issues in East and South Asia. The second part examines China, India, South Korea and Japan, specifically the huge economic change of those countries and its impact on the rest of the world.

Through case studies and industry leaders, innovative city designers, tech experts and business development executives from local and international companies, as well as site visits, students will learn the opportunities and challenges of the ‘smart city business’, and how to create a ‘smart’ city.

This course is designed to provide a broad-base coverage of financial accounting, management accounting and taxation topics that are relevant to (future) business owners and entrepreneurs. Business owners and entrepreneurs need the general foundation to help plan and control business operations and finance as well as discussing and negotiating with other stakeholders of the business. This introductory course is thus suitable for students who do not have prior knowledge in accounting and business, and is not open to students who are Accounting majors.

Drawing on case study analyses in Asia, this criminology course aims to help students understand the nature of a multidisciplinary analysis of organised crime; understand organised criminal activity in Asia as the resulting interplay of complex psychological, sociological, economic, historical, policing and political factors; discuss theoretical perspectives on and models of criminal organisations; and identify the various modalities through which different organised crime groups conduct their activities.



  • 3.0 GPA.
  • Sophomore standing at a four-year degree-granting institution at the time of enrollment.

Dates, Fees & Inclusions

Summer 2016 DATE

July 1 – 31, 2016

SUMMER 2016 Program Fees

  • Tuition for 1 Course: US$2,450
  • Tuition for 2 Courses: US$3,950
  • Housing and program fees are US$1,200 for the 4-Week Program

What’s Included

  • Tuition
  • Guaranteed, pre-arranged housing
  • Comprehensive overseas health insurance
  • Services of local Resident Directors
  • TEAN Arrival Orientation Program
  • Cultural Excursions around Singapore
  • Travel arrangements and advice
  • Official academic transcripts from host institution
  • Credit approval and transfer assistance
  • Academic advising
  • Airport pickup and reception and transfer at end of program
  • Pre-departure planning sessions and assistance from U.S.-based TEAN staff (including pre-departure guide for students and immigration/visa assistance)
  • Host university orientation
  • A truly one of a kind adventure!

What’s Not Included

  • International airfare ($1,100)
  • Student visa ($80)
  • Meals during the summer ($400)
  • Airport transfer at end of semester ($25)

*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.

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