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 accounting and finance, as well as business and management programs are ranked 50th globally. The modern campus is conveniently located in the city center within easy distance of art galleries, cafes, restaurants and shops.  

Overview

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 four-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 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

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

Program Details

TEAN Orientation

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.

Two other excursions during your first week in Singapore will take you even deeper into the heart of the city. First, explore one of its most unique neighborhoods, Kampong Glam, guided through such sites as the Sultan Mosque, Istana Kampong Glam and trendy Haji Lane. Next, head out on the Disappearing Trades Tour, which will transport you to Singapore’s past as you watch coffeemakers roasting coffee beans and artisans baking fresh bread, just as it was done 50+ years ago.


Housing

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

Throughout the program, TEAN’s Resident Director in Singapore provides ongoing support services via informal catch ups, meals and cultural activities. When students find themselves a bit confused by cultural, academic and social differences, our Resident Director is ready to assist and provide support.


Cultural Activities

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.

Chinatown Tour

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 of oon 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.

Academics

About SMU

  • 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 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.

Courses

Academic Departments and Schools at Singapore Management University are divided into six academic divisions: Accountancy; Business; Economics; Information Systems; Law; Social Sciences.

Courses are available in the below disciplines. You can also refer to the Singapore Management University online course catalog for a listing of all courses. Students enroll in 3 – 4 subjects per semester (3 – 4 SMU credits) which usually transfer as 12 – 16 U.S. semester 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.

Discipline
Subject Area
Business
  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Advertising
  • Asian Business Studies
  • Business Administration/Management
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Business
  • Leadership
  • Logistics Management
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
Communications & Media
  • Communication Studies
Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Gender Studies
  • Law
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy
  • Sociology
International Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Chinese Language / Studies
  • International Relations
  • Japanese Language / Studies
  • Southeast Asian Studies
  • Thai Language / Studies
Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Information Technology
  • Statistics
Performing Arts
  • Dance

Eligibility

ELIGIBILITY

  • 3.0 GPA.
  • Minimum sophomore standing at a four-year institution at the time of participation.

Program Dates

APPLICATION DEADLINES

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 Oct 1
Fall Deadline April 15

Spring 2018

Arrival Date Jan 2
University Orientation TBD
TEAN Orientation TBD
Classes Begin Jan 8
Semester Break Feb 26 March 4
Program Ends Apr 29

Fall 2017

Arrival Date Aug 13
Student Visa Confirmation Aug 14
University Orientation Aug 15
TEAN Orientation Aug 16  Aug 19
Classes Begin Aug 21
Semester Break Oct 9 Oct 15
Program Ends Dec 10

Fees & Inclusions

Spring 2018

  • Tuition: $12,650*
  • Program Fees & Housing: $5,565

*There is also an option for students to take three courses for a reduced tuition price of $10,380. Choosing this option requires special approval from your home university to take only three courses.


What’s Included

  • Full tuition
  • Guaranteed, pre-arranged housing
  • Comprehensive overseas health insurance
  • Services of a local Resident Director
  • Four-day Orientation Program with meals, accommodations and transportation
  • WiFi included in apartment
  • Optional weekend field trips to cultural sites of interest
  • Travel arrangements and advice
  • 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
  • Arrival packet containing local information 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)

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

Scholarships

TEAN Scholarships

In addition to the current financial aid you receive, you may want to consider one of our many scholarships. Each year we award thousands of scholarship dollars to qualified program participants, including a full ride scholarship for a Fall or Summer program. Refer to our Scholarships information for details.

We Love Singapore

Kristen Jackson

Senior Program Manager

Singapore Tip
Gardens by the Bay

Stroll through Gardens by the Bay -the gigantic waterfront garden has a cool, futuristic feel and plenty of exotic plants making it a wonderful spot for a leisurely walk. Must-see parts include the Flower Dome, which focuses on Mediterranean flora, and the Cloud Forest, a misty tropical wonderland with a roaring indoor waterfall (the tallest in the world).

Q&A

Where have you traveled and lived in Asia Pacific?
I lived and worked in Sydney for a year. I also had an internship in Sydney in college. I have also traveled to China, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, and New Zealand.

Can you share some of the highlights or lessons from your time living abroad?
The biggest lesson I have learned from my time abroad is adaptability. Living in another country can really bring you out of your comfort zone and force you into situations where you have to go with the flow. I learned to embrace the differences of the different cultures I was experiencing rather than wishing I could have the same things/experiences I was used to back home in the U.S. I loved navigating my way around new places, getting lost and discovering the best places that I just stumbled upon because I was up for whatever came my way.

What are your recommendations for top places to check out in Sydney?
There are so many great suburbs that offer a little something different for everyone. I LOVE Bourke Street Bakery in Surry Hills, specifically their sausage rolls and lemon tart, but everything is amazing. I also recommend enjoying some of the northern beaches as they are much less crowded and gorgeous. People should also do the Manly to Spit Bridge walk as it is stunning!

As the Program Manager for Singapore, what do you think makes it an amazing place to study abroad?
Singapore is one of those hidden gems in Southeast Asia. I feel like it is a very misunderstood country as people think everything is just glass highrise buildings and everything is really expensive. There are actually some really great neighborhoods with lots of different cultures represented. Owning a car and buying an apartment are expensive, but for day to day life for a study abroad student, it’s a very affordable study abroad destination.

What is your advice for a student who is on the fence about studying abroad?
I would always tell students who were on the fence about studying abroad that they will never look back and say, I really wish I didn’t spend five months in Australia or wherever they are thinking about going. Studying abroad is such a life-changing experience and even if the first few weeks are tough, you learn so much about yourself and how well you can navigate the unknown.

Lenore Mallett

Resident Director - Singapore

Singapore Tip
Singapore Art Museum

Get up to your ears in art at Singapore Art Museum. Art hounds can easily spend an entire afternoon getting sucked into Singapore Art Museum. With a strong focus on Singaporean and Southeast Asian artists, the museum’s special exhibitions never fail to leave one inspired.

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