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

Our team works with you 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

University

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.

Location

Singapore Management University is a city campus Located in center of Singapore. Visit the google map link below to see the location.

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Courses

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.

Cultural Events

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.

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

Fall 2018

Arrival Date Aug 12
Student Visa Confirmation Aug 13
University Orientation Aug 14
TEAN Orientation Aug 15  Aug 18
Classes Begin Aug 20
Semester Break Oct 8 Oct 14
Program Ends Dec 10

Spring 2018

Arrival Date Jan 2
University Orientation Jan 3
TEAN Orientation Jan 5  Jan 7
Classes Begin Jan 8
Semester Break Feb 26 March 4
Program Ends Apr 29

Fees & Inclusions

Spring 2019

  • Estimated tuition: $12,900*
  • Estimated program fees and housing: $5,865

*Tuition for 4 courses. There is an option for students to take three courses for a reduced tuition price of $10,720. Choosing this option requires special approval from your home university to take only three courses.


Fall 2018

  • Tuition: $12,900*
  • Program fees and housing: $5,865

*There is also an option for students to take three courses for a reduced tuition price of $10,720. Choosing this option requires special approval from your home university to take only three courses.


What’s Included

  • Full tuition (4 courses) 
  • 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)
  • SMU matriculation fee – paid prior to departure ($170)

*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

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Shannon Diegel

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

What inspired you to teach abroad in Thailand?
As I was about to graduate from school I knew that I wanted to work in International Education. I spoke with the study abroad office at my school to ask them for advice and they encouraged me to pursue more international experience. I knew I wanted to be challenged everyday and to go someplace very different from my current environment.

What did you learn about yourself living abroad?
Everyday I experienced something new. At first, I found that by not speaking the language I struggled to make new friends, but it pushed me outside of my comfort zone. It was hard for me to feel like myself, but through that I learned that it is okay to feel uncomfortable. I continued to work at making my new city home and eventually, I made some really great friends, developed my own community, and was able to enjoy my new city. When I left Bangkok it was as difficult (if not more difficult then when I left Chicago). Even years later I miss my neighborhood, my friends, and the food almost on a daily basis. I was able to make a home for myself in a completely different place than where I grew up and I learned I am lot more confident than I had given myself credit for.

What advice would you give to someone looking to break into the field of International Education?
I have found that there are so many people in International Education who are willing to sit down and have a talk with you and give advice. When I decided in college that I wanted to go into the field I met with the Provost of International Programs. Then when I came back from Thailand I met with some people at the University of Minnesota to ask them about their work on a daily basis and they sent me to go and meet with someone who worked at AFS-USA to gather a different perspective. Pretty much everyone that I asked to meet with me not only made the time to talk with me they also introduced me to someone else to speak with. It is from talking with people that I learned about SIT Graduate Institute and decided to apply for their Master’s program in International Education. It was a great environment to meet others who were passionate about the field of International Education and we all came from very different backgrounds which surprised me. So in general my advice is to talk to as many people as you can! While the industry can seem very small, I have found it to be a very friendly and welcoming place – so just do your research and ask someone to coffee.

What destination is next on your travel bucket list?
After working at TEAN, I want to see New Zealand next. I have learned so much about this country from working at TEAN. I am not sure if I would ever have enough courage to do the Nevis Bungee in Queenstown, but I am looking forward to the hikes, views, food, sheep, and wine tasting.

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Andrea McKenna Brankin

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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