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.


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

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. 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.

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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, 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.


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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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 two of the three clusters listed below.

Courses in Cluster 1 will be held in the morning, and courses in Cluster 2 and Cluster 3 will be held in the afternoon/early evening. 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 8:15-11:30am

What makes a city “smart”? Through case studies and industry leaders, innovative city designers, tech experts and business development executives from local and international companies, as well as incorporating actual site visits to enhance experiential learning, students will learn the opportunities and challenges of the ‘smart city business’, and how to create a ‘smart’ city. This interesting and challenging course is led by highly decorated Prof. Thomas Menkhoff and Mr. Kan Siew Ning.

This course consists of a set of core lectures which will introduce students to: (a) economic, political and socio-cultural theories and frameworks for understanding the context of business in Asia Pacific and (b) the application of international business theories and frameworks to understand the decision-making processes of companies investing in the region. Course participants are expected to apply theories and frameworks to assess business environments of specific Asian economies. Participants are expected to analyze and make presentations about issues and challenges that are relevant to companies operating in large emerging economies such as China, India, Taiwan and South Korea, but also other economies such as Myanmar, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam. This course is taught by SMU Adjunct Faculty Ms. Judy Tan.

This course is designed to offer a detailed analysis of China’s capital markets, ranging from the overall assessment of the macro-economic environment and political context, to the detailed micro level study of the specific players, instruments and individual transactions. Through seminars, cases, discussions, and group projects, students explore the opportunities and challenges presented by the quickly evolving capital markets in China. Many of the insights gleaned from the course can be readily applied to other emerging markets, thus this can also be a good course for students interested in understanding the functioning of emerging capital markets in general. This course is taught by Dr. Wang Jiwei.

So, you have collected customer data. Lots of it. What’s the next step? Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Analytics is an approach companies can take, to improve business relationships with customers. Discover and practice with current tools, and learn from best practices with case studies in the region, before developing customer relationship strategies with the help of business process management tools and customer analytics. Learn how to improve relationship intelligence with your customer to apply to your next job or business! This course is taught by SMU Faculty Mr. Rafael J. Barros.

Cluster Two 12:00-3:15pm

Using real-life case studies and trends, this course helps students to understand the importance and developments of globally-evolving data patterns in 5 key domains: ecology, society, economy, geopolitics and technology. Opportunities, complexities and uncertainties are discussed in a business context, analyzing the effects of resource scarcity, environmental and societal stress, demographic change, diversity, globalization, the economic system, and key technology areas (AI, big data, biotech, nanotech, IT, internet security). The course will be taught by Dr. Frank Siegfried.

Family businesses are the most prevalent form of business in the world, especially in Asia. It is also an emerging and vibrant area of interest among academics, practitioners and students of management. Students who wish to enter the private banking, wealth management, corporate banking and consulting industry will find knowledge gained in this course helpful to their work. Anyone who thinks of the interaction of two somewhat mutually exclusive systems – the family and the business – as being difficult, will find this course fascinating.

Population aging is a global phenomenon. This course aims to enhance students’ understanding of population aging, as well as the challenges and opportunities faced by aging economies within Asia. At the end of the course, students should understand the role and challenges brought about by population aging, as well as the implications for policies. This course will enable students to participate in discussions of aging-related issues and enhance their understanding of government policies and the accompanying limitations. Students can also identify the gaps and provide recommendations on what can be done to maximize the potential of aging economies.

Interested in making a true impact in society? The course will serve as an introduction to the social enterprise ecosystem in Asia, how it operates, its challenges and success stories. Through critical analysis of case studies from across the continent, best practices will be identified. Out of classroom sessions and site visits will help the theoretical concepts come alive in the real world. Additionally, in line with the practical focus of this course, students will get opportunities to engage in systems thinking in defining problems, business model presentations, developing funding strategies and evaluating social impact, during classroom activity sessions. This course will focus on some key steps in envisioning a social enterprise and how these can be applied to develop a scalable social business idea.

Cluster Three 3:30-6:45pm

Religion is a primal response of man. Religion moves people beyond the rational to the transcendental and engenders such strong feelings that people will even go to war, willing to die for their faiths. Asia is the frontier of future economic development and, with increasing interactions with and within Asia, it is crucial to understand society and culture through its many religions.

This course introduces students to the changing spatial conditions of arts production and consumption in Asia, with a focus on the role of Singapore in the region during this time of rapid change and global complexity. Through the exploration of a range of real-world case studies and experiential learning, students will critically consider the varying natures and impact of arts spaces in Asia, as well as explore the complex interplays that exist between top-down state aspirations, market-driven forces and the organic ways in which artists have activated and engaged with spaces. Ultimately, this course aspires to provide students with a reflexive understanding of the unique arts ecologies in Asia, and a heightened appreciation of the significance of the arts to urban processes, practices and everyday life.

The annual expenditure on healthcare, by both individuals and governments, is expected to continue increasing within the next five years. There is thus an imminent need to stretch the effectiveness of the expenditure, and explore new innovations, which can subsequently serve the needs of the rapidly aging population, tackle the issues associated with shortage of healthcare professionals and achieve improved clinical outcomes. This course will explore the changing needs and trends of the healthcare industry, and how innovation can address the rising costs and inefficiencies in the healthcare systems, with a particular focus on Singapore and Asia. Students can expect to be equipped with knowledge of state-of-the-art smart healthcare technologies, as well as the multi-faceted impact of technology on this multi-million dollar industry, through various lenses.

Participants will be introduced to the many legal issues and problems that arise from and relate to modern developments in Information and Communications Technology (ICT). ICT is changing the socio-economic environment and the way we behave and transact on a global scale. Terms such as “the gig economy”, “disruptive innovations”, “big data”, “social media” and “the Internet of Things” describe some of these changes. The course will provide an overview and introduction into the developments and trends in the law on information technology in Asia, with a focus on Singapore law, within the last decade.



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

Dates, Fees & Inclusions

Application Deadline

TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from January for Summer applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.

Summer 2018 Dates

Application Deadline March 26
Arrival Date June 25
TEAN Orientation June 26
University Orientation June 29
Program Ends July 29

SUMMER 2018 Program Fees

  • Tuition for 1 Course: $2,450
  • Tuition for 2 Courses: $3,950
  • Housing and program fees are $1,340 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.


TEAN Scholarships

In addition to the current financial aid you receive, you may want to consider one of our TEAN scholarships. Each year we award thousands of scholarship dollars to qualified program participants, including a Full Ride Scholarship. Refer to our scholarships page for details.

We Love Singapore

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Shannon Diegel

Senior Program Manager

Singapore Tip
Sungei Buloh Wetlands

If you fancy getting acquainted with Singapore’s unique wildlife, keep this serene nature reserve high on your list. It’s recently opened a new extension that boasts a coastal boardwalk and a mid-canopy walk, both of which let you get much closer to a host of critters, including monitor lizards, mudskippers, herons, horseshoe crabs and lots of other creepy crawlies.


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
Pulau Ubin Island

For just two bucks, you can catch a 10-minute bumboat from Changi Village to Singapore’s biggest island, Pulau Ubin. Pulau Ubin is like taking a step back in time – local villagers still live on the island and offer an insight into what life was like before Singapore became a busy city. For around $10, you can hire bikes near the ferry point on the other side and cruise around the rural island for a good few hours.

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