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

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, 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.


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

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 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. With no prerequisites, this introductory course is thus suitable even for students who do not have prior knowledge in accounting and business. This course is taught by Dr. Yuanto Kusnadi.

Drawing on case study analyses in Asia, this criminology course aims to help students understand the nature of a multidisciplinary analysis of organised crime (both white-collar ; 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. The course is taught by Dr. Nafis Hanif, an expert in her field of crimonology, organized crime & human trafficking in Asia.

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 experience are created, marketed, branded and managed. Out-of-classroom sessions and site visits will bring theoretical concepts and practical insights into the real-world context. Perfect for students who are in hospitality, marketing and branding, business management, and social sciences, this multidisplinary course will be taught by industry giant and veteran, Mr. Darrell Metzger, who counts being the ex-CEO of Sentosa Island as well as Ocean Park as part of his glittering portfolio.

Covering microeconomics and macroeconomics, the focus is on real-life businesses and governments, and particularly how governments seek to make businesses competitive. The course also explores how this is done in different countries and particularly the approach taken by anti-trust authorities in US, the EU and Asia. This course will be taught by esteemed veteran and newspaper columnist, our SMU Adjunct Faculty Dr. Larry Haverkamp.

Family businesses are the most prevalent form of business in the world, especially in Asia (such as China, India, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and the Southeast Asian countries). This course explores the unique challenges and opportunities involves in leadership and management of Asian family businesses, covering (i) family, ownership, leadership, management and continuity of these enterprises, (ii) uniqueness of family business, succession, governance, working with non-family managers, leadership, and entrepreneurship, and (iii) the dark side of Asian family businesses. This course will be taught by Dr. Roger Low.

Cluster Two

Organizations such as Amazon, Netflix, Uber, GE, Nike etc. develop a competitive edge through exploitation of digital technologies namely cloud computing, big data and analytics, mobile networks, social media, and the Internet of Things. By effectively leveraging these digital technologies, practices and transformation, they go beyond boosting efficiency, and drive new business models, develop new revenue streams, or other material changes that lead to an increase in the top or bottom lines. This course will be taught by Prof Venky Shankararaman and Dr. Swapna Gottipati

Interested to learn more about IPOs and how companies go public? 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. Thus, this is a good course for students of various backgrounds who are interested in understanding the functioning of emerging market capital markets in general. This course is taught by Dr. Wang Jiwei

Cultures, Continents and Constitution: an examination of the constitutions of France, Japan, and the United States. Learn to compare and analyse strengths and weaknesses in terms of preservation of the rule of law, stability of the polity, protection of democratic principles, responsiveness to changing cultural, social and political norms. This course does not have any prerequisites, and is general enough to be taken by students of any discipline, not just for law students only. This course will be taught by the esteemed Prof. Howard Hunter.

Oppa Gangnam Style!! This course examines popular culture in various Asian countries (e.g. Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand) via economic and political transformations in the region, exploring the ways in which popular practices, entertainment and media messages are shaped by class, gender, ethnicity, as well as by rural-urban differences and contending political ideologies. The course will be taught by Ms. Brenda Chan.

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 & South Asia. The second part examines China, India, South Korea & Japan, specifically the huge economic change of those countries and its impact on the rest of the world. This course is taught by Dr. Xu Jianhuan.

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.



  • 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 2017 DATEs

Application Deadline April 20
Deadline Extended May 8
Arrival Date June 26
TEAN Orientation June 27
University Orientation June 30
Program Ends July 30

SUMMER 2017 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.

We Love Singapore

Lenore Mallett

Resident Director - Singapore

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.

Kristen Jackson

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.


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.

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