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Singapore Management University
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 business and management program is ranked 41st globally. The modern campus is conveniently located in the city center within easy distance of art galleries, cafes, restaurants and shops.
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 three-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 short 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
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.
Students live in off-campus apartments a short distance away from the SMU campus via public transport. The apartments are within easy access of trains and buses to take you all over the city. The apartment complex includes a pool, tennis court, on-site laundry, 24-hour security and is within walking distance to cafes, restaurants and shops. Students will be responsible for their own meals and cooking. Utilities and Internet are included.
Our team works with you from 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
- 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 41st in the world for business and management studies by the QS World University subject rankings 2019.
- 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.
Singapore Management University is a city campus located in the center of Singapore. Visit the google map link below to see the location.View Map
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.
|Communications & Media||
|Humanities & Social Sciences||
- 3.0 GPA
- Minimum of two completed terms of undergraduate studies at a four-year institution
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.
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 on 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.
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||Sept 20|
|Fall Extended Deadline||April 26|
This program not running for Fall 2021. Please check back for future available terms.
|Arrival Date||Early Aug|
|Classes Begin||Aug 16|
|Semester Break||Oct 4||Oct 10|
|Classes End||Nov 21|
|Exam Period||Nov 22||Dec 5|
|Program Ends||Dec 6|
|Arrival Date||Early Jan|
|Classes Begin||Jan 10|
|Semester Break||Feb 28||March 6|
|Classes End||April 17|
|Exam Period||April 18||April 29|
|Program Ends||April 30|
*These dates are tentative. Final dates will be released closer to departure.
Fees & Inclusions
- Tuition: $13,545*
- Program fees and housing: $11,445**
*Tuition for 4 courses. There is an option for students to take three courses for a reduced tuition price of $11,255. Choosing this option of taking only three courses requires special approval from your home university.
Students enrolling in courses from the School of Law will incur an additional tuition fee of USD $215 per course.
**TEAN has subsidized a large portion of the government-mandated quarantine cost and this is reflected in the total program fee. In the event the government lifts the mandatory quarantine, the additional cost of $2,000 will be refunded.
- Tuition: $12,900*
- Program fees and housing: $7,990
*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 of taking only three courses requires special approval from your home university.
Students enrolling in courses from the School of Law will incur an additional tuition fee of USD $215 per course.
- Full tuition (4 courses)
- Guaranteed, pre-arranged housing
- Comprehensive overseas health insurance
- Services of a local Resident Director
- Three-day Orientation Program with meals, accommodations and transportation
- WiFi included in apartment
- 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
- Pre-departure and arrival information containing local details 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)
- Travel insurance ($350)
- Public transportation ($250)
*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.
Apply for TEAN scholarships – starting at $1,000 – for the chance to receive money specifically for studying abroad. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!
We Love Singapore
Andrea McKenna Brankin
Resident Director - Singapore
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.
What is your role at TEAN and what is the most rewarding part of your job?
I’m the Singapore Resident Director and responsible for welcoming students to Singapore for summer and semester programs. The most rewarding part is getting to know TEAN students, their views, mindsets and goals.
What are some of your favorite foods that you’ve discovered living in Singapore?
Curry chicken noodles, Hainanese chicken rice and nasi lemak (Malaysian-style coconut milk rice with toppings) are some of the most popular dishes in Singapore…everyone loves them!
What are some must-do activities for a first-time visitor to Singapore?
Visit Gardens By The Bay for the Supertrees Grove, Cloud Forest and Flower Dome. The billion-dollar park is incredible. Also, try out all the local food at hawker centres like La Pa Sat, Maxwell Street or Newton Food Centre.
Where else have you traveled in Asia Pacific and what have been some highlights from those travels?
I’ve been all over Southeast Asia as well as to Japan, India, Nepal and Australia. Borneo was very interesting staying with the Iban tribe, Nepal had beautiful trekking, and I love the beaches in Indonesia and Thailand. I also love the jungle and rice fields in Bali, while Japan is an amazingly beautiful country to visit with its stunning parks, gardens, forests and temples.
What is your favorite travel quote and why?
“Not all those who wander are lost” from Tolkien. I know who I am; I travel to learn, to grow and remember what my values are. It strengthens my character.
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).
Tell us a little about what you do at TEAN?
I currently work on our New Zealand, Fiji, Japan and Southeast Asia programs. My role as team lead and Program Manager is to make sure everything on these programs is running smoothly working with our team. It includes everything from making sure students have pre-departure information on time to making sure they submit all of the items they need to study abroad (i.e. transcripts, courses, contracts, arrival details, payments, visa confirmations).
Where did you study abroad?
I studied with TEAN in Melbourne, Australia at Deakin University. It’s a more traditional campus, just outside the city but being able to live in the city and commute gave me the best of both worlds. Honestly, Melbourne has something for everyone – think sporting events, art, music, theatre, comedy, laneway cafes/restaurants/bars, shopping, the list goes on. Melbourne is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities, so why wouldn’t you choose to study there? If you’re looking for a Melbourne equivalent in New Zealand, check out Wellington known as the coolest little capital in the world. It’s a smaller city, but that makes it an easy city to get around by foot. It’s a very accessible city for study abroad students.
What brought you back to Melbourne to live and work after graduation?
When I graduated, I knew I wanted to return to Australia. My time studying abroad had given me that exposure to living abroad and I wanted to spend more time there as a professional. For my career, It was great to gain work experience at a university abroad. I’m so glad I went down this path or I might not have ended up at TEAN today!
Packing for study abroad is always a challenge and popular topic, as a frequent flyer – what insider tips do you have for someone packing for the semester?
I’ve become pretty good at packing light over the years since there have been so many times earlier on where I’ve overpacked. I took half of my closet and never touched the majority of it. You will hear the advice – pack everything you think you’ll need then take half of it – and it’s so true. My other advice is to pack articles of clothing you can mix and match to create different outfits to help reduce items. Also try to keep the shoe situation under control, they take up a lot of room. Bring a couple pairs that are super versatile (and comfortable).
If you were going to study abroad tomorrow on a TEAN program where would you go?
I’m biased, but I would study on one of our New Zealand programs. Since working with our TEAN New Zealand students, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to New Zealand several times and have visited all program locations. I also recently lived in New Zealand for a year based out of Auckland. I love the idea of going for a semester, joining a tramping club on campus and getting out into the beauty of New Zealand in my free time!