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 2019 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

Summer 2021

This program not running for Summer 2021. Please check back for future available terms.


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 the 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. 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 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. 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 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 top 100 in the world for both accounting and finance, and business and management by the QS World University subject rankings 2019.
  • 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 the 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 each of the clusters listed 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 8:30-11:45am

In the past decade, the U.S. economy grew by an average of 1.6% a year while Southeast Asia’s by 5.9%. The 21 economies of the largest trans-Pacific grouping, AsiaPacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), account for nearly half of global trade. Yet despite the region’s celebrated economic progress and its further potential, there are clear strains and risks resulting from geopolitical and economic trends which impact businesses that operate here. This course’s lectures which will introduce students to: (a) economic, political and socio-cultural theories and frameworks for understanding the context of business in the Asia Pacific region; and (b) the application of international business theories and frameworks to understand the decision-making processes of companies investing in the region. Students will analyze and make presentations about challenges t relevant to companies operating in large emerging economies such as China, India, Taiwan, and South Korea as well as other economies, including Myanmar, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

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 an interdisciplinary and visual approach to understanding Asia using films about Asia produced by Asians themselves as well as those films about Asia produced by non-Asian filmmakers. First, we will briefly explore the history of film in the Asian region and discuss various methods of reading films as texts. Second, we will critically examine what films reveal about the history of Asia – the period of colonialism, decolonization and nation-building, Cold War, and globalization in the Asian region. Next, we will explore contemporary topics and issues in Asia such as traditional and non-traditional security issues such as maritime issues, climate change, and migration, among others. Finally, we will assess the contemporary role and significance of films against the rapid technological disruptions taking place within Asia and beyond.

This is an introductory course designed to help acquaint students –who may be future business owners or managers –with the legal environment within which businesses operate and the common legal issues one may face when doing business in Asia, with a particular emphasis on Singapore. The course will entail not only classroom teaching and learning, but will also include invaluable sharing sessions guest speakers from various relevant fields, as well as field trips to legal institutions and/or offices in Singapore. A substantial part of the course will be dedicated to exploring, at a general level, various aspects of laws pertaining to doing business, with an especial focus on business organizations and commercial transactions. Because business relationships with commercial parties are primarily governed by contract, an understanding of how contracts work is important. Basic principles of contract law (e.g. the making and performance of contracts), as well as laws applying to specific situations (e.g. the sale of goods and services), will be taught in brief. Students will also be introduced to the law of torts and will, in particular, learn the essentials of the very pervasive tort of negligence, and the often-misunderstood tort of defamation.

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 1:00-4:15pm

Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and analytics are transforming and disrupting the accounting and finance industry in unprecedented ways. AI/ML/Analytics now have the practical capabilities to carry out many tasks that are within the scope of accounting and finance professionals. However, rather than worrying that their jobs are at risk, accountants should embrace AI/ML/Analytics in their line of work.. This course aims to provide students with the foundational understanding of analytics through its four stages (descriptive, diagnostic, predictive and prescriptive), focusing focus on applying analytics in accounting, including the use of R Programming to statistically analyze accounting data. Along with the critical analysis of successful use cases in Asia, the course will also cover misconceptions that Asian economies have about AI/ML/Analytics, the challenges faced during implementation and the ethical aspects of adopting these technologies.

Initially two obscure projects (The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road) announced in 2013, over the past few years the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has quickly become the centerpiece of China’s economic diplomacy. Spanning across Asia, Europe and Africa, the project is often called the “Marshall Plan” of China as it aims to promote economic development the less-developed countries found across the three continents. Taught by an advisor to the WTO and the Chinese government, this course will provide an in-depth analysis for the background for the BRI, the detailed strategy of China in each areas covered such as trade and investment, and how the BRI might result in an alternative economic order led by China.

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.

This course focuses on various aspects of economic globalization in general, but with specific reference to Asia. Students could learn both positive and negative aspects of the many globalization issues in Asia, such as “Choosing the Right Exchange Rate Regime for Small and Open Economies in East Asia”, “Trade liberalization and poverty in Asia” as well as “Singapore’s Drive to Form Cross-regional Trade Pacts”. The course will also explore various topics under international trade and international finance, and cover case studies such as “High Performance Asian Economies: Asian Economic Miracle”, and “ The Two Asian Giants: China and India”.

Embedded at a key entrepreneurial hub of Asia young and fast-growing economic region, this course in SMU traces the steps that entrepreneurs likely encounter from a first recognition of a potential business opportunity to the nascent operation of the actual company. This course teaches students the basic ingredients of a business plan and a short ‘pitch’ for their ideas. Customized through the exposure to start-up communities in Asia and the use of relevant business cases, all underpinned by rigorous problem-based learning, this course helps students address various start-up issues and become more familiar with nuances of starting up in Asia.



  • 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 2021 Dates

This program not running for Summer 2021. Please check back for future available terms.

Application Deadline April 10
Arrival Date Late June
Program Ends Late July

Summer 2021 Fees

  • Estimated Tuition for 1 Course: $2,590
  • Estimated Tuition for 2 Courses: $4,090
  • Estimated Housing and program fees are $1,890 for the 4-Week Program

What’s Included

  • Tuition (1-2 courses) 
  • 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)
  • Travel insurance ($350)

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


TEAN Scholarships

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

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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.


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.

Kate Hilby

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.


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!

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