SINGAPORE: Singapore Management University

Singapore, Singapore

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  • Fall Semester - Early August to early December
  • Spring Semester - Early January to late April

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 15
  • Spring Semester - *Please note earlier deadline* September 25th


Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (

Embark on the adventure of your lifetime and discover the New Asia! With SMU, you are here for a learning environment that constantly challenges the mind. We provide an interactive and participative experience - one that is cutting edge and technologically enabled. Besides a top-class curriculum and an excellent faculty, SMU embraces a culture of versatility and creativity. At the wirelessly connected city campus, students enjoy world-class e-learning facilities and amenities. Expect a revolutionary time at SMU, one that stretches your intellectual abilities and offers extraordinary possibilities. So fast forward your dream and live the SMU experience!


Most undergraduate courses offered under SMU's degree programs are available to exchange students, except Business Study Mission (offered by the Lee Kong Chian School of Business). Undergraduate courses are listed with course codes between 0xx and 4xx.

A list of courses open to exchange students will be sent via email 6-8 weeks before the start of the semester.  The course catalog will then be updated periodically until the start of the semester. Course listings and descriptions for the current term at SMU as well as past semesters are available through the Course Catalogue Class Search.

Enrollment in any course at SMU is subject to vacancy.  Students should also note that certain elective courses have prerequisites for enrollment.  Pre-requisites may be checked by the SMU course instructors during the first week of the term. Students should prepare a course outline (in English) of the courses they have taken that meet the pre-requisite for the SMU course instructor’s review.  If students would like to try registering earlier (during their assigned window period for online Pre-Term Course Registration) about their pre-requisite courses, they may contact the instructor earlier. A list of the instructors is available via the Faculty Directory at the SMU website.

Exchange students are strongly encouraged to enroll for a maximum course load of 4 SMU credits per semester. The minimum course load is 2 SMU credits per semester, and the maximum (non-negotiable) workload per semester is 5 SMU credits. Each full-credit course at SMU carries a weight of 1 credit. It consists of 3 contact hours per week over a period of 13 teaching weeks (i.e., 39 contact hours). A half-credit course has a total of 21 contact hours per term.

More information on courses and registration can be found on SMU's website for incoming exchange students and in the SMU Academic Guide.

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Host University

Since it was incorporated on 12 January 2000, SMU has established undergraduate and postgraduate programs that aim to produce leaders and creative entrepreneurs capable of excelling in a rapidly changing and dynamic world. Set up as Singapore's first private university offering a style of education modeled after The Wharton School, SMU occupies a state-of-the-art city campus located in the heart of Singapore's civic, cultural and business districts. Today, SMU is home to more than 6,000 students and comprises six schools: the School of Accountancy; Lee Kong Chian School of Business; School of Economics; School of Information Systems; School of Law; and School of Social Sciences. SMU offers six bachelor's degree programs in Accountancy, Business Management, Economics, Information Systems Management, Law, and Social Sciences; eleven Master's programs in Applied Economics, Applied Finance, Applied Finance (China), Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Professional Accounting, IT in Business (Financial Services), Management, Operations Management and Wealth Management; and PhD programs in Economics and in Information Systems. A PhD program in Finance will soon be launched. The University also has a dedicated Graduate Studies Office in the Office of Research, a number of institutes and centers of excellence, and provides public and customized programs for working professionals through its Office of Executive Education. Collaborations with leading institutions, including The Wharton School, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Chicago, allow SMU to draw on academic and research strengths across all major disciplines. To deliver a world-class curriculum, SMU has some 240 faculty who are selectively recruited from around the world to advance knowledge in teaching and research. They form an experienced and committed pool of talent who reinforce SMU's unique pedagogy of seminar-style teaching in small class sizes, creative thinking and dynamic exchange of ideas between faculty and students. In addition to recruiting some of the best academics in their fields, SMU also calls upon successful leaders in business and their professions for their specific expertise to combine academic vigor with hands-on business savvy. By pioneering business, economic, legal, social science and technology oriented programs that meet these needs, SMU has redefined tertiary education in Singapore. Already the University has achieved a high degree of recognition and respect in Singapore, Asia and beyond.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 2.5
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility
  • English is the main communication medium in SMU and Singapore

Application Procedure

    Please submit the following to OISP:

    • OISP online application
    • Copy of passport ID page (either electronically or in hard copy)

    After you complete the online OISP application and turn in a copy of your passport ID page, your study abroad coordinator will nominate you to study at SMU.  You will then receive a link to complete SMU's online application.  To complete this online application, you will need:

    • 1 digital photo
    • Official transcript
    • Copy of passport ID page
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Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $22,660

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($22,310), and International Security and Emergency Support ($350). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. NU tuition will cover lab fees abroad, however NU tuition does not cover materials, equipment or field trips. Please consult the relevant course syllabus for a general idea of what is required for each class, though some details may change over time. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.


SMU does not arrange accommodation for international exchange students.  However, a list of student hostels can be found on SMU's website.

Exchange students are advised to seek private accommodation.  Please read the attached accommodation guide to aid you in your search for accommodation.Kindly source for an apartment on your own or seek the help of private housing agents.  Note that SMU is not liable for any agreements made between the student(s) and the landlord / hostel management.

Alternatively, students may apply for accommodation in the Evan Hostel after they are accepted to the program.  Details on the application procedures will be sent via email.



Lying almost on the equator, Singapore is not just one island but a main island with 63 surrounding islets. The main island has a total land area of 682 square km. However, its compact size belies its economic growth. In just 150 years, Singapore has grown into a thriving centre of commerce and industry. Today, Singapore is rapidly taking its place among the world's premier global cities, where talents from all around the world gather to share innovative ideas and start new businesses. Singapore boasts one of the most stable societies in Asia. Its multi-racial, multi-religious and multi-lingual groups are united in the common effort to keep Singapore a prosperous place. Modern Singapore is a city of concrete, glass, freeways and shopping centers. In the crowded streets of Chinatown, fortune tellers, calligraphers and temple worshippers still a part of everyday Singapore. In Little India, you can buy the best sari material, freshly ground spices or a picture of your favorite Hindu god. In the small shops of Arab Street, the cry of the muezzin can be heard from the nearby Sultan Mosque. At the Esplanade, you enjoy world-class arts performances while the jet-set club to the latest music at the cosmopolitan clubs. Singapore may no longer be the rough and ready port of rickshaws, opium dens, pearl luggers and pirates, but you can still recapture the colonial era with a gin sling under the flashing ceiling fans at Raffles Hotel. Many other fine reminders of Singapore's colonial past remain, despite the island's relentless development. Perhaps Singapore's greatest treat is the variety and quality of its food. For only a few dollars you can have a bowl of steaming noodles, curry and rice, or delicious satay, all at the same food stall table. Spend a little more, or a lot more, and Singapore has hundreds of restaurants serving the best Chinese, Indian, Malay, European and other International cuisines.