Singapore is not just one island, but a main island with over 60 surrounding islets. The main island has a total land area of 263 square miles (about the size of Rhode Island).
Singapore has no significant natural resources other than its deep water harbor, but it does have a good geographical location with a developed infrastructure, an excellent communications system, political stability and a disciplined work force. In just 150 years, Singapore has grown into a thriving center of commerce and industry. It is currently the world's busiest port, with over 600 shipping lines. In addition, Singapore is the major shipbuilding, ship-repair, and oil-rig building center in South East Asia. It is also one of the world's major oil refining and distribution centers, a major supplier of electronic components, and one of the most important financial focal points of Asia.
Singapore Management University (SMU) became an official university in January, 2000, and is Singapore's first private university to be funded by the government of Singapore.
The SMU approach to preparing students for an era of unparalleled choices is a focused, but broad-based education. Modeled after the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, America's top business school, SMU's curriculum aims to groom outstanding business leaders and creative entrepreneurs capable of excelling in a rapidly changing and dynamic world.
SMU offers an excellent curriculum, with top-notch teaching methods and faculty. Students at the Bukit Timah campus will enjoy first-class facilities and amenities comparable to the best in the world. Seminar rooms, media theatres, and libraries are equipped with the latest e-learning facilities and cutting-edge technology.
The Fall semester runs from mid-August until early December, and the Spring semester runs from early January until late April.
Only undergraduate programs/schools (accountancy, business, economics, information systems, law, social sciences) are open to exchange students. Most courses offered at SMU would be made available to exchange students, subject to vacancy. Please make note of any pre-requisites for enrollment whne you're choosing your courses. You can read more about academics for exchange students here. Visit this link to go through the course catalog.
The Transfer Credit Database lists courses that have been previously approved for NC State students at Singapore Management University. Please note: their applicability to a specific degree program varies by department. This list is not inclusive. Additional courses can be approved for credit by using the course approval form and process, which is a part of the application for study abroad. Please refer to the academic information on the host university website for all courses available to study abroad students.
While SMU does not arrange on-campus housing for exchange students, there is an SMU housing option open to exchange students that can be applied for through the SMU website: YO:HA Hostel @ Pearl's Hill. The apartments at Yo:Ha @ Pearl's Hill are either twin or quad sharing. Each apartment has a living area, kitchen, and bathroom. It's located in Chinatown and is conveniently situated near many eateries and public transport.
CSL Selegie is a student hostel within walking distance of SMU. It offers single, twin, triple, and quadruple-share rooms. Bathrooms and toilets are shared facilities for all residents on the same floor. The hostel is surrounded by a variety of eateries to meet any budget along with a supermarket. It is well-connected by public transport. More details can be found on their website.
Homestead Halls is a hostel operation catering only to international students. It has two locations -- Tessensohn Hall and Serangoon. Both hostels provide a daily breakfast, high-speed internet, cable TV, and laundry facilities. Find out more here.
Novena Hall is a students' hostel located in the heart of Newton and a stone's throw away fromt he Novena MRT at Novena Mall. The hostel is about 5 minutes from Orchard Road by MRT and about 20 minutes from SMU. More information here.
Students can also arrange their own housing through the use of a housing agent in Singapore. SMU provides more info about this on their accommodation web page for exchange students: Exchange Program Accommodation web page.
There is no meal plan available at SMU, so students must either cook their own meals or eat out. The kitchen of most housing options are equipped with a fridge, a stove and basic appliances.
The University reserves the right to alter the program format and/or costs in case of conditions beyond its control. If the program is canceled or a student withdraws, a refund of program costs may not be available in all cases. Please refer to the Study Abroad Office Refund Policy for details.
Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Exchange students studying in SMU are required to apply for a student pass prior to arrival in Singapore. Upon arrival in Singapore, students will be granted a Social Visit Pass stamp in their passport or Disembarkation/ Embarkation card. This allows them to stay for at least 30 days in Singapore. Before expiry of the entry visa, they must collect their student pass from the immigration office. The SMU Office of Global Learning will apply the student’s pass on their behalf before their arrival. Please refer to the Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority’s website for more information about visas and immigration matters.
Cost information is shown in the budget link, above. Financial aid is generally available to help qualified NC State students meet the expenses of study abroad. For additional funding, NC State students should consider applying for a study abroad scholarship, and check out other ideas for funding study abroad such as applying to outside scholarships, and starting a funding page.
Fall semester starts in mid August and ends in early December.
Spring semester starts in early January and ends in mid April.