Singapore Management University

Singapore Management University is an exchange destination for bachelor students of Law, Economics and Governance.

Student experiences

Student experiences Singapore 


General information: study in Singapore!

SMU course catalogue


Academic calendar

All full-credit courses at SMU last for an entire term, with the rest (half-credit courses) being held over a period of half a term (approximately 6 weeks).

Fall Term/Term 1 = late August to early December
Spring Term/Term 2 = early January to late April
Academic calendar

Global Summer Programme (requires fees!)

Areas of study open to exchange students

Only undergraduate programmes/schools (Accountancy, Business, Economics, Information Systems, Law, Social Sciences) are open to exchange students. Students who are nominated via school-level exchange agreements may be restricted to courses offered by the school. A list of courses available for exchange students will be sent to applicants about two weeks before course registration.

Students enrol for courses via a bidding system. There is no guarantee on course availability and enrolment of the student’s preferred courses. Hence, it is strongly advised that students exercise flexibility and to seek prior approval from their home university to enrol in alternative courses.Postgraduate courses are not open to exchange students. All incoming exchange students can only take undergraduate courses.

To view the course catalogue and course descriptions for a specific semester, please visit: Undergraduate Student Information - Course Catalogue Class Search -> Select the correct Academic Term -> Select Courses with Sections Offered -> Select the corresponding letter of the course name -> View Class Section -> Course Outline
(More information about the courses can be obtained in the course outline).

Some courses require students to fulfil certain pre-requisites before reading the course. The pre-requisites are listed in the online course catalogue. If students have done similar pre-requisites in their home university, they are advised to check with the SMU course instructors on the fulfilment of these pre-requisites.

Students are encouraged to prepare a course outline (in English) of the courses they have taken that meets the pre-requisites, for review by the SMU course instructor up. Reviews may be done up till the first week of the academic term.


Language of instruction/language requirements


English Proficiency Test Minimum Score
TOEFL PBT (paper-based test) 583
TOEFL IBT (internet-based test) 93
International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) 7.0
C1 Advanced (Cambridge) Test 185

Due to the COVID-19 testing restrictions, the scores from the TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition and IELTS Indicator will also be accepted.

These requirements only apply to students whose language of instruction is NOT English. Validity of certification must be within two years at the point of application.

Housing assistance

More information here 

Estimated living costs per month

Exchange students can expect to spend approximately S$7500 – S$9000 per term (including housing rental).

Estimated monthly expenses:
• Accommodation: S$900 - S$1800 (assuming three to four students share a private apartment)
• Food: S$300 - S$500
• Local transportation: S$100 - S$150
• Telecommunications: From S$30 (varies with usage and packages subscribed)
• Books and stationery: S$30 - S$100
• Personal expenses:  S$100 - S$300


You can find information on this university’s credits in the credit conversion table

Grading system
Grade Grade Point Mark Range
A+                  43 86 and above
A 40 83 to 85
A- 37 80 to 82
B+ 33 77 to 79
B 30 74 to 76
B- 27 70 to 73
C+ 23 66 to 69
C 20 63 to 65
C- 17 60 to 62
D+ 13 53 to 59
D 10 50 to 52
F 00 49 and below


Number of places available

6 places per year (4 in Fall / 2 in Spring/Summer)

Health insurance

More information here


More information here


Compulsory, approximately 4 working days before term begins. 

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