Singapore Management University
Singapore Management University is an exchange destination for bachelor students of Law, Economics and Governance.
General information: study in Singapore!
Important information for international students
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
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.
|Language of instruction/language requirements|
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.
The SMU campus is situated in the heart of the city with many private housing options that are within walking distance to SMU and conveniently accessible to amenities and transportation networks. Students have the flexibility and choice to source and arrange for their own accommodation based on their needs. Arrangements are at the sole responsibility and discretion of the student.
More information here
|Estimated living costs per month|
Exchange students can expect to spend approximately S$1,800–S$3,000 per month (including housing rental).
Estimated monthly expenses:
Actual expenses will differ depending on the choice of accommodation and lifestyle of each individual.
Full course load per term: 4.0 SMU credits.
Course enrolment is via a bidding process. The result is NOT guaranteed and subject to SMU’s academic policies. Flexibility in the course plan is advised to avoid disappointment. Please note that all students will be granted the same amount of e-dollars (e$100 per term) for their course bidding regardless of how many courses they can bid. Therefore, requesting for the 5th course unnecessarily will make it more difficult for students to secure their desired courses, and will affect their academic performance throughout the term. We seek your kind assistance and cooperation to request for the 5th course only if it is a graduation/exchange requirement. Approval of the 5th course is subject to SMU academic policies and availability of the 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
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.
You can find information on this university’s credits in the credit conversion table
|Number of places available|
6 places per year (4 in Fall / 2 in Spring/Summer)
It is mandatory for all students to purchase the SMU Medical Insurance, for coverage during their study term in Singapore. It is included as part of the miscellaneous fee*, which is applicable to all students. Students are strongly advised to purchase additional travel insurance at their own cost and discretion as necessary, for personal travel or leisure trips overseas. The SMU Student Travel Insurance only applies to students on official travels approved/sanctioned by SMU.
*Miscellaneous fee: All students are required to pay a miscellaneous fee (approximately S$250 for one term or S$400 for one year) which covers registration, matriculation, medical insurance, IT services and student activities. This fee is mandatory and non-refundable and non-transferable under any circumstances including the outcome of the Student’s Pass.
All international exchange and visiting students are required to hold a valid Student’s Pass during their study term in Singapore. The Student’s Pass is a legal document that enables the student to live and study in Singapore, as well as serves as a multiple-entry visa into Singapore (subject to terms and conditions). The cost for the Student’s Pass ranges between S$90 and S$120 and includes the application fee, issuance fee and multiple-entry visa fee (if applicable).
More information here
Compulsory, approximately 4 working days before term begins.
Do you have any questions about this partner university or would you like to know more?
Contact the International Exchange Office of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance.
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