Location: Singapore, Asia

Program Type: UMSL Exchange Program

Language of Instruction: English

UMSL Terms Abroad: Academic Year, Fall, Spring

Approximate Dates Abroad: 
Fall Semester: Late August - Early December
Spring Semester: Early January - Late April

Application Deadline: 

  • Fall/Academic Year: February 16 (final)
  • Spring: August 23 (final)

UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility Requirements. Open to Business majors or minors only.


Subjects Available:
Course selections outside the business area may be limited.

  • Advertising
  • Business - Accounting
  • Business - Business Administration
  • Business - Finance
  • Business - Information Systems
  • Business - Information Systems
  • Business - International Business
  • Business - Logistics & Operations Management
  • Business - Management
  • Business - Marketing
  • Communications
  • Creative Writing
  • East Asian Studies - Certificate in Asian Studies available
  • Economics
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Languages - Chinese
  • Languages - French
  • Languages - Japanese
  • Languages - Spanish
  • Mathematics
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Law or Law
  • Professional Writing
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Theatre


The University: SMU has 6000 undergraduates and 680 post-graduates in a city of approximately 5 million. English is the main communication medium in SMU and Singapore. Singapore Management University (SMU) is located at the country’s cosmopolitan city centre. Surrounded by museums, theatres, educational institutions, art galleries, cafes, restaurants and a range of retail outlets, the campus comprises six buildings, all linked by an underground walkway and a connected train station. The university boasts state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities that reflect SMU’s interactive style of teaching and learning. In between classes, events and activities, students can be found around the university’s coffee shops, library, reading rooms, arts studios, sports hall, gymnasium and swimming pool.

Academics: Undergraduate courses are available in the above fields, however, any non-business course offerings will be few and limited. Students must have fulfilled prerequisites before they can take a course. The prerequisites are listed in the online course catalogue. If students have done similar pre-requisites in their home university, they should check with the instructors here if they will accept these prerequisites. Prerequisites may be checked by 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 prerequisite and give this to the instructors for review. This means they can’t register for the course yet. The School of Accountancy offers very limited courses to exchange students. Accounting students must confirm are sufficient Accountancy courses for their needs.

Students are encouraged to participate and to share their perspectives in a small classroom setting. Lessons are conducted in seminar rooms instead of lecture halls. Through classroom discussions, presentations and group work, students learn as they sharpen skills in creativity, communication, leadership and teamwork. Students are put through numerous team-based, hands-on projects where they get to apply theories and concepts to real-life business issues and cases.

SMU comprises schools of accountancy, business, economics, information systems, law and social sciences where our research and teaching is focused in this region. Whether you are interested in political, society, culture, business or language, spending a semester at SMU will augment your knowledge about Asia. Experience their vibrant student life, diverse student community and international faculty and all thatSingapore – and Asia – has to offer. SMU also offers a Certificate in Asian Studies to exchane students.

Housing: Exchange students are advised to seek private accommodation. SMU does not arrange accommodation for international students. However, there are many student residences in the city and private apartments available. Information is available at this website. Student residences are typically called a hostel. The Commonwealth hostel will be open for application after students are accepted into the exchange program. Students will be informed via email on the application procedures. A deposit is required prior to arrival.

Activities and Programs: SMU also offers a "buddy" program on first-come-first-served basis due large cohort of international and exchange students. SMU activities and clubs are open to exchange students. These include clubs in the arts, sports, community service, and special interest. Unless it’s a membership fee or equipment required for sports club, registration for clubs is free. Students may need to pay a registration fee to attend some activities, such as amazing food race. See a complete list online.


Location: 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. 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.

International Office Website: http://www.smu.edu.sg/programmes/exchange-programme/incoming-students

Course Offerings: http://info.smu.edu.sg/courses/ or http://eservices.smu.edu.sg/psp/ps/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/SIS_CR.SIS_CLASS_SEARCH.GBL

Student Life Website: http://studentlife.smu.edu.sg/student-life/smu-student-clubs

SMU Suggested Housing Agencies: http://www2.smu.edu.sg/international_exchange/for_incoming_students/accommodation.asp


Cost Estimates for 2013-14*

Use the Budget Worksheet to compare the below cost to your personal budget or living on campus at UMSL.

Tuition $3789.60
Books and course materials $60.00
Mandatory HTH insurance $140.00
Accommodations  $2800-5600
Meals & Personal Expenses $1900.00
Airfare $1650.00
Local Transportation $400.00
Other $300.00



Course Equivalencies: Each student is responsible for researching what courses are available to take and for obtaining an UMSL equivalent course. The UMSL equivalent course number is the course for which you will receive credit on your UMSL transcript. Finding courses to take while you are abroad requires some time and research. More information is on the course equivalency page.

Upon Acceptance: Students will be required to submit supplemental materials, purchase HTH insurance, and participate in a mandatory orientation. More information will be distributed to all accepted students.

* UMSL tuition fees are based on 12 undergraduate credit hours at the 2013/14 rate - 2014/15 tuition rate TBA April 2014. Non-resident fees may apply. 
* Costs are based off a four month semester.
* Airline estimate based off of online search.
* Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include visa expenses, personal expenses, independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.
* Program information is subject to change.
* Housing costs assume 3-4 students share a private apartment
* Other includes estimate for phone, 

All foreign students need to apply for Student Pass prior to arrival in Singapore.