Singapore Management University: Singapore

Undergraduate Global Immersion in Singapore

Program Dates: 

The academic calendar at SMU will differ from the University of Minnesota and all exchange students are expected to be at their host campus on the first day of orientation and through the last day of final exams.

Fall Semester 2015: 

Term 1: 17 August - 4 December

Recess Week: 5 - 11 October

Exam Week: 23 November - 4 December

Spring Semester 2016: 

Term 2: 4 January - 22 April

Recess Week: 22 - 28 February 

Exam Week: 11 - 22 April 

Singapore Management University Slideshow

Front of SMU

Front of SMU

Campus Green

Campus Green

Students Studying

Students Studying

Classroom at SMU


Merlion Statue

Merlion Statue

Singapore Skyline

Singapore Skyline

Location details

Singapore Management University (SMU) was incorporated in January, 2000 and has quickly surged to become the country's third largest university. SMU delivers world-class curriculum and faculty committed to advancing knowledge in international business. The university recently opened its permanent state-of-the-art campus in the heart of the city.

Studying for a semester at Singapore Management University (SMU) opens doors for students who want to achieve success in the evolving markets of Asia. Singapore recently joined the upper echelons of U.S. trading partners. SMU is primed to nurture of diverse and relevant talents in a global economy.
Singapore is an island city-state on the southern tip of the Malay peninsula, and officially recognizes 4 distinct languages with a dozen more spoken on the streets daily. Strategically located in a vibrant cultural and economic region, the country is connected by bridge to Malaysia, is a short ferry trip from Indonesia, and short flights to Thailand and Vietnam are regularly run at phenomenal discounts. Along with the unique cultural cuisines in Chinatown, Little India, and the Arab Quarter, Singapore has historically significant sites like Changi Prison, the height of fashion found along Orchard Road, serene tropical gardens, and sleek, towering skyscrapers in the modern city center.


  • SMU does not arrange for student housing but provides resources to assist students including access to SMU student groups.
  • Many students apply for the Evans Hostel. There are 4 types of rooms available: double common, single common, double studio, and single studio. 
  • Other students make arrangements through private accommodations. 

Academics and credits

  • Students on exchange programs take a full semester courseload at their host university (13-18 UMN credits/semester).
  • Courses transfer back as S/N on UMN transcript.
  • Business courses taught in English are available to exchange students.
  • Students participating in CGI semester exchange programs are strongly encouraged to enroll in the 1-credit Global Identity course for business students. This course helps you to develop your intercultural skills and articulate the value of your experience to future employers. It offers an additional layer of support through one-on-one interactions with your instructor that complements the independent structure of the exchange program.
  • For information about specific courses available to exchange students please meet with an adviser.


  • No host country language skills required
  • UMN student who has successfully completed the I-Core curriculum or equivalent coursework
  • Preference is given to Carlson School of Management students
  • Preferred minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Additional criteria may apply
  • The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation

Visa and Passport

  • All Carlson students are responsible for obtaining a passport before they participate on a study abroad program
  • All students participating on an exchange program will be responsible for obtaining a visa or residence permit if requried by their host country.  The Carlson Global Institute does not process visa applications for students participating on exchange programs
  • The Carlson Global Institute and the host university will provide resources for visa and residence permit applications if necessary, but students will need to work with the consulate and/or visa processing company directly as well
  • Visa and passport requirements are always subject to change by the host country and students are expected to check with the consulate for up-to-date information

What is a Business Exchange Program?

  • Successful exchange students demonstrate a high degree of independence, adaptability, and flexibility because support and services will be different from a US university
  • You are enrolled as an exchange student at a host university and take business courses in English
  • You take courses with students from the host university as well as other exchange students from around the world
  • You attend the host university according to their term dates which differ from the University of Minnesota
  • A small group of Carlson students are selected to study at each partner university per semester and are fully immersed in another country, culture, and education system
  • You will work closely with both Carlson School advisers and advisers from the host university for support pre-departure and during your semester abroad

Application and Admissions

To apply for an exchange program you must first apply through the Carlson Global Institute on the Apply page. You will be charged a $50 application fee for each term that you apply for a program. If you apply for two programs in Fall semester you will be charged $50. If you apply for one program in Fall semester and one in Spring semester you will be charged $100. The priority deadline for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 is February 1, 2016. Applications for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 will open on September 8th, 2015. Applications for programs that do not fill by the priority deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis until full. Applications will be reviewed and students will be informed of their status within 6 weeks of the priority deadline.  Once accepted into an exchange program, you will also complete an application to the host university.  

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. Please visit "Financial Aid" and "Scholarships" for more information.

Cost estimate (Summary)

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs. Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad. Visa and passport costs are subject to change. Please verify current documentation costs with the host country consulate.

Cost table

Estimated Expenses 2014-2015
Carlson School Tuition (charged to UMN student account)$7,029
Program Fee (charged to UMN student account)$2,500
Transportation (to and from program site)$1,600
Documentation (passport, visa, immunization) $120
Books and Materials$200
Room and/or Board$4,800
Essential Daily Living Expenses$1,100
Global Identity Course - strongly recommended (charged to UMN student account)$200

Academic term(s)



Semester Exchange

Degree level