Singapore Management University: Singapore

Undergraduate Global Immersion in Singapore


Fall semester: 17 August - 4 Decemeber, 2015

Spring semester: 4 January - 22 April, 2016

When selecting a semester exchange program, students should take note of academic calendars that differ significantly from the University of Minnesota. Consider potential conflicts such as holidays, family events, graduation ceremonies, and summer jobs/internships early in the selection process.

Work with Education Abroad Advisers and the Carlson Business Career Center for support addressing challenges.

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

This is a semester exchange program, where students take classes (in English) directly at a partner university and substitute that semester for a semester at the University of Minnesota. The partner university will send one of their students to the Carlson School of Management to take classes in their place.
Exchanges often require students to demonstrate a high degree of independence, adaptability, and flexibility because support and service may be different from a US university. Examples of differences that exchange students should be prepared to encounter include varying housing options, the amount and timing of program details, grading based less on assignments and more on final exams, and an academic calendar that may differ significantly from the University of Minnesota.

Application and Admissions

To apply, please visit 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 2015 and Spring 2016 is February 1, 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.


To be eligible for this education abroad program, you must be:

  • A University of Minnesota student who has successfully completed the I-Core curriculum or equivalent coursework
  • In good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Additional criteria may apply and meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance
  • 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

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. The majority of exchange students stay together in a hostel upon arrival while they visit a variety of housing options before making a decision, then rent an apartment with other international exchange students.

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 Consulate.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. See Costs & Billing for additional information on financial aid and scholarships.

Academics and credits

Students are enrolled in 15 S/N Carlson School International Business (IBUS 5200) credits at the University of Minnesota during the semester they are abroad. Students will take a full course load (13-18 UMN credits per semester) at the host universitiy. Business courses taught in English are available for 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.

Courses at SMU are offered in English and cover a variety of core and specialized topics. The classes provide Carlson School exchange students with many applicable class options to enhance their degree and understanding of business in Asia. Courses are available in the areas of:

  • Accounting
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Finance
  • Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Behavior & Human Resources
  • Operations Management

Cost table

Estimated Expenses 2014-2015
Carlson School Tuition (charged to UMN student account)$7029
Program Fee (charged to UMN student account)$2500
Transportation (to and from program site)$1600
Documentation (passport, visa, immunization) $120
Books and Materials$200
Room and/or Board$4800
Essential Daily Living Expenses$1100
Global Identity Course - strongly recommended (charged to UMN student account)$200

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Semester Exchange

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