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Singapore Management University
Singapore, Singapore (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Calendar Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Website: Click to visit
Earn ASU Credit: View Pre-Approved Courses
Cost Sheets Academic Year,
Calendar Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Areas of Study:
Business, Humanities, Social Sciences
Program Type:
Language of Instruction:
Language Prerequisite:
0 semesters
Minimum Class Standing:
02 - Sophomore
Enrollment Restricted To:
W. P. Carey School of Business
Internships Available:
Graduate Courses Available:
GPA Requirement:
International Coordinator:
Abby Dalpra
College Sponsor:
W. P. Carey School of Business
Available to Non-ASU Students:
  Program Details


Video courtesy of SMU

Quick Facts

  • To receive consideration for this program, submit complete fall or academic year applications by February 1st and spring applications by August 1st.
  • Singapore Management University (SMU) offers courses in Finance, Economics, Management and Marketing.
  • Situated in the heart of downtown Singapore, Singapore Management University provides a dynamic alternative to that nation's two larger universities.  Its smaller size and creative thinking provides ASU's WPC students a terrific option to take courses that fit directly into their major.
  • The office of international relations operates a buddy system which aims at fostering a better understanding and friendship between full-time and international exchange students.
  • Eligibility: Must be in WP Carey; must have completed two (2) full-time semesters at ASU, with grades posted, at the time of the application; minimum ASU cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Note: The competitiveness of this exchange is considered low to moderate depending on the level of student interest. Please contact the International Coordinator for more details.


Photo: Singapore

Location Details

Singapore is made up of 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. Its former role as an entrepot has diminished, as the nation has increased its manufacturing base.

Singapore is the busiest port in the world with over 600 shipping lines sending super tankers, container ships and passenger liners to share the busy waters with coastal fishing vessels and wooden lighters.

One of the world's major oil refining and distribution centres, Singapore is a major supplier of electronic components and a leader in shipbuilding and repairing. It has also become one of the most important financial centres of Asia, with more than 130 banks. Business dealings are facilitated by Singapore's superb communications network which links the nation to the rest of the world via satellite, 24-hour telegraph and telephone systems.

Singapore's strategic location, excellent facilities, fascinating cultural contrasts and tourist attractions contribute to its success as a leading destination for both business and pleasure.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* in order to participate in this program. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.


Academic Program & Courses

SMU offers courses in Finance, Economics, Management and Marketing that fit well into the various WPC majors.  A complete list of courses can be found online.  Students who enjoy small class size and thrive on groupwork will especially enjoy SMU's classroom environment.

A list of courses open to exchange students will be sent via email 6-8 weeks before the start of the semester. ASU students must meet any applicable pre-requisites in order to enroll in courses.

You may view the list of prerequisites for each course in Undergraduate Student Information under Course Catalogue. Other relevant information such as the student handbook, academic calendar, class and exam timetable, are also provided on this page.

Academic Culture

Please note that past participants have reported rigorous academic expectations.

More information about academics at SMU can be found here.

Access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and view current course equivalencies.

Credit & Grade Conversion Scale

Click here to view how credits and grades at Singapore Management University will convert to ASU credits and grades.

SMU Business School
Photo courtesy of SMU


Sun Vista City Lodge

Sun Vista City Lodge

Program Housing

Due to its location in the heart of downtown Singapore, SMU does not offer on-campus housing for students. Exchange students will be responsible for finding their own accommodations, but plenty of guidance and support is provided by SMU staff.

Sun Vista City Lodge is a student hostel, catering only to students, which provides a greater sense of security. Accommodation here is NOT guaranteed; apply early!

Although the lobby is modestly decorated, all rooms have been recently renovated, and are comfortable.

All rooms are doubles, and have attached bathrooms, giving students additional privacy. There are 4 types of rooms: (i) Twin Standard (2 single beds), (ii) Super Standard, (iii) Deluxe & (iv) Super Deluxe (2 singles/1 Queen bed for options ii to iv). With a subway station across the street (just three minutes away) that brings you into the city in two stops and near SMU, this is an ideal option for our international students.

Most exchange students make arrangements with private accommodations. For more information about private accommodation and housing options, visit this page.

Photo courtesy of Sun Vista City Lodge


Accessibility Information

For more information about accessibility, please visit the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at SMU.

Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

SMU Diversity & Inclusion
Photo courtesy of SMU


Cost Information

Exchange program participants will pay ASU tuition and fees for the term of the Exchange program, according to the individual student's classification and degree level. In addition to ASU tuition and fees, participants are also responsible for paying the following non-refundable fees:

  • $50 Application Fee
  • $400 Administrative Fee
  • Mandatory Medical Insurance Fee*
All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet, Spring Semester Cost Sheet, Calendar Year Cost Sheet, or the Academic Year Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

*The actual amount of the Medical Insurance Fee charged to each student depends on the program duration. 


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost SheetSpring Semester Cost SheetCalendar Year Cost Sheet, or the Academic Year Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program



  Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2018 09/01/2017
Rolling Admission 01/08/2018 04/29/2018
NOTE: For priority consideration for this exchange, apply by August 1, 2017. If space allows, applications will continue to be accepted through September 1, 2017.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Calendar Year 2018 09/01/2017
Rolling Admission 01/08/2018 12/07/2018
NOTE: For priority consideration for this exchange, apply by August 1, 2017. If space allows, applications will continue to be accepted through September 25, 2017.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Fall Semester 2018 02/15/2018
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: This program has a final deadline of February 1, 2018. Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/15/2018
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: This program has a final deadline of February 1, 2018. Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
This program is currently not accepting applications.