Program Overview

THIS PROGRAM WILL BE OFFERED IN SUMMER 2021. A remote version of this program is available via the #NoPassportNeeded experiences


Can’t wait for college to begin? Get a head start on your University of Oregon academic career while studying in one of the most multicultural cities in the world on Global Education Oregon’s study abroad program: Advancing Your Academic Success: Pre-Freshman Studies in Singapore.
Your experience starts in Eugene during IntroDUCKtion, where you’ll meet your fellow future Ducks, academic advisors, and have priority registration for your Fall Term courses at University of Oregon. Then you and a group of other UO incoming freshmen will fly to Singapore to begin the program.
Singapore is situated at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula and is at the center of Southeast Asia. Three major cultures co-exist in Singapore namely Chinese, Malay, and Indian. A multicultural and multilingual society, Singapore is an ideal entry point into Asia for students without previous experience in the region. Singapore’s central location allows for convenient and affordable travel to surrounding countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and more.

Program Itinerary:

  • IntroDUCKtion session on campus in Eugene
  • Saturday, August 1, 2020: Depart for Singapore from Eugene
  • Sunday, August 2, 2020: Arrive in Singapore
  • Saturday, August 29, 2020: Depart Singapore

Application Instructions: To create an application for this program, please click the “apply now” button. If you are on a computer, this will be in the upper right hand of the screen, and if you are on your mobile, it will be at the bottom. You will be brought to the login page, where you can create an account. Please take the following steps:

  • Choose “I do not have login credentials to this site.”
  • Choose “I am not currently registered at an institution. You are not yet a UO student, and therefore should not plan on using any UO information.
  • Fill out the following form requesting your name, date of birth, gender, and email.

When you submit this form, an account will be generated for you, and an email will be sent to you with your login and password information. If at any point you have issues with this process, please contact the advisor for this porgram, or

Additional requirements

Program participants must be 18 or older as of the date you depart for Singapore.

Program participants must be enrolled at University of Oregon starting fall term 2020 as of  May 1, 2020. 

Academic Details

This program includes two main classes, each worth 4 UO credits. One class will be an introductory level business class, BA 199, focused on social entrepreneurship in Singapore. The second class will be a general education satisfying course on the cinema in Singapore and Southeast Asia.
In addition, you will take a 1-credit class on Advancing your Academic Success. This course is designed to prepare you for college by helping you develop educational goals, think about personal strengths and weaknesses, familiarize yourself with college resources and services and make connections with other incoming freshman.
Students should be prepared for a rigorous academic experience. You will be expected to demonstrate maturity and critical thinking both inside and outside the classroom. Courses will meet for several hours at a time, three to four times each week, with additional mandatory excursions and performances. You should be prepared for class meetings on all weekdays.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Faculty and Staff

This program will be led by UO Associate Professor of Chinese, Alison Groppe, allowing you to establish a meaningful connection with a faculty member even before your first term at UO. The program will further be supported by local onsite staff.

Alison Groppe teaches modern Chinese literature, film and popular culture as an Associate Professor of Chinese in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Oregon; she also serves as the Director of Graduate Studies for EALL. She specializes in literary and cinematic representations of identity, Sinophone and Chinese literature and film, and world literature; her recent publications include a book, Sinophone Malaysian Literature: Not Made in China, and chapters in A Companion to World Literature, A New Literary History of China, and Sinophone Cinemas. She is excited to return to Singapore, where she conducted dissertation many years ago, and to teach a course relating to her current research on Singapore cinema. When she’s not thinking about Chinese-language literature and film, she enjoys taking long walks, short runs, and reading mystery and detective fiction. 

Eric Boggs serves as an instructor in the School of Management, where his experience in designing and leading executive leadership development trainings and workshops assists him as a member of the team teaching BA308. Eric is also the Director of the Business Honors Program, where he mentors cohorts of high-performing students. He has served as Senior Faculty for NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School), specializing in Executive Education and Risk Management, and Expedition Leadership. He is an active member of the Association for Experiential Education, where he regularly presents and coaches others. Eric holds an MS in Geography from the University of Oregon, an MA in Teaching from Pacific University and a BA in Environmental Studies from Lewis and Clark College.     
Eric has developed and facilitated a variety of immersive leadership & experiential learning programs that are designed to engage and motivate students to increase their self-awareness, build collaborative communities of learners, and develop their individual leadership competencies. Over the 20 past years, Eric has led leadership development expeditions, study abroad programs and wilderness adventures to places such as Chilean Patagonia, Arctic Scandinavia, Taiwan, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Cuba, and Guatemala.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearPriority DeadlineDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date

Travel Advisories

For current health, safety, and travel advisory information, search the US Department of State country webpage.

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.