Leadership and Cross-Cultural Communication in Singapore

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: Sophomore or above
Location: Singapore
GPA: 3.0
Program Overview

This program has been postponed to summer 2022.


The program is designed to enhance leadership capacity and cross-cultural communication skills so that students may learn collaboratively while working to address real-world challenges. The course will blend experiential learning and field work with lectures, workshop and instructional class time.  The project-based learning approach will challenge students to apply newly acquired skills on site-visits to businesses and nonprofits in Singapore as you use design-thinking techniques to solve problems for real world clients.
This program is a collaboration with the Lien Centre for Social Innovation at Singapore Management University. The Lien Centre seeks to be a thought leader and catalyst for positive social change in Singapore, Asia and beyond. Its mission is to catalyze innovative responses to social needs through applied research and capacity building in collaboration with the public, private and social sectors.
Singapore is a major hub for global business and industry; an incredible environment to learn from.  Located at the southern tip of the Malay peninsula, this small, urban city-state is a culturally and religiously diverse society that places a high value on citizenship, safety and education. The majority of residents speak English, public transportation is easy to access, and the food is delicious, laying a good foundation for the learning environment.


Academic Details

In this program, you will enroll in two classes and earn a total of 8 UO quarter credits:
•    Business Administration Leadership & Communication (approved as BA 308)
•    Cross-Cultural Business Communication (approved as BA 361)

In this program, business students will both satisfy global context requirements and earn credits towards core business classes/electives in a manner that also allows them to work towards their Certificate in Global Business or a Business-focused Leadership Minor. Students in non-business majors are encouraged to show the program syllabi (see link at right) to their academic advisor in order to determine whether these credits can count towards a major or minor elective.
The primary objective of these two courses is to develop culturally-competent leaders.

All over the world, organizations are finding themselves increasingly engaged in cross-cultural communication, whether they are doing business in another country, sourcing products from abroad, managing an increasingly multicultural workforce at home, or appealing to customers from a variety of cultural backgrounds. As a result, intercultural communication skills are not a distant need for the future, but a real need right now in the workplace. Singapore has a particularly vibrant community that provides us the insight and experience to interact with a culturally-potent business environment.

The courses aim to develop students into effective business leaders by increasing self-awareness; developing the personal skills necessary to successively lead and work with others in organizations; and by improving professional behaviors, like those of initiative, responsibility, and accountability. This course seeks to hone students’ communication skills through improving their ability to communicate with others through writing, public speaking, teamwork, interpersonal and intercultural relations, and conflict resolution within the engaging and flourishing context of Singapore.

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

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 regular 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.

In summer 2019, Eric served as faculty leader of the study abroad programs Social Entrepreneurship in London and Advancing Your Academic Success: Pre-Freshman Studies in London.

Additional requirements
  • Applicants must have completed WR 121 and WR 122/123 with C- or above by the end of spring 2020. For Clark Honors College students, the CHC Arts & Letters or CHC Social Science sequence will satisfy this requirement 
  • Applicants must be a Business Administration major, Business Administration minor, International Studies major, or be pursuing a Certificate in Global Business OR demonstrate an interest in business or other topics relevant to this program. This interest may be demonstrated in the application essay by reference to prior coursework, academic major or minor, personal travel experience, professional experience, or academic or professional goals.
Dates and Deadlines
Term Year Priority Deadline Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date
Summer 2021 2/15/2021 3/15/2021 TBD TBD

Travel Advisories

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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.