You will choose from a wide variety of business and management-oriented classes. The following areas of concentration are available at SMU: Accountancy, Corporate Communication, Economics and Statistics, Finance, Information Systems, Law and Legal Studies, Marketing, Operations Management, Organizational Behavior and Human Resources, Political Science, Psychology, Quantitative Finance, Sociology, Strategic Management, Science and Technology, Arts and Language.
Modeled after the world-renowned University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, SMU offers seminar-style teaching in small class sizes, creative thinking and dynamic exchange of ideas between faculty and students. All classes at SMU are taught in English. SMU has some 300 faculty who are selectively recruited from around the world to advance knowledge in teaching and research. In addition to recruiting some of the best academics in their fields, SMU also calls upon successful leaders in business for their specific expertise to combine academic vigor with hands-on business savvy.
You will take a course load of about four courses in fall semester, or about five courses in spring semester. For more details, view the SMU course catalogue. During the secondary exchange application, you will need to select one of the six Schools at SMU: Accountancy, Business, Economics, Information Systems, Law, or Social Sciences. You will take half of your classes within your home School, and your other classes can be from other Schools. The business mindset also extends to the course registration process at SMU, where each student is given a certain amount of ‘e-dollars’ that you will use to bid on courses. Note: you should consult with your UO academic advisor before finalizing your course selection.
On this exchange program, you will earn:
- Around 20 UO credits in fall semester
- Around 25 UO credits in spring semester
Note for Spring Semester: the regular maximum course load at SMU is 4 classes (20 UO credits), however, it is possible to take 5 classes if a student’s home university requests this. During the secondary application process, the GEO office will include a letter to SMU, confirming that UO students need to take 5 classes in order to maintain UO full-time enrollment. For spring semester, you should thus expect a rather heavy workload.
Note: UO credits listed above are estimates and are subject to change. Please refer to the SMU links for the updated credit information on their classes. One credit at SMU is equal to 5 UO quarter credits.