Program Overview

Enroll directly in courses taught at Singapore Management University, a world-class AACSB accredited university in Singapore’s capital city. You can choose from a variety of business-related coursework at SMU. Coursework is taught in English and SMU has a diverse student body with many international students. The program will accept two to four University of Oregon students per year. 

Because SMU is an entire university dedicated to business and management, it offers many unique and specialized courses, such as: Corporate Responsibility in the Global Era, Visual Analytics for Business Intelligence, Crisis Management and Communication, Capital Markets in China, and more.

The SMU campus is situated at the heart of the central business district and the arts and heritage neighborhoods. The campus is easily accessible via public transportation, and there is a wide variety of food outlets, shopping and entertainment centers conveniently located around campus. SMU is well-equipped with various facilities – campus-wide WiFi, state-of-the-art learning facilities and resources, library, swimming pool, and fitness gym. Exchange students have plenty of opportunities to meet local students and other international students through more than 150 interest groups in sports, performing and visual arts, community service, entrepreneurship, food and culture, and more. 

For more information, please visit Singapore Management University, or click here for a video overview of the SMU exchange 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.

What is an Exchange?

This is a program in which the University of Oregon and the partner universities exchange students on an ongoing basis. The number of places available to UO students varies based on the number of partner institution students coming to UO. If there are not enough exchange places available in a given year, then qualified applicants will be offered the opportunity to apply as a fee-paying study abroad student, or to apply for an alternate exchange program.

This is an exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at a UO partner university. Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and on-site student support services such as academic advising, health & counselling services may vary. Students most comfortable and successful in exchange programs typically have high levels of self-reliance, resourcefulness, and willingness to adapt to unfamiliar teaching styles and living arrangements.

NOTE: The host university has its own credit and grading system. The transcripts provided by the host institution will be converted by the UO Registrar’s Office based on established standards of conversion. Exchange applicants should meet with a GEO advisor to discuss program details.

Academic Details

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.

Housing Description

As an exchange student, you must make your own housing arrangements. You can stay in a hostel for the first few nights until you are able to find an apartment to share with usually around three to four other exchange students. SMU provides resources and connects you with other exchange students prior to arriving in Singapore to aid in the process of finding housing. Since English is one of the main languages spoken in Singapore, communication with landlords or housing services should not be an issue. Singapore is very well connected by public transportation, and many apartments are close to grocery stores, restaurants, and community centers. Click here for more information of housing at SMU.

Application process

Applying for an exchange program involves 2 steps. First you will complete the GEO application process and then you will need to complete a secondary application for the host university. Selection for this program is based on a review of your online written application, transcripts, recommendations, and completion of the interview process. After your initial application is complete, GEO will review it and select successful candidates for nomination to SMU. Nominations are made in February-March for the fall term and in October-September for the spring term of the following year.

After being nominated by GEO, students will receive instructions regarding the secondary exchange application for SMU. This typically includes an online application for SMU, and providing documents such as your transcript, copy of passport, etc.

SMU makes the final decision regarding acceptance into the program. The acceptance letter will also include information about registering for classes.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Term
Academic Year
Year
2019-20
Deadline
2/1/2019
Arrival Date
Early August
Departure Date
Late April
Term
Fall Semester
Year
2019
Deadline
2/1/2019
Arrival Date
Early August
Departure Date
Early December
Term
Spring Semester
Year
2020
Deadline
2/1/2019
Arrival Date
Early January
Departure Date
Late April

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.