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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2021 02/20/2021 03/01/2021 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2021-2022 02/20/2021 03/01/2021 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Class Status: Undergraduate Program Type: Exchange
Language(s) of Instruction: English Only Prior Language Study: 0
Language Course Offered: Yes Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.00
Eligible Populations: Junior, Second Semester Sophomore, Senior Housing Options: Independent Living
Maximum Credits Offered: 16 Academic Highlights: Liberal Arts/Business
Internship Available: No Program Scholarship: No
Service Learning Available: No Program Advisor: Lauren Chow
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

  • Direct Enroll in courses at Singapore Management University. 
  • Students will study in English, and have the opportunity to enroll in business and liberal arts courses, as well as study a foreign language.
  • Participate in the "Buddy System at SMU" through The Office of International Relations. "Buddies" are SMU students who have volunteered to assist one or more of our international exchange students. Your buddy will get in touch with you before the start of the semester. Your buddy will try his / her best to make your first few weeks in Singapore and SMU as stress-free as possible.
Academic Calendar
  • Fall: August - December
  • Spring: January - April
  • Orientation: Students are required to arrive 2 weeks before the start of the spring semester to locate housing, obtain a Residency Permit, and complete orientation. The orientation includes important briefing on student services at SMU, academic matter as well as the upcoming social events for incoming exchange students. The orientation not only helps incoming exchange students in their stay with Singapore and SMU, it also helps them to interact with other incoming exchange students and SMU students.
Additional Eligibility Requirements
  • Completion of core business classes. 

Academics at Singapore Management University

Studying at Singapore Management University

SMU offers seminar-style teaching in small class sizes, creative thinking and dynamic exchange of ideas between faculty and students.   7,000 Undergraduate students study at 6 schools and in 6 bachelor degree programs at Singapore Management University.  Babson College students can participate in the exchange program at SMU for a semester either during the fall or spring. 

What You’ll Learn
Students can enroll in the following concentration areas at SMU: Marketing, Finance, Law, Economics, Accounting, Technology, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Operations Management, Quantitative Finance, Organizational Behavior and Human Resource, Management; and Corporate Communications.

Students will study in English.  SMU offers other foreign language courses that students can enroll in as part of their semester course load.

Academic Culture
Lessons are taught in small seminar rooms, where students are encouraged to speak up and present arguments in a clear and convincing manner.  Every student must participate in class, which leads to lively discussions and debates.

The Wharton-SMU Research Centre (WSRC) under the Office of Research (OR) was established in June 1999 as a centre for research collaboration between SMU and the Wharton School , University of Pennsylvania . It aims at establishing a strong Wharton-SMU presence in the international research arena, with specific focus on issues relevant to Singapore and Asia . Through this joint activity between Wharton and SMU, it helps inculcate a strong research culture at SMU.

Course Load
Not all courses are open to exchange students, however the list will be sent via email 6-8 weeks before the start of the semester. Exchange students should also note that certain elective courses have pre-requisites for enrolment.

Students will enroll in 4 courses at SMU per semester.  Each course is worth 1 SMU point, which is equal to 4 Babson credits for a total of 16 Babson credits for one semester at SMU.  Students cannot enroll in more than 4 courses or less than 4 courses.

All courses run for one academic term. There are 15 weeks in each term, consisting of 13 weeks of lecture (39 hours of classes), one recess week and one examination week. Recess week is used by local students for group work and/or preparation for assignments. International Exchange Students will participate in group work. Students are also expected to do 6 -12 hours per week per course for self-study and class preparation.

SMU does NOT cater for alternate or early examination. All exam schedules are made available in the course catalogue. Should an exam date not be suitable for you (eg you are flying off early), you must not select that course during your course registration or via BOSS.

The final exam is an official assessment component, which follows strict administrative guidelines of the University.  Students are not allowed to make special arrangements with their instructors, with a view to having ad hoc/early/late final exam.  If they do so, even with the instructor's consent, the University will invalidate all such exams and grading; ie the final exam component will be accorded zero marks.

Assessments can include but not limited to:
-Class Participation: Although some classes do not list attendance as a mandatory requirement, missing classes will affect your grades and the grades of group members.
-Individual Project: Reports, Homework, Essays, etc.
-Group Project: Students will be involved in group work with local SMU students and attendance may affect their performance. Some group work preparations may take place during the recess week (wk). When enrolling for courses International Exchange students need to consider this.
-Presentation (Individual/Group): SMU is a strong supporter of empowering students and encouraging them to be vocal in class. Most courses require either an individual presentation and/or a group presentation. As English is the main language of instruction in SMU students need to be able to converse confidently and clearly.
-Mid-term test: Some courses may include a Mid-term test. Usually stated in the course out-line. It will be conducted during week 7 or 9.
-Final examination: Not all courses have a final examination. Please refer to the course catalogue and course outline for details.
Example: (a) Class participation: 20% (b) Individual project: 15% (c) Group project: 10% presentation, 25% report (d) Final examination (two hours, closed book): 30%


Life at Singapore Management University

Student Life
There are over 80 diverse and dynamic co-curricular activitiy groups at SMU with a full range of student activities from performinig and visual arts to community service and entrepreneurial clubs.

Living Arrangements
Exchange students must arrange their own housing when attending Singapore Management University.  SMU offers an informative accommodation website with suggestions on where to find housing, costs, and tips.

Living in Singapore

Lying almost on the equator, Singapore is not just one island but a main island with 63 surrounding islets. The main island has a total land area of 682 square km.  In just 150 years, Singapore has grown into a thriving centre of commerce and industry. Today, Singapore is rapidly taking its place among the world’s premier global cities, where talents from all around the world gather to share innovative ideas and start new businesses.

Singapore boasts one of the most stable societies in Asia. Its multi-racial, multi-religious and multi-lingual groups are united in the common effort to keep Singapore a prosperous place. Modern Singapore is a city of concrete, glass, freeways and shopping centers. From the crowded streets of Chinatown to the freshly ground spices in Little India, students can explore all that Singapore has to offer.

Perhaps Singapore’s greatest treat is the variety and quality of its food. For only a few dollars you can have a bowl of steaming noodles, curry and rice, or delicious satay, all at the same food stall table. Spend a little more, or a lot more, and Singapore has hundreds of restaurants serving the best Chinese, Indian, Malay, European and other International cuisines.

Cost of Attendance