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  • Locations: Singapore, Singapore
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: WUSTL applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2020 02/01/2020
Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Early application is strongly recommended for all programs. Deadlines that fall on a weekend or holiday are automatically extended to the next workday.

Deadline has passed
Program Description:
BSBA Singapore Semester Abroad
Singapore Management University
  Since its incorporation on 12 January 2000, SMU has established undergraduate and postgraduate programs that aim to produce leaders and creative entrepreneurs capable of excelling in a rapidly changing and dynamic world. Set up as Singapore's first private university offering a style of education modeled after The Wharton School, SMU occupies a state-of-the-art campus (built in 2005) located at Singapore’s city center. Olin students can enroll at SMU for either the fall or spring semester.   
3.0 cumulative GPA
3.0 professional GPA
Open to BSBA students and second majors in the Business School.

Selection is based on maturity, seriousness of purpose, and appropriateness of match between program and applicant. Students on disciplinary probation during program period are not eligible.  You must not only meet the minimum eligibility criteria, but also show the type of intellectual curiosity, personal maturity, academic rationale and social flexibility necessary for a successful study abroad experience. 

Program Dates:
Term Dates
Fall Late August - Early December
Spring Early-January - Late April


SMU is dedicated to promoting interaction and critical thinking in its classes by keeping class sizes small and teaching in seminar rooms instead of lecture halls. SMU has collaborated extensively with world-class institutions from around the globe, including the Wharton School from which their distinguished curriculum was formed. To support interdisciplinary learning, students are encouraged to take classes from any of the six schools in business, economics, accounting, social sciences, law, and information technology. Olin students must take 50% of their coursework in business, and all class instruction is in English. To see a list of courses offered at SMU, see SMU course Offerings link below.

Students must earn a minimum of 12 WUSTL equivalent credits. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll for a course load of 4 SMU credits per semester. The minimum course load is 2 SMU credits per semester. The maximum (non-negotiable) workload per semester is 5 SMU credits. Each full-credit course at SMU carries a weightage of 1 credit. It consists of 3 contact hours per week over a period of 13 teaching weeks (i.e. 39 contact hours). A half-credit course has a total of 21 contact hours per term. Students earn between 14-16 units of credit. Course selection is made with the approval of your academic advisor. For a list of courses that students have taken, please visit Singapore’s page on the Campus Group's website. 

A mandatory on-site orientation will take place at SMU four days before the term starts. The welcome program includes instruction on student services, academic matters, as well as social events for exchange students.
Located at the country’s cosmopolitan city center near Singapore’s Central Business District and National Museum, SMU occupies a new, state-of-the-art campus which reflects its interactive teaching and learning styles. Each of the six schools is linked by an underground walkway and connected train station. Also surrounding campus are theaters, other educational institutions, a multitude of restaurants and cafes, art galleries, and retail outlets.
Singapore is located off of southern Malaysia and is an island city-state enjoying year-round summer. It is known as a global financial center with a multicultural population and Asia’s major commercial hub. It is one of the safest and most well-connected countries in the world. 

Singapore Management University:
SMU is home to around 7,000 students and comprises six schools. About 20% of the student population are international students and every year SMU welcomes about 800 exchange students. The university was only established in 2000, but has since gained international recognition quickly. 
Students studying at SMU have two different housing tracks they can follow based upon their housing needs and standards, financial constraints, and how much of the housing process they wish to control. The two tracks consist of 1) SMU-organized housing and 2) private apartment accommodation. Both have advantages and drawbacks and the student's selection should be based on what they consider important in accommodation.

SMU Organized Housing:
Each semester SMU rents privately controlled dormitory-style housing developments in Singapore. Past hostels include the Havelock Hostel, Commonwealth Hostel, and Prinsep Street Hostel. The Office of International Relations will open up the application process for SMU hostels after the application process for SMU has been completed. While not all students will initially be accepted, students who are rejected yet stay on the waitlist will likely be accepted later on as many of those who are accepted withdraw their housing applications in favor of private accommodation. SMU organized housing is relatively inexpensive (around $350 USD a month), requires no organizational work on the part of the student (beyond the application process), and is a chance to live in a concentration of other exchange students. However, the hostels organized by SMU are Spartan in quality and usually far away from the university.

Private Accommodation:
The alternative to SMU organized housing is private accommodation in Singapore. While most Singaporeans live in state subsidized housing (HDB), this public housing is off-limits to non-citizens/permanent residents. As a result, students interested in finding an apartment must find a flat in one of Singapore’s many privately-owned apartment complexes (commonly referred to as “Expat Housing” due to the nature of most of the tenants). These apartments are usually more expensive than SMU organized housing (a share of rent runs anywhere between $450 to $700 USD a month) but are far more luxurious (most apartments include a pool, gym, BBQ area, etc.) Private accommodation must be entirely handled by the students organizing the flat and often requires hiring an agent to assist in the process of looking for and renting an apartment. Popular apartment complexes include the City Square Residences, Trellis Towers, and the Oleander Towers. 


SMU encourages international students to attend the various clubs on campus and contribute to life outside of the classroom. In addition, the International Student Experience team supports and welcomes exchange students by organizing activities that enable them learn the culture of Singapore and to share their culture with local students.
  Estimated Program Price: When you study abroad for a semester or a year for academic credit, you will be charged tuition by Washington University at a rate equivalent to tuition on campus for the corresponding time period. WU tuition covers only the educational and administrative costs of the study abroad program. WU tuition does not cover any study abroad program costs for room, board, transportation, personal expenses, passport or visa fees. Such costs are charged separately either by WU, the program sponsor, or a third party. Scroll to the top and select the appropriate term under "Budget Sheets" to view estimated program expenses.

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Program dates and prices are estimates. Program information subject to change.  

Orientation: All students participating in Olin semester programs are required to enroll and participate in pre-departure (INTL 300A, .5 credit) and post-departure (INTL300B, 0.5 credit online while abroad) coursework. A non-credit pre-departure orientation will be required for all students on fall programs. A special session on rules and regulations organized by the International Student Desk on-site is mandatory.
Visas & Immigration: If you don't have your passport, or your passport expires within six months of the program end date, you should start the application process once you submit your application.
All exchange students need to apply for the Student Pass online prior to arrival in Singapore. The Visa charge is about S$30. You will receive instructions on how to do this upon acceptance by SMU. 

Olin Global Programs: The Olin Global Programs website provides additional information on academic policies, health insurance abroad, contact information for peer global ambassadors, and other critical information. 

Global Ambassadors: If you would like to learn more about this particular program or about any of the other study abroad opportunities, you can reach out to one of our Ambassadors, who have participated in one of the Olin programs in the past. To see the full list of Ambassadors, please click here.

HTH insurance info: Global Programs will enroll all WU-approved study abroad students in a basic accident and sickness plan through HTH Worldwide, a leading provider of international health insurance. This plan should be seen as supplemental to the student’s existing domestic health coverage, not as a replacement.  We do not recommend a reduction or suspension of existing domestic coverage in light of enrollment in HTH insurance. For more information, click here.

Link to Handbook:

All information is subject to change; costs provided are estimates and subject to fluctuations in exchange rates.
Email the appropriate Global Programs Coordinator (listed at the top of the page), visit us during our on-call hours, join us for an information session, or call (314) 935-6315 to schedule an appointment. Program information subject to change.