Singapore Management University

Bugis-Bras Basah District

The Singapore Management University was founded in 2000. The campus, currently located outside the capital city in a fully refurbished facility in the heart of Singapore’s civic, cultural and business districts, offers state of the art technology, libraries and classroom facilities. SMU is modeled after the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and its curriculum aims to groom outstanding business leaders and creative entrepreneurs capable of excelling in a rapidly changing and dynamic world. With exchange students from 47 institutions internationally, students will find themselves in a very diverse population and will have the advantage of a truly global experience.

Please note: students are not accepted into the program until they submit their application and deposit to the UF International Center. You can start your online application today!

The City

Lying almost on the equator, Singapore is a prosperous city-state that has overcome its lack of natural resources to become one of the powerhouse economies of Asia. In less than 200 years, Singapore has been transformed from a swampy island into a modern industrial nation. Modern Singapore is a city of concrete, glass, freeways and shopping centers. In the crowded streets of Chinatown, fortune-tellers, calligraphers and temple worshippers are still a part of everyday life. In Little India, you can buy the best sari material, freshly ground spices, or a picture of your favorite Hindu god. In the small shops of Arab Street, the cry of the muezzin can be heard from the nearby Sultan Mosque.

Student Life

SMU has over 60 student organizations in which full-time and visiting students can participate. Additionally, there is a sports complex near the main campus at Bukit Timah Road offering indoor sports such as volleyball, basketball, and squash, and outdoor sports such as soccer, tennis and swimming. More adventurous students may also take classes in diving, rock climbing, triathlon, and many others.

Term Dates

Fall Semester: Mid-August to early December
Spring Semester: Early January to late April

Courses Available

SMU offers a variety of business courses. for students to choose from. While the online list can be difficult to navigate, students will receive a complete list of courses available after they have been accepted.

Use our course equivalency database to find out which courses at SMU can apply to your UF degree. Please see an academic advisor for information pertaining to requesting additional equivalencies.

Language of Instruction

Courses are taught in English. The main language of communication though Singapore, including top universities in English.

Grade Conversion

SMU points fromSMU points toUF Grade
3.84.3A
3.43.7A-
3.13.3B+
2.83.0B
2.42.7B-
2.12.3C+
1.82.0C
1.41.7C-
1.11.3D+
1.01.0D
00.9E

Credit Conversion

SMU CreditsUF Credits
½ credit (18 contact hours over 6 weeks)3 UF credits (18/6 = 3)
1 credit (39 contact hours over 15 weeks)3 UF credits (39/15 = 2.6)

Credit conversion is on a course-by-course basis – NOT the sum of credits earned.

Typical course load at SMU is four full credit courses per semester.

Estimated Expenses

Rough Expense ComparisonSemester at UFSemester at SMU
UF Tuition$3,190$3,190
UFIC Admin. Fee-$375
Health Insurance-$170
Airfare-$2,000
Housing / Utilities$2,720$4,000
Internet / Cable$625Included
Food$2,235$1,500
Books$605$100
Transportation$550$300
Visa-$40
Total$9,925$11,675

Currency

Singapore Dollar (SGD).

Accommodation

The Office of Student Life at SMU will assist exchange students in locating appropriate off-campus accommodations. Many students opt for securing a private apartment, while others submit an early application for the Evan Hostel for its convenient location and furnishings.

Travel Opportunities

Singapore is a thriving commercial center in Asia and offers visitors many exciting cultural and entertainment options. A trip to the world-renowned Singapore Zoological Gardens is a good way to spend an afternoon. For a long weekend, the isles of Singapore offer quiet, beautiful beaches and world-class resorts just minutes, by ferry, from the busy capital city. To gain a better sense of the history of the city, take advantage of the sights and sounds in Singapore’s ethnic quarters, Little India, Chinatown, and Kampong Glam (the Arab/Muslim Quarter). For a more relaxed afternoon of fun, check out the local theme parks, like Volcano Land, or experience winter all year long in Snow City, an indoor “snow center” allowing visitors to ski or snowboard any time of the year.

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