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Nature of the CollaborationSTUDENT EXCHANGE

General Guidelines:

All incoming students are recommended to take 50% of the courses to the SMU school that they are nominated for exchange.

The student is expected to attend all classes. In all courses, the instructor will determine the acceptable level of attendance. If, in the opinion of the instructor, the student has been absent excessively, he/she may be given a grade of "F". If the student receives a grade of "F" for absences during the term, he/she will be excluded immediately from the course. The student should also bear in mind that class participation is an important aspect of the University's assessment system.


To actively participate in classes, physical presence is required (unless stated by the course instructor). Missing a class means forfeiting opportunities to contribute to discussions and activities. As a result, every missed session, with the exception of an “Excused Absence”, erodes the class participation grade, if the student expects to be absent for an extended period of time (3 weeks or longer) for a valid reason, he/she must inform the course instructor in advance. If the student skips classes for an extended period (3 weeks or longer), and attempts by the instructor/school to contact him/her (e.g. via official email, phone) are unsuccessful, he/she is liable to have his/her student registration status terminated. Accordingly, the student will be withdrawn from the university.

A student who is unable to attend one or two classes only should nonetheless act responsibly (e.g. notifying the respective instructor and project mates). The minimum course load of 1 SMU credit per semester remains unchanged. On an exceptional basis, students may register for a course load of 5 SMU credits per semester, with a formal request from the home coordinator. 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.

For each course, there will either be:

• 1 session of 3 hours per week; or

• 2 sessions of 1 ½ hours each per week.


All full-credit courses run for one academic term. There are 15 weeks in each term, consisting of 13 weeks of seminars (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 have to participate in group work.

All dates of exams are displayed in the course catalogue and are fixed.

(Dates are set to take into account Seasonal/Religious holidays in Singapore and will not be changed to accommodate holidays from other countries)

Assessments can include but not limited to:

• Class Participation: 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. When enrolling for courses, International Exchange Students need to consider this.

• Presentation (Individual/Group): Most courses require either an individual presentation and/or a group presentation.

• Mid-term test: Some courses may include a mid-term test. It will be conducted during week 7 or 9.

• Final examination: Not all courses have a final examination.



(a) Class participation: 20%

(b) Individual project: 15%

(c) Group project: 10% presentation, 25% report

(d) Final examination (two hours, closed book): 30%

Only undergraduate programmes/schools (Accountancy, Business, Economics, Information Systems, Law, Social Sciences) are open to exchange students. Students who are nominated via school-level exchange agreements may be restricted to courses offered by the school. A list of courses available for exchange students will be sent to applicants about two weeks before course registration. There is no guarantee on course availability. Students should exercise flexibility with alternative courses.


For Exchange Students: Postgraduate courses are not open to exchange students. All incoming exchange students can only take undergraduate courses. To view the course catalogue and course descriptions for a specific semester, please visit: Undergraduate Student Information ( - Course Catalogue Class Search -> select the term searching for and Courses with sections offered -> select the corresponding letter of the course name -> view class section -> course outline (More information about the courses can be obtained in the course outline).

Prerequisites: Some courses require students to fulfil prerequisites before reading. The prerequisites are listed in the online course catalogue. If students have done similar prerequisites in their home university, they should check with the SMU course instructors if they will accept these prerequisites. Prerequisites may be checked by the SMU course instructors up till the first week of the term. Students should prepare a course outline (in English) of the courses they have taken that meet the prerequisites for the SMU course instructor’s review.

Students may contact the course instructors to enquire if they fulfil the prerequisites. A list of the instructors is available via the Faculty Directory at the SMU website


English Requirements: Students from non-English-medium institutions must fulfil at least one of the following:

a. TOEFL score of at least:

§  550 for the paper-based test; or

§  213 for the computer-based test; or

§  79 for the internet-based test

b.       IELTS result of at least 6.5; or

c.       any other English Language qualifications as determined by SMU.


Important Dates & Deadlines:

 Nomination Deadline (for coordinators): 16 March 2018. Online Application (for students): 1 March 2018 to 23 April 2018 

All one-credit courses at SMU last for an entire term (13 weeks), with the rest (0.5-credit courses) held over a period of half a term or for the full term. The period of exchange is usually one or two terms. Classes run intensively from Week 1 onwards.

 Recess week = 8 October 2018 to 14 October 2018

Exam week = 26 November 2018 to 7 December 2018

All one-credit courses at SMU last for an entire term (13 weeks), with the rest (0.5-credit courses) held over a period of half a term or for the full term. The period of exchange is usually one or two terms. Classes run intensively from Week 1 onwards.

Fall Term/Term 1 = 20 August 2018 to 9 December 2018

Spring Term/Term 2 = 7 January 2019 to 28 April 2019

 Recess week = 25 February 2019 to 3 March 2019

Exam week = 15 April 2019 to 26 April 2019

By 16 March

  • Home University informs SMU about nominated students on exchange
  • SMU sends application information to nominated students via e-mail

By 23 April

  • Online application with SMU
  • Upload photo for SMU student card

June / July

  • SMU sends acceptance information package via e-mail to all successful applicants
  • SMU sends acceptance letter and student’s SOLAR details to home university
  •  Online registration with ICA for the Student’s Pass. Students must apply online immediately upon receiving the acceptance letter and SOLAR details

Early July

  • University coordinator to request for 5 credits (if required)

Early July

  • Online miscellaneous fee payment

Early July

  • Online matriculation

Mid July

  • BOSS Bidding

Orientation (Arrival by 13th Aug)

  • Student’s arrival in Singapore
  • Exact time and venue to be informed
  •  (Orientation Week of 13th Aug)

Verification of documents & collection of SMU student card

  •  Schedule and venue will be advised at a later date


Entry requirements and Application process:

Students must have completed at least two semesters of undergraduate studies and must continue to be registered as degree-seeking students at their home universities throughout their intended duration of exchange at SMU.

As the medium of instruction at SMU is English (except for language courses), students must be proficient in the English language in order to benefit from their studies at SMU.


Visa related information:

 Exchange students studying in SMU are required to apply for a student pass prior to arrival in Singapore.

The SMU International Office will apply the student pass on your student’s behalf before his/her arrival. Please refer to the Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority’s website ( for more information about visas and immigration matters.

Upon arrival in Singapore, your student will be granted a Social Visit Pass stamp in his/her passport or Disembarkation/ Embarkation card. This allows your student to stay for at least 30 days in Singapore. Before the expiry of the entry visa, your student must collect his/her student pass. More details would be provided at a later stage.

Internships and Working Part-Time While On Exchange: Internships and career services offered by SMU Dato’ Kho Hui Meng Career Centre (e.g. career talks) are NOT open to exchange students. Exchange students are NOT allowed to work in Singapore. Please refer to the following link from the Ministry of Manpower:


Housing/Residence and Food Info:

 Many exchange students book private apartments for their accommodation, through agents or the open market. If your student prefers to stay in a hostel, you will find information on the SMU hostel and hostels in the SMU vicinity below:


Yo:Ha @ Pearl's Hill

SMU has leased several apartments on a single floor from a private hostel operator at a complex known as Yo:Ha @ Pearl's Hill. More information on Yo:Ha @ Pearl's Hill can be found here. The apartments at Yo:Ha @ Pearl's Hill are either twin or quad sharing. Each apartment also has a living area, kitchen, and bathroom. Yo:Ha @ Pearl's Hill is located in Chinatown and is conveniently situated near many eateries and public transport.


Dwell Student Living Student Hostel

Dwell is a student hostel within walking distance from SMU. It offers single, twin, triple, and quadruple-share rooms. Bathrooms and toilets are shared facilities for all residents on the same floor. The hostel is surrounded by a variety of eateries to meet any budget and a supermarket as well. It is well-connected by public transport. More details can be found via their website.


Homestead Hostel

Homestead Halls is a hostel operation catering only to international students. It has two locations – Tessensohn Hall and Serangoon. Both hostels provide daily breakfast, high-speed internet, cable TV, and laundry facilities. Find out more at

Please note that the information provided serves only as a guide. SMU does not endorse or recommend any of the accommodation options and any agreement made is between the tenant and proprietor.


Health Insurance:

It is compulsory for all incoming exchange students to purchase the Student Personal Accident Policy and Medical Insurance as recommended by SMU. Cost for this insurance is included as part of the miscellaneous fees (

Students are to purchase additional overseas travel insurance should they wish to travel to and out of Singapore during their exchange term. Students are also required to declare their travel plans via the SMU online declaration form when they travel out of Singapore while on exchange.

SMU has engaged the services of International SOS in providing 24-hour traveler’s assistance for students. International SOS provides expert knowledge and assistance regarding security and medical issues while they are on exchange. Students may download the International SOS Mobile Assistance App upon admission.


Estimated Cost of Attendance:

Living conditions in Singapore are amongst the best in Asia with state-of-the-art facilities for education, shopping, sports and recreation. Singapore has one of the highest living standards in South East Asia.

Below are estimates of how much is required during your student’s stay in Singapore. They do not include tuition fees and travel expenses from his/her home country to Singapore.

Exchange students can expect to spend approximately S$7500 – S$9000 per term (including housing rental).


Estimated monthly expenses

• Accommodation: S$900 - S$1800 (assuming three to four students share an apartment)

• Food: S$300 - S$500

• Local transportation: S$100 - S$150

• Telecommunications: From S$30 (varies with usage and packages subscribed)

• Books and stationery: S$30 - S$100

• Personal expenses: S$100 - S$300

Students are required to pay a compulsory Miscellaneous Fees of approximately S$250. This includes insurance coverage, IT services and sports facilities fees.

The miscellaneous fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.


 For Airport pick up services:

The SMU campus is situated at the heart of the central business district and the arts and heritage precincts. 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 connection, state-of-the-art learning facilities and resources, library, swimming pool, fitness gym etc.

Distance to city from airport: By bus or train = 45 minutes, By taxi = 25 minute

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