Skip to main content
Global Opportunities

Singapore Management University

As an exchange student, there are a few things you need to know about going to the Singapore Management University. Learn more about the location, the courses and student life! 

Visit their website for more information about studying abroad at the Singapore Management University!


Established in 2000, the Singapore Management University (SMU) is internationally recognised for its teaching excellence and world-class research that addresses Asian issues of global relevance.

SMU’s city campus is a state-of-the-art facility located in the heart of downtown Singapore, fostering strategic linkages with business, government and the wider community.


Singapore is a vibrantly cosmopolitan and culturally diverse city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula in South East Asia. Singapore is a truly multicultural kaleidoscope with four official languages: English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil, adopted from each of the four major ethnic or 'racial' groups: Eurasian, Chinese, Malay and Indian.

Singapore's strategic location, excellent facilities, fascinating cultural contrasts and tourist attractions contribute to its success as a leading destination for both business and pleasure.

Read more about Singapore from the following websites:

Level of competitiveness

Competitive **

The level of competitiveness (Less competitive * / Competitive ** / Very competitive ***) refers to one's chances of being allocated an exchange space at this partner. This is an approximation determined by the number of applications received for this destination during the last academic year versus the total number of exchange spaces available to Queen Mary students. 

Academic Calendar

Semester 1: August – ​December

Semester 2: January – April


Course enrolment is conducted via a bidding exercise in July (Term 1) and December (Term 2) each year. Only undergraduate courses from a prescribed list are applicable to exchange and visiting students (Course Codes 001-499). Demand could be high for some courses e.g. fundamental freshmen courses. Students are encouraged to be pro-active and flexible in their study plans.

For planning purposes, students may refer to the SMU Course Catalogue for course offerings of previous terms. This catalogue serves as reference only as not all courses listed are available to exchange students.

Important for Comparative Literature students: very limited availability of literary modules, so not an option for single honours students studying Comparative Literature. For joint honours degrees including Comparative Literature, some options may exist under the ACM (Arts & Culture Management) and/or ARTS section (Art Appreciation & Cultural Study); see here for more details.


Students need to take 4 SMU credits per semester.

Find out more about credit transfer and grade conversions.


The SMU campus is situated in the heart of the city with many private housing options that are within walking distance to SMU and conveniently accessible to amenities and transportation networks.

SMU also offers off-campus accommodation for exchange students who may be seeking a more wallet-friendly alternative. However, placements are limited and subject to availability. For information and application details, please refer to the Accommodation page.

Students shall be responsible for sourcing and arranging for their own accommodation.

Cost of Living

The estimated monthly living expenses for an exchange/visiting student in Singapore is approximately S$1,700–S$2,800. Listed below are some expected monthly expense items:

  • Accommodation: S$900 - S$1500
  • Food: S$300 - S$500
  • Transportation: S$300-  S$400
  • Telecommunications: S$30 - S$50
  • Book and Stationery: S$50 - S$100
  • Personal expenses (entertainment, etc.): S$100 - S$300

Actual expenses will differ depending on the choice of accommodation and lifestyle of each individual.

Support Services

SMU provides facilities, care and services for students with special needs/disabilities to support their well-being while studying at SMU. Visit SMU’s website on our Diversity, Inclusion & Integration Unit and Student Wellness Centre, to find out more.

Campus Life

SMU has a vibrant campus life with many activities to complement your formal studies as well as to help build lasting friendships and global networks. SMU is also equipped with the following on-campus facilities:

  • Learning Spaces
  • Gymnasium & Fitness Centre
  • Sports Hall
  • Swimming Pool
  • Libraries
  • IT Help Centre

Find out more about SMU’s campus life and facilities.

Social Media

Singapore Management University: 

SMU International Office:


SMU - International Student Exchange Programme Fact Sheet 2021-2022 [PDF 1,555KB]