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  • Locations: Singapore, Singapore
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Exchange applicants only
Program Description:
About the Program Accommodations
Eligibility Dates and Costs
Academics Visa Information

About Singapore Management University (SMU)


Singapore Management University (SMU) founded in 2000 has risen to be one of the best universities in Asia.  Located downtown with a population of approximately 7,000 students, Richmond students may study subjects in business, economics, information systems, law and social sciences.  SMU has a diverse student and faculty body with approximately 21% international students and 59% faculty from outside Singapore.   With links with over 200 universities worldwide, SMU offers small, interactive seminar classes with some of the world's brightest students.

SMU is accredited by the AACSB as well as EQUIS and has been recognized globally for its academic programs.  Exchange student information can be found on the web page

The SMU video provides an insight into SMU, a university that offers academic excellence and a vibrant student life.
  For more information on co-curricular activities, please visit

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  • Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university to study abroad. When reviewing applications for approval, disciplinary records will be taken into consideration and students must be cleared by the Dean’s office to study abroad.  Students on conduct probation will not be able to study abroad if they are on conduct probation that does not expire prior to the start date of the semester abroad program.
  • Students must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. Business students must also have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the business school.  *2nd semester sophomores will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Students are competing for limited spaces with their peers on campus so in many cases successful applicants exceed the minimum requirements stated below.
  • Robins School of Business students must attend an information session before choosing a program and submitting an application.
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Course Information

Courses open to exchange students are listed on the web page   

Course load and credit information

The average course load for SMU students per semester is 4 full-credit courses. Typically, exchange students enroll in 4 full-credit courses per semester at SMU.  The maximum (non-negotiable) workload per semester is 5 SMU credits.  

Each full-credit course at SMU carries a weighting of 1 credit each for a total of 39 contact hours per semester.   A half-credit course has a total of 18 contact hours per term and meets for 6 weeks.

A full credit course (1 SMU credit) will transfer to Richmond as .9 units.  Students who haven't transferred in any course work to Richmond previously, will earn 1 unit per SMU course up to a maximum of 5 units.  Read the Registrar's web page for detailed rules on the policy.


Grading Scale

SMU uses a scale of A+ through F.  Students must earn a "C" or better to earn transfer credit towards the Richmond degree.

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SMU has no campus housing nor do they provide assistance with accommodation.  Exchange students normally live in a hostel, public housing or in private flats.  Housing in the private market is expensive. Click here for more information about SMU accommodations.

Dates and Costs  Dates and Costs for AY19-20 TBA

Fall term:  mid August - early December
Spring term:  early January - end of April

Visa Information

Passports are required.  All international students must apply for a Student Pass prior to arrival in Singapore.  For more information, please see the SMU Page for International Students.  Non US citizens may also need an entry visa to enter Singapore. 

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For more information

This document represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. Statements contained herein are not contractual obligations, and verbal or other representations that are inconsistent with or not contained within the document are not binding. The University of Richmond reserves the right to change without specific notice programs and the conditions under which they are offered.

Business majors must consult with Fae Bell, International Business Programs Coordinator in the Robins School of Business, prior to submitting the study abroad application on line.

Other majors may consult with Michele Cox, Office of International Education. Direct telephone: 804-289-8838

Last updated 2018