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Global Exposure

Strong Global Exposure, Global Citizens

At SMU, we aspire to have 100% of our students embark on at least one global experience before graduating.

Global traction and understanding underpins success in careers in today’s globally connected environment. To have global exposure from the vantage of a university education is invaluable for international networking and global vision; it also open doors to bigger opportunities. When students approach their global exposure opportunities with an enthusiastic and open mind, the benefits are immense. Academically, gaining a first-hand, real-world perspective of issues learnt in the classroom serves to deepen students’ learning and knowledge application. More importantly, the journey builds independence, empathy, open-mindedness, not to mention soft-skills like communication and teamwork. These attributes not only build character and personal development, but also give students an edge when they are seeking employment and advancement in the competitive workplace.

To make sure no student misses out on this precious global experience, the University is committed to giving global exposure participation an extra push by enhancing support and by providing more (and new) opportunities for students.

As part of this initiative, SMU students have the opportunity to participate in the following global experiences:


International Exchange Programme

With 231 partner universities in 46 countries, students have the opportunity to spend a term overseas and experience university life around the world.

Students can choose from world-renowned business schools like Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania or less conventional destinations like Morocco, Mexico and Eastern Europe.


Global Summer Programme

The Global Summer Programme is a 4-week intensive programme which focuses on Business, Innovation, and Society in Asia.

This programme provides non-SMU students a wonderful opportunity to experience SMU’s interactive pedagogy, and expand their global network in the process.


Overseas Study Mission

Courses designed specifically to give students real, current insights into industries related to their field of study, through a 13-week seminar style pedagogy, meetings and visits with companies outside of Singapore.

Since Term 1, Year 2011-2012, available overseas study missions include:

Technology Entrepreneurship Study Mission (TSM) (IS404/IS405, formerly IS427)

Some of the regions where students have been on TSM includes Silicon Valley, South Korea, & Europe.

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Term 2 2018-2019, Hong Kong

Term 2 2017-2018, Silicon Valley


Term 2 2016-2017, South Korea


Term 2 2015-2016, South Korea


Overseas internship

As part of global exposure, an overseas internship could be a student's first foray into the global marketplace.


Overseas Community Service Projects

As part of global exposure, students are encouraged to embark on overseas learning projects that are meaningful and sustainable.


SMU-X Overseas Opportunities (SMU XO)

SMU XO projects will give students a realistic experience working with partners abroad and/or managing regional and global projects.

Each SMU-XO course is 10-14 weeks long, within which a 1-week overseas trip will be conducted.


Last updated on 15 Jan 2021 .