Global Summer Programme (GSP)


GLOBAL SUMMER PROGRAMME (9TH EDITION)

NURTURING FUTURE PROFESSIONALS AND LEADERS

EMBRACE DIGITAL INTELLIGENCE TODAY
GLOBAL SUMMER PROGRAMME - EMBRACE DIGITAL INTELLIGENCE TODAY
INSIGHTS ON ASIA - THE WORLD'S FASTEST GROWING ECONOMIC REGION
INSIGHTS ON ASIA - THE WORLD'S FASTEST GROWING ECONOMIC REGION
BUILDING SUSTAINABLE FUTURES FOR THE GENERATIONS TO COME
BUILDING SUSTAINABLE FUTURES FOR THE GENERATIONS TO COME

GLOBAL SUMMER PROGRAMME

24 JUNE - 19 JULY 2024

APPLICATION PERIOD: 10 JANUARY - 21 APRIL 2024 2359 hours (GMT +8)

Due to overwhelming response, we are pleased to extend the application deadline from 15 to 21 April 2024

 

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Spend four weeks with SMU professors and international students

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Read courses focusing on Asia, Sustainability and Digital Intelligence, and earn credits towards your studies

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Experience 36 contact hours per course, spread over three interactive seminar style classes per week

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Sign up if you are an undergraduate or a recent graduate

WHY SMU?

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. Our distinctive pedagogy of small class sizes and seminar-style teaching in our lush city campus, set within the heart of Singapore's cosmopolitan cityscape, offer a transformative education to help you discover your fullest potential.

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Why choose SMU?

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Why choose Singapore?

GSP COURSES: THREE TRACKS

DIGITAL INTELLIGENCE

Digital Intelligence enables individuals and organizations to adeptly navigate the digital landscape, empowering them to harness technology effectively for success, especially in today’s interconnected world.

ASIAN INSIGHTS

Asia is a dynamic region that is home to culturally diverse societies at varying stages of transformation. As a cosmopolitan city state with a thriving entrepreneurship and innovation scene, Singapore offers myriad opportunities for all.

SUSTAINABLE FUTURES

Sustainability is multifaceted and applicable to social and economic domains such as environmental conservation and business practices. As one of the world’s top financial hubs and greenest cities, Singapore is an ideal platform to explore this topic.

COURSES

Gain new insights and perspectives on Asia, Sustainability and Digital Intelligence from SMU faculty.
 
You may enrol in a maximum of two courses, with the first from the morning courses and the second from the afternoon courses, to avoid a timetable clash. 
 
You can mix and match courses from different tracks.
 
Each course confers one SMU Credit Unit, equivalent to 6 - 7.5 ECTS, 10 - 12 CATS, 3 - 4 US credits.
 
Please consult your university administrators on the transfer of the course credits before sending in your application.

MORNING COURSES : 0815 - 1130HRS (GMT+8)

Digital Intelligence (A.M.)

About the Course

  1. Explore the dynamic world of Artificial Intelligence (AI), focusing on neural networks and their transformative influence
  2. Understand the implications of AI on work tasks, jobs, and emerging business models
  3. Develop a multidisciplinary understanding of AI's impact on society, business, and the potential for entrepreneurial innovation

Ted Tschang

Ted Tschang

Associate Professor of Strategic Management;
Course Coordinator, Sustainability
Lee Kong Chian School of Business

Course Outline

About the Course

  1. Discover the world of Cyber Threat Intelligence and learn to manage and process threat data effectively
  2. Understand the concept and practical application of threat intelligence at an operational and strategic level
  3. Develop expertise in profiling threat actors, designing intelligence requirements, and converting data into actionable insights to enhance cybersecurity

Lim Yi Hao

Lim Yi Hao

Adjunct Faculty
School of Computing and Information Systems

Course Outline

About the Course

  1. Discover the power of customer relationship management through analytics in the Asian context
  2. Examine strategies to create customer-centric cultures, to attract, convert, and retain customers using digital tools
  3. Gain the skills to develop analytic dashboards and understand the value of analytics in optimizing customer relations

Rafael Barros

Rafael Barros

Senior Lecturer of Information Systems;
Coordinator, BSc (IS) Digitalisation & Cloud Solutions Track
School of Computing and Information Systems

Course Outline

ASIAN INSIGHTS (A.M.)

About the Course

  1. Examine geopolitical, economic and socio-cultural systems and trends that impact businesses operating in Asia-Pacific
  2. Apply international business theories and frameworks to understand the decision-making processes of companies investing in the Asia Pacific region
  3. Identify motivations for companies investing and operating in the Asia Pacific region

Judy Tan

Judy Tan

Adjunct Faculty
Lee Kong Chian School of Business

Course Outline

About the Course

  1. Learn the political and macro-economic context of China’s capital markets
  2. Understand various players, instruments, market segments, and representative transactions on the markets
  3. Examine the hot issues that highlight the challenges as well as opportunities facing market participants going forward

Wang Jiwei

Wang Jiwei

Associate Professor of Accounting (Practice)
School of Accountancy

Course Outline

About the Course

  1. Examine positive and negative aspects of foremost globalisation issues in Asia
  2. Understand global economic issues in Asia such as trade, finance, factor mobility and exchange rates
  3. Grasp the major issues in the Asian economy today and understand the economic benefits and problems of globalisation

Hong Bei Hailey

Hong Bei Hailey

Senior Lecturer of Economics
School of Economics

Course Outline

SUSTAINABLE FUTURES (A.M.)

About the Course

  1. Understand SDG12: Responsible consumption and production and the spectrum of innovative digital technologies
  2. Apply the concepts of Design Thinking and Business Model Generation to address sustainability related problems
  3. Design and develop prototypes using digital technologies to address challenges of responsible consumption and production

Kiruthika Ramanathan

Kiruthika Ramanathan

Senior Lecturer of Computer Science
School of Computing and Information Systems

Course Outline

About the Course

  1. Understand and describe the interconnectedness of the global economy and environmental challenges
  2. Analyse how sustainability challenges impact on the global economy and international economic law (trade, investment, and finance)
  3. Examine current policy responses to sustainability challenges taken by different stakeholders

Stefanie Schacherer

Stefanie Schacherer

Assistant Professor of Law
Yong Pung How School of Law

Course Outline

AFTERNOON COURSES : 1300 - 1615HRS (GMT+8)

Digital Intelligence (P.M.)

About the Course

  1. Explore the transformative power of AI in shaping todays’ society
  2. Discover the practical applications of AI techniques across various domains, from wildlife conservation to logistics scheduling
  3. Gain a comprehensive understanding of AI's potential and ethics, facilitating collaboration between technical and non-technical teams in the workplace

Jonathan Chase

Jonathan Chase

Assistant Professor of Computer Science (Practice)
College of Integrative Studies /
School of Computing and Information Systems

Course Outline

 

About the Course

  1. Grasp smart contracts and their use cases in different areas of finance
  2. Examine the benefits and challenges of blockchain usages in financial services
  3. Implement common blockchain strategies as used in financial services

Paul Griffin

Paul Griffin

Associate Professor of Information Systems (Practice)
School of Computing and Information Systems

Course Outline

 

About the Course

  1. Master the essentials of business data management, delving into relational database theory, data modelling, and implementation
  2. Gain hands-on experience solving real-life business challenges, while designing and managing databases
  3. Develop skills in Structured Query Language (SQL) and understand the critical role of databases when integrating various business functions

Fiona Lee

Fiona Lee

Senior Instructor
School of Computing and Information Systems

Course Outline

 

About the Course

  1. Discover the realm of the Internet of Things (IoT), where smart objects and trillions of interconnected devices redefine our world
  2. Learn IoT fundamentals, gain coding skills, and explore the profound potential of IoT technology to address societal challenges
  3. Envision the boundless potential of IoT technology to impact society and drive innovation

Pius Lee

Pius Lee

Senior Instructor
School of Computing and Information Systems

Course Outline

 

ASIAN INSIGHTS (P.M.)

About the Course

  1. Explore the multifaceted landscape of ASEAN, encompassing business, culture, economics, and politics
  2. Engage in real consultancy projects and address challenges like digital transformation and sustainability in ASEAN, through experiential learning
  3. Develop a global perspective and network with industry leaders to grasp business and investment opportunities in ASEAN

Yuanto Kusnadi

Yuanto Kusnadi

Associate Professor of Accounting (Education);
Academic Director (SMU-X)
School of Accountancy

Course Outline

About the Course

  1. Learn the art of strategic thinking with a focus on theory and practical application
  2. Explore topics ranging from environmental analysis to corporate governance and ethics
  3. Develop the skills to diagnose, formulate, and implement effective strategies, while considering competitive advantages and ethical considerations

Whitney Zhang

Whitney Zhang

Senior Lecturer of Strategic Management;
Course Coordinator, VUCA;
Basket Coordinator for Managing
Lee Kong Chian School of Business

Course Outline

SUSTAINABLE FUTURES (P.M.)

About the Course

  1. Gain an appreciation of what it takes to plan, design, build and sustain (mega) cities that are innovative and sustainable
  2. Examine selected mega cities around the globe and understand how the smart city concept can enhance liveability
  3. Understand the challenges of successfully ‘selling’ new smart city concepts amidst increasing competition

Thomas Menkhoff

Thomas Menkhoff

Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources (Education)
Lee Kong Chian School of Business

Course Outline

About the Course

  1. Examine why sustainability information is increasingly important to investors for investment decisions
  2. Evaluate CSR or impact reports from organisations of varying legal types
  3. Analyse the sustainability reporting requirements in different regulatory regimes around the world

Holly Yang

Holly Yang

Associate Professor of Accounting;
Co-Director (Academic Research), School of Accountancy Research (SOAR)
School of Accountancy

Course Outline

View the consolidated GSP 2024 Timetable here.

KEEN TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT GSP BEFORE APPLYING?

Join our in-person Guest Lectures in Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta and Bangkok to learn more! Not in these cities? Simply join our Virtual Information Sessions!

GSP TIMELINE AT A GLANCE

 

1 DURING APPLICATION
APPLICATION PERIOD

APPLICATION PERIOD
Jan to Apr

APPLICATION OUTCOME

APPLICATION OUTCOME
3 - 7 working days after application

FEE (APPLICATION, MISCELLANEOUS, TUITION) PAYMENT

FEE (APPLICATION, MISCELLANEOUS, TUITION) PAYMENT
February to May

 

2 BEFORE GSP STARTS
STUDENT’S PASS (VISA) APPLICATION

STUDENT’S PASS (VISA) APPLICATION
Mid April

ONLINE MATRICULATION

ONLINE MATRICULATION
End May to Early June

ACTIVITY SURVEY

ACTIVITY SURVEY
Early June to Mid June

 

3 AFTER GSP STARTS
ORIENTATION

ORIENTATION
June

GSP ACTIVITIES

GSP ACTIVITIES
June to July

FAREWELL EVENT

FAREWELL EVENT
July

GSP 2024 Programme Fees*
Application S$150
Tuition S$3,270 for one course
S$5,450 for two courses
Miscellaneous S$230 (covers IT services, matriculation fee and SMU Student's Medical insurance)
  • Application fee of S$150 must be paid within 3 days after application submission and is strictly non-refundable.
  • Find out more about the SMU Student's Medical Insurance coverage (paid under miscellaneous fee) here.
  • All fees are quoted in Singapore Dollars (S$) and include Singapore’s Goods and Service Tax, which from 1 January 2024 will be raised from 8% to 9%. These fees do not cover other costs, such as accommodation charges and travel visa fees.
  • Upon acceptance of SMU’s conditional offer of admission to the programme, fee-paying students are required to make a non-refundable advance payment of S$1,000 (as part of the tuition fee).
  • We only accept payment online via Visa or Mastercard.
  • Applicants should consult their home university for scholarship or funding opportunities.

For students from non-partner universities, if there are 6 or more fee-paying students applying for GSP from the same university, they are eligible for a 10% discount on their tuition fees.

Students from SMU partner universities are eligible for a 10% discount on their tuition fees. If there are 6 or more fee-paying students from the same partner university, this discount increases to 15%.

You may find a list of our partner universities here.

The Global Summer Programme welcomes university students from around the world.

Applicants will need their latest academic transcript or official acceptance letter from their home university during the application process.

If English is not the main language of instruction in an applicant's home university, one of the following test result, obtained within the last 2 years, is required during application:

  1. IELTS score of at least 6.5
  2. TOEFL score of at least 577 points (paper-based) or 90 points (internet-based)

In lieu of the abovementioned test results and certificates, students who are highly proficient in English may email us at smusummer@smu.edu.sg with a letter from your home university coordinator, verifying your proficiency in English, which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The letter must contain your home university's official letterhead, and the coordinator's name and email address. The email address must be an official email address of your home university.

Applications open 10 January 2024.

All applicants are required to pay an application fee of S$150 within 3 days after application submission. The application will only be processed after the fee is paid.

The online application process will take approximately 30 minutes.

Please ensure all the documents listed below are ready in soft copy before the application.

  1. Latest academic transcript or official acceptance letter from home university (in English).
  2. Photo identification page of a valid passport (minimum 6 months of validity from the date of arrival / 24 June 2024, whichever is earlier).
  3. Recent passport-sized photograph (taken within 3 months from application date).
  4. TOEFL/IELTS test results (results obtained within last 2 years) if English is not the main language of instruction in your home university.

Click on Immigration Matters below to read more on the application of Student's Pass.

Student's Pass (Visa)

It is mandatory for all international students to have a valid Student’s Pass during their stay in Singapore.

The SMU Centre for Global Education and Opportunities (GEO) facilitates the application of the Student's Pass which is under the purview of the Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA). Nevertheless, students are personally responsible for completing and fulfiling the application requirements for the Student’s Pass before their arrival in Singapore.

The Student’s Pass enables students to study at SMU and make exit and entry to and from Singapore. Please note that students are not permitted to undertake any form of internship (paid or unpaid) during their term of study in Singapore.

Please note that the Student’s Pass is subject to approval by ICA. The total fees for the Student’s Pass application and issuance range from S$105 to S$135. Fees are determined by and payable to ICA, and are non-refundable.

For extension of stay beyond the Student’s Pass validity, a valid visa may be required and students are advised to check with ICA directly.

More information on Student’s Pass application will be provided in mid-April.

For more information regarding the courses available, course details, eligibility, fees, and how to sign up, please find more information here.

The SMU campus is situated near City Hall, Bras Basah and Bencoolen MRT (subway) stations. There are many housing options that are within walking distance and the university is well-served by Singapore’s public transportation network, eg. Trains and buses.

While students are responsible for sourcing and arranging for their own accommodation, SMU may have arrangements with off-campus accommodation providers to cater to students’ needs. However, rooms are limited and are subject to availability. Please see below.

Students may also wish to explore other housing options in Singapore. However, please note that students should not be renting rooms or houses from private residential properties. According to the Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority's (URA), private residential properties may not be used for short-term rentals and must be rented out for at least three consecutive months.

Students are advised to read and understand all terms and conditions of any housing agreement before committing. SMU does not represent any party if there are any disputes.

Lyf @ Ascott

Lyf is a new co-living space with a wide array of social spaces. More details can be found here.

IMPORTANT: To book a room at preferential rates, please send an email directly to laris.lu@the-ascott.com indicating that you are an “SMUSUMMER” student. Please do not make your booking via any other platform or website.

Coliwoo @ Lutheran

Coliwoo is a co-living operator which provides studio unit and suite options. More details can be found here.

IMPORTANT: To book a room at preferential rates, please send an email directly to xavier.chern@coliwoo.com indicating that you are an “SMUSUMMER” student. Please do not make your booking via any other platform or website.

The Keystone @ Holland Village

The Keystone has rows of 4-bedroom townhouses, each for students studying the same course. More details can be found here.

IMPORTANT: To book a room at preferential rates, please send an email directly to enquiries@thekeystone.sg indicating that you are an “SMUSUMMER” student. Please do not make your booking via any other platform or website.

The estimated living expenses for an international student in Singapore is approximately S$2,510 – S$3,900 per month. Listed below are some common monthly expenses.

Accommodation (depending on hostel and room type) S$1,800 - S$2,400
Food S$450 - S$900
Local Public Transportation S$100 - S$150
Telecommunications S$30 - S$50
Course Materials and Stationery S$30 - S$100
Entertainment and others S$100 - S$300

Actual expenses will vary depending on the choice of accommodation and spending habits of each individual.

Singapore is a multicultural and cosmopolitan country, consistently lauded for our excellence in quality of living and safety. Learn more about living in Singapore here.

The laws in Singapore may differ from those in your home country. Understand the types of items that are prohibited (such as drugs and electronic cigarettes), controlled or dutiable in Singapore at this Immigration and Checkpoints Authority Singapore webpage.

For more information on the Global Summer Programme, please see our frequently asked questions (FAQs).

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