University-Based Program




Semester-Long Program


Apr 25, 2023


Aug 11 – Dec 4, 2023


3.0 GPA to apply


Study and live in Singapore at Singapore Management University (SMU) in a garden city, from its well-structured urban planning to its fast-paced economic development, and its status as one of the safest countries in the world. By spending one academic term studying at Singapore’s only City Campus university, you will experience SMU’s interactive pedagogy and experiential learning in small, seminar-style classes, tackle real-world challenges through interdisciplinary SMU-X courses and grow a diverse network of friends.


Dive into your semester in Singapore quickly by taking APA’s comprehensive 2-day Orientation Program, including logistics set-up, campus tour, city tour, program orientation sessions, cultural activities, and meeting with the local student community.

Take advantage of the friendly one-stop International Student Support Services from SMU International Office.

Enjoy the city that has a perfect fusion of Asia and the west. Gathering new insights into Asia by extending your footprint to not only Singapore.

Take courses with local Singapore and international students in the same classroom, without language barriers, thanks to the English environment throughout the country.

Participate in APA’s off-campus components, including excursions to other South-east countries like Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, etc., and optional volunteering opportunities, APA community events, and alumni networking.

Rest assured knowing that the APA on-site coordinator and other staff are there to provide continued support throughout the semester.

University Introduction

Established in 2000, the Singapore Management University (SMU) is internationally recognized for its distinguished teaching 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.

SMU has outstanding world ranking. For example, it ranked #14 among specialist universities worldwide and #38 globally for Business & Management Studies in QS 2021.

As the third university in Singapore, SMU is designed to be an experiment in diversity and an American-style university offering a broad-based education in contrast to Singapore’s tradition of the more specialized British model.

Singapore, as a cosmopolitan city state with a thriving entrepreneurship and innovation scene, offers myriad opportunities for all.


Each full-course credit at SMU carries a weightage of one credit, and consists of three contact hours per week over a period of 13 teaching weeks (39 contact hours), which is equivalent to 3 – 4 US credits.

Students can choose from a list of selected undergraduate courses (Course Codes 001 to 499) from all six SMU schools. All courses are taught in English.

The final course list will be sent to students approximately two weeks before course enrolment.

APA recommends submitting your application anytime from January for Fall applications and June for Spring applications.


TermFall 2023
Application DeadlineApr 10, 2023
Arrival DateAug 11, 2023
APA Orientation ProgramAug 12– Aug 13, 2023
Classes BeginAug 15, 2023
Program EndsDec 4, 2023


  • – For undergraduate students only
  • – Have completed at least two terms of undergraduate studies when applying
  • – Continue to be a registered undergraduate in home university throughout the period of study at SMU
  • – Have obtained GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0, or equivalent
  • – For Students from non-English-speaking countries or from institutions whereby the language of instruction is not English, there is an English language proficiency requirement.

a) Minimum score of 0 for IELTS, min. of 7.0 (Reading) & 6.5 (Writing)

b) Minimum score of 583 for Paper-based TOEFL, min. of 5.5 (Test of Written) & 50 (Reading)

c) Minimum score of 93 for Internet-based TOEFL, min. of 22 (Reading) & 22 (Writing)

d) Minimum Score of 185 for C1 Advanced, min. score of 185, with at least 185 (Reading) and 176 (Writing)



Application Fee: USD 150 (Counted to your total program fee. The fee is not refundable except for cases of application failure or program cancellation)

Program fee: $15,800 – $22,500 (Cost varies based on number of courses students register. Ask your home university about requirements on credits per semester. APA allows visiting students to take 2-4 courses at SMU, which results in different charge on program fees.)

Students pay extra $200 tuition fee per each course for courses at School of Law


*Program fee includes tuition, on-campus course(s), off-campus components, housing, matriculation fee and SMU Student’s Medical Insurance

*All fees include Singapore’s 7% Goods and Service Tax.



APA have arrangements with off-campus accommodation providers to cater to students’ needs. Kindly note that The SMU campus is situated in the heart of the city, with many private housing options within walking distance. It is conveniently accessible to amenities and transportation networks.




2–4 Courses

Official academic transcripts from the host institution


APA 2-day Orientation Program

APA 4-day Excursions to Malaysia

APA Community Events

Visa preparation assistance


Airport pickup and reception

Local SIM card for access to services on local networks

Travel advice

University insurance

On-site support and 24/7 access for emergency needs


  • –   International airfare
  • –   Student visas
  • –   Books
  • –   Meals during the semester 
  • –   International Travel insurance

*APA can book flights, process visas, and provide international travel insurance for students if needed.



APA offers scholarships to students studying abroad in the Asia-Pacific region. The APA TO YOU Scholarship is a need-based scholarship granted by APA each year to students on study abroad programs. Students are welcome to apply for the scholarship. APA prioritizes students who participate APA programs.



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