Singapore Management University


Language of instruction


A premier university in Asia, the Singapore Management University (SMU) is internationally recognised for its world-class research and distinguished teaching. Established in 2000, SMU’s mission is to generate leading-edge research with global impact and produce broad-based, creative and entrepreneurial leaders for the knowledge-based economy.

SMU has an emphasis on generating rigorous, high-impact, and relevant multi-disciplinary 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.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester January–April
Semester 2 Fall Semester August - December

View SMU's academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

SMU has online resources to help you get the most from your exchange:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Full-time study load

4 credits at SMU is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at SMU.

Find courses

Search the SMU course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database. Ensure you select the correct term when searching for courses.

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Study areas taught in English

Business administration
Business information systems
Human resources
Political science

Course restrictions

A list of courses open to exchange students will be sent via email to successful applicants 6-8 weeks before the start of the semester. Exchange students should be flexible in their UQ program requirements, and should also note that certain elective courses have pre-requisites for enrolment.

Additional academic information

Course enrolment is carried out via a bidding system in July (Term 1) and December (Term 2) each year. Enrolment in courses may be competitive, but most courses are open for enrolment. Further information on the online bidding system can be found here.

Course levels at SMU: Undergraduate courses start with the codes 000-499, typically codes between 000-199 are 1st-year level course, 2XX is 2nd year, 3XX is 3rd year and 4XX is 4th-year course. 

To download the detailed course info, please go to SMU online course catalogue, click on "View Class Sections" for the selected course, then click on the Course Outline icon from any section of the course outline. 

Students studying at SMU may be eligible for the Asian Studies Certificate and SMU-X. See the updated course list for the Asian Studies Certificate.


Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.


Exchange students at SMU can apply for SMU off-campus housing, however, placements are limited and subject to availability. For more information, see the SMU Campus Hostel and Accommodation page. Alternatively, students may choose to find private, off-campus accommodation.

Cost of living

SMU provides an outline of the estimated cost of attendance, for exchange students in Singapore. Keep in mind that exchange students do not pay tuition to their host university.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

All students studying at SMU are required to purchase the SMU student insurance

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

SMU provides Student Pass and Visa Information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, Global Experience programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

You must register your travel plans on the International SOS so that you can be contacted and supported in an emergency.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.