Global Exposure

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.

We believe that our consistently strong Graduate Employment Survey results can be attributed to SMU’s holistic approach towards education (which includes making 80-hours of community service and 10-week of internship graduation requirements), and particularly to the international exposure that the majority of SMU graduates receive.  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.

 

Students may fulfil the global exposure requirement by participating in any of the following SMU-organised overseas activities:

Global Exposure Activity

Qualifying duration

International Exchange Programme

As per programme requirement

Summer Exchange Programme

As per programme requirement

Short-Term Study Programme

As per programme requirement

Community Service

5 working days or longer

Study Mission

5 working days or longer

Co-Curricular Activities

5 working days or longer

Internship

5 working days or longer

Global Innovation Immersion Programme

5 working days or longer

SMU-X Overseas

5 working days or longer

Cultural Immersion Programme

5 working days or longer

 

Activity

Average duration

International Exchange

1 term (15 weeks)

Summer Exchange Programme

4 weeks

Community Service

3 weeks

Study Mission

10 to 14 days

Co-Curricular Activities

11 days

Internship

10 weeks

Global Innovation Immersion

10 weeks

 

Based on the latest statistics, 87% of the 1,775 SMU graduates from the Class of 2017 experienced at least one form of global exposure activity during the course of their university education at SMU; 55% of SMU students graduated with at least two types of global exposure programmes under their belt.

These overseas programmes include:

Global Exposure Activity

Proportion of cohort who participated

Exchange (e.g. International Exchange, Summer Exchange)

64%

Community Service

55%

Study Mission

24%

Co-Curricular Activities

14%

Internship

6%

 

Presently, close to 90% of our graduates in the Class of 2017 have chosen to take up an activity from the myriad of overseas exposure programmes offered by the University.  SMU will ramp up and enhance these opportunities following the implementation of the global exposure graduation requirement from Academic Year 2018-2019 onwards.  With these added opportunities, the University expects more students to take up these formal programmes to fulfil the global exposure requirement. 

In the event that students wish to fulfil the requirement through self-arranged personal learning trips, the University will evaluate, on a case-by-case basis, whether the intended activity or programme is in line with SMU’s university-level learning objectives.

 

A student going on an exchange programme to a partner university remains enrolled full-time at SMU while away on the exchange programme. Therefore, for each term that the student is away, the amount of tuition and student fees are as per what the student would pay for a regular SMU term.

While the student is not required to pay tuition fees to the overseas partner University, the student is responsible for the air tickets cost, living expenses, accommodation costs, additional travel arrangements and health insurance etc. Based on feedback from students who recently went on such trips, the estimated cost differs according to the region that the student travels to:

Region

Estimated cost

Southeast Asia

S$3,000 to S$5,000

Rest of Asia

S$5,000 to S$8,000

Oceania

S$8,000 to S$12,000

Europe

S$8,000 to S$12,000

South America

S$8,000 to S$12,000

North America

S$10,000 to S$16,000

There are numerous forms of financial aid available to students to offset the cost of going on exchange programmes.

 

Students who participate in many forms of global exposure, such as overseas internships and overseas community service, may apply for grants/subsidies to cover the cost of the travel. Most students who go on overseas internships or overseas community service are awarded grants which would cover the expenses involved with the global exposure activity.

For study missions, the cost varies depending on the destination region. The estimated cost, by region, is as follows:

Region

Estimated cost

Southeast Asia

S$500 to S$1,500

Rest of Asia

Up to S$2,000

Europe / North America

S$3,000 to $4,000

 

SMU has a range of University-funded and donor-supported financial assistance schemes that needy students can tap on for their overseas activities and programmes. The value of these financial assistance schemes ranges from S$500 to S$10,000.  Some of these grants/subsidies are listed below.  Singaporean SMU students may also tap on the SMU Overseas Student Programme Loan, which has no income criterion.

SMU is committed to provide necessary assistance and financial support in situations where a student faces difficulties completing the global exposure requirement due to financial issues.

* Some of the grants/subsidies available (non-exhaustive) include:

 

We are aware of students who have difficulties travelling because of exceptional circumstances. We strongly encourage students to discuss and seek advice with our university counsellors and faculty advisors should they have any concerns. SMU is committed to our students’ welfare and success, and we will work with students facing exceptional and challenging situations to explore holistic alternatives and consider exceptions where necessary

 

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.

We believe that our consistently strong Graduate Employment Survey results can be attributed to SMU’s holistic approach towards education (which includes making 80-hours of community service and 10-week of internship graduation requirements), and particularly to the international exposure that the majority of SMU graduates receive.  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.

 

Students may be fulfil this requirement through a range of SMU-endorsed overseas courses and activities. Some of the qualifying overseas courses and activities are listed below for reference

· Semester-long Exchange Programmes (includes semester-long Self-arranged External Study Programmes)

· Short-term Study Programmes (includes Summer Study Programmes)

· SMU-X Overseas Courses

· Study Missions

· Internship

· Global Innovation Immersion Programme

· Community Service

· Co-Curricular Activities

· Cultural or Technological Immersion Programmes (including non-credit Study Trips)

Note: The minimum duration of an activity is five days (of activity) in order to qualify towards meeting the global exposure graduation requirement.

Activity

Average duration

International Exchange

1 term (15 weeks)

Summer Exchange Programme

4 weeks

Community Service

3 weeks

Study Mission

10 to 14 days

Co-Curricular Activities

11 days

Internship

10 weeks

Global Innovation Immersion

10 weeks

 

Based on the latest statistics, 87% of the 1,775 SMU graduates from the Class of 2017 experienced at least one form of global exposure activity during the course of their university education at SMU; 55% of SMU students graduated with at least two types of global exposure programmes under their belt.

These overseas programmes include:

Global Exposure Activity

Proportion of cohort who participated

Exchange (e.g. International Exchange, Summer Exchange)

64%

Community Service

55%

Study Mission

24%

Co-Curricular Activities

14%

Internship

6%

 

Presently, close to 90% of our graduates in the Class of 2017 have chosen to take up an activity from the myriad of overseas exposure programmes offered by the University.  SMU will ramp up and enhance these opportunities following the implementation of the global exposure graduation requirement from Academic Year 2018-2019 onwards.  With these added opportunities, the University expects more students to take up these formal programmes to fulfil the global exposure requirement. 

In the event that students wish to fulfil the requirement through self-arranged personal learning trips, the University will evaluate, on a case-by-case basis, whether the intended activity or programme is in line with SMU’s university-level learning objectives.

 

A student going on an exchange programme to a partner university remains enrolled full-time at SMU while away on the exchange programme. Therefore, for each term that the student is away, the amount of tuition and student fees are as per what the student would pay for a regular SMU term.

While the student is not required to pay tuition fees to the overseas partner University, the student is responsible for the air tickets cost, living expenses, accommodation costs, additional travel arrangements and health insurance etc. Based on feedback from students who recently went on such trips, the estimated cost differs according to the region that the student travels to:

Region

Estimated cost

Southeast Asia

S$3,000 to S$5,000

Rest of Asia

S$5,000 to S$8,000

Oceania

S$8,000 to S$12,000

Europe

S$8,000 to S$12,000

South America

S$8,000 to S$12,000

North America

S$10,000 to S$16,000

There are numerous forms of financial aid available to students to offset the cost of going on exchange programmes.

 

Students who participate in many forms of global exposure, such as overseas internships and overseas community service, may apply for grants/subsidies to cover the cost of the travel. Most students who go on overseas internships or overseas community service are awarded grants which would cover the expenses involved with the global exposure activity.

For study missions, the cost varies depending on the destination region. The estimated cost, by region, is as follows:

Region

Estimated cost

Southeast Asia

S$500 to S$1,500

Rest of Asia

Up to S$2,000

Europe / North America

S$3,000 to $4,000

 

SMU has a range of University-funded and donor-supported
financial assistance schemes that needy students can tap on for their overseas activities and programmes. The value
of these financial assistance schemes ranges from S$500 to S$10,000.  Some of these grants/subsidies are listed
below.  Singaporean SMU students may also tap on the
SMU Overseas Student Programme Loan, which has no income criterion.

SMU is committed to provide necessary assistance and financial support in situations where a student faces difficulties completing
the global exposure requirement due to financial issues.

* Some of the grants/subsidies available (non-exhaustive) include:

 

We are aware of students who have difficulties travelling because of exceptional circumstances. We strongly encourage students to discuss and seek advice with our university counsellors and faculty advisors should they have any concerns. SMU is committed to our students’ welfare and success, and we will work with students facing exceptional and challenging situations to explore holistic alternatives and consider exceptions where necessary

 

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