Global Exposure


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 Missions

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.

Some of the regions where we have been on study mission includes Oceania, Asia, US, Europe and the Middle East.

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 in their future workplace.

In today’s competitive job market, having global work experience under your belt is one monumental contribution for your prospective career. Going on an overseas internship entails widening your perspective, developing your network and embracing other cultures on a deeper level with an open mind and attitude, beyond just work experience.

For more information on the range of qualifying courses and activities, please refer to or approach your school administrators.