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Global Exposure Opportunities

SOSS students will experience some form of global exposure, either from going on an exchange, an overseas internship, a study mission or participating in summer study programmes.

Social Science Study Missions

Nothing beats seeing successful companies "live" in action. SMU students have embarked on overseas study missions for a host of site visits, networking sessions and presentations by specialists and experts in various Social Science fields. They connect the students by uniting theory and practice through their discussion and practical fieldwork experience.

Here are the various Overseas Study Missions organized by the School.

POSC313 Political Science Study Mission to Europe

The Study Mission to Europe provides an introduction to European integration. It consists of a course and lecture series on European Union and ASEAN integration as well as visit to European institutions. It also introduces students to European cultural heritage and gives them ample opportunity to network with European students.

What did the students say?

“I never knew learning in SMU could be this fun. I acquired a deepen sense of EU and ASEAN politics from various lecturers - I am in fact amazed at how much information I was able to learn and use in such a short period.” - Oon Tian Sern, 2nd year Sociology major

“The study mission to Europe was an amazing experience for me. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet established academics, and to learn about the European Union from such distinguished people. I would do it again in a heartbeat.” - Patricia Carthigasu, 3rd year Political Science major

“It was a worthwhile journey which I would recommend to both political science and non-political science students. I was able to learn about the EU first hand, and to interact with both foreign and local students, which further enhanced the learning experience.” - Tan Wei Ann, 3rd year Political Science major

“Not only did I have a one-in-a-lifetime-opportunity to step inside various EU institutions in Luxembourg and Brussels, but also to meet amazing friends.” - Rani Retmono, 3rd year Political Science major

POSC307 Political Science Study Mission to China

This is a different kind of study mission: a student-led course that combines an Overseas Community Service Project with an opportunity to conduct fieldwork in a low-income rural area of southwest China. Uniting theory and practice, this advanced course combines critical discussions based on academic readings with practical fieldwork experience. Course components include pre-trip seminar-style class sessions, an Overseas Community Service Project (OCSP) component, and one class session during the field trip. Integral to the course is an approximately 18-days trip to a village in Guizhou province, southwest China. In Guizhou, in addition to designing and implementing service projects that meet unmet needs, students conduct primary research – interviewing farmers, officials, teachers and others. (Mandarin is not a requirement since research is conducted in pairs.)

SOCG306 Sociology Study Mission to China

The Sociology Study Mission uses a political economy perspective to study the process of urbanization in contemporary China. This is done by six pre-trip seminar style class sessions and a 12-day field study in Guangzhou, the third largest city in China. More than often, urbanization in China is neither a simple result of natural population growth nor a result of rural to urban migration. Instead urban space has become both the medium and product of the interplay between capital, power and social class. Through seminars and site visits, students will learn how to conceptualize urban China by investigating urban processes such as (1) the transformation of urban life since 1949; (2) the process of redevelopment and gentrification; (3) the use of public space; (4) the process of place making; (5) the creation of global city; (6) the emergence of creative space; (7) the increasing urban inequalities and resistance; and (8) the latest development of community building and social management.

What did the students say?

“This trip has definitely been an eye-opener for me, seeing things that are so unfamiliar and taking me out of my comfort zone.” - Melissa, 2nd year Sociology major

“This 12-days trip in Guangzhou has indeed enhanced and enriched our sociological imagination… I have become more appreciative of why certain action were taken by the various agents and the underpinning social forces that elicited certain social responses.” - Zhiyuan, 3rd year Sociology major

“I am extremely humbled by the opportunity to live the lifestyle akin to one of a regular Chinese citizen. This is in reference toward the aspects of the programme, which had requested for us to travel via its metro system, consume authentic Chinese cuisines, and learn to survive through Guangzhou’s unpredictable weathers.” - Charmaine, 2nd year Sociology major


SMU's internships gives our students maximum benefits – exposure to real working life, personal real-world perspectives, insights into your career choices, and the chance to build valuable business networks. All our students complete a minimum of ten weeks of internship. Internships can be done in Singapore or overseas.

More than half of students have done between two and six internships, attesting to the value these experiences bring. Our interns don't just learn; they value add with innovative ideas and solutions. Many of them are talent-spotted and offered jobs by their intern companies even before they graduate.

The Dato' Kho Hui Meng Career Centre is the principal point of contact for employers wishing to recruit SMU interns. For more information, click here.

To read more about our students' internship experiences, click here.

Overseas Exchange

SMU aggressively pursues international exchange agreements with reputable universities around the world. With a rapidly growing network of partner universities, we are able to offer an international exchange experience for the majority of the student population who wish to study abroad. This is a unique opportunity rarely found in other tertiary institutions. Students are encouraged to participate in such programmes for the invaluable exposure to different cultures, education systems and work practices.

The international exchange programme is open to students who have completed two regular terms at SMU. Undergraduates may fulfill a term or a year of their degree overseas. Academic results achieved by undergraduates during the exchange programme will be credited towards their degree at SMU. Students remain enrolled full-time at SMU while they are studying abroad. Where required, some financial aid may be made available to needy students.

For further information please visit the SMU Exchange Programmes.

To read more about our students' exchange experiences, click here.

Summer Study Programmes

Summer study programmes allow students to spend four weeks at a designated top university for a low fee. This way, you get to enjoy a high-quality academic and cultural experience while living in a different country over the summer. For your summer study programme, you can choose between the University of British Columbia in Canada or the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.

For more information, click here.

Last updated on 12 Feb 2019 .