OverviewClick to Open
Spend J-term in Singapore earning three credits toward Entrepreneurship and Start-up Culture. The island republic's great climate and excellent infrastructure - including a highly efficient and affordable public transport system, enable students to enjoy its many sites and attractions in a safe, clean, and green environment.
Take a bumboat
to the rustic Pulau Ubin Island and bike around.
to your hearts content at one of Singapore’s Michelin Star winning hawker stands.
gigantic monitor lizards wander through the historic Singapore Botanical Gardens.
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: ENGLISH, MANDARIN, MALAY, AND TAMIL4
Direct Flight: the 19-hour direct flight from New York to Singapore is among the world’s longest commercially operated routes1
Population of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)700M
Location & CultureClick to Open
The city-state of Singapore lies one degree north of the equator in Southeast Asia. It blends Malay, Chinese, Arabic, and Indian cultures and religions. Since gaining independence in 1965, Singapore has become a flourishing country that excels in trade and education and is considered a model to developing nations. Singapore is one of the most competitive economies in the world and a founding member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Excursions & Activities
- Learn about hawker cuisine, and the heritage behind street food in Singapore.
- Visit Sentosa Island History Museum and learn about WWII battles on this strategic island.
- Explore the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve trail, the only primary forest in Singapore.
PROJECTS AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
- Teach at local centers for youth rehabilitation.
- Explore service-learning at the Singapore nature and parks boards.
Daily LifeClick to Open
Students live in a dormitory for international students in a location accessible to public transportation. Singapore is a small city and major attractions are within easy reach via public transit. Commute around the island nation is under 60 minutes even from its furthest points via public transportation.
Basic kitchen facilities are available to prepare simple meals and a variety of affordable food options are available in Singapore.
Where You'll Study
Gardens by the Bay
A network of modern greenhouses & waterfront parks containing super trees lined with solar cells.
Lau Pa Sat Hawkers Center
Rebuilt Victorian covered hawker centre in CBD with local delicacies & international food stalls.
The Jewell at Changi Airport
Passenger & cargo hub with 4 modern terminals plus buses & trains to the city center.
AcademicsClick to Open
During the January in Singapore program, all students take the required course: Entrepreneurship and Start-up Culture. In class work is augmented with co-curricular visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural institutions and organizations relevant to the course offering.January in Singapore invites students to focus on a single 3-credit, intensive course offered during the 3-week session, with ample time to explore Singapore with your peers. Coursework is taught in English at the CIEE Global Institute – Singapore.
There are no specific language requirements for this program.
One CIEE course
Total credit: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits
CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
The course is a full semester in content, so the pace is accelerated, and the workload is demanding. CIEE courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. The class environment typically features a combination of traditional lecture and discussion with co-curricular excursions and activities. Regular class attendance and participation is expected and required. Students will play an active role in their own education; group projects and interaction with fellow students and professors are expected.
Courses are exclusive to CIEE students and are scheduled Monday-Friday. Attendance is strictly enforced both for classes and required co-curricular excursions. Students should expect an average of two hours of preparation required for each hour in class. Instruction is supported and augmented online by our learning management system, Canvas.
U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Students’ grades are based on attendance, class participation, homework, project work, presentations, and midterm and final examinations. Learning outcomes assessment is continuous through personal reflections, evaluation feedback, self-assessment, and requirements as set out in course syllabi.
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Dates & Fees
Fees & Housing
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To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.