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January in Singapore

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Information for term January in Singapore

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Dec 27, 2022 – Jan 16, 2023
  • Credit: 3 semester hours / 4.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Spend January studying abroad in Singapore, a beautiful and dynamic city-state full of lush green spaces, beautiful natural attractions, and historical landmarks. During this three-week winter program, you'll earn three credits studying Entrepreneurship and Start-up Culture. Singapore'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.

Unique Experiences

  • Take a bumboat

    to the rustic Pulau Ubin Island and bike around. Encounter wild boars, macaques, and other local animals.

  • Eat

    to your heart’s content at one of Singapore’s Michelin Star-winning hawker stands.

  • Watch

    gigantic monitor lizards wander through the historic Singapore Botanical Gardens.



  • Population of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

    700 M

Location & Culture

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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). 

The Culture

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Excursions & Activities

  • Learn about different hawker cuisines and the history behind street food in Singapore. 
  • Visit Sentosa Island and learn about WWII battles on this strategic island. 
  • Explore the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve trail, the only primary forest in Singapore. 

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  • Teach at local centers for youth rehabilitation.
  • Explore service-learning at the Singapore nature and parks boards.

Daily Life

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    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. Commuting around the island nation takes about 60 minutes, even from its furthest points via public transportation. 

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    Food is widely available and affordable at locations such as local hawker centers, food courts, and coffee shops. A plate of chicken rice can cost as little as $3.  

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Where You'll Study

  • A

    Gardens by the Bay

    A network of modern greenhouses & waterfront parks containing super trees lined with solar cells.

  • B

    Lau Pa Sat Hawkers Center

    Rebuilt Victorian covered hawker centre in CBD with local delicacies & international food stalls.

  • C

    The Jewell at Changi Airport

    Passenger & cargo hub with 4 modern terminals plus buses & trains to the city center.


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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.



Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Program Requirements

One CIEE course

Program Credit

Total credit: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits

Course Credit

CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

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.

Class Format

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.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

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Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.


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Course Information

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

January 2023 Deadline Passed Dec 27, 2022 Jan 16, 2023
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $2,553

Housing = $1,050

Insurance = $47

Total Fees = $3,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $310

International Airfare = $1,200 ††

Local Transportation = $150

Books & Supplies = $70

Personal expenses = $300

Total Estimated Costs = $2,030

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required by their US home institution to study abroad via CIEE's School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

Based on SGD20 per day and 21 days

†† round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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.

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