Singapore, Singapore

Open Campus Block

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This program has been suspended for fall 2021.

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Located at the tip of the Malay Peninsula, Singapore's great climate and excellent infrastructure - including a highly efficient and affordable public transport system - lets you live, learn and explore in a safe, clean, and green environment. Customize your study abroad experience to include Singapore on the Open Campus Block program with one, two, or three six-week blocks and select your courses from a wide range of subject areas. In Singapore, you’ll be located in the center of the city, with easy access to culture, art, music, and theater as well as shops, restaurants and cafés.
Stay in Singapore the entire time or spend other blocks at our Global Institute locations in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Copenhagen, London, Madrid, Yucatán, Monteverde, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Santiago, Shanghai, and Sydney.

Unique Experiences

  • Take a boat

    to the rustic Pulau Ubin Island and bike around.

  • 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.


  • Direct Flight: the 19-hour direct flight from New York to Singapore is among the world’s longest commercially operated routes

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


Location & Culture

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The island-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

  • Explore the capital city of Indonesia's Special Region of Yogyakarta.
  • Experience the cultural richness of the port of Malacca in Indonesia.
  • 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.

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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. Commute around the island nation is under 60 minutes even from its furthest points via public transportation.

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    Basic kitchen facilities are available to prepare simple meals and variety of affordable food options are available in Singapore.

Singapore, Singapore

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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Students enroll in one, two, or three six-week blocks, taking two courses during each block. This program gives students the flexibility to stay in Singapore the entire time or spend other blocks at our Global Institute locations in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Copenhagen, London, Madrid, Monteverde, Paris, Rome, Santiago, Shanghai, Sydney, and Yucatan.

Students may select one of seven academic tracks: Art and Architecture;  Business; Communications, Journalism, and New Media; Global and Community Health; International Relations and Political Science; Language, Literature, and Culture; or STEM and Society.  The CIEE Global Institute is centrally located and convenient to public transportation for exploring the city.

Content courses are taught in English by CIEE faculty drawn from a variety of higher education institutions in Singapore and worldwide.



Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Program Requirements

Students are required to enroll in two courses each block. Students attending the program for all three blocks in a semester may select one block in which to enroll in only one course.

Program Credit

  • One block: 6 U.S semester/9 quarter credits
  • Two blocks: 12 U.S. semester/18 quarter credits
  • Three blocks: 15 - 18 U.S. semester/22.5 - 27 quarter credits

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: typically, 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
  • CIEE Internship: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 seminar hours, 100-120 internship placement hours
  • CIEE Directed Independent Research: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 contact hours, 100-120 research hours
  • CIEE Service-Learning Project: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 seminar hours, 90 service hours

Academic Culture

Each six-week 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. Heavy emphasis is placed on student participation. To avoid falling behind, students should not plan personal travel out of Singapore when classes are in session and plan trips for the long weekends in between blocks.

Class Format

Courses taught at the CIEE Global Institute are typically for CIEE students only. Classes are scheduled Monday-Friday and meet either two, three, or four times per week. 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.


The 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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Course Information

Course Notes

  • Courses are listed below by block and track; course list subject to change. Courses are in English unless otherwise noted. “GI” denotes courses that are offered at multiple CIEE locations.
  • Use the Course Comparison Tools to compare classes offered across all Open Campus Block programs for each block:
  • Mobile students studying for three blocks who wish to complete a lab course (offered in London, Monteverde, and Yucatán) will be required to opt out of one course to remain within the program credit range.

Academic Projects

  • Each Academic Project (Internship, Service-Learning, Directed Independent Research) placement will be based on the student’s project learning goals, qualifications, resume, and availability of placements. The process is highly individualized and goal oriented. Students enrolled in an Academic Project will receive additional academic support that informs and enhances the placement experience.
  • Students applying for an Academic Project are required to submit additional materials during the course selection process.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • McDermott Health Sciences, Nursing, and Public Health Merit Scholarships
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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What's Included

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What's Included

Pre-departure Advising
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city
On-site Staff
Full-time program leadership and support in your city
Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
Excursions and/or Study Tours
Travel Protection
CIEE iNext and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support