International students play an important role in contributing to the multi-cultural character of SMU.

This diverse university population contributes significantly to cross-cultural understanding and allows for a deeper awareness of world issues.

The Office of Global Learning annually plans a series of social and recreational programmes to engage our international students. These activities provide opportunities for integration with the university community and are aimed at enhancing the student experience.

International and exchange students are in for a special treat, as the International Student Experience team at the Office of Global Learning and student group SMU International Connections (SMU ICON) organise events and programmes specially designed to get you acquainted with Singapore and SMU! Most of these programmes are complimentary.

Freshmen Orientation Camp essentially marks the beginning of university life, comprising a lot of fun, laughter, mud, and a whole load of team-building activities. All freshmen are required to attend Freshmen Orientation Camp, which also aims to introduce SMU's core values of Commitment, Integrity, Responsibility, Collegiality, Leadership and Excellence (CIRCLE) to you. Over three days and two nights, friendships are formed, leadership skills gained and the collegial spirit takes root.

*Organised by Office of Student Life

To welcome international freshmen and acquaint you with SMU, we are proud to bring you the ICON Camp to welcome you to SMU! Get ready for a host of fun and exciting activities that will bring the very best of Singapore to you, from a myriad of gastronomic delights to the sights of this city-state. Make lasting friendships as you meet other freshmen and seniors from SMU, and get to know what exciting opportunities SMU has to offer.

Please email if you have not received any ICON Camp Welcome Message. Thank you. 

Buddy Programme

July 2016 onwards

Enjoy the privilege of having a SMU senior show you around campus and Singapore, answering any queries you may have about life in Singapore and at SMU. A well-received programme not to be missed!

Organised by SMU International Connections (ICON), the programme aims to provide a platform for local and international students to integrate on a personal level.


10 August 2016

Interested to know Singapore's rich history, visit unique landmarks and make new friends? Don't miss this chance to participate in SMU's very own Amazing Race, "NDP 2016". You will be able to bond with fellow international and local students and be educated about the history of Singapore through fun games and activities. Conducted in an ‘amazing race’ style involving travel via public transport to visit iconic landmarks located throughout Singapore. Come celebrate the nation's 51st birthday with us! 

Time: 9.30am – 5.30pm


13 August 2016

Get ready for this half-day city tour, which promises to showcase not just the famous historical, cultural and tourist landmarks, but also the panoramic sights of Singapore. To top it off, you will be treated to a mouth-watering lunch at the end.

Time: 9.30am – 2.30pm (Registration commences at 9.20am) 
Meeting Point: Li Ka Shing Library, Level 1, 1983 Coffee & Toast


23 August 2016

Mingle with SMU Deans, Faculty and Staff over lunch, hosted by the SMU President, Arnoud de Meyer. These will, after all, be the crucial people with whom you will come into contact with over the next few years!

Time: 12noon – 2.00pm (Registration commences at 11.30am) 
Venue: SMU Admin Building, University Lounge, Level 6

Host Programme

26 August 2016 (for Exchange students only) | 2 September 2016 (for Full-Time International Freshmen only) 

Be part of our friendship and cultural exchange programme where you'll be assigned a gracious and hospitable host. This programme does not include a home-stay, but promises to give you insights about living in Singapore, and help widen your network of friends.

26 August 2016 (for Exchange students only)
Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Venue: SMU Admin Building, University Lounge, Level 6
2 September 2016 (for Full-Time International Freshmen only)
Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Venue: Carlton Hotel
Don't let your parents miss out on SMU International Parents' Day, the ONLY orientation programme exclusively for parents! At the event, parents will have the opportunity to have close interactions with faculty, staff, students and alumni who will address any queries regarding university life at SMU and in Singapore. What's more, they will be brought around for a tour of our beautiful campus and hostel! SMU International Parents' Day is organised by the SMU Ambassadorial Corps. Visit  for more details or email them at
Time: 5.00pm – 9.00pm

*Organised by Office of Student Life



Kindly register for our Orientation Programmes below:



Register Here

To sign up for the Orientation Programmes, kindly register online by Sunday, 17 July 2016.


Register Here

To sign up for the Welcome Activities, kindly register online by Sunday, 31 July 2016.


Register Here

To sign up for the Orientation Programmes, kindly register online by Sunday, 24 July 2016.