BMGT469M: Doing Business in Singapore and Malaysia (3 Credits)

Program Dates

January 2014


Singapore & Malaysia


Dr. Mark Wellman

Program Fee

Likely to be $2350


Complete Online Application
NOTE: Admission of students with complete applications is on a competitive basis and application review will take place during the one week period following the "last day to apply" date. Admissions notifications will be sent on or after the decision date.
NOTE 2: PRIORITY APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THIS COURSE IS JULY 1, 2013. Applications that are complete by that date will be reviewed early, and notifications will be sent on or after July 8.


Read about 2012's January course.

To many students, Singapore is a small dot on the world map. To those who look for models of success in public policy, business, education, community development, crime control and urban planning, Singapore is a role model. In less than 50 years, Singapore transformed from a tiny port on the southern edge of Malaysia into one of the most developed Southeast Asian nations.

Singapore and Malaysia Collage

This course provides a general understanding of doing business in Singapore with a focus on innovation. The course will also cover culture, history, government, economic development, and social development. A previous course to Singapore and Malaysia included visits to the Port of Singapore and the world’s largest container terminal hub, Singapore ExxonMobil plant (the world’s largest integrated chemical and oil plant in the world), Discovery Communications, Novartis, Hewlett Packard, Housing Development Board, the Petronas Towers, Accenture, FedEx, Tiger Brewery, Royal Selangor, the Singapore Economic Development Board, the Batu Caves and Kampung Morten.

Most of the time will be spent in Singapore with a shorter excursion into Malaysia. Students are expected to attend pre-departure meetings and complete the required readings prior to departure. The course has a comprehensive set of readings required of all participants regardless of course registration. This course can be used to meet the advanced studies core University requirement.

The global immersion experiences are three-credit courses and typically meet degree requirements (advanced studies requirement of the University, BMGT major requirements, electives, etc,). Some courses may be eligible to fulfill major-specific requirements (confirm with your Smith School academic advisor). Students are expected to attend pre-departure meetings and complete the required readings prior to departure. The course has a comprehensive set of readings required of all participants regardless of course registration. Additional readings are assigned based on type of course registration. Mandatory pre-departure meetings will be scheduled.

What else do you need to know? 

EXACT PROGRAM DATES will be determined (if not already set) after the course is confirmed by the Office of Global Initiatives. Once accepted, students are advised, but not required, to purchase refundable airplane tickets to counter any inconvenience caused by a change in unforeseen circumstances. Oftentimes, students have made their travel arrangements through STA Travel, a discount student travel agency.

THE COURSE PROGRAM FEE includes UMD tuition for 3 credits; lodging in a shared hotel room; on-site support and orientation; costs for any mandatory academic and cultural excursions and/or activities; some group meals; professor and partner fees; UM Education Abroad services; International health insurance, including medical evacuation and repatriation of remains coverage.

Not included: personal expenses, most meals, optional trip insurance and international airfare. Students are responsible for obtaining and paying for their own visa and/or entry fee where applicable.

PAYMENT OF THE PUBLISHED PROGRAM FEE is divided into three separate charges that are collected accordingly:

(1) A non-refundable $50 application fee payable online by credit card is due at the time of application.

(2) Upon acceptance into the program, a $250 non-refundable deposit payable online by credit card is due within 10 days or less. The exact due date of this deposit will be communicated when student is accepted. Applicants understand that when he/she pays this deposit after being accepted into the program, it is deemed to be a commitment of participation. This deposit is non-refundable under any circumstances.

(3) The remaining balance will be due upon Education Abroad's registration of student into the program. This amount will appear on the student's account and will be payable before the end of the next billing cycle. See UMD's Education Abroad's website for other Refund and Withdrawal rules.

Any scholarship monies awarded by Smith will be credited to the student's account once the charge appears on his/her account. All efforts will be made to have the scholarship monies credited prior to payment due date.