Villanova University, School of Business Global Citizens Program, Singapore - not available 2015

Singapore Skyline
Singapore Skyline

Program Basics
This program is open to Villanova University freshman who will be enrolled in the Villanova School of Business and who have a special interest in Asian economies. This sixteen week overseas study experience combines academic coursework with a practical internship located in Singapore.



Singapore is a city, as well as a country, and is home to over 4.5 million people from diverse ethnic backgrounds such as Chinese, Malay, Indian, and Eurasian. Singapore is one of the world's most prosperous nations and acts as a strategic trading hub in the global economy. The country has invested heavily in education and the standard of living is amongst the highest in Asia. The tropical climate provides a green and lush backdrop for Singapore's modern architecture and efficient transportation system. Singapore has four official languages (Malay, English, Mandarin and Tamil) with English as the language of business, making Singapore an exciting starting point for any Villanova student's global business career. 

Program dates

Spring 2014: TBA
Spring 2013:
 January 13, 2013 to May 4, 2013


Academic Coursework

In addition to the internship, there will be four course components, developed in collaboration with Villanova University and taught by local faculty. These four courses are designed to fulfill freshman year VSB requirements and to ensure that all GCP participants will remain on schedule to graduate in four years:

  1. Augustine and Culture Seminar – ACS 1001
  2. Business Dynamics – VSB 1002
  3. Business and Society – SOC 2700 - OR - Mandarin Language - CHI1111
  4. Intro to Macroeconomics – ECO 1002 - OR - Global Political Economy ECO 3108
  5. Internship - BA2002 - free elective

Professional practice internship

Villanova University will partner with AIC, a non-profit provider of academic internship services in Singapore.  In addition to academic coursework, students will participate in a professional practice internship, completing over 200 hours of work experience. 

Villanova University students will have access to professional practice internship opportunities spanning a wide variety of industry sectors in Singapore. The internship services include:

  • Instructions on preparation of a placement essay and a resume appropriate to Singapore
  • Individual interview with an internship director on the Villanova University campus approximately two months prior to the program start date
  • Group orientation on the Villanova University campus and on-site in London
  • Placement of student in a professional practice internship
  • Follow-up and any required trouble-shooting
  • Coordination with each internship supervisor and obtaining the supervisor’s and the student’s written evaluations

Internship placements are based on the skills, interests and professional goals of the student and the project needs and work cycles of the internship sponsors. Students are placed in internships that directly reflect or relate to their courses of study to ensure quality and academic relevance of the placement.

Chinatown in Singapore
Students in Chinatown

Student Experience

"Working in Singapore has been such a great and rewarding experience.  The second half of the Global Citizens Program is an 8 week internship in an industry of your choice.  Our group is fairly spread out between accounting, finance, marketing and other firms that are both big and small.  While most of the group has had jobs before, an internship feels like an entirely new thing.  It is so exciting to go to work every morning and feel like an employee who is actually making a difference for the company.  This aspect of our time in Singapore has definitely made us all feel more independent and grown up, especially when people think we are so much older than we actually are! The international connections we are all making and the experience we are gaining in a real business setting is so valuable.  Working in Singapore is definitely an adjustment because the environment here is so competitive, but it only teaches us more and more every day!" - Emily Richey

On-campus Orientation

Once the participating students have arrived on Villanova’s campus in the fall, a member of the Office of International Studies’ staff will lead a series of orientation sessions on various topics that will prepare the Global Citizens for their semester abroad and internship placement.

Support Services in Singapore


All Global Citizens will participate in a pre-departure orientation on the Villanova University campus and an on-site orientation for students upon arrival in Singapore.

Management and safety

An AIC program director will be the principal contact for students on issues of housing, safety, culture and social life in the city. The program director will also serve as the principal contact with the Villanova University campus. The program director will be available via regular office hours, outside the students’ normal work schedules, to answer questions and resolve problems and will also be available to students 24 hours per day via cell phone for medical, legal or other emergencies.  


Students will be provided with 16 weeks of centrally located, fully furnished student housing in Singapore. Housing will be convenient to public transportation and will include kitchen facilities, access to laundry, and internet connectivity. 


  • Airport pick-up for group designated flight and airport drop-off on final day of the program
  • Public transportation (MRT) pass

Cultural services

  • City Tour
  • Dance or Theater performance
  • Two excursions to locations such as Round Island, Pulau Ubin, or Johore Bahru, Malaysia
  • Fairwell reception
Villanova in Thailand
Adventures in Thailand

Student Experience
"Although we do love Singapore, traveling outside of it has truly enhanced our experience and has enabled us to make unforgettable memories. We have been able to visit some of the most beautiful, historic places in the world.  With cheap flights, I have been able to travel to Cebu, Philippines, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Phuket, Thailand, Bintan, Indonesia, Johor Bahru, Malaysia, and Hong Kong. Although Singapore is amazing, the destinations around it are quite eye-opening and life-changing.  Vietnam was incredible because we could see the American History from the Vietnam War and really understand their side of the story. Being immersed into the countries has allowed us to learn about the cultural differences, incredible people, and customs that make up the different parts of Southeast Asia.  You truly get the best of both worlds in Southeast Asia seen as when we left Vietnam’s museums, motorbikes, and small roads, we went to the Philippines where we were able to snorkel, jet-ski, banana boat, and visit some of the most beautiful white-sand beaches in the world.  Whether its riding elephants, seeing fluorescent fish under the sea, visiting famous temples, mingling and eating with locals that truly touch your life, playing with monkeys, crawling through tiny war tunnels, or soaking up the sun on a beach – you truly have a unique, once in a life-time experience traveling Southeast Asia." -Hope Hruska


For further information, please contact the Office of International Studies, Middleton Hall, Villanova, PA 19085-1699, or by phone: 610/519-6412 fax: 610-519-7649

NOTICE: Villanova University reserves the right to modify or cancel the program if circumstances warrant.

* Cost Worksheet GCP SG 2013.pdf
Cost Estimates for participation in the GCP Singapore.

Student Experience

"The first eight weeks of the program were spent in the classroom, earning a semester’s worth of credits in half the time!  Classes are challenging, as we went to school for seven and a half hours a day, with half days on Mondays and Fridays.  It’s been really interesting getting the different perspectives on education from our Singaporean teachers and learning about the different education systems in this region of the world.   The pace of the courses is very quick and the teachers expect a lot of the whole class, making the learning experience an intensive one.   Singapore is an exciting learning and work culture to be a part of, and I’ve definitely met lots of intelligent, hard-working individuals!" - Allison Meade

Keleigh Ramos, Hope Hruska, Matt Polomski, Emily Richey