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Fields of Study: Engineering, Humanities, and Social Sciences

The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) offers an innovative hands-on, design focused, and multidisciplinary curriculum for engineering students. Courses in humanities, arts, and social sciences complement the engineering curriculum and promotes soft skills like problem-solving, creative thinking, and continuous learning.

Unique study opportunities

  • Curriculum established in collaboration with MIT that incorporates elements of entrepreneurship, management, and design thinking
  • Full access to the Fabrication Lab (Fab Lab) makerspace and its world-class arsenal of 3D printers, CNC milling machines, waterjets, metal and woodwork machines
  • Participate in the Inbound International Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (iUROP) and work with SUTD faculty and students on cutting edge and innovative research projects during your program abroad. 


Language of Instruction: English

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: 4 courses for a total of 21-24 quarter/14-16 semester UC units each semester. Most courses are 12 SUTD credits each. 12 SUTD credits equals 6 quarter/4 semester UC units
  • You may take one course for pass/no pass.

Current Program Courses

The university is organized into pillars or majors of study. You will choose any combination of courses from the following pillars:

  • Engineering Product Development (EPD): Leadership in conception, design, implementation, and operation of innovative technology-intensive products
  • Engineering Systems and Design (ESD): Design, analysis, optimization, and management of large-scale complex systems
  • Information Systems and Technology Design (ISTD): Design integrated software/hardware systems that interact with humans and machines.
  • Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS): Integrates the humanities, arts, and social science disciplines with SUTD’s engineering pillars by examining the social role and impacts of innovations in the fields of technology and design.

Not all SUTD courses are offered every term. For the fall semester (early Sept to mid-Dec), you select courses from SUTD Term 7. For the spring semester (late Jan to late April), you select courses from SUTD Terms 4, 6, or 8.

You will select your courses in order of preference on your SUTD application, then finalize your enrollment when the course schedule is released approximately one month before arrival.

Course Restrictions

Architecture and Sustainable Design (ASD) courses are currently not open to study abroad students.

Science, Mathematics and Technology (SMT) courses are first-year foundational courses and are not open to study abroad students.


SUTD provides the opportunity for part-time research through the Inbound International Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (iUROP). You can opt to take the iUROP Mezzo or Meta research course for academic credit. Research courses are graded pass/no pass only. 

Catalogs and resources

Academic culture

SUTD has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 students to 1 faculty, conducive to a collaborative culture and close-knit student community. Lessons usually take place in a classroom setting that facilitates small group discussions and interactive learning. A 120-minute lesson block is typically broken into several iterative segments of mini-lectures followed by discussions and activities. Theories are brought to life through discussions and team-based projects. Students are challenged to think beyond the knowledge taught in classes (as opposed to lecture-style teaching) and reach out to faculty and teaching assistants for constructive debate and discussions.


You'll earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Grades for the fall program are typically available in early March. Grades for the spring program are typically available in late July.