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Academics

Fields of Study: Engineering, Science, Humanities

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

Language

Language of Instruction: English

All instruction is in 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.
  • Take at least 50% of courses from the department/pillar in which you are placed.
  • 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 one pillar and select the majority of your courses from the offerings in the associated department:

  • 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.

You will select your courses in order of preference on your SUTD application 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.

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.

Grades

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.