Spotlight on Singapore

Spotlight on Singapore

A guide to custom programs in Singapore

A once relatively uninhabited and chiefly underdeveloped location, Singapore has emerged as one of the world’s most prosperous countries and serves as a model for many developing nations. It was founded in 1819 as a British trading colony, but grew in the late 1800s when immigrants rushed into the country to work at rubber plantations. In 1963, Singapore declared its independence from Britain and joined the Malaysian Federation, but just two years after this separation, Singapore was set free to become a fully self-governing country.

  • Major industries
    Biotechnology, oil and gas, electronics manufacturing, rubber products and processing, ITC, financial services
  • Top languages
    Mandarin, English, Malay
  • Size
    Just 3.5 times larger than Washington, D.C.
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Customize Your Program

Designing Your Custom Program

We believe this kind of learning experience demands a unique travel itinerary, and that’s why we specialize in customized travel programs. Whether its J-term, spring break, May-mester, etc., our program development team, alongside our Global Academic Team, will consult with you to translate your curriculum into a one-of-a-kind learning experience that will deliver the educational outcome you’re looking for. From selecting your destination to identifying interactive experiences that bring your classroom to life, our thematic approach ensures that your goals drive every decision we make together.

A Personal Partner

Once your program is developed, you’ll work directly with an account manager who will be your champion, working directly with our large team of logistical experts, curriculum specialists, and on-the-ground partners. Our loyal clients see their account managers as an integral part of their own university teams, ensuring that your program is uniquely yours each and every year.

Meet our VP of Program Development

JeDSC_7280nnifer Fisher leads a team of WorldStrides’ program development specialists, working directly with new university clients to globalize their curriculum with short-term faculty-led cultural immersion experiences. Jen brings a passion for customized curriculum solutions to this role after more than 20 years working with institutions of higher learning.

To begin customizing your program, give us a call at 1-800-422-2368.

Topics to Explore

In Singapore, you might choose to explore the following topics:

High Tech

More than 80 of the top 100 software and services companies have established regional headquarters in Singapore including Hewlett Packard, IBM, Oracle, Cisco, Alcatel, Crimson Logic, and Tata Consultancy Services. Meet with leaders in some of these companies to discover why Singapore is ranked as the 3rd most “network-ready” country in the world,


It is no accident that Singapore has developed into Asia’s largest center for foreign exchange and commodity trading, as well as a growing wealth management hub. Study the country’s purposeful march toward becoming a global financial center and meet with bankers and wealth managers who’ve flocked to the region.

Water Management

When Singapore first became independent in 1965, it relied almost entirely on imported water from Malaysia. Today, it is a global leader in water management innovation and an emerging hydrohub. Learn about its integrated approach to water and study how it turned this weakness into a strength and an economic opportunity.


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Singapore Now
Singapore Now

Today, tiny Singapore boasts a successful free-market economy, a much-touted urban development strategy, and a government noted for its lack of corruption. This prime economic climate has allowed Singapore to become a leading force in the high-tech industry and an increasingly distinguished player in the financial sector. More than 80 of the top 100 software and services companies have established regional headquarters in Singapore including Hewlett Packard, IBM, Oracle, Cisco, Alcatel, Crimson Logic, and Tata Consultancy Services. It has also been ranked by the World Bank as the world’s easiest place to do business, and is ranked as the 3rd most “network-ready” country. It may be tiny and it may be young, but Singapore is a national model, inspiring many other nations who seek to do what it has done.