Global Exchange Programme - GEXP (Outbound Exchange)

Why Embark on GEXP?

To better the world, first see and experience the world!

GEXP provides SUTD undergraduates a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience an international education and cultural immersion. To live and study in another country is an exciting opportunity that promises a fulfilling and rewarding experience!

  • Develop global perspectives
  • Cultural immersion
  • Networking opportunities
  • Personal and professional growth
  • Ambassador of SUTD and Singapore
  • Value add to your resume

What is GEXP?

  • Spend a term at an overseas host university in Fall Term (after Term 5) or Spring Term (Term 6)

  • Grades received will not be counted towards CGPA

  • Earn credits for passed courses towards SUTD degree

  • Continue to pay tuition fees to SUTD while tuition fees at the host university is waived


  • Enrolled as full-time SUTD Student

  • Sound academic record of CGPA of 3.0 and above at the point of application (students should maintain the CGPA of 3.0 and above every term up till the exchange term without failing any subjects before embarking on exchange)

  • Pass all subjects (students should ensure that any outstanding boot camps or re-tests should not happen during their exchange term)

  • Outstanding Fifth Row records

  • Eager to learn new things, make new friends and embrace new cultures

  • If you are holding any existing scholarship, check and ensure there are no restrictions involving overseas study (e.g. Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of Education)

  • Motivated to be a strong ambassador for SUTD and Singapore

  • Have sufficient financial means to cover necessary expenses for the full exchange duration

  • Satisfy host country’s entry requirements for nationality

  • A clean disciplinary record

Process and Timeline^

Process First Application Cycle
Fall and Spring Term                                        
Second Application Cycle
Supplementary Application for Spring Term
(Pre-Application and Research)
September January to February
Online Application October to November January to February
Selection and Interview November to December February to March
Application Result and Offer Acceptance December to February March to May
Finalise Study Plan Fall: January to August
Spring: April to December
April to December
Nomination and Application to Host University Fall: February to April
Spring: May to October
May to October
Acceptance by Host University Fall: May to June
Spring: October to November
October to November
Pre-Departure Fall: June to July
Spring: November to December
November to December
Depart for GEXP Fall: August to September
Spring: January to February
January to February
Return and Complete Deliverables Fall: January to March
Spring: April to July
April to July

^ The above Process and Timeline is for reference only and is subjected to changes.


  • GEXP first application cycle (for Fall and Spring term) is open to all Term 3 students in October/November annually, while the second application cycle (supplementary application for Spring) is open in January/February. Students will be informed via email.

  • Students will be able to choose up to 4 host universities in order of preference and corresponding exchange term during application.

  • Students going on SUTD's official internship must complete all 16 weeks of internship and ensure their GEXP does not clash with the internship period. Students going to Spring Term exchange must complete and fulfil their internship requirements after Term 5 during their Fall Term break. 

  • Students are responsible for doing thorough research on partner universities and course planning. 

  • Students are responsible for all exchange-related expenses such as airfare, meals, transport, accommodation, insurance, visa, books and supplies and other personal expenses, including additional costs for quarantine and tests as required by host country and Singapore upon return.
  • Students should consider their personality, maturity and adaptability. One must desire to interact, be flexible and take things in their stride when the going gets tough.

Selection and Interview

  • Exchange spots are extremely limited. Students will be considered based on academic merit, Fifth Row records, application essay, suitability of proposed study plan and selection interview, with higher chance given to students who have no previous overseas opportunities offered by SUTD (assuming all things equal). 

  • ​Participation in Freshmore Asian Cross-curricular Trips (FACT) and self-paid overseas Summer Programmes will not affect students' GEXP application.

  • ​The ranking of university choices during application affects the chance of securing an exchange spot. Students should be mindful of choosing only popular universities with limited spots.

  • Shortlisted applicants will be informed via email for an interview.

  • SUTD decision on the application outcome including allocation and offer of host university is final and cannot be disputed. Request or appeal to change the offered host university will not be entertained. 

  • S​election and exchange offer by SUTD does not constitute an offer of enrolment by the host university. The host university reserves the right to accept or decline a student's application.

Resources and Student Blogs

For more information on GEXP, please refer to GEXP Resources (login with SUTD email). Do also check out your seniors’ GEXP experience on their blogs

Financial Aid

There are various awards and scholarships available to students embarking on GEXP. Eligible students will be invited by email to apply for the exchange scholarships and awards. 

Singapore Citizens with Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA) will be able to utilize their PSEA for reimbursement of exchange-related expenses (such as airfare, VISA, accommodation, insurance and transport).

Exchange Scholarships and Awards

Students who are under external scholarships must ensure that they are allowed to receive concurrent awards or scholarships. Students who are under any scholarship that funds their overseas exchange will not be eligible for the following exchange scholarships and awards. Students who are utilising SUTD Global Distinguished Scholarship for GEXP will not be eligible for the following exchange scholarships and awards. 

Eligible SUTD students will be invited by email to apply for the exchange scholarships and awards in May/June (Jan/Feb for SEED). Download Application Form.

* Priority will be given to students with demonstrated financial need of monthly household PCI (Per Capital Income) of less than SGD2,250.

Scholarship / Award Eligibility
KKH Global Exchange Award
Quantum: SGD5,000
  • CGPA ≥3.0
  • PCI <SGD2,250*
Wilmar Global Exchange Award
Quantum: SGD5,000
  • CGPA ≥3.0
  • PCI <SGD2,250*
SICC Global Exchange Award
Quantum: SGD5,000
  • Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents
  • CGPA ≥3.5
  • PCI <SGD2,250*
A C Toh Global Award
Quantum: SGD5,000
  • Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents
  • For Asia host universities
  • PCI <SGD2,250*
ASEM DUO-Singapore Exchange Fellowship Award
Quantum: EURO4,000
  • Singapore Citizens, Singapore Permanent Residents and Citizens of ASEAN member countries
  • CGPA ≥3.0
  • For European host universities
  • Awarded in pairs of students coming from and going to the same universities, with each pair comprising 1 SUTD student and 1 inbound exchange student
  • Priority given to Fall Term exchange
Meiban Group Exchange Award
Quantum: SGD8,000
  • Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents 
  • CGPA ≥3.0
  • For students pursuing EPD Beyond Industry 4.0 Track
  • Only for Spring Term exchange
Makino Asia Global Exchange Award
Quantum: SGD8,000
  • Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents 
  • CGPA ≥3.0
  • For students pursuing EPD Beyond Industry 4.0 Track
  • Only for Spring Term exchange
Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED)
Quantum: CAD10,200
  • Singapore Citizens and Citizens of ASEAN member state
  • For selected Canadian host universities
  • Eligible applicants will be nominated to host university, review and award is subjected to host university discretion
  • Successful applicants will not be eligible for other exchange scholarships and awards

Partner Universities

1 Recommended for EPD Track - Beyond Industry 4.0 
2 Available to ASD students only
3 Internship opportunities are available before/after GEXP 

Asia and Oceania
Partner University Location Discover
Université catholique de Louvain 3 Belgium
Czech Technical University in Prague Czech Republic  
University of Southern Denmark 1 Denmark  
Aalto University 1 Finland
Tampere University Finland
INSA Lyon 3 France  
University of Twente 1 Netherlands
IE University 2 Spain  
Chalmers University of Technology 1 Sweden  
KTH Royal Institute of Technology Sweden
Uppsala University Sweden  
Cardiff University United Kingdom, Wales  
University of Bristol United Kingdom, England