Bachelor of Arts (International Trade)


Programme Overview

Academic Level
Academic Level

Bachelor's Degree, single major

Awarded by
Awarded by

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, US

Programme type
Programme type

Full-time, 3 years

Campus location
Campus location

SIM Headquarters

Application Dates
Application Dates

Now till 19 Oct 2022 (Spring (Jan) 2023 intake) | Opens on 20 Oct 2022 for Summer (May) 2023 intake

Estimated Fees (incl. GST)
Estimated Fees

(incl. GST)*

S$35,310 to S$74,472

* Exclude application fee, preparatory or bridging course fee, and other fees. Refer to the Fees & Financial Aid section for details.

Programme Outline

Awarded and developed by: University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, US

Learn the insights and skills in the art and process of global restructuring and new patterns of uneven development.

The international trade program aims to prepare students to critically assess the process of globalization operating in the world today. Critical social, economic, and environmental challenges are being faced by corporate or government policy makers and organizations.

  • The SIM-UB scholarship allows deserving students at SIM to spend one semester at the UB’s New York campus.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will:

  1. Understand the growth of multinationals and foreign direct investments, international trade, the internationalization of capital and financial markets
  2. Learn to handle the new international divisions of labor, and the rapid development of technology and innovation.
  3. Expose yourself to a wide range of perspectives on the global economy
  4. Develop important skills in policy and data analysis at various geographic scales

Further Studies & Career Prospects

Graduates have gone on to graduate schools for further studies.

With this qualification, you have job opportunities in

  • Local investment and trade promotion agencies
  • Trade and location consulting firms
  • Governmental agencies
  • Brokerage firms
  • International banks
  • Transport carriers, and international trade management companies
  • International service providers (e.g., freight forwarders, customs)
  • Other professions

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Why study at SIM x University at Buffalo

SIM is the leading private education institution in Singapore.
Excellent value with lower tuition costs in SIM, with opportunities for overseas exchange and transfer.
Enjoy a high-quality and interactive American education.
Students admitted are regular UB students (no distinction between Singapore and Buffalo)
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Intake Dates

2023 Spring (January) Intake


30 January 2023 to 29 January 2026


Now till 19 Oct 2022

Full-time course is over 12 semesters (3 per year) and can be completed in 3 years. Each semester is 12-15 weeks.

Download academic calendar (PDF 204 KB)

2023 Summer (May) Intake


29 May 2023 to 28 May 2026


Opens on 20 Oct 2022

Full-time course is over 12 semesters (3 per year) and can be completed in 3 years. Each semester is 12-15 weeks.

Download academic calendar (PDF 204 KB)

Maximum allowed period to complete:

Single degree program – 6 years

If a student fails to complete the course within the candidature period, they will not be entitled to any recourse or refund.



  • Blended learning. Activities, consultations, discussions, exercises, lectures, online learning and presentations.
  • Each lesson consists of 1.5 hours of lecture and 1.5 hours of consultation.
  • To ensure parity in standards, rigors of the program, integrity of the UB degree, more than 50% of modules are taught by US/overseas visiting faculty, covering the full semester throughout the entire program. The rest of the modules are taught by qualified local faculty with the experience and academic expertise approved by UB.
  • Average teacher-student ratio = 1:43.
  • Minimum class size to commence: 25 students. Students will be informed at least one month prior to course commencement if class cannot commence due to low take up rate.

View a list of lecturers’ teaching modules (PDF 452 KB)

Assessment & Attendence

  • The normal module load for students is 12 to 15 credit hours a semester.
  • Students may register for modules and make changes to their class schedule. Students who choose to drop or resign from any modules, are on official leave of absence or have to repeat any failed modules, may take more than three years to complete their studies.
  • Continuous assessment comprises tests, quizzes, assignments, projects, presentations, participations and activities scheduled throughout the semester.
  • The final exam is held in the 2 weeks after the semester ends.
  • Students progress through each semester till they satisfactorily complete the conferral requirements.
  • Attendance requirement:
    • Local students – Minimum attendance requirement as stipulated by UB or 75%, whichever is higher.
    • International students – Minimum attendance requirement is 90% as mandated by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA).

Requirements to Graduate

  • Completion of min. of 120 credits with a min. overall and UB GPA of 2.0 to be awarded the degree.
  • With the credit exemptions, students may be able to complete the course of study in less than 3 years.
  • Students who successfully complete all the requirements of the program will be awarded Bachelor of Arts (International Trade) degree by the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, US.
  • Students earning baccalaureate degrees are eligible to receive Latin Honors based on their UB cumulative GPA on the following scale:
    Average (based on 4.0 = A)
    • 3.20 cum laude (Distinction)
    • 3.50 magna cum laude (High Distinction)
    • 3.75 summa cum laude (Highest Distinction)
    To qualify for Latin Honors, students must present a minimum of 60 credits of UB undergraduate coursework, at least 54 of which must be graded credits (i.e., not satisfactory or unsatisfactory – grades of ‘S’ or ‘U’)


Total credits required for degree: 120

  • Credits required for major: 49
  • Credits required for UB Curriculum: 33
  • Credits required for free electives: 38

  • Any two Geography or Management modules

  • ECO 181 Introduction to Macroeconomics (4 credits)
  • ECO 182 Introduction to Microeconomics (4 credits)
  • GEO 100 World Regions & Issues (3 credits)
  • GEO 103 Global Economic Geographies (3 credits)
  • GEO 120 Maps: Earth and Above (3 credits)
  • GEO 211 Univariate Statistics in Geography (4 credits)
  • GEO 330 Dynamics of International Business (3 credits)
  • GEO 333 International Trade (3 credits)
  • GEO 334 International Business Cultures (3 credits)
  • GEO 425 Industrial/ Business Geography (3 credits)
  • GEO 460 Geography of Development (3 credits)
  • CSE 111 Introduction to Quantitative Analysis and Reasoning with Computing (4 credits) or
  • MGQ 201 Introduction to Statistics for Analytics (4 credits)2
  • 3 300/400-level Geography Electives (9 credits)  

  • UB Seminar (3 credits) 
  • Foundations (21 credits) 
    • Communication Literacy I (4 credits) 
    • Communication Literacy II (3 credits) 
    • Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning (4 credits) 
    • Scientific Literacy and Inquiry (7 credits)1 
    • Diversity Learning (3 credits) 
  • Pathways (18 – 19 credits) 
    • Thematic Pathways (9 credits) 
    • Global Pathways (9 – 10 credits) 
  • UBC 399 UB Curriculum Capstone (1 credit)
View module descriptions for UB Curriculum (PDF 615 KB)

  • 14 credits (Upper Division, at least 300-Level)
  • 24 credits (Any level)

View module descriptions (PDF 992 KB)


The modules offered are subject to change.

1 These are online modules. Local resource persons may conduct weekly sessions for selected module. 

2 These are digital access modules. “Digital Access” is the phrase used by UB School of Management to designate what is known generically as electronic platform (EP) module. EP module delivery refers to a technological platform through which existing lecture-based modules are distributed to a wider constituency of students. The actual delivery of the class is captured on digital video as it happens, and the resulting Window Media Player file is immediately posted to UBLearns. Students use the internet to access lectures and print module materials at times convenient to their individual schedules.


Admission Criteria

Applicants will be assessed based on all the qualifications they have submitted. Meeting the minimum requirement does not mean automatic admission.

Accepted Entry Qualifications

The following qualifications are accepted:

  • Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (A-Level)
  • Polytechnic Diploma
  • SIM Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: Most recent 3 years of high school grade of ‘B’ equivalent to IB score 4.5. IB Diploma holders can expect up to 30 credit exemptions with a minimum of 30 total scores.
  • SIM Management Foundation Studies (MFS) or its equivalent
  • Qualifications equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma. Average grade of ‘B’ or better.

Students with Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (A-Level), Polytechnic Diploma and SIM Diploma may be considered for admission with advanced standing credits.

Note: Advanced standing and transfer credits granted are subjected to final approval by UB. UB reserves the right to change credit articulations at any time.

English Language Requirements

Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents with at least 10 years primary and secondary education in Singapore in an English-medium government school, and completed their GCE ‘O’ level with a grade ‘C’ (6 or better) in the English Language, are exempted from the English Language proficiency requirement.

All other applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English in one of the following ways. Only scores from tests taken within 2 years prior to the time of enrolment are acceptable.

English Language qualification

Minimum score

Paper-based TOEFL

550 (with no section below 50)

Internet-based TOEFL (IBT)

79 (with no section below 15)


6.5 (no band less than 6)

PTE Academic

55 (with no subsection score below 50)



ACT (English and reading sections)


International Baccalaureate (IB) – Diploma Higher Level English A1 or A2



Students with Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (A-Level) and Polytechnic Diploma may be considered for admission with advanced standing credits.


Single Degree (Minimum 120 credits)

Double Major (Minimum 120 credits)

Double Degree (Minimum 150 credits)

Polytechnic Diploma holders with transfer credits

60 – 110 credits

102 – 137 credits

127 – 159 credits

SIM Diploma holders with transfer credits

76 – 100 credits

102 – 137 credits

127 – 159 credits

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma holders

90 – 120 credits

102 – 137 credits

127 – 159 credits

A-Level students with advance standing credits

80 – 110 credits

100 – 137 credits

130 – 159 credits

Students with no credit exemption

120 credits

120 – 137 credits

150 – 159 credits

Note: Advanced standing and transfer credits granted are subjected to final approval by UB. UB reserves the right to change credit articulations at any time.


Fees & Financial Aid

Programme fees are charged based on the number of credits taken during the semester.

First semester programme fees are payable prior to commencement of semester. Subsequent semester programme fees are billed after the commencement of semester. Each semester typically has 4-5 modules (12 to 15 credits).

Payment to SIM can be made through SIMConnect using Credit Card (Visa or Master), PayNow, eNETS, OCBC Interest-free Instalment Plan (min. S$500) and cheques.

Programme Fees

Local students: S$588.50

International students: S$620.60 per credit (inclusive of prevailing GST)

The fees do not include textbooks.

Credits Required

Estimated Fees

A-Level students with advance standing credits:
80 – 110 credits*

S$49,648 – S$68,266 
For Singaporeans & PRs: S$47,080 – S$64,735

Polytechnic Diploma holders with transfer credits:
60*  – 110 credits*

S$37,236 – S$68,266
For Singaporeans & PRs: S$35,310 – S$64,735

SIM Diploma holders with transfer credits:
76  – 100 credits*

S$47,165.60 – S$62,060 
For Singaporeans & PRs: S$44,726 – S$58,850

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma holders:
90* – 120 credits

S$55,854 – S$74,472
For Singaporeans & PRs: S$52,965 – S$70,620

Students with no credit exemption: 
120 credits

For Singaporeans & PRs: S$70,620


Advanced standing and transfer credits granted are subjected to final approval by UB. UB reserves the right to change credit articulations at any time.

* With credit exemptions

Mandatory One-time Fees 

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST.

Student Development Fee

A one-time payment applicable to all students embarking on a full-time Diploma or Undergraduate programme at SIM. This fee goes towards activities that will help in students’ personal growth and equip them with functional skills that enhance their employability.
Payable with the programme fees’ first instalment.


International Student Induction Fee

A one-time fee payable by new full-time international students. This fee covers pre-arrival and arrival support, including activities to enhance the international student learning experience.

As applicable, payable with the programme fees’ first instalment.


Application Fee

Payable for each application form that is submitted. Fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. The fee will be refunded fully only if the intake does not commence. Unpaid applications will not be processed.

Local applicants: S$96.30

International applicants: S$481.50 (not inclusive of Student’s Pass application)