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International Trading Track & Maritime Business Operations Track

Overview of International Trading Track

SMU launched the International Trading Track (ITT) in July 2006, with the objective of grooming young international trading talent in Singapore. ITT is offered through the School of Business as a specialisation under the Finance major. The track equips SMU undergraduates for careers with companies operating in the trading value chain. This includes organisations involved in trading, shipping, logistics, trade finance, and maritime services amongst many others.

"Asia is increasingly becoming the centre of global trade flow, and Singapore is well-positioned to seize the opportunity due to its continuous expanding role as an international launch pad for traders wishing to venture into this region and anchor their presence here."

Profession Annie Koh, VP
Office of Business Development and Academic Director of International Trading Institute at SMU

Overview of Maritime Business Operations Track

The Maritime Business Operations Track (MBOT) is a multidisciplinary programme offered by the School of Business in partnership with ITI@SMU. Customised to produce SMU graduates who are equipped to meet the talent needs of Singapore's maritime sector, students looking to be a part of Singapore's ever-growing maritime industry will gain a firm foundation in business operations alongside the essential knowledge and contextualized skills relevant for maritime related roles.

The MBOT includes a series of credit and non-credit courses that are taught by SMU faculty and industry professionals to ensure students receive the right balance of academic knowledge and industry know-how. Courses are offered on topics such as Logistics and Transportation Management, Port Focal Logistics and Maritime Operations, Shipping Business, and Supply Chain Management, among many others.


Academic Excellence

a. Excellence awards and scholarships
b. World-class lecturers


Experiential Learning

a. Local site visits
b. Company visits
c. Overseas exchange
d. Programmes and industry study missions


Practical Work Experience

a. Local internships
b. Subsidies for overseas internships to Copenhagen, Dubai, Shanghai and more


Real-world Experience

a. Keeping close to the pulse of the trading and maritime sector through industry partnerships
b. Network opportunities
c. Learning from the experts of the industry

Industry readiness through a broad-based curriculum

SMU students can apply for the International Trading Track or Maritime Business Operations Track at any point in time. They will be required to submit an application form to ITI@SMU.


For students who wish to apply, please fill in the online form for ITT track here and MBOT track here.
Alternatively, please email to


Learn more about the experiential learning opportunities as well as the credit and non-credit courses which undergraduate get to select under the two tracks

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Last updated on 01 Feb 2019 .