International Trading Track & Maritime Business Operations Track

Overview of International Trading Track

Singapore's position as an international trading hub provides a myriad of career opportunities for students as many world class trading and maritime companies have established themselves in the country. The International Trading Track (ITT) is offered by the Lee Kong Chian School of Business as a specialisation under the Finance major. The track equips SMU undergraduates for exciting careers with organisations involved in trading, shipping logistics, trade finance and maritime services amongst many others.

The ITT was launched in 2006 with the objective of grooming young international trading talent in Singapore. The Track includes a series of credit and non-credit courses that are taught by SMU faculty and industry professionals to equip students with the skill sets essential for physical trading such as product knowledge, logistics and financial and risk management. Courses offerd include Trade Finance, Analysis of Derivative Securities and Financial Markets and Investments, among many others.

Overview of Maritime Business Operations Track

The Maritime Business Operations Track (MBOT) is a multidisciplinary programme offered by the LKCSB in partnership with ITI@SMU. Customised to meet the talent needs of Singapore's maritime sector, SMU 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 offered include Logistics and Transportation Management, Port Focal Logistics and Maritime Operations and Shipping Business, 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

Students can apply for the International Trading Track (ITT) and Maritime Business & Operations Track (MBOT) at any point in their academic term.

As students with declared majors have priority in the bidding of courses, students are strongly encouraged to declare their majors as early as possible. Please also note that the online declaration function is not available during BOSS periods.

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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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