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Singapore, GEN

Singapore GEN: July 25 to August 17 

  The Global Education Network (GEN) Exchange Experience

The Global Education Network (GEN) is a collaboration of four international education institutions formed to enhance the employability of students through global education and cultural exchange. Current membership of the Global Education Network consists of:
  • Box Hill Institute (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
  • Institute of Technical Education (Singapore)
  • Kirkwood Community College (Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA)
  • Sothern Alberta Institute of Technology (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

For this experience, GEN partner – ITE-Singapore will host students from all four countries to participate in college courses directly related to students’ field of study, industry or site visits relevant to their careers, and organized cultural excursions and free time to explore the local culture and environment of the diverse country of Singapore. Students participating have the opportunity to learn about the Singaporean culture as well as that of their Australian and Canadian peers.

The Course: GLS-120: Education Experience Abroad

This Summer semester course will begin with pre-departure course meetings several weeks before departure during the spring. The GLS-120 course, taught by the GEN faculty leader from Kirkwood, provides a structured cross-cultural experience, including face-to-face meetings, virtual orientation with your GEN classmates, the in-country immersion experience and a culminating project.

You will have the opportunity to learn about the culture of Signapore through its history, religion, geography, philosophy, literature, anthropology, culture, fine arts, food, language and other relevant topics.

Some programs which are available for this exchange are: Automotive Technology, Animal Health, Hospitality Arts/Culinary Arts,  Early Childhood Education, Human Services , Exercise Science, Business and Information Technology,  Mechatronics. If you do not see your program, email

The Country:
Once you have discovered Singapore, you will wonder what took you so long to get there! Singapore was named the Top Country to Visit by Lonely Planet Travel Guides in 2015. Located in Southeast Asia, Singapore is an island that encompasses only 270 square miles with 4.6 million residents. Singapore is a melting pot of many cultures, representing a merge of Malaysian, Chinese, Indian and Euro-Asian cultures, creating a diverse land with many choices for food and entertainment. With year-round weather between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit, Singapore has a lot to offer. You can enjoy world-class shopping on Orchard Road, a trip up in the Singapore Flyer – the world’s largest observation wheel – or a day at Sentosa Island, boasting beaches and the Underwater World Oceanarium.

Program Highlights:
  • Participation in college course and industry site visits/placements in your field of study
  • Intercultural learning experiences with students from Singapore, Australia and Canada
  • Organized cultural excursions throughout Singapore
  • Free time to explore local attractions

Estimated Program Fee: $3,250
$1,500 Global Advantage Scholarship Available!

  • Round-trip Air
  • Housing
  • Some Meals
  • Cultural Excursions
  • Health Insurance
  • Some In-Country Transit
Does not include:
  • Tuition: 3 credits Summer 2019
  • Personal Expenses
  • Passport Fee
  • Some Meals and Some In-Country transit

Program Contact:
Ken Nesbett, Study Abroad Advisor
International Programs, 1154 Linn Hall