Key information

  • Destination/s: Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Dates: 1 - 15 July, 2023
  • Cost: A$3,000 + airfares
  • Funding available: OS HELP Loans available for eligible students
  • Eligible students: Undergraduate
  • Application deadline: 31 March, 2023
  • Register your interest

Study tour overview

This tour will give you the opportunity to experience the culture and society of East Malaysia. The project takes you to Kuching in Sarawak, Malaysia, where you will collaborate with local community leaders and key stakeholders in regional communities to develop business opportunities that deliver positive social outcomes.

Through a variety of learning activities and fieldwork arrangements, you will get to apply the knowledge you gain to real world challenges, building your capacity to pursue a career in entrepreneurial practice or as an innovative member of a social enterprise. The project will give you an insight into the cultural, political and regulatory environments within the Malaysian context, and the program is designed to provide tangible outcomes for both you and the local community you’ll be a part of. 

Highlights / tentative itinerary

The tour will start with an “amazing race” style adventure around Kuching, where you will need to find your way around the city with a group of fellow students. This is a fun and exciting way for you to get to know the city and the other students on the program! 

Kuching is a cosmopolitan riverside city with great food, riverside markets, and many interesting natural and cultural attractions to explore.

You will also spend several nights in a local village, where you will stay in a traditional longhouse and get to know the local community leaders and learn more about their culture and heritage.

There will be the opportunity to visit various sites of interest in the area, including the amazing Bako National Park, the Sarawak Cultural Village, and Semenggoh Nature Reserve, where students get the opportunity to get up close and personal with the regions favourite primate, the orangutans.

Academic information

Which unit/s can this program be taken for as credit?

  • BUS30030

Can this unit be taken as an elective by students in any Swinburne degree?


Eligibility and selection criteria

This study tour is available to most undergraduate students as an elective unit, however, this program is also offered as part of the Social Impact Minor offered at Swinburne University. As such, it aims to attract students with an inherent interest and knowledge of social impact and change. 

Program cost includes:

  • Accommodation (share)
  • Breakfasts
  • Ground transport
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Cultural visits
  • Industry visits
  • Travel insurance

Additional expenses to consider (not included in program cost):

  • International airfares
  • Most meals
  • Academic unit fees
  • Visa (if required)

*Program cost is approximate at the time of being listed online.

The following types of funding are available to help eligible students with the costs towards this program:

  • OS Help Loan of up to A$8,817 (as at 2023)

Information session(s)

Information sessions are scheduled for March. Please register your interest to find out more.

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Still not sure?

For further details on this program please contact:

Dr Ryan Jopp
+61 9214 5976 

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