Key information

Destination: Malaysia

Dates: 27 January - 15 February 2025

Program Cost: TBC


  • 20 x A$4,000 New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants available for eligible students
  • $9,504 OS-HELP Loans available for eligible students

Program Eligibility: 3rd and 4th year Undergraduate Engineering students

Application Deadline: 31 August 2024


The central theme of this study tour is to explore sustainable engineering design and architecture across Malaysia. Over a period of 16 days, a team of up to 20 Engineering students will attend seminars and workshops at engineering design centres and visit traditional and award-winning iconic architectural and cultural sites in Malaysia. The tour will enhance experiential learning, and develop appreciation for sustainable engineering design and architecture.

The study tour aims to explore the application of “Sustainable Engineering Design principles” across many industries in Malaysia and evaluate the transition to cleaner, greener businesses to deliver relevant products and services that map to modern consumer lifestyles. This involves evaluating the applications of the of elements of environmental sustainability and low carbon footprint principles and how they are being embedded in engineering design, manufacturing, and construction.  The tour also aims to explore architectural design and its evolution in Malaysia.  


The tour is planned to visit 3 cities in Malaysia with various activities planned in each city. This includes:

  1. Penang: Penang is often dubbed the Silicon Valley of the East, owing to its vibrant electrical and electronics ecosystem, which has evolved from being labour-intensive and low value-added to capital-intensive, knowledge-based and high-technology centres. Site visits include X-Fab, KEYSIGHT TECHNOLOGIES, INTEL, and many others. Workshops will cover “innovative manufacturing”, Industry 4.0, low carbon footprint in engineering design and other themes.
  2. Kuala Lumpur:  The architecture of Kuala Lumpur is a blend of old colonial influences, Asian traditions, Malay Islamic inspirations, modern and post-modern mix. Most of Kuala Lumpur's colonial buildings were built toward the end of the 19th and early 20th century. These buildings have Mughal, Tudor, Neo-Gothic or Grecian-Spanish style or architecture. Most of the styling have been modified to cater for local resources and local climate. Architectural site visits will include traditional buildings like National Mosque, Central Market, Sultan Abdul Samad building, Masjid Jamek to represent Malaysia’s early modern architecture, Petronas Twin Towers and Kuala Lumpur Tower.  Also included are visits to buildings with unique concepts, such as the Malaysian Institute of Architects Centre, and Tamarind Square.
    Planned site workshops at Materialise, Gamura Yakult, MRT and Heriot-Watt University are included.
  3. Kuching: In Kuching, students will visit various sites and participate in field visits covering innovative green buildings designs, sustainable plastic manufacturing and others. The tour has a strong cultural focus with broad objectives to develop people-to-people partnerships. The cultural engagements will include a visit to Sarawak Cultural Village which is one of Malaysia’s best-known and most iconic cultural attractions. The site is a unique award-winning living museum offering an informative introduction to local cultures and lifestyles with nine authentic replica buildings representing major ethnic groups.

Academic Information

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

  • EAT20008 - Professional Experience in Engineering
  • MFP20001 - International Sustainability Project

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



To qualify for this program, you must:

  • Be enrolled in an Undergraduate Engineering degree
  • Be in your 3rd and 4th year

Kek Lok Si Buddhist Temple in Penang, Malaysia

Program cost

The cost of this program is TBC.

See below for the list of inclusions and exclusions of the program fee.


  • Accommodation
  • Breakfasts
  • Welcome and Farwell Dinner
  • Ground transport
  • Travel and medical insurance


  • International airfares
  • Visa
  • Academic tuition fees (unit costs)
  • Most meals
  • Personal expenses


Funding your overseas jounrey may be easier than you think

New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants for Australian undergraduate students

This program has 20 x A$4,000 Australian Government New Colombo Plan grants. These grants are available to Australian undergraduate students (with no citizenship or residency rights to Malaysia), who have not previously received an NCP short-term grant.

Grants are allocated on a rolling basis and students are automatically considered for a grant as part of their application process.


Eligible Australian students can apply for an Australian Government OS-HELP Loan of up to A$9,504 in Asia to help cover costs associated with your overseas program. Plus, up to $1,263 to complete Asian language study in preparation for your placement in Asia. 

For more information on funding and eligibility, see Fee Help and Scholarships.

Information sessions

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Upcoming information sessions

  • Thursday 15 August, 10.30 - 11.30 AM | Location: BA305
  • Friday 16 August, 2 - 3 PM | Location: Online via Teams
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Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis, with places (and scholarships) allocated to the first students to complete a full application and meet eligibility criteria.

Keen to apply? You can submit your application now. Applications will be assessed after the application deadline.

Final application deadline: 31 August 2024
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For further details on this program please contact:

Ismat Hijazin
Senior Lecturer
9214 8007

Alastair De Rozario
Mobility Adviser – Study Tours

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