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  • Locations: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Singapore, Singapore; Xiamen, China
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
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  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
  • Restrictions: Bucknell applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Class Status: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Housing Options: Guest House, Homestay, Hostel/Hotel Area of Study: Agriculture, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Business, Chinese, Culture, Economics, Finance, Geography, Global Studies, International Business, International Relations, International Studies, Internships, Math/Statistics, Mathematics & Statistics, Political Science, Politics, Sociology
Program Type: Primary Partner
Program Description:

2018 Directory ImageMalaysia and China: International Relations and New Economies

Develop new perspectives on global economic integration and trade while studying in Malaysia, China, and Singapore.

Program Highlights

  • Examine the Malaysian model of Islamic banking and its expanding role in global finance.
  • Learn about the policies and practices of global trade.
  • Travel to China and Singapore as you consider the future of global finance and banking in the growing financial centers of Southeast Asia.
  • Consider to study either Malay or Chinese and live with families who speak the language you're studying.
  • Develop an interdisciplinary perspective on the relationship among economics, politics, and religion in Malaysia, a country of great diversity, and all of Southeast Asia.
  • Consider ethics in banking and finance in a global context.

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

Independent Study

During the final four weeks of the program, you can choose to use your new language and cultural skills and the academic knowledge you have acquired to complete an Independent Study Project (ISP) on a topic of interest to you. The ISP is conducted in Kuala Lumpur or another approved location. You will integrate different components of the program as you conduct an in-depth investigation of a social movement or organization. The ISP is an opportunity to build a solid foundation for further research for a senior thesis, Fulbright fellowship, or graduate school.

Sample topics:
  • Implications of economic integration on small-scale enterprises
  • Geopolitical challenges of investment and trade in Southeast Asia
  • The role of gender in trajectories of economic change
  • Migration and economic opportunity in the age of the New Silk Road
  • Role of religion (e.g., Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism) in building economic networks today

The internship may be completed with a local community organization, research organization, business, government agency, or international NGO. The internship will enable you to gain valuable professional experience, enhance your skills, and deepen your understanding of the social implications of migration through practical experience with people who work on these issues.

Topics and placements may vary according to the availability of each institution. Sample internship sites:

  • Islamic banking and finance institution in Kuala Lumpur
  • Community economic development organization or office in rural Malaysia
  • Organization engaged in promoting investment and economic relations with China
  • Small-scale enterprise engaged in halal management practices in Southeast Asia
  • Training center developing skills in halal management for global clients

Key Topics of Study

  • The factors involved in the Asian Financial Crisis and its legacies for Malaysia’s financial markets and regulatory frameworks
  • Relative challenges and implications of financial regulatory instruments at local, regional, and global scales
  • Islamic banking, finance, and halal management
  • The role of ethics in banking and finance
  • The implications of new global economic integration practices for families, communities, and nation-states
  • Trajectories of change in Malaysia’s trade, national economic policy, and global economic integration
  • ASEAN’s goals for cooperation and integration in Southeast Asia
  • Malaysia’s sustainability priorities in the context of regional and global economic integration
  • The New Silk Road policy from the perspective of key sectors and actors in China’s economy
  • The historical foundations of Malay-China trade and economic relations and the relevance of historical relations to present-day economic change
  • Community-based economic strategies and resilience

Money Matters

Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:

  • All educational costs, including educational excursions
  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
  • Health and accident insurance


  • SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.  
  • The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program. 
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2021 02/28/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.