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  • Locations: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
  • Restrictions: CMC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Housing: Home Stay Language Pre-Requisites: None
Language of Instruction: English CMC GPA Requirement: 3.0 for Fall Study Abroad and 2.8 for Spring Study Abroad
Program GPA Requirement: Must meet CMC minimum GPA Internships Available: Internships or practicums are not approved. Do not enroll in an internship or practicum.
Class Status: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Subjects Offered: Anthropology, Asian Studies, Chinese, Culture, Economics, Gender Studies, Geography, International Relations, International Studies, Mathematics, Political Science, Sociology
On-Site Semester-Long Required Language Course: Chinese, Malay Additional Pre-Requisites: Microeconomics and Macroeconomics
Program Description:

SIT Study Abroad Malaysia and China: International Relations and New Economies

NOTE: SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, SIT may have to modify programs. Visit the SIT website for more details.

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



Independent since 1957, Malaysia is a country of harmonious complexity as well as ethnic, religious, social, economic, and environmental diversity. Majority Muslim, with long histories of Hindu, Christian, Buddhist, and many other religious practices, Malaysia comprises a rich collection of interfaith communities coexisting within a globally dynamic economy. With its Islamic banking model, based on specific ethical standards and regulations, Malaysia plays a unique role in the global financial sector. Witness economic integration up close in historical and political contexts and meet with policymakers, entrepreneurs, and global industry leaders. Homestays with local families play the important role of bringing into focus specific experiences in the context of everyday life. Thematic seminars and the language course, along with the field methods and ethics seminar, also foster deeper connections. As part of your journey, travel to China, then to Singapore or Indonesia, as you consider the future of international relations and global banking in the growing financial centers of Southeast Asia and beyond.


  • Examine banking, ethics, and finance in a global and cross-cultural context.
  • Understand Malaysia’s trade, politics and the inclusivity of global economies.
  • Study and live with families speaking either the Malay or Chinese languages.
  • Visit a wide range of Chinese cities with strong trade sectors.


Previous college-level coursework both microeconomics and macro economics as assessed by SIT.
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.


  • Malaysia’s Islamic banking, finance, and halal management sector
  • The Asian Financial Crisis and it’s longer-term legacies for Malaysia
  • ASEAN’s goals for cooperation and integration in Southeast Asia
  • Historical foundations of Malay-China trade and economic relations
  • China’s Belt and Road Initiative (aka, the New Silk Road policy)
  • The role of ethics in banking, finance, investment, and trade



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 for semester programs.  
  • 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.



This program is currently not accepting applications.