Post-COVID 19 Economic Policy in South East Asia

Examine the financial policies of ASEAN governments aimed at cushioning the impact of COVID-19 by engaging with, government officials, and business owners.

At a Glance






Dec 28 ‎– Jan 15

Program Countries


Program Base

Penang & Kuala Lumpur

Critical Global Issue of Study

Development & Inequality

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During this course in Malaysia, you will examine economic policy decision-making and its impacts in Malaysia and Southeast Asia (ASEAN), with a special focus on new forms of economic resilience and adaption in the context of Covid-19. You will gain insight to key themes through formal classroom learning and interactive field visits, including conversations with experts and practitioners in Penang and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

Through this course, you will develop an understanding of the impact of COVID19 on equality, diversity, and poverty in the dynamic economies of the ASEAN region 


  • Examine the impact of COVID 19 on the ASEAN economies of Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore
  • Research a final project in collaboration with industry partners
  • Engage with an expert mentor of your choice
  • Learn about the effects of economic stimulus plans from students, businesses, academics, and government officials in Malaysia


Program Sites

Penang & Kuala Lumpur

For the first half of the program, you will be based in Penang Island, also known as the Prince of Wales Islandwhere you will live with a homestay familyThe island is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site with watermarked street art, Chinese shophouses, colonial homes, and sandy beaches in Batu FerringhiIn addition to lectures and site visits, you will interact with Malaysian student peers based in Gelugor near the Bayan Lepas free trade zone, a key electronics manufacturing area. Penang is well known for street food and local cuisines. 

 You will spend the second half of the program in Kuala Lumpur, the cosmopolitan capital of Malaysia and home to the country’s Central Bank. While here, you will engage in a combination of classroom and site visit activities related to the program theme, prepare a final research paper analyzing the impacts of a COVID-19 stimulus policy in a Southeast Asian nation, and live with homestay family in the suburban area of Bangi.  

Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.



The following syllabi are representative of this program. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term.

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Program Components

  • Seminar on post-COVID-19 economic policy in Malaysia and Southeast Asia
  • Site visits to engage with experts in finance, business, and government
  • Homestays in Penang and Kuala Lumpur
  • Final paper and presentation analyzing the impact of an ASEAN country’s COVID-19 economic stimulus package

Post-Covid-19 Economic Policy in Southeast Asia


Penang and Kuala Lumpur

While in Malaysia, you will live with two homestay familiesFirst, you will spend a week living with a local family in Penang. When the program moves to Kuala Lumpur, you will spend a week with a homestay family in the suburban area of BangiSIT has engaged a diverse group of homestay families representing different ethnic and religious communities in Malaysia. 

Other Accommodations

Small hotels 

Faculty & Staff

Malaysia: Post-COVID 19 Economic Policy in South East Asia

Careemah Choong, PhD
Khairil Bahari

Discover the Possibilities

  • Cost & Scholarships

    The total cost for this program is $3,500, including tuition, room & board, health insurance, and more. Financial aid may apply. Contact your study abroad office or SIT Admissions for more information.