For the first half of the program, you will be based in Penang Island, also known as the Prince of Wales Island, where you will live with a homestay family. The island is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site with watermarked street art, Chinese shophouses, colonial homes, and sandy beaches in Batu Ferringhi. In 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 a homestay family in the suburban area of Bangi.