Overview

Universiti Sains Malaysia

City: Penang
Language of instruction: English
  • Located on a tropical island of Penang (second smallest state in Malaysia after Perlis), north west of Malaysia, between lush green hillsides and the sea
  • 1/3 research intensive universities in Malaysia
  • 30,000+ students
  • Conceptualized as a ‘University in a Garden,’ designed to depict the close affinity between its role as an institution of higher learning and nature
  • 2 branch campuses: Kubang Kerian in Kelantan (300km from main campus) - known as the Health Campus, and Nibong Tebal (30km from main campus) - known as the Engineering Campus
  • Common languages of Penang: English, Penang Hokkien, Tamil, Malay, Mandarin

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Partner university's areas of study

ArtsForestryLand and Food SystemsScience

Notes on Language of Instruction

  • English and Bahasa Melayu

ELIGIBILITY AND TIMING

Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)

Who can go?

  • Exchange students from the faculty of Science, Forestry, LFS, and Arts 

Term dates

  • Semester 1: September late January (term 1 students will not be able to return to UBC for the January semester)
  • Semester 2: February to late June
Courses + Transfer Credits

Credits

Course equivalency formula

  • Same as UBC credits

Passing grade

P, D- =0.67

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline.  You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g., application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)

Full course load information

  • Minimum 12 units need to be taken by students to be considered as full time
  • Full course load = 21 units

Partner Course Information

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

UBC Vancouver

Arts
UBC course: ANTH 3rd
Title: Societies and Culture of the Nusantara
Partner course code: SEA 303E
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-08
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Bahasa Malaysia I
Partner course code: LKM 100
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-09
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Malaysia Studies
Partner course code: SEA 205
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-10
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Asian Thought: Indian, Chinese, and Japanese
Partner course code: HFP 303E
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-01
UBC course: GEOG 3rd
Title: Geography of ASEAN and Asia Pacific
Partner course code: HGW 372
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-11-24
UBC course: SOCI 250
Title: Criminology
Partner course code: SAU 328E
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-11
UBC course: SOCI 301
Title: Third World Ideologies
Partner course code: SPU 329E
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-05
Forestry
UBC course: CONS 4th
Title: Conservation
Partner course code: RPK 222
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-07-21
Science
UBC course: BIOL 3rd
Title: Insect Ecology
Partner course code: BET 306
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-09-14
UBC course: BIOL 3rd
Title: Tropical Ecosystems and Climate Change
Partner course code: BST 308
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-09-14

UBC Okanagan

Arts and Sciences
UBC course: ARTS 2nd
Title: Major Themes in Selected world religions
Partner course code: HPA 201
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-02-04
UBC course: ARTS 3rd
Title: Malaysian Studies
Partner course code: SEA 205
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-03-25
UBC course: BIOL 3rd
Title: Population and Community Ecology
Partner course code: BST 307
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-04-05
UBC course: BIOL 3rd
Title: Tropical Ecosystem and Climate Change
Partner course code: BST 308
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-04-05
UBC course: BIOL 3rd
Title: Tropical Plant Ecology
Partner course code: BBT 308
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-02-06
UBC course: BIOL 4th
Title: Wildlife Ecology and Management
Partner course code: BST 404
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-04-05
UBC course: EESC 303
Title: Oceanography
Partner course code: BAT 206
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-02-05
UBC course: EESC 456
Title: Soil Science and Environment
Partner course code: BST 306
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-02-05
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

  • 15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC
  • Some exceptions may apply

Scholarships + awards

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ forFederal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.
Housing

Types of accommodation available

Off-campusOn-campus

Housing notes

  • On-campus accommodation provided to about 70% of students
  • 6 student hostels called DESASISWA
  • Living costs depend on the type of accommodation and if your family is staying with you
  • Recommendation: that international students allow between USD$5,200 to USD$6,400 a year for living (food, clothing, books, transport and entertainment) and accommodation costs

Information on Accommodation

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