The information below is for Winter 2018 and is to be used as a reference only. Updated information for Winter 2019 will be available in late-2018 or early-2019. 

The Go Behind the Scenes - Cultural Gastronomy in Malaysia program is designed to explore how to best package and promote Malaysia's unique and diverse gastronomy to international tourists. 

Study modules include preparing and serving traditional Malaysian cuisine, in Taylor’s suite of practical facilities to gain insights into the country’s diverse culinary arts and hospitality practices.

Throughout, you will be collecting data via assessment, which will form part of a collaborative research project between the program leader, Dr Richard Robinson, from the UQ Business School’s Tourism cluster, and research colleagues at Taylor’s University.

Fields of study

The following fields of study are available:

  • Hospitality 
  • Tourism management

Credit equivalent 

2 UQ Units. Successful applicants will be enrolled in TOUR3003. Maximum of 2 UQ Units if the course is successfully completed (pending UQ faculty approval).

Students studying a BIHTM or BBusMan/BITHM may be eligible for credit towards #2 Advanced General Elective as approved by BEL Faculty. Students will not be able to gain credit if they are studying a BIHTM dual major.

Eligibility and application

All applicants must meet the standard short-term experience eligibility criteria and the following additional program criteria: 

  • have a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.5 as shown on their UQ studies report;
  • be currently enrolled and taking classes in an undergraduate degree program at UQ
  • approval by UQ faculty to receive credit towards TOUR3003
  • submit a Personal Statement Form with their UQ Abroad Application
  • a cap of 20 students has been applied by Taylors University, in order to deliver this experience and resource-rich program. As such selection interviews may be required if applications exceed places available (preference will be given to BIHTM and BBusMan/BIHTM students)

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Costs and funding

Tuition will be paid to UQ. The program delivery cost schedule is approximately $2,500 AUD (excluding tuition fees). This cost schedule includes the airfare (students can make their own arrangements), and Taylors University program delivery costs: airport transfers, accommodation for 12-14 days (inclusive of some meals), welcome ceremony, two days in downtown Kuala Lumpur, and a 3-day Gastronomy Discovery Tour through Selangor.

Additionally, students may need up to $500 for other expenses (additional meals, incidentals, communication, souvenirs etc). 

Twenty New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants of $2,500 each, are available to eligible students to support their participation in this program. 

Applicants may also be eligible for UQ-specific funding.


Accommodation is included in the program delivery cost schedule.

Kirsty - 2018

I had never been to Malaysia before and was very interested to compare the Australian gastronomy to the Malaysian. I also aimed to expand my educational experience, as I knew this study tour would provide me with worldwide contacts. My favourite aspect of the trip was studying within a different culture and absorbing all the culture had to offer.

Read more of Kirsty's story here. 


Key Dates

Application Deadlines

UQ Abroad applications for Winter 2019 will open in December 2018.

Program Dates

Dates listed below are for Winter 2018 and are to be used as a reference only.

Start: 02 July 2018
End: 17 July 2018

Fast Facts

Type: Study
Mode: Study abroad*
Location: Subang Jaya, Malaysia
Credit: For-credit 
Cohort: Undergraduate

*Tuition for this program will be paid to UQ. Please see Financial Information tab for more information. 

UQ Abroad Information Sessions

Students are encouraged to register and attend an information session to receive more details on the short-term application process, eligibility criteria, funding etc.