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 a degree program at UQ (preference will be given to BIHTM and BBusMan/BIHTM Hospitality major students)
  • 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

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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). 

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


Accommodation is included in the program delivery cost schedule.

Key Dates

Application Deadlines

UQ Abroad: 10 March 2018
Host: 10 March 2018

Program Dates

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.