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 Jonathan Staggs, 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

Students who are interested in finding out more about this program are encouraged to come to the Cultural Gastronomy in Malaysia Information Session. The session will be held on Monday 4 March 2019, 10 am - 11 am in Room 209, Building 39A (General Purpose North 3).  Students can register their attendance here.

Credit equivalent 

2 UQ Units. Successful applicants will be enrolled in TOUR3004. Maximum of 2 UQ Units if the course is successfully completed (pending UQ faculty approval).

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 TOUR3004
  • submit a Personal Statement Form with their Global Experiences 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). 

New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants of $2,500 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. 


Rose - 2018

I now have a greater understanding of Malaysian culture, both the tensions and cultural norms. I had an exciting glimpse into different religions in the places we explored and this broadened my understanding of different cultures. This immersion in new culture also developed my skills when adapting to new norms.

Read more of Rose's story here. 


Key Dates

Application Deadlines

Winter applications for this program have now closed. 

Program Dates

Start: 30 June 2019
End: 17 July 2019

Fast Facts

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

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


If you participate in a short-term program you may also be eligible to submit an application for an OS-HELP loan if your program is for-credit and you are enrolled as a Commonwealth supported student. 

Application Deadlines

15 January for overseas study commencing March to August
15 March for overseas study commencing May to October
15 June for overseas study commencing August to January
15 September for overseas study commencing November to April

Refer to the funding page for more information on eligibility requirements and loan amounts. 

Global Experiences 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.