Summer Semester: June 15th - 30th, 2019

Winter Semester: December 6th - 21st, 2019

Program Overview

This program was developed in conjunction with local Curtin University to offer a semester in Borneo, Malaysia that will situate students deep in the heart of the Sarawak region in an exciting two-week program of study at the academically outstanding and internationally acclaimed school. Located in Miri, second largest town in Sarawak and home to a variety of local cultures, customs and crafts with nearby mangrove forests,beaches, rainforests, mountains, and the UNESCO heritage site of Gunung Mulu National Park. Students will explore these sites and more while learning about Borneo’s cultural and ecological history.

The indigenous tribes of the area have well preserved customs that can be observed through day to day etiquette, local cuisines, rural or religious festivals and a heightened respect for the rainforest. Understanding these different ways of life and how they relate to their surrounding environment is core to Edu-Odyssey's program philosophy. Students will emerge with a solid understanding and wealth of personal experience to not only strengthen one's intellectual understanding of cultural differences and the specific characteristics of this fascinating area, but of overarching principles that affect all world cultures, as well as our own. *

OPTIONAL PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Certification Course with Digital Underwater Photography Add In(at extra cost): Students have the option of completing the pre-trip readings for the course while still at home, or to arrive early and engage in a week-long PADI Open Water Scuba Diving course during the week leading up to the Borneo Cultural Studies Program. Students taking this course will understand basic principles and engage in confined and open water dives under the supervision of qualified and experienced diving instructors.

PADI Certification is recognized around the world and can even count for a college credit in schools that accept the American Council on Education (ACE) accreditation.

Students are able to dive in pristine reefs and also possible see WWII wrecks and oil rig sites. The dive location we embark from in Miri-Sibuti Coral Reef National Parks contain over 800 species of coral with high visibility due to the calm nature of currents in the area.

Optional ADD IN In Addition to the Open Water Diving Course, Students can take an ADD IN Underwater Digital Photography Course (for a fee) detailed below.



Culture and Ecology of Borneo

This course will focus on Malaysia, and in particular Borneo's history, culture and social organization, supplemented with experiences amongst traditional tribal communities and modern communities of contemporary Borneo, allowing a comprehensive view of the myriad lifestyles and cultural creativity of the area. Including a survey of the geographical and ecological make-up of Borneo, we will move on to study the social fabric of Sarawak, Sabah, Brunei and Kalimantan. Students will become familiar with landmark phases through which Borneo has evolved such as the Brooke rule, the Japanese Occupation, a period of British Colonialism and the Independence Wave and pursue a more advanced understanding of the entwinement of historical occurrences and cultural outcomes towards an enhanced appreciation of the region. Specific course topics include Sarawak History, the Austronesian Migration, Material Cultures of Borneo and more. This course also contains a travel component during which students will experience first-hand the diversity of local people and land, and complete excursion based workshops.*

PADI Open Water Diving Certification Course

Get in on the action with the PADI Open Water DIving Course- a one-week special addition to Borneo Cultural Studies that takes place from June 8-15th. Students learn to use basic equipment as well as is application for use in different climates. They learn basic safety concepts and facts that will empower them in the water. And, best of all, they Dive!!

All dives take place within the spectacular, 186 000 hectare Miri-Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park. During the PADI Open Water Diving Course students reside centrally in the town of Miri and spend a relaxing, enjoyable week completing pre-course readings for Borneo Cultural Studies and engaging in Dive Instruction leading to 4 Days of Dives.

If you are already Certified, ask us about our ‘Just Diving’ Option.

All students are invited to Sign Up for our Additional 2 Day course in Digital Underwater Photography, taking place after the Certification Course, that shares the technical aspects of underwater photography as well as the creative. This addition is at an extra cost.

Prerequisites: Adequate swimming skills and good physical health.



There is a strong trip-based component to each of the courses in Sarawak, East Malaysia.  Semesters are designed to fall during vibrant local holidays and celebrations in which students can participate or witness. ALL STUDENTS, regardless of your course choice, are taken on multiple trips to engage with the culture, explore, and have fun! Trips are outlined below

Tuition for Borneo Cultural Studies: $2,975

Tuition for Borneo Cultural Studies plus Scuba Diving: $4,120


Tuition includes On campus Room and Board (3 meals a day), Class and Credit Fees, Transcripts, Airport pickup, Site fees and Transportation to Excursion sites, Overnight trips and accomodation, Round the Clock on-site Support and Tutorial Assistance as Needed, Welcome and Farewell Communal Dinners. Tuition does not include airfare.

*Programs are subject to change as deemed fit due to inclement weather, availability and varying circumstances as Edu-Odyssey adapts to provide the best experience for students.



Program Features

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3 Day/2 Night Trip to UNESCO Heritage Site Mulu National Park Caves

Day and Night Jungle Trekking in Lambir National Park with ethnic meal at Longhouse Visit

Visit local markets, industrial sites, temples and fun sites like Wireless Street and San Ching Tian Temple

Take a Longboat to Batu Bungan Caves and more!

Excursions subject to change due to weather and availability.


Coursework and Academics

The Coursework for Borneo Cultural Studies first introduced students to a bit of the language of the region, to help you to chat with locals, though you can certainly get by using English. Then, we dive into the cultural, ecological and social history of the region. Excursions will complement classes to impart a full picture of the diversity and intrigue that is Sarawak.

As a full, undergraduate level course, students seeking credits will need to complete pre-readings before arriving. This can be done in conjunction with our Scuba Course offering.


Housing and Support

Students stay in comfortable, modern, shared dormitory style housing with quick access to local restaurants and shops. 24 hour support will be given so that students can contact Edu-Odyssey staff for any issues, be it academic or personal. We are here to make your semester convenient and comfortable. All room and board is provided for the program dates. Students have the option of arriving 2 days prior and staying 1-2 days after the semester’s end to acclimate.