Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Malaysia Islamic Art

International Experience Program:  Malaysia

Faculty of Arts and Education

Immersion in Islamic Art 

Proposed 2018 program

BuildingOn this two week program you'll be accompanied by CSU Academic, Dr Sam Bowker who'll accompany you throughout your Malaysian tour. The primary focus of this experience will be to expose you to one of the world's largest Islamic art collections at the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (IAMM). You'll engage directly with the IAMM's collection of calligraphy, architecture, textiles, ceramics, metalwork and glass. With behind-the-scenes access you'll gain an understanding of the operations of a museum of this calibre, including art handling processes, conservation practices and resources, exhibition planning and art acquisitions.  

Not only will you experience the rich culture and history of Islamic art you'll also have the opportunity to explore Penang and Malacca to really uncover the culture of Malaysia.

This tour is a must for any student with a keen professional or academic interest in the history, collection, preservation, appraisal and exhibiting of fine art and of Islamic visual cultures in particular.

"CSU Global's Malaysia Islamic Art Program was a magical and unique experience that exposed participants to unforgettable personal and valuable professional insights not available through usual study. This was a wonderful chance to discuss aspects of Islamic art and design with museum staff and later to view the architecture of the mosques and temples of Malaysia and how these relate to the various cultural groups living within the country." Nicci Parry-Jones, 2016 Program Participant

This program is partially funded by the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan funding. CSU recognises the support of the Australian Government in providing targeted funds which have subsidised the cost of this program to students.

When: approximately 19 January - 2 February 2018 (exact dates will be confirmed upon notification of successful application)

Number of places available: Maximum 16 places
This program will require minimum numbers to proceed. 

Group SelfieEligibility: You must be enrolled in a degree through the Faculty of Art and Education at the time of undertaking this program.  Additionally, you must have the opportunity to study ART240 as part of your CSU degree.

Academic Information: In conjunction with successful completion of the program requirements students must also enrol in and complete all assessments associated with ART240 - Introduction to Islamic Art & Design. This will require payment of a subject tuition fee and satisfactory participation and completion of specified assessment items. Students must liaise directly with their Course Director for approval to include this subject in their course structure and should do so prior to applying for this program.

Financial Assistance: The advertised program cost for undergraduate students is based on the provision of financial subsidies from the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan. Eligibility is restricted to Australian Citizens enrolled in a CSU degree and receiving academic recognition at the time of participating in the program. These subsidies are limited in number.

Students may also be eligible to receive financial assistance through the Australian Government's OS-HELP loan. OS-HELP is a loan available to eligible Commonwealth Supported students who want to undertake some of their study overseas. OS-HELP can be used for a range of expenses such as airfares, accommodation, and other travel or study expenses.

Eligibility for OS-HELP will be assessed once successful students are selected and is based on a number of criteria.  Acceptance into a CSU Global program does not guarantee eligibility for the loan. Please note, you cannot pay your program deposit through OS-HELP.

All funding associated with CSU Global programs (travel grants, scholarships, subsidies and loans) is linked to successful completion of academic and program expectations. Failure to meet these requirements may result in funding being revoked.

Refer to Global's Scholarships and Funding webpage for further information on OS-HELP.

MuseumCost: Exact costs to be advised on notification of successful application
- Students receiving academic recognition (must meet NCP criteria): Approximately $500
- Students not receiving academic recognition or not receiving NCP funding: Approximately $3500

Costs should include: In-country program fee, international airfares, travel insurance, most in-country transport, accommodation (twin share) and some breakfasts.

Costs do not include: CSU subject fees, domestic travel, visas (where applicable), passports, immunisations (if required), additional local transport/meals/sightseeing, recreational activities, souvenirs, gratuities and incidentals.

Please note: This is a group ticketed tour.  Your program will depart from a predetermined Australian international airport and return to the same destination on dates confirmed by CSU Global.

Application Timeline: Continue to the bottom of this page for application link

  • Application closing date: 1 September, 2017
  • Successful students notified (email): within two weeks of application closing date
  • $500 non-refundable payment date: within two weeks of notification of success
    (You MUST have obtained or be in the process of applying for your passport by this date - with a minimum of six month validity from the return date) 
  • Full and final payment date: 28 October, 2017
  • Compulsory pre-departure session: To be announced.

Further enquiries regarding the application process should be directed to: 

Alice Wood
CSU Global   
Charles Sturt University
Building 1395
Bathurst, NSW 2795
Phone:  + 61 2 6338 4068

Further enquiries regarding the content of this program should be directed to:

Dr Sam Bowker
Faculty of Arts and Education
Charles Sturt University
Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650
Phone: + 61 2 6933 2747

Indicative program outline:  (subject to change) 


Depart Australia for Malaysia

arrive Kuala Lumpur

Orientation to Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur
3Day 1: Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia visit - the Galleries and the Masjid Negara / Calligraphy workshopIAMM, Kuala Lumpur
4Day 2: Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia visit - Behind the Scenes, object handling / Conservation Labs / Scholars' Library IAMM, Kuala Lumpur
5Day 3: Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia visit - sharing knowledge / Seminar / BookshopIAMM, Kuala Lumpur
6Excursion - Batu Caves (Hindu and geological site) / the Rimbun Dahan artist residency / Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman (historic house) Kuala Lumpur and beyond
7Free Day - Visit to Textile Museum and Galerie Ilham highly recommendedKuala Lumpur
8Travel to Melaka via Putrajaya Melaka
9Melaka - Walking Tour of Old City / Baba Noyua Museum with evening visit to Floating MosqueMelaka
10Free Day Melaka
11Travel to Penang (internal flight)Penang
12Penang - Bus tour Penang Museum/ Kek Lok Si Temple / Burmese and Thai Buddhist Temples / Khoo Kongsi Clanhouse / JettiesPenang
13Penang - Street Art tour / Peranakan MuseumPenang
14Free DayPenang
15Program concludes. Participants return to Australiaarrive Australia