Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Malaysia Islamic Art

International Experience Program: Malaysia

Faculty of Arts and Education

Immersion in Islamic Art

Proposed Program

Due to the COVID19 crisis this Program has been postponed until 2021

Group SelfieOn this two week program CSU Academic Dr Sam Bowker will guide you through your Malaysian tour. With the expertise knowledge of Dr Bowker and the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (IAMM) you will experience one of the world's largest Islamic art collections.

Behind-the-scenes access will give you insights to the working of a museum of this calibre. You'll observe art handling processes, conservation practices and resources, exhibition planning and art acquisitions.

Exploring the Malaysian cities of Penang and Melaka will also allow you to experience the rich culture and history of Islamic art and uncover the beauty 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.

".It was a trip of a lifetime. The IAMM was amazing and the staff was so generous with their time and knowledge. I learnt so much and have forged some great friendships. So grateful to CSU Global for the opportunity to further my studies of Islamic Art in Malaysia." Lainie Edwards, 2017 Program Participant

Watch this short video of a true Malaysia Islamic Art experience by a 2018 program CSU participant.

When: Proposed January  / February 2021

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

BuildingEligibility: You must be enrolled in a degree through the School of Communication and Creative Industries or the Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation at the time of undertaking this program.  Additionally, you must have the opportunity to study ART240 as an elective or core subject in 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 the $450 Vice Chancellor Travel Grant. Eligibility is restricted to CSU students receiving academic recognition for their participation in the program. This Grant is not paid directly to students but has already been deducted from the program cost.

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: Approximately $4500 (Exact costs to be advised on notification of successful application)

Costs should include: In-country program fee, international airfares (including internal flights from Melaka to Penang), travel insurance, most in-country transport, accommodation (twin share) and some breakfasts.

Costs do not include: CSU subject fees, 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: applications closed
  • Successful students notified (email): within two weeks of application closing date
  • $1000 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: TBA
  • Compulsory pre-departure session: To be announced.

Further enquiries regarding the application process should be directed to: 

Alice Wood
CSU Global   
Charles Sturt University
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
Phone: + 61 2 6933 2747

Indicative program outline: subject to change

Depart Australia for Malaysia

arrive Kuala Lumpur


Orientation to Kuala Lumpur - walking tour around central Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur
3 Day 1: Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia visit - the Galleries and the Masjid Negara / Calligraphy workshop IAMM, Kuala Lumpur
4 Day 2: Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia visit - Behind the Scenes - object handling / Conservation Labs / Scholars' Library  IAMM, Kuala Lumpur
5 Day 3: Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia visit - sharing knowledge / Seminar / Bookshop IAMM, Kuala Lumpur
6 Excursion - Batu Caves (Hindu and geological conservation site) and  Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman (historic house)  Kuala Lumpur and beyond
7 AM: Excursion - Visit to Petronas Towers and Galerie Ilham
PM: Journal reflections 
Kuala Lumpur
8 Travel to Melaka via Putrajaya with visits to Moroccan Pavilion, Steel (Iron) Mosque and Pink Mosque Melaka
9 AM: Melaka - Walking Tour of UNESCO listed World Heritage City 
PM: Journal reflections and sunset visit to Floating Mosque
10 AM: Jewellery Museum and Jonker Walk
PM:Journal reflection 
11 Travel to Penang (internal flight) - Chinese New Year! Penang
12 AM: Bus tour Penang State Museum / Kek Lok Si Temple / Burmese and Thai Buddhist Temples
PM: Journal reflection 
13 AM: Walking tour  -  Khoo Kongsi Clan House / Jetties
PM: Journal reflection
14 AM: Walking tour - street art  and Peranakan Museum
PM: Journal reflection
15 Program concludes. Participants return to Australia arrive Australia