Arts Summer Units

Credit Points6 credit points
Prerequisites48 credit points of first year Arts units study in Monash University Malaysia (MUM), or its equivalent (by 30 November 2019)

Suzhou, China
The bustling metropolis of Suzhou is one of the oldest cities in the Yangtze Basin with a 2,500 years history. Famed for its canals, stone bridges, and the UNESCO World Heritage classical gardens, Suzhou was dubbed “the Venice of the East” by the intrepid European traveler Marco Polo.

CoordinatorAssociate Professor Dr Yeoh Seng-Guan
Travel dates

2-12 December, 2019

All participants are expected to be in Kuala Lumpur by Wednesday, 27 November, 2019 for pre-study trip orientation and preparatory lectures. Accommodation will not be provided.

Applications Open

Monday, 1 October 2018

Applications Close

Extended to Tuesday, 30 April 2019; 1700 GMT (Malaysian Time)

Application Result

Friday, 3 May, 2019

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This unit has a program fee to cover the direct costs of student travel. However, all successful applicants will be eligible for full travel grant from the School of Arts and Social Sciences. Terms and condition apply.

Application Process

See here for application form

Program Details

This unit provides learning opportunities for students to become experientially and intellectually literate with the varied contemporary social, cultural, political, economic, and environmental realities of various countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

The specific focus for the study trip will vary each year. Among others, they will cover topics in environment and human development, everyday identities and identity politics, media and popular culture, and democracy and social movements.  The overall pedagogical stress is on critically mapping and understanding various kinds of social transformations in the Asia-Pacific region.

The unit comprises a mix of pre-study trip preparatory lectures, a series of lectures, talks and immersion activities facilitated by various institutes and civil society groups during the study trip proper, and the submission of a post-study trip portfolio.

Upon completion of the unit, students will be able to:-

  1. recognise and explain the key socio-cultural, economic, political, developmental and environmental challenges facing the country/countries visited in relation to the wider Asia-Pacific region;
  2. evaluate a range of social responses to these challenges in the Asia-Pacific region;
  3. critically reflect on the application of their theoretical knowledge to real-world issues;
  4. communicate effectively in both written, digital and oral formats;
  5. work collaboratively;
  6. identify and utilise skills in intercultural competency.

All successful applicants are required to be in Kuala Lumpur by Wednesday, 27 November 2019 for the pre-study trip preparatory lectures and orientation. The study trip begins and ends in Kuala Lumpur.

Assessment Regime

  1. Pre-study trip essay: Students submit an annotated bibliography (1,500 words; 20%) of between 8-10 readings pertaining to background country information and key topics to be covered about 2 weeks before the study trip (Due 18 November 2019).
  2. Study trip proper: Students keep a fieldwork diary (audio, visual and written) documenting lectures, general observations, conversations, & interviews conducted during the study trip
  3. Post-study trip portfolio: Submitted 3 weeks after the study trip comprising photo-essays/video log/blog (30%), and a reflective report (max. 3,000 words) primarily using excerpts from fieldwork diary (50%) (Due 2 January 2020).


All successful applicants will be eligible for full travel grant from the School of Arts and Social Sciences. Terms and condition apply.

Program Fee

Total Program Fee : RM 5,000 (See above)

Included in Program Fee

  • International return flights from Malaysia to destination, and associated transfers at destination
  • Travel insurance
  • Accommodation at travel destination
  • Local transport whilst on study tour
  • Site entrance fees

Not included in Program Fee

  • Tuition Fees
  • Visa
  • Meals
  • Local mobile sim cards and mobile data

Health, Wellbeing and Vaccinations

Please visit for up-to-date information on visas, and health and vaccination requirements for the destination country.

How to apply

Download and submit your expression of interest and application form to: by GMT 1700 (Malaysian time), Tuesday, 30 April, 2019.

Due to limited places, there will be a selection process based on the expression-of-interest form. The results will be made known no later than Friday, 3 May, 2019.

Important notes

*Please read the following School Refund Procedure before applying.

**Program fee is subject to change at any time.

School of Arts and Social Sciences Refund Procedure for Study Tours Program Fees

The refund procedure outlined in the table below is only applicable to program fees (excluding tuition fees) paid to the University (1) for study tours units enrolled with the School of Arts and Social Sciences:

CircumstanceDateRefund of Program Fee
Withdrawal 120+ days prior to program start date(2)4 July 2019 and priorYes (100%)
Withdrawal 90 - 119 days prior to program start date(2)5 July 2019 to 3 August 2019Yes (50%)
Withdrawal 0 - 89 days prior to program start date(2)4 August 2019 to 1 November 2019No
Program cancelled by the School Yes (100%)


(1) Where program fees are paid to an external travel service provider, the cancellation and refund policy of the travel service provider will be applied instead of the School’s Refund Procedure.

(2) The Program Start Date is defined as the ‘Teaching Period Start Date’ for the unit as indicated on the Census Dates and Teaching Periods webpage.

Enrolment Process:

For Monash University Malaysia Students
1) Ensure that you meet the Summer unit prerequisite requirements by Saturday, 30 November 2019.
2) Request for course progression/course map check with your course managing school at least 2 weeks before application due date.
3) Fill out the Enrolment Amendment Form, obtain the approval from your course managing school and submit the enrolment form to the Course Management Office (Arts) located at Building 2, Level 6 latest by Tuesday, 30 April 2019 (5.00pm Malaysian time).
4) You will receive an email from the School of Arts and Social Sciences informing you the outcome of your application latest by Friday, 3 May 2019.
5) If your application is successful then you may proceed to enroll. Please generate invoice from the fee calculator, make payment at the Finance counter and submit the receipt as proof of tuition fee payment to the Course Management Office (Arts). Enrolment is done manually by CMO (Arts) and the process will begin from 3 - 31 May 2019.
6) The unit will be added to your enrolment within 2 working days after the tuition fee payment receipt is received. Thereafter please login WES to check your enrolment.

For Monash University Australia and South Africa Campuses Students
1) Ensure that you meet the Summer unit prerequisite requirements by Saturday, 30 November 2019
2) Arrange an appointment for a course progression check with your Faculty course adviser to confirm your eligibility to apply for the program. Each Faculty has its own internal approval process, so be sure to read the details on the faculty contacts page before booking an appointment.
3) If your Faculty confirms your eligibility and provides you with the approval then complete the Summer at Monash Application Form. Forward a copy of your Faculty approval documentation (i.e. approved course progression check), Summer at Monash Malaysia Application Form and a copy of your Malaysian Identity card or passport information page (for Non-Malaysian) to by Tuesday, 30 April 2019 (5.00pm Malaysian time).
4) If your application is successful, Monash University Malaysia campus will issue an offer letter to you via email with details on tuition fees and you must be accept the offer by the stipulated deadline, failing which the offer will be invalidated.
After you have accepted the offer you will receive an email to confirm your enrolment.

Important Note: Non-Malaysian students will require a Student Pass to study in Malaysia. You are required to submit documents stated on this link here to facilitate the application for a student pass.

Unit Cancellation

Every effort will be made to ensure that the unit offered will be run; however the unit may be cancelled up to one week prior to the commencement of the Summer Semester if the enrolment is low or due to unforeseen circumstances.  If a unit is cancelled, all students enrolled will be advised in writing prior to the commencement of the Summer Semester. In addition, all students will be automatically withdrawn from that unit.

Census dates for Summer Semester 2019

Unit code

Teaching Period

Census date

‘Withdrawn Late’

‘Withdrawn Fail’

Last day to discontinue units

Academic & financial penalties apply


27/11/2019 – 12/12/2019





Census date: Last day to discontinue unit without ‘Withdrawn’ showing on academic transcript and without incurring fees.

Withdrawn Late: Unit discontinued within this period will have ‘Withdrawn Late’ appear on academic transcript and will incur fees.

Withdrawn Fail: Unit discontinued within this period will have ‘Withdrawn Fail’ appear on academic transcript and will incur fees.