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ITR Field Study, URI Affiliated Program
2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior
Malaysia and China: International Relations and New Economies
Develop new perspectives on global economic integration and trade while studying in Malaysia, China, and Singapore.
Examine the Malaysian model of Islamic banking and its expanding role in global finance.
Learn about the policies and practices of global trade.
Travel to China and Singapore as you consider the future of global finance and banking in the growing financial centers of Southeast Asia.
Consider to study either Malay or Chinese and live with families who speak the language you're studying.
Develop an interdisciplinary perspective on the relationship among economics, politics, and religion in Malaysia, a country of great diversity, and all of Southeast Asia.
Consider ethics in banking and finance in a global context.
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.
During the final four weeks of the program, you can choose to use your new language and cultural skills and the academic knowledge you have acquired to complete an Independent Study Project (ISP) on a topic of interest to you. The ISP is conducted in Kuala Lumpur or another approved location. You will integrate different components of the program as you conduct an in-depth investigation of a social movement or organization. The ISP is an opportunity to build a solid foundation for further research for a senior thesis, Fulbright fellowship, or graduate school.
Implications of economic integration on small-scale enterprises
Geopolitical challenges of investment and trade in Southeast Asia
The role of gender in trajectories of economic change
Migration and economic opportunity in the age of the New Silk Road
Role of religion (e.g., Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism) in building economic networks today
The internship may be completed with a local community organization, research organization, business, government agency, or international NGO. The internship will enable you to gain valuable professional experience, enhance your skills, and deepen your understanding of the social implications of migration through practical experience with people who work on these issues.
Topics and placements may vary according to the availability of each institution. Sample internship sites:
Islamic banking and finance institution in Kuala Lumpur
Community economic development organization or office in rural Malaysia
Organization engaged in promoting investment and economic relations with China
Small-scale enterprise engaged in halal management practices in Southeast Asia
Training center developing skills in halal management for global clients
Key Topics of Study
The factors involved in the Asian Financial Crisis and its legacies for Malaysia’s financial markets and regulatory frameworks
Relative challenges and implications of financial regulatory instruments at local, regional, and global scales
Islamic banking, finance, and halal management
The role of ethics in banking and finance
The implications of new global economic integration practices for families, communities, and nation-states
Trajectories of change in Malaysia’s trade, national economic policy, and global economic integration
ASEAN’s goals for cooperation and integration in Southeast Asia
Malaysia’s sustainability priorities in the context of regional and global economic integration
The New Silk Road policy from the perspective of key sectors and actors in China’s economy
The historical foundations of Malay-China trade and economic relations and the relevance of historical relations to present-day economic change
Community-based economic strategies and resilience
Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.
SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:
All educational costs, including educational excursions
All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
Health and accident insurance
SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
All scholarships and grants are need-based.
Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.
The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program.
Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.