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  • Locations: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

*Program Overview is from 2019: Content is subject to change. 

This program identifies the challenges to environmental and cultural sustainability in the region and supports efforts to preserve this inheritance in the midst of tremendous economic pressure and global environmental change. Students will work closely with a local non-profit organization in order to learn first-hand about the tensions that exist between conservation goals and economic growth. They will also learn about several efforts to address these concerns through: 1) visits to local wildlife sanctuaries and cultural centers as well as through 2) participation in a service learning experience in support of a local renewable energy project, for a substantial portion of time spent abroad.



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Faculty Leader Olyssa Starry, University Honors
Tina Burdsall, Sociology
Travel Dates Spring Break 2022
Areas of Study
  • Open to all majors
  • Especially relevant for Honors students
  • Especially relevant for Sociology students
Required Pre-Departure Meetings 4 sessions to be scheduled during Winter Term 2022

These meetings will include training in cultural competency, meetings with NGO and
University officials from the study abroad office, preparation for the research project, and general travel preparation. These meetings are REQUIRED. 
Course & Credit HON407: Environmental and Cultural Sustainability in Borneo - 4 credits
- OR - 
SOC407: Environmental and Cultural Sustainability in Borneo - 4 credits

Total: 4 Credits
Language of Instruction  English
Host Country Language  Malay
Housing Hotel / Hostel
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-Baccalaureate
*Preference is given to Honors Students
*Preference is given to Juniors & Seniors
*Preference is given to PSU students
Minimum GPA Requirements Undergraduate: 3.25

Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.
Previous Coursework  None required
Language Requirement No previous language study required
Application Process
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Interview
  • 2 short essays
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation (submitted electronically via VikingsAbroad)
    • This is not a formal letter of recommendation, rather your recommender will need to fill out a short questionnaire about you with space for comments. 
    • This cannot be submitted by the program leader
**Honors Abroad Scholarship (Applied in Winter Quarter)**
Honors students in good standing who are accepted into the Honors Faculty-Led program will receive a $2,000 tuition remission scholarship applied to Winter 2021 quarter. Important caveats: This is not a cash scholarship and only applies to PSU tuition and fees. If students already have a tuition remission, this might not affect their accounts. (For more information on how this tuition remission scholarship may impact your financial aid package, we recommend that you discuss it with the Financial Aid Office.)

  • Accommodations
  • Most meals
  • 4 undergraduate credits
  • Fieldwork gear
  • Most in-country transportation
  • Education Abroad Fee
  • International Health Insurance
  • International round-trip airfare
  • Transportation to/from in-country airport
  • Additional meals
  • Personal spending money
  • Passport or visa

*Please note, all students enrolling for PSU credit are charged the PSU Rec Center Fee. For a current listing, please refer to PSU Fees.

*Application Fee: All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will be assessed to the students' account. 

This program is currently not accepting applications.