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ASEAN Studies:
Globalization, Governance and Security in Southeast Asia

Malaysia and Indonesia

Come to understand ASEAN as an important regional body and focus on the issues facing Southeast Asia from the perspective of two of its major players - Malaysia and Indonesia. On this program, you will explore how major global themes play out on a regional stage through site visits, meetings with stakeholders, and field experience.

Summer Study Abroad: Malaysia

Faculty Director

Pek Koon Heng

Academic Details

This 3-credit seminar program examines the impact of political development and economic modernization on human security; transnational labor migration; the roles of the US, Japan, China, and India on regional economic integration; and other related topics.

SIS can also help students who participate in the seminar obtain an internship with a partner organization in the ASEAN region. The internship experience is not an integrated part of the seminar program and can be done for credit, or on a non-credit bearing basis for MA students only who wish to complete their professional experience requirement.  A list of potential internship organizations can be found in the Forms section of this page. 

Site Visits

Students enjoy site visits and field trips in Malaysia and Indonesia.

2015 Program Dates (TENTATIVE)

Pre-Departure Workshop: April/May (date TBA)

Arrival and start of program in Kuala Lumpur: July 6

In Malaysia: July 6 - 18

Departure to Jakarta: July 19

In Indonesia: July 19 - 25

End of program/ departure: July 26

Optional internships: variable dates

Program Costs

AU tuition, international travel to Kuala Lumpur and return from Jakarta, and some meals. (All accommodations, in-country transportation and flight to Jakarta included.)

Who Should Attend

AU graduate students in all majors and disciplines may apply. Students with interests in international and economic development, economics, international business, international organizations, comparative political systems, ASEAN regional studies, human security, globalization, regional integration, and human rights are encouraged to apply.


Students are required to make their own travel arrangements to Kuala Lumpur and from Jakarta. Students in the seminar will be housed in group accommodation for the duration of the seminar dates only; students staying in the region for the optional internship component will be responsible for their own housing during the internship period, which can begin before July 2 or after July 25.

Application and Deadlines

Priority deadline*: February 15 (midnight)

*Later applicants will be admitted on a rolling basis


Students must read the entire program guide before applying. The program guide can be found in the Forms section of this website.

As part of the review process, the Faculty Director may invite students to meet with her to discuss the submitted application. Enrollment may be limited to approximately 10 students. Once admitted to the Program by SIS, students receive notification via e-mail. At that time, students will be required to submit a non-refundable deposit of $250 to SIS, through a check or money order made payable to American University, to secure their place in the Program.

Contact Us!

Email: sisabroad@american.edu

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Application Deadlines

Summer 2015: CLOSED


Advisor Approval Form

The 2015 program guide will be available here at the start of the Spring 2015 semester.

Malaysia & Indonesia 2014 Program Guide

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