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  • Locations: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: RMIT applicants only
  • Exchange Program (Semester/Year): scroll to the Program Description to apply.

    All Other Programs: once application cycle opens, use the "Apply Now" button that will appear in this section.
Dates / Deadlines:

Exchange Program (Semester/Year) applicants: Scroll down to the Program Description to view exchange application deadlines.

All other programs: There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Key Experience Criteria
Key Experience Criteria
RMIT schools: Any compatible discipline Study level: Undergraduate
Program type: Global Summer Programs
About your Experience
Unbound Malaysia
Program Details:
Explore the rivers and rainforest of Borneo while you get a real-world education in tropical biodiversity and potentially even discover a new species or two!

We work alongside local biodiversity and education experts to deliver incredible field experiences that simply can’t be replicated in a classroom. You will dive into an immersive exploration of your surroundings with nature expeditions, field workshops, and night lectures led by the leading experts in biodiversity. Riverboat travel will become your new normal, and each day will be an introduction to a new aspect of the thriving ecosystem of life all around you.

The Introduction to Tropical Biodiversity Expedition Study Tour is crafted in partnership with Taxon Expeditions, an educational organisation that will guide your hands-on introduction to biodiversity in the rainforests of Malaysian Borneo.

Partner with a team of other Australian students, Malaysian students, and local biodiversity experts to collectively author a scientific research paper. No academic background in biology is required.

Unbound is running this program from  9 February - 23 February 2019

For a detailed itinerary of the program, please click here.

Program Cost:
The approximate cost of this program is AU$3,500 (Payable as $250 deposit + $3,250 balance).

This cost includes the following:
  • Accommodation (including hotels, hostels, home-stays, overnight transport
  • Meals for the duration of the program
  • 100+ contact hours of educational content and cultural experiences
  • Expert program facilitators
  • Coursework and educational content
  • Translators and local guides
  • Cultural and social activities
  • Transport within the country (including airport pickup / drop-off)
  • Pre-departure support
  • Safety and security monitoring and planning
Additional Costs to Consider:
  • RMIT Tuition Fees
  • Flights
  • Host Country Visa (if applicable)
  • Additional travel insurance
Travel Insurance:
Students on approved overseas activities receive complimentary travel insurance (policy number: 41443), although you may require additional cover depending on your circumstances.
For more detailed information, please refer here.

  • Any RMIT student, subject to academic approval are invited to apply. No previous travel experience or academic pre-requisites are required.
Academic Credit:
Participants can earn academic credit towards their program through the following options:
  • GUSS students can gain credit towards an elective by enrolling into:
    • Undergraduate: HUSO1301 - International Perspective on Community Development (12 credit points)
  • Engineering students can gain credit by enrolling into:
    • Undergraduate: OENG1164 - Humanitarian Experiential Learning Project (12 credit points)
  • Other students can confirm alternative enrolment with your school/program coordinator.
If you would like to gain credits towards an elective, please contact for information about the course offering and enrolment. 

Application/Registration process:
  • Apply first to Unbound for a place on a study tour by:
    • Main Round: 19 October 2018
    • Final Round: 19 November 2018
  • Students accepted into this program will be required to register on Mobi by 1 December 2018 by completing the following questionnaires:
    • Outbound Student Mobility: General Information
    • Short Term Mobility: General Information
There may be alternative ways to fund your trip. Please check the Scholarships website and Global Experience website for funding options.


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Exchange Program (Semester/Year): scroll to the Program Description to apply.

All Other Programs: once application cycle opens, use the "Apply Now" button that will appear in this section.