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  • Locations: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Singapore, Singapore
  • Program Terms: May Term
  • Restrictions: MC applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
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Program Description:
This course will introduce students to the multicultural, hospitable people and tropical ecosystems of Malaysia.  We wilBrunei rainforestl explore the complexities between human civilization, biodiverse zones and the physical environment of the Malay Peninsula and Borneo.  We will consider the interactions of biological and geographic factors across the range of Malaysian subcultures; from the traditional Orang Ulu to urban, cosmopolitan
culture.   Students will experience the breadth of Malaysia’s culinary Petronas Towersofferings, traditional dance, weaving, cloth batiking, ethnic music, and artistic expressions. We will endeavor to explore human and environmental knowledge and challenges, from both a Western and authentically non-Western points of view.
Estimated Course Fees: $4,500

Faculty Biography:

Erik Lindquist is Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Messiah College. His Ph.D. research at Ohio State University was completed in 1997, exploring questions of communication among "earless" tropical harlequin frogs.  He has devoted nearly 18 years to the conservation of the Panamanian golden frog and other endangered tropical amphibians. Erik has extensive Lindquistexperience in research, teaching, and service in Latin America. He believes that excellence in science and cross-cultural instruction must move beyond the passive learning environment into a learning space that is visual, auditory, and kinesthet's two chief goals in his professional life are to help students develop culturally relevant, intentional Christians lives of service, and to reveal the magnificence of natural ecosystems and human cultures. As a professor, he strives to make every effort to encourage students to become introspective by examining their lives, their faith, and their world and, as a result of this process he hopes that students develop character and a greater sense of meaning and fulfillment in life. During the course of his travels, Lindquist has developed a penchant for collecting peculiar cultural artifacts and for eating spicy ethnic foods.  He and his wife Molly have four children and extensively travel through Central and South America, Africa and the Pacific.  He and his wife Molly also serve as advocates for Food for the Hungry, a Christian international relief and development organization.

Other Information:

Malaysia Borneo Syllabus 2019.pdf

Cultures and Ecosystems of Malaysia and Borneo Schedule 2017.pdf


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
May Term 2019 09/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.