Culture and Psychology in Malaysia

Ref: 10003659


Second year Psychology students enrolled on PSYC2094 Personality and Intelligence are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 30 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


Students will have opportunity to explore the influence of culture on personality in multicultural Malaysia. With Malaysia’s rich history including its colonial past, learning will include visiting sites such as the National Museum of Malaysia, Art House Gallery Museum of Ethnic Arts, and Orang Asli Craft Museum. These provide students with the opportunity to learn about history, events, places and people of Malaysia and thereby recognise cross-cultural differences in perceptions, ideas and behaviours.

In addition, students will also interact with local students at the universities we visit with an aim of enhancing students’ cross-cultural communication skills. Students will learn and experience the interactions between personality and cognition, and culture.

This trip aims to support and build on the module learning outcomes for PSYC2094 Personality and Intelligence, by giving students the chance to critically engage with culture and its effect on personality psychology of people in a different country, focussing on the indigenous culture and colonial influences. Moreover, they will  experience cultural differences in viewpoints, ideas and behaviours in Malaysia and reflect on their own perception, ideas and behaviours.

Cultural activities

Outside of the organised academic activities, students will have the opportunity to explore places of national importance to Malaysians such as the Petronas Twin Towers, the 272 steps to Batu Caves which is used for Hindu festivals and nearby Malacca City which is steeped in colonial (Dutch and Portuguese) history.

In addition, the benefit of being based in the capital city, is the access to many attractions such as the Museum of Illusions, Petaling Street, KL Tower and KL Bird Park which has the world’s largest free flight aviary.

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel.
  • Accommodation – The faculty will book accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

British nationals don’t need a visa to visit Malaysia. You will normally be given permission to stay for 3 months on arrival. Visas for longer stays or for non-tourist purposes must be obtained from the nearest Malaysian diplomatic mission before you travel.

If you have any specific questions about this please email for advice. If a visa is required, you are responsible for applying for one and ensuring that you apply with sufficient time to receive your visa prior to departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Saturday 30 May 2020
  • Return date: Sunday 7 June 2020
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £850-900
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, cultural activities, food and drink, visa (if applicable)
  • DMU Global bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Monday 10 February 2020 9am