The Discover Brunei Course

A course which has been designed to give an understanding of Brunei through its four themes:

  • Language and Culture
  • Brunei History
  • Business and Industry
  • Green Science

Being a small country which is rich in traditions, Brunei is unique as it implements an Islamic law while progressively adopting a dynamic sociocultural and socio-economic development.

International students will have a chance to learn and experience the true unique Bruneian identity, its economy as well as its surrounding through the course’s 42-hour classes and various relevant visits. DBC is academically enriching and you will earn 4 credits while spending your summer.

  • Course Duration: 4 weeks
  • Contact hours: 42 hours
  • Class size: Minimum of 5 students

Start dates:

  • 27 January – 23 February 2020
  • 5 August – 31 August 2020

Aims / Objectives

This interdisciplinary, socially-enriching programme offers international students an opportunity to spend part of their summer break living in and learning about Brunei. To give the students a first-hand feel of life and living in this kingdom of unexpected treasures, homestays in each of the country’s four districts will be a weekly component of the DBC. The DBC encompasses the following four weekly themes: Language and Culture, History of Brunei, Green Science, and Business and Economy.

How to Apply
Entry Criteria

Global Discovery Programme

Please fill in this application form.

Completed application forms together with the requested documents can be submitted electronically ( or sent to the following address:

Office of Assistant Vice Chancellor
Unviersiti Brunei Darussalam
Jalan Tungku Link, BE 1410
Brunei Darussalam
[Attention: Global Discovery Programme]

Global Discovery Programme

Any international university student can apply to our GDP.

Given that space is limited, selection to participate in this programme will be achieved on the following basis:

  • Genuine interest to learn about diversity and multiculturalism.
  • Willingness to share your travel experiences and insights with others on our GDP blog.

Tuition Fees:


*Tuition fees for students from UBD’s partner universities will be waived

Living Expenses Fee:

USD2200 (GDP: Global Entrepreneurship Summer School)

Fee will cover:

  • Airport Transfer
  • Accommodation at The Core Residential College which is shared apartment compromising 5 rooms in each apartment with shared bathroom facilities, basic cooking facilities and communal facilities will be available
  • Full board meals
  • Field-trips and Excursion
  • Daily transportation

Fees will not include:

  • Return airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  Week   Theme   Choice of Module
One  Language,
 and MIB
  • Language
  • The Austronesian Languages of Brunei
  • Introduction to Linguistic Ecology of Brunei
  • Basic Practical Malay language
  • Culture
  • Wedding Ceremony, Weaving, Silat
  • MIB
  • Introduction of MIB
  • The Practice of the Concept within the Family
  • Wider Society and the Nation-state
Two  History of Brunei
  • Early Brunei History: Sources for Brunei History
  • Thalassocratic Empire: Rise and Fall
  • Modern Brunei
  • Post-constitution Period up until 1984
  • Brunei’s Foreign Policy
Three  Business and Industry
  • SME Development in Brunei Darussalam
  • Islamic Banking and Finance
  • Economy of Brunei Darussalam
  • Entrepreneurship
Four  Green Science
  • Introduction to Tropical Rainforest
  • River/stream Ecosystems and Biodiversity
  • Forest Dynamics, Tree Growth and Mortality
  • Forest Hydrology
  • Conservation of Tropical Forest
  • Mangroves of Brunei Bay
  • Climate Change Impacts on Brunei

Apply Here