The Discover Malay Culture

This unique course aims to let students experience, learn, and understand the Malay language and culture. The exposure and learning of the Malay culture will include traditional dressing customs, wedding ceremony and traditions, authentic traditional food, traditional dance and folk songs, traditional games and Silat (martial art).

In order to give students an in-depth understanding about the Malay culture, most of the lectures will be conducted outside the class, thus providing a blend in academic and experiential learning. Students are also expected to learn one or two movements of the well-known Silat which can be brought home and practised as a form of exercise.

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

Start dates:

  • Course dates/periods are customisable and will run depending on the number of students. For more information, kindly email at

Aims / Objectives:

The aim of this programme is to provide participants with an introduction to Brunei Malay culture heritage. It focuses on key aspects of Malay language and ethnics, customs, arts, music, literature and cuisine. 

Module Content:

Throughout the course, the following areas will be covered:

  • Malay ethnic and language groups in Brunei: Diversity of Malays
  • Malay customs and ethics: Gift-giving etiquette, names, meeting and greetings
  • Malay arts: Traditional dances, Malay crafts of carving, weaving (luxurious textiles such as Jong Sarat), metalsmith (bronze, silver and gold-smithing), Silat martial art
  • Malay music: Traditional orchestra instrument Gulintangan, and authentic Brunei music
  • Malay literature: Learn about oral and written Malay literature like folktales and pantun (Malay poetic form)
  • Malay cuisine
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

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