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  • Locations: Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: HKUST applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Languages of Instruction:
English Language Requirement: Exempted
On-campus Duration: 4-week
Program Fee: Waived Credit bearings: Yes
Scholarship available: No
Program Description:

About Brunei Darussalam

Brunei is a sovereign state located on the north coast of the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. Vibrant, yet peaceful. Both modern and timeless. A fusion of majestic opulence and traditional respect. Beneath Bandar Seri Begawan’s lavish adornments, gold towers, sparkling fountains and colourful mosaic tiles, lies a city steeped in quiet respect, grounded in Islamic tradition, and exuding a sense of peace that makes it one of Asia’s most distinctive capital cities.

For information about the country, please CLICK HERE.

About Universiti Brunei Darussalam

Established in 1985, the Universiti Brunei Darussalam is emerging as one of the leading institutions of higher education in Asia. Located in Bandar Seri Begawan, the heart of Brunei, UBD is well known for the warm hospitality the campus has to offer for the International foreign exchange students.

About Global Discovery Programme

The Global Discovery Programme (GDP) offers a practical approach that allows participants to actively engage throughout the programme while benefitting academically and culturally through their immersion in the rich cultural heritage of Brunei Darussalam. GDP aims to provide students a balance between lectures and field trips to give them an understanding of the Bruneian identiry and culture while gaining mermorable experiences throughout their time in the Sultanate.

Students may choose either Global Leadership Summer School (GLSS) The Discover Brunei Course (DBC) which worths 4 UBD credits.

Global Leadership Summer School (GLSS)

This interdisciplinary, socially-enriching programme offers international students an opportunity to spend part of the summer break living in and learning about Brunei. This course is also designed to include personal leadership skills such as teamwork, creative problem-solving, negotiation and communication techniques. Other component of this program includes community involvement activities and team-building events that will allow you to explore Brunei Darussalam's "Kingdom of unexpected treasures'.

The GLSS encompasses the following lectures/activities:

  • Biodiversity
  • History and culture
  • Language
  • MIB
  • Global Camp
  • Community outreach
  • Teambuilding
  • Leadership
  • Entrepreneurship
For details of the GLSS, please CLICK HERE.


The Discover Brunei Course (DBC)

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 classes and various relevant visits. The DBC is designed to give an understanding of Brunei through its four themes:

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

Please CLICK HERE for details of the DBC.

Program Date

Program Dates*
GLSS 2 - 29 July 2018
DBC 6 August - 2 September 2018

* Notes:

  • You are expected to arrive one day before the start of the program for student dormitory check-in. Please refer to the host institution’s acceptance package for the arrival information.
  • You should only depart after completion of the program.


Under the student exchange agreement, tuition and application fees are waived. HKUST students will bear the costs for accommodation, meals, travel, visa, insurance, personal expenses and other administrative fees.

Fees Exchange Partnership
Tuition fee Waived USD 1,000
Program fee USD 1,500
(including airport transfer, accommodation, meals, local transportation and excursions)


You are eligible to apply for summer exchange if you:

  • will have completed Year 1 by the start of program; and
  • have a cumulative CGA of 2.0 or above (Students with CGA below 2.0 may also apply. Offers may be given with special consideration).

For details of the selection criteria, please CLICK HERE.

Application Process

HKUST students must apply through the Global Student Programs Office. Individual direct application to the program will not be accepted.

To apply, click the “Apply Now” button on this page. The whole application process has two steps.

Step 1: Complete HKUST application form and submit supplementary documents (CLICK HERE for details)
Step 2: The Host Institution Application (TO BE COMPLETED AFTER YOU ARE NOMINATED BY HKUST)

If you are nominated, you will be notified to submit a formal host institution application. Detailed information and application instructions will be provided in due course.

Financial Assistance

The HKUST Study Abroad Financial Assistance aims to help HKUST students with financing their study abroad programs. More details can be found at HKUST Study Abroad website.

Credit Transfer

You are advised to discuss your study plan with your major department or any pre-major advisors in your School. For details of the credit transfer procedures, please CLICK HERE.

Visa Information

Students may enter Brunei Darussalam with a tourist visa, and UBD will assist students to obtain the appropriate visa upon arrival. You may contact the Consulate General of Brunei Darussalam in Hong Kong or the consulate or embassy in your country for more information.

Health Insurance

HKUST students who take part in the University's exchange programs will be covered by the University's Travel Insurance Plan. Please CLICK HERE for details.


GDP participants will be staying at The Core Residential College which is a shared apartment comprising 5 rooms. Laundry and cooking facilities are provided in each apartment.

Disclaimer: The host institutions may release updated information from time to time. Information on this page will be updated on a rolling basis. While the Global Student Programs Office tries the best effort to post the most updated information on this page, you are advised to refer to the host institutions' official websites for the most updated information.

Last update: 14 November 2017

This program is currently not accepting applications.