Malaysia Work Study is a six-week long program, during which University of Lethbridge students work and study in Malaysia. During this time, the students live in Kuala Lumpur and work for either Malaysian or multinational companies.
The work study group is scheduled to depart a couple of days after the end of Spring semester finals and return mid-June (dates are still approximate and may vary slightly depending on flight availability).
The cost of the trip is $3,500, plus the cost of tuition for MGT 4640. This program fee covers airfare, hotel accommodation, two group cultural tours, and weekly seminars. This fee does not include commuting costs or food in Kuala Lumpur. Students are responsible for the costs of travel health insurance and any required immunizations for travel in Malaysia.
The work placements are usually research project based. Examples of past student-directed projects include: market entry research for Australia-Champion Photochemical, writing a business plan for a corporate Intranet at KUB Research, a human resources project about flexible job orientation for the Regent, Kuala Lumpur, doing financial analysis for a bond trading company, and developing a marketing plan for a music composition company.
Students and one University of Lethbridge representative (who stays in separate apt.) will live at the Bistari Apartments. Four bedroom, three bathroom shared apartments for 6-7 students per apt. Facilites include wireless internet, daily maid service, outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, gym facility, 24hr-convenience store, and small outdoor cafe. The apartment buildings are located across from the Putra World Trade Centre and are near ample affordable restaurants, a market area, shopping centres, and public transit.
Andrea Amelinckx will conduct the evaluation of the students over the course of the work study. She makes the initial visits to the students' companies to assess the practicum placements, observes the students as they interact with their environment in Kuala Lumpur, and makes follow-up visits to work places. Upon completion of the students' work terms, each employer will complete an evaluation/feedback form about their student's work performance. This information, together with a journal assignment and a final paper, will all be graded by Andrea Amelinckx, and combined to create a course grade.