Independent Agreement: Universiti of Technologi Petronas (UTP), Malaysia
Universiti of Technologi Petronas (UTP) was established in 1997 in Bandar Seri Iskandar in Malaysia. The university is private and a subsidiary of PETRONAS, the national oil company. UTP places strong emphasis on research and development and obviously works in close partnership with Petronas. The UTP campus is modern and located in a beautiful and peaceful setting only a few hours from the very vibrant and cultural capital city of Kuala Lumpur, the beautiful beaches in the east and west, and the rain forest.
While students should take most of their courses in the Department of Petroleum Engineering and in the Faculty of Engineering, students may also choose to take courses in the Department of Management and Humanities.
Programs offered for undergraduate and graduate students are the following:
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
For specific course offerings at UTP, please visit the undergraduate course catalog or the postgraduate course catalog.
Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA and meeting course requirement prerequisite(s), if any, needed for a specific course.
Language of Instruction is in English. Students should be aware that the official language is Malay, but other languages like English, Cantonese, and Mandarin are widely spoken.
Study Abroad students are required to obtain an entry visa before their departure. The host university will apply for the entry visa on the students’ behalf, but it’s the student’s responsibility to pay and pick up the visa form the Embassy of Malaysia in Washington, D.C.
Accommodation and meals are offered on campus. On-campus accommodation is double occupancy per room and the cost per student is about RM 40 per week or about $10, for non-air conditioned rooms or RM 80 per week or $20 for an air-conditioned unit for a housing cost typically between It comes to around $200-$400 per semester. Choice of housing units is not guaranteed. Obviously, cost of on-campus housing is very inexpensive, but air conditioning is not included in all units. If you are assigned to a non-air conditioned room, students use fans and acclimatize to the heat after a little while.
Meals are also very inexpensive and are offered in 14 cafeterias through the campus. There are several western food restaurants on campus, but most are local, fresh and delicious. Please note that students cannot cook in their dorm rooms.
Please check with your UTP Study Abroad Coordinator to inquire about orientation date(s). Students planning to arrive before orientation are strongly encouraged to contact the UTP Study Abroad Coordinator to confirm housing and any necessary support will be available upon arrival. Some dining facilities may be closed and there may be limited students, staff, or faculty on campus, especially until classes begin.
Transportation form the Kuala Lumpur airport upon arrival may be provided by the host institution, but it is not guaranteed. Students arriving during the weekend can take a bus or train from Kuala Lumpur to UTP. Transportation options are very good and affordable.
For each semester of academic work completed abroad, you may earn up to 12 credit hours. Course credit transfers to S&T, but your grades will not appear on your S&T transcript and are not calculated into your grade point average. Courses you pass will earn you credit hours toward your degree, but will not affect your GPA.
Although you will receive credits for successfully completed courses, you must work with your academic advisers to get approval for how the courses you take might fulfill specific degree requirements at S&T.
UTP offers a peaceful environment while being an easy access to Kuala Lumpur and many touristic areas in Malayisa. To visit Kuala Lumpur, students can take a taxi or bus to the nearest train station, where they can catch a train.
Malaysia is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, located only a few hours away from the campus. Kuala Lumpur offers a view of the old and new world mixing together with the Petronas Towers reigning over the city.
Singapore is only a short flight from Kuala Lumpur and certainly a place to visit.
Please note that students who arrive before orientation may find limited housing, meal opportunities, and campus activity (both students and faculty/staff). Please review documents from UTP or contact the UTP Study Abroad Coordinator to inquire about orientation date(s).
S&T Application Deadline
Applying to a study abroad program is the first step to a life-changing experience. Once you start your application to a study abroad program, you will have an electronic checklist to help you through the process. While there are several things to be done before you depart to study abroad, remember that we at the S&T study abroad office are here to guide you along the way!
1. If you don’t know which program you are interested in, please request an advising meeting with an S&T study abroad advisor to discuss the study abroad opportunities. The study abroad advisor would be able to make recommendations based on your academic and personal goals. After you know at least one program you would like to apply to, please start your application by clicking on the ‘Apply Now’ button on the program brochure.
2. If you have already spoken to a study abroad advisor and/or you know at least one program you would like to apply to, please start your application by clicking on the ‘Apply Now’ button on the program brochure.
3. Complete your application. There will be several documents that need to be completed for the application. While specific requirements vary by program, a typical application consists of the following:
o Material submissions - Printable forms which require signature form campus officials. Most material submissions could be uploaded to the online application, but some may require physical submission of materials. Such material submissions include: a copy of your unofficial transcript, financial planning worksheet, application for credit, etc.
o Signature Documents - Items that may be digitally sign (if you are over 18 years of age) to indicate your agreement and understanding. Such a signature document is the assumption of risk and release.
o Recommendation Forms - You will have the option to request a recommendation letter from an S&T faculty or staff by entering their e-mail address. Recommendations may be submitted electronically by S&T faculty and staff.
o Application Questionnaires - Items that you complete and submit electronically. Such questionnaires include: emergency contact info, insurance information, application for the S&T Study Abroad scholarship, etc.