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AOD Short Course 2021

Date: 17-19, 22-24 July 2021

Platform:   Discord + Zoom

Eligibility:  16-19 years old*


Bridging Past, Present, and Future: UWC Short Course Malaysia is a bilingual online program for youths in Malaysia. Through interactive workshops, debates, and role-playing, participants will explore historical narratives as well as their relationship with our current political reality in an intensive 6-day short course.


Following the Short Course, participants will produce their own capstone project, which may take the form of an essay, video or event, for direct social impact in their communities.

At this Short Course, you will:

  • Make lifelong friendships with 20-25 students of various backgrounds from all over Malaysia.

  • Engage in interactive workshops and debates about the diverse issues we face as a society: identity formation, narratives, and social responsibility

  • Explore Malaysia’s history and political landscape through simulations and fact-finding missions to understand how norms and narratives are constructed

  • Learn how to make a positive impact in your own communities and be prepared to launch your own project (research, event, campaign - it’s entirely up to you!)


The cost of the programme is entirely free. Subsidies for data plans are available.

We are looking for 25-30 students from all types of racial, economic and religious backgrounds. Non-Malaysians residing in Malaysia are eligible.


We do not look at academic qualifications when selecting for participants. Instead, we seek out individuals who are willing to step outside their comfort zones, engage in constructive conversations about identities and conflict, as well as to independently lead initiatives in their own communities. 

How to Apply

All you need to do is fill up an application form that involves answering a few questions about yourself. We are interested to know you! 

Write a short essay (250-500 words) OR record a 3-5 minute video telling us about: 

  • A historical event you find interesting and why

  • Why you’re interested in joining the Short Course


This application can be done in either English or Bahasa Malaysia. Choosing one or another will not impact your application. Apply in whichever language you feel most comfortable in!

Deadline to apply is 15th June 2021.

You may submit your application online via this Google Form


Note: You would still need to send a signed parental approval form separately. This can be done by email (sc@aodmalaysia.org) or by Whatsapp (012-284 2209).  


Who can I contact for questions?
Please contact Azif at azif@aodmalaysia.org or at 012-284 2209.

When will I find out if I have gotten accepted into the course?
Applicants will receive their decision the latest by 21st June 2021. They will have until 26th June 2021 to confirm their attendance. 

Will I get a certificate for joining this short course?

Yes, you will. UWC Malaysia Short Course is an officially accredited programme by the United World College International Office.