UWC Short Course Malaysia is back!


The Short Course team is constantly monitoring the feasibility of having an in-person programme. At the moment, we will proceed with pre-registration of participants. We will inform all accepted applicants by 24 December if the programme will remain in-person or move online, depending on the COVID-19 situation then.


Unfortunately, we will not be considering applicants from Sabah and Sarawak because of the increased Covid-19 risks.

Date:             6-10 January 2021
Venue:          Gombak, Selangor
Eligibility:      Form 3/4 2020 (Grade 9/10 or equivalent)*

*We unfortunately cannot open our programme to applicants from East Malaysia due to COVID-19 limitations.

Do you ever wonder about… who am I?  What do I care about? How can I impact my community positively? How can I meet and connect with other like-minded young people?


UWC Short Course Malaysia is a one-week, bilingual (English and Malay) residential programme for young Malaysians. Through interactive workshops, games, debates, and role-playing, participants will tackle the big question faced by Malaysia today: how do we best live together in difference and diversity?

At this Short Course, you will:

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

  • Engage in open, constructive forum to discuss, debate and learn about important issues facing us as a society: identity formation, multiculturalism, and social responsibility.

  • Express your opinions confidently and empathise with perspectives different from your own.

  • Learn how to make a positive impact in your own communities and be prepared to launch your own post-course project.

The cost of the programme is entirely free. Food, accommodation and transport to and from KL Sentral to the campsite is covered. Travel stipends are available for those in need.

We are looking for 20 students from all types of racial, economic and religious backgrounds. 


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 Pre-Register

All you need to do is fill up an pre-registration form that involves answering a few short essays about yourself. We are interested to know you! 


This pre-registration 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 pre-register is 30 November 2020

You can pre-register to UWC Short Course 2021 through one of two ways: 

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 (contact@aodmalaysia.org) or by Whatsapp (012-284 2209).  

The pre-registration form can be downloaded here


Note: You can submit your pre-registration by email (contact@aodmalaysia.org) or through Whatsapp (016-203 7588). Scans and photos are accepted.


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 by 7th Dec 2020. They will have until 14th Dec 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 program by the United World College International Office.

What time do I need to arrive at KL Sentral on the 6th of January? 
You will need to be at KL Sentral by 12pm (noon). If you are arriving by flight we will assist with arranging with navigating KL. 


Architects of Diversity is a recognised UWCx initiative. We are governed by the UWC Alumni Association Malaysia, a registered organisation with the Registrar of Societies of Malaysia.


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