Welcome to Malaysia

Malaysia is the gateway to Southeast Asia, with Indonesia to the south, and Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam to the north and northeast. Major cities such as Singapore, Bangkok, and Jakarta are just a short flight away and tickets are very affordable.

A popular tourist destination, Kuala Lumpur has a rich blend of cultural, ethnic, and gastronomical diversity. Malays, Chinese, and Indians live together in a melting pot making for a truly Asian experience. As a people, Malaysians are very relaxed, warm and hospitable. The weather is tropical, with an average temperature of 30 degrees Celsius.

Overseas participants are responsible for obtaining the necessary visa to Malaysia. Please note that boarding may be refused without the appropriate documents.

Single Entry Visa

This is issued to foreign nationals who require a visa to enter Malaysia mainly for a social visit. It is normally valid for a single entry and for a period of three (3) months from the date of issue. Participants are strongly advised to apply for this visa if participating in a CAL short-stay program.

Multiple Entry Visa

This is issued to foreign nationals who require a visa to enter Malaysia mainly for business or government-to-government matters. It is normally valid for a period within three (3) months to twelve (12) months from the date of issue. Citizens of India and the People’s Republic of China who wish to enter Malaysia for the purpose of a Social Visit are eligible to apply for the Multiple Entry Visa. The validity of the Multiple Entry Visa is one (1) year. Each entry is for 30 days only and the extension of stay is not allowed.

Conditions for the Multiple Entry Visa are:

  1. The applicant must show proof of sufficient funds for staying in Malaysia
  2. The applicant must possess a valid and confirmed return ticket
  3. Tour groups are not eligible to apply for Multiple Entry Visa
  4. The Multiple Entry Visa costs RM100.00 for Indian Citizens and RM30.00 for citizens of the People’s Republic of China

Please click here for more information: http://www.imi.gov.my/index.php/en/main-services/visa/types-of-visa

For inquiries, please call us at +603-7491-8716/17 or email us at [email protected].

The Center’s regional office is housed at the Sunway University Graduate Center, a world-class facility situated in the Sunway Group’s township and education hub, only 20-minutes from Kuala Lumpur. Most of the Center’s programs are held at the Sunway University Graduate Centre’s state-of-the-art facilities which include lecture halls with tiered semi-circular seating and modern classrooms.

The locale boasts Sunway University, College and International School, Monash University Malaysia, five-star hotels, a shopping mall, a medical center, a theme park, and real estate properties all within walking distance in a tropical oasis.

The Center also holds programs at five-star hotels, on-site at companies, as well as other locations.

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Sunway Monash Residence

High school and college and university participants who are attending residential programs will be housed at the Sunway Monash Residence, which is a 10-minute walk from the program venue. Individual bedrooms include a shared bathroom for each unit block of six rooms, standard amenities, as well as wireless internet throughout the facility. Residents have access to the gymnasium, swimming pool, basketball court and multipurpose hall equipped for indoor badminton and table tennis. A dedicated and professional team provide 24-hour security. There is also a service launderette and a convenience store ensuring basic amenities are available in-house.

Working professionals who are attending programs also have the option of staying at the Sunway Monash Residence.

For inquiries, please call us at +6017-3268175 or email us at [email protected].

For more information about the Sunway Monash Residence, please visit: http://www.monash.edu.my/student-life/accommodation/sunway-monash-residence.

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Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa

Working professionals attending our programs enjoy a special rate at the Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, a 5-star hotel located within Sunway Resort City. The hotel features elegantly furnished rooms with sweeping views of the resort and the city skyline. Exciting attractions like Sunway Lagoon theme park and Sunway Pyramid shopping mall are connected to the hotel allowing guests to move from high class boutiques to exciting rides within minutes.

For inquiries as well as to avail of your special rate, please contact us prior to making your reservation at +603-7491-8716/17 or email us at [email protected].

For more information about the Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, please visit: http://www.sunwayhotels.com/sunwayresorthotelspa.

Sunway International School Residences

Certain programs will also be held at the Sunway International School Residences on the Sunway University campus.

High school and college and university participants who are attending residential programs will be housed at the Sunway International School in the heart of the Sunway University Campus. Shared twin bedrooms include a shared bathroom for each unit block of three rooms. Each unit includes: air-conditioned rooms, individual study tables, water dispensers, wardrobes, safety deposit box, wifi-access, student lounge, refrigerator, and dining table.

The camp accommodation is located right next to the Asia Leadership Youth camp venue for convenient access for all campers after a long day of engaging and interesting workshops with Harvard facilitators and fun and exciting activities.

For inquiries, please call us at +6017-3268175 or email us at [email protected].

For more information about the Sunway Monash Residence, please visit: http://sis.sunway.edu.my/Boarding-SIS-House.

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Transportation Services

This page is designed to enable you to purchase a pick-up and drop-off service from the Kuala Lumpur airport to the hotel or residence you are staying in Sunway Resort City (Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia.

The designated pick-up and drop-off dates are limited respectively to:

  • Only one day preceding the program start date
  • Limited to only one day succeeding the program end date

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Please be aware of these notices:
Organizers will coordinate with accepted participants and will designate a time and meeting point at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport to meet event representatives.

Time for Pick-up and Drop-off depends on the number of participants arriving or departing on that day, which the event organizer will notify through email when it comes closer to the day.

Note: If flight has not been confirmed, you may leave this entry empty. However, you will need to coordinate with our program manager at [email protected] and coordinate your final arrival and departure time).

Life in Malaysia

Climate
The climate in Malaysia remains remarkably consistent throughout the year, with typical daytime temperatures of around 30°. However, the northeast monsoon brings torrential rains and heavy seas between September and February, concentrating its attentions on the west coast of the Peninsula in September and October, and on the east coast after that.

Time
Malaysia is eight hours ahead of Universal Time (GMT), all year. This close to the equator, you can rely on dawn being around 6.30am in the Peninsula, dusk at around 7.30pm; in Borneo both happen roughly an hour earlier. Not taking into account daylight saving time elsewhere, Malaysia is two hours behind Sydney, thirteen hours ahead of US Eastern Standard Time and sixteen hours ahead of US Pacific Standard Time.

Tipping
Tipping is seldom necessary in Malaysia. When eating out at a proper restaurant, it’s customary to tip if a service charge isn’t included, though note that you are never required to tip in kedai kopis or kopitiams. It’s not necessary to tip taxi drivers either, unless they have gone out of their way to be helpful. Otherwise you might want to offer a modest tip to a hotel porter or hairdresser, or a tour guide who has been exceptional.

Opening Hours and Public Holidays
In Malaysia, shops are open daily from around 9.30am to 7pm, though outlets in shopping centres and malls are typically open daily from 10am to 10pm. Government offices tend to work Monday to Friday from 8am to 4.15pm or 9am to 5pm, with an hour off for lunch, except on Friday when the break lasts from 12.15 to 2.45pm to allow Muslims to attend prayers. Note that in the states of Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu, the working week runs from Sunday to Thursday, with Friday and Saturday as days off.