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Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris

Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris
UPSI has a long distinguished history, commencing with its establishment in 1922 as the Sultan Idris Training College (SITC).
Perak, Malaysia
Language of Instruction: 
Academic Year
Academic Disciplines: 
Religious Studies
Global & International Studies
Exercise Science
Community Health
Program Type: 
Semester or Academic Year
Fulfills KU Core 4.2
Exchange Program
  • Study in English in Malaysia, one of Southeast Asia's most rapidly developing countries
  • Take courses in Batik, Islamic Studies, Whitewater Rafting, and Asian Cuisine in addition to regular course offerings
  • All students live in apartments with other UPSI students
Program Summary: 

Located only 45 minutes outside of Kuala Lumpur, the Sultan Idris Education University offers a wonderful opportunity for immersion in Malaysian culture while still providing access to the big city. As a teacher-training university, UPSI offers a broad range of courses in English and the surrounding geographical area makes it ideal for outdoor sports such as mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing and white water rafting on local rivers and reservoirs.


UPSI is situationed in the state of Perak, also known as the Land of Grace. The state itself is renowned for its ageless architectural splendor and holiday getaways. It is an ideal location for both study and travel. UPSI is located within Tanjong Malim, a suburban district of Perak which is situated about 80 km, or 45 minutes, from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. Tanjong Malim is known for its tranquility and splendid natural views of the Titiwangsa Mountain Range.

Academic Information: 

UPSI is particularly strong in Education, Agricultural Science, Arts, Music and Performing Arts, Science, Languages, and Sports. 

UPSI offers many unique courses including: Batik, Pottery, Islamic Studies, Whitewater Rafting, Asian Cuisine. 

Students typically enroll in 5-8 classes per term which averages to 15-18 hours in class per week. A term runs for 17 weeks. 


ISEP Exchange students are housed in shared apartments. Each apartment has three single rooms. Internet connection is available in each room. Married student housing is NOT available. ISEP Exchange students receive a monthly meal stipend which they can use to prepare meals and/or purchase food in the cafeteria and campus restaurants. 

Life Abroad: 

The orientation for ISEP participants will be held in collaboration by various departments in UPSI. The ISEP participants will join the incoming international students on certain general briefings. There will be separate sessions for the ISEP participants focusing on academics, stipends, and channels of communication. Generally, the orientation includes information about campus life, an introduction to the university and Malaysia, student's card session, banking, health care, and more. 

International students are welcome to participate in extracurricular activities through various student clubs and societies. The university offers a wide range of extracurricular activities for all students, from indoor to outdoor activities as well as cultural exposure.

The university is excellent for kayaking. The surrounding geographical area makes it ideal for outdoor sports such as mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing and white water rafting on local rivers and reservoirs.

The student representative council often organizes “Bakti Siswa”, volunteering activities focusing on ‘community and care’ as well as ‘save and rescue’. This is how the students show their social responsibility plus the opportunity to be a part of the community.

Further Reading: 

Contact Charlie Ambrose at chambrose@ku.edu or stop by the Study Abroad Info Center in 105 Lippincott for more information.

ISEP website with more information on UPSI


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