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Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) - NEW

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Please do not contact this university directly.
For all enquiries please contact the Exchange Office at exchange@otago.ac.nz.
Last updated June, 2018

Academic Information

Language of Instruction

UBD Faculty of Integrated TechnologiesEnglish

Course Information

Semester Dates

  • Academic Year: September – June
  • Semester 1: July – December
  • Semester 2: January – May

UBC semester dates

Course Load and Minimum Unit Requirements

  • UBD Business LibraryMinimum Course Load: 16 modular credits (4 modules) per semester
  • Maximum Course Load: 20 modular credits (5 modules) per semester

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Accommodation and the Cost of Living

Accommodation

UBD will provide on-campus accommodation for exchange students at the Core Residential College.

The Core Residential College consists of self-contained single-gender apartments. Each apartment is fully air-conditioned with 5 single-gender bedrooms with desk and wardrobe, shared kitchen, shared living space and shared bathroom as well as washing machine. 

Estimated Cost of Living

  • Living expenses: USD 300 to USD 600 per month
  • Accommodation at the Core: around USD$200 per month (utilities included)
  • Accommodation fees at The Core

Scholarships available for students going to Brunei

Additional Information

  • The local climate and dress code - The temperature in Brunei ranges between 28°C and 32°C, with high humidity and heavy rainfall. You should only need to pack light-wear clothing in general. The local dress code should be observed and we encourage modest attires on and off campus. So make sure you bring the right clothes with you!
  • Religious and language practices - The main religion in Brunei Darussalam is Islam, which is reflected in the day to day life of Bruneians. However, the population has the freedom to practice other religions. Meanwhile, the main language spoken in the country is Brunei Malay and English. Other Borneo languages such as Iban, Dusun and Kedayan, and variations of Chinese are also largely spoken in the Sultanate.

Student Visa and Insurance

Information on Student Visas and Insurance for students going on exchange can be found elsewhere on this website.

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The University, City and Region

The University

UBD Institute of Health SciencesUBD was established in 1985, opening its doors to the first intake of 176 students. Since then, UBD has seen an increase in the number of graduates, the introduction of new academic programmes, the enhancement of infrastructure and the development of graduate studies.

The university moved to its current location, Tungku Link, in 1995. There are eight academic faculties, nine research institutes and six academic service centres ranging from Islamic Studies, Business, Arts, Science, Health Sciences, Asian Studies, Policy Studies, Education, Biodiversity and Integrated Technologies.

Surrounded by beautiful tropical trees, our campus is located near the South China Sea along the wonderful warm sandy beaches between Berakas Recreational Beach and Tungku Link Beach which stretches to about 5-10 kilometers. Students who enjoy the outdoors can enjoy the campus facilities which include running tracks in our sports’ complex, as well as around campus. And here in Brunei, we embrace the lovely weather as it is summer all year round!

Brunei Darussalam is known for its diversity in race and culture. Here in the university, social cultural events are carried out every semester to brace the bond among students. We strive to achieve a jubilant community whereby students can feel welcome whole heartedly.

Both local and international students can enjoy the facilities that UBD has to offer. From an active sports athlete, to a creative artiste, we provide what the needs of the student are. Various restaurants and café, as well as small tuck shops can be found around campus. If you ever feel the need to unwind, the campus will make you feel at home.

Life outside of campus is relatively peaceful and quiet. The community places high importance on respect for the elders and each other, and especially their family members. The people in the Sultanate are often described as friendly, helpful and polite. This can certainly be expected and fulfilled when you are studying in Brunei Darussalam and exploring the city (and urban) landscapes during the weekends and semester breaks.

Universiti Brunei Darussalam website

Brunei

Brunei is a tiny nation on the island of Borneo, in 2 distinct sections surrounded by Malaysia and the South China Sea. It's known for its beaches and biodiverse rainforest, much of it protected within reserves. The capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, is home to the opulent Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah mosque and its 29 golden domes. The capital's massive Istana Nurul Iman palace is the residence of Brunei’s ruling sultan.

Brunei Darussalam

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Further Information

For further information about Otago Global Student Exchange please email exchange@otago.ac.nz