Sarawakian Bumiputera can study at Swinburne with IPTA fees

KUCHING, Jan 15: Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus is offering a special BP40 Bursary Scheme for Sarawakian Bumiputera students who wish to pursue their Foundation, Diploma or Degree studies at the Australian university.

The scheme is a special plan designed by Yayasan Sarawak to ease the financial burden of Bumiputera students of Sarawak origin from low and middle income (B40 and M40) family backgrounds.

“What’s great about the scheme is that the total tuition fees at Swinburne throughout the study duration of their preferred programmes are as low as tuition fees at any public universities (IPTA) in Malaysia. For a one-year Foundation programme in Business, Design, Information Technology, Multimedia, Engineering or Science, the total fee is RM5,300, while a two-and-half year Diploma of Business Management programme will only cost from RM17,000.

“A three-year Business total programme fee is estimated from RM17,620; Computing from RM18,200; Design from RM22,000; and Science from RM23,400. Students who wish to pursue a four-year Engineering course will only pay an estimated total fee from RM30,152. All fees are subject to annual increment but there is no increment in 2020,” according to the press statement.

Once students have successfully obtained the BP40 bursary, they have the option to apply for Yayasan Sarawak loan which gives them RM4,000 allowance a year, which means they can commence their programme at Swinburne with zero payment.

“Upon graduation, students who achieve a CGPA of 3.0 and above will receive 50 per cent rebate on their loan, while students who score a CGPA of 3.5 and above will be entitled to 75 per cent rebate on their loan.

“On top of that, with Swinburne’s Easy Payment Plan, students can pay their tuition fees over 10 interest-free instalments annually. A processing fee of RM100 applies and the plan is available to student from all levels of study,” the statement added.

Swinburne students also have the opportunity to go on a Student Exchange Programme for one semester (six months) at Swinburne’s Melbourne campus yet still pay their fees in Malaysia Ringgit.

Exposure abroad allows students to enrich their learning experience and at the same time, provides them the opportunity to immerse in another culture in a different environment.

Established in 2000 as a partnership between Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia and the Sarawak state government, Swinburne’s Sarawak campus is endorsed and supported by Yayasan Sarawak, the state government.

Swinburne qualifications are also recognised by Sarawak for state government job applications.

Limited to 100 students a year only, students must be enrolled in a Swinburne’s programme to be eligible for the scheme.

Swinburne 2020 intakes are now open for application. Classes for Degree programmes will commence on 2 March 2020, while classes for Foundation and Diploma will commence on 13 April 2020.

For details on the Yayasan Sarawak BP40 Bursary Scheme, email to, contact 082-415353, or chat on Facebook (Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak) or WhatsApp (013-8868353).

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