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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the important dates that I need to know for final registration upon being accepted?

If you decide to proceed, please make either a full payment or a deposit of RM500 accordingly within 14-days upon receiving letter of acceptance, i.e. before the Payment Deadline: 24th May 2019. We may then confirm your participation in the Summer School. For more important dates, click here

What to expect upon submitting the application to the program?

Upon acceptance into the program, participants will receive an email and are required to pay the deposit fee within the timeframe given upon being accepted into the WISE Summer School (Payment Deadline: 24th May 2019). This is an important deadline to consider before deciding to apply to the program.

All participants will receive a list of required and suggested reading in order to help them prepare for the program. This list will be sent out to participants about a month before the program.

Participants can also expect to receive an acceptance packet with more detailed information about the program and classes, the daily schedule, packing and travel tips and other pertinent information AFTER the payment and confirmation is made.

Is it necessary for me to have read all of Prof. al-Attas's works in order to benefit from the Summer School?

While it is not necessary for you to have read all of Al-Attas's works, certain degree of familiarity of his major works and ideas is helpful. The Summer School itself is an initiative to set the proper foundations of understanding his thoughts and works, although not limited to that.  ​​​​​​​

Are there any recommended materials for me to read before the Summer School?

We would encourage you to read Islam and Secularism by Prof. al-Attas and the Introduction chapter from the Prolegomena to the Metaphysics of Islam. Other works relating to the issue of Dewesternisation and Islamisation of Knowledge by other authors are also recommended.

Is it possible to attend only the modules that interest me and leave the rest?

It is ‘possible’, but strongly not advisable. All modules and discussions sessions are designed in such a way that they are interconnected with each other giving a systematic flow of ideas.

Do we get a certificate?


Can I see the pictures of the rooms provided?

Please visit for general information on lodging venue.

Can I not stay in the accommodation provided?

Yes you may. But it is strongly encouraged for all participants to stay in the accommodation provided for the convenience of gaining the whole experience of what WISEss has to offer. Tentative programs are designed to finish as late as 10.00 pm and classes usually begins as early as 9.00 am. In the busy city like Kuala Lumpur, staying nearby is ideal if you want to be on time.

How are the accommodation arrangements for Students and Professionals?

Student Participants will automatically be placed in a shared room (4 or 5 shared (3 bedroom apartment) or 2 shared (double/twin bed suite)).  Professionals Participants will be staying in the latter. Should they so prefer, an additional cost incur if you require a single lodging with additional cost. Participants who wish to bring their family along will be an additional cost according to the type of room they will require.

I have specific meal requirement, what should I do?

Please inform us of these preferences as soon as possible prior to the Summer School by emailing us at stating your name and the diet preferences (vegetarian, vegan, or specific allergies) for us to make further arrangements.

What are the meals inclusive of?

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper shall be provided. It is inclusive in the fees.

What are the fees inclusive of?

1. Accommodation: Tuition includes full room and board and all meals for the duration of the WISE Summer School. Students will enjoy the convenience of the best accommodation within the venue: the The Regency Scholar's Hotel.

*All students must share rooms in The Regency Scholars Hotel. If any of the participants wants to bring family or requesting for single lodging, additional cost applies according to the type of room.

2. Course Materials: All students will receive course texts and relevant supplemental materials designed specifically for the WISE Summer School program.

3. Transportation for Visits**: Tuition fees will also include any transportation costs for day trips during the program as stated in the program schedule only.

4. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Supper provided.

**Airport Transfer is not inclusive.

What if I don’t have a credit card and I am applying from overseas?

You can use TransferWise as a method of payment. Or otherwise, you can do a telegraphic transfer (TT) of the payment to the following account:

Account Name: Himpunan Keilmuan Muslim Sdn Bhd Bank
Name: CIMB ISLAMIC Bank Berhad
Bank Account:  8600181622 
Bank sortcode: CTBBMYKL

How do I get to the WISEss venue?

WISE Summer School 2019 will take place at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Kuala Lumpur (UTM KL). It is located along Jalan Sultan Yahya Petra (formerly known as Jalan Semarak), some 4 km from the Petronas Twin Towers.

From the Airport (KLIA or KLIA2), take the KLIA Express or KLIA Transit train to KL Sentral (RM 35). Then take the LRT (Kelana Jaya Line) to Ampang Park Station or Damai Station (RM 2). And then you may take a taxi to UTM Jalan Semarak (around RM 5).

Scholar's Inn will be clearly visible once you enter the main gate of UTM KL. This is the link via google maps:

Do we have time to roam around the area?

Although the schedule is rather intensive, some excursions will be organised to some sites around KL. All participants are advised to make their sightseeing arrangements during allocated free time. Please refer to the timetable (to be sent later) for more information.