Many of you want to study abroad and wish to study in one of the best universities in the world. However, not all of you are aware of how competitive the entry requirements are and the oppressive pressure to maintain one’s academic performance during your studies. Another factor to consider is also the tuition fees. Well, top universities are not famous for being easy or economical. Luckily, there are other alternatives out there for you without jeopardizing on the quality of education delivered.
1. Branch Campus University
Did you know, you can study and graduate from universities in the UK and Australia for a fraction of the cost? Yes, that is possible. Malaysia is home to several branch campuses but the best known ones are University of Nottingham from the UK and Monash University from Australia. Tuition fees of the same program at Monash University in Malaysia and University of Nottingham Malaysia are about 60% lower compared to if you were to study in Australia or UK.
For instance, the annual tuition fee to study Bachelor of Computer Science at Monash University in Australia would be about USD $27,500*. The same degree in Malaysia would only cost about USD $11,650* per year. That is almost 60% difference that you could have saved! The same goes to studying at University of Nottingham.
(*based on Year 2020 intake)
There are other foreign university branch campuses in Malaysia to choose from such as Curtin University, Swinburne University of Technology, Newcastle University, University of Southampton, Heriott-Watt University and the list goes on. Each of these university has its own strengths and without a doubt you will find one that best fits you!
2. Partner University Program
Various Malaysian institutions offer programs from foreign partner universities terming it as 3+0, 4+0 and even 5+0. These programs are cost effective even without compromising on the quality of education. The syllabus and assessment methods, and the value of your certificate are as if you study in the main campus!
A 3+0 program is essentially Bachelor’s degree from the UK and Australia whereby you can complete the entire UK or Australian degree in Malaysia. Imagine graduating with certificates from Anglia Ruskin University, Coventry University, Sheffield Hallam University, Swinburne University of Technology, University of Hertfordshire, and many more but at a fraction of the original cost!
Similarly, if you wished to graduate with a certificate from the US, opt for a 4+0 program and if you’d like to get a UK medical certificate, then there is a 5+0 program for you!
Yup, you read that right. Dual-award programs are offered in collaborations with a partner university. You will study a single-jointly delivered degree and upon graduation will receive 2 certificates by 2 institutions . There are plenty of dual-award degree programs in Malaysia that have partnerships with foreign universities from Australia and the UK.
This is a great option for various reasons. The obvious one is that you get to graduate with 2 certificates and the overall education cost will still be lower if you were to study in their respective country. It also allows you to pursue your postgraduate studies abroad with ease, especially if you are planning to pursue it at the same partner institution. You will get a better chance of entry requirement as well as visa approval.
You do however need to complete extra modules as compared to a single-award degree. This is to ensure you meet the requirements to graduate from both awarding universities. A dual-award degree is typically more expensive than a single-award degree. This should come as no surprise, considering there are external administrative and examinations fees payable to the foreign university.
Having to said all that, think about the bragging rights it gives you. You get to graduate with 2 certificates!
Having to read all of the perks above, studying in Malaysia does sound amazing don't you think? If you have further questions, feel free to drop us a message so that we can help clarify!