Well, what do you look for when it comes to choosing your study destination?
Internationally recognized degrees
Malaysia is home to several branch campuses of universities from other countries such as UK’s University of Nottingham and Australia’s Monash University. This means you will be able to take the same program as in the main campus in UK or Australia for a fraction of the cost!
Various Malaysian institutions also offer programs from foreign universities terming it as 3+0 program – 3 years of studies in Malaysia and you will receive a UK or Australian degree. If you wish to transfer over for the 2nd or last year, you can do so as well.
In fact, Malaysian education itself is so established that hundreds of universities worldwide accept students from Malaysia. You could do a pre-university, a diploma or even a bachelor’s degree in Malaysia and go on to complete your degree or masters in Australia, China, Canada, Hong Kong, UK, USA and many more!
Affordability and ease of entry
Cost is always one of the big factors in choosing a study destination. So, it is good to know that Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia is consistently ranked top for the world’s most affordable cities for international students. A low cost of living coupled with affordable tuition fees make Malaysia an attractive study destination at quality level on a budget.
You could be saving up to 60% of your total spending by doing a similar degree in Malaysia. That’s a lot of money! Not only that, international students benefit from straightforward and trouble-free immigration procedures, compared to many other countries with tighter student immigration procedures. There’s no need to show financial proof, no visa interview stage and the success rate is pretty high if you have all the relevant documents in place.
Exposure to industrial practice
Many institutions in Malaysia work with multiple industry partners to expose students to the real-world problems. Malaysia is one of the global leaders in engineering and manufacturing companies such as Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Services, Shell Malaysia, PETRONAS and Tenaga Nasional Berhad. Malaysia is also a leader in tourism, medical technology, optical equipment and agricultural programs. With industrial advancements over the years, knowledge and practices have been integrated into relevant programs that are continuously updated to ensure students are work-ready. Students are not only gaining knowledge required by the current market but are being exposed to top management of prestigious companies through competitions, industrial projects and training. There are definitely plenty of high-flying careers opportunities available to students in and outside of Malaysia.
Potential to travel
Studying abroad does not mean it is all study and no play. Many international students chose Malaysia as their study destination because of its geographical location. Nowhere in Asia has such an exciting diversity of cultures, festivals, traditions and customs offering countless experiences. There are plenty of sights and activities to be explored in this country, from metropolitan area of Kuala Lumpur to jungles and rainforests, to UNESCO World Heritage sites in Malacca and Penang to beautiful beaches throughout the country.
Local travels are affordable and there are many ways to reach your travel destination – by car, bus, train, boat or airplane. Speaking of airplane, did you know that a comprehensive analysis of international flights found that Malaysia offers one of the cheapest flights in the world, with just $4.10 per 60 miles? You are looking at travelling in Southeast Asia for $50 round trip! It is all an achievable dream without breaking the bank. The question is, where are you heading to on your first semester break? Shopping in Bangkok? Exploring Angkor Wat? Chilling in Bali?
Adaptability to local culture
Malaysia is made up of a multicultural community so it is incredibly easy to adapt here. A melting pot of different races, cultures, religions, and food make Malaysia a familiar place yet with loads of room to learn and grow. It is a perfect place to learn to be more open, understanding, curious, accepting and most importantly respectful of other cultures.
If you are a foodie, you will cry for joy in Malaysia. One of the common greetings is “Dah makan?” (Have you eaten?). A simple phrase but it shows the importance of food among Malaysian. The food is so great that it is one of the main things international students crave for and still talk about when they go back to their respective home countries after their studies. If you need halal food, fret not, there are plenty of choices to choose from.
In terms of communication, there is little to no language barrier as most Malaysians are bilingual or multilingual. Although Bahasa Malaysia is the official language, English is widely spoken and is the main language used on campus and practically everywhere else. If you are not proficient in English, there is no need to worry as there are plenty of language centers and English courses available.
Lastly, if you need a place of worship, Malaysia has it all. You can see a temple built next to a church, or a mosque right in the middle of the city. Muslim prayer rooms are also available in every public place.
As you can see, there are many compelling reasons that make Malaysia a great study destination. It did for the 130,000 international students from 135 countries who are currently studying in Malaysia. Ready to learn more about your options in Malaysia? Speak to one of our education consultants today.