Malaysia, is a federal constitutional monarchy located in Southeast Asia. It consists of thirteen states and three federal territories separated by the South China Sea into two similarly sized regions, Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia (Malaysian Borneo). Peninsular Malaysia shares a land and maritime border with Thailand in the north and maritime borders with Singapore in the south, Vietnam in the northeast, and Indonesia in the west. East Malaysia shares land and maritime borders with Brunei and Indonesia and a maritime border with the Philippines and Vietnam. The capital city is Kuala Lumpur, while Putrajaya is the seat of the federal government
Malaysia in recent times is fast becoming a popular study destination for international students.
Some possible reasons international students choose Malaysia icludes:
Quality Education Programs
Educational institutions in Malaysia is monitored by the Malaysian government enforcement of legislation such as The Education Act, 1996, the Private Higher Educational Institutions Act, 1996 and The Malaysian Qualifications Agency Act 2007. The Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) provides guidelines and constant monitoring to ensure colleges and universities meet the highest standards in education and are internationally recognized.
Institutions of higher learning in Malaysia provide professional, career-focused education offering courses that are up-to-date and market relevant. International students can also get an accredited degree from many choices of world-renowned universities from UK, USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand through their twinning programs or branch campuses in Malaysia.
Top 5 Universities in Malaysia:
- Universiti Teknologi MARA: Website:www.uitm.edu.my
- Universiti Putra Malaysia: Website:www.upm.edu.my
- Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia: Website:www.ukm.my
- Universiti Malaya: Website:www.um.edu.my
- Universiti Teknologi Malaysia: Website:www.utm.my
Availability of Students Part time Work:
Malaysia’s law allows holders of student pass or permit to work while studying. This enables students to supplement their living and earn extra pocket money for travelling and leisure activities. Students are allowed to work part-time for a maximum of 20 hours per week.
One of the reasons international students troop into this country is that tuition fees of Malaysian tertiary institutions are very reasonable and highly affordable. The cost of living is also very low. A student can get by living comfortably for about RM10,000 a year (USD3,300). Furthermore the ringgit value is low compared to other currency and this gives students enormous savings while studying in Malaysia.
International students who want a degree from developed countries like UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand can enroll in collaborative degree programs with reputable international universities such as the 2+1 programs or 3+0 programs which enable students to complete the entire foreign degree programs right here in Malaysia, and still be conferred with a degree from the partner university overseas. Alternatively, international students can study at foreign university branch campuses set up in Malaysia.
Courses are Taught in English
The national, or official, language in Malaysia, is Malay. However, English may take preference in many settings and is spoken by the majority of the population. This shouldn’t deter students from coming as issue of language barrier won’t affect their srtudy and stay in the country.
Interestingly, English is the primary medium of Instruction for all courses and study programs conducted at the private higher educational institutions. For those less proficient in the language, you can find lists of schools and institutions offering basic English courses.