10 Things To Know About Studying Abroad In Malaysia

1. Quality education at an affordable cost

In the recent times, Malaysia has become a popular education destination, even UNESCO ranked Malaysia as the world’s 11th most preferred study destination!

As many international universities have campuses or partnerships with higher learning institutions in Malaysia, students can earn a world-class degree at a fraction of the cost than undertaking studies in UK or other foreign countries.

To study in Malaysia, all you need to fulfill is 12 years of education and have completed a national/international examination recognized by the Malaysian Ministry of Education for admission to diploma or degree programmes.

2. Visa/Student pass

To gain entry into Malaysia, you need to get an entry visa by furnishing all the supporting documents to the Malaysian Embassy in your home country as follows:

  • Offer letter from a Malaysian education institution;
  • Visa Approval Letter issued by the Malaysian Immigration Department;
  • Other relevant forms and payment prescribed by the Malaysian Embassy for the application of an entry visa.

A student pass gives you permission to remain in Malaysia for the purposes of your study. Application for a student pass must be done through the education institution. Obtain advice from the education institution in Malaysia for further assistance on the documents to be furnished and the relevant payments for the student pass.

3. Scholarships

Several scholarships are available for international students. The Malaysian International Scholarship (MIS) launched by the Malaysian Government aims to support international students with academic excellence and outstanding co-curricular records to further their academic studies in the nation. Some of the benefits of the scholarship include approved tuition fees, health insurance, annual grant for books, and airfare travel to Malaysia.

Otherwise, you may apply for scholarships provided by local universities or higher learning institutions.

4. Accommodation

Studying abroad involves understanding your accommodation options and selecting one that helps you learn and live better. Generally, on-campus accommodation is considered an ideal option for international students. Otherwise, you can opt for off-campus accommodation which is convenient and affordable – be sure to check on the price, facilities offered and distance travelling to your campus.

5. Health insurance

It is advisable to have medical or health insurance during your studying period in Malaysia. Some of the treatments required to be covered by the insurance policy include personal, accident and death, in-patient and out-patient services. Although medical care may not be as costly as foreign countries such as USA and UK, having medical insurance comes in handy in times of emergency instead of getting into a financial mess when your primary focus is to complete your studies.

6. Popular courses to study

According to the QS list, Malaysia is a popular study destination for Business, Law, Accountancy and even Creative Communication courses. Over the years, partnerships with higher learning institutions in Malaysia has led the nation to become one of the most preferred and affordable choices to pursue the best of British education from renowned UK universities such as the University of London, University of Essex, University of Manchester, University of Reading and more.

7. Opportunity to earn an income

Taking up “part-time” jobs is common among international students studying abroad even in Malaysia. International students studying at public or private higher education institutions in the nations must comply with the following requirements for part-time employment:

  • 20 hours per week only during semester breaks, festive holidays or holidays more than 7 days;
  •  Place of work include restaurants, petrol kiosks, mini market or hotels;
  • Student passes must remain valid during the period of employment; and
  •  Prior approval is required from the Department of Immigration.

In addition, international students are not allowed to work as cashiers or singers, masseurs, musicians or guest relations officers (GROs) in the hotel sector. Above all, you are prohibited from any activity or job deemed immoral.

8. Culture and lifestyle

Malaysia is famous for its multicultural society. Despite being a Muslim-majority country, other main communities such as Buddhists, Hindus and Christians practice their faith and participate in their religious activities annually with joy and enthusiasm.

As an international student studying in Malaysia, you must obey the laws at all times and respect the diverse culture, norms and beliefs accordingly, for example, dressing modestly is highly encouraged and avoid public displays of affection.

9. Food habits

Home to a multicultural society, Malaysia is a well-known food haven with an assortment of cuisines available – Malay, Indian, Chinese, Western, and many more! For those who are foodies, Malaysia is the right place to be an adventurous eater and try local dishes such as Nasi Lemak with richly flavoured sambal, coconut steamed rice, peanuts and dried anchovies.

10. Weather

Malaysia has a tropical climate as it is close to the equator. During the monsoon season, typically during late May to September or October to March, be prepared for occasional heavy downpour. Otherwise, it is bright and sunny with temperatures relatively between 25°C to 35°C.

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