International Students

Why make Malaysia your destination of choice when studying abroad

by StudyMalaysia.com on June 9, 2017 | Why Study in Malaysia, Top Stories

1. 12th most preferred education destination in the world among international students

UNESCO (2014) statistics reveal which places around the world attract the most overseas students to their universities. Malaysia is ranked 12th.

Why make Malaysia your destination of choice when studying abroad

2. Wide choice of courses and institutions for international students

Private universities 57
Private university colleges 29
Foreign university branch campuses 8
Private colleges 195

Note: Only institutions that have obtained approval from the Malaysian Ministry of Home Affairs can recruit international students.

3. Multiple pathways to other international universities

Private colleges and universities in Malaysia could be your pathway to other international universities through the American Degree Program, credit transfer programmes, and advanced standing arrangements.

4. 8 foreign university branch campuses to choose from

Students study for the same qualification but pay lower tuition fees; they also have the opportunity to spend one or more semesters at the main campus overseas.

5. Malaysia is currently home to more than 172,000 international students

According to NST, In Malaysia, as of Dec 31, 2016, there were 172,886 international students in our higher education institutions, private and international schools, and language centres. In higher education alone, there are 132,710 international students.

6. Transnational degree programmes at its best (UK, US, Australia, New Zealand)

  • "2+1" twinning degree programmes
  • "3+0" foreign bachelor's degree

7. High quality education that is assured by legislation such as the Malaysian Qualifications Agency Act 2007

These programmes can be considered for recognition by the government for the purpose of employment in the public sector. Accreditation is a status or achievement as a result of quality assessment by MQA. It is a commitment by MQA to all stakeholders in higher education i.e students, parents, employers that the programme accredited by MQA is quality-assured. Source: http://www2.mqa.gov.my/mqr/

Why make Malaysia your destination of choice when studying abroad

8. English as primary medium of instruction

English is used as the primary medium of instruction for all courses conducted at private higher educational institutions.

9. Kuala Lumpur ranks #1 in QS Top Universities ‘Most Affordable Cities for Students in 2016'

KL gained a near perfect score for affordability, with a winning combination of low living costs and relatively low tuition fees (averaging US$3,900 a year), according to QS Top Universities ‘Most Affordable Cities for Students in 2016’.

10. Average cost of Living in Malaysia is lower compared to other popular study destinations

The 2014 HSBC report also found that the average cost of living in Malaysia for international students is lower compared than other popular study destinations such as Australia, the UK and the US.

Why make Malaysia your destination of choice when studying abroad

11. The Mercer 2016 Quality of Living Rankings lists Kuala Lumpur among the top 10 cities in Asia-Pacific

In the Mercer 2016 Quality of Living Rankings, which looks at factors such as safety, health, education and public services, Kuala Lumpur was listed among the top 10 cities in Asia-Pacific, 2nd in South-east Asia, and 86 overall out of 230 cities.

12. Malaysia ranked 28th in the Global Peace Index 2015

Malaysia is also a politically stable and geographically safe country that enjoys a warm and humid tropical climate throughout the year. Learn more about Malaysia rankings in Global Peace Index 2015.

13. The diversity in Malaysia makes international students exposed to different cultures and traditions

The diversity in Malaysia means that international students are exposed to multiple languages, cultures and traditions as well as a wide variety of culinary treats and places of interest to explore.

14. Malaysia is a food haven and recreation is abundant

There are just so much to choose from, from local food courts to restaurants with regional favourites. Recreation is abundant in Malaysia with shopping malls, cinemas, gymnasiums, sports complexes, and more

15. Extensive international student support services:

  • visa applications
  • institution representative meets student at airport
  • accommodation arrangement
  • social and recreational activities

Why make Malaysia your destination of choice when studying abroad

16. Simple and hassle free system for international students to gain entry into Malaysia

Obtaining a visa and a student pass for full-time study in Malaysia is a quick and easy process.

17. Gateway to Southeast Asia

With the 9th best airport in the world, students will find it easy to explore the nearby ASEAN nations, such as Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and Philippines, as well as further on, like China, Japan and Australia.

18. Affordable travel

Malaysia provides affordable travel within the region for students with low-cost airlines like AirAsia, AirAsia X, Cebu Pacific, Malindo Air, Tiger Airways, Scoot, and Jetstar Asia.

19. Work while you study

All international students with a valid student pass are allowed to work part time for a maximum of 20 hours per week during semester breaks or holidays of more than 7 days in specific sectors.

Why make Malaysia your destination of choice when studying abroad

20. It’s easy to get around especially in larger cities like Kuala Lumpur

  • Light Rapid Transit (LRT)
  • Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) (to be completed soon)
  • Taxis, Uber and GrabCar
  • KL Monorail
  • KTM Komuter
  • MyRapid buses
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