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About Malaysia

Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country occupying parts of the Malay Peninsula and the island of Borneo. It’s known for its beaches, rainforests and mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European cultural influences. The capital, Kuala Lumpur, is home to colonial buildings, busy shopping districts such as Bukit Bintang and skyscrapers such as the iconic, 451m-tall Petronas Twin Towers.

Malaysia is a federal constitutional monarchy in Southeast Asia. Kuala Lumpur is the national capital and largest city while Putrajaya is the seat of federal government. With a population of over 30 million, Malaysia is the world’s 44th most populous country. The southernmost point of continental Eurasia, Tanjung Piai, is in Malaysia. In the tropics, Malaysia is one of 17 megadiverse countries, with large numbers of endemic species.

Malaysia has its origins in the Malay kingdoms which, from the 18th century. The head of state is the king, known as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. He is an elected monarch chosen from the hereditary rulers of the nine Malay states every five years. The head of government is the Prime Minister. The country’s official language is Bahasa Melayu, commonly known as the Malay language. English remains an active second language. In 2017 English proficiency in Malaysia was ranked the 2nd best in Asia (after Singapore) and the 13th best in the world.

A member of the Commonwealth of Nations, Malaysia has had one of the best economic records in Asia since its independence from the United Kingdom with its GDP growing at an average of 6.5% per annum for almost 50 years. The economy has traditionally been fuelled by its natural resources, but is expanding in the sectors of science, tourism, commerce and medical tourism. It is also one of the few developing countries to heavily subsidise education and healthcare.

Malaysia has a newly industrialised market economy, ranked 4th largest in Southeast Asia and 38th largest in the world. With a GDP per capita of $10,430 and an HDI of 0.789, Malaysia is classified as an emerging economy by the World Bank. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) also classifies Malaysia as an emerging and developing country.

The weather in Malaysia is sunny and rainy all year without extreme cold or hot weather conditions making the weather easily adaptable

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Why to study in Malaysia

Malaysia boasts of a vibrant economy, stunning landscapes, and diverse culture. It has partnerships with the leading institutes around the world. The local universities in Malaysia are tremendously improving, and the cost of higher education is lower than other international destinations. A multicultural environment is perfect for aspiring international students who can learn and grow in a place that is a cultural melting pot. Most of the universities offer twinning degree option that helps students in leveraging their career.

Malaysia’s international education sector has grown tremendously in the last decade and the country is fast becoming a centre of educational excellence in South East Asia. Malaysia is currently the world’s 11th most preferred study abroad destination. According to UNESCO, Malaysia has captured a 2% market share of international students in the fast growing private education sector. Malaysia currently has more than 80,000 international students from more than 100 countries. International students enjoy a safe and comfortable living environment with 21st century amenities, good healthcare and medical facilities, excellent educational institutions, and world-class recreational and sports facilities. Malaysia offers international students many options of quality education programmes at an affordable cost.

International students benefit from the easy and trouble-free immigration procedures as compared to many other countries which have tighter student immigration procedures. Malaysia is one of the safest and most political stable countries in the world with a relatively low crime rate and the country is free from most natural disasters which makes it an attractive country to live in.

Cost of Study
  • Undergraduate Bachelor Degree – US $11,000 to US $18,000
  • Postgraduate Masters Degree – US $9,000 to US $18,000
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Average Cost of Living

US $6000 per annum
Accommodation:

The average monthly rental for a single room on a twin-sharing basis could be between US $100 and US $150, depending on the area, the type of accommodation and the facilities available. Other Living Expenses:

  • Groceries and eating out – $40 to $80 per week
  • Phone and Internet – $5 to $15 per week
  • Public transport – $10 to $20 per week
  • Personal expenses – $ 10 to $ 20 per week