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What’s Life Like Studying In  Malaysia?

What’s Life Like Studying In Malaysia?

Thinking of checking out some international schools in Malaysia as a study destination? That’s an excellent choice, with plenty of good reasons to boot. Ranked by UNESCO as the 11th most preferred study destination in the world, Malaysia is fast developing into an education hub that offers high quality education at a fraction of the cost compared to the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and in Europe.

From preschool to high school offering IGCSE syllabus right up to A Level tertiary education institutions, Malaysia is a setting for world class education standards. It has become one of the top destinations for many expat families.

Many expatriates have chosen from the various pristine international schools in the country, spanning from central Kuala Lumpur to the southern city of Johor Bahru. The state of Selangor has the highest number of international schools, followed by Kuala Lumpur and Johor.

Read on to have a better idea and a peak into what life is like for a student in Malaysia.


Student Life In Malaysia

One of the benefits of being in Malaysia is that the cost of living is very affordable for the high quality that it offers. From accommodation and utility expenses to food and travel expenses, daily expenses are highly manageable according to different affordability levels and preferred lifestyles.

■ Language

Understandably, communication is a key area of consideration for foreign students in Malaysia. Fortunately, Malaysia is a multi-lingual country, hence language barrier is hardly an issue to contend with.

The national language is Malay, and other common and fluently spoken languages include English, Mandarin, and Tamil. Due to the country’s diversity, you will find Malaysians to be fluent in at least two to three languages, and sometimes a few other dialects too.

■ Food

Malaysia is a food haven, offering a wide variety that can cater to even the most picky palate. From local Malay, Chinese, and Indian food to various Western food, you will never be short of choices to whet your appetite. Many local delicacies like nasi lemak, Penang and Johor laksa, satay, roti canai, etc., have become favourites amongst many international students.

You will also find wide selections of local and international food stuff available at many of our local grocers and supermarkets. These days, without having to step out of your home, you could easily have all this and more delivered to your door step!

■ Accommodation

Enjoy living in spacious homes with modern amenities. Opt for landed properties or high-rise condominium living of your choice. Home rentals are highly affordable and many come fully furnished if you choose to be able to move right in without hassle.

■ Moving Around

Various modes of public transportation are available; from e-hailing rides to trains and buses. Local transporters are also available for those who need their daily rides to and from home to school.

For those who wish to drive without purchasing a vehicle, there are convenient and affordable car rentals that go by the hour, days or weeks. A valid international driver’s license is required for foreign drivers. Malaysia observes the right-hand drive system.

■ Connectivity

Staying in touch and being connected to family and friends around the world is important for our well-being. Fortunately, Malaysia offers high-speed and affordable communications infrastructure as a means to this end.

Select your preferred service providers, and have the home and even mobile connectivity set up in no time.

■ Lifestyle

While living in Malaysia, one will never be short of activities and experiences in their day to day lives. In these modern times, everything is mostly accessible to everyone at the click or touch of a button on a device.

Everything can be easily accomplished in the comforts of the home, whether it’s shopping for essentials, buying meals, looking for reading materials or indulging in home or outdoor entertainment.

■ Weather

In Malaysia, a beautiful tropical country, we experience sunny summer days all year round interspersed with tropical rain showers. Although it can be humid, it’s never too hot, with temperature ranging between 20°C to 33°C. Dress comfortably in light clothings.

■ Customs And Traditions

Generally, Malaysians are open-minded people, but remain rather conservative and conformist as a society. Each ethnic group has its way of life and etiquettes. Everyone remains respectful of each other’s customs and traditions, and even celebrate festivities together harmoniously.

Festivities like Hari Raya, Chinese New Year, Diwali and Christmas are largely celebrated. During these colourful times, do take the opportunity to celebrate with the locals as they welcome you with open arms to their open houses as a sign of fellowship.

■ Enrichment Classes

Malaysia is a progressive country that’s forward looking, and one that has a wide range of enrichment classes to keep raising the standards, even for the young. Whether you’re interested to enrol in private tuition, music lessons, robotic and coding classes, sports training, etc., you’ll have plenty of options.

Continue to pursue your interests and hobbies, or maybe even discover new ones with so many choices at your finger tips. There are many opportunities to learn new skills and try out the local sports like sepak takraw or learn the art of batik painting.

■ Local Scenes

Malaysia may be a small country, but it has many vibrant cities like Kuala Lumpur, George Town, Ipoh, Johor Bahru, etc., as well as hidden gems of picturesque outskirts to visit. Don’t miss the opportunity to travel the country and absorb the sights and surroundings. Travels is one of the greatest ways to explore and learn about the world, and there are much to be absorbed in Malaysia.

Stretching from Perlis in the north to Johor on the south side of Peninsular Malaysia, and Sabah and Sarawak in East Malaysia, one can travel far and wide across the many popular as well as unspoilt attractions in the country.

There are four UNESCO designated World Heritage Sites in Malaysia that you should not miss; two cultural sites being the Archaeological Heritage of the Lenggong Valley, and Melaka and George Town, Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca; and two natural sites at Gunung Mulu National Park and Kinabalu Park.

There are also several highlands with cool weather to enjoy a getaway. Lots of private chalets, service apartments, AirBnB homes and hotel accommodations can be easily booked for short stays. Genting Highlands, Janda Baik, Bukit Tinggi, Frasers Hills and Cameron Highlands are very popular holiday destinations for local and tourists alike.

Malaysia is also home to the world class family theme park, Legoland, located in the state of Johor. This is a must-visit for many children who never seem to get enough of this theme park!


Lead A Colourful Student Life In Malaysia, With Peace Of Mind

Malaysia is a stable country in many aspects, and is ranked 16th most peaceful country in the world by the Global Peace Index in 2019. It’s also the 5th most visited country in Asia. That’s not surprisingly, seeing life in Malaysia can be a colourful one with so much to offer.

It’s easy to mingle with the locals, as Malaysians are easy-going and peace-loving people, upholding strong Asian values. Malaysians pride themselves as being courteous people, and tend to avoid confrontations, always preferring amicable encounters.

Over the years, many international students have experienced a pleasant and memorable student life here in Malaysia.