7 Reasons to Pursue a Degree in Malaysia

Pursuing a degree is what most students hope for after completing secondary school. As a regional education hub Malaysia is an excellent option for tertiary education.

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Recognition by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA)
The programmes offered by Malaysian educational institutions have to be accredited by this national body. Approval is based on the fulfilment of specific criteria and ensures that qualifications are accepted outside of the Malaysia and by the public sector. 

International degree programmes 
There are many options for students to enter courses that are either part of twinning programmes (study locally then transfer abroad) or to enrol in the Malaysian campus of renowned foreign universities. Medicine, engineering, law and business studies are the most popular courses and offered by universities like Heriot-Watt University, University of Reading Malaysia, University of Nottingham Malaysia and Monash University Malaysia amongst others. 

Wide range of courses and institutions
Degrees and qualifications (diplomas, certifications) are offered by various tertiary institutions – public and private universities, overseas campuses of foreign universities, private colleges and polytechnics. Students can choose from courses in engineering, medicine, education, humanities and social science, law, IT, journalism, mass communications, English, architecture, actuarial science, accounting and many more. 

Courses taught in English 
There are over 130,000 international students pursuing a course in tertiary education in Malaysia and a major reason for this is the fact that courses are taught in English, and the general population is well versed in the language. There are also plenty of opportunities for students to learn and improve their language skills at English language centres before they begin and during their studies. 

Lower fees and cost of living 
This is one of the most attractive incentives for studying in Malaysia. For example – a medical degree at Monash University Malaysia will cost around RM560,000 for international students while the same degree in Australia is approximately double the amount when you take into consideration exchange rates and the cost of living. Student life in Malaysia is affordable with necessities like rent, food and transport being one of the lowest in the region. 

Most tertiary institutions offering courses to international students are located in Kuala Lumpur, which means easy access to the international airport and train station. Public transport covers all major areas of the city and is cheap and easy to manage. It’s also affordable to travel locally and students have great opportunities to visit renowned tourist spots during their term breaks. 

Cultural diversity 
Malaysia is a rapidly developing country with a diverse population comprising a variety of cultures, religions and ethnicities. People are friendly and willing to help, and this is a big plus especially for students coming from other parts of the country or abroad. 

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