Top 10 Undeniable Reasons Why You Should Study Abroad in Malaysia

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Moving out of your comfort zone and furthering your studies in a foreign country can sometimes be challenging. Take that leap as a stepping stone to a brighter future. Studying abroad in Malaysia as a foreign student can potentially expose you to a melting pot of cultures, helps you improve your communication and interpersonal skills, and instils a global perspective in you. It opens up your door to a myriad of career prospects.

Thanks to the top notch Malaysia education system ranking, this country has since become a hotspot for international students. As of Dec 2021, over 40,000 applications for various tertiary education programs were received by Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) and is expected to rise continuously.

Kolej MDIS Malaysia is one of the most reputed higher education institutions in the country providing internationally acclaimed programmes in Business, Finance, Banking & Accounting, Tourism & Hospitality, Mass Communication, Information Technology & Digital Media; all of which are accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency. 

Let us summarise for you why Malaysia is an ideal place for you to further your studies.


10 Reasons Why Foreign Students Choose to Study Abroad in Malaysia 


1) Quality Higher Education that Never Cease to Improve



(source: MalaysiaNow)

Malaysian higher education institutions are progressing at an exponential rate, and it is fair to say that they are moving forward to provide world-class education. Kolej MDIS Malaysia is amongst  the higher education institutions that focus on delivering quality higher education with international standards. Malaysia’s Ministry of Higher Education dedicates themselves to monitor the standards closely in hopes of turning this country into a Centre of Excellence for Higher Education.


2) Ideal Destination for International Degrees



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A major portion of Malaysia’s state investment in higher education is its growing partnerships with overseas universities. Various foreign universities, especially Singapore, Australian, and British universities, have branch campuses established in Malaysia. For example, MDIS (Singapore), Monash University (Australia) and the University of Nottingham (UK). 

Kolej MDIS Malaysia is the first ever private tertiary institution of Singapore to enter EduCity Iskandar Puteri, Johor Malaysia. MDIS signed the landmark deal with EduCity Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd for it to be the first major commitment made by a Singapore private education group in this special economic zone. This education hub aims at bringing world-class higher education to the heart of the ASEAN region.


3) Affordable Studying & Living Costs



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One of the top reasons for studying in Malaysia is that you will have a variety of high quality academic programmes at affordable costs. You will find that the cost of studying and residing in Malaysia is comparatively cheaper than other countries such as Australia, the US, the UK, France, Canada, and so on. With the same exact course, module content, assessment criteria and marking scheme, higher education institutions in Malaysia are bound to offer more affordable tuition fees. In simple terms, a qualification with the same weightage as the one from an overseas institution is significantly cheaper in Malaysia. 

Besides, the cost of living in Malaysia is considerably lower too, which eases financial burden. It can be perceived as a win-win situation for international students as they can live comfortably at a cost of as low as MYR 1100 a month – including food, accommodation, and other daily living expenses. Attached herewith is a comparison of studying and living costs in Malaysia with other countries. 


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4) Wide Range of Job Opportunities for Students 



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Foreign students furthering their studies in Malaysia are permitted to take up a part-time job for 20 hours per week. They are encouraged to work in convenient stores, restaurants, cafes, hotels, and petrol stations. Nonetheless, they are prohibited from working as a cashier, singer, masseur, musician and similar jobs. 

Upon completion of higher education (diploma, degree, masters, phd or equivalent), their  career prospects are expected to widen. Based on the Critical Occupation List (COL) by TalentCorp and the Institute of Labour Market Information and Analysis (ILMIA), below are a few popular courses and their respective career prospects.  

  • Engineering – Mechanical engineer, electronic engineer, telecommunications engineer, quality assurance engineer, industrial engineer and process engineer
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT) –  Systems analyst, software developer, database analyst, network analyst, technical helpdesk analystandtest engineer
  • Business Management – Sales manager, marketing manager, management consultantandhuman resource manager
    Finance – Research analyst, corporate finance adviser, financial planner and finance executive
  • Accounting – Auditor, tax consultant, financial controller, management accountant andGST specialist
  • Communications – Communications manager, producer, scriptwriter and customer service manager
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management – Logistics manager, supply manager, warehouse manager, distribution manager and procurement officer
  • Graphic Design and Multimedia – Web designer, graphic designer and 3D artist
  • Architecture – Interior designer and architect
  • Actuarial Science – Actuarial science mathematician, product actuary, data scientist andpredictive analyst


5) Seamless Immigration Procedures 



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International students studying abroad in Malaysia can benefit from the easy and hassle-free immigration procedures if compared to other countries with stricter student immigration procedures. 


6) Safety & Security 



(source: Borneo Post Online)

Malaysia is amongst the safest and politically stable nations in the world with a considerably low crime rate. The weather in Malaysia is especially sunny and rainy all year long without extreme cold or hot weather conditions, making the weather easily adaptable for international students studying abroad in Malaysia. An 2021 survey ranked Malaysia as the 23rd most peaceful country in the world out of 163 countries. On top of that, the country’s geographical location also made it safe from most natural disasters hence, making it a really peaceful place to live in.


7) A Melting Pot of Cultures



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As a whole, Malaysians are exceptionally jovial, welcoming and fond of socialising. The country comprises a blend of people from different races, ethnicities, and nationalities with fairly distinctive cultures. This makes Malaysia more congenial for international students studying abroad in Malaysia. They also get the golden opportunity to gain profound insight into how diversity and coexistence manifest in such a peaceful and beautiful way!


8) Little to No Language Barriers



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Bahasa Malaysia and English are two most commonly spoken languages in the country with other languages and dialects being Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien, Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam, and many others. Most of the universities in Malaysia are bound to conduct their lectures in English. As a result, it is easier for international students studying abroad in Malaysia to understand the lectures better. Apart from that, there exists a myriad of language centres and higher education institutions like Kolej MDIS Malaysia that offer basic English courses for those who are looking to strengthen their proficiency in the English language. 


9) A Haven for Travel Enthusiasts



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In 2022, Malaysia is ranked the 14th most visited country in the world. Well, that isn’t really surprising. Who doesn’t love travelling in this friendly, beautiful, and culturally diverse country that is far more affordable than you can possibly imagine. Those travelling to Malaysia can get extremely good value for their money here. The impeccable variety of tourist attractions and exhilarating free-time activities in the metropolitan area of Kuala Lumpur and the beautiful natural landscapes such as Langkawi, Taman Negara, and Cameron Highlands; all of which will ensure you will never run out of things to see and do. 


10) A Foodie’s Paradise



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Thanks to its diverse cultures thriving and coexisting with one another in this country, Malaysia is known for its great variety of delicacies and cuisines. You can easily find halal and non-halal dishes in every corner of Malaysia. Mouth-watering traditional Malay, Chinese or Indian cuisine is definitely a feast for any students studying abroad in Malaysia!


Are You Ready to Study Abroad in Malaysia and Explore the Greatness It Has to Offer?


Malaysia may not have been on your radar before, but this list will convince you it definitely should be! There is simply so much to do here that you may even want to extend your studies and to make the most of its diverse range of tourist attractions to sightsee and experience. 

There is always a reason why Malaysia is Truly Asia – it brings together the best parts of the region! International students studying abroad in Malaysia will stumble upon the best food, a potpourri of celebrations, and wildlife that you may not find anywhere else, fun beach escapes with immaculate marine life, a chance to meet the orang-utans, and a rather useful and simple language to acquire!

Designed with state-of-the-art infrastructure encompassing campus-wide WiFi connectivity, fully-equipped computer laboratories and lecture theatres, the campus of Kolej MDIS Malaysia embraces eco-friendly initiatives. International students wishing to pursue their studies at Kolej MDIS Malaysia will have the opportunity to experience an enriching transnational education in various nations. With the increasing globalisation of economies, this will provide students with a comprehensive global perspective for a brighter and prosperous future. 

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