Is Malaysia safe for students

Study in Malaysia

The Southeast Asian state of Malaysia also stands for Tradition and modernity - both culturally and economically. In the past, mining, agriculture and the export of raw materials shaped him. Today it is also the automotive industry as well as the export of electrical engineering and modern communication technologies. The service and education sectors are also developing.

Malaysia is Founding member of ASEAN (Association of South-East-Asian Nations) and an emerging and at the same time economically and politically stable country. Malaysia was a British colony until August 1963 and English is still the language of business. This is another reason why many international students are drawn to Malaysia to study.

Elective monarchy in the tropics

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Between tropical rainforest and big city feeling: studying in Malaysia reveals the many facets of the country.

Malaysia is made up of two parts: On the one hand off West Malaysia on the Asian mainland, bordering Thailand to the south and Singapore to the north. On the other hand off East Malaysia, the northern part of the Borneo Island. One prevails in both parts of the country tropical climate with an average of thirty degrees during the day and rarely less than twenty degrees at night. The humidity is often over eighty percent; especially in the rainy season from October to April it is extremely high.

Both parts of the country mainly characterize the landscape tropical rain and mangrove forests with an extremely rich flora and fauna. Orchids, magnolias and carnivorous plants as well as hornbills, orangutans, sun bears and tigers are at home here. The latter are also the Malaysian heraldic animals. In the center of both parts of the country are forested mountains and high plateaus, including the highest mountain in Southeast Asia: the Mount Kinabalu (4,095 meters) on Borneo. The plains have often been heavily cleared and have given way to tea plantations. While a few coastal areas are swampy, the majority of the Malaysian coast offers secluded sandy beaches, small bays and islands.

Malaysia's wild nature is in great contrast to the big cities with their modern infrastructure and high-rise architecture. The youngest landmarks in the country are the two Petronas Towers (452 meters) in Kuala Lumpur. The capital is the only megacity in the countryMost of the population lives in cities. The Malays make up only 50.4% of the total population. They belong to the so-called Bumiputra, the indigenous people of Malaysia, to which also Javanese, Bugis and other small ethnic groups. The Bumiputra make up a total of 65%, while around 26% of the population are Chinese and 8% are Indian. The official state religion is Islam. The national and school language is Bahasa Malaysia. The general business language of the former colony is still English today.

University landscape of Malaysia

Both the Malaysian government and industry are particularly supportive of the education sector. Since the 1980s and increasingly since the turn of the millennium, the Malaysia's higher education landscape is in a state of great change and became increasingly attractive for international applicants: since then there have been numerous Cooperation with foreign institutionsbe it via exchange programs, special study programs such as Study Abroad, or via campus branches. In addition, some local and foreign companies set up private educational institutions. The aim of these measures is to promote your own potential offspring.

The private sector is playing an increasingly important role in the Malaysian educational landscape and universities are springing up like mushrooms. The many start-ups represent, among other things, a reaction to the steadily growing number of applicants and the lack of places at state universities.

State universities

In Malaysia there is currently twenty state universitiesthat are largely autonomous. The country's first two universities were founded during the colonial era in 1904 and 1922. All others did not follow until the late 1960s. There are also more than twenty private universities, four international branches and numerous polytechnic universities (Polytechnics), Business schools and University colleges.

The country's education system is supported by the Ministry of Higher Education and the Ministry of Home Affairs supervised. Only from these two ministries Accredited institutions are allowed to accept international applicants. Worldwide, Malaysia ranks eleventh with its proportion of foreign students. Around 75,000 students from more than a hundred countries come here every year to benefit from the advantages of the university landscape.

A (temporary) apprenticeship in the Asian region appears particularly useful for a later career in the fields of business, management and technology. Studying abroad, be it for one or two semesters or for a full course, also seems very attractive to many students from other fields. Because the state and especially the private universities in Malaysia offer both courses and entire degree programs in English, which makes studying in Malaysia particularly interesting.

Private universities

All private educational institutions - Private Higher Educational Institutions (PHEIs) - have the status in Malaysia independent private company. They are subordinate to local law and are obliged to offer courses in morality and Islam to local students. The Quality of teachingcontrols the Ministry of Education with facilities like the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and des Malaysian Qualifications Framework (MQF). In order to have the achievements made in Malaysia transferred later, the international students have to do them in courses that are accredited by the institutions.

Campus branches

In particular, the study programs of the campus branches of foreign universities are interesting for many applicants: They offer high quality and a good level at far lower cost of living and tuition fees than is the case in many other countries. Another benefit is that modern equipment of the young universities in connection with their progressive, internationally oriented teaching.

At the branches of the international universities, both domestic and foreign students can study at conditions similar to those on the respective parent campus. In the meantime several renowned universities from the UK and Australia settled in Malaysia. They include the Australian Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak. They offer an almost identical university program in English with their own lecturers as on the main campus.

Study system in Malaysia

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Anyone studying in Malaysia should definitely take the opportunity to visit orangutans in their natural habitat.

The British system of study stood Sponsor for the Malaysian study system. The study time is thus in Undergraduate and Postgraduate Studies and leads to a bachelor's degree after four years (five to six in practice-intensive subjects). Upon request, after a further two years, the master's degree and then the research-intensive two to four-year doctoral degree can be obtained Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). In the case of foreign universities, the decisive factor is which study system prevails on the home campus.

Further degrees:

However, the recognition of degrees obtained in Malaysia while studying in Malaysia is not guaranteed, as there is no equivalent for these types of degrees in the German higher education system.

The Malaysian The academic year is normally divided into two semesters. In July, there are two months of semester break. Depending on the university, the year is also divided into trimesters.

The study performance is in credit points measured and provided in lectures, exercises and courses. General rule high standards to the students, especially with regard to their own research and reading. The Universities and University colleges mostly work with local research centers, companies and other universities.

Studying in Malaysia: requirements

The basic requirement for entry into a Malaysian bachelor's degree is for Germans the general university entrance qualification. If you are aiming for a master’s degree, you should already have a bachelor’s, magister’s, diploma or first state examination under your belt. Sufficient knowledge of English you usually have to prove either with the TOEFL or the IELTS.

Basically, applicants need

  • translated and certified copies of certificates (transcripts),
  • a letter of motivation
  • Passport photos
  • a health certificate and
  • proof of sufficient financial resources.

Since the application is made directly to the Malaysian university, the Requirements for admission vary. It is best to ask them at the appropriate offices.

Malaysia is a Muslim country and you should follow special rules. This applies above all to clothing: Quite a few universities have certain regulations here and ask you to wear long clothing. Non-Muslims who stay in the country during the fasting month of Ramadan are allowed to drink, eat or smoke in public; You can only buy food during the day in larger cities

Costs and financing options

The low tuition and living expenses are the key advantages of studying in Malaysia. They are far below the average in other countries. Depending on the university - especially if it is a foreign or private university - the fees can be high.

The tuition fee Depending on the university and subject area, they range on average between 9,000 and 30,000 ringgits (MYR). That is approx 2,250 to 9,300 eurosper academic year. These fees relate to the attendance of around four courses in the semester. However, some private institutions have higher fees. It is therefore worthwhile to find out more in advance and to compare the offers and prices with one another.

The Malaysian Cost of living are a lot less than in Europe, America or Australia: Fresh food and prepared meals are very cheap. For good accommodation, including food and travel expenses, you should plan around 10,000 to 12,000 ringgit (around 2,500 to 3,000 euros) annually. Student residences offer good housing opportunities. There you can live in a double room for the equivalent of 75 euros per month. For a single apartment with air conditioning you pay around 200 euros. Another variant are shared apartments or host families.

In order to keep the financial burden within reasonable limits, there are various financing options: On the one hand, the federal government covers study, travel and living costs for one year to varying degrees through the BAföG abroad. In addition, there are various public and private foundations from politics, business and culture that grant (partial) scholarships. That too Ministry of Higher Education awards scholarships to foreign students every year. There is also the option of taking out a student loan to study in Malaysia.

Visa and entry into Malaysia

The visa requirements for entry to Malaysia are relaxed compared to other Asian countries: It is sufficient to provide proof of sufficient financial means for the duration of the stay as well as the presentation of a health certificate. The respective university initiates the visa procedure directly. That is, the Applicants do not have to drive to the embassy themselvesbut receive one directly Student visa for Malaysia. However, a separate visa is required to enter the state of Sarawak. The passport should be valid for at least six months upon departure.

For a fee, you can get the compulsory one from the Malaysian university Student's Pass. By handing it out, you undertake not to take up any work during the semester and to leave the country after completing your studies.