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Malaysia is truly a country of diversity that thrives on multiculturalism, being home to numerous ethnic groups, races, and religions. Its geographical location is almost as diverse as its culture. Malaysia, known as "the gateway to Asia" has just about the right balance of city life and nature. From Kuala Lumpur's Petronas Twin Towers to the cool highland hideaways of rugged mountains, rainforests to the humid mangroves and sandy beaches, Malaysia has a flavour of everything.It is a country located amidst the South China Sea and has two separate parts, Peninsular and East Malaysia. The Peninsular Malaysia is made up of 1 state and 2 federal territories; East Malaysia, separated from the Peninsular Malaysia by the South China Sea, consists of 2 states and a third federal territory.
More than Just a Holiday Destination
Not only is Malaysia a top holiday destination, it is also turning out to be quite a popular study destination. Malaysia has been ranked the 11th most preferred study destination in the world by UNESCO. The country also accounts for two per cent of the world's total international student population.
Cost of Living
One of the most popular reasons why international students choose Malaysia is its low cost of living and its affordable tuition fee. The standard of living is high yet students will find accommodation options quite affordable. The average monthly rent for a room could range from anywhere between USD 100 to USD 150, varying depending on the kind of accommodation chosen. Students can even contain their food bill for a month to USD 150 and have their laundry for the month done for USD 20!
Malaysian colleges and universities offer a range of courses ranging from the pre-university to the postgraduate levels. Undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are offered in various fields including pharmacy, medicine, engineering, law, business, economics, commerce, information technology, and education.
Here's a look at the current top five Malaysian universities as per the QS Asian Rankings 2013:
Malaysia is also well known for being home to branch campuses of foreign higher educational institutions at affordable tuition rates. Examples of such universities are Monash University, Swinburne University of Technology, Curtin University of Technology, University of Nottingham, Raffles Design Institute and SAE Institute.
Outside of the classroom, there's a world of activities that awaits you. You can choose to explore the islands of Penang, Langkawi, Pangkor, Langkawi and Tioman for the perfect beach holiday or have a look at the colourful stages of Malay history in Penang, or just decide to head down to the famous Batu caves, a 400 million year old limestone hill with a series of awe inspiring caves and cave temples! Choose to live your student life in Malaysia and start with a look at our course listings on Malaysia now!
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