STUDY INFO IN MALAYSIA
- Malaysia is a neighboring country near to Indonesia.
- Stable economic conditions.
- Multi-cultural society.
- The good quality and internationally recognized education.
- The cost of study and living are very affordable.
- Permit to work part-time 20 hours per week when school holidays.
- Student Visa & Health Insurance
The university will take care of your Student Pass application. Student Pass is used as an admission for students. Application for Student’s Pass must be approved before you arrive in Malaysia. Students must bring a document stating that the application for a Student Pass is approved and a letter of admission from the university.
The university will help you manage the process of issuance of Student Card at the Immigration Department which is called i-Kad. The i-Kad process costs RM 50.
The institution of your choice will need to represent you to sign the Personal Bond (a kind of bond). For students from Indonesia will be charged at RM 500. This fee will be refunded after you finish college.
Quite a lot of accommodation options are available in Malaysia for international students. Among others are :
- On-campus accommodation
Most universities provide on-campus accommodation for international students. Compared with other countries, on-campus accommodation in Malaysia is very flexible and is equipped with excellent facilities at an affordable price.
Campus accommodation fee is RM 800 – RM 1,500 per month, depending on location, university, and facilities. By living on campus, students can save on transportation costs because most campuses in Malaysia provide a free shuttle bus service to the university and the surrounding area.
- Off-campus accommodation
The cost of renting a place to stay in Malaysia is low when compared with other countries. The following is the approximate cost of rent per month in the Bandar Sunway and Subang Jaya :
Rooms RM 250 – RM 400
Condominium / Apartment RM 700 – RM 1,500
Two floors house RM 1,200 – RM 2,000
Detailed information about the accommodation can be found on the bulletin board in the campus area or minimarket around campus where students who will soon graduate usually offer their rooms for rent. You can also get information on accommodation in the property agent, or on the websites of housing.
- Part Time Work
International students who have Student Pass are allowed to work part-time, during school holidays, including the semester breaks or holidays of more than seven (7) days. Therefore, the choice of the workplace for students is quite limited, namely restaurants, gas stations, supermarkets and hotels.
To obtain permission to work part-time, the students must submit a written submission to the Malaysian immigration authorities through the school. The application fee is RM 120.
The salary earned during the jobs is around RM 4 – RM 8 per hour.
- Primary & Secondary Schools
In Malaysia, there are several types of schools namely the National High School that uses Malay language, and the National Type Schools that uses English, Mandarin or Tamil as the medium of instruction.
In general, the length of primary education in Malaysia is the same as in Indonesia, which is equal to six (6) years. At the end of the sixth year, students will take the Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) test. After graduating UPSR exam, students continue to secondary school that is divided into two (2) levels. Levels 1 through 3 are called the Medium Low or Form 1-3; while levels 4 and 5 are called SMA or Form 4-5 where students are offered special programs such as science, literature, and technical.
- Program Level Six (Form 6)
In Level Six (Form 6) after elementary school, students are given two (2) options of program: science or literature; which lasts for one (1) year and six (6) months. The ultimate test of this level determines whether incoming students to the university level, the exam is called Ujian Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM).
- Pre-University Education
Pre-University Education is a further education after high school education in which students are prepared to enter university; such as Six Levels (Form 6), Matriculation and Special Education. The Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) exam is held as a condition of acceptance of this Pre-University education.
Fees for Pre-University Program (Foundation) average about RM 15,000 – RM 20,000 per year.
- Matriculation Program
Only in Matriculation program that graduates of this foundation course will get a certificate of completion, which is valid only in universities in Malaysia.
- Professional Degree Program (Undergraduate Degree)
Malaysia is known as a pioneer in the twinning program in the 1980s, in collaboration with foreign universities from the United States, Australia, Britain, Germany, France, New Zealand, and others.
This program is better known as the 2+1, where after students complete two (2) years of learning programs in the country, they can continue next year in overseas institutions to earn a degree.
In addition to program 2+1, there is also 3+0 programs of foreign universities through a private institution located in Malaysia. In this case, foreign universities grant permission and are a partner to institutions located in the country of origin.
Tuition at the university ranges from RM 20,000 – RM 25,000 per year.
- Professional Graduate Program (Postgraduate Degree)
Such courses available, Postgraduate program in Malaysia is also working with the world’s leading universities so that students can complete studies in Malaysia and then took home the prestigious certificate of the top universities in Australia and the UK.
Graduate Program consists of a Graduate Diploma (1 year), Master Degree (1-2 years) and Doctoral Degree (3-4 years).
With the affordable cost of living and culture are similar, Malaysia has become one of the favorite destinations for the Graduate program. Tuition for Postgraduate courses ranges from RM 30,000 – RM 60,000 per year.
GEO & CULTURE
LOCATION OF MALAYSIA
The country has two (2) areas, first on the peninsula (West Malaysia) with the capital Kuala Lumpur, and the second is in the northern part of the island of Borneo (East Malaysia) with the capital city of Kuching. The area of this country is about 320 thousand km2. Malaysia has gained independence since 1963 and incorporated in the British Commonwealth countries.
Negara ini memiliki dua (2) wilayah, pertama di semenanjung Malaka (Malaysia Barat) dengan ibu kota Kuala Lumpur, dan yang kedua di bagian utara pulau Kalimantan (Malaysia Timur) dengan ibu kota Kuching. Luas dari negara ini adalah sekitar 320 ribu km2. Malaysia telah mendapatkan kemerdekaan sejak tahun 1963 dan tergabung dalam negara Persemakmuran Inggris (Commonwealth).
Located between Thailand, Singapore, and Indonesia, Malaysia also has tropical, warm, and humid climate throughout the year. Malaysia’s average temperature is around 22°C-33°C. As with other Southeast Asian countries, the rain falls every year with most rainfall in April and October.
MALAYSIA TIME ZONE
Internationally, Malaysia time zone is GMT + 8 or 1 hour faster than Western Indonesian Time – GMT + 1.
PEOPLE OF MALAYSIA
Malaysia’s population numbered more than 28 million inhabitants. Most of the residents are of Malay ethnic 65.8%, followed by 25% ethnic Chinese and Indian tribes 7.5%, and 1.7% of other tribes, such as foreigners from western countries, etc.
National language of Malaysia is Malay; while English is widely used as a second language. Other languages that often heard in everyday conversation are Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien, Tamil, etc.
TRANSPORTATION IN MALAYSIA
The largest palm oil producing country has diverse public transportation system, such as the Light Rapid Transit (LRT), bus and taxis that are affordable. LRT fare is around RM1 to RM2.5, while buses can reach RM5 depends on the distance traveled. For taxis, the fare is starting from RM3. To book a taxi quickly, now there is Myteksi application.
GOVERNMENT OF MALAYSIA
The Malaysian government runs the constitutional monarchy, in which the power of government is in the hands of Yang di-Pertuan Agong, King of Malaysia. Malaysia consists of 13 states (state) and three (3) of territory (territory).
TOURIST DESTINATIONS IN MALAYSIA
- Kuala Lumpur and Genting
- Kuala Lumpur which is commonly abbreviated as KL is the capital and largest city in Malaysia. A city which has the Petronas Twin Tower, also has many popular shopping places like Suria KLCC, Berjaya Times Square, Sungei Wang, etc. For a taste of local food, go to Jalan Alor; other than that is Chinatown Petaling Street which is also included in tourist destinations in Maybank’s hometown.Genting or Genting Highlands is the mountain peaks of the Titiwangsa mountain in Malaysia. Known as Malaysia’s Las Vegas, this place is the only place to gamble legally in Malaysia mainland. Every year, Genting becomes the finish line of the Tour de Langkawi cycling race. In 2005 Genting was chosen as “World’s Learning Casino Resort in November 2005” by World Travel Awards.
- Sunway Lagoon
- Sunway Lagoon is located in Petaling Jaya, which is one of the largest tourist attractions in KL. The play area for families is very spacious and has opened since 1993. All can be enjoyed in this area, ranging from a comfortable hotel and an international standard, shopping, recreation, theme parks and water parks.
- Pangkor Laut
- Pangkor Laut is a renowned tropical island destination in the world. 20 minutes boat ride from Pangkor to reach one of the best beaches in the Straits. You can rent a yacht to sail while enjoying the beautiful sunset. Couples can choose to dine at Emerald Bay, which gives a great view and experience a truly romantic.
- Penang, Sabah, Sarawak
- Penang Island is also known as Pulau Pinang that gets its name from the nut trees. Penang City is the richest and most advanced city in Malaysia. It is also famous for the most delicious food in Malaysia, such as laksa and Hokkien noodles. This is due to the Peranakan descents who lived in this area make a mixed culture between the Chinese and Malay.Sabah is the second largest state after Sarawak. The capital of Sabah is Kinabalu. The place that turn into ecotourism has Mount Kinabalu, Kinabalu National Parks and Wildlife Park, is at the center of tourist destinations where they are much in demand by tourists.Sarawak is one of two (2) states of Malaysia on Borneo Island, with the capital city Kuching. This area is still in the list of the UN Security Council as an area of Non-Self-Governing Territories, so even Sabah.
- Langkawi Island
- Pulau Langkawi is one of Malaysia’s tourism areas. Aside from being the first Asia Pacific Geopark protected by UNESCO, an island in northern Malaysia is very famous for its beautiful beaches. For those who love to shop, this is the perfect place to visit, because the imported goods in this place can be purchased without customs clearance and relatively inexpensive.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT MALAYSIA
- Shoes should always be removed when entering a home in Malaysia. The visitors even have to take off their footwears when entering some shops in Malaysia.
- It only takes five (5) hours away by bus, from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur.
- Times Square Mall is the largest mall in Malaysia with 15 floors, rollercoaster, theme park, and bowling, as well as various types of restaurants, shops, and hotels.
- In Malaysia it is considered impolite when rejecting something that is offered.
- Malaysia has the recognized technology and innovation. Starting from the Petronas Twin Tower which was built in 1998, until the automobile that exported to foreign countries, namely Proton.
- The field of medicine in Malaysia has a good reputation; therefore many Indonesian citizens go for treatment to Malaysia, other than to Singapore.