Tips for economically studying in Malaysia


Though not as popular as in the UK, Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand, etc., studying in Malaysia is getting common with parents and students because of its globally recognized training quality and reasonable costs.

So what should you pay attention to when studying in Malaysia? How to study in Malaysia while saving money? What should be prepared before going to study in Malaysia? All questions will be answered in the following article from Saigon Business School.

Why Malaysia?

There are wonders "Why Malaysia?" ; however if paying much attention to the education system of Malaysia, you will be surprised to realize that this is one of the countries with the most developed education in Southeast Asia with many schools achieving high ranking on the Top ranking of the best universities/ colleges all over the world.

The following 06 reasons for the explanation of the question "Why Malaysia?".Let's see!

  • Malaysia is a safe and healthy country, ranked 29th in the world according to the GPI Global Peace Index (2017);
  • English is used as a second language across the country and is the main language in the teaching process, therefore students will have more opportunities to practice ​​in an international environment;
  • Diverse majors and methods of studying. For example, Vietnamese students can first study in Vietnam and then transfer to Malaysia to receive a diploma issued by a Malaysian university;
  • With advanced training quality and connections with prestigious universities in Europe and America, degrees from universities in Malaysia will be recognized globally, and students can easily transfer to higher degrees in countries other than Malaysia;
  • Tuition fees and living costs are affordable (maybe 30% lower) compared to the UK, Australia, USA, Canada, etc.;
  • Modern facilities that meet the demands of students in the era of innovation, application of modern technical technologies such as laboratories, digital libraries, etc.;

Which university and major to choose when studying in Malaysia?

Bringing the mission of becoming one of the world's leading international education centers, the Malaysian government has made great efforts to focus on education reform and innovation by investing in developing trending majors and applying the latest learning methods and technologies to the learning progress. Via those changes, students will have more career choices, meet the requirements of businesses and be ready to immediately enter the labor market after graduation.

Options are available but when studying in Malaysia, students should consider industries with high career prospects and training strengths here such as Marketing and Communication, Finance, Accounting, Engineering, Arts, Information Technology, Hospitality, etc.

Tips for economically studying in Malaysia

Studying abroad in an Asian country like Malaysia can considerably help save money because the exchange rate, as well as the cost of living, are not too high as in other countries, but students can still reduce the cost with some suggestions below:

  • Apply for financial aid, scholarships from the Malaysian government or university scholarships, etc. depending on academic achievement, extra activities, scientific research reports, etc.;
  • Choosing the alternative form of study called "partial study abroad". For example, students can save up to 50% of the costs when studying Bachelor of International Business at UCSI University, in which students will spend the first 2 years in Vietnam and the next 2 years transfer to the campus in Malaysia and finally receive a degree from UCSI University. For details about the program, check out HERE;

Tips for preparation before heading to Malaysia

Although Malaysia is geographically close to Vietnam, leaving Vietnam and coming to study and live in a new country sometimes drive students and parents worried. For the best preparation and easy integration into a new environment in Malaysia, please refer to the following advice.

  • Prepare documents to apply for a Malaysian student visa;
  • Copies of important documents: passport, ID card, admission letter, etc.;
  • Exchange some cash (about RM800), bring an international bank card (Debit, Credit) to buy SIM card, food, personal items, etc. during the initial time coming to Malaysia;
  • Find information and register for accommodation (dormitory, off-campus room/apartment);
  • Actively participate in the activities of international and local students;
  • Prepare good English skills;
  • Make a study plan, a detailed personal financial management plan;

Hope with the above sharing, students will not have any difficulty in preparing to study in Malaysia. If you have any questions about choosing a major, choosing a university, or anything to study in Malaysia, please contact the Admissions Office or leave your consultation information below.


Call Chat