Malaysia as a Study Destination

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  • The Country
  • The Food
  • The People
  • The Culture
  • The Language
  • The Economy
  • The Infrastructure

The Country

GDP growth averages at 6.5%

Malaysia is located in Southeast Asia and is widely recognised as an Asian tiger with one of the best economic records in Asia. GDP growth averages at 6.5% p.a.* for the first 50 years since its independence in 1957 from Britain. Malaysia has friendly relations with its neighbours; sharing land & maritime borders with Thailand, Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines.

The Food

Malaysia is well known for its food. Just step into a shopping mall and you'll have easy access to a cross-section of local Malay, Chinese and Indian fare. To top it all off Malaysia is rich with international flavours with great restaurants that serve up Italian, Japanese and Middle Eastern fare and more. Your taste buds will be spoilt for choice!

The People

Malaysia truly is a melting pot of many cultures and traditions from all walks of life. Malays comprise a majority of the population, followed by the Chinese and Indians. While by constitutional definition, all Malays are Muslim, the balance population are multi-religious. Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism make up some of the major religions in the country.

Population density is highest in Peninsular Malaysia, which is home to some 20 million of the country's 28 million residents*. Less dense are the states of East Malaysia, where a majority of the residents are made up of indigenous groups.

The Culture

To the uninitiated, Malaysia may appear to be in a constant state of celebration. Indeed the country has a high number of public holidays to mark the many religious and ethnic festivities that take place annually. Major festivities include Hari Raya Aidilfitri for Muslims, Chinese New Year, and Deepavali for Hindus. These joyous occasions are celebrated with great bursts of colour, good cheer and never ending feasts.

Malaysians love to eat! Local favourites come in a variety of spicy, salty, sweet and sour flavours that's available 24 hours daily. The variety is mind-boggling! To top it all off you'll find the world on your plate with everything from Asian, South American to European fare waiting for you.

Another favourite national pastime is shopping! On weekends and public holidays, locals make a beeline to major shopping malls for a day's worth of retail therapy, socialising and pampering.

Malaysians are equally devout in observing their religious obligations. On the respective holy days, expect bustling crowds and traffic jams at mosques, temples and churches. It's just one of the many cultural features that make Malaysia a fascinating place to study, work and live in.

By understanding other people and their culture, we gain a deeper respect and appreciation not only for other cultures and ways of thinking but also for our own. An expanded world view will come in handy in today's increasingly globalised world.

The Language

Bahasa Malaysia is the official and national language of the country with English being common and widely used as well. With the existence of vernacular schools alongside public schools in the country, different ethnic groups still retain their mother tongues such as Mandarin and Tamil.

The Economy

Up till the 1970s, Malaysia relied heavily on mining and agriculture for its livelihood, but has since added greater variety to its economic output.

Today, international trade and manufacturing are key income generators. The country's most valuable export is petroleum, and it was once the largest producer of tin, rubber and palm oil in the world.

Tourism plays an increasingly important economic role too due to an abundance in multi-cultural attractions, jungle adventures and seaside getaways. These attractions draw hundreds of thousands of visitors to our country every year.

The Infrastructure

Malaysia has one of the most developed infrastructures in South-East Asia. The North-South Highway stretches from one end of the peninsula to the other. The country's biggest airport, Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is a multi award-winning architectural gem that serves 25 million passengers every year.

Visitors to the capital city, Kuala Lumpur, will be instantly engulfed in one of Asia's modern, teeming metropolises; a business, commercial, social and cultural hub centred around the world's tallest twins - the Petronas Twin Towers. Buses and taxis criss-cross the many road arteries that interconnect the city and surrounding suburbs, and rail networks converge at KL Sentral, the country's major transit hub.

Escape from the heat (or rain) into one of the many urban malls. Sample the local cuisine, or rejoice over popular staples from your respective home countries, shop 'til you drop with the many international labels available and stay connected on the Internet wherever you go with free public Wi-Fi. Whatever your needs or priorities are, Malaysia has the required facilities and amenities to make your stay here an enjoyable one.

Cost of studying at INTI Malaysia

Estimated Cost
per year
(Approximate Cost)
Malaysia 1 Singapore 2 Australia 3 United Kingdom 4 United States 5
Degree in Arts, Business, Law or Economics RM20,000





Degree in
Science or





Living Expenses RM15,000 S$16,500 AUD$18,000 £8,800 USD$12,000
Cost Per Year





(in USD equivalent) USD$11,700






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