International

Malaysia

A bubbling, bustling melting pot of races and religions where Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other ethnic groups live together in peace and harmony. Geographically, Malaysia is as diverse as its culture. Cool hideaways are found in the highlands that roll down to warm, sandy beaches and rich, humid mangroves.

Malaysia has to its credit one of the world’s tallest buildings, the Petronas Twin Towers, the world’s longest technology “corridor”, the Multimedia Super Corridor and one of the world’s first smart cities, Putrajaya, operating on an e-platform.

Welcoming its visitors to Malaysia is the state of the art and ultra modern airport, the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Providing efficient and fast service between the airport and the city of Kuala Lumpur is the KLIA express.

Malaysia offers warmth from its citizens, diverse experiences both culturally and geographically and a progressive government and state of the art facilities for both business and pleasure.

Climate

Malaysia enjoys a tropical climate which is either hot and dry or hot and wet. Temperatures normally range from 21ºC to 35ºC. Most days are hot, humid and sunny. Annual rainfall varies from 2,000mm to 2,500mm. Although humidity is high, classrooms, lecture halls, library and condominium hostel rooms are air-conditioned.

Language

Malaysians speak many different languages and dialects. Bahasa Malaysia (the Malay language) is the official language and English is widely used as the language of trade and commerce. Mandarin and various Chinese dialects (like Cantonese, Hokkien, Hakka) and Indian dialects (like Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi) are also widely spoken within those of the same community.

Religion

The official religion of Malaysia is Islam. Islam is observed by around 60% of Malaysians. As Malaysia is made up of many different races, freedom of religion is constitutionally guaranteed for non-Muslims. Buddhists, Hindus and Christians (both Catholic and Protestant) practice their religion and all major religious and/or traditional festivals are gazetted public holidays (like Aidil-Fitri and Aidil-Adha, Deepavali, Thaipusam, Wesak, Chinese Lunar New Year and Christmas).

Food

Food is plentiful, cheap and a popular past time for most Malaysians. Local cuisine reflects the contributions of its ethnic groups. Many dishes combine ingredients from the different communities. Even western food has also been infused with local flavours and cooking techniques.The average Malaysian should be able to tell you where their favourite Chicken Rice, Char Kuey Teow, Roti Canai or Nasi Lemak stall is. As these foods are probably alien to you, do try them out when you get to Malaysia. As diversity is the name of the game, variety is the spice of life with food from all over the world available within a stone’s throw. Western fast food from major international franchise outlets are conveniently located in many places.

Transportation

Situated in the heart of the city, Malvern International College is accessible through all modes of public transportation. Students have the ease of traveling to all parts of the city centre to reach malls and places of entertainment.

Living Expenses

Students live in off-campus apartments or rented houses. Rented accommodation in Malaysia generally ranges in price from RM 200 for a basic room to RM 2,000 for a fully furnished air-conditioned apartment. These depend on the location and standard of facilities provided.