5 Things Malaysian Students Should Know Before Studying in the UK


According to UNESCO, the United Kingdom is the top destination for Malaysian students to go study abroad. Of course, with its rich heritage, the UK offers Malaysian students the chance to meet new people, discover new interests and attend some of the best educational institutes in the world.

Studying in the UK sounds exciting, right? To help you prepare, here are 5 things we think you should know beforehand.

A Globally Recognized Educational Hub

The UK’s quality of education and qualifications have a remarkable international reputation. Therefore, a degree in the U.K. is globally recognised by international universities, top employers and government bodies, creating a huge number of chances to get placed with leading companies such as Rolls-Royce, Intel, Nike, IBM, Nissan, Procter & Gamble, Santander, the BBC, and the NHS.

An additional feature is their quality in providing undergraduate and postgraduate courses for a shorter period, aiding students in saving time, tuition costs and general living expenses.

The degrees and certification awarded by UK institutions are often considered to be of the best quality, and the opportunity for employment worldwide is made easier after graduation.

Uniquely Graded using an Order of Classes

The UK university grading system works a little different in comparison to other countries.

While other education systems use the alphabet to demonstrate the achievements of the student, the UK system uses a class grade order. Here’s a breakdown of how they work:

  • First (1st) – Percentile of 70% or higher, this grade is the best you can get. If a student has gotten higher than 70% on their course or assignment, then he has done a perfect job.
  • 2:1 (upper second class) – Percentile between 60-69%. Necessary to achieve if you are planning to complete a Postgraduate degree.
  • 2:2 (lower second class) – Percentile between 50-59%. Relatively good score.
  • Third class degree – Percentile between 45-49%. Start revising now!
  • Ordinary/ Average degree – Percentile of 40-44%. The absolute minimum you need to pass the course.
  • Fail – Anything below 40%. See you again next semester.

 When Budgeting & Living Go Hand in Hand

Budgeting is a big part of student life while studying abroad. Here's the breakdown of the cost (different story if you're a big spender...):

Undergraduate - Academic Year (9 months) 

Inside London: £1265 x 9 months = £11,385

Outside London: £1015 x 9 months = £9135

Postgraduate - Academic Year (12 months) 

Inside London: £1265 x 12 months = £15,180

Outside London: £1015 x 12 months = £12,180

Before you go to the UK, make sure you have a budgeted plan for your daily life. For instance, the cost of student accommodation can vary greatly depending on the type of accommodation and the location. Select one that will match your desire and one that meets your financial resources.

Under tuition fees International undergraduate tuition fees vary considerably, starting at around £12,000 and rising to £35,000 or more for medical degrees.

But wait, did someone say discount? The International Student Identity Card from ISIC offers great student discounts in many shops and restaurants!

From East to West, You Can Try It All

As Malaysians living far from home, comfort food will be one of the top things on your mind. You will find Malaysian restaurants and takeaways in the UK, especially if you live in the city. In the UK, there’s no shortage of authentic Malaysian food. From nasi goreng, roti canai to the-o ais limau, you can satisfy your cravings for rich and heart-warming home flavours in the country.

And, it’s not just Malaysian cuisine that will entice you! The British in general love exploring different cuisines. So, you can check out other global flavours including your neighbouring Asian cuisines!

However, you can learn cooking to save some money if you’d like. Don’t you worry! There are Asian supermarkets that sell popular Asian ingredients, common spices and vegetables. Try it out and enjoy introducing a new cuisine to your housemates and friends!

Inculcate Your Interest in Internships 

In the UK, most university courses will allow and encourage students to do an internship as a part of their studies. Internships not only help you prove your grit and seriousness towards your career but also creates a wider network of opportunities and ties.

An internship for international students in the UK will usually take place during the summer holidays lasting between 2-10 weeks. Having a part-time job boosts your reputation and career profile. Therefore, you can attain your career goals within a shorter period.

So now that you are almost prepared and are aware about a bunch of things, we think you are pretty much ready to fly off to your preferred study destination in the UK.

For more details, information and updates about the universities in the UK, contact us and talk to our friendly education experts.

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