Studying in the UK v Studying in Malaysia

Should you study in Malaysia or is the grass really greener on the other side? What are the differences between studying locally and overseas?

Let’s face it; these questions have constantly crossed your mind when deciding your next phase in life. You probably have already sought advice from your family, teachers and even counselors but what is your ultimate decision?

The thought of having to explore foreign culture and meeting people from around the world by studying abroad is definitely exciting. But like coins, there are always two sides to it. So, perhaps you might want to continue reading to find out on what you might gain from studying in the UK and studying locally.

Studying in the UK

 

Studying in Malaysia

Relatively Reasonable Expenses

Surprisingly, it isn’t as expensive as you think it is. All you’ve got to do is to think out of the box. For instance, sharing an accommodation or even getting a host-family. Moreover, students are allowed a maximum of 20 hours paid work a week during their term, which means, extra “ka-ching” to support your cost of living!

 

 

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Not Burning a Hole in Your Pocket

When expenses come to mind, for a lot of people, this reason is strong enough for them to study locally. Apart from the staggeringly high tuition fee, cost of living is taken into consideration as well. Hence, if your concern is on the “ka-ching”, studying locally is less likely to burn a hole in the pocket.

Absences Make the Heart Grow Fonder

Mom? Dad? Studying abroad means being miles away from home. Hence, feeling homesick is common. But, hey, you’ll definitely appreciate your family more!

 


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Feeling Homesick? Not really!

Perhaps some of you may study in a different state, but the fact that you’re still in the country, going back is a breeze as compared to taking a 12-hour flight home.

Speak Better English

When you’re in the UK, an English-speaking country, your only choice is to communicate in English. You’ll be surprised on how much you’ve improved throughout the year! Chances are you might pick up a new language when you befriend a student from another country.

 

 

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Be the Language Pro

At home, you have the privilege of speaking in your native language or even better, “rojak” language. So, if you prefer to study in an environment where people around you speak your lingo, then you’re more likely to study locally.

 

New Culture

It’s really easy to accept your own culture as a whole, but when you live in another country, you develop your own views rather than accepting blindly. Also, cultural sensitivity can be something that you can develop while studying abroad!

 

 

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Comfort Zone

Admit it. We rather stay in our comfort zones. If you were to, it would take a shorter time to get used to the environment locally than at a foreign country. Plus, you don’t have to encounter culture shock as compared to those studying abroad do.

More Options, Higher Ranking

Perhaps you already know that 4 of the top 6 universities on the planet are in the UK.  Now, didn’t you say that you wanted to take up Criminology? Moreover, in terms of research UK is world leading and internationally excellent, producing quality profiles for universities and colleges.

 

 

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Less Choice, Lower Ranking

One of the more obvious disadvantages of studying locally is the limitation of choice. For instance, a specific course that you are interested in may not be available in local universities.

International Job Prospects

Many students choose to stay in the UK after graduation to apply for a working visa. While others may return home or decide to work elsewhere, your degree is recognised by employers worldwide.

 

 

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Easy Access to Job Opportunities Locally

Simply put it this way, you won’t have to apply for any working visa or permits to work locally. Hence, there will be no hassle when applying for a job locally.

At the end of the day, whether it is to study in the UK or in Malaysia is in your hands. If finance is an issue, fret not! As there are many scholarships to study in the UK, including general scholarships and more specialised funding schemes. Some are offered by individual universities, and others by external funding organisations and charitable enterprises. As long as you know what you’re looking for, talk to us to find out on your options! We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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