Malaysia comprises two land masses in South East Asia – the Malay Peninsula and East Malaysia, which is the northern half of the island of Borneo. The Peninsula lies just above the equator, so Malaysia enjoys warm, sunny and humid equatorial weather all year round, with some months wetter than others.
Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy with thirteen states and a population of 28 million. Malay (Bahasa Malaysia) is the official language and Islam is the official religion. But English, Indian languages, Mandarin and Chinese dialects are widely spoken, as are languages of peoples indigenous to Borneo, which has unique ethnic communities of the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak. Nowhere is there such an exciting diversity of cultures with their festivals, beliefs, customs and traditions.
With such varying ethnic composition, it is no surprise that a great diversity of religions is prevalent throughout Malaysia. The Malaysian currency is “RM” which stands for “Ringgit Malaysia”. The electricity voltage in Malaysia is 220- 240 volts.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s biggest and most populous city, is the capital city of Malaysia and a modern cosmopolitan of ethnical diversity. It is situated midway along the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Amidst its fast paced life and modernity, Kuala Lumpur is a cultural melting pot, radiating an exciting and enticing charm with its delightful mix of cross-cultural influences, traditions varied cuisine, first class attractions, entertainment and shopping facilities.
All in all, to leave you in awe. Popularly known as KL, this city has become host to many international sporting, political and cultural events including the annual Formula One Grand Prix since the 1990s. The transportation system in this city is a cooperation of complex systems of infrastructure. KL has an unrivalled transportation system in Malaysia, including an integrated rail network, and an automated driverless metro system, extending its network right into the heart of the city.
The University is nestled in a small suburb, Bukit Jalil, about 20 km south of the city of Kuala Lumpur, away from the hustle and bustle of hurried life. Fortunately Bukit Jalil is easily accessible as it is conveniently located within a 5-minute walking distance to the Sri Petaling Light Rail Transit (LRT) station, which connects to the rest of the transportation networks around the city. As well as everything on campus, the University is also right next door to Bukit Komanwel, a hilly reserve park serving as a great space to refresh, recharge and unwind. In addition, the campus is situated near the National Sports Complex in Bukit Jalil, allowing students to gain access to world- class sport facilities for swimming, football, hockey, squash and a host of other sporting activities. The stadiums are also the main venues for a variety of events, including sporting events and concerts for various op local and international singers.
In Bukit Jalil, students have all the advantages of a modern city life and yet they are also a part of a sociable and relatively safe student environment. As a venue of the 1998 Commonwealth Games, Bukit Jalil is about 50 km or a half an hour drive from Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
Undertaking university study will significantly change your pattern of expenditure from before you started university. Planning your finances (budgeting) becomes even more important, especially as you will live and study in Kuala Lumpur for a number of years. Kuala Lumpur is the financial capital of Malaysia and is more expensive to live in than other cities, although living costs in the Bukit Jalil area are lower than in the city centre. Apart from university tuition fees you need to plan for expenditure on food, accommodation, transport, mobile device connectivity and leisure. These costs will depend on where you choose to live, your interests and lifestyle, but estimated total monthly expenses range from RM 2,000 to 3,000.
To help you plan your budget, the following guide would serve as a brief estimate of some essential expenditures while you are in Malaysia:
Other expenses, including toiletries and laundry; mobile phone and internet charges; stationery, social activity: RM400 and upwards