More than 10 years Malaysia has been chosen as No.1 country for migration to Japanese people, and recently attracted attention as migration destination for the education of children.
Malaysia has been ranked the third top after the Singapore and Philippines for english ability ranking in Asians country.
The official language of Malaysia is Malay, but you can see many Malaysians can speak English.
Because Malaysia is the multi-ethnic country, English, Chinese, Malay language are being use daily. So it is possible to learn a language other than English.
As I mentioned above, because Malaysia is a multi-ethnic nation, each ethnic groups have their own language, culture, religion, lifestyle. By spending in an environment that not only with single race , you can cultivate a variety of values.
There is also the influence of the look East policy (policy of the previous-Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in 1981 went "Learn from the successful Japan"), many Japanophile in Malaysian and Malaysia is a very livable environment for the Japanese.
Compared to other countries, living expenses and tuition is relatively inexpensive in Malaysia. For long term education purpose, this is an important point.
If you want to stay in Malaysia for more than three months, you will need to acquire the long-stay visa. Malaysia is a very friendly environment as guardian visa can be apply together with the student visa. Not many country will provide guardian visa.
Furthermore, there is also long stay visa called "MM2H visa" that can be appled and if meets the requiremnt you can get the long term visa. This visa also one of the choice for migrating to Malaysia.
Among the low-cost Asian country, Malaysia has relatively safe environment. Of course,beware of being a foreigner will be necessary.
Malaysia's compulsory education is a full 6 years of primary education and 5 years of secondary education starting from the age of seven.
In Malaysia, there are public schools, private schools and international schools.
Public schools in Malaysia, divided into a school of Malay, Chinese, Indian, or separated boys and girls school or mix school.
Malaysian public schools tuition fee are free of charge.
For the curriculum, public schools and private schools in Malaysia follows the Malaysia national curriculum.
On the other hand, International School curriculum are different for each school.
If foreigner student wants to receive education in Malaysia, they need to go to International School.
The main reason is as follows.
In Malaysia, commonly parents will send and pick up their children to school. There is no culture of walking to school.
For this reason, it is common to a drop off / pick-up in by parents / guardian himself or use the school bus.
Most school will start classes from 7:30am, and up to 1:00pm or around 2:00pm.
However, because of the large number of students in public schools, there are also schools introduced different time system. Some school set the class in the morning is only the upper grade students, and lower grade students attend in the afternoon.
Public school have 2 semester per year and they start the semester every year in January.
For school holidays, there is a holiday around one week to about month in March, June, August and December.
However, for the International School, the academic year start month and the school holiday are different by school follows their own curriculum.
Some may say, "I'm worried about getting an education with a curriculum different from my country". Don’t worry because the curriculum adopted by Malaysian international schools is in line with world standards. All of the foreigners who went to the international schools, entered university and become a global adults, so the curriculum is also applicable to your country's education.
In Malaysia, the main curriculum is British, but there are many American schools and International Baccalaureate (IB) schools. Depending on the curriculum, issues such as whether there is a test for completing the course and the affinity of the curriculum for the test at the time of entering university become issues. It is very important to choose a curriculum especially in high school for your child’s future career. Conversely, the curriculum chosen in the elementary and middle grades does not have such a big impact on life.
In Johor Bahru, as the Iskandar project, Johor Bahru has variety of international schools.There is curriculum from each country and various kinds of course, for example Marlborough College from the United Kingdom prestigious schools, Raffles School from United States of America,Excelsior from Singapore, Sunway from Canada.
Furthermore,the tuition fee is also are difference for each school so you need to find which school will suit your family and your child.
In Johor Bahru, since it is equipped with such a rich educational environment, of course, children from neighboring Singapore, Japan and South Korea , China will come for study at the International school.
Not only for International school in Johor Bahru, but most foreigner attending Malaysia International school due to major different of their own country education policy.
The mainstream education policy in some country are giving knowledge by "cram education". Malaysia International school emphasis on spontaneous learning policy such as "think by your own", "research by your own" and " summarize own opinion" which need they to find own answers.
Because of that, if you are used to your own country education system, you might feel it is insufficient learning.
However, do not need to feel uneasy if you understand the differences of education method and its different in quality.
Basic example, in some country, during math test, calculator is not allowed but in the general international school tests you can use the calculator. This is they marks on how you calculate to get the answer and not only correct for the final answer.Basic example, in some country, during math test, calculator is not allowed but in the general international school tests you can use the calculator.
This is they marks on how you calculate to get the answer and not only correct for the final answer.
SchoolRaffles American School
※Not include the entrance fee, material fee and etc.
※IB stands for International Baccalaureate, and it carries out tests and qualifications that are common throughout the world.
Parents who are considering the education migration, parents need to think the good timing for the children. For this, there is no one correct answer, so here are how to have point of thinking.
If the life abroad, touch / study to time in own country language, lived than reduce it because it is assumed that when that is in own country, as young if younger the age at which children leave their own country, it makes it difficult to learn in perfect.
If you plan to return the children to own country, you must consider the migration timing, includes the course he need to take after his return to own country.You must consider the own country language ability, academic ability so it is important to concern as in elementary school, junior high school, high school, University, in which there is a point to be the turning point of enrollment and entrance examination. On the other hand, without considering returning to own country, if you think that you will proceed in Malaysia or other foreign countries(English country), there is depending on the motivation and English language skills of the person, but you do not need to be careful with the timing of the migration to there.
However, it is difficult to enroll to the international school if no English language skills and learning skills for high school and normally are not recommended.
|Preschool||Easy to speak English and local language ,and adapt local environment.||Struggle to study own country language.|
|Elementary School (lower grades)||Easy to speak English and local language ,and adapt local environment.||Struggle to learn own country language and the own culture.|
|Elementary School (higher grades)||Understand own country language and own culture well so it will remain.||Struggle until can understand the English text book.|
|Middle School||Finish elementary school , so basicly know own country identity well.||It is hard to keep up to learn everything in English at school.|
|High School||Cheaper compare migrate to US or Europe country. Possible to let the student alone by enrol to boarding house.||Considerable English force is required and if not, it is difficult to further study after high school.|
|College||Cheaper compare migrate to US or Europe country.( Also possible to get double degree by the Western System).||If study in Malaysian University, it is hard to get a job if go back own country.|
After migration to Malaysia, some people need to return to their own country unexpectedly. In order to avoid such thing, advance preparation is the most important thing to do. With respect to the educational environment in Malaysia, it is important to collect the accurate information, including both bad and good side.It is important to experience the short-term school trial or a school visit once before migrate. You also need to consider in advance for your child path after the migration.
Without going through such a step,there are families coming without following he steps. If they are lucky, they may stay here with no problem. But if not, there might some problems occurs and there are families who are returning to their own country.
Since it might effect to the important child growing path, you need to consider education migration very well and make advance preparation.
To those who are consider to migrate to Malaysia, we are experienced in supporting for international school enrollment, school tour and consultation. It might be difficult to get information regarding local international school in Malaysia from foreign country. We provide summer school programme guidance, short term school trial and others consulting services in Johor Bahru and it will help you to choose the best education program for your child.
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We are, so far we have arranged more than 150 case for school visits, school introduction and enrollment support. We open application for summer camp, short-term trial, school enrollment mainly around Johor Bahru and we have network with the schools. By using our information, network and consultation, you can enroll your child to the international school with peace of mind as we also do support lifestyle after the migration and lifestyle in school.