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Studying in Malaysia - the unknown option

Prem Class of 2006 accepted to top international universities

Studying in Malaysia - the unknown option

Jon Hartmann College Counselor CMIS
When you say to a student, “Why don’t you consider studying in Malaysia?” you will get a blank stare. “Malaysia? Why would I go there?” All kinds of completely erroneous stereotypes start coming up like Muslim people are intolerant, terrorists are there, and people are unfriendly and so on. None of these are true! In this article I would like to present some facts about Malaysia that prove it is not only a great place to study but also that a Thai student could be considerably advantaged by going there.

Malaysia the country

Malaysia is a former British colony and everybody from the taxi driver at the airport to the street stall seller speaks very good English. It’s a great place for English immersion as radio stations, street signs and papers can all be accessed in English. Malaysia is a multicultural society with a large Chinese, Indian and Malay population. It is a tolerant and flexible country that respects all religions and people are genuinely friendly to strangers. It is also very modernized with three of the tallest buildings in the world and some of the most beautiful modern architecture. Malaysia is also a very SAFE country with a low police presence and low crime statistics.

Asia Airways runs a direct service form Chiangmai to Kuala Lumpur for a very reasonable price (5000+ baht) and it takes 2 hours and 40 minutes. If your home is Chiangmai you can get home quickly, efficiently and cheaply.

Colleges and
universities in Malaysia
There are many great colleges and universities in Malaysia but I would like to focus on just three of the best and one foreign university. They are called Inti (meaning essence), Sunway, Genting and Monash.


Inti College is a self-contained university campus in a natural setting well out of Kuala Lumpur but with easy access to the Airport and with all facilities on campus. If you want a safe quiet campus this is the one for you. It has programs in Business, Computing, Engineering Law, Biotechnology, and Mass Communication. It has collaborative programs with 20 USA colleges, 12 Australian and 18 UK Universities plus Canadian and New Zealand universities. Through this collaborative program you can choose to study the final year of a degree overseas to gain a full overseas degree. The huge benefit is that you only have one year of high expenses. The majority of your degree can be done at Inti where the fees are up to 80 percent lower than the USA. You can e-mail [email protected] for more information or visit the website at www.inti. Should your English not be good enough to handle University, you can do a preparation year at Inti. The key point with Inti and all the Malaysian colleges is that you have a total package to get a foreign degree at a bargain price close to Thailand.


Sunway is situated much closer to KL than Inti and has similar preparation courses, collaboration courses with many overseas Universities, low priced fees and course options. It is run as a trust so that all profits go back into the University and it is not required to deliver profit to the owner. It is a great campus and situated in a highly developed Sunway complex which includes a theme park hotel. It offers Canadian, Australian and English grade 12 qualification courses as well as a Monash University foundation year. It also has degree courses in Psychology, Telecommunications and Multimedia, Hospitality and Tourism, and a Diploma in Performing Arts. It offers the same option as Inti to get a foreign degree at a bargain price with many universities world wide. It has a special relationship with Monash University Australia. For further information visit the website at or [email protected]
Monash University is an Australian University ranked number 33 in the world. It is currently on the same campus as Sunway and collaborates with it. It is building a new campus close by proving it’s faith in the future of Malaysian education. (Find out where the university you want to attend is ranked in the world.) Making the top 50 is very hard.
To have the 33
rd ranked university in the world 2 hours and 40 minutes away from Chiangmai is a fact very few people have realized!
The degree you get from Monash Malaysia is a Monash degree with no differential markings on it. The courses offered at Monash Malaysia include Medicine, Science, IT, Communication, Business and Liberal Arts. You can attend this world class university at about a 50 percent discount to the cost of attending it in Australia but can always have the option of spending one or more years in Australia or at the Monash campus in South Africa. I challenge you to find a better deal than this. The website is


Situated in the Mountains next to an 8,000 bed hotel with three casinos and a theme park is the Genting/Inti School of Hotel management. Students here get first hand experience and pocket money by working part time at the hotel. On graduation, they have the option of further studies or immediate employment on STAR cruise liners or Hotel/Casino complexes. This excellent school gives students a first class practical start into the hospitality industry and plenty of work options. Ask any questions at [email protected]
Why not study in Malaysia. The advantages are obvious and considerable. There are other colleges there like Taylors which I have not even mentioned but I think you have enough information to get the picture. Remember, traveling to Malaysia is also inexpensive enough for you to visit with your parents and check it out first (and have a great holiday at the same time). Don’t believe rumors. Find out the real situation for yourself and don’t miss out on a great lifetime opportunity if Malaysian education suits you.
If anyone would like follow –up information and contacts for the above institutions they can e-mail me at: hartijon2001

Prem Class of 2006 accepted to top international universities

When the 32 members of the Prem Class of 2006 graduate on May 26, they will be heading for universities in one0 different countries: Seven to the U.S., five to Thailand, four to Australia, four to Canada, three to the U.K., two to New Zealand, one to France, one to Germany, one to Singapore and one to China. Three students will take a full gap year to work, do an internship and/or travel.
Prem Seniors were offered university places at:
U.K.: University of Warwick, University of Essex, University of Edinburgh, University of Bradford, Cambridge University, St. Andrews University, Glasgow University, Strathclyde University, Redcliff Bible College.
U.S.A.: U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, University of California-Santa Cruz, University of California-Chico, University of Oregon, San Francisco State University, Great Basin College, Santa Monica College, Georgetown University, Emory University, Boston University, American University, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Barnard College, Vassar College (waitlist), University of Miami-Ohio.
Thailand: Thammasat University, Asian University, King Mongkut University of Technology, Rangsit University.
Canada: University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, New Caledonia Community College.
Australia: Le Cordon Bleu, Woolongong University, International College of Hotel Management-Adelaide.
France: Le Cordon Bleu-Paris.
China: Tsinghua University-Beijing.
Singapore: National University (awaiting official word). As Australia and New Zealand Universities do not begin until Feb. 2007, there will be other applications submitted in September.
Two Prem students distinguished themselves by being accepted into multiple top universities each: Alice Bucheler to University of Warwick, Cambridge University, University of Edinburgh, University of Bradford, St. Andrews University, University of Essex; and Sonya Shadravan: Georgetown University, Barnard College, Emory University, Tulane University, American University, Boston University, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of Victoria, BC and wait-listed at Vassar College. In addition, Sonya was offered a total of $US 152,750 a year in scholarships and grants by these universities.
Two other prestigious awards went to Nicholas Laine by appointment to the US Naval Academy and the US Air Force Academy which includes tuition, medical, dental, room and board plus a monthly stipend, and was also awarded an NROTC scholarship.
Kinga Tshering and Joey Baird were awarded $Canadian 4,000 scholarships to the University of British Columbia. Joey Baird was offered an additional scholarship to Simon Fraser University.
In addition, 2005 Prem Graduate Natalie Patarapa Padungpat was awarded a full tuition scholarship to Trent University, Canada. Natalie had taken a gap year to visit her family in Norway and to travel.
Congratulations to all these Prem graduates who have succeeded in a very rigorous International Baccalaureate Program.