Malaysia is located in South-East Asia, bordered by Thailand in the north and Singapore in the south. The country has 14 states of which 12 are in Peninsular Malaysia whilst the other two are separated from the peninsular by the South China Sea.
Malaysia is comprised of a multi-ethnic mix of Malays, Chinese, Indians, Eurasians and numerous indigenous groups from the states of Sabah and Sarawak. In recent years, foreigners from all over the world have made Malaysia their second home, either for retirement or to seek employment.
Malaysia is a true melting pot of different races and religions. You will find that people generally respect, appreciate and celebrate this cultural diversity. The same diversity can also be found at AIMST University. Our aim is to make your stay enjoyable and successful. Be assured that you will receive all the help you need - from the moment you first contact the university to the day you graduate.
Climate Malaysia enjoys a tropical climate which is either hot and dry or hot and wet. Temperatures normally range from 21°C to 35°C. Most days are hot, humid and sunny.
Annual rainfall varies from 2000mm to 2500mm.
Language As a result of the multi-cultural makeup of Malaysia, many different languages and dialects are spoken. Bahasa Malaysia (the Malay language) is the official language and English is widely used as the language of trade and commerce. Mandarin and various Chinese dialects (such as Cantonese, Hokkien & Hakka) and Indian dialects (such as Tamil, Telugu, Malayalee & Punjabi) are also widely spoken within those of the same community.
"You will find that people generally respect,
appreciate and celebrate this cultural diversity. The same diversity can also be found at AIMST University."
Religion The official religion of Malaysia is Islam and its tenets can be seen in the country’s language, culture, clothing, food and architecture. Islam is observed by around 60% of Malaysians. There are also numerous Buddhist and Hindu temples and Christian (both Catholic & Protestant) churches. Freedom of religion is constitutionally guaranteed for non-Muslims. In fact, the major religious and/or traditional festivals are gazetted public holidays (like Aidil-Fitri and Aidil-Adha, Deepavali, Thaipusam, Wesak, Chinese Lunar New Year and Christmas).
Food Food is plentiful, cheap and a popular past time for most Malaysians. Local cuisine reflects the contributions of its ethnic groups. Many dishes combine ingredients from the different communities. The average Malaysian should be able to tell you where their favourite Chicken Rice, Char Koay Teow, Roti Canai or Nasi Lemak stall is. All these dishes are probably alien to you. Do try them when you get to Malaysia.
Living Cost International students are advised to set aside a minimum amount of USD150 per month for accommodation, meals and transportation services. However, this does not include tuition fees.