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Choosing the right university may seem very complex. There are many factors to consider, especially if you will study abroad. Starting from the country you will study to the available programs and your life after graduation. In this article, I will show you some of the fundamental inquiries you have to check with the university before you travel to study abroad.

Entry Requirements for the program you want to study


Although this seems clear enough, a lot of students underestimate this step. Many students choose the university before choosing the program, and of course the entry requirements for this program which is very wrong!

If you have decided already that you want to study in a particular university, you need at the very first steps to check the entry requirements for the program you have chosen to study in this university.


The courses you will study in the program


You need to ask the university about the courses you will study in the program you chose. Of course, this would be clear if you choose the program before the university. But if there was a dream university in your mind you decided to apply to, you should ask the university about the courses of the program.

The program’s courses differ from a university to another. Of course, you need to know whether the courses included in the program matches with your plans or not.


How the courses will be taught and assessed





Following the previous point, you may want to ask the university how the courses will be taught. Will there be only lectures? or the lectures will be combined with seminars and labs?
I suggest to also contact the professor responsible for the course directly to provide you with more accurate information.


Where will you live?


Accommodation information is very important for you as an international student. You need to know, carefully, everything about your living place and cost.

If you want to live in the university, you need to know how to apply for it, when, and how you will pay for it. If you don’t, you need to know how the university will support you to find a suitable accommodation.
Besides the accommodation, every university has its services to provide for the students. You need to ask for information about that too.


The cost of living in the university city.





This is an important point. You may choose or not choose a university because of the cost of living in the university region. As an international student, you need to keep your financial conditions stable as much as possible. To do that you need to know how much you will pay for your basic needs such as living, food, transportation, taxes, insurance, …etc.


Can you have a part-time job?


You can consider this as a completing point for the previous one. Not all the countries allow students to work during their study. You should ask the university if it is allowed to work during your study, how many hours per week you can work, and if it is possible, how the university will help you to find.

With this point and the previous one, you can estimate how much money you will need every month which will even affect your decision choosing the university.


After graduation opportunities


Whether you want to have higher academic degrees or you want to work in an industry related to the field of your study, you want to ask the university about the opportunities of doing both in the university country.
You don’t want to spend 3 or 4 years of studying before finding out that there is no demand for your field of study.


Other things to consider…


This includes the application dates and deadlines. Also, if you applied for a scholarship, you want to ask for the deadline for paper preparation. Employment rate of the university will show you how the university courses are compatible with the market. You may want to ask the university about its employment rate.

You also may ask the university about your life in the university. What are the activities you can do? What are the communities you can join? How to participate in these different activities?



Contacting the university directly will save you a lot of time. But besides that you can do some work by yourself. Checking the universities’ websites will give you very useful information. You can also ask the graduates of the universities to provide you with extra information about the university and the life after university.

Finally, you can like our facebook page to have the latest information about students lifestyle and studying abroad.

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You love reading? Study English literature in Malaysia https://articles.1uni.net/study-english-literature-in-malaysia-2/ Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:10:42 +0000 http://articles.1uni.net/?p=453 You love Shakespeare’s works that they are filling your shelves? trying to move objects out of your room to make […]

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You love Shakespeare’s works that they are filling your shelves? trying to move objects out of your room to make empty spaces for your books and novels? An intensive reader who spent a lot of money on books instead of other stuff?

Readers like you will fall in love with literature especially English literature which has a rich heritage. In this article, I will show you what is English literature, why you need to study it, and what are the best programs in Malaysia to study it.

What to expect when you study English literature?



Forms of literature, any literature, includes writings in the language of this literature. The definition of “writings” here varies a lot, some will only include novels, poems, and plays while other “modern” writers will even include songs lyrics as a form of literature.

This means that the curriculum of English literature differs from a university to another. This is based on the vision of the university in delivering its courses and how it sees literature.

But generally, any curriculum will teach English in different eras of the history. You will study English from its earliest forms in the time of Chaucer to the English of the present day. This will be along with topics such drama, criticism, folklore and regional specialties.

As a student you will be presented to the works of British writers such as Dickens and Shakespeare, American writers like Hemingway, Irish writers like James Joyce, and other writers around the world wrote their works in English.


But why to study English literature?





You may ask “Isn’t it enough to read some English books?” Studying English literature isn’t just about reading some good books in English, it is about analyzing, criticizing the writings.

Studying English literature is about reading in context. To know why the author wrote this, why he used this exact word, what is the writer’s style in writing. All of that will be a part of your study which will give you a better understanding to the world around you. You will also be able to analyze different periods of history based on the writings of this period.

As a result to this critical and creative thinking, your analytical skills will be significantly improved which will open many chances, and jobs, to you.


Careers you can get when you study English literature





Talking about jobs, there are a really big list of jobs you can hold if you have a degree in English literature. Some of these jobs is directly related to your degree such as translation, advertising, and, of course, writing!

Let’s see how English literature degree will help you in your career:

  • Translation

    If your mother language isn’t English, studying English literature will significantly promote your career in translation.

    Studying English literature improves your language aspects such as vocabulary and grammar. This will make you able to, professionally, choose the right words for your translation.

  • Advertising

    Studying English literature improves your oral and written communication skills as well as your creativity. These skills are the essentials of any person wants to get a career in advertising. These skills also will be appreciated in careers such as marketing and public relations.


  • Writing

    This seems clear and logical. Studying English literature will greatly improve your writing skills. You will be able to express your ideas and your thoughts in a clearer way, and in a correct language as well.

    Writing also includes journalism and publishing industries as you can, with your degree, to write, edit, or review articles and books.

There are less typical English literature jobs, which is not related to the degree itself but to the skills you gain while getting the degree. These jobs may include business, administration, and law careers.


So, Where to study English literature in Malaysia?






Some Malaysian universities offer degrees in English literature. In this section I will show you some details of these programs:


  1. Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM):



    aculty of modern languages and communication of UPM offers a bachelor’s of art specialized in English literature as a major of 5 majors the faculty offers. If you are passionate about English language, you may also choose “English language” as a minor subject.



    Scope
    You will receive foundation courses in the first semester, then from the second semester you your specialization starts.


    Duration
    3 years


    Fees
    RM 35,000 for the entire degree.


    Application for international students:
    You will need a TOEFL score of 550 and STPM equivalent as an entry requirement for taking the degree.


  2. International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM):



    Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences of IIUM provides a bachelor’s degree in Human Sciences in English Language and Literature.



    Scope
    The courses of the degree aim to help students to improve their English language. It also focuses on the language itself, literature, and linguistics.


    Duration
    4 years


    Fees
    RM 28,000 for international students.


    Application for international students:
    Score of 550 in TOEFL or 6 in IELTS (with a minimum of 5.5 for each element), along with an equivalent degree to STPM.


  3. University of Nottingham – Malaysia Campus:



    School of English of University of Nottingham offers a bachelor’s degree with honors (Hons.) in English Language and Literature. The study is a combination between traditional lectures and weekly seminars.



    Scope
    In the first two years you will study the foundations of English. You will study modules such as linguistics, English through time, English literature and drama while in the third year you will study some of advanced topics you will choose from.


    Duration
    3.5 years


    Fees
    RM 33,400 for the entire degree.


    Application for international students:
    Application for international students: score of 6.5 in IELTS (at east 6 in each element) or score of 87 in internet based TOEFL (at east 20 in speaking and 19 in each other element) is required. You will need also an equivalent degree to STPM.



These were different examples for courses in English literature in Malaysia but you can find more and more on our website from here.

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How to increase your chances to win a scholarship in Malaysia https://articles.1uni.net/increase-chances-win-scholarship-in-malaysia/ Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:26:37 +0000 http://articles.1uni.net/?p=391 In 2017, Malaysia had about 173,000 international students in its higher education institutions as a part of its plan to […]

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In 2017, Malaysia had about 173,000 international students in its higher education institutions as a part of its plan to attract 250,000 international students by 2025.

In 2017, Malaysia had about 173,000 international students in its higher education institutions as a part of its plan to attract 250,000 international students by 2025.

Malaysia has a very powerful higher educational system with about 500 different institutions offer programs for both Malaysian and international students which makes it a destination for many students around a world.

If you prepared yourself to study abroad, you may try to find an institution offering a scholarship in your field of study which will save you a lot of money, but how you can increase your chances to win a scholarship in Malaysia?

Types of Scholarships in Malaysia



types of scholarships in Malaysia

There are different types of the scholarships in Malaysia differs in their offers and their requirements. Some of these types are:

  • Leadership Scholarship:
    This is a highly competitive scholarship but it is the most generous one too. It offers to approximately cover all your tuition fees and accommodation.
    This scholarship is awarded to the students with a wonderful academic record, and its application process is kind of tough as it includes a scholarship essay and interviews.

  • Merit Scholarship:
    Your academic results are the role player in this scholarship too as your higher scores mean extra coverage for your fees.This coverage may reach all of your tuition fees. Its application process is easier here as the university only wants to ensure that you meet the grade requirements and usually doesn’t need interviews.

  • Special Talents Scholarship:
    In this situation your academic record is less important than the previous two scholarships. However, the offering institutions expect that you have a special talent and exceptional excellence as an artist or an athlete for example.
    This scholarship offers you a large discount on the tuition fees when you provide the proof of your talent.

  • Malaysia International Scholarships (MIS):
    This is a special scholarship offered by the Malaysian government for the international students want to do their postgraduate study in Malaysia.It offers the international students the coverage of the tuition fees, medical insurance, tickets, and other expenses.Eligible students must have an excellent academic record, a high English proficiency (6.5 IELTS score or 580 TOEFL score), and they must have already gained admission to postgraduate studies in Malaysia. You can visit the MIS website for more information about the scholarship.

  • So, How you can prepare for a scholarship in Malaysia?


    As a student wants to complete your studies abroad, you have to take the advantage of every possible chance to improve yourself.
    Improving your academic results, your English and your soft skills will make it easier for you to win a scholarship. We can define two stages of preparation:


    Before you apply for a scholarship in Malaysia




    • Grades, unfortunately, matter
      As you noticed in earlier in the article, and I know it’s hard to swallow, your grades really matter. Grades don’t define you or your skills but they do indicate how much hard you tried.If you are seriously looking forward to winning a scholarship, you must take care of your grades so you can compete with the other applicants for the scholarship.

    • Be Active Either practicing a sport or being a part of a community will boost your chances of winning a scholarship.
      These extracurricular activities improve your leadership and teamworking skills which is an important aspect the universities look for.
      This also indicates that you are not only an academic-oriented person but a human with various interests and skills make you easily engaging with others.

    • Watch Your Language
      This point is clear, you can’t get a scholarship if your English isn’t good enough. You don’t have to be fluent, but you need to meet the language requirements of the scholarship.

      English is a powerful tool will help you in every stage in your journey of applying for a scholarship. You will need it when you search when you contact the university, and of course when you apply.

      English test scores for the undergraduate and postgraduate programs range from 6 – 7 in IELTS and 550 – 600 in TOEFL. You can use this free tool to test your english.

    • Keep in Touch
      Always check the universities websites to be updated with the available scholarships and their applications dates.
      You may also contact the professors asking them if they can offer you a scholarship or to be a part of their research team. This is a very helpful tip.

      To be aware of the updates of the scholarships updates in Malaysia, you want to check this website regularly.


    During Your Application for the Scholarship




    • Apply for every possible chance You made your search, found possible chances,and now you’re gonna apply. Apply for every scholarship you found suitable for you.
      Don’t underestimate your qualifications or your skills while applying for these scholarships. This kills your chances.
      You don’t know the number of the applicants or their qualifications, and you may lose a scholarship you would get just because you didn’t apply!

    • Show Your Achievements
      Following the previous point, you need to write all of your relevant achievements. These are things to be proud of!
      You were a part of a research team? Mention that. You established your own project which benefited your society? Mention that. You lead your team to win a competition? Mention that of course.
      Mentioning your achievements gives you extra points which will distinguish you from other applicants.

    • Finally, Write With Passion
      When you are writing your motivation letter, try to express your passion towards your field of study.
      Focus on “Why”. Tell them the reasons you want to get the scholarship by showing them examples that you are actually passionate about the topic of the program you will apply for.
      Show the university how this scholarship will affect your career and what is its impact on you and your society.


    Following these tips will boost your chances of winning a scholarship in Malaysia. If you are interested in health sciences, you may want to check MAHSA scholarship in health sciences on our Facebook page

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    Five hundred universities and institutions divided into six categories is the number of higher education providers in Malaysia. This seems a little bit confusing and needs to be simplified if you are interested in studying at Malaysia. In brief, we will discuss here all you need to know about the Malaysian Higher Education System.

    In this article, we will discuss the higher education providers of Malaysia and the available academic degrees of these institutions and how you can benefit from the Malaysian Higher Education Systemic diversity as an international student.

     

    Providers of higher education in Malaysia:

     

    We can say the higher education system in Malaysia is divided between the public and private educational institutions. They both play a vital role in the development of the Malaysian higher education in the way that benefits the Malaysian and the international students.

     

    Public higher educational institutions:

    These are the institutions funded by the government. They include the community colleges, polytechnics, and the public universities. Currently, there are 33 polytechnics in Malaysia aim mainly to provide Malaysia with skilled workers by offering diplomas in fields such as engineering, commerce and hospitality.

    Both polytechnics and community colleges provide only certificates and diplomas while the public universities have the authority to offer bachelor’s degrees and postgraduate programs.

    Public Universities

    Universiti Malaya (114 in the QS World University Rankings), Universiti Putra Malaysia, and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia are of the well-known public universities in Malaysia. These universities with other 17 public universities in Malaysia offer bachelor’s degrees as well as postgraduate programs (Masters and PhDs).

    Private higher educational institutions:

    These are privately funded institutions under the supervision of the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education. These institutions can be divided into three categories: colleges and university-colleges, universities, and, the most exciting type, foreign university branch campuses.

    Private colleges and university colleges

    They are non-university status institutions offer their certificates and diplomas.

    These institutions may prepare the student to join the university by providing courses or qualifications leverage their opportunity to join the university.

    Private universities

    Similar to public universities, private universities offer their bachelors and postgraduate degrees in various fields.

    Some of the famous private Malaysian universities are Malaysia University of Science & Technology, Universiti Kuala Lumpur, and Universiti Selangor

    foreign university branch campuses

    Universities like University of Nottingham, Monash, and other reputable foreign universities, especially from United States, UK, and Australia, have established campuses for them in Malaysia.
    These universities offered the Malaysian as well as the international students in Malaysia to have a part of their degree study in Malaysia and complete the other part in the original country of the university.
    This is known as twinning programs where the student can study two years of the undergraduate degree in Malaysia and either another year or 2 years abroad.

    But what if you don’t want to travel out of Malaysia? You CAN acquire your Bachelor’s degree from the university while studying in its branch campus in Malaysia
    This is known as “3+0” twinning program, this means you study three years in Malaysia and 0 out of it and still got your degree from the foreign university.

    That was an overview of the institutions included in the Malaysia higher education system. You can see that you, as an international student, have various options to study in Malaysia. In the following sections, we will discuss some of these options to help you to choose the most suitable one for you.

    University colleges diplomas

    Diplomas are 4 to 6 semesters of study aim to prepare the students to either join the university or provide them with the required skills for the industry. You can get the diploma in literally any field of study, even in medicine and engineering.

    The general entry requirements are SPM or a specific number of credits for the international students, and the English level which is determined by the university.

     

    Bachelor’s Degree

    The undergraduate student aims to acquire a bachelor’s degree will study between 3 – 5 years or 6 – 10 semesters as the academic year in Malaysia consists of two semesters.

    You can acquire the bachelor’s degree from the public universities, private universities, or the foreign universities branches as well.

    The entry requirements to apply for a bachelor’s degree include STPM (Malaysian Higher School Certificate) or its equivalent for the international students, and TOEFL score ranges from 500 to 600 (173 to 250 on a new computer-administered test) or IELTS score ranges from 5 to 6.

    Postgraduate degrees:

    If you have finished your bachelor’s degree, you have the opportunity to apply for a postgraduate degree in Malaysia.

    Bachelor’s degree is the basic requirement for the students to apply to Master’s programs. Generally, the entry requirements for the postgraduate programs differ among the universities and institutions.

    Masters and doctoral programs are taught in English and completed through lectures and research project, and/or by completing a thesis. The student will attend lectures, seminars, and workshops to complete the degree as in the undergraduate study.

    The Master’s degree will take 1-5 years according to the program you apply for, and the field of study while the PhD will take up to 4 years to complete.

    After this tour in the Malaysian higher educational system, all you need is to check the available academic programs to study in Malaysia on our website from here

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    Things You Need To Know Before you Study Abroad https://articles.1uni.net/things-you-need-to-know-before-study-abroad/ Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:55:11 +0000 http://articles.1uni.net/?p=350 Studying Abroad is such a wonderful experience. Meeting new people with new culture, new customs, and new worldviews. What an […]

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    Studying Abroad is such a wonderful experience. Meeting new people with new culture, new customs, and new worldviews. What an adventure! But before going abroad there are some, little but very important, things you need to know carefully. Things about the country you will travel to, the university you will study in, in addition to things about yourself too.

     

    1. The Country

     

    “Where in the world should I study?” Although it is a fundamental question, this is not an easy question to answer since there are many possible destinations to choose from. This may be a little overwhelming but here are some helpful tips to make this choice quite easy:

    Define your interests

    Do you want to travel to country has similar traditions your countries, or you want to experience a different culture? You can also ask yourself whether you want to stay close to your country or you want to go far far away.

    Economic state of the country

    This will affect many important things, such as living cost, food prices, and even transportation. This point may vary from a city to another in the same country, for example living in the capital will cost you more than if you live in a small town.

    Laws of the country

    This is very important and will affect you directly as it will determine for example if you can have a part time job during your study period or not and how many hours you can work and how much taxes you pay. It is very important to know this stuff.

    Career opportunities

    On your study completion, what are the opportunities to have a job? What are the average starting salaries for your job position?

    Personal preferences

    Things like weather and food of the country May affect your choice. Of course these things may have a less impact on our decision than the previous points but it is still important to consider.

     

    After defining these things, I assume that you have now a clear picture of what kind of country you want to study in, you may also have decided already which country exactly you will travel to.

    Now you need to know better about this country, learn as much as you can about it. If you don’t know its language try to learn it, read more books about its culture, watch some of its movies and TV shows, and the most important tip of course, contact people in this country and try to make friendships before you travel. This will save you a lot of time.

    So, what’s about the university?

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    After choosing the country, you will go through another process of narrowing-down your choices. Now, you’re gonna choose the most suitable university for you. Some countries have a numerous number of university, for example, Malaysia has about 500 university and college. This is huge!

    So how can you choose the university? Here are some factors:

    Programs the university provide:

    Does the university provide a program aligns with your study interests? Is the quality of the program curriculum suitable for you?

    University reputation

    It is very important when you leave your country and go to study abroad     to choose a reputable university. There some useful tools like QS World University Rankings to know the ranking of the university in your field of study and its overall ranking also.

    Length of study

    How long will the program last? Bachelor’s degree in Malaysia ranges between 3 – 5 years for example. You need to choose the length of the program according to your life goals.

    Tuition fees

    This is another important point, does the university provide financial aid program or scholarships, or you will afford all the fees during your study period?

    University facilities and services

    Here I mean things such as medical insurance, accommodation, and transportation. These things will make your life easier in the university.

    Employment rate

    What is the percentage of the university graduates find jobs in their field of study.

     

    Using these factors while comparing between university will make it easier to make the right choice. If you want to study in Malaysia, you can use 1UNi platform to compare between the different universities of Malaysia and their programs in different fields of science from here

     

    And now, What do you know about yourself?

    Self-awareness is very important step when you prepare to study abroad. You need to know yourself and your personality as this will save you from taking wrong steps. You need to start even from whether it is suitable for you to study abroad or not.

    Are you adaptable to change? Can you deal with the host country traditions?Are you capable to acquire a new language?

    This kind of questions will help you to identify your character, what you love, what you hate, what you can deal with, what you can’t… etc.

    The good news is: the experience itself will teach you a lot, will polish your personality and build a better version of you.

    Gaining a new language, meeting new people, and dealing with other culture, all of this will improve your mind and your character.

     

    If you have any questions or need any help, leave your comment here and I will respond to you shortly. You can also like our page on Facebook to catch up with our helpful tips about studying abroad.

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