Malaysia has strong trans-national degree options from countries like Australia, UK, France, US, Canada and New Zealand. Today, twinning programs are fairly common in Malaysia. By allowing students to study 1 – 3 years of their degrees in Malaysia, and the final part overseas, these programs have helped students save money, get accustomed to a more rigorous academic structure, gain international exposure, and have the added benefit of having a degree from two different universities and countries.
Twinning involves local educational institutions partnering up with foreign universities to offer bachelor’s and master’s degree courses. These programs are open to both local and international students. These are usually advertised as 1+2, 2+1, or 3+0 programs; which means, you spend 1 – 3 years of your education in Malaysia and the remaining 1 – 2 at the foreign university. 3+0 programs are the exception where the entire duration of the degree is spent with the local institution. Either way, your curriculum will be set by the foreign university. The modules and assessment methods would still be the same as the twin university abroad. At the end of course, you will be conferred with degrees from both the local institution and foreign university.
Malaysian educational institutions collaborate primarily with well-known universities around the world. Such programs allow students to pursue international degrees at a relatively low cost, saving on both tuition and cost of living.
These local educational institutions also offer a wide variety of pre-university preparatory programs which allow students to transfer credit to foreign universities. The growing demand for such programmes attracts many international as well as local students, and has helped to create a vibrant and cosmopolitan community within campuses in Malaysia.