The Federation of Malaysia, in total about the same size (329,750 square kilometres) is in Southeast Asia and comprises two regions: Peninsular Malaysia (11 states) and the Island of Borneo (which includes two states, Sabah and Sarawak). The landscape ranges from coastal plains to hills and mountains, as well as lovely sand beaches. Trees cover nearly three-quarters of the total area. The capital city is Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysia is known as one of the safest, most tolerant, easiest to manage countries in Asia. The cost of living in Malaysia is exceptionally low for a newly industrialised country. Kuala Lumpur has in fact been ranked as the most affordable student city to live in as recently as 2014. Housing/renting, food, and eating out are very reasonable, and taxes are relatively low.
Malaysia is the world’s 11th most popular study destination according to UNESCO figures, Malaysia has even grander ambitions, aiming to be the sixth-largest education provider with a target of gaining 200,000 international students.
There are two types of tertiary education in Malaysia: government-funded and private higher educational institutes. There are also many prestigious British and international branch campuses operating in Malaysia. English is the dominant language of instruction.
The living standard in Kuala Lumpur (KL) is in general quite high. Malaysia has a good health care system, good hospitals, good international schools, excellent highways, and modern communication systems.
"For most students, on average tuition is $4,000 USD per year. But bear in mind that only institutions themselves will be able to provide current and accurate programme costs., and a monthly budget of $469USD will provide them with a rather comfortable living in Malaysia.
International students can work part-time in Malaysia under strict guidelines whereby they can work only during semester breaks for a maximum of 20 hours a week.
China comprises about one-fifteenth of the world’s landmass (9,572,900 square kilometres). Its coastline runs along the East China Sea, the Yellow Sea, and the South China Sea between North Korea and Vietnam. The greater part of the country is mountainous. In the southwest is Tibet; the Gobi Desert lies to the north. The capital city is Beijing.
China is the largest economy in the world and the number of international students coming to China has risen dramatically, due to the constantly growing economy and improving higher education system. In 2009, 238,200 international students were studying in China; by 2016,the number had risen to 442,700.
There are over 2,000 universities and colleges, the average tuition fees in public universities range between $3,300 and $10,000 per year. Fees for an English-taught degree are between $2,200 and $4,500 per year. Programmes in medicine, engineering and business are between $24,000 and 50,000 per year.
UK universities with a local campus in China: $12,000 per year for a bachelor’s degree; $13,500 per year for a master’s degree.
Tuition fees in private universities: Apart from several private Chinese universities, you can also apply to many American and British universities with a local campus in a Chinese city. Tuition fees in these universities start from around $8,000 per year and can lead to around $15,000 per year.
On average, international students spend around $4,000 for accommodation and about $2,000 for other living costs (such as food, transportation, etc.) per year.
Students may work in internships while studying in China provided they get permission from their university. All foreign students pursuing higher education in China for a period of over six months need to get travel insurance, student health insurance, and emergency insurance.