Malaysia among world’s most expensive countries for international students

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2SRX0JQK5NMalaysia is among the top 15 most expensive destinations for foreign students, a new study shows.

The most expensive countries for international students: Australia, Singapore, US, Britain, Hong Kong, Canada, France, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brazil, Taiwan, Turkey, China, Mexico and India.

The research report by banking giant HSBC, which surveyed 15 countries, said an overseas student would need $42,000 a year to meet university fees and living costs in Australia.

This was nearly $3,000 more than Singapore and $36,000 more than for a student in India. Costs in Malaysia for one year were given at around $13,000.

Despite the cost, the US was regarded as offering the highest quality of education, followed by Britain and Germany, with Australia only ranked fourth, said the study released on September 10.

“The key reasons to send children overseas are the acquisition of foreign languages, international experience, and independence,” said HSBC’s head of wealth management Simon Williams.

“But an international education brings an extra dimension of complexity to planning, particularly financial planning. The majority of overseas education is privately funded by parents, and while the concept of a college fund is well established in the US, it is still the exception elsewhere.”

The report, The Value of Education, said that of the nearly 5,000 parents questioned, 89 per cent wanted their children to go to university and 74 per cent would consider sending them abroad.

Indonesians were keenest on an overseas education (89 per cent), followed by Malaysia, Turkey and Hong Kong.

More than half of those questioned said that paying for a child’s education was the best investment they could make, with many – led by Malaysia and China – wishing they had started saving sooner.

The study said Singaporeans were the most positive about the quality of their own education system, with three quarters rating it better than anywhere else.

However, just six per cent of Brazilian and nine per cent of French parents believe the quality of education is better at home than abroad.

 

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Malaysia is among the top 15 most expensive destinations for foreign students, a new study shows.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

2SRX0JQK5NMalaysia is among the top 15 most expensive destinations for foreign students, a new study shows.

The most expensive countries for international students: Australia, Singapore, US, Britain, Hong Kong, Canada, France, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brazil, Taiwan, Turkey, China, Mexico and India.

The research report by banking giant HSBC, which surveyed 15 countries, said an overseas student would need $42,000 a year to meet university fees and living costs in Australia.

This was nearly $3,000 more than Singapore and $36,000 more than for a student in India. Costs in Malaysia for one year were given at around $13,000.

Despite the cost, the US was regarded as offering the highest quality of education, followed by Britain and Germany, with Australia only ranked fourth, said the study released on September 10.

“The key reasons to send children overseas are the acquisition of foreign languages, international experience, and independence,” said HSBC’s head of wealth management Simon Williams.

“But an international education brings an extra dimension of complexity to planning, particularly financial planning. The majority of overseas education is privately funded by parents, and while the concept of a college fund is well established in the US, it is still the exception elsewhere.”

The report, The Value of Education, said that of the nearly 5,000 parents questioned, 89 per cent wanted their children to go to university and 74 per cent would consider sending them abroad.

Indonesians were keenest on an overseas education (89 per cent), followed by Malaysia, Turkey and Hong Kong.

More than half of those questioned said that paying for a child’s education was the best investment they could make, with many – led by Malaysia and China – wishing they had started saving sooner.

The study said Singaporeans were the most positive about the quality of their own education system, with three quarters rating it better than anywhere else.

However, just six per cent of Brazilian and nine per cent of French parents believe the quality of education is better at home than abroad.

 

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