The Monash University Malaysia is located in Bandar Sunway, about 18km from central Kuala Lumpur. A popular tourist destination, Kuala Lumpur has a rich blend of cultural and ethnic diversity. The weather is tropical, with an average temperature of 30 degrees Celsius.
About one quarter of the 5000 students are international. The campus continues to develop steadily, and enjoys excellent facilities for world-class research, state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities, specialised laboratories, library and student centre.
Beyond the city, there are many nearby natural attractions such as caves, islands and rainforests to discover.
Tourism Malaysia is a great place to start when planning weekend trips or longer travel for your mid-semester breaks. You could journey into some of the world’s oldest rainforests, see the KL skyline at 335m (standing at 421m KL Tower is the world’s fourth tallest communications tower), or find your own sandy secluded beaches on Langkawi or Tioman Islands.
Malaysia is the gateway to southeast Asia, with Indonesia to the south, and Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam to the north/northeast. Flights between Singapore or Kuala Lumpur and other Asian countries are relatively cheap, meaning you can see a lot of the region while studying at Monash.
Eating out is common in Malaysia – the Klang Valley is particularly well known for the diversity of food it offers. You can get a meal at a restaurant for about RM20.00 (about US$6.50), and lunch from a street stall might cost you RM6.00-10.00 (US$1.96 – US$3.25).
Find out more about the cost of living in Malaysia.
Like many students who study at Monash Malaysia, you might like to join the Inter-cultural Enrichment Program. It’s a four-week program designed specifically for exchange or study abroad students. You could learn basic Bahasa Malaysia to help you get by in everyday conversations, visit historical towns like Malacca, and try traditional local foods like roti chanai or nasi lemak.
The student association is constantly holding events and workshops on campus. You could get a buddy to help show you the ropes, attend a Clinique grooming workshop or join in the Monash run. There’s really something for everyone why not connect with them via facebook or join the conversation on twitter @MUSAsays.