Studying in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

An exchange semester in Malaysia is getting more and more popular among students. Assi decided to go to Malaysia because it is very different from her home country Finland. In this interview she will share her study abroad experience in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with us.

A blue eyed girl is smiling into the camera in Malaysia.
Assi studied at Universiti Putra Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. Photo by Assi / CC BY

What’s your name and where do you come from?

My name is Assi Aspelund and I come from Joensuu, Finland.

Where did you spend your exchange semester?

I was studying at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in Kuala Lumpur.

Why did you choose to study in Asia, and your destination in particular?

It was my friend who asked me to go to Asia with her when we saw an ad about Asia Exchange. At first, it was more like a joke, but I said yes. So we decided to go and chose a country which was totally new to both of us.

An overview of buildings during daytime in Kuala Lumpur.
Kuala Lumpur is a big city full with high skycrapers. Photo by Assi / CC BY

Tell us a little more about Kuala Lumpur, what was it like to live and study there?

It was different, a big city and a huge university. And so many friendly people there.

Did the experience meet your expectations?

It was so much more than I expected.

What were the highlights of your exchange?

The whole process of trying to live in a different culture and getting to know so many new people.

How did you get the study place? What was the application procedure like?

The study place was perfect for me. We had little bit difficulties while application procedure, but finally everything went fine.

A girl is standing behind white big letters (UPM) on a lawn with palm trees in Malaysia.
Wildlife Management and Bahasa Malaysia where the most interesting courses according to Assi. Photo by Assi / CC BY

Which were the most interesting topics in your studies?

Wildlife management, which was something very different to what I study in Finland. During that course, we also visited a primary school and kindergarten, which was an experience. Also learning Bahasa Malaysia was one of the interesting courses.

What kind of accommodation did you have and how much was the monthly cost?

I shared a 3 bedroom apartment with my friend. It was 250 €/ month per person, and apartment included a huge swimming pool, a gym, 24 h security and other facilities.

What were your normal days like while living in Asia?

Going to school, usually by bus, having lunch there and coming back to home. If there was time, we might go to the cinema or shopping or just hang out with friends and had dinner.

A girl wearing a red top is sitting in a high tower made of glass and looking over the city in Kuala Lumpur.
Asia is a perfect place to study if you want something different! Photo by Assi / CC BY

Did you have a chance to travel during your stay?

Yes, I visited a couple of places in Malaysia and also had time to go for a visit to Australia.

What kind of things did you learn about Asia during your stay?

I learned to be more patient and more chilled with schedules. My English skills improved as well.

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What kind of things did you learn about yourself?

That I really love Asian food.

In your opinion, why should people go to study in Asia?

It is an awesome experience, if you want something different, Asia is a perfect place to study.

A girl is sitting on a swing under a tree in front of the ocean in Malaysia.
If you have the chance to go to Asia, take it! Photo by Assi / CC BY

Would you recommend this study program to other students?


What are your greetings to Asia Exchange?

I am glad they made this possible for me,  my school does not have partner universities in Asia, so Asia Exchange really made it possible to study in Asia.

A free word for any student considering going abroad

If you have the chance, you should take it.

Thank you so much for the inspiring and thorough description of student life in Kuala Lumpur Assi!

Find out more about studying abroad in Kuala Lumpur

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This article was written by our Planning Officer Sami. 

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