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Malaysia: Why Choose an International School?

Updated: Oct 28, 2022

Why choose an international school in Malaysia?

Here are our TOP FIVE reasons.

1. English Fluency

Attending an international school, where students converse in English and all lessons and assessments are conducted in English, gives students the opportunity to become fluent in both conversational and academic English. In today's globalised world, this is crucial for academic and professional success.

2. A Focus on Skills

Good international schools place as much emphasis on building skills as they do on learning information. Skills like communication, problem solving, collaboration, critical thinking are nurtured and developed from the Early Years right up to Secondary School, and are viewed as equally important as examination & test results. Again and again, these skills are cited as being critical for success in the 21st Century.

3. Smaller Class Sizes

In most international schools in Malaysia, class sizes are capped at 25 and are usually a lot smaller than this. This compares very favourably with the class sizes at local Malaysian schools, and means that students get more teacher time and attention during lessons.

4. Teacher Effectiveness

All of the research emphasises that great learning is dependent on having passionate, skilled, experienced teachers in the classroom. Good international schools offer competitive salary and benefits packages which attract the very best teachers, usually recruited from the UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. This competition means that international schools can select teachers that are the very best at what they do. These schools also usually offer outstanding professional development opportunities to continually upskill their teachers.

5. Extra-Curricular Opportunities

International schools usually offer a wide array of fantastic opportunities to enrich a student's education and enhance their understanding of their world. The Model United Nations and the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award are two such opportunities that aren't usually offered by local schools. In addition, most international schools offer an exciting array of international trips - ski trips, community service expeditions and camps.


Considering an international school for your child, but aren't sure where to start? We can help you shortlist international schools in your desired budget and location in Malaysia. Get in touch!


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