It’s nice to note that over the past two or three years, the number of students from Asia, coming to study at British and American universities, has increased.
Exhibitions, where universities present their programs, are held regularly not only in capital cities but also on the periphery.
British or American professors/universities ambassadors also began to attend such exhibitions, giving potential students a wonderful opportunity to get answers to their questions from first-hand. But still, a lot of them are not answered.
It is very useful for undergraduates to enroll in the British Library since most of the subjects in the Master’s program are based on materials published in periodicals and academic journals.
For more confidence, you might consider in registering for a summer college, or a fellowship program in either UK and USA for one or two semesters.
This will help assess the level of training, try to live in new conditions of our education system and ultimately contribute to better results.
Many are trying to shift responsibility for the success of students to teachers.
Nevertheless, the results and success are deeply individual and will depend on how many people are willing to exert effort and time.
Whatever, if you are from Malaysia, you are a graduate, or you will become in advance, these tips are for you.
1. Improve your English
Yes, grammar and writing rules are well explained in Malaysian schools, but the university needs to have more specialized training. It is very important to have a wide vocabulary in the specialty on which students plan to study.
On top of that, most Malaysian students face the challenge more on speaking and listening compared to reading and writing.
Watching western movies without Malay or Chinese subtitles will improve your listening skills. Reading an English newspaper out loud or speaking with your “banana” (refers to Malaysian Chinese who speak fluent English but not Chinese) friends will also help your English speaking skills.
This complicates the process of assimilating students in the UK/USA and also prevents high scores for written work.
It is also important to practice the skills of perception of various accents to the ear. Since many college/university professors or assistant professors are foreigners, it could be challenging to understand them. You will need a lot of practice, patience and time.
Nevertheless, if students want to improve their skills and devote enough time to reading, writing and communicating with the teaching staff and students, the language barrier disappears during the first year of schooling.
Communication outside the university with native speakers also has a good impact, and there are many opportunities for this – clubs on interests, sports sections, and travel.
2. Familiarize the requirements to apply for a UK scholar visa/USA F-1 Student Visa
Read about the entry requirements at United Kingdom colleges/universities for scholars from Malaysia at the links below:
Read about the entry requirements at US colleges/universities for scholars from Malaysia at the links below:
You will be more confident once you are aware of the visa requirements in advance.
Course entry requirements can vary depending on the university and degree you choose.
3. Money and time
It is very important to calculate well the potential financial costs and time spent on studying, work, and leisure.
There were cases when scholars started to fall behind in studies due to stressful situations about lack of funds or lack of time.
In addition to paying for the program itself, you must have money for accommodation, food, travel and of course rest.
The costs during the first year of education are usually higher since everyone gets used to the new environment and lifestyle in different ways.
But it is still a high opportunity to get scholarships for international students in USA or in UK.
4. British & American approach to learning
It often becomes a “shock therapy” for students first encountered with this system.
In British or American universities most of the time students are engaged in independent work – preparing for practical classes, writing coursework and abstracts, individual and group presentations.
At the same time, if you manage to use free time skillfully, there are plenty of opportunities in the USA and Britain to engage in interesting activities and develop as a person.
If you are pursuing your bachelor’s degree in most of the American colleges or universities, you usually are required to take a certain amount of classes that are completely unrelated to your major.
Often lectures are held not only by university teachers but also by representatives of enterprises and organizations.
All the knowledge gained in the lectures is reinforced during practical classes, as well as from books and magazines.
In most cases, teachers check the student”s work without seeing the authors’ names. This approach ensures objectivity in assessing the understanding of the subject, and the ability to present the material critically.
Therefore, students must adjust to independent hard work and do it regularly.
5. Study and work
Despite a large amount of information provided to students and support from various university services, students themselves need to make efforts to find a job.
Most learners combine study with work, and this allows them to accumulate the necessary experience and ability to rotate in a business environment.
It is noted that those graduates who practice at the enterprises (in the summer or during the gap-year) achieve higher results, write the best dissertations and find their dream-occupation faster.
Nevertheless, it is necessary to wisely dispose of both time and effort so that learning will not be affected. It is also necessary to develop and maintain a circle of communication.
Of course, this is not immediately and not automatically, that have arrived in the country, everyone finds friends. But it is necessary to be adjusted, that all questions are resolved much more quickly and less painfully if the person does not become isolated in itself, and is opened to contact.
Students need to be prepared for the fact that despite the fact that the number of subjects studied at the university during the year is limited to the approved curriculum, the depth of study is laid by the teachers and is fixed individually by the students.
John Landrum studied literature in the U.S, and the Netherlands before starting his position at uk.edubirdie.com.
He has always been passionate about writing, and he is now living his dream working as an editorialist.
John feels lucky to be writing and generating content for young learners who are seeking options in international education, and above all, amazingly fun!
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