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Overview of Malaysia

■ Housing

International students are likely to get help from their host institutions to find a place to live. It varies between an on-campus residence and off-campus (in this case the host institution may find you some place nearby the campus). You can also rent a place by yourself, but why go through all the trouble when the University is willing to help you? We encourage you to use your host institution help as much as you can.

■ Transportation system

Public transportation in larger cities is good. Taking Kuala Lumpur as an example, there are buses, minibuses, taxis, pedicabs and train options for you to get around

■ Shopping

Nice things to buy in Malaysia are: electronics, because they are often manufactured in the country, traditional goods and snacks. For clothing, go to Sungei Wang Plaza if you are in Kuala Lumpur, where you can find T-shirts for US$4.75 and 2-for-1 sales.
Things aren’t too expensive, so if you go to the places where the average local goes you’ll probably be ok.

■ Cuisine

You won’t starve in Malaysia. There is Malaysian, Indian and Chinese food everywhere and as Malaysians consider food the ambassador of a culture, you’ll also find food from all over the world in major cities. More traditional dishes include nasi lemak (rice cooked with coconut milk and “pandan” leaf), chicken rice, fried kuey teow (stir-fried ricecake strips), chapatti (a kind of bread) and roti canai (another bread)

■ Culture

Malaysia is a mix of three big groups: the Malays, the Chinese and Indians. They all live in peace and respect each other religions and beliefs. In these three groups, people are whether Muslims, Buddhist, Christian, free-thinkers, Hindu or Muslim Mamaks. Islam is the official religion, but the country celebrates other religions’ holidays too, thus it is the Asian country with most holidays!

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