Live and study abroad

The UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College, Batu Kawan campus.

WHAT does it mean to expand your global view by studying offshore? The idea is to not be a katak di bawah tempurung. In other words, to broaden your perspective when overseas.

To study abroad is to immerse in different cultures and to learn from that experience.

Take studying in Australia, for example.

Upon arrival in the land down under, a Malaysian student may be surprised by what is often thought of as the country’s national pastime: public barbecues.

In parks large and small, there are thousands of public barbecue pits.

They are free to use. Anybody can grill their steaks and sausages for a hot meal outdoors. Just press the button and the grill plate will heat up.

As journalist Daisy Dumas of The Sydney Morning Herald put it: “In France, they might be vandalised. In England, they’d be nicked. In America, they wouldn’t be free”.

How about in Malaysia? How long would it be before these public barbecue pits are stripped for scrap and parts or simply broken?

Public barbecue pits are an iconic element of the relaxed Australian lifestyle. A shared space to mix and mingle. It is small cultural elements such as this that really enrich a study-abroad experience, opening up students to everyday life rather than being ushered past tourist sites on a brief tour.

It is the chance to live in a different world and absorb different behaviours while getting quality international education that entices more than 70,000 young Malaysians yearly to study abroad, according to statistics from the Higher Education Ministry.

The Covid-19 pandemic has largely deprived students of their chance to pursue their overseas study dreams this year, but all is not lost as one of Australia’s best has arrived in Malaysia, offering a unique selection of study-abroad options.

The University of Wollongong (UOW) is a top 1% global university located in New South Wales, Australia, with campuses in Wollongong and Sydney. And there are hundreds of public barbecue amenities in these cities for you to experience.

The university also has campuses in Dubai, Hong Kong and now, right here in Malaysia. It is ranked the 14th best modern university in the world and is the highest ranked university in New South Wales.

Students interested in studying in Australia can commence their international study experience at UOW Malaysia KDU and then transfer seamlessly to UOW Australia.

There is a range of options that is designed to ensure optimum flexibility while being easy on the pocket.

Affordable study-abroad options include pursuing a UOW Malaysia KDU foundation or diploma programme with guaranteed entry into a UOW Australia bachelor’s programme, and you even receive an offer letter from Australia upon enrolling in UOW Malaysia KDU.

Alternatively, you can commence a dual award bachelor’s programme in business or computer science in Malaysia and transfer to UOW Australia for the final year-and-a-half of your studies. Plenty of time to fit in a few barbecues in your social calendar!

When you start a UOW Malaysia KDU programme you are assured of a passport to an internationally recognised qualification and a global adventure.

To ensure an Australian study experience is accessible, UOW Malaysia KDU students enjoy a 25% discount off UOW Australia tuition fees. Merit scholarships of 30% are also available.

For details, visit or call 03-5565 0538 (Selangor) or 04-238 6368 (Penang).

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