International schools in Malaysia are fast gaining traction thanks to the influx of expatriates and Malay parents willing to invest in their children’s education. To give insight into which are the best schools, we have selected one of the older international schools, one of the newer schools, and one of the most technologically advanced schools to show you what’s on offer.
- Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar (KTJ)
Cost of tuition per term*: Early Years: RM 4,660 (USD1,094) Years 1 to Sixth Form: RM 9,010 to RM 25,760 (USD2,100 to 5,800) Secondary day scholar Form 1 to Form 5: RM 17,170 (USD3,900) Website: http://www.ktj.edu.my/355/about-us Address: 71700 Mantin, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
This is one of the older international schools in the country, hence one of the more seasoned and mature schools. Founded in 1991, the school has managed to keep abreast with newer international schools. It takes in students from the age of 3 to 19 years. Boarding is only available to children from the age of 11.
The school boasts a rich cultural and diverse student body represented by over 20 different countries. The school curriculum runs on a British-style system (offering Cambridge IGSCE and A-Levels) and teaches both boys and girls co-educationally. The secondary school itself has approximately 700 students between the ages of 11 to 19, while the primary school caters to about 130 students each year.
Situated in the beautiful Malaysian countryside, students will study and or live on a luscious well-maintained 80-acre property.
- Nexus International School
Cost of tuition per term: Early Years: RM 10,000 (USD2,347) Years 1 – 13: RM 15,911 to 26,363 (USD3,700 to 6,104) Website: http://www.nexus.edu.my/ Address: No. 1 Jalan Diplomatik 3/6 Presint 15, 62050 Putrajaya Working hours: Monday to Friday (9.00 am to 5.00 pm)
Nexus International School is perhaps best known for being the first school in the country to be given the prestigious title of Apple Distinguished School. This is an honor reserved only for schools that demonstrate a high commitment to innovative learning.
The school prides itself on its global perspective, offering Cambridge IGSCE and A-Level examinations as well as the IB Diploma for those in high school, and modeling the Early Year curriculum on the International Primary Curriculum and also the British Early Years Foundation Stage. Children’s learning is tailored to suit the individual learning style and needs of the child for the best outcome.
- Prince of Wales International School
Cost of tuition per term: Year 7 to Year 13: RM 12,600 to RM 14,700 (USD2,900 to 3,400) Website: http://www.powiis.edu.my/about-us/welcome/ Address: 1, Jln Sungai Air Putih 6, Bandar Baru Air Putih, 11000 Balik Pulau, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Prince of Wales International School is a more recent international school in Malaysia. This, however, does not deter from its stellar reputation as a school of worthy character, innovative teaching, and one that produces well-rounded globally minded pupils.
The curriculum also follows a UK-style pattern and offers Cambridge IGSCEs and A-Level examinations. Students can also pursue IB diplomas should they choose. A range of extra-curricular activities including sports, and non-sporting activities like orchestra, choir, robotics club, chess, astronomy club, photography and science fair club are offered to the children.
*Note that there are three terms in a year
These great three schools are only a fraction of the many international schools in Malaysia. We strongly recommend you to personally come to several schools to weigh in the pros and cons by yourself. Bring your child along to get his opinion on each school.