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Choose your town and choose your next adventure in Malaysia with the AFS Global Choice Programme.

Experience the magic of Malaysia—a rich collage of cultures, modern buildings next to traditional spice markets, and rainforests teeming with rare and endangered species. Imagine how your résumé will stand out from the rest of your peers with an experience in this fascinating South China Sea nation!

Native Malays share citizenship with ethnic Chinese and Indians, and though the state religion is Islam, Buddhist shrines and Hindu temples are as commonplace as Islamic mosques. This diversity is celebrated throughout the year with many different multicultural festivals.

You can choose to stay in either Kedah or Kuala Lumpur where you will attend a local high school and live with a host family. You will have have the opportunities to visit spice markets and learn about local activities like sepak takraw (a kickball type of volleyball), giant top spinning, and kite-flying.

Eligibility Requirements

Age requirements: You must be 15 – 17 years old
Language requirements: Basic Mandarin language

What's included in your experience

  • Airfare
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Host Family Placement
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • School Placement
  • Medical Insurance
  • 24/7 Emergency Support
  • Assistance with Application Process
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Orientations during your time abroad
  • Access to Alumni Network
  • Continuous Support
  • Worldwide Presence
  • 70 Years Experience

What you are responsible for

  • Vaccinations
  • Visa and Passport Fees
  • School Uniform
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High School

You will attend a public school, which runs from Monday to Friday (7.30 am to 1.30 pm) in most regions and Sunday through Thursday in other regions. You will be able to choose between studying a track in science, humanities, commerce or technical studies. Students wear uniforms, and while most classes are taught in Bahasa Melayu, math and sciences are taught in English. School plays an important role in Malaysian society—more than just for formal education. School is a place where moral values are instilled. The role of teachers is very important and regarded with utmost respect.

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Host family and community

Your host family may belong to any one of the main ethnic groups: Malay, Chinese, or Indian. Regardless of which family you are placed with, extended families often live together and elders are highly respected. Parents like to be included when their children make decisions.  While you could be placed anywhere in Malaysia, most AFS students live in urban or suburban areas.

The variety of people in Malaysia makes for a very interesting mix of cuisine—spicy Malay dishes, an endless variety of Chinese food, exotic cuisine from North and South India, as well as local Nyonya and Portuguese dishes. Western cuisine is also easily accessible, and there are many international fast-food chains. Most dishes contain lots of spices, chillies and coconut cream. Fish is made for any occasion and in many styles. Food on the table is shared by all the family. You should eat with your right hand and keep the left under the table.

What is Global Choice?

Global Choice is all about YOU! And the experience you want to have. What’s unique about this programme is that you choose which area of the country you would like to visit, which school you will attend, which subjects you want to study and the adventures you will have.

Global Choice – is your opportunity to study your way, by making the choices you know are right for your education, choices that will see you studying your way to a brighter future.

Let AFS guide your intercultural adventure

Kick-start your future with AFS and discover who you really are, make new lifetime friendships and immerse yourself in a fascinating intercultural experience.

This programme begins at your home country with a pre-departure orientation and continues with orientations, other supported learning activities and facilitated conversations which will help you maximize your experience, cope with the challenges of navigating a new culture and community as well as gain knowledge, skills, and a global understanding throughout your time abroad, and as you return to your home country. AFS volunteers will be there to support and guide you and your host family the whole way through.

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