GEORGE TOWN: Foreign students who had recently registered for their undergraduate studies in Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) are eagerly awaiting for the semester to begin.
Japanese Aoha Yamamoto, 21, said that this is her first time in Malaysia but she has already made friends with local students, who have made her feel welcome.
"It was a tough decision to study abroad but when I Googled the best universities to study Biology abroad, USM was at the top of the search list.
"I hesitated at first as this would be my first time going (to Malaysia) but I wanted to challenge myself and I zeroed in on USM," she said.
On the other hand, Palestine-born Ahmad Nail Hassan, 18, from the United Kingdom, said he came to Malaysia for his holidays last year and was immediately drawn to the vibrant local culture.
"There is no reason not to love Malaysia," he said.
However his prime reason for studying here is because the university fees here are half the amount charged in the UK.
A total of 3,931 students have registered for their undergraduate studies in USM. From the total, 335 are foreign students from Indonesia, Thailand, the Middle East and Scandinavia.