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Kuala Lumpur - Education & Schools

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Local school curricula are taught in Bahasa Malaysia (national language), Chinese, English or Tamil. The language of instruction is in Bahasa Melayu, Chinese and Tamil older children who wish to attend local schools must be able to competently understand the language of instruction. There are also private schools that teach in English.

Most expatriates with school-going children rely on international schools that use British, Japanese, Indonesian, American, Australian and French curricula. For an overall listing of international schools in KL, try www.expatkl.com or www.moveandstay.com/kuala_lumpur.

The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) is one of the city's oldest international schools, and offers the IB program for its students based on the American curriculum. The school has an elementary, middle and high school. There are two campuses in KL - the Melawati campus houses the elementary school and the Ampang houses the middle and high schools. The Mont Kiara International School (kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school) is another option for American Curriculum. There are other international schools in KL whose language of instruction is in English. For example the Alice Smith School (Primary and Secondary level) and the ELC International School (early years, primary and secondary level) offer UK-based curriculum. Try visiting the www.english-schools.org website for reviews on other options in KL. There are Australian, French, German, Japanese and International Islamic schools in KL as well.

The Malaysian school calendar begins in January each year and there are four terms in each calendar year. Each term is marked with a term break. There are two one-week breaks in March and August, and longer breaks (4-6 weeks) are in June and November. International schools may not follow the Malaysian school calendar year, so check with the individual schools.

There are a few private colleges and public universities in KL. It is not uncommon, however, to hear of locals sending their children overseas for education from an early age.

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