Originally Posted by MrHoww
According to the current situation of the society, your result is not the most important, but your money plays a significant role in aiding you enrolling in renowned universities. For the lucky ones, of course with satisfactory results, scholarship is the only way to help them going internationally and to acquire an overseas degree. So, for a poor or rather moderate income family, what is their choice considering that MOST of the students prefer studying overseas for exposure and experience, we have to accept any condition offered by the government or non-government organisations if they willingly granted us the scholarship. There is no free lunch in this world.
True, money is important. However, many people do not calculate how affordable an European education can be. France can really be affordable if you are willing to work in the summer and not spendthrift during the term.
One can rent a place for like 150 euros a month and get by with 250 euros a month. If one works part time, things get even better.
Now unless one's household income is less than RM1.5k a month, studying overseas can be a possibility. If a household earns less than that, even studying in Malaysia will be a problem.
The point here is that for the middle class, it is possible to go to France and Germany to study. There is no real need for government sponsorship. If one speaks french or german fluently, which one will after 5 years of studies, one won't want to go home since one will be so marketable.
Imagine this, one is from an average background. Speaks 3 languages + german or french, is flexible and opened, gets a government scholarship to germany. End of the studies, totally fluent in german and excelled in the degree. Now, if one was sponsored one will have to go home and deal with malaysian bureaucracy or one could easily find something in Germany or Switzerland. If one is really underprivileged then too bad but if one can pull it off by oneself, why not?