Penang is a state in Malaysia and the name of its constituent island, located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia by the Strait of Malacca. The island of Penang is called Penang Island and the mainland part of the state is called Province Wellesley or Seberang Perai in Malay. The island is connected to the mainland by 2 bridges and there is also a ferry service to cross the channel.
Once a bustling port that linked eastern and western powers along the spice trade route, Penang was and is still a cultural melting pot. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, its culture, food and architecture as well as an thriving art scene make it a must-visit state in Malaysia.
The population of the state is about 1.8 million and there are 7 institutions of higher learning for tertiary education.
Arriving in Penang
Recently refurbished, Penang International Airport is one of Malaysia’s newer and better-equipped airports which, despite its small size, service the larger part of Southeast Asia. The airport is on the island, while the mainland is serviced by train and highway. Two bridges connect the two parts.
Getting Around Penang
The urban island part of Penang, George Town, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. But the whole Penang retains its old world charm while adding modernity in terms of infrastructure and transportation.
RapidPenang is the main bus operator for most bus routes in Penang. You can check the routes and fares here. The main hub for buses in Georgetown is KOMTAR, the tallest building in town.
Renting a vehicle is a good option for travelling around Penang. As a developed country, there are well-maintained roads, signs in English, and a comprehensive highway system (some of which have toll fees). Using navigation apps such as Google Maps or Waze to get around is quite convenient too.
Intercity trains stop at Penang Port on the mainland and does not connect to the island. Penang Island does not have a rapid transport system yet.
Penang has metered taxis plying its routes, do ask them to use the meter. Otherwise, ride-hailing apps provide alternative options at a fixed price.
Studying in Penang
There are 7 institutions of higher learning in Penang and also a wide variety of international schools which cater for the large expatriate community in Penang. All the institutions use English as the medium of instruction and classes are all held in English except for other language courses. Penang also has a large number of multi national companies and industries which provide employment and also internship opportunities. Penang is also a tourist hub and therefore the hotel and travel industry plays a big role in employing graduates and interns.
|1 Week ENGLISH Study Tour (minimum 10 persons)
2 days General English +1 day Activities + 2 days Explore Penang + Homestay
|1 Month ENGLISH Course Plus Hostel Stay
4 Weeks English Enrichment Programme + Hostel Stay + Daily transport
Above pricing include accommodation, transport and some meals which will be provided by the host (college/university). Air fare not included.
Certificates will be issued at the end of your course.