Boarding schools that offer international curricula are private schools that provide accommodation, meals and access to school facilities throughout the year to their students. Boarding schools usually have either dormitories or residence halls. 

Historically, during the era of the British colonial expansion, British families posted abroad would put their children in boarding schools to ensure the continuing of their education and to keep them within the British cultural setting.

Types of Boarding

There are three main boarding options: full boarding, weekly boarding and flexible boarding. Full-time boarding means that the child stays in school seven days a week. Weekly boarding is where the child goes home every weekend. The third option is flexi-boarding, which allows the child to board one or several nights a week, depending on the child's preference.

Considerations Before Sending Your Child for Boarding   

Deciding to send your child to boarding school can be a difficult choice to make. There are numerous factors to consider before making your decision. Boarding schools have many advantages, but they also have some disadvantages. Before making a decision, it is critical to weigh the pros and cons. If you are considering a boarding school for your child, do consider the following:

1. Cost 

Parents should be aware that boarding comes with an additional cost besides school fees. Boarding fees can range from an additional RM8,400 to RM123,000 per year, depending on the school. In addition to boarding fees, some schools require a deposit for boarding. In Malaysia, there are boarding schools in all states except Melaka, Perlis, Kedah and Terengganu.

2. Location

There are many boarding schools across the country. Parents need to decide where to place their children. Hence research is required to find a school in the location of your choice. 

3. The School's Reputation 

A school's reputation is crucial when choosing a boarding school for your child, Ask around and research to see what other parents say about the school.

4. The School's Discipline Policies

Each boarding school has a set of discipline policies. Ensure you are comfortable with the school's policies before sending your child there. Search for schools that resonate with you.

5. The School's Social Life 

Boarding schools have a variety of activities to ensure that students can engage in academic pursuits and social activities. Ensure that the boarding school chosen has activities that your child will enjoy. 

6. The Size of The Campus 

Boarding schools, like campuses, come in different sizes. Some boarding schools have small campuses whilst others have large ones. Consider the size of the school that you would like for your child. 

Benefits of Boarding

Boarding schools in general train students to be independent by instilling in them the ideals and principles needed for caring for themselves and others. Many parents considering an international education for their children have opted for boarding schools to reap the many benefits of boarding. Here are some benefits of attending a boarding school.

1. A Convenient and Conducive Learning Environment 

As students live on school grounds, getting to class is convenient and hassle-free. Boarding schools are equipped with conducive living spaces, countless amenities and transport facilities - allowing students to utilise the facilities around them to enhance their education.

2. Strong Focus on Academic Excellence

Boarding schools have strict rules on punctuality apart from having designated periods for studying and completing homework after school hours. Therefore, students do not have excuses for coming late to class or forgetting their homework. Furthermore, boarding schools design schedules for students, ensuring they are always on top of their work.

3. Variety of Activities, Traditions and Events 

Most boarding schools offer first-class facilities that support a variety of sports and performing arts activities. From football fields, and tennis courts to spacious auditoriums, boarding schools provide a nurturing and well-equipped environment for students to carry out their extracurricular activities. In addition, students get to experience traditions and events such as school dances and competitions.

4. Constant Care and Support   

Parents will not have to be concerned about their children's needs as the management and staff of the school are usually very attentive to the physical and emotional welfare of boarders at all times.

5. Build Life Skills 

At a boarding school, students learn to be more independent and responsible, They will also learn to manage their time wisely, balancing schoolwork, extracurricular activities and spending time with their friends. Moreover, borders can build good study habits and discipline due to their strict study schedules.

Apart from that, students will learn how to live alone in a supportive environment. Students will have a taste of what living alone will be like and this will prepare them for life after school. When a student dithers, the school is there to help correct their behaviour and help the student move forward with better decisions in the future. 

6. Opportunities to Create Lifelong Friendships 

Boarding schools are a student's second home in helping them build lifelong friendships with their roommates, dormitory mates and classmates. House parents and dormitory supervisors are parental figures to students as they supervise, discipline and foster them. Furthermore, students will be exposed to different languages and cultures by interacting with their peers from various backgrounds.   

7. Diverse Community 

Students will get a taste of world cultures at boarding schools from international students. This includes learning how to speak a second language, understanding cultural differences, and getting new perspectives on global issues. 

In conclusion, there are many benefits to boarding. The boarding school experience also provides students with the confidence and skills needed for university life.

List of Schools 

There are many international schools in Malaysia which have boarding facilities. Here is a list of schools in Malaysia that offers boarding facilities in individual states.

Kuala Lumpur 




  • Dalat International School 
  • Fairview International School Penang 
  • Prince of Wales Island International School 
  • The International School of Penang (Uplands)


Negeri Sembilan 

  • Epsom College in Malaysia
  • Kolej Tuanku Ja'afar
  • Matrix Global Schools 
  • Nilai International School 
  • UCSI International School Springhill 
  • Zenith International School 


  • Highlands International Boarding School 


  • Vision School 


  • Labuan International School 


  • Nexus International School 


  • King Henry VIII College