Why Study in Malaysia?

The recent rapid development of the country has made it an attractive destination for all sorts of people. This has led to the culture and people being incredibly diverse, with lots of different ethnic groups and religions. Malaysia is one of the world’s 17 mega diverse countries in the world. Its location makes it the perfect destination for any international student looking for a new experience for their studies.

The system and structure of tertiary education is run by the country’s Ministry of Higher Education. Individuals who choose to study in Malaysia for higher education can take the certificate, diploma, undergraduate or postgraduate course. There are 6 Malaysian universities in the 2019 QS World University ranking top 500. The highest-ranked of these is University Malaya (UM) which comes in at 87th place. Universities in Malaysia can offer high-quality education alongside a unique experience.

Study costs and Scholarships opportunities in Malaysia-

Although Malaysia is a very affordable location, there are also a variety of scholarships for study abroad in Malaysia available for international students. The cost of living is low relative to most locations within the USA and in relation to neighboring countries like Singapore. Presently, Malaysia is using the Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) as its currency. Tuition fees will vary at each institution, but will be lower at one of the many public universities. There are scholarships available for people undertaking postgraduate studies, which would help with funding. We provide exact information about scholarships and help our students to get the scholarships. 

Approximate cost estimation:

S.no Study Program Average fees (in MYR) per year
1. Undergrad Bachelor Degree 7000 MYR
2. Post-grad Master’s Degree 11000 MYR
3. Doctoral Degree 13000 MYR

Note: Private and foreign institutions may have higher tuition fees, particularly for specialist subjects such as medicine.

Accommodation facilities in Malaysia-

The cost of living in Malaysia is low in comparison to other destinations like America and the UK. Students can expect to have the option of living on or off-campus while studying abroad at most universities in Malaysia. Home stays are also a possibility, but trend not to be the norm for students studying in Malaysia. It is recommended that you budget for between MYR 10,000 and MYR 15,000 per year. This includes food, travel and accommodation. If you are living in a bigger city such as Kuala Lumpur, your living costs will be higher than if you are living in a smaller city or town. You will also need to make sure you have health insurance for your time in Malaysia; your institution can give you advice on the best policies for students.

Malaysia Student Visa-

In order to be able to study in Malaysia, you will need to apply for Student Pass, which acts as a student visa. This can be applied for online before your arrival, but it is more common for your institution to apply on your behalf once you’ve accepted their offer of a place.

If you are applying for a Student Pass yourself, you will need:

  • A passport-sized photograph
  • A copy of your passport
  • A copy of your university offer letter
  • Copies of academic certificates and transcripts
  • The pre-arrival medical examination report
  • Proof of insurance
  • Proof that you have sufficient funds for course fees and living costs.

Your Student Pass will last for a year, so will need renewing if your course is longer than 12 months.

For more information about the Malaysian visa process and requirements, please contact us.

Note- International students are not permitted to work during term-time, but you will need to prove you have sufficient funds to be able to enter Malaysia. This means that ensuring you have the required funding in place in plenty of time.


The official language of Malaysia is Bahasa Melayu Malaysia, but the country also has a recognized language of English. Most courses will be offered in English at both public and private institutions. If your native language is not English, you may need to prove your language skills will meet the teaching standards. IELTS and TOFEL both are accepted in most of the Malaysian universities and colleges. Generally, academic IELTS is preferred to get the admission and the general requirement is 6 (No brand less than 5.5). If the students fail to achieve the required language proficiency score, it is common for universities to offer English proficiency courses to help improvement. Even if you are studying a course in English, it is always recommended that you try to pick up some of the Malaysian language. Communicating with the locals and other students is the perfect way to practice, and will make learning easier. This is a skill that will look great on your CV/resume!

Academic Session-

The typical academic year begins in early September and runs until mid to early June, with two mid- semester breaks in November and April. Students can expect an exam period to last three weeks at the end of each term. Any time of the year is a great time to study in Malaysia; however, semester study abroad programs, or full-year programs, are more popular than summer programs.

Benefits & Challenges to study in Malaysia-

  • Academic Difference
  • Cultural Mix & Stability
  • Easy Communication
  • Learn about Islam

Courses offered in Malaysia-

Malaysian universities and colleges offered multiple courses. Students can choose their preferred program based on their academic background. Some of the popular subjects are as follows-

  • Accounting
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Animation
  • Construction Management
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Finance
  • Industrial Design
  • Marketing
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Medical Science
  • Medicine
  • Product Design
  • Physiology
  • Public Health
  • Real Estate
  • Software Engineering