Advantages of study in Malaysia

  • A variety of specialties that enable applicants refer to the area of specialization they are concerned;
  • Low tuition as compared with that in other countries;
  • Convenient geographic location and favorable climate; good resources to get solid qualification, get introduced to national culture and traditions, and a good chance to rest well;
  • Degree course schemes are supported by the European Union and US government;
  • Malaysian credentials meet the world standards and comply with the education quality at the best world’s universities;
  • Low living costs;
  • Quick and easy way to get a student visa. Resources for visa-free entry and stay in Malaysia applicable for a number of countries;
  • English language learning at different levels based on lots of comprehensive programmes at universities and private facilities;
  • Co-working;
Study in Malaysia is a good life experience to be of significant value for future.

Higher education in Malaysia

Information is exploratory. For accurate information, refer to the official website of the school.
2181University of MalayaKuala Lumpur8,000 USD7,500 USD
3302University of Science MalaysiaTasek Glugor3,617 USD3,858 USD
4023University of Technology MalaysiaJohor Bahru916 USD1,326 USD
4074National University of MalaysiaKuala Lumpur1,000 USD1,000 USD
4185University Putra MalaysiaKuala Lumpur4,823 USD4,099 USD
6046International Islamic University MalaysiaKuala Lumpur1,000 USD1,000 USD
9027MARA University of TechnologyKlang1,000 USD1,000 USD
9038Northern University of MalaysiaKuala Kedah1,000 USD1,000 USD
10479University of Malaysia SabahKota Kinabalu
105910University of MalaysiaKuching5,000 USD5,000 USD

English language courses in Malaysia

Back in the old times, Malaysia was one of British colonies. This accounts most curriculums taught in English language at most universities apart from a wide range of international student programmes.
Language courses taken on the national level are as follow:

  • intensive courses
  • exam courses with TOEFL or IELTS certificates upon completion
  • general English language courses for any proficiency level students
  • Business English language.
Courses targeted in French, German, Italian and Chinese languages are also available in Malaysia.

Admission procedure in malaysian universities

The applicants should submit the education credentials (Leaving Certificate) as well as IELTS or TOEFL English language proficiency certificates to study at Malaysian universities. The applicants can also join pre-university courses with the certificate upon completion that guarantees enrollment to the university of choice. Pre-university courses are mainly arranged for applicants who are not good at English.

Tertiary education in Malaysia

Malaysian universities offer Bachelor, Master and Doctor-level programmes for all applicants. Associate and bachelor degree programmes fall into the lowest programmes. The junior specialist (Associate) is entitled to get employment in the area of specialization or apply for higher Bachelor degree. Students with associate diplomas may apply for Bachelor programme as the second year students. The associate programme takes mainly 2.4 years of study.

Bachelor programme lasts 4 years with the pre-university course attended by the applicant for a year or a year and a half (Foundation, A-Level or AUSMAT). Upon completion of the course the applicant continues the study for a Bachelor.
Master-level programmes take a year or two years providing Associate or Bachelor degree is available. Those who apply for the Doctorate should have a Master’s degree.
Malaysian universities offer twinning programmes with the credentials of the western universities while studying in Malaysia. Such diplomas are awarded at headquarters of western universities.
Transfer Programmes afford study in Malaysia and in the country of choice.

Scholarships in Malaysia

Malaysian universities might offer scholarships and grants to international students who show good academic achievements. Specific Malaysian universities consider full and interest-free tuition for Master level programme though such aids are given to students who perform higher than expected. Such approach highly motivates applicants who can get the qualification for free only.

The Ministry of Education of Malaysia considers scholarship programmes as follow:
  • MIS (Malaysian International Scholarship) which appears the basic one. Students who pursue advance academic records are eligible to apply for this type of financial aid.
  • MTCP (Malaysian technical cooperation programme) Scholarship is given to promising students who wish to contribute to scientific work and get postgraduate education in the country. The students eligible for this kind of financial aid might get the Master or Doctor’s degrees, if applied.
The scholarship allotted covers the flight fee, tuition, information material costs and expenses of general purpose.
The following documents are required to apply for scholarships:
  • A passport copy (notarized)
  • Diploma Supplement
  • Two photographs
  • CV
  • Medical examination record
  • English language proficiency certificate
  • Reference letters from academic staff and scientific supervisors

How to get a Student Visa to Malaysia

Below find the list of documents to submit for a Student Visa:

  • Original and a copy of the passport
  • Application form completed in English language
  • Letter of invitation from the Malaysian university
  • Letter of accept from the Malaysian university
  • Leaving Certificate (Secondary School Certificate)
  • Diploma (if any)
  • International Certificate of TOEFL – 550 or IELTS – 6.0
  • Air ticket
The applicant should submit all these papers to the Embassy of Malaysia 2 months before the expected date of departure. A Student Visa is issued for a period of 1 year. This is prolonged by the student in the country of residence or immediately in Malaysia providing the students intends to continue with the study there.

Work and study options in Malaysia

International students might combine associate employment with the study for up to 20 hours per week. Still further, one of challenging points of study is that most Malaysian universities provide paid internships for their students to match with the study and have their own money. This is really appreciated since students gain experience through practice matching it with the routine study and honing qualification skills.

The diploma of the tertiary education institution in Malaysia is the warranty of perspective and highly paid job offers.
Most Malaysian universities back up international students in their employment in the country on a legal basis.

Today the Malaysian diploma is highly esteemed in the world and thus the student with the Malaysian credentials can easily get employed in other countries apart from Malaysia. On the top of it, Transfer Programmes allow students stay in the country where the study programme is continued.

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Education in Malaysia - See also...

Malaysia - General information
RegionSoutheast Asia
CapitalKuala Lumpur
LanguageMalay, English
CurrencyMalaysian Ringgit
Statistics - Education
Popularity rating in the world12
Ranking of universities in the world33
Academic Reputation 23
Employer Reputation 48
Quality of teaching 24
International Faculty 16
International Students 18
Statistics - Universities
Universities in top 500 5
Universities in top 1000 8
Universities in top 5000 29
Cost of living in Malaysia
Expenses - USD/Month.Min.Med.
Accommodation 102 179
Food 133 192
Transportation 19 46
Communications and utilities 57 52
Clothing 17 66
Sports and leisure 16 47
Accommodation in Malaysia USD/Month.
Shared room outside of centre103
Shared room in city centre181
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre168
1 bedroom apartment in city centre303
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