Study in Malaysia

Malaysia is a fascinating and enchanting nation of different races, cultures and religions, co-existing in harmony in a tropical paradise in the heart of Southeast Asia. Malaysia comprises two distinct land areas, West Malaysia and East Malaysia. East Malaysia consists of a federal territory and two large states, namely Sabah and Sarawak, which occupy the north of Borneo Island. West Malaysia consists of 11 states and 2 federal territories.

The country is 8 hours ahead of the GMT and 16 hours ahead of the US Pacific Standard Time. The climate is warm and humid throughout the year. Malaysia is a physically blessed country which does not experience drastic weather changes or natural calamities. Temperatures are around 30oC during the day and 22oC at night. Light, cotton, cool and casual clothing is recommended all year round.

Malaysia is known as Asia's food paradise. A place to have huge varieties of cuisines which includes vegetarian to western.

The local currency in Ringgit 1 RM = INR 14. Malaysia is largest exporter in world for manufactured products like electrical goods, natural gas, rubber etc.

Malaysia has become a very knowledge based society with high tech infrastructure and major International IT development.

Quick Facts
Capital Kuala Lumpur
Currency Malaysian ringgit
Official language Malay
Area 330,803 sq km
Population 31.85 million
Calling code +60
  • Why Study in Malaysia
  • Education in Malaysia
  • Universities in Malaysia
  • Entry Requirements
  • Cost of Education
  • Student Visa Process

Why study in Malaysia

  • An international standard & high quality education monitored by the Education Ministry
  • Competitive course fees and an extensive selection of popular courses.
  • A wide range of study options and universities and colleges to choose from.
  • Twinning degrees
  • Degree programmes conducted in Malaysia, which offer a cost-effective route for quality education and qualifications from universities in the UK,USA,Canada,NZ Etc.
  • Foreign Universities operating in Malaysia, which enable students to acquire their prestigious university qualifications in a country that has lower living expenses.
  • Wide usage of English, which makes living and studying easy for students
  • Life in a multicultural society, where Malaysians of different races and religions
  • 50,000 international students from more than 100 countries
  • Hassle-free immigration procedures.
  • Affordable living expenses, which can be as low as RM1000.00 per year.
  • Student-friendly laws - International students can work part-time for 20 hrs per week.
  • An economically sound and socially safe country
  • Stable government and a low serious crime rate.
  • A geographically safe environment, situated in a zone free from natural disasters.
  • A food paradise which has a huge variety of cuisines available.
  • An excellent transportation system, which allows for easy access.

Education in Malaysia

Educational Institutions in Malaysia

There are over 700 private higher educational institutions and Universities in Malaysia. Many American and British Universities have set up their campuses in Malaysia for Malaysian as well as international students who wish to study in Malaysia at a lower cost.

All these universities and courses are approved by the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia. All courses approved by a country's Ministry of Higher Education stand approved by any other country's Ministry of Higher Education world-wide.

In the Malaysian education structure, there are six categories of educational institutions which are governed by two Ministries, namely:

  • Pre-tertiary Level
  • Tertiary Level

At Pre-tertiary Level

  • Government and Private Sector Kindergartens
  • Government Schools
  • Government-aided Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Foreign System Schools

International schools and expatriate schools International schools follow an international curriculum and use English as its medium of instruction while expatriate schools follow the national educational system of other countries using the respective national language of these countries as the medium of instruction.

At Tertiary Level

  • Government-funded - public universities, polytechnics and colleges
  • Private Higher Educational Institutions
  • Private colleges
  • Private universities
  • Foreign university branch campuses


There are 3 intakes throughout the year.

Universities in Malaysia

Some of the universities and institutions in Malaysia are as follows. Click on the link below to know about each university.

  • SEGI University
  • MAHSA University
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • Universiti Teknologi MARA
  • Universiti Putra Malaysia
  • Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
  • Universiti Malaya
  • Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Universiti Utara Malaysia
  • Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia
  • Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
  • Universiti Malaysia Sabah
  • Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman
  • Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia
  • Universiti Malaysia Pahang
  • Universiti Malaysia Perlis
  • Multimedia University
  • Al-Madinah International University
  • Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka
  • Universiti Kuala Lumpur
  • Universiti Teknologi Petronas
  • Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia
  • Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
  • Universiti Selangor
  • INTI International University
  • HELP University
  • Universiti Perubatan Antarabangsa
  • Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin
  • UCSI University
  • Taylor's University
  • Universiti Malaysia Kelantan
  • Management and Science University
  • UNITAR International University
  • Asia e University
  • Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia
  • Sunway University
  • Universiti Tun Abdul Razak
  • Malaysia University of Science and Technology
  • Universiti AIMST
  • International University of Malaya-Wales

Entry Requirements

Documents Required for admissions

  • Passport
  • Resume/ CV
  • SOP
  • Academic Transcript
  • Proof of English language
  • References
  • Application fees if any
  • Medical Report

Cost of Education

Tuition fees per year

  • UG : RM 35000 - RM 40000
  • PG: RM 40000 - RM 50000
  • Research : RM 58000 - RM 60000


The Malaysian Government offers the following scholarships to international students.

  • MTCP Scholarship
  • MIS Scholarship for Undergraduate studies
  • MIS Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies
  • Commonwealth Scholarship

Living Expenses

Another attraction for international students to study in Malaysia is the relatively cheap cost of living. The total cost of expenditure for accommodation is reasonable. The average monthly rental for a single room per student is between RM300-RM450. Other expenses such as food, transportation, etc are estimated between RM700-RM950 per month. The average total cost of living will range from RM 12000 to RM17000 per year.

Student Visa Process

For Photo visa specifications, Please click on the following link Malaysia Visa Photo Specifications

All applications for student passes for international students are done through Malaysian educational institutions.

  • Student should have already been accepted for a full time course.
  • Have financial capability to meet the course and living / travel expenses.
  • Onward or return ticket or travel itinerary from travel agent.
  • Compulsory yellow fever vaccination certificate for all visitors coming from infected areas as listed by World Health Organisation.
  • Student visa is only for studies and not for work.