Study in Malaysia

Malaysia is an upcoming study destination and slowly becoming popular among students world-wide. Malaysia as a country has lot to offer in terms of quality Education, excellent job opportunities and safe and colourful environment.

Following are some of the top reasons why you should go to study in Malaysia-


Best part about studying in Malaysia is low cost of living, expenses like accommodation, food, recreational activities is highly affordable. The average international student should be prepared to spend about Rs. 16, 000 to Rs. 24, 000 per month depending on the location. Kuala Lumpur has been rated as the least expensive city in the world.


A tuition fee for studying in Malaysia is extremely competitive and affordable. For masters course you would spend approx between Rs. 3, 36, 000 to Rs. 4, 80, 000 per year depending on the University. Studying in Malaysia is value for money option.


During studies students are allowed to work 20hrs/week on weekends and full time in vacations. After the completion of studies also students are eligible for 1 year of work permit.


 There is no compulsory requirement of English test for studying Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD courses. Medium of Instruction in Malaysian Universities is English and not Malaya, Chinese or any other language.


Malaysian Student Visa do not require any proof of documents for tuition fees and living. Students can take their living in form of traveller’s cheque, cash or in their bank account.


Malaysian University and colleges are word wide recognised. It is considered as the top most country in Asia to study and 11th preferred study destination. Malaysia has excellent Government Universities like University of Malaya, University Sans Malaysia etc. It also has campuses of many top Universities across the globe like: Monash and Swinburne (Australia), Nottingham and Lancaster Campus (UK) etc. Students can get the best degree at affordable cost


Malaysia is a country with diverse cultural environment. You will meet students from UK, USA, Singapore, China and India etc. These experiences and networks will give you a competitive advantage in an evolving globalised world. You will have the greatest opportunity here to build a good network of friends and business contact made up of people from different Asia countries.

Know more about Malaysia

  • About Country
  • Major Regions/ Cities
  • Major Economy
  • Education System
  • Ranking
  • Part time work during studies
  • Work opportunities after studies
  • Visa Requirement
  • English Requirement
  • Fee Structure
  • Academic Requirement
  • Useful Links
  • Scholarship/ Bursaries


About Country

Malaysia is country with lot of different culture, ethnicities and religion. Area wise Malaysia is the 66th largest country. It is located in the south-East Asia. It has land borders with Thailand in West Malaysia, and Indonesia and Brunei in East Malaysia. Malaysia is a country where one can find different cultures and ethnic group living together.

Malaysia is the only country which is located in a zone that is not effected by drastic whether changes or big natural calamities. It is easily accessible to different countries via water or Air. Due to its centre position it is business hub and head quarters of many giant MNC’s.

There are 3 federal territories of Malaysia namely Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan. The country has 7 major international Air-Ports.

Transport system in Malaysia is the longest highway of the country, the North-South Expressway, extends over 800 kilometres between the Thai border and Singapore. Light Rail Transit and Monorail are the cheapest and most affordable used transportation.

Some Facts

Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Population: 27.9 millions (2009 estimate)
County code: +60
Currency: Malaysian Ringgits
Language: Bahasa Malaya is the official Language though English is widely used and spoken. Indian dialects like Tamil and Hindi are commonly spoken among Chinese and Indian community respectively.
Religion: Islam is the official religion of the country but other religions like Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism are also practiced. There is freedom of religion ,like in India. 
Time difference: 8 hrs ahead of the Standard Greenwich Time.
Food: Malay, Chinese and Indian food are easily available but other cuisines like American, Thai, Italian etc. restaurants are also there.
Climate: It generally ranges between 21c’ to 32c’
Natural Resources: Tin, petroleum, timber, copper, iron ore, natural gas, bauxite.


Major Regions/ Cities

Peninsular Malaysia (also known as West Malaysia) comprises 11 states like: Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Selangor and Terengganu).

Together with Sabah and Sarawak (located in East Malaysia), they make up the 13 states of Malaysia.

There are also three Federal Territories (namely Kuala Lumpur - the capital of Malaysia; Putrajaya - the Federal Government Administrative Centre; and Labuan - a 'tax-free' island located off the coast of Sabah).


Major Economy

Malaysia is ranked the 24th most competitive economy in the world out of 133 economies countries. The gross national income per capita is targeted to increase from the current RM23,567 or USD7,365, (in 2009) to RM38,850 or USD12,140, in 2015. Kuala Lumpur,although having a high standard of living, is still is the least expensive city in the world in terms of cost of living when compared to other nations of the Asia. It trades with 200 nations of the world being 10th most trading nation of the world.

The main industries are :

  • Electrical and electronic products
  • Asia pacific head quarters to over 1000 world wide MNC’s
  • Banking and Finance
  • Articles of Apparel & Clothing Accessories
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Information Technology
  • Natural Rubber Palm oil and palm oil-based products
  • Liquefied natural gas (LNG) Crude petroleum Petroleum Products
  • Timber and Timber-based products.

Malaysia is one of the most developed countries of Asia.


Education System

Malaysian education system is more than 30 years old. From last few years it has developed tremendously by the introduction of some of the excellent Universities and foreign universities off shore campuses. Malaysian Education system is divided into 4 categories, following are in details:

Internationally Affiliated Degrees:

Students who cannot afford to get degree from Australia, UK, USA and New-Zealand, can get it easily in Malaysia. In Malaysia there are many colleges and Universities which give affiliated degrees from Universities in these countries at very low fee structure.

“2+1 “ Twinning Degree Programs:

Student has an option to study both in Malaysia and other countries (preferred location) at same tuition fees that of Malaysia. Student can study 3 years in Malaysia and 1 year in UK, USA, Australia, Germany, France, Canada and New Zealand. With this option they have the exposure of two countries at the same time.

Foreign Bachelor’s degree in Malaysia:

Students have an opportunity to get the entire foreign university degree programme in Malaysia. These are provided by Private Institutions. The qualification from these programmes will be awarded by the partner universities. Upon graduation, students can easily pursue their master's degree at the partner university overseas.

Foreign University off shore Campuses in Malaysia:

At present there are 4 foreign off shore campuses at Malaysia namely- Monash University (Australia) Nottingham University (UK) Curtin University of Technology (Australia) Swinburne University of Technology ( Australia) 

By enrolling at any of these campuses located in Malaysia, you will pay lower tuition fees and have an option of completing one semester at these Universities in their home countries. The degrees offered at these campus are identical to those offered at the main campus.
Some of the famous Universities in Malaysia are


  • Sunway University College
  • Help University College
  • Limokwing University of creative Technology (LUCT)
  • Asia Pacific University college of Technology and Innovation (UCTI)
  • UCSI University


  • University college of Technology and Innovation (UCTI)
  • Kuala Lumpur Infrastructure University college (KLIUC)
  • SEGI University
  • Help University college
  • Malaysian University of Science and Technology


  • International Medical University
  • MAHSA University College
  • AIMST university


  • Sunway University College
  • Help University College
  • Limokwing University of creative Technology (LUCT)
  • Asia Pacific University college of Technology and Innovation (UCTI)


  • Limkokwing University of creative Technology (LUCT)


  • Help University College
  • Limokwing University of creative Technology (LUCT)
  • University College of Technology and Innovation (UCTI)


Part time work during studies

International students going for Diploma or Under-Graduate studies are allowed to work 20hrs/week on weekends during studies, whereas students going for Master’s or PhD level are allowed to work full time during studies.


Work opportunities after studies

Malaysian economy has grown very fast in last few years, GDP growth was -1.7% in 2009 and in increased to 10.1% in 2010. Malaysia is the Asia pacific head quarters of around 1,000 MNC’s in the world. Malaysian University specialises in International recruitment. Recruitment in MNC’s, Banks, Medical Institutes located in countries like Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand etc is done through Malaysia. HSBC’s Australian and Honk-Kong branches recruitment takes place at Malaysian Universities.
After the completion of studies employer will arrange a work visa for you.


Visa Requirement

Student Visa process for Malaysia is extremely hassle free. ( don’t think we should mention this)Students go on Student Pass from India which is issued by your respective Institution and after reaching Malaysia at the entry port Visa is issued.
Required Documents:

  • Passport
  • Offer Letter
  • Visa Fees


English Requirement

English Requirement is not very strict in Malaysia. IELTS/TOEFL/PTE or any other English test is not required at the time of admission at any level though it is recommended.


Fee Structure

Tuition fees for Malaysian studies are very affordable and low as compared to other countries like New-Zealand/Canada/USA etc. Middle/Average class family can easily send there children for higher education in Malaysia.

Following are some of the ranges for both Bachelor’s and Master’s level:

Under Graduate studies-

PRIVATE COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES: RM 45,000 to 75,000 for the entire course.
FOREIGN UNIVERSITY BRANCH CAMPUS: RM 60,000 to RM95, 000 for the entire course 2+1
TWINNING PROGRAMS: RM 45,000 to RM 90, 000 for the entire course


MBA by PUBLIC MALAYSIAN UNIVERSITIES: RM 13,000 to RM 25,000 per year
MBA by PRIVATE MALAYSIAN UNIVERSITIES: RM 21,000 to RM 30,000 per year
Non Medical degrees at Public Universities: RM 1,800 to RM 6,000 per year.
PhD: RM 2,700 to RM 8,000 per year

Cost of Living

Along with studies living in Malaysia is also extremely affordable. Students can live easily, happily and stress free in here. Approximately RM 1, 000 to RM 1,500 per month. Accommodation expenditure ranges from RM 300 to RM 450 per month.


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