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Study in MALAYSIA

Enter Malaysia – a tropical, Muslim-majority country in Southeast Asia where its citizens live in multi-racial and multi-religious harmony. Comprising of 13 states and three federal territories and headed by the only elected constitutional monarch in the world, Malaysia is a vibrant and diverse parliamentary democracy with a population of over 30 million, making is the world’s 44th most populous country in the world.

The federal territories host the nation’s largest city of Kuala Lumpur which houses the country’s largest commercial and financial institutions, as well as the federal administrative capital city of Putrajaya. While English is commonly spoken, the official and national language of Malaysia is Bahasa Melayu (Malay language). Malaysian English, a local vernacular more commonly known as Manglish, is a mish-mash of Malay, English, Mandarin and Tamil.

Places of Interest State Distance Kuala Lu
Lenggong Valley – UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site (Archeology) Perak 272
Melaka City – UNESCO World Heritage Site (Culture) Melaka 145
George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site (Culture) Penang 358
Gunung Mulu National Park – UNESCO Wrold Heritage Site (Nature) Sarawak 1460
Kinabalu National Park – UNESCO World Heritage Site (Nature) Sabah 1680
Peninsular Malaysia National Park – UNESCO World Heritage Site (Nature) Pahang, Kelantan, Terengganu 241
FRIM Selangor Forest Park – UNESCO World Heritage Site (Nature) Selangor 20
Langkawi Kedah 449
Sipadan Islands Sabah 1886

Home to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, amongst them, Kinabalu National Park boasts one of the highest mountains in Southeast Asia. An ecotourism hotspot, the country is home to an estimated 20% of the world’s animal species. The Malaysian landscape is as varied as it is culturally diverse. Pristine beaches line its coast and its biodiversity-rich rainforest offer many adventures to those who venture forth.

Most of Malaysia’s inhabitants reside in major cities and many are a collection of Chinese, Indian and European cultural influences. The commercial capital, Kuala Lumpur, is home to old colonial buildings, modern busy shopping districts such as Bukit Bintang and skyscrapers such as the iconic, 451m-tall Petronas Twin Towers. Most of the population are settled in the centre of peninsula Malaysia, where 70% out of approximately 32.6 million Malaysians reside in developed cities.

Transportation throughout Malaysia reflects its status as an emerging economy. Paved roads and bustling highways link small towns to large cities. Rail transport is available in most parts of the country and comprises heavy rail (KTM) and rapid transit system such as MRT, LRT and Monorail (Rapid Rail). Heavy rail is mostly used for intercity passenger and cargo transport, while Rapid Rail are used for intra-city urban public transport. More rapid transit networks, including in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor and Sarawak, are currently under construction to improve the overall’s public transport system.

The main gateway to the rest of the world, Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is also Malaysia’s busiest airport. In 2019, KLIA was the world’s 22nd-busiest airport in terms of total passenger traffic.

Why Study In Malaysia ?

01| World-Class Education

Offering a degree that is well-recognised globally, Malay- sian universities rank in the world’s top universities and a total of 13 in the top 600 according to QS World University Rankings 2023. Based on QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022, 10 Malaysian programmes were placed among the top 50 universities for the study of their academic subject.

02| Affordability

Malaysia offers affordability in many areas, from food, travelling, transportation and the tuition fees. Our average total tuition fees per annum are approximately at US$ 4,400 for public universities & US$ 4,970 for private univer- sities. Malaysia sits among one with the lowest cost, in which our Cost-of-Living Index is only 42.47.

03| Modern and Progressive

Malaysia is well-known as a modern, progressive and Muslim-friendly country with easy access to Halal food and contemporary life and facilities. Malaysia’s modern and convenient transportation system connect every part of the city, through our Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Klang Valley LRT, MRT and Monorail.

04| Strategic Location

Malaysia is located in a very strategic location, in the heart of Asia. Hence, it is easy and affordable to travel to neigh- bouring tourist destinations. During semester breaks, students can travel with ease locally and internationally. Easily access through the world-class Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Malaysian owned carrier, all ASEAN cities are just a short and affordable flight away.

05| Safe and Peaceful

Malaysia has safe, peaceful, and vibrant communities. Malaysia is currently ranked 20th in the world’s most peaceful country based on the 2020 Global Security Index (GPI) report, providing you a safe and secure environment for your study journey. Enjoy a peaceful day and night in the countryside or a safe adventure in city life throughout your study journey.

06| Multicultural Society

Malaysia is known for its friendly community and a melting pot of Asia’s well-diverse community. Malaysia’s diversity in culture makes Malaysia a food haven and one of the few countries with hundreds of celebrations and festivals all year round. Students will also gain a global perspective on working, interacting, and living with people from different cultures. Experience the beauty of diversity and cultures when you study in Malaysia.

07| Dynamic Lifestyle

Many international students choose to study in Malaysia because they want to broaden their horizons and develop personal growth. Students get to experience a dynamic lifestyle as they can explore many exciting activities, beau- tiful destinations, and its harmonious multicultural society. The Malaysian landscape is varied, with pristine beaches lining its coast and its biodiversity-rich rainforest offers many adventures to explore in Peninsular and East Malaysia. Explore beautiful islands in Malaysia with colour- ful coral reefs, fishes, and other rare marine inhabitants and wondrous beauty of mountains ranges with stunning scenery like Mount Kinabalu, Sabah.

Student visa requirements in MALAYSIA

It is not possible to arrive in Malaysia before you have e-VAL and SEV or to study on a tourist visa. Malaysia's immigration department issues the student pass (Student visa) on a yearly basis as a multiple entry visa (MEV). For being Eligible to apply for a Student Pass, onemust apply for an e-VAL through Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) and pay the processing fee to EMGS. The studentmust return to theirhome country and start the application process again, if theywish to study for another semester at UPM. Therefore, the applicantshould apply for both semesters at once for the 1-year visa, if they have plans to apply fortwo semesters at UPM.

Cost of living in MALAYSIA

Many international students opt to relocate to Malaysia because of its low cost of living and great quality of life. In comparison with other countries, Malaysia is much more of an affordable place to study for international students. In fact, the capital city Kuala Lumpur was named as the second most affordable student city in the world by QS.

Study Environment

Home to some of the top universities in the region, notable tertiary institutions include the University of Malaya, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Universiti Sains Malaysia. In 2020, the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings ranked Universiti Malaya at the 70th place in the world, 13th place in Asia, 3rd in Southeast Asia and the top-ranked learning institution in Malaysia.

Technology has been a forte of Malaysia’s economy, and catering to that demand are institutions like Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). UTP, for example, places a strong emphasis on research and development as it strives to achieve the status of an internationally renowned research university.

As a culturally rich nation, Malaysia has produced regional- and internally-acclaimed stars in both the arts and sports. Notable figures include Hollywood actress Michelle Yeoh, renowned designer Jimmy Choo, badminton star Lee Chong Wei, singer/songwriter like Siti Nurhaliza and Yuna. A thriving arts scene to wow all tastes, be it traditional dances or modern musical acts, Malaysia has it all.

Education system in MALAYSIA

Education in Malaysia starts at Pre-School till the university level. The government undertakes the responsibility of a sound education system. Pre-Tertiary education (pre-school to secondary education) is under the Ministry of Education (MOE) and tertiary or higher education is looked after by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE). The Government aims at making Malaysia a centre of educational excellence.

Upcoming intakes

While specific dates vary based on the study programme and the university where you want to enrol, keep in mind that there are two main intakes: the September intake, with application deadlines in June. the February intake, with application deadlines in November.

Scholarships for MALAYSIA

As Malaysian education institutions believe in attracting the best talents

Most of them offer scholarships to reward achievements and offer support to those who merit them. Scholarships come in a few forms:

  • A full or partial waiver of tuition fees
  • A monthly stipend
  • A block grant
  • A combination one of more benefits

You can search for a scholarship that best suits your aspirations below and filter them based on level of study and type of scholarships. Further information are also available when you click on each scholarship. The scholarship schemes published are for reference only. The availability of each fund is at the discretion of the respective provider. For more details on each scheme, the applicable application procedures and closing dates, students are advised to inquire with the scholarship providers directly.

Why Malaysia

Known for its tagline ‘Truly Asia’, Malaysia has long since cemented its reputation as one of the world’s top tourist destinations. Other than UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Mount Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu National Park, Malacca City and pristine marine parks, – it is also one of Southeast Asia’s most vibrant economies that can be the launchpad for your education and career.

Having been for decades a leader in industrial growth and political stability, Malaysia is also one of the top destinations for those seeking internationally-recognised education. Boasting highly-ranked universities, the Ministry of Education maintains Malaysia’s high standards in keeping with education sectors around the region. The government also grooms top talent through public and private tertiary level institutions as well as accredited skill centres, resulting in the country being a global leader in key industries.

In addition to being at the forefront of quality education, its affordable, cosmopolitan cities provide rich cultural immersion and memories that can last a lifetime. Having the capital city of Kuala Lumpur ranked as the second most affordable student city has no doubt helped.

Top Universities in Each Category
University Ranking According to QS World University Rankings 2023: Global Category
Universiti Malaya (UM) 70 Public Institution
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) 123 Public Institution
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) 129 Public Institution
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) 143 Public Institution
Monash University Malaysia* 57 International Bran
University of Southampton, Malaysia 78 International Bran
Campus*
University Nottingham Malaysia Campus* 114 International Bran
Newcastle University of Medicine, Malaysia* 122 International Bran
Taylor’s University 284 Private University
UCSI University 284 Private University
Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) 361 Private University

* Denotes the ranking shown is of the parent university.

In recent years, many international universities have set up branch campuses in Malaysia. Similar to the twinning programme, students reap the benefit of an international experience through their degree from a reputable foreign university by spending some time at a third country where the university’s home campus is.

No. Name of Foreign University Branch Campus Year Established Location in Malaysia
1. Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and University College Dublin Malaysia Campus * Founded as Penang Medical College 1996 Penang
2. Monash University Malaysia 1998 Selangor
3. Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia 1999 Sarawak
4. The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus 2000 Kuala Lumpur/ Selangor
5. Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus 2004 Sarawak
6. Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia 2007 Johor
7. University of Southampton, Malaysia Campus 2011 Johor
8. Heriot-Watt University Malaysia 2012 Putrajaya
9. University of Reading Malaysia 2013 Johor
10. Xiamen University Malaysia Campus 2015 Sepang, Selangor

Affordability

One of the main attractions Malaysia holds for foreign students is ‘affordability’. The major cost considerations when it comes to a foreign education are course fees and living expenses.

Kuala Lumpur has been named the world’s second most affordable student city by QS Best Student Cities 2018. This is mainly because the costs of living and tuition fees in the local currency are at least half if not two-thirds cheaper compared to countries like Australia, United Kingdom, Singapore and Canada.

Annual tuitions fees in Malaysia are from USD 4,000 – 6,000, whilst living expenses would be circa USD 400 – 700 per month. By comparison, tuition fees in Singapore would cost USD 7,000 – 10,000 and living expenses are at least twice as high. Only in Malaysia can you strike that balance between uncompromised quality and unmatched affordability – receiving a world-class education and living in comfort yet without the hefty price tag.

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Programme Duration Cost (USD$)
Pre-university 10 – 24 Months $3,000 – $10,000
Bachelor’s Degree 3 Years $10,000 – $20,000
Foreign Bachelor’s Degree (Twinning or International Branch Campus) 3-4 Years $40,000 – $100,000
Medical Programme 4-5 Years $30,000 – $100,000
Post-graduate Programmes 1-2 Years $5,000 – $10,000
Doctoral Programmes 3-5 Years Depending on Course

Dynamic Lifestyle

Known for its tagline ‘Truly Asia’, Malaysia has long cemented its reputation as one of the world’s top tourist destinations. An ecotourism hotspot, the country is home to an estimated 20% of the world’s animal species as well as four UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Amongst them, Kinabalu National Park boasts one of the highest mountains in Southeast Asia. If you are into hiking or simply enjoy looking at the Milky Way in the quiet of the night, this place is for you.

The Malaysian landscape (link to page things to do) is as varied with pristine beaches lining its coast and its biodiversity-rich rainforest offer many adventures to those who seek them. If you are a scuba junkie, islands like Sipadan is perfect for swimming around some of the most colourful coral reefs, fishes and other rare marine inhabitants.

About Visa

Basic Required Documents for a Student Visa Application

You will need the following documents to apply.

(Either your institution will request these from you, OR you will be required to upload these documents if you choose to make an online application).

1 passport size photograph

1 passport size photograph with WHITE background (35mm x 45mm).

A copy of your Passport:

You will be required to submit a copy of your passport. Here’s what we need:

a. Your passport data page (bio-data page which shows your face, name etc)
b. A All pages with Visa information. We don’t need all the pages of your passport. If the page is empty, you do not need to submit it.

Note: Students originating from the countries listed below must provide a copy of ALL passport pages during the submission of student pass application to EMGS:

  • Libya
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Yemen

c. Observation page (showing any extensions, clarifications of name, and previous passport numbers)
d. Recommended passport validity duration is 18 months

Note: For one-off Student Pass applications, the recommended validity is 12 months longer than the duration of study.

e. Special Pass or Exit Stamp (if applicable)

Offer Letter

A copy of your offer letter is required in order to apply for a student visa in Malaysia. If you are making an online application, you will only be able to fill out the form and submit an application once you have received a letter of acceptance/offer from your university/college.

Health Declaration Form

You will be required to fill up and submit a copy of the health declaration form to apply for a student visa in Malaysia. If you are making an online application, you are required to upload the scanned copy of the form. Click here to download the Health Declaration Form.

Your academic certificates and transcripts

You need to provide copies of all academic records, certificates or transcripts of studies previously undertaken. Some courses have additional entry requirements. For information regarding these additional requirements check the entry requirements provided by your educational institution.

If you are coming from a country which is considered to be at a high risk of yellow fever, you will be required to obtain the necessary inoculations before coming to Malaysia. You will be asked to provide your yellow fever vaccination booklet/card before you can clear Immigration at the point of entry.

Countries or areas where “a risk of yellow fever transmission is present,” as defined by the World Health Organization, are countries or areas where “yellow fever has been reported currently or in the past, plus vectors and animal reservoirs currently exist” (see the current country list within the International Travel and Health publication (Annex 1) at www.who.int/ith/en/index.html).

Personal Bond

The Immigration Department requires all education institutions in Malaysia to sign a personal bond on behalf of the candidate, binding the University for a specified sum. To comply with this requirement, the institution will require you to lodge the specified amount for this purpose. This money will be returned to you upon completion or withdrawal of your study in the institution, on condition that there is no violation of any provision of the Immigration laws of Malaysia.

No-Objection Certificate (NOC)

No-Objection Certificate (NOC) is only required if the student is from Sudan . This document must be applied by the institution, and can only be collected from the Sudanese Embassy in Kuala Lumpur by the institution representatives.

Letter Of Eligibility (LOE)

Letter Of Eligibility (LOE) is only required if the student is from Iran. The institution must apply an LOE for the student at the Iranian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. Once the LOE application is approved, the embassy will provide the LOE details to EMGS directly. Institute representatives are not required to collect the LOE from the Iranian Embassy.

English Language Requirement

Most courses in universities in Malaysia are conducted in English, so you need to show your English language competency is good enough for you to be able to participate fully in your course. This means that proficiency in English is a prerequisite for admission.

When you apply for a Visa Approval Letter (VAL) you must demonstrate that you have an acceptable level of English language proficiency, and upload the certificate as part of your application. The English Language tests which are accepted for Student Pass Application are:
1. PTE - Academic (Pearson Test of English),
2. IELTS (International English Language Testing System),
3. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language),
4. CAE (Cambridge English: Advance),
5. CPE (Cambridge English: Proficiency), and
6. MUET (Malaysian University English Test)

IMPORTANT! If you do not attach your English language certificate when creating your VAL application, your application processing may be delayed. In addition, you will also not be eligible to receive a student pass for the full duration of your course.

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