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Universiti Sains Malaysia Admissions 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

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Founded in 1969, Universiti Sains Malaysia is the second oldest university in Malaysia that is also a leader in Sciences. Various scientific disciplines are offered and there are also courses in arts, humanities, and education.

  • International applicants can apply for the UG programs through the university international application portal
  • PG applicants can apply through the PG admissions portal.
  • Intakes for international students take place in two semesters.
  • Passport must be sent in PDF format along with the applications.


Application PortalOfficial Website
Application feesUG: RM 100
PG: $40 USD
Financial-AidScholarships, Grants
International population13%
Early Decision/Early ActionNo
On-campus accommodationAvailable
Intake SemestersSemester I, II
International Application DeadlinesUG: Semester I – 30 June
Semester II – 30 December
PG: Semester I – 15 June
Semester II – 15 October

Universiti Sains Malaysia Admission Deadlines

ProgramSemester ISemester II
Undergraduate30 June30 December
Graduate15 June15 October

While most graduate and undergraduate courses are open throughout the year for admission, there are some courses that have a cut-off date as stated above.

Universiti Sains Malaysia International Admissions

International students amount to be 13% of the total student body coming from various different countries. While the overall application procedure is more or less the same, international students have an extra set of requirements to fulfill so as to secure a seat here.

Application Process

  • Start by applying to the university’s official website. Enter the details and create an account that can be accessed at any time.
  • Submit a few documents based on the program
  • Admissions take place in fall and spring terms for international students.

Visa Requirement for International Applicants

All International students are required to obtain a student pass to study in Malaysia. A student must apply directly to Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS). Documents to be submitted for Malaysian Visa.

  • Photocopy of passport
  • Passport size photograph
  • Insurance coverage
  • Confirmation Letter
  • Latest academic transcript and certification
  • Visa processing fee and insurance cover of RM 618.40

English Proficiency Requirements

This is one of the additional requirements that international students have to meet to apply at Universiti Sains Malaysia. Official score reports of either standardized test scores as proof of English proficiency for an applicant from a country with English not as its first language:

CertificationMinimum Scores for UGMinimum Scores for PG
TOEFLInternet-based exam: 35
Paper-based test: 417
Internet-based exam: 35
Pearson Test3636

Universiti Sains Malaysia Undergraduate Admissions

The admissions requirements for the undergraduate programs offered by the university is mentioned in the section below:

Where to apply: International application portal

Application fee: RM 100

Admission Requirements:

  • Official attested copies of secondary school transcripts showing courses taken throughout the year and grades received.
    • Translations of the same are also required if they are not in English.
  • Copy of Passport
  • Receipt of processing fee payment
  • Student pass
  • Letter of scholarship, for sponsored students.
  • Employment pass
  • English Proficiency Requirement if required.

Universiti Sains Malaysia Graduate Admissions

Admissions in the PG programs offered by the university does not have any specific requirements. The general process and requirements are mentioned below:

Where to apply: University Graduate Application

Application fee: USD 40

Admission requirements:

  • Official attested copies of transcripts showing courses taken throughout the year and grades received.
    • Translations of the same are also required if they are not in English.
  • A softcopy in PDF format for passport
  • English Proficiency Requirement
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75 in UG degree.

While USM might not be as selective or as difficult to get into, but interested international students should apply weeks ahead of others to lock their seats for on-time evaluation of the application. It takes around 5 working days for the applications to be processed and the application to be accepted. Once an offer letter is received, the students must apply for a visa right on time as per the university’s guidelines.

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