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    University of Malaya: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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    The University of Malaya, established in 1962 is one of the oldest universities in Malaysia; spread over 922 acres of land, located in the capital city Kuala Lumpur. The university was originally founded as King Edward VII College of medicine in 1905 which later in 1949 merged with Raffles College in Singapore to form Universiti of Malaya. It is the leading public university in Malaysia with a very high research output. The main aim of the university is to advance knowledge and learning through quality research education on a global level and become a globally influential and preferred university.

    •  Admission at University of Malaya 15,593 undergraduates out of which 1034 are international students. The postgraduate population includes 8592 students of which 2584 are international students.
    • It offers more than 280 Undergraduate and postgraduate courses embracing a wide range of knowledge in Arts, business, science, and humanities.
    • There is more than 60 research center under 6 research clusters at UM. Over 2800 publications of research works in various books, reports, Scopus, etc have been made by the university.
    • The University has received several international awards and accolades like the Asian university alliance (AUA) scholar awards, International scholar exchange fellowship awards, etc.


    College Type Public
    Establishment Year 1962
    Location Kuala Lumpur
    Campus Setting Urban
    UG Application Portal UPU (Unit Pengambilan Universiti)
    Programs Offered Undergraduate: 100+;
    Postgraduate: 150+
    Mode of Programs Full time;
    Academic staff 2278
    Student: Faculty Ratio 6:1
    On-Campus Accommodation Available
    Financial Aid Not Available for International Students
    Admission Helpdesk +603-7967 7711 |

    University of Malaya Ranking

    Ranking of University of Malaya as per different agencies globally is taulated below:

    Ranking agencies Category Ranks
    QS ranking World university ranking #59
    THE Ranking World university ranking #301-350
    CWUR World university ranking #409
    CWUR National university ranking #1
    US News and world report Best global universities #205
    US News and world report Best global universities in Asia #26
    US News and world report Best Global university in Malaysia #1
    ARWU World university ranking #301-400

    University of Malaya Programs & Faculties

    Programs at University of Malaya are designed with an all-encompassing approach to education in ensuring comprehensive teaching and learning experience. To its 30,000+ student population, the UM is offering 100+ undergraduate courses and 180 + postgraduate programs, categorized in 17 subject areas. Many of the UM subjects rank in the Top 100 in QS 2020 Subject Rankings. These include,

    UM Course/Subject QS Ranking
    Library & Information Management #38
    Engineering- Electrical and Electronic #46
    Development Studies #49
    Engineering and  Technology #55
    Social Sciences & Management #74

    University of Malaya Campus

    • UM campus is spread over 922 acres of land in the capital city Kuala Lumpur.
    • It has 50 research centers, 13 residential colleges, 3 libraries, botanical gardens, food courts, etc.
    • The library at UM holds 1.4 million titles with over 2.1 million items in different formats, 85 online databases with more than 46000 E-journal, and 1,50,000 E-books.
    • The campus also has a student health clinic.
    • The sports center at UM manages sport and recreational facilities. It offers excellent indoor, outdoor sports and recreational facilities like tennis courts, soccer and rugby fields, volleyballs & basketball fields, jogging track, badminton court, etc.
    • The UM cooperative book shop offers supplies of Books and stationary equipment for sale.
    • The transportation Unit of the student affairs and alumni department has a total of 22 buses and 16 drivers for students and staff of UM.
    • UM has recently started its eco-campus initiative in 2018.

    University of Malaya Accommodation

    Situated in Kuala Lumpur, Universiti Malaya is the capital city’s only public university. Amongst many eye-catching gardens and infrastructures across the campus, it's main differentiating aspect is the UM’s focus on sustainability. In 2018, the university began its eco-campus initiative and by 2020 has turned its 75% campus area eco-friendly. 

    In terms of housing, the university has 13 residential colleges to accommodate around 11,000 students at a time. With more than 65% housing facilities offered to first-year students, the University of Malaya tries to ensure that freshmen do not have to struggle. 

    Of the 13 on-campus accommodation options, international students are welcome to apply for housing in four residential colleges. The details of which are tabulated below:

    Accommodation Type Capacity Charges/month
    Tun Ahmad Zaidi Residential College 729 600 RM- 1,500 RM
    Raja Dr. Nazrin Shah Residential College 2990 450 RM
    Japan Apartment  N/A 350/month
    International House N/A 2,500 RM

    Students, both domestic and international, are required to apply separately for the University of Malaya accommodation facilities. It is recommended that the students apply for the housing as early as possible, otherwise they will have to rely on off-campus accommodation. Compared to on-campus, off-campus housing facilities are expensive, ranging between 800 RM to 3000 RM/month.

    University of Malaya Admission Process

    The application process at Universiti Malaysia is thoroughly systemized with two intake sessions: September and February. International students are welcome to apply for admission at UM in both sessions. The application process for UG & PG students is common and as follows:

    UM Application Process

    The application processing fee for both UG & PG applicants is 300 RM.

    Academic Requirements

    Documents required while applying for admission at University of Malaya are:

    • Academic Transcripts, National High School Certificate with grades being 80% and above
    • Diploma with CGPA more than 3.00
    • Financial Statement for self-financing or letter of guarantee from the sponsor
    • Interview in selective programs
    • Malaysian student Visa Approval Letter (VAL)
    • Minimum English Language Requirements

    English Language Proficiency

    Test Name Minimum Score for UG Minimum Score for PG
    IELTS 5.0 5.5
    TOEFL- PBT 500 550
    TOEFL- iBT 60 213
    TOEFL- CBT 173 80
    PTE 41 42

    University of Malaya Cost of Attendance

    The entire Cost of attendance at Universiti Malaya includes tuition fees, on-campus/off-campus accommodation charges, Groceries, travel & stay in Malaysia, and other miscellaneous expenses. The estimated cost of attendance for an international student is tabulated below:

    Course/Expense Type Cost (RM)
    Course Fees
    Bachelor of Biotechnology 11,265
    Bachelor of Engineering 15,000 - 20,000 
    Master of Business Administration 52,625 
    MSc. Computer Science 35,962 
    MSc. Data Science 33,270 
    Living Expenses
    On-campus Accommodation 400 - 1,500
    Off-campus Accommodation 800 -3,000 
    Food & Travel 1000 
    Miscellaneous 600 

    As one of the leading universities in the World (#54), in Asia (#13), and Malaysia, the University of Malaya strives to ensure that the students receive advance knowledge and learning through quality education and research for their personal growth and for the growth of the nation and humanity.

    University of Malaya Placements

    • The career and industrial relationships and students unit is a newly established unit under the student affairs and alumni department.
    • The main aim of the unit is to provide career-related skills to students of UM such as career decision making, job finding a strategy, or any other skills that will prepare them to face the working world.
    • The unit also works jointly with the counseling and support unit to assist graduates in understanding their interests, abilities, and skills useful for their jobs.
    • Some of the activities organized by the Unit for the career development of students are annual career exposure, career training seminars, on-campus interviews, job vacancies advertisement, Part-time jobs. Employer registration, etc.
    • According to Emolument the highest paying degree at UM is Executive Masters with an average salary of 152,000 USD.


    Ques. How prestigious is UM?

    Ans. The University of Malaya is the Top leading research university in Malaysia which is ranked at #1 for best global university in Malaysia by US News and World report.

    Ques. What is the application fee at UM?

    Ans. The application fee at UM is 300 RM i.e 5400 Indian rupees.

    Ques. Where can I apply?

    Ans. Applicants can apply online at UM Application portal

    Ques. How will I know the status of my application?

    Ans. Undergraduate applicants can check their application status from the International ug program-online application and postgraduate students can check from PG application status.

    Ques. Is there an on-campus accommodation facility available for international students?

    Ans. UM does not guarantee accomodation to international students. However, International students can take the help of the International Student Centre (ISC) at UM which will assist them to find on-campus accommodation if available.

    Ques. What is the average cost of accommodation for international students at UM?

    Ans. Average cost of accommodation for international students at UM ranges from 450 RM- 1800 RM per month.

    Ques. How many admission intakes take place at UM?

    Ans. There are two admission intakes at UM throughout the year, semester 1 in September and semester 2 in February.

    Ques. What is the minimum qualification required for Ph.D. programs at UM?

    Ans. Applicant needs to have a Bachelors degree with a minimum of 3.7 CGPA FOR Ph.D. programs at UM

    Ques. What is the minimum required CGPA for a Masters's Degree program?

    Ans. A minimum OF 3.0 CGPA is required for admission to the Master's Degree program.

    $ 25,7681st YEAR

    5 years

    Course Duration

    May 20

    Application Deadline

    42 months

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    $ 3,8631st YEAR

    4 years

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    May 20

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    4 years

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    May 20

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    University of Malaya Overview

    Student Population
    Average Cost of Attendance
    $14,719 / Year

    Attendance Cost


    attendance cost

    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $4,971 / Year
    Post Graduate Program
    $14,719 / Year


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    College Rating

    Based on 2 Students Rating

    7.7 out of 10
    7.0/10Social Life


    7.3 /10

    UM was recommended to me by a senior colleague who has worked for decades in South East Asia. Additionally, UM is a public funded research university and is ranked within top 60 globally with very high research output.

    Course Curriculum :

    The course curriculum is rigorous and was designed by academics having taught foreign and malaysian military and police officials. The research component takes to the higher level.

    8 /10 academic/food
    10 /10 faculty
    10 /10 infrastructure
    7 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
    8.0 /10

    It is a very famous university for the people from where I come from. I have taken the visiting tour of the campus and got to know a little bit about the university and the courses. Thus I readily filled the application form and went ahead with the further processes.

    Course Curriculum :

    The course at the University of Malaya is actually great. The course benefited me to gain a practical and conceptual understanding of accounting methods and techniques. It helped me to apply concepts, principles, and techniques in related accounting disciplines while I was working on my projects. I feel the course has been framed to get a good placement opportunity.

    8 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    7 /10 extracurricular
    Jalan Universiti, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

    Nearby this campus

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    • Hospital
    • Airport
    • Restaurant
    • Book Store
    • Super Market
    • Shopping Mall

    Bus Station

    Jabatan Kejuruteraan Bioperubatan Um0.11 km
    Perpustakaan Um0.17 km
    Fakulti Kejuruteraan (utara)0.17 km
    Fakulti Perniagaan Dan Perakaunan0.36 km
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    Helipad Pusat Perubatan Universiti Malaya0.93 km
    Helipad3.40 km
    Sempang Airport5.14 km
    Desaru Flight Park5.59 km
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    Book Store

    The Library by Stormreaders1.13 km
    IBS BUKU SDN BHD1.79 km
    MPH Bookstores Office1.83 km
    Focus on the Family Malaysia1.89 km
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    Shopping Mall

    Jaya One2.11 km
    Bangsar Village2.12 km
    Bangsar Village II2.23 km
    Menara UOA Bangsar2.84 km
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    Bioapps Sdn Bhd0.87 km
    Jabatan Perubatan Psikologi , PPUM0.94 km
    MultiCare Nursing Home1.12 km
    Dr. Patricia Alison Gomez Breast Care Centre1.30 km
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    Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar1.09 km
    Sushi Zanmai (The Gardens)2.47 km
    Subway3.74 km
    Brother John Burger4.15 km
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    Super Market

    AEON MaxValu Prime Sphere Bangsar South1.82 km
    TMC Bangsar1.92 km
    Village Grocer (Bangsar Village)2.07 km
    Jaya Shopping Centre2.28 km
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    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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