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Study in Malaysia 

Malaysia only recently gained a favored destination for international students. The education system of the country is governed by the Malaysian Ministry of Education. Other than its official languages, English is also considered as an official language.

Colleges and Universities in Malaysia offer students with a diverse range of courses to choose from. The country is also home to many foreign universities, who have their branch campuses in the country. 

Acceptance Rate: 90% Average Study Cost: 11,720 USDTotal Institutions: 150+ 

Why Study in Malaysia? 

Malaysia is the 11th most preferred country for education. It has given admissions to more than 2% international students. With a simple immigration process and a lower cost of living, other factors that can be considered for studying in Malaysia are: 

Higher Quality of Education

As per the QS World Universities Ranking, several Malaysian universities rank in the top 500, as they provide world-class education to the students. 

Presence of Foreign Universities

Students can now get a UK, US or an Australian degree in Malaysia since many foreign universities have their branch campuses in the country. 

Education is Affordable

The cost of studying in Malaysia is comparatively lower than studying in any other countries abroad. 

Safe Country for International Students

According to the recent data provided by the Global Peace Index, Malaysia ranks 29th on the list of most peaceful countries in the world. 

Employment Opportunities

The country provides lots of post-study work opportunities for students, as the country is always in need of skilled workers. 

Multicultural Environment

Malaysia’s global community allows cultural, religious and social acceptance for all ethnic groups and believes in harmony.

Cost of Studying in Malaysia 

Tuition fees and other charges
Fees Unit Amount Currency
Average tuition fees (UG)Per year17,250USD
Average tuition fees (PG)Per year6000USD
Average tuition fees (Doctorate)Per year9900USD
Service and amenities feesPer year370USD
Health insurancePer year300USD
TOTAL cost for UGPer year17,920USD
TOTAL cost for PG Per year6670USD
TOTAL cost for doctoratePer year 10,570USD
Note: In case of some universities, fees is calculated in units. As a result, total tuition fee can vary
Food Cost
Groceries Cost Per Month370USD
Three course meal in a restaurantPer Month545USD
Transportation Cost
TaxiPer ride0.84 USD for first 2km then 0.24 per 115 meters
Bus, Light rail TransitPer rideVisit myrapid.com for latest fares
Other Costs
UtilitiesPer month100USD
Internet passPer Month50USD
Gas & electricityPer Month170USD
Entertainment (Sports, movie and pubs)Per Month270USD
Books, supplies and other learning materialsPer Month40USD
TOTAL living cost (Rent excluded)Per Month630USD
Room Charges / Type to choose
On campus single bedroomPer month72USD
Off campus bedroom (shared flat)Per month 102USD
Off campus studio flatPer month301USD
Larger shared apartmentsPer month482USD
First Time Charges
Visa fees One time65USD
Earning
Allowed 20 hrs per week of employment Monthly 567USD

Application Cycle 

The intake periods at Malaysian Universities is when a student completes his/her enrollment, before the commencement of classes. The major intakes begin in: 

  1. February Intake Timeline 
  • For getting admission in February, students need to begin their research on universities around May-June. 
  • Applications close by October and universities respond by November. 
  1. July Intake Timeline 
  • For getting admission in July, students need to begin their research on universities by November-December. 
  • Applications close by March and universities respond by April. 
  1. October Intake Timeline
  • For getting admission in October, students need to begin their research on universities by February-March.
  • Applications close by June and universities respond by July.

Top Scholarships for Students in Malaysia 

1. Malaysian International Scholarship (MIS)

  • For: Scholarship to study undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Malaysia aimed at international students
  • Benefits: Air tickets, installation and termination grant, thesis allowance, books and travel expenses
  • Apply at: Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education portal.

2. Malaysian Commonwealth Scholarship

  • For: Given to students coming from Commonwealth countries who wish to pursue postgraduate studies in Malaysia 
  • Benefits: Air tickets, approved tuition fees, annual grant for books, travel expenses, monthly maintenance and allowance 
  • Apply at: Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education portal.

3. Heriot-Watt-Velesto Petroleum Engineering Scholarship

  • For: International students wanting to pursue their undergraduate studies in petroleum engineering. 
  • Benefits: 100% or 50% tuition fee waiver at Malaysia campus 
  • Apply at: Heriot-Watt university website 

4. Malaysian Technical Cooperation Program Scholarships (MTCP)

  • For: Local and international students with PhD duration of 36 months and master’s duration of 12-24 months.
  • Benefits: Air tickets, approved tuition fees, annual grant for books, travel expenses, monthly maintenance and allowance 
  • Apply at: MTCP online portal 

5. The Jeffrey Cheah Foundation-Sunway Group Scholarship

  • For: Students studying engineering, health sciences and business/management courses below 21 years of age. Both, local and overseas students.
  • Benefits: Air tickets, approved tuition fees, annual grant for books, travel expenses, monthly maintenance and allowance
  • Apply at: Jeffery Cheah foundation website