The system and structure of tertiary education is controlled by the country’s Ministry of Higher Education. Anyone who chooses to study in Malaysia for higher education can take a certificate, diploma, undergraduate or postgraduate courses. There are 8 Malaysian universities in the 2022 QS World University ranking top 500. The highest ranked of these is University Malaya (UM) which comes in at 65th place. Universities in Malaysia can provide the best quality education alongside a unique experience.
Cost of Studying
Tuition fees will differ at each institution, but will be lower at one of the many public universities. On average, an international student can be asked to pay around MYR 7,000 per year for a bachelor’s degree. Masters degrees will cost an international student around MYR 11,000 per year. Private and foreign institutions may have higher tuition fees, particularly for specialist subjects such as medicine.
There are scholarships available for people undertaking postgraduate studies, which would help with funding. Your institution will be able to provide you with information about this.
The cost of living in Malaysia is low when compared to other tourist destinations like America and the UK. It is recommended that you budget for between MYR 10,000 and MYR 15,000 per year. This cover for food, travel and accommodation. If you are living in a bigger city such as Kuala Lumpur, your living costs will be higher than if you are living in a smaller city or town. You will also need to make sure you have health insurance for your time in Malaysia, your institution can give you advice on the best policies for students.
International students are not permitted to work during term-time, but you will need to prove you have sufficient funds to be able to enter Malaysia. This means that you will have the evidence of required funding in good time.
In order to be able to get admission to study in Malaysia, you will need to apply for a Student Pass, which acts as a student visa. This can be applied for online before your arrival, but it is more habitual for your institution to apply on your behalf once you’ve accepted their offer of a place.
If you are requesting for a Student Pass yourself, you will need: