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Study in Malaysia

Everything you need to know about studying in Malaysia as an international student.

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Why study in Malaysia?

This beautiful country has bustling cities combined with relaxed beaches, making it the ideal travel destination for any student studying abroad.

Malaysia is a country that is investing heavily in its higher education sector in a bid to attract more international students. Popular with students from neighboring countries and the Middle East, higher education in Malaysia tends to focus on the country's excellent IT and technology courses.

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Programs in Malaysia

Undergraduate degrees in Malaysia, as in much of the world, follow the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BSc) route. The average length of a bachelor’s degree is usually three years, however some universities will require an additional year if you want to achieve an honors degree.

There is also a wide choice of graduate programs including master's degrees and research PhD studies available at Malaysian universities.

Malaysia offers institutions that specialize in certain subject areas, including business schools, medical universities and engineering universities. Whether you’re looking to study for a bachelor’s, master’s, MBA or PhD, Studee can help you find the perfect place to study abroad.

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  4. Enrollment & travel advice

    Get support all the way to your first day at university

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The cost of study in Malaysia

Tuition fees in Malaysia vary depending on the university, program and level of study, but they tend to be lower than the US and UK. For example, a bachelor’s program could cost around $6,000 per year.

Malaysia has a relatively cheap cost of living compared to other countries in Asia. However, your actual cost of living will depend on where you choose to live and the lifestyle you want. You could expect to spend around $6,000 on living costs per year while studying in Malaysia.

Kuala Lumpur is likely to be one of the more expensive cities in Malaysia, but even this is ranked as one of the least expensive cities in the world.

Key facts

  • Ringgit RM Currency
  • 31.6 million Population
  • Malaysian Language
  • 101 Universities

Where to study in Malaysia

Many of Malaysia’s best universities are located in the country’s capital, Kuala Lumpur. It’s an extremely diverse and modern Asian city, with all the technological advances you would expect and lots to offer international students. It's the federal capital and most populous city in Malaysia, and a major financial and business hub in Asia, employing a large percentage of Malaysia’s population.

The rest of the country offers beautiful beaches, green national parks and exotic rain forests. Food plays a big part of Malaysian life, and is known as Asia’s food paradise.

Universities in Malaysia

Study in Malaysia requirements


All universities in Malaysia will have different requirements for its programs, but as a general rule you need to have completed a Secondary Education Diploma with satisfactory results to apply for a bachelor’s degree. Check with the Admissions Department of your chosen university to find out exactly what the entrance requirements are for the program you’re applying for.

English language tests

To apply for an English-led international program in Malaysia, you’ll need to prove your English proficiency. Most universities accept the TOEFL or IELTS English Language tests, some may have their own test as part of their application requirements.
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Malaysia student visa

Malaysia has strict laws on visas and immigration, so it’s really important that you get the correct student visa before coming to study in Malaysia.

To study in Malaysia you must obtain a student pass. To get one you’ll need to have a firm offer from a university as well as the necessary entry visa.

Contact your chosen university and department before applying for your visa, as they will be able to advise you on the process and help you get the documents you require.

For more information on studying in Malaysia as an international student and the visa application process, contact the Malaysian embassy or high commission in your home country.

How to study in Malaysia

  1. Choose a university and program in Malaysia
  2. Download and fill in an application for the university including your personal information, academic background, preferred program and English language proficiency information. You may also need to indicate which embassy/consulate you will apply for a visa at
  3. Gather your required documents such as passport photos, health examination results, CV,
  4. Send the application form and required documents by email or courier
  5. Pay the Application fee
  6. Wait for an offer from the university
  7. Accept an offer and pay any necessary fees or deposits to secure your place
  8. Apply for your student pass for Malaysia