Study In Malaysia

Higher Study in Malaysia


Quality Education Programs

The quality of educational institutions in Malaysia is monitored by the Malaysian government enforcement of legislation such as The Education Act, 1996, the Private Higher Educational Institutions Act, 1996 and The Malaysian Qualifications Agency Act 2007. The Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) provides guidelines and constant monitoring to ensure colleges and universities meet the highest standards in education and are internationally recognized.

Institutions of higher learning in Malaysia provide professional, career-focused education offering courses that are up-to-date and market relevant. Graduates from Malaysia have no problems finding employment back in their home country. International students can also get an accredited degree from many choices of world-renowned universities from UK, USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand through their twinning programs or branch campuses in Malaysia.

Work While You Study

Malaysia’s law allows holders of student pass or permit to work while studying. This enables students to supplement their living and earn extra pocket money for travelling and leisure activities. Students are allowed to work part-time for a maximum of 20 hours per week.

Low Cost Living and Tuition Fees

Tuition fees of accredited and high quality programs in Malaysia are very reasonable and highly affordable. The cost of living is also very low. A student can get by living comfortably for about RM10, 000 a year (USD3, 300). Furthermore the ringgit value is low compared to other currency and this gives students enormous savings while studying in Malaysia.

International students who want a degree from developed countries like UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand can enroll in collaborative degree programs with reputable international universities such as the 2+1 programs or 3+0 programs which enable students to complete the entire foreign degree programs right here in Malaysia, and still be conferred with a degree from the partner university overseas. Alternatively, international students can study at foreign university branch campuses set up in Malaysia.


Courses are conducted in English

International students should not have any problems studying in Malaysia as English is the primary medium of Instruction for all courses and study programs conducted at the private higher educational institutions. For those less proficient in the language, there are numerous schools and institutions offering Basic English courses.

Multicultural Studying Environment

International students studying in Malaysia will get to experience of living in a plural and multicultural society. The ethnic diversities of Malaysia expose students to a value-added life, global outlook and better understanding of different cultures, ethnic groups and traditions throughout the world. There are three major races in Malaysia namely the Malays, Chinese and Indians together with other ethnic minorities. Apart from mixing with Malaysian students, international students are also exposed to other students from different nationalities.

Safe and Comfortable Place to Study

Malaysia is a politically sound and geographically safe country free from natural disasters. With its modern infrastructure and efficient transportation system, Malaysia makes a safe and comfortable place to live and study.


Studying in Malaysia offers international students more than academic achievement and a globally recognized qualification, the Malaysian education experience will give students a wealth of academic knowledge and vocational skills that will be beneficial for a lifetime.

Centre for Academic Excellence

Malaysia, with its reputation for academic excellence, is an international education hub attracting students from many different countries around the world as it offers a comprehensive list of programs: pre-university, diploma, degree and post-graduate courses as well as distance learning and online study. All these internationally recognized programs come with very affordable price, making Malaysia a top choice destination for international students. Currently the international student population is over 30,000 studying in the various campuses throughout the country. Many universities have intakes few times in an academic year with many international students arriving every semester.

Many Undergraduate, Masters and PhD Courses Available

You can find practically almost every course available in Malaysia. Popular courses among international students are business subjects, computer courses, nursing, engineering and tourism.  Study options available in many Malaysia’s business schools include accounting, commerce, business administration, marketing, management, business communication and finance. Bachelor degrees in social studies and psychology are offered in many Malaysian universities. English language classes are available for students who are weak in the language. If you already have a bachelor degree, you can also further your studies as there are many post graduate studies available including Masters of Business Administration MBA.

Types of Higher Education Institutions in Malaysia

In Malaysia, there are basically three types of institutions offering tertiary education. There are public universities, private universities and also university colleges granting bachelor or advanced degree. The Malaysian government ensures the quality of its institutions through accreditation with the National Accreditation Board. As a result, universities and university colleges in Malaysia have world class academic standards with qualified lecturers and professors who use innovative teaching methods in the classrooms. Ample research grants given by the government ensure that Malaysian universities maintain their academic excellence and high rankings. High staff to student ratio is another reason for studying in Malaysia.

Comprehensive list of Universities and Colleges.

Public universities in Malaysia are funded by the Government and are governed as self-managed institutions. . The establishment of private universities and university colleges were made possible with the passage of the Private Higher Educational Institutions Act 1996. Private universities include university colleges and Malaysian branches and campuses of foreign universities.

Most universities are centered on Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. Still many new universities are located in Petaling Jaya, Shah Alam and other parts of Selangor, Penang Island and Sarawak in Borneo.

Twinning Programs with Foreign Partner University

These programs are very popular with both international and local students. Many private colleges offer twinning programs where the student does part of his degree course here in Malaysia and the remaining part of the degree is completed in the campus of the partnering university in another country, involving credit transfer to the partnering university. The main attraction of these programs is its lower cost as part of the degree is done in Malaysia where tuition fees and living expenses are considerably lower.

Foreign University Branch Campus

Some foreign universities and colleges have set up branch campuses in Malaysia. Among them are : Monash University (Sunway, Selangor), University of Nottingham (Selangor), SAE Institute, Swinburne University of Technology (Kuching, Sarawak Campus), Curtin University of Technology (Mire, Sarawak Campus) and Raffles Design Institute (Kuala Lumpur). These campuses allow students to obtain a foreign degree in Malaysia with very affordable rates.

Malaysia also boasts of its ideal environment for study. Malaysia is a save and politically stable country and its multi-racial environment with its large diverse international student population makes studying in Malaysia a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Student can develop independence, maturity and develop greater understanding of other cultures. Many institute of higher education in Malaysia have well-established support systems in place for international students such as health care, counseling and accommodation. Malaysian laws allow international students to work in order to earn extra income.


The Degrees are

  1. Diploma Degree
  2. Bachelors Degree
  3. Masters Degree
  4. Doctoral Degree

Semester Offer

  1. Semester 1: January – April.
  2. Semester 2: May – August.
  3. Semester 3: September – December.

Requirements for Bachelor’s Program

  1. Academic
  2. At least 12 years of education (HSC equivalent).
  3. Language Proficiency
  4. Most University require minimum TOEFL CBT score of 173 to 250 or TOEFL iBT score of 61 to 100 or IELTS (academic) score of 6.0 to 7.0 as the minimum admission requirement.
  5. Course Length
  6. Diploma Degree: 2 to 3 years of full time study.
  7. Bachelor Degree: 3 to 5 years of full time study.


Requirements for Master’s Program

  1. Academic
  2. At least 16 years of education.
  3. Language Proficiency
  4. Most University require minimum TOEFL CBT score of 173 to 250 or TOEFL iBT score of 61 to 100 or IELTS (academic) score of 6.0 to 7.0 as the minimum admission requirement.
  5. Course Length
  6. Master Degree: 1 to 2 years of full time study.
  7. Doctoral Degree: 3 to 5 years of full time study.


Cop Subjects for Bachelor’s & Master’s Program

Health Sciences, Economics & Business, Business Management, Accounting Economics, Education, Engineering, Islamic Studies, Information Science & Technology, Law, Medicine, Non-clinical, Clinical, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science and Technology, Environment & Development, International Studies, Environmental Management, Agriculture, Forestry, Veterinary Medicine, Educational Studies, Human Ecology, Food Science and Technology, Modern Languages and Communication, Design and Architecture, Medicine and Health Sciences, Biotechnology and Bio molecular Sciences, Bioscience, Multimedia & Software, Gerontology, Pharmaceutical and Nutraceutical Biotechnology, Plantation Studies.


  1. Tuition Fees in US$
  2. Malaysian Private University:

Bachelor’s degree: US$ 8,821.46 to US$ 17,642.91.

  1. Malaysian Public & Private University:

Masters Degree: US$ 5,586.93 to US$ 10,291.67.

PhD degree: US$ 8,821.46 to US$ 10,291.67.

  1. Living & Other Expense in US$
  2. The cost of living for international students to study in Malaysia US$ 2,940.49 (the cost of living in the city is about 10% higher).
  3. Accommodation Expense in US$

Types and monthly average cost of on-campus and off-campus accommodation per person.

  1. Private Residential Homes:
  2. Single room (small) per student US$ 50.81 to US$ 88.22.
  3. Single room (medium/large) per student US$ 117.62 to US$ 176.43.
  4. Apartments or Flats:
  5. Per person per unit US$ 50.81 to US$ 88.22.
  6. Residential-Student Houses:
  7. Single room (furnished) per student US$ 50.81 to US$ 88.22.
  8. Twin sharing (furnished) per student US$ 50.81 to US$ 73.52.
  9. Triple sharing (furnished) per student US$ 52.93 to US$ 67.64.
  10. Residential-Furnished Hostel:
  11. Twin sharing (include electricity & water) per student US$ 88.22 to US$ 102.92.
  12. Quadruple sharing (include electricity & water) per student US$ 50.81 to US$ 73.52.
  13. Health Insurance in US$
  14. International students must have adequate arrangements for health & travel insurance.
  15. Insurance cost is:

Per semester US$ 29.41.

  1. It is a good idea to take out travel insurance before leaving Bangladesh.


How to Apply to The University

  1. Check with the departments to see if there is a closing date for your application.
  2. You should write directly to the Institution’s Admission Office for detailed application information and forms.
  3. You can also download application form from university website.
  4. Some universities have an on-line application facility.
  5. Admission Office will inform you about the documentation, translation, and visa requirements.
  6. You should apply for the Student Pass at higher learning institutions.
  7. Institutions will apply on your behalf for the Student Pass to the Director of pas & permit division, Immigration Headquarters.
  8. Immigration Department will notified through the education institution within one month of the application status.
  9. You should start at least six months in advance to compile the necessary information and documentation.
  10. All applications, processing, approval & issuance of the Student Passes and Visas are done in Malaysia.


Supporting Documents

  1. Completed Application Form.
  2. English version of your all educational documents including mark sheet.
  3. School/College leaving certificate.
  4. English language (TOEFL or IELTS) tests result.
  5. Photocopy of your passport.
  6. Application fee payment document.
  7. Security or personal bond fee payment document.
  8. Student Pass & Visa fee payment document.


Other Information

  1. Working in Malaysia
  2. Student can apply for permission to work once they start their course on a full time study.
  3. Students are allowed to work part-time for a maximum of 20 hours per week only during semester breaks or holidays of more than 7 days.
  4. On-campus jobs do not provide enough funds to cover your tuition or living expenses.
  5. Students wishing to work must have a valid “Student Pass”.
  6. Details information about work permit see-
  7. Jobs in Malaysia
  8. The job areas are: restaurants, petrol kiosks, mini markets and hotels except in the following positions: cashier, singer, masseur, musician, Guest Relations Officer or any other activities deemed to be immoral.
  9. Average wages (per month-casual time):
  10. Cashier: US$ 588.10 to US$ 882.15.
  11. Waiter: US$ 264.65 to US$ 323.46.
  12. Asst. Chief: US$ 441.08 to US$ 1,470.25.
  13. Food & Beverage Manager: US$ 588.10 to US$ 735.13.
  14. Assistant Manager: US$ 529.29 to US$ 735.13.
  15. Credit Transfer Facility
  16. Students may apply for credit transfer program at undergraduate or postgraduate level in Malaysia.
  17. Candidates who have completed 24 or more transferable credit hours subsequent to graduation from high school with at least a 2.50 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average (which must be more than 65%) may be granted admission as transfer students.


You have to submit the following documents to your target university:

  1. Your application form for the Undergraduate or Postgraduate coursework program.
  2. Official copies of your academic transcript.
  3. Also include an official letter from head of the school/department of your university, from where you have already completed the courses.
  4. Detailed course outlines (Official Copy) including subject descriptions, methods of teaching and assessment, reading lists, number of hours of teaching etc.
  5. The academic level you are studying (e.g. First Year, Second Year etc.).
  6. How many credits you have completed.
  7. An explanation of the grading system used at your institution.
  8. Information on the total units of study requirement (i.e. how many credits are required) for the completion of the degree.
  9. Scholarships
  10. There is a huge number of scholarship available on the International Scholarship Database of VarsityAdmission.COM site.
  11. See details information for scholarships in Malaysia –