Malaysia is a country of diversity. It is home to numerous ethnic groups, races and religions. Its geographical location is almost as diverse as its culture. Malaysia, known as the gateway to Asia, has just about the right balance of city life and nature. From Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Twin Towers to rainforests, Malaysia has a bit of everything.
Education system in Malaysia
The higher education system is governed by the Malaysian Ministry of Education. There are two types of institutions: colleges and universities. Malaysia is also well known for being home to branch campuses of foreign institutions at affordable tuition rates. Examples of such universities are Monash University, Swinburne University of Technology, Curtin University of Technology, University of Nottingham, Raffles Design Institute and SAE Institute.
- Colleges: Colleges in Malaysia mostly function as independent institutions, and they do not have any university statuses. Colleges are meant for transiting into the university level of education. Hence, most Malaysian colleges offer undergraduate degrees or bridge courses for students.
- Universities: A number of universities in Malaysia offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. In addition, parent campuses of some of the top universities in countries like the UK, Australia and Ireland have established branch campuses in Malaysia. Branch campuses offer an equivalent degree to students, similar to what they offer at parent campuses, but at an affordable cost.
Why study in Malaysia?
Malaysian colleges and universities offer a wide variety of courses. Undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are offered in various fields, including pharmacy, medicine, engineering, law, business, economics, commerce, information technology and education.
Outside the classroom, there are lots of activities you can explore. You can either visit the islands of Penang, Langkawi, Pangkor and Tioman and experience a nice beach holiday, or have a look at the colourful stages of Malay history in Penang. You can also head down to the famous Batu caves, a 400-million-year-old limestone hill with a series of awe-inspiring caves and cave temples.
Academic intakes vary from institution to institution. Most Malaysian universities have academic intakes in late February and in mid-July. Some universities (branch campuses) might have intakes in October or second or third round offer intakes.
Cost of studying in Malaysia
The tuition fees will vary based on the institution (public or private) and the programme that you apply for. The tuition fees at a branch campus will surely vary from a parent campus. Undergraduate programmes in Business and Engineering at a branch campus could cost from RM 48,000 to RM 102,000 per year.
One of the most popular reasons why international students choose Malaysia is its relatively affordable cost of living and tuition fees. Students will also find that the accommodation options are quite affordable.
Accommodation could cost from RM600 to RM900 per month, three meals per day could cost from RM 20 to RM 30, transport could cost from RM 80 to RM 150, campus mobile phone bills could cost from RM 30 to RM 50 and personal expenses could cost from RM 100 to RM 200.
Scholarships for international students
There are various scholarships on offer in various fields, such as Science and Engineering, Agriculture and Fisheries, Biotechnology, Information and Communication Technology, Food Security and Environmental Studies.
Some of the popular scholarships that are on offer are as follows:
- Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP) Scholarship
- Malaysian International Scholarship (MIS)
- Malaysian Commonwealth Scholarship
Benefits of studying in Malaysia
- Multicultural environment where students get to know various people from different religion and culture.
- A politically stable country.
- International standard of education, with post-study work opportunities. Since Malaysia looks for skilled workers, the industries are in need for good graduates always.
- A range of programmes are on offer for students, along with twinning programmes and programmes that are on offer by branch campuses.
- Straightforward immigration procedures that make it easier for students to transit to the country.
- Safe country for international students. As per the Global Peace Index, Malaysia ranks 29th on the list of most peaceful country in the world, out of a list of 163 countries.
- Fantastic travel destination for travelholics!
- Malaysia is a food haven for those who can’t live without experiencing some incredible cuisines in the world.
- Students can receive degrees from countries like the UK, the USA and Australia.
- Last but not least, Malaysia is an affordable study destination for students.
What’s your reason behind studying in Malaysia? Now that you have a concrete list of information, why don’t you give a thought to study in this fantastic destination? If you have already shortlisted it, then let us know if we can be of any help. We would be glad to guide you and give detailed information at every step.
List of Universities
- Berjaya University College of Hospitality, Kuala Lumpur
- Heriot‐Watt University (Malaysia Campus)
- Manipal International University, Malaysia. (Only UG programs)
- SEGi University Group (5 campus)
- Sunway Le Cordon Bleu (Renowned hospitality school)
- Swinburne University, Kuching, Malaysia
- Taylor`s University
- Westminster International College (Malaysia Campus)