Study In Malaysia - Requirements,Tuition Fees,Cost of Living & Universities

This is a comprehensive guide on studying in Malaysia as an international student. This detailed post will give you all the necessary information you will need about studying in Malaysia as an international student. It will answer most frequently asked questions such as


How to study in Malaysia

Why study in Malaysia

Cost of studying in Malaysia

Universities in Malaysia for international students

Cost of living in Malaysia for international students

How to get a visa to study in Malaysia

How to apply and study in Malaysia

Tuition fees to study in Malaysia

Applying to study in Malaysia


Malaysia is a very good study destination for international students because of the good quality of education available in the country. It is easy for international students around the world to study in Malaysia.

In this post you will get to know the admission requirements,tuition fees,cost of living and courses as an international student and you will also know the student visa requirements too.

International students wishing to apply to private universities in Malaysia should apply via EMGS. This is intended to make the process more efficient and allowing students to apply for multiple courses and institutions in one go.

If you are an international student and you want to study in Malaysia you need to apply directly to the university of your choice because each university in Malaysia have their own admission requirements.

As an international students you must know how to speak English because all the universities in Malaysia use English as the official means of communication. And it will also help you in communication with the locals

Applying to Malaysian universities

Selecting Universities:

Selecting universities is a very time consuming and important process not only from the admission point of view but also because applying to universities is very expensive. Hence it has to be restricted to around 6 or 8 universities which are best matched for your requirements.

The best university for you may not be the famous ones, but those that offer you your field of study as well as meet the other criteria important to you.

Requesting Application Forms:

There are two ways to get application forms:

1. Requesting Application Forms via email : You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.

2. Downloading from the university website : Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the net. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.

Application Requirements:

Once you start receiving application forms and material, go through the material in detail and check the application deadline, minimum scores required in the standardized tests, recommendation letters needed and other such information.

Tabulate all these requirements and compare them with your objectives and group the universities under three categories :

1. Schools that seem to match your requirements

2. Schools that are not suited to your needs

3. Schools that do not completely fit in any of the above two categories

Recommendation letters:

Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidate’s chances of selection.

School records/Academic transcript:

The transcripts of your academic record are absolutely essential to the evaluation of your academic abilities. Your official transcript or academic record is the objective part of your application. Academic records greatly vary from one education system to the other. Systems of evaluation or grading and the formats used to present this information also differ widely.

Undergraduate : Students who are applying for a Bachelor program or any other undergraduate course would be required to submit a secondary school report and transcripts (report cards) of the final exams. The report form should be filled out by a school official like the principal, counselor or headmaster. This form should introduce you in the context of your whole school experience in relationship to the other students in your class. Admission committees will be interested in learning how you have performed in your own educational system. The school report should talk about your accomplishments and provide a statement of your chances for success in university-level studies.

Graduate : Students applying for Graduate courses (MBA, MS etc) are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas etc. Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcripts but most require only one.


Tuition fees and cost of studying in Malaysia for international students.


The cost of studying in Malaysia actually depends on the specific school you attend. All the universities and colleges in Malaysia have different tuition fees.


Tuition fees varies according to the university and the course of study. The public universities in Malaysia are cheaper than the private universities and some are of more standard than the private universities. So a lot of international students are more interested in the public universities.

 As said earlier,the tuition fees in to study in Malaysia for international students depends on the course of study and the university you want to enroll in. Compared to other countries,Malaysian universities has one of the cheapest tuition fees for international students. The average tuition fees to study in Malaysia for international students should be about US$3,985 per year,and some public universities even charge about US$1,647 per year for international students.

Living expenses for international students in Malaysia

Malaysia has a very low cost of living,so with about US$2,370-2,840 per year ,all your expenses can be covered,this includes food, travel and accommodation. The cost of living in Malaysia as an international student will also depend on your way of life and spending habits.

You can work in Malaysia as an international student but not during active school period. International students can work during semester breaks or long holidays.

To work as an international student,you need to get a work permit from the immigration service in Malaysia so that you would have a legal permit to work anytime without any issue.

The cost of living and things in Malaysia according to expatistan

1 Malaysian Ringgit equals 0.24 US DOLLAR

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area


            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area


            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat


            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area


            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area


            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio


            Internet 8 Mbps (1 month)


            40” flat screen TV


            Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands)


            Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.)


            Hourly rate for cleaning help


Clothes [Edit]


            1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar)


            1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers)


            1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands)


            1 pair of men’s leather business shoes


Transportation  [Edit]


            Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new


            1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas


            Monthly ticket public transport


            Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles)


Personal Care   [Edit]


            Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands)


            1 box of antibiotics (12 doses)


            Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes)


            1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...)


            Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.)


            Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.)


            4 rolls of toilet paper


            Tube of toothpaste


            Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city


Entertainment    [Edit]


            Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub


            2 tickets to the movies


            2 tickets to the theater (best available seats)


            Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert


            1 cocktail drink in downtown club


            Cappuccino in expat area of the city


            1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.)


            iPad Air 2, 64GB


            1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans)


            1 month of gym membership in business district



Malaysia student visas for international students.

To study in Malaysia as an international student you will need a Malaysian student visa. So here are the necessary information about getting a Malaysian student visa.


The school you get admitted to will apply for a student pass,this is the first step required for you to get a student visa.

You must pay for a Personal Bond  which is about US$69-US$346 depending on your country of origin.

Once both your acceptance and Student Pass have been approved, all students , will need to apply separately for a single-entry student visa through the Malaysian embassy or high commission in their home country.

For this you will need to provide Evidence of your offer of study and eligibility.

Student visa application form completed and signed by the applicant

Offer letter from the chosen educational institution approved by the pass and permit division in the immigration headquarters of Malaysia

Two passport sized photographs

Two photocopies of your passport

Academic transcript of records

Proof of full-time course of study approved by the minister of home affairs

Evidence of security and personal bond

Proof of financial stability to meet tuition and living fees,

Health certificate: Must be gotten from government approved a public health center

Hiv certificate: Must be gotten from a government approved public health center

Letter to confirm that you want to come to Malaysia only to study and not to do any other business

All applications should be made to the Malaysian embassy in your country,you can check the visa interview questions usually asked

Steps in applying for the Malaysian student visa

Apply for a student pass through your institution,this is automatically done after you have gotten admission. Your application will be submitted the director of Pass and Permit Division of Malaysia

Wait for confirmation and acceptance,this usually takes about 10 working days.

Send the necessary documents mentioned earlier to the school so that they will begin processing

Your institution will send you a letter confirming your student pass

Inform the school before you travel to Malaysia

Wait for your student pass sticker that will be stamped to your passport

List and ranking of all universities in Malaysia

This is the list and ranking of all the universities in Malaysia. The ranking is based on the quality of education each of the university provides and also the available academic and social facilities in the university. So below is the list of the of all the universities in Malaysia and their ranking





Rank    University         Location

1          Universiti Teknologi MARA

Shah Alam ...

2          Universiti Malaya

Kuala Lumpur

3          Universiti Putra Malaysia

Serdang ...

4          Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Johor Bahru ...

5          Universiti Sains Malaysia


6          Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Bangi ...

7          Universiti Utara Malaysia


8          Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur ...

9          Universiti Malaysia Sarawak

Kota Samarahan

10        Taylor's University

Subang Jaya

11        Universiti Tenaga Nasional

Kajang ...

12        Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman

Kajang ...

13        Multimedia University

Cyberjaya ...

14        Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia

Batu Pahat

15        Universiti Malaysia Sabah

Kota Kinabalu ...

16        Universiti Malaysia Pahang

Kuantan ...

17        Universiti Malaysia Perlis

Arau ...

18        Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia


19        Universiti Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

20        Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris

Tanjong Malim ...

21        Al-Madinah International University

Shah Alam

22        Universiti Malaysia Terengganu

Kuala Terengganu

23        INTI International University

Putera Nilai

24        Universiti Teknologi Petronas


25        Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka

Ayer Keroh

26        HELP University

Kuala Lumpur

27        Universiti Malaysia Kelantan

Pengkalan Chepa

28        Universiti Perubatan Antarabangsa

Kuala Lumpur

29        Universiti Selangor

Bestari Jaya ...

30        Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin

Kuala Terengganu

31        UCSI University

Kuala Lumpur ...

32        Management and Science University

Shah Alam

33        UNITAR International University

Petaling Jaya

34        Asia e University

Kuala Lumpur

35        Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur

36        Universiti Tun Abdul Razak

Kuala Lumpur

37        Sunway University

Petaling Jaya

38        Malaysia University of Science and Technology

Petaling Jaya

39        Universiti AIMST


40        Perdana University

Seri Kembangan

41        International University of Malaya-Wales

Kuala Lumpur

42        Manipal International University

Petaling Jaya

43        Universiti Antarabangsa AlBukhary

Alor Setar

44        Quest International University Perak


Un        Universiti Teknologi Kreatif Limkokwing

Cyberjaya .


Courses to study in Malaysia as an international student

As an international student,you might want to study courses that will get you fast employment with high salary potential, below are the best courses you can study in Malaysia as an international student.

Accounting and Finance

Aeronautical engineering

Manufacturing engineering






Art and Design

Oral science


Biological sciences


Business management

Chemical engineering


Civil engineering

Ancient history

Mass communication

Computer science


Creative writing






Electrical engineering


Film making

Food science


General engineering






Material technology


Mechanical engineering

Medical technology












Veterinary medicine

What to pack while going to study in Malaysia

In your carry-on bag

Cell phone and charger

Boarding pass(es)

Cash (bring American dollars and the currency of your host location or money you can exchange for it—enough to use in case of an emergency, but not more money than you can afford to lose)

Copy of birth certificate

Copy of Social Security card

Credit card (notify your bank that you’ll be abroad before you leave to avoid your account being frozen)

Debit card


E-reader or book

Emergency contact list

Face wipes


Hand sanitizer


Health insurance card


Prescription medication(s) you usually take (make sure you bring enough refills to last your entire trip—but future prescriptions can go in your checked luggage)

School ID

Spare outfit (in case your luggage gets lost or delayed)

State ID

Student visa

Travel itinerary

Travel pillow

Travel tickets (if you’re taking a train or other transport after your plane lands)



Acne medication/cream

Face lotion/moisturizer


Mini shampoo & conditioner (until you get the chance to get full-sized bottles in your new country)

Mouthwash (small)

Soap (mini bottle if you're using body wash)





Bobby pins


Contacts, solution and case (again, make sure you have all the contacts you'll need for your time abroad)

Glasses and glasses case

Hair ties



Nail clipper




Tampons and pads



You will likely have the opportunity to do laundry on your trip, and you'll be able to purchase detergent in your host country.

Downy Wrinkle Release spray

Linens/towels (if your housing doesn’t have them)

Portable stain remover pen

Travel sheet (for hostels)


Athletic sneakers (1)

Bathing suits (1-2)

Boots (1-2)

Bras (2 sports bras, 2 regular bras, 1 strapless/convertible bras)

Casual dresses (2)

Everyday comfortable shoes (1-2)

Flats (1)

Flip-flops (1)

Formal outfit (1-2)

Gloves (1, if weather appropriate)

Going-out outfit (3-5)

Hat (1)

Heavier coat for colder climates (1)

Heels (1-2)

Jacket (2; a light one and one for colder weather, if applicable)

Jeans (2, one black & one blue)

Jewelry (remember that bringing jewelry to another country is always a risk; don’t bring anything too valuable!)

Leggings (1-3)

Long-sleeve shirts (3-5)

Pajamas (2-3)

Pants (1-2 nice pairs)

Purse (1-2)

Raincoat (1)

Scarf (1)

Short-sleeve shirts (5-7)

Shorts (2-4, if weather appropriate)

Skirts (1-2)

Socks (14)

Sweaters (3-5)

Sweatshirt (2)

T-shirts (3-5)

Tank tops (3-5)

Underwear (14)

Watch (1)

Workout clothes (2-5)


Remember that most of your electronic items will need an outlet converter in order to work!

Camera (remember your case and USB cords)

Cell phone (keep in mind that you’ll be able to buy an international phone when you arrive at your destination)

Chargers (laptop, phone, camera, e-reader, etc.)

Flash drive



Laptop case

Outlet adapters (2-3)

USB cable


Adhesive bandages

Allergy medicine

Birth control

Cold and flu medicine

Eye drops

Motion sickness medicine

Over-the-counter pain medicine



Backpack (small)

Gift for your host family (bring something that they couldn’t get in their own country, like memorabilia from your hometown)


Language dictionary


Playing cards

Travel guide

Umbrella (small)

Benefits of studying abroad in Malaysia or any other study abroad destination

1. See the World

The biggest reason you should consider a study abroad program is the opportunity to see the world . By studying abroad, you will experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities. The benefits of studying abroad include the opportunity to see new terrains, natural wonders, museums and landmarks of your host nation.

2. Education

Another reason you might consider studying abroad is for the chance to experience different styles of education. By enrolling in a study abroad program, you’ll have the chance to see a side of your major that you may not have been exposed to at home.

You’ll find that completely immersing yourself in the education system of your host country is a great way to really experience and understand the people, its traditions, and its culture. Education is the centerpiece of any study abroad trip—it is, after all, a study abroad program—and choosing the right school is a very important factor.

3. Take in a New Culture

Many students who choose to study abroad are leaving their home for the first time. When they arrive in their new host country, they are fascinated by the distinct cultural perspectives. When you study abroad you will find incredible new foods, customs, traditions, and social atmospheres.

You will find that you have a better understanding and appreciation for the nation’s people and history. You will have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life.

4. Hone Your Language Skills

Chances are if you’re planning on studying abroad, one of the major draws is the opportunity to study a foreign language. Studying abroad grants you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new language, and there is no better way to learn than to dive right in.

In addition to the considerable language practice you will get just in day to day life, your host university will likely offer language courses to provide you with a more formal education. Immerse yourself in a new culture and go beyond a purely academic experience

5. Career Opportunities

When you finish your study abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Needless to say, all of these are very attractive to future employers.

Many students find that they love their host country so much that they decide to seek work there. If you can relate, you will find that a local education will be very valuable when searching for a potential job in that country

6. Find New Interests

If you are still questioning why to study abroad, you should know that studying in a different country offers many new activities and interests that you may never have discovered if you’d stayed at home. You might find that you have an as-yet undiscovered talent for hiking, water sports, snow skiing, golf, or various other new sports you may never have tried back home.

You’ll also have the chance to discover other new and exciting forms of entertainment. Plays, movies, dancing, nightclubs, and concerts are just a few activities that you can enjoy.

7. Make Lifelong Friends

One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet new lifelong friends from different backgrounds. While studying abroad, you will attend school and live with students from your host country. This gives you the opportunity to really get to know and create lasting relationships with your fellow students.

After the study abroad program ends, make an effort stay in contact with your international friends. In addition to rewarding personal relationships, these friends can also be important networking tools later down the road.

8. Personal Development

There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You might find that studying abroad really brings out your independent nature. Students who study abroad become explorers of their new nation and really discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbor.

A benefit to studying abroad is the opportunity to discover yourself while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve.

9. Graduate School Admissions

Like future employers, graduate school admissions boards look very highly on study abroad experiences. Students that study abroad display diversity and show that they aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or put themselves in difficult situations.

Most importantly, students who have studied abroad show just how committed they are to their education. Graduate schools regularly look for candidates who will bring a unique aspect to their university. Students who have studied abroad have shown that they have the curiosity and educational acumen to be a leader in graduate school.

10. Life Experience

Why study abroad? For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once in a life time opportunity.



So in summary you have gotten all the details necessary to study in Malaysia as an international student. As an international student in Malaysia you will have a lot of opportunity to explore the nature and culture of the country while also facing your studies.

Hope this post was helpful

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