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Study in Malaysia

What can you imagine when the modern world mixes with the developing world? Probably something has beautiful as Malaysia. Malaysia has a cultural and historical blend that has made it something of a treasure in Southeast Asia. And, when someone says, “historical blend”, in Southeast Asia, that has got make you hungry. After all, such a combination can only mean one thing: delicious food to make you go wild.

Lately, too, universities and colleges in Malaysia have started introducing English-taught Master’s and Bachelor’s programmes. Students come from everywhere to join in their classes, living long-term in a place that most people only dream of.

Why study in Malaysia?

Imagine you’re on a dating site, and the first question is: are you a fan of the beach and lovely weather? You answered, yes, but then, instead of sending you out on an awkward date, you’ve been sent to Malaysia. Not bad!

Recently, the Malaysian government has instituted the main body that oversees higher education there. Now, almost all of the universities where you can study in Malaysia have been accredited and certified to offer high-quality Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. So, you can be sure that, once you’re there, your degree will compel you to success, and still offer you the unique education that you’d hope for in such a magical place.

What to study in Malaysia?

In Malaysia, their long history of art, literature, and music has made it an interesting place to pursue topics related to their local culture. At the same time, however, Malaysia has also become a strong, vibrant place for technology and business innovation, allowing young Bachelor’s and Master’s students to find their calling in a place that suits their career goals.

Here is a list of subjects to pursue in Malaysia:

Major cities in Malaysia

As a country, Malaysia isn’t that big, so there aren’t many places to put a big city. But, if you are interested in knowing, Kuala Lumpur is Malaysia’s biggest city and national capital. You’ll also find other, smaller cities, such as Melaka City, Kuantan, Ipoh, and Georgetown. Surely, travelling between them, you catch a glimpse of big city life, combined with small-town life, all in a short day.

Which universities to attend in Malaysia

Malaysia has recently started building up their universities, combining different colleges, academies, and institutes together to make larger universities. At the same time, there are large public universities, hugely backed and subsidised by the Malaysian government.

Here are some familiar universities in Malaysia:

Practical Information

How to apply to universities in Malaysia

Each university in Malaysia has its own system on their website that allows future students to apply for and enrol in their degree programmes. So, once you select the university of your choice, you can go through their application and submit your materials there.

Here are some of the basic requirements you’ll need for every application:

  • A scan of your diploma (high school or Bachelor’s degree)
  • A transcript/record of your previous courses
  • A scan of your passport and/or birth certificate
  • Your CV
  • Testing scores
  • Evidence of scholarship or funding
  • Letters of recommendation (between 2-3)
  • Portfolio and/or writing samples
Helpful ways to make sure you qualify for a university in Malaysia

Take Preparation Courses: These kinds of courses enable degree-seeking students to get an extra educational boost just before they start their Master’s degree or other post-graduate degree programmes. Try a pre-M.B.A., pre-Law, or pre-Medicine programme, as well as any other foundation or preparation courses that will allow you to study in the degree programme of your choice;

Improve your English through an English-language prep course: If you’re attending a degree programme in Malaysia you will need to prove that your language skills are good enough to participate in the classes and understand the lectures; some schools will require Malaysian, while others will require strong English skills. These courses will also prepare you for any of the English-language tests that universities require.

English-language tests

To apply to study in the Malaysia, you’ll need to provide proof you have a diploma for your English proficiency.

The certificates generally accepted by the universities in the Malaysia are:

  • C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency

Living in Malaysia

What it’s like to be a student in Malaysia

One of the things Malaysia is known for is constantly celebrating different holidays. There is an endless array of festivals going on all through the year; and if you’re a student there, it may not be a requirement to join one, but you may as well.

The lucky thing is there are several languages and ethnic groups present in Malaysia. That means, no matter where you’re from, you’ll find people capable of speaking English to you, and who will happily help you get around.

And, of course, the same rules apply to your classes in Malaysia. Be prepared for every class, and study hard before you decide to join yet another festival this month.

Tuition fees in Malaysia

Like most countries, Malaysia separates their universities into public and private funding structures. That means, depending on where you go and what you want to study, tuition fees can vary. Moreover, tuition fees change depending on the level that you’re studying.

  • Bachelor’s students: 3,500 - 6600 EUR per year (depending on discipline)
  • Master’s students: 5500 EUR for entire programme (private universities)
  • Master’s students 3500 EUR for entire programme (private universities
Cost of living in Malaysia

Compared to most other locations, especially in Southeast Asia, Malaysia is quite cheap. If you’re a student hoping to have enough spare change to spend on festivals, celebrations, and parties, you’ll be in luck! Rent and food isn’t too expensive. In general, you should prepare 350-500 EUR/month for living costs. 

Here is a breakdown of living costs in Malaysia:

  • Renting a 3-bedroom apartment near a city centre: 600 EUR per month
  • 3-course meal for 2 at a mid-range restaurant: 11 EUR
  • Milk: 1.43 EUR
  • Bread: 0.67 EUR
  • Eggs: 1.05 EUR
  • Monthly transportation pass (train, metro, bus): 22 EUR per month
  • Cappuccino: 2 EUR

About Malaysia

Malaysia, also known as the Malaysian Federation or Federation of Malaysia, is a federal constitutional monarchy located in Southeast Asia. The capital is Kuala Lumpur, which means ‘muddy Estuary’ in the Malay language, but the federal government is located in Putrajaya.

Interesting facts about Malaysia
  • Malaysia has the tallest mountain in Southeast Asia, known as Mount Kinabalu.
  • Malaysia’s total highway length is longer than the Earth’s circumference: 65,977 km of highway!
  • Malaysians on average have the highest number of Facebook friends. I’m not jealous!
  • Malaysian island Borneo is the largest island in the world
  • Malaysia has the biggest roundabout in the world: 2.2 miles, with a diameter of 3.5km

Universities, colleges and schools in Malaysia

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