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Why study in Malaysia

1- Quality education

Malaysia is currently ranked as the world's 11th most preferred study destination by UNESCO

The Malaysian government is committed to its vision of turning the country into a high quality education destination for students from all over the globe. The country's Ministry of Higher Education monitors all institutions to ensure they adhere to the highest standards.


As a result, many reputable foreign universities from countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand have been inspired to come to Malaysia, either to set up branch campuses or to enter into collaboration with Malaysian institutions.

Malaysia offer:

  • A wide range of courses ranging from English Language programmes and Diplomas to Degrees and Post-graduate studies
  • A variety of study options in private higher educational institutions, foreign university branch campuses and public universities
  • Flexible external Degree Programmes that cater to different budgets and academic needs
  • Excellent internationally-recognised qualifications


If you opt to study in Malaysia, you can get the best of two worlds - a Degree from a highly recognised international university, but at a much more affordable cost.

There are three ways to do this:

  • Study at a Malaysian Private University and earn a Bachelor's Degree or Postgraduate Degree that is recognised worldwide
  • Study at a Foreign University Branch Campus in Malaysia at a lower cost and get a Degree issued by the parent university
  • Study at a Private College under a Split Degree programme or 3+0 Degree programme

2- Education System

The Malaysian education system is largely modelled on the British education system. Most public higher education institutions use the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) system whilst others use the grade system. Below are some of the assessment methods available.

3- Academic year

The academic year differs from one institution to another. Each university has its own timetable, but generally, the year is split into three semesters/trimesters of 12 weeks each, with a two-week break during the semester, and a longer six-week break in the middle of the year.

The university year generally begins in late February or early March and ends in October. Most courses are ‘full year’ courses, but some courses can be completed in just one semester. It is sometimes possible to start university in July.

Classes are held from Monday to Friday, with libraries and some other support services open on weekends. Examinations are sometimes conducted on a Saturday.

Various universities also offer weekend classes for those who are working. Some conduct ‘summer school’ courses from November to February, allowing students to complete their degrees within a shorter time.

4- Affordable Tuition Fees

One of the main attractions Malaysia holds for foreign students is the affordability factor. The major cost considerations when it comes to a foreign education are course fees and living expenses.

Once they calculate the cost of education and living in Malaysia, many international students discover that studying here offers them real value for money. The affordable cost of quality tertiary education is one of many good reasons why international students choose Malaysia.

For example, you can acquire a UK engineering degree (3 years) in Malaysia through a franchised degree programme at an estimated RM51,000 (USD16,000), whereas the tuition fee of the same degree programme at the host university in the UK is about RM144,000 (USD45,000).


5- Established and high quality education system and standards
Malaysia’s higher education system is of international standards, closely monitored by the Ministry of Higher Education, which has the vision to turn Malaysia into a Center of Excellence for Higher Education.
The Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) under the Ministry of Higher Education is a quality assurance body responsible for monitoring and overseeing the quality assurance practices and accreditation of national higher education.
6- Ability to get foreign degree qualifications studying fully in Malaysia from countries like US, UK, Australia, Canada, etc. at a much lower cost
In Malaysia, international and local students are able to get foreign degree qualifications from universities in Australia, US, UK, France, Canada, etc. through twinning and 3+0 degrees, as well as foreign university campuses that are already setup in Malaysia.
7- High quality of life
Malaysia is a newly industrialised country where we have outpaced our developing counterparts. The infrastructure in Malaysia is one of the most developed in Asia with state-of-the-art health care and medical facilities, advanced telecommunications infrastructure, world-class university campus and facilities, and best expressway network in South East Asia.
8- Comparatively low expenditure of studying and living in Malaysia
The expenditure of studying and living in Malaysia is comparatively low to countries like Australia, US, UK, France, Canada, etc. as the Malaysian currency conversion is advantageous
#5. Straightforward immigration procedures
International students benefit from the easy and trouble-free immigration procedures as compared to many other countries which have tighter student immigration procedures. For more information on immigration procedures, refer to our “How to Enrol” section under Studying in Malaysia.
9- Comfortable, peaceful and safe living in Malaysia
Malaysia is one of the safest and most political stable countries in the world with a relatively low crime rate and the country is free from most natural disasters which makes it an attractive country to live in. The weather in Malaysia is sunny and rainy all year without extreme cold or hot weather conditions making the weather easily adaptable.
10- Wide choices of food
With the many races and cultures living together in Malaysia, this country is a food heaven with a great variety of cuisines. Both Halal and non-Halal food are widely available in Malaysia.
11- Great place for travel destinations
Malaysia is a friendly, beautiful and culturally rich country - One that’s extremely good value for money to travel in. It’s modern enough to be comfortable yet full of natural beauty. Malaysia has an impressive variety of microcosms ranging from the space-age high-rise buildings of Kuala Lumpur to the world’s largest single cave chamber in Sarawak’s extraordinary Gunung Mulu National Park and Sabah's Sipadan Island which is known as one of the top destinations for diving in the world. In 2010, Malaysia was ranked no.9 most visited country in the world.
12- Multi-ethnic nation with vast variety of cultures
International students benefit from the experience of studying in Malaysia through the exposure of the different cultures and traditions of a multi-racial country which is valuable and not easily available.
13- Multi-language country allowing for ease of communication
Although Malay and English are widely used in Malaysia for daily communications, the diversity of the Malaysian society has put into place the wide use of many other languages and dialects such Mandarin, Tamil, Cantonese, Hokkien, Hakka, FooChow, Hainanese, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and other indigenous languages.