Interested to Study in Malaysia? Then you came to the right place! Wherever you are from, we can help you find the best colleges or universities in Malaysia.
But, let's start off by telling you what it is like to be a student in Malaysia.
A quick intro to Malaysia
Malaysia is a vibrant country with 30 million people, located in the centre of Southeast Asia. Being diverse in culture with plenty of natural resources, the country offers beautiful beaches, unique festivals, and delicious cuisine. For sure you wouldn’t want to miss that!
Malaysia’s rich culture - due to the major and minor ethnicities living in the country - is one of the main reasons why it is one of the best destinations for those who want to study abroad. As of 2016, there were 172,886 internationals students in Malaysia’s higher education institutions, private and international schools, and language centres. The cost of living is also lower as compared to other countries - with a wide variety of foods, accommodation and recreational activities you can do.
Further to that, the government’s ultimate goal to make the country a major education hub in the region is well on its way. Aside from the world-class home-grown universities, Malaysia also has foreign university branches. This means you can get a more affordable, but still a top-notch education when you study in Malaysia.
Universities and Colleges in Malaysia
The higher education system in Malaysia is improving every year and boasts top colleges and universities. Most of them have been recognised not just locally, but also abroad. To put together this list, we referred to both the internationally-recognised QS World University Rankings and the prestigious Malaysian rating system, SETARA.
Top-13 best universities in Malaysia according to QS World University Rankings 2019
Here is the complete list of all the Malaysian Institutions on the QS World Ranking for 2019.
Best universities in Malaysia according to the SETARA 2017 rankings
SETARA is a ranking/rating system carried out by the Ministry of Education Malaysia to assess the Malaysia’s universities and colleges.
|6 Star: Outstanding||International Medical University|
|6 Star: Outstanding||Monash University Malaysia|
|6 Star: Outstanding||Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia|
|6 Star: Outstanding||Universiti Malaya|
|6 Star: Outstanding||Universiti Putra Malaysia|
|6 Star: Outstanding||Universiti Sains Malaysia|
|6 Star: Outstanding||Universiti Teknologi Malaysia|
|6 Star: Outstanding||Universiti Teknologi Petronas|
|5 Star: Excellent||Curtin Universiti Sarawak Malaysia|
|5 Star: Excellent||Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak|
|5 Star: Excellent||The University of Nottingham Malaysia|
|5 Star: Excellent||Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia|
|5 Star: Excellent||Universiti Malaysia Perlis|
|5 Star: Excellent||Universiti Malaysia Sarawak|
|5 Star: Excellent||Universiti Teknologi MARA|
|5 Star: Excellent||Universiti Tenaga Nasional|
|5 Star: Excellent||Universiti Utara Malaysia|
|5 Star: Excellent||Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation|
|5 Star: Excellent||International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance|
|5 Star: Excellent||Management and Science University|
|5 Star: Excellent||Sunway University|
|5 Star: Excellent||UCSI University|
|5 Star: Excellent||Taylor’s University|
|5 Star: Excellent||Universiti Malaysia Pahang|
|5 Star: Excellent||Universiti Malaysia Terengganu|
|5 Star: Excellent||Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia|
|5 Star: Excellent||Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman|
|5 Star: Excellent||Kolej Universiti Sains Perubatan Cyberjaya|
|5 Star: Excellent||Lincoln University College|
|4 Star: Very Good||AIMST University|
|4 Star: Very Good||Universiti Malaysia Sabah|
|4 Star: Very Good||Universiti Multimedia|
|4 Star: Very Good||Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris|
|4 Star: Very Good||Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia|
|4 Star: Very Good||Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka|
|4 Star: Very Good||Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia|
|4 Star: Very Good||Al-Madinah International University|
|4 Star: Very Good||Asia E University|
|4 Star: Very Good||City University|
|4 Star: Very Good||INTI University|
|4 Star: Very Good||MAHSA University|
|4 Star: Very Good||Malaysian Institute for Supply Chain Innovation|
|4 Star: Very Good||Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia|
|4 Star: Very Good||Perdana University|
|4 Star: Very Good||SEGI University|
|4 Star: Very Good||Universiti HELP|
|4 Star: Very Good||Universiti Infrastruktur Kuala Lumpur|
|4 Star: Very Good||Universiti Kuala Lumpur|
|4 Star: Very Good||Universiti Malaysia Kelantan|
|4 Star: Very Good||Universiti Nilai|
|4 Star: Very Good||Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin|
|4 Star: Very Good||Universiti Tun Abdul Razak|
|4 Star: Very Good||KDU University College|
|4 Star: Very Good||Kolej Universiti Hospitaliti Berjaya|
|4 Star: Very Good||Kolej Universiti Insaniah|
|4 Star: Very Good||Kolej Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Selangor|
|4 Star: Very Good||Kolej Universiti TATI|
|4 Star: Very Good||Kolej Universiti Teknologi Antarabangsa Twintech|
After graduation opportunities in Malaysia
Done with your studies, but don’t want to leave Malaysia? Yup, we feel you! Should you wish to work in Malaysia, you can apply for a job to obtain your work permit.
As long as you have the qualifications, you can apply for a job in Malaysia. Once your application is approved, your employer will then apply a visa for you to legally work in the country. The available working visas are Employment Pass, Temporary Employment Pass, and Visitor’s Pass (Professional). The lengths of each of these options do vary, from six months up to around five years, as do the terms and conditions so be sure to check your eligibility.
Applying to study in Malaysia
A. Language Requirements
Should you wish to study in Malaysia, you must be able to speak English as courses will be taught in this language. Some universities also require you to take an English proficiency test like TOEFL or IETLS, which you can take in your home country.
Take Note! Don’t worry if your English is not so good yet. Most colleges in Malaysia offer English proficiency classes to improve your English further. Besides, there is no better way to learn a language than to be surrounded by English speakers at your Malaysian University.
Universities in Malaysia generally do not require international students to make any admission tests. You can apply using your high school diploma/certificate and recommendation letter.
B. Visa Requirements
There are a few more things you have to take care of to become a student in Malaysia. To enter Malaysia as an international student, you must first choose a course and institutions you would like to study in Malaysia. Their requirements vary, so be sure to check first before you apply.
Your University is required to submit some relevant documents to apply for your Student Pass. The documents they will request are:
- An official letter of acceptance from your University
- A filled in Student Application form
- Three photos of you, passport-sized
- Two photocopies of your passport
- A copy of your medical health examination report
Evidence that you are financially stable enough to pay for your education and cost of living A Personal Bond which has been signed by your University, you will have to pay for the document fee (between RM 200 and 2,000, depends on which country you are from).
Once your application to study at the university is accepted, the university will apply for a student pass for you. The immigration will look at this application and will send you Student Pass approval letter. With this letter you are ready to get on a plane towards Malaysia, but before you do send your university the details of your flight.
A representative of your university will be waiting for you at the immigration check-point at the airport in Malaysia. There you will be given a Visa which will be valid for six months. The immigration department will also issue you a Special Pass which you need to receive your Student Pass. Within two weeks after arrival, you can visit the nearest Immigration Department to receive your Student Pass.
This might all seem a bit complicated, but don’t worry, your university will guide you through this whole process and make sure you will not miss any steps.
Choosing Malaysia’s Education system is a top choice which many international students have made before you as universities in Malaysia are reputable, and tuition fees are low.
For most international students, tuition fees are the biggest concern. To give you a general idea of the tuition fees of Malaysian Universities you can see the ranges per level below.
|Study level||Annual tuition fee|
|Foundation / Pre-U||USD 2,000 - 5,750|
|Diploma||USD 1,500 - 7,500|
|Bachelor's degree||USD 2,250 - 10,000|
|Master's degree||USD 3,250 - 10,000|
Our only goal is to help you find the study and university which fits you best, look around at our website and compare universities and courses with each other and apply for more information. To continue your future studies abroad is a big step, we know that all too well, that is why we are here to help you with this process. You, too, can study in Malaysia!
Read up more about Malaysia, below:
- Economic Outlay of Malaysia
- Why study in Malaysia
- All you need to know about Malaysian Higher Education
- From UK to Malaysia: "I love the weather!"
- 5 must-see places to visit in Malaysia
- 7 ways to be a cheapskate student in Malaysia
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