Malaysia 1Malaysia is a Southeast Asian Country, occupying parts of the malay Peninsula and the island of Borneo. The capital state Kula Lumpur is home to colonial buildings, busy shopping districts and sky skyscrapers.

With captivating architecture, incredible natural attractions and rich culture, Malaysia attracts people from all over the world. Though most of them may visit the country as travelers, there are many who have chosen this beautiful country as a study destination.

There are 23.3 Million Indians living in India making it a Little India.

The system and structure of tertiary education is run by the country’s Ministry of Education. Individuals who choose to study in Malaysia for higher education can take certificate, diploma, undergraduate or postgraduate programs.

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Located below Thailand, above Singapore and right by Indonesia, Malaysia is a prime study destination for students who want the chance to explore. The country itself offers many attractions, from its diving sites to its traditional villages. It is also an ideal study destination for individuals considering diversity. Malaysia is known as a country where people from all over Asia have come, making its culture and people incredibly diverse, also owing to the presence of various ethnic groups.

One of the most important factors, if not the most important, is the quality of education the country’s institutions can provide. Foreign institutions such as the University of Nottingham, MonashUniversity, and the University of Reading have established international branch campuses in the country. A number of local universities are highly ranked in the QS World University Rankings, and there are many opportunities with the variety and number of courses and programs available.

Below are a list of Links which will give detailed information on the Education Systems, Cost of Living, Transportation, Universities, Visas and other important information.

There are over 700 private higher educational institutions and Universities inMalaysia. Many American and British Universities have set up their campuses in Malaysia for Malaysian as well as international students who wish to study in Malaysia at a lower cost.

All these universities and courses are approved by the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia. All courses approved by a country’s Ministry of Higher Education stand approved by any other country’s Ministry of Higher Education world-wide

In the Malaysian education structure, there are six categories of educational institutions which are governed by two Ministries, namely:

At Pre-tertiary Level

(The governing authority of pre-tertiary schools is the Ministry of Education)

  • Government and Private Sector Kindergartens – follow the National Pre-school Curriculum
  • Government Schools – follow the Malaysian National Curriculum & National Examination
  • Government-aided Schools – follow the Malaysian National Curriculum & National Examination
  • Private Schools – follow the Malaysian National Curriculum & National Examination

Foreign System Schools – i.e. international schools and expatriate schools International schools follow an international curriculum and use English as its medium of instruction while expatriate schools follow the national educational system of other countries using the respective national language of these countries as the medium of instruction. These schools are not bound by the Education Act 1996 but are under the supervision of the Ministry of Education.

At Tertiary Level

(The governing authority of higher educational institutions is the Ministry of Higher Education)

Government-funded – public universities, polytechnics and colleges

Private Higher Educational Institutions (i.e. institutions not funded by government), which include:

  1. non-university status institutions such as private colleges
  2. university status institutions such as private universities
  3. foreign university branch campuses e.g. Monash University Malaysia and The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

(English is the medium of instruction in most of the private higher educational institutions)

Malaysia is a country that plays host to over 90,000 international students hailing from nearly 100 different countries and it plans to have 200,000 international students in by the year 2020.

In comparison with countries like the US and the UK, Malaysia has a relatively low cost of living and student tuition fee. This is one of the prime reasons Malaysia is a preferred study destination among students across the world. That being said, the budget is certainly not the only reason why students choose to study here; it is popular for transnational education with its many foreign university branch campuses. Quality tertiary education comes at a reasonable price in Malaysia; students can acquire a UK engineering degree in Malaysia in three years for nearly RM 51,000. The original cost of the three year programmes in the UK would be around RM 144,000- which is more than double the cost in Malaysia.

Malaysia is a country which is colourful with its culturally diverse societies and beautiful landscapes. Its buzzing metropolis and one of Asia’s most exciting cities, Kuala Lumpur, not only boasts Southeast Asia’s tallest skyscrapers but is also home to numerous Malaysian top universities.

In general, these are the costs involved in student life in Malaysia:

  • Cost of living- depending on choice of lifestyle, location and accommodation
  • The course fees which could vary largely base on programme chosen and educational institution chosen.

Cost of Living

Overall, students can lead a comfortable life style with RM 1,200 on a monthly basis. Students will typically have to spend around RM300 to RM450 for their monthly accommodation. Based on the location and the type of accommodation chosen and available facilities, this price will vary. Housekeeping and food expenses come to around RM 450 every month. Laundry expenses come to around RM 60 per month. Travelling expenses for students on an average will be nearly RM30-50 per month. Mobile phone bills and telecommunication utilities will be around RM30-80. The educational materials for the programme chosen could come anywhere between RM50 to 100- depending on the programme requirements. Students are advised to keep aside RM50 every month for medical expenses and for personal expenses, a budget of RM 100 to 200 is estimated to be needed but could vary depending on the kind of lifestyle students choose to lead.

Course Fees

The course fees comprises tuition fees and relevant academic expenses such as registration fee, any deposits that are required to be made, lab fees, health insurance fees, and examination fees.

Types of programmes available:

  • Malaysian Private Higher Educational Institutions offer two kinds of pre-university qualifications- external and internal. External ones are awarded by external academic bodies of other countries and internal ones are awarded by private universities and colleges within the country.
  • Some of the popular subject areas of bachelor degrees in Malaysia are psychology and social studies.
  • Postgraduate degree programs are available in numerous subject areas inclusive of the Masters of Business Administration (MBA). The subject areas that Malaysia’s business schools cover are commerce, accounting, business administration, management, marketing, finance, and business communication.
  • Malaysia is also quite popular for its twinning degree programmes; these programs require students to take up one and a half to two and a half years in Malaysia and take up the remaining period of the three year programme in the respective university overseas. Some international colleges and some foreign universities and colleges have set up branch campuses in Malaysia. Among them are : Monash University (Sunway, Selangor), University of Nottingham (Selangor), SAE Institute, Swinburne University of Technology (Kuching, Sarawak Campus), Curtin University of Technology (Miri, Sarawak Campus) and Raffles Design Institute (Kuala Lumpur). These campuses allow students to obtain a foreign degree in Malaysia with very affordable rates.

Here is the general fee structure for some commonly chosen programmes:

Pre-University Studies:

  • GCE ‘A’ Level- From RM15,000- RM 25,000
  • Western Australian Matriculation- From RM11,000 – 21,000
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma- RM79,000
  • University Foundation Studies- From RM9,000 – 15,000

Bachelor’s degrees:

  • Business- RM 43,000-75,000
  • Engineering- RM46,000-65,000
  • IT- RM45,000 – RM65,000
  • Hospitality- RM73,000
  • Medicine- RM300,000
  • Pharmacy- RM100,000

Postgraduate Study:

  • MBA- RM 21,000-30,000 (private universities) and RM13,000-25,000 (public universities)
  • Master’s Degrees- RM1,800- 6,000
  • PhD- RM2,700- 8,000

The general application procedure that students should follow:

Students are required to produce certified academic copies of their exam results in relevance with entry requirements required, show a certain level of proficiency in the English language through IELTS or TOEFL, send through passport size photographs, and photocopies of the personal pages of their passports. Students will also have to pay the visa processing fees apart from the usual registration or application fees that universities may require. After the student applications are processed, students will be sent the offer letter if they have acquired admission. Different Malaysian Uni’s have different intakes in general.

List of universities and university colleges (both public and private) that confer degrees and other post-graduate qualifications:

  • AIMST University
  • Asia e University
  • Allianze University College of Medical Sciences
  • Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation
  • Bricksfield Asia College
  • Berjaya University College of Hospitality
  • Binary University College of Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Curtin University of Technology
  • Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences
  • HELP University
  • International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance
  • International Medical University
  • International University College Of Technology Twintech
  • INTI University
  • Insaniah University College
  • Industrial University of Selangor
  • KBU University College
  • KDU University College
  • Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University
  • Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur
  • Linton University College
  • Lincoln University College
  • Limkokwing University of Creative Technology
  • Mantissa College
  • Multimedia University
  • Melaka Manipal Medical College
  • Malaysia Theological Seminary
  • Malaysia University of Science and Technology
  • Management and Science University
  • Monash University
  • Nilai University
  • Open University Malaysia
  • Penang Medical College
  • Petronas University of Technology
  • Putra Intelek International College
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • Selangor International Islamic University College
  • Sunway University
  • SEGI University
  • Taylor’s University
  • UniversitiTenagaNasional
  • Tun Abdul Razak University
  • TATI University College
  • Tunku Abdul Rahman University
  • Twintech University College of Technology
  • UCSI University
  • University of Kuala Lumpur
  • University of Nottingham
  • Unitar International University
  • Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia
  • UniversitiKebangsaan Malaysia
  • Universiti Malaysia Kelantan
  • Universiti Malaya
  • Universiti Malaysia Pahang
  • Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
  • Universiti Malaysia Perlis
  • Universiti Malaysia Sabah
  • UniversitiPertahananNasional Malaysia
  • UniversitiPendidikan Sultan Idris
  • Universiti Putra Malaysia
  • UniversitiSains Islam Malaysia
  • Universiti Selangor
  • UniversitiSains Malaysia
  • UniversitiTeknologi Malaysia
  • UniversitiTun Hussein Onn Malaysia
  • UniversitiTeknikal Malaysia Melaka
  • UniversitiTeknologi MARA
  • Universiti Utara Malaysia
  • Wawasan Open University

Other than its breathtaking sceneries, beautiful culture and friendly people, Malaysia is fast becoming popular for its high-quality education, boasting some of the top universities in Asia. In fact, the country ranks 11th in the world when it comes to the number of international students. For its neighboring countries, Malaysia’s high education standard is also well acknowledged. India, for one, is where a great number of inbound students come from.

Like Malaysia, India produces many of the world’s most outstanding students. That is why both countries work hand-in-hand for the continuation of this achievement.

Having said all that, for Indian students who are planning to study in this educational abode, given below are the requirements and steps on how to apply for a Malaysia student visa from India.

But before we go any further, you must know that only 200 institutions in Malaysia are allowed to recruit international students. Plus it is better if you choose Language Colleges accredited by the Malaysian government for your convenience. Also, you must first apply for a visa before you are issued a student pass. However, it is not as complicated as it seems. The process is made easy and simple for every aspiring student. First, here’s what you will need:

Requirements to Apply for a Malaysian Student Visa:

  • Student visa application form, completed and signed by the applicant. )
  • Offer letter from your chosen educational institution approved by the pass & permit division in the Immigration Headquarters of Malaysia.
  • Two passport sized photographs
  • Two photocopies of your Passport
  • Academic transcript(s) of records
  • Proof of full-time course of study approved by the Minister of Home Affairs
  • Proof of financial capability to meet course and other expenses
  • Health certificate
  • Evidence of security and personal bond
  • Students have to show their approval letters upon arrival

Steps in Applying for a Student Visa:

The Malaysian government has made the process of the application of student visa and pass easy for anyone who wants to study in the country, as you do not have to contact your local Embassy of Malaysia no more. The steps are as follows:

Step 1. Contact the institution directly.

Apply for a student pass from your chosen institution and no longer via the Immigration Department. Follow the special application requirements as indicated by the institution. Then, your application will be submitted by the educational institution to the Director of Pass & Permit Division of Malaysia.

Note that your passport must be valid for more than 1 year. If it is shorter than that period, your pass will not be processed.

Step 2. Wait for the confirmation of acceptance

Prospective students will be informed of their application status by the Immigration Department in Malaysia through the educational institution that one has chosen. Regardless if you are accepted or not, the notification of acceptance is usually sent within a week (7 days).

Step 3. Send the necessary documents

If successful, you have to mail them the visa documents required or you can send it to the place they specify since transactions are made directly from the institution. From that point, the process will then be taken care of by the institution itself.

Step 4. Institution will send you a letter confirming your student pass

A letter of approval for your student pass will be released by the Malaysian Immigration Department and be delivered to the institution upon your acceptance. The institution will then send this approval letter to you.

Step 5. Inform the institution

Before you go to Malaysia, you must inform the institution about your airport location, flight number, and arrival date and time. A representative from the institution will greet you at the immigration check-point at the Malaysian airport upon your arrival. Next, your visa will be issued to you via an endorsement on your valid national passport.

Step 6. Wait for your Student Pass sticker

Within 2 weeks, your passport will be submitted to the Immigration Department and a student pass sticker will be affixed to it.

Student Visa and Pass Fees:

The fees depend on the country but do not exceed more than US $29.41. Student passes usually cost around US $17.65.

Finally, once you have completed all the steps, you are now officially enrolled in and ready to study at your chosen Malaysian institution. All the best!

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