Malaysia offers international students a wide choice in terms of courses, institutions and locations. Degrees in various fields including Engineering, Medicine, Law, Mass Communication, Tourism, Fashion and Fine Arts can be obtained here at a relatively affordable cost.
With more than 500 institutions of higher learning around the country. The quality assurance that is second to none. Language is not a barrier as English is used as the medium of instruction. Foreigners will find a varied student population, from countries such as China, Japan. Singapore. Pakistan. Indonesia, Australia. India, Thailand, Singapore, Iran, Iraq and many other parts of the world. The multiracial backdrop provides an excellent opportunity to interact with one another and understand about different cultures. Most educational establishments are equipped with extensive facilities for studies and leisure. Well-stocked libraries, diverse curricular activities as well as regular seminars and workshops provide the necessary Support and create a favourable and conducive environment for students development.
As a regional centre for educational excellence, Malaysia offers many advantages for international students.
Internationally Recognized Qualifications
Enjoy high standards of education and internationally recognized programmes. Qualifications obtained here are on par with those offered in Europe, United States. United Kingdom and Australia.
Many colleges and universities work in collaboration with reputable foreign universities in United Kingdom, Australia. United States and Canada. Students can take advantage of the cost-saving twinning programmes and credit transfers to obtain foreign 1)egrees at a reasonable cost. Choose from the unique 3+0 programme to study in Malaysia or 2+1 programmes to complete the final year overseas.
An Extensive Range of Options
Students will find an extensive range of options for their studies. consisting of both academic and skill-based fields. Choose from traditionally popular courses such as Engineering and Medicine or opt for Business Administration, Computer Science and Information Technology. A growing number of institutions are offering qualifications in Art & Design, Music, Theatre, Fashion as well as Culinary Arts.
English as the Medium of Instruction
English is used as the primary medium of instruction in private schools, private colleges and universities, as well as in most public universities in Malaysia. Libraries are well-stocked with books and reference materials in English.
Malaysia offers greatly affordable education compared to traditionally popular countries such as the United Kingdom and United States. Students can take advantage of the reasonable tuition fees imposed by the educational institutions.
Cost of Living
The relatively lower cost of living in Malaysia makes it a highly appealing destination for the international student population. Most colleges are situated near to accommodation facilities such as college hostels or private accommodations (serviced apartments, link houses or condominiums) which are available for a reasonable rental fee. Transportation costs (such as train and bus fares) as well as food and beverages are also reasonably priced.
Knowledge and Skills
Students can gain various skills through innovative teaching methods, practical trainings, industrial internships and state-of- the-art facilities that are offered by Malaysian colleges and universities.
Political Stability and Safety
Malaysia is one of the safest countries in the region, and parents as well as students can rest assured that the warm hospitality of the locals will make studying here a pleasant and enjoyable experience.
Hassle-Free Entry Formalities
Malaysia offers hassle-free immigration procedures. Upon arrival, international students will be greeted at the airport by representatives from the respective higher educational establishments. All the necessary arrangements, such as accommodation and transportation will be taken care of, to ensure that students? first day in the country is pleasant and stress-free.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Obtaining a Student Pass
Students who come to Malaysia o source for a suitable college or university can enter Malaysia with a Visitor Pass (Social). After you have made your choice, the educational establishment that you have selected will apply for a Student Pass on your behalf. Once your application for a Student Pass is approved, the Immigration Department will inform the foreign student through the educational institution concerned. Students will then receive a Letter of Approval. The student is required to produce the Letter of Approval at the immigration check point in the airport. They will then be issued a Special Pass which is valid for 30 days. Within this 30-day period, the educational institution concerned will submit the student?s passport to the State Immigration Department for Student Pass stickers to be affixed. The processing tee for the Student Pass will be paid by the educational establishment.
Note: The Visa On Arrival service is limited to tourists and not applicable to students.
A tee of RM60.00 will be charged for a student who stays in Malaysia for a duration of one year or less.
The fee to obtain a Visa differs according to the students? countries of origin. However, the maximum fee is RM100.00
A fee of RM500.00 will be charged for Journey Performed (JP) Visa, if students enter the country before the Student Pass Letter of Approval is issued.
Working Part-Time While Studying
Foreign students in Malaysia are allowed to work part-time in restaurants. petrol kiosks, mini markets and hotels (except as cashiers) as long as the Student Pass is valid, In addition, students are not allowed to work as singers. musicians, masseur/masseuse, guest relations officers (GRO) or be involved in activities deemed to be immoral.
The opportunity to work part-time is only permitted during semester breaks. festive breaks and holidays exceeding seven (7) consecutive days. The maximum duration permitted for working is 20 hours a week. In addition, the students? progress report and attendance record will be submitted every three months once to the Immigration Department by the educational establishment concerned. The opportunity to work will only he extended if the student maintains a good academic performance.
Application to work part-time must be made through the educational institution in which the student is studying.
The Director General of The Immigration Department of Malaysia reserves the right to approve or reject the application for employment by foreign students, according to Section 9(1) (a) the 1959/1963 Immigration Act Amended 2002.
Ministry of Education, Malaysia
Malaysia’s Premier Education Resource Guide Online
Malaysian School Guide Online
International students of all ages and levels of education will find studying in Malaysia to he a practical and feasible option. There are several types of schools in Malaysia.
International and Expatriate Schools
Malaysia’s conducive living environment, pleasant weather and social stability make it a highly appealing destination to people from all over the world. To meet the needs of the growing expatriate community, the Ministry of Education has facilitated the establishment of international and expatriate schools. These schools provide education in accordance to the international curriculum and enable students who are accustomed to the British, American, Japanese, German, Taiwanese, Indonesian and Saudi Arabian school systems to continue their studies uninterrupted while in Malaysia. Students are prepared for examinations such as the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), 0-Levels, A-Levels and International Baccalaureate (113). Besides foreign students. Malaysian students can also enroll in International Schools that comply with the terms and conditions set by the Ministry of Education.
International students can select from the many private primary and secondary schools in the country. These privately-funded schools offer syllabi that conform to the Malaysian Integrated National Curriculum. English is the main medium of instruction and subjects such as Mathematics, Science and Information Technology are taught in English. Enrolment is open to both Malaysian and foreign students.
Chinese Independent Secondary Schools
These schools use Mandarin as the medium of instruction and conform to the guidelines set by the Ministry of Education. Its enrolment is open to both Malaysian and foreign students. Most schools in this category conduct their own widely recognised examinations such as the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC). However, students can choose to sit for additional Malaysian public examinations as private candidates.
Private Religious Schools
Private Religious Schools conform to the Malaysian National Curriculum but place an emphasis on Islamic religion. Some schools incorporate the religious curriculum prepared by State Islamic Departments or Councils. The media of instruction are Bahasa Malaysia (the national language), English and Arabic.
Public schools (also known as National Schools) are free and use Bahasa Malaysia as the medium of instruction. These schools conform to the Malaysian Integrated National Curriculum. Some public schools (National-type Schools) conduct classes in other languages such as Mandarin and Tamil. However, students are taught Bahasa Malaysia and English. In all public schools. Mathematics. Science and Information Communication Technology (ICT) are taught in English to prepare students for common examinations such as UPSR, PMR, SPM and STPM.
Foreign students can be accepted into public schools if they are:
- children of diplomats.
- children whose parents have authorized work permits.
- children whose parents have permanent resident status.
COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
Malaysia welcomes international students from various countries to pursue their higher education here. There are numerous public and private institutions of higher learning that provide a diverse range of courses in various areas of specialization. The availability of external degree programmes and twinning programmes are among the factors that make Malaysia a preferred destination for higher education.
A wide range of study options await international students at Malaysian private colleges. Students can choose from pre-university programmes, franchised degree programmes, professional and semi-professional courses, to English courses, internationally-rated internal Certificate or Diploma programmes and many more. One of the most popular choices among both local and foreign students is the 3+0 programme. Under this arrangement, private colleges are given permission by their foreign partner university (or host university) to conduct the entire degree programme in Malaysia. Thus, students can obtain a British, American, Australian, French. New Zealand or Canadian degree entirely in Malaysia without going overseas. Alternatively, students can opt for the 2+1 split degree programme to complete their final year at overseas institutions. In both options, the degree qualification will be awarded by the foreign partner university. Credit Transfer Programmes and Advanced Standing Programmes are other collaborative efforts with overseas universities. A high number of international students choose Malaysia for pre-university programmes such as GCE A Levels, South Australian Matriculation (SAM). Western Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT) and Canadian International Matriculation Programme ((IMP). Students who intend to sit for external professional examinations will be happy to find that these colleges are well-equipped to prepare them for qualifications such as MICPA. MIA. ACCAUK, ICSA-UK, CIMA-UK, CPA-Australia EM and EC-UK. Postgraduate programmes are also offered in collaboration with foreign universities.
Branch Campuses of Foreign Universities
The establishment of foreign university branch campuses in Malaysia reflects the high standards of education here, offering identical degree qualifications as the main parent campus, these branch campuses also ensure the same course materials and quality of education, Students can enjoy many privileges such as automatic registration as a student at the parent campus and an opportunity to spend one or more semesters at the parent campus with no disruption to their studies. Hence, by enrolling in a branch campus in Malaysia, international students can obtain the same degrees as the main campus in Australia or United Kingdom, at a fraction of the cost. Areas of study range from university foundation programmes, Bachelor?s and Master?s Degrees to Postgraduate courses in various fields including Business, Applied Science, Engineering. Information Technology and Medicine.
Private Universities And University-Colleges
Malaysia offers a wide choice of locally grown private universities and university-colleges, which award their own qualifications. Benchmarked against international standards. these universities and university-colleges meet the standard criteria and stringent requirements set by the National Accreditation Board (LAN). International students can pursue a a wide range of courses such as pre-university programmes, Diplomas as well as Bachelor?s, Master’s and Postgraduate Degrees. The worldwide recognition, coupled with the reasonable fee make these establishments a popular choice tr both local and international students.
The International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) is the only international public university in the country. It operates under a Board represented by the university’s sponsoring governments and organisations. which include Malaysia (host country), the Maldives, Turkey. Pakistan. Bangladesh. Libya. Egypt. Saudi Arabia and the Organisations of Islamic Conference (OIC). It offers a wide range of courses in various disciplines including Economics, Law and Science.
Public Higher Education Institutions
Public higher education institutions in the country comprise of universities, university-colleges, community Colleges, colleges and polytechnics. Public universities can be found in almost all states in the country and the courses offered range from Arts, Humanities, Engineering, Science to Information Technology and many more. International students have the opportunity to further their studies in public universities and university-colleges. especially in postgraduate programmes.
Malaysia’s beautiful countryside’s, rushing rivers, ancient rainforests and majestic mountains provide the excellent backdrop for a range of outdoor and recreational activities. Foreign students of all ages can find a variety of enjoyable programmes here. Both the adventure-lover and the leisure- seeker will find Malaysia to be the ideal destination for summer camps, motivational courses and a host of other interesting pursuits.
Trek into the rainforests to experience the sights and sounds of nature or pit your strength against the rapids in a white- water railing expedition. The bright sunny weather and natural diversity are great for leadership trainings, character building programmes and team-building activities. In addition, students will learn about the profusion of exotic plants and wildlife that make our rainforests as their home.
For the more adventurous, the warm waters around the country create the perfect setting for diving lessons of various levels from introduction to instructor-level courses. These courses are certified by recognized agencies such as PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors) and SSI (Scuba Schools International). Cultural immersion programmes offer students an opportunity to experience the local lifestyle. Try your hand at painting Batik, a unique and versatile fabric which features hand-painted or block motif, or learn Silat. a Malay martial art with elaborate movements.
For the unique opportunity of living among the friendly villagers. students can participate in homestay programmes at the many scenic and charming villages. Live with your friendly host family and enjoy a variety of traditional pastimes, from congkak. an indoor game to sepak takraw, an interesting ball game. Enrich your knowledge by observing the customs, traditions and culture of the locals and take back warm memories of your educational visit to Malaysia.
WHAT STUDENTS SAY
Abdullah Muamar Ali Najem – Libya
Diploma in Information Technology
I am from Libya. I have heard a lot about Malaysia when I was in my country. I found Cosmopoint via the Internet and right now I am proud to he a second semester student of this institute. Coming to Malaysia was a great experience fr me as I learn a lot about culture and people. The three races of Malays, Chinese and Indians are really a wonder that I can?t describe, the love and friendship between them is really a great thing.
Shafayet Hossain Real – India
BA (Hons) Business Administration, University of East London, Current
HELP University College is exceptionally different from all the academic institutes back home; the lecturers here are friendly, helpful and teach by integrating practical experiences. When I compare UK to Malaysia. I find that for the same degree and quality of education. it is much affordable at HELP University College. Furthermore, it’s closer to home.
Ivona Ong – Indonesia
Graphic & Multimedia Design, 3 years
Studying design abroad has always been my dream and I was glad to be recommended into Equator Academy of Art, Penang by the Educationist from Medan. Penang Island, which is full of heritage and culture, is an ideal location for me as it is very near and similar to Medan. The course I am taking is also of quality with a wide range of interesting subjects, topped with affordable fees.
Ardit Llazani – Albania
Master of Computer Science
It’s been a great experience studying in Universiti Malaya. It has a wonderful environment and I love the diversity of cultures and the kindness of the local people.
Emmeline Hannah Lyon – United Kingdom
BA in Mass Communication
Studying at Limkokwing is an enriching experience. It is not just about acquiring a diploma or a degree. It is also about learning away from classroom and textbooks – learning about Malaysia’s multiracial society, international cultures, event management, film and TV production and involvement in charity activities. Equally rewarding is the industry exposure. Limkokwing students work in cooperation with major companies, undertaking special projects and sometimes even compete with the professionals, gearing us for real-life solutions when we graduate.
Lwando Ziqhu – South Africa
Now that I am almost through with my studies in Multimedia University (MMU), I am saddened by the prospect of leaving a place that has given me four glorious years. In my stay in Malaysia. I have made many friends from various countries around the world, Learnt so much, inside and outside the classroom. This has been a priceless learning experience, one that I enjoyed immensely and will forever be grateful for.
He Le – Guangzhou, China
Diploma in Business Administration ? 2 1/2 rears
I am exposed to real-life applications taught by qualified and experienced lecturers. The programmes are innovative and the costs are low. The Hostel is comfortable and the facilities are good. My standard of English has improved and I am more confident now. I plan to complete my studies in Australia. Malaysians are friendly and I am enjoying the cultural experience.
Thome Catherine Dorothy – Germany
Why did I choose Limkokwing? The reputation that precedes it% and the internationally recognised degrees from such universities as Curtin. It saves cost and I like the small teacher-student ratio – only 20 in a class. Adapting to Malaysia is no problem at all as there is no language barrier. English is widely spoken here. I enjoy the Malaysian lifestyle and the warm people, the large variety of food and the modern infrastructure in KL.
Ammara Nasir – Pakistan
Secondary – 6 Months
Being an international student at Wadi Sofia International School (WaSIS) is really good. It is fascinating to see how people from different backgrounds can live together in peace and harmony. The teachers are really good, kind, and friendly. They know everyone personally and we are like their friends. This is among the best schools I have experienced so far.
Nicole Lindsel – Australia
Higher School Certificate : Jan 2005 – Dec 2006
My dad moved here six years ago and I would visit him twice a year for holidays. When he asked me if I would like to join him living in Kuala Lumpur and going to school in Australian International School Malaysia (AISM), my immediate reaction was, yes! So far everything is going well, and I have also made some great friends.
Pernille Voigt – Denmark
MSc International Business Management
Studying at the University of Nottingham. Malaysia Campus. has proven not only to be a great academic experience but even more so a great cultural experience that I would not have been able to obtain, had I chosen to study in my home country. Malaysia offers an incredible cultural diversity that I can learn a lot from. as gaining knowledge about other cultures is very important in today?s international business world.
Shin Soo Jin – Korea
I am currently attending Form Three International. My family is in Seoul. and this is my second year at Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar. I have no regrets coming here and KTJ has so much to offer. The boarding environment and having friends from other countries has broadened my views on people and their different cultures. It has also helped to improve my interacting and socialising skills, time management and independence.