Malaysia is located in Asia and shares territory with countries like Indonesia, Brunei, Philippines and Vietnam. The South East Asian country is widely known for its quality educational standard, reasonable cost of living combined with affordable training fee which is the reason why students prefer to study there. If you cannot cope with the exorbitant charges for education in countries like United Kingdom, Canada and Australia then you will agree with me that Malaysia is the best choice for you. In this article, we would be taking an overview on the cost of living and studying in Malaysia, Admission requirement, Educational system and many more.
Cost of studying in Malaysia
The cost associated with studying in Malaysia is relatively cheap depending on the course of study and institution.
For Undergraduates aspiring to acquire a bachelor degree, the fee ranges from RM37000-50000 in a Malaysia public university and RM40000-75000 for a Malaysia private university. The data provided above covers the cost of the academic program which may last for a period of 3-5 years depending on the intended course of study.
Similarly, some institutions in Malaysia offer scholarship opportunities to both local and foreign students, specific information can be accessed through your university portal.
Cost of living in Malaysia
The cost of living in Malaysia is reasonably low depending on the geographical location and personal lifestyle. The monthly budget plan for an average student is estimated to be RM1,500 which will provide a comfortable living. This would cover expenses in accommodation, transportation, textbook and other reading materials, personal expenses and utility bills.
Breakdown of living expenses
1) Accommodation: This is one of the essential basic of life. Accommodation expenses is estimated to be RM300-600 per month depending on the geographical area, type of apartment and amenities provided.
2) Transportation: Mobility expenses is estimated to be about RM30-50. However, it might be lesser for student who reside on campus or near the campus area.
3)Telecommunication, mobile and utility bills: This depends greatly on the mobile package and usage. An average student may incur a cost of RM30-80 monthly.
4) Textbooks and reading material: The estimated cost of books is around RM70-100 monthly which would greatly depend on the course of study and nature of research involved.
5)Personal expenses: It is attributed to each student personal lifestyle and may vary. However, for an average student it is estimated to be RM150-200
Choosing an Institution
It is crucial for foreign students to be aware that they can only choose public and private universities that are approved by the agencies listed below:
The Ministry of Higher Education
The Ministry of Home Affairs
Presently, there are about 450 non-public higher institutions in Malaysia while over 200 of these non-public higher institutions are given recognition by the agency in charge of Immigration to enlist foreign students for higher education. All public universities are approved to enlist foreign students.
It is easy to apply to study in Malaysia, intending applicants should complete the international student application form for his/her chosen course with the following document and send online to the institution of choice.
Scanned certified copies of all relevant examination results and academic certificates, valid international passport, medical report and recent passport photograph.
Aspiring student should apply about 2months before the intake date.
Bachelor’s degree with a good Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) from any higher institution recognized by the senate.
Other qualifications recognized by the senate acquired through Accreditation of Prior Experimental Learning (APEL)
Master’s Degree from any higher learning institution recognized by the senate.
Other qualifications equivalent to a Master’s degree
This is a trend that has been rooted in Malaysia for over 20years which allows students to complete part of their degree in Malaysia and the other at a partner institution in another country which provides an opportunity to gain a degree accredited by a prestigious university in countries such as Germany, Australia, U.K and USA without having to pay the full cost of studying abroad for the entire duration of the program.
List of some universities and university colleges; public and private
Allianze University College of Medical Sciences
Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation
Bricksfield Asia College
Binary University College of Management and Entrepreneurship
Curtin University of Technology
Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences
International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance
International Medical University
International University College of Technology Twintech
Industrial University of Selangor
KBU University College
KDU University College
Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University
Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur
Linton University College
Lincoln University College
Melaka Manipal Medical College
Malaysia University of Science and Technology
Management and Science University
Open University Malaysia
Penang Medical College
Petronas University of Technology
Putra Intelek International College
Swinburne University of Technology
Selangor International Islamic University College
TATI University College
Twintech University College of Technology
University of Kuala Lumpur
University of Nottingham