The growing reputation afforded to private universities in Malaysia has attracted thousands of international students over the past decade. Some of these private schools offer programs that allow students to earn part of a degree at that university and part of a degree at another institution. Called “twinning”, this method facilitates the transference of transcripts and credits and also makes admission to programs offering associate degrees automatic if the program is provided by a local institution. Better known universities in Malaysia include Monash University Malaysia Campus, Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus and Malaysia’s oldest university, the University of Malaya located in the capital of Kuala Lumpur.
Students can receive Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at Malaysian universities in the amount of time similar to European and American degree programs. Most private and all public universities offer Master of Science degrees by completing required research and coursework. Doctorate degrees are earned when students can exhibit research results in the form of a published paper. Malaysia also has polytechnic colleges that resemble traditional vocational schools by offering associate’s degrees, advanced diploma degrees or certificates of special skills.
Acceptance to a Malaysian university is not difficult but requires students submit proof of grades earned from previous schools attended. Malaysia is becoming well-known for its exceptional higher education programs concerning technology, business and science and welcomes bright international students to study at any one of its universities.
Student Visa Requirements
Students will need to acquire a tourist Visa to travel to Malaysia. Once they arrive at their University, students are issued an International Student Card and passports are stamped by university authorities. Students will need two passport photos, an international passport that has been valid for at least six months, two completed application forms, fee payment, proof that they can support themselves while in Malaysia, a letter of introduction and a certificate stating they have been given a yellow fever vaccination before entering the country.
Why Study in Malaysia?
Students will receive quality education at an affordable cost when earning their degree in Malaysia. Typical course fees include registration, tuition, deposit, laboratory fees (if applicable), course materials and health insurance which, for a Bachelor’s degree, is approximately RM (Malaysian Ringitt) 80,000, or $10,000 in U.S. dollars. In addition, the cost of living is low compared to other countries and students are permitted to work a maximum of 20 hours per week while studying in Malaysia, as long as they obtain a student permit or pass.
The currency of Malaysia is the ringgit, formerly called the Malaysian dollar. Divided into 100 cents, the ringgit currently equals about three dollars in U.S. currency and a little over four euros.
Language Used in Malaysia
Malaysia’s official language is Malaysian, with English being its second most spoken language.