Malaysia has rapidly become a knowledge-based society with replete high tech infrastructure and major international IT developments underway. It is racially diverse yet racially peaceful, multilingual yet everybody seems to speak English. The booming oil industry is opening up employment opportunities as well.
The affordable cost of quality tertiary education is one of the good reasons why international students should choose to study in Malaysia. The education cost is made up of course fees which include tuition fees and other study fees payable to the institution, depending on where the student is studying and the duration of your course/study program, and other components like the living expenses which will depend on which location of stay, type of accommodation and lifestyle.
There are over 700 private higher educational institutions and Universities in Malaysia. 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.
The country universities have three designated session for admissions .The fees is comparatively cheaper vis a vis UK and other expensive countries. There is an advantage of getting a twinning degree at many institutes and students can transfer their credits to another country where the institute has a campus.
Malaysia is one of the most pleasant and stress-free countries in the world. Malaysia is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, with national parks guarding its treasure trove of pristine beaches, crystal clear lagoons and spectacular wildlife. Malaysia known for its Petronas Tower is now becoming a popular study destination especially with Asian students.
Cost of living and study in Malaysia
The cost of living for international students to study in Malaysia could be as low as RM10,000 which is approximately US$2,632 per annum (the cost of living in the city is about 10% higher). As such, the low living cost besides the cheaper tuition fee would appeal to both international and local students in terms of great savings of living expenses while studying in Malaysia but getting World Class Quality Education, Exposure and Lifestyle.
Cost of study:-
- For Foundation/Diploma programs: US$3000 to US$3500 per year
- For Degree Programs (3/4 years): US$4000 to US$5000 per year
- For Post-graduate programs: US$10000 to US$15000 for the whole program
Admission procedure for study in Malaysia
Steps For Direct Entry Into Malaysia
You submit an application form to study together with relevant documents to the intended educational institution which has the official approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs and Malaysia Immigration Department) to recruit international students.
If your application to study is accepted by the educational institution which you applied to, they will then help you apply for student pass at the Malaysian Immigration Department in Malaysia prior to entry in the country.
Upon acceptance, a letter of approval for student pass will be issued by the Malaysian Immigration Department to the educational institution which offered the place for you to study. The educational institution will send the approval letter to you while you are still in YOUR own (foreign) country.
Before leaving your country for Malaysia, you must inform the educational institution of your port of entry (airport), flight number, arrival date and time.
Upon your arrival at the airport in Malaysia, the educational institution’s representative should receive you at the immigration check-point at the Malaysian airport. Visa will be issued to you at the entry point in the form of an endorsement on your valid national Passport. Note : Nationals from The Peoples Republic of China are required to obtain Entry Visa prior to entry into Malaysia.
Within two weeks of your arrival, the educational institution will submit your passport to the Immigration Department to affix the Student Pass sticker.
Top universities in Malaysia
Here is a List of Top Universities in Malaysia 2012-2013 offering best programs in MBA, Medical, Engineering, Arts & Design, Films & Media and many other Courses and Programs. There are around 46 Universities in Malaysia namely Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Universiti Utara MalaysiaUniversiti Utara Malaysia, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, University of Malaya which are amongst the best universities in the world. These universities offer some of the best MBA, Engineering & Technology programs.