why study in malaysia?

    The exponential growth of Malaysia as an increasingly popular destination for international students has become a globally recognised phenomenon. With the country in constant economic development, the field of education is developing too, thus Malaysia has already experienced a boom in the number of international students. Increasing from 28,000 in 2002 to 135,000 in 2014, a plan to reach 250,000 by 2025 was outlined by the Higher Education Development Strategy 2015–2025, and this was adopted by the Office of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak.

    The key areas of interest among students who plan to continue their education in Malaysia are business administration and management (20.1%), health and medicine (18.4%) and engineering (14.1%).

    Some of the top universities are: Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation, University Kebangsaan Malaysia and INTI International University and College.

    How much does it cost to study in Malaysia?


    While the quality of education in Malaysia is at a fairly high level, students are usually surprised that tuition fees and living costs are relatively low compared to countries with a significantly longer history. As finances are a very important factor in the process of deciding where to pursue one’s studies, this fact is something that has been attracting students especially in the past few years.

    With the money that students can save because of this fact, they can travel to Kuala Lumpur, which has become the main city in this part of the world, and is quite attractive for purchasing consumer electronics, fashion clothing and accessories. The costs of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes range from $5,000 to $10,000, which, we agree, is very reasonable for such a tropical destination. The cost of living is significantly low.



    As a country ranked 11th in terms of the number of upcoming international students, Malaysia is a key option for consideration by any student seeking to pursue their education abroad. With 200,000 international students expected to study in Malaysia by 2020, the influx of foreign guests has resulted in the formation of new requirements in the application process for a student visa.

    Although additional regulations have been introduced, the process is not something that is too complicated to understand. In fact, it is very feasible, and for most of the following procedure you are much more focused on contact with the host institution. Our brief overview of the process of applying for a student visa in Malaysia will help to clarify things further.

    All international students will have to have a valid student pass and a valid visa to study in Malaysia. In accordance with Malaysian law, only those state and private educational institutions which are under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Higher Education can accept international students.

    In order to obtain a student visa in Malaysia, it is necessary to apply for a student pass first. As soon as you have an approved student pass, you will be issued a student visa at the time when you enter the country. You will get a permanent student pass when you arrive in Malaysia. You will need both a student pass and a student visa to study in Malaysia.

    A student visa will be issued to you at the moment when you enter Malaysia, upon showing to the immigration officer the letter of confirmation in which your student pass has been approved. Once a Malaysian educational institution has accepted you, they will send a completed student pass application form on your behalf. It is necessary to send them all the relevant documentation and pay the necessary fees before they will begin the aforementioned process for you. If your application is successful, the Malaysian Immigration Sector will issue a letter to the educational institution in which they confirm the issuing of your student pass. The educational institution of the host, or the one you applied to, will then send you a completed letter with all the information while you are still in your own country, with a signed personal guarantee that will be used as confirmation of your good character for the immigration authorities. The immigration authorities take up to two weeks to decide on your case. When you reserve your airline ticket, you must announce to your host all the details, i.e. the flight number, exact date and time of landing.

    All students, other than Chinese students, will be able to enter Malaysia only on the basis of a letter approved by the Immigration Department.

    When landing at the airport, a representative of your host university will be waiting for you at the customs checkpoint. A special temporary pass will be issued there that will allow you to stay for two weeks. After that, you should immediately go to the nearest representative office of the State Immigration Sector to replace your temporary student pass with a permanent one. Also, you will be granted a visa, which will be valid for at least six months. After your documents are submitted to immigration, they will need six to eight weeks to stamp a student visa in your passport. This visa is renewed annually.

    What documents and evidence must be prepared?

    In order to apply for a student pass, your institution will provide the following immigration documents for inspection:

    • An official letter from the host institution
    • A filled-out form for a student pass
    • Two copies of the page in a valid passport which contains the photograph
    • Three passport-format photographs
    • Proof of purchased health insurance
    • A photocopy of your medical report
    • Confirmation that you are able to pay the tuition fees and cover the cost of living
    • A personal guarantee issued and signed by the host institution

    Your host, an educational institution or a university, by law, must sign a personal guarantee for you, but it is your obligation to pay the applicable fees. The university will not process your application until all the relevant fees are settled, within the indicated deadlines.



      You will be pleasantly surprised by the wide use of English in all spheres of the society. For the local population, English is a part of their compulsory education, first introduced right at the beginning of their elementary education. It is ever present in higher education, and you can even encounter it very often in an official context.

      While around 130 different languages are present in the territory of Malaysia, Mandarin is the most popular and offers a great opportunity for international students to learn it, thereby opening up the Chinese market, one of the fastest-growing markets in the past decade, as a possible future career destination. Malaysia predicts that a large share of the country's future economic growth will be due to technological developments. In a recent interview, a representative of their Multimedia Development Corporation reiterated that a major focus will be on high-tech engineering research, referring to DHL’s recently opened development centre in Malaysia.

      To a significant extent, the state owes its technological development to the constant growth rates of the national economy in the last 50 years since independence. With the very low cost of living and an enviable climate, it is not surprising that this destination enjoys such popularity.

      Although students tend to be preoccupied with organising student loans and immigration claims, it is important and no less demanding to find adequate accommodation. Most Malaysian universities will provide some kind of campus accommodation for international students. Accommodation on campuses in Malaysia is different from that in the US or the UK, where life on a university campus means living in residential accommodation facilities, something like student dorms. In Malaysia, hostels within the campus can also mean student hostels, each with a different layout, different amenities and price. Each university available to international students provides a separate office for them, where they can turn to for all the necessary information, and one of the most common matters advice is sought for is finding adequate accommodation.

      If you request this, they will ask you to provide all the information you need to decide which option is most appropriate for you. Overall, Malaysia is a great destination for people who want to depart from the pattern of large European, university cities, and from the culture of the West. Malaysia is a refreshing experience in the world of academic mobility and we very warmly recommend it to you as the perfect destination for your studies.