Malaysia is one of the most vibrant countries in Southeast Asia. Rich culture along with great cuisine. A bustling metropolis area with great shopping departments at a low cost. Malaysia’s tagline, “Real Asia”, is a reflection of this. Malaysia is also becoming a popular location for overseas students due to its internationally acclaimed education. So, what makes Malaysia such a unique place to study? Let’s see what TRUST Study Abroad Consultant Company has to say about study in Malaysia


  • Malaysia is ranked 29th on the safest country worldwide according to the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) in 2017. Malaysia has a low criminal rate and a stable politic system.
  • Almost every Malaysian can speak English, although its native language is Malaysian, Chinese and Tamil.
  • With modern facilities and equipments, Malaysia offers the best learning environment for students. Universities in Malaysia provide state-of-the-art digital resources in addition to a large number of laboratories, lecture halls, and computer labs. 
  • Biotechnology, business, engineering and multimedia design are just one of a few major available at Malaysian Universities. 
  • Low study cost and living expenses compared to Australia, US, Canada and United Kingdom
  • Malaysian universities are internationally recognized. University Malaya (UM) is ranked 87th in Top QS University in 2019
  • Malaysian Universities are associated with famous universities in UK, Australia, US. Therefore, degrees earned in Malaysia are internationally recognized. 

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Requirements and Cost

Malaysia has become a desireable destination to pursue academic studying. The country hosts more than 40.000 international students from more than 100 countries. In Southest Asia, this is the epicenter of higher education and excellent academic training. So should you pursue a study in Malaysia? What are the requirements? What are the cost that attract a large amount of Vietnamese students? Find out now!


Requirements to study in Malaysia is generally easy to obtain. You need to provide: 

  • Transcripts
  • English Certificate like IELTS, TOELF

Most Malaysian’s college and university provide courses in English, so language capability is also one of the requirements for international students. You can register in their English course to enhance your ability first then applying to specialised majors later. 

Cost to study in Malaysia

Malaysia is a popular choice for international students. The total cost for studying in Malaysia is not too high. 

  • Bachelor’s Degree ranges from 43.000RM to 100.000RM depends on the selected course
  • Post-graduated ranges from 1.800 to 30.000RM depends on the course and whether it is a public or private university. 
  • Besides, living cost is pretty low, at around 1.200RM each month.

Scholarship Program in Malaysia 

Malaysia International Scholarship (MIS)

Malaysia International Scholarship (MIS) is established by the Malaysian government to attract brilliant individuals to pursue higher education in Malaysia. This scholarship attracts, encourages and retent foreign talented resources. This is a full coverage government scholarship 

Talented international students with excellent academic performance and extracurricular background is welcomed to apply for this scholarship and study at any private or public Malaysian’s reputed university

Prioritized research area

  • Science and Technology.
  • Agriculture and Fisheries
  • Islamic Economics and Finance
  • Information and communications tehnology.
  • Biotechnology.
  • BioSafety and Food Safety
  • Infrastructure and Utilities
  • Environmental Research
  • Medical excluding nursing, medicine and clinical pharmacy 

Note: Applicants can choose any courses related to the listed area



Dorm – Residence Hall

Many international students choose this option. Single or shared rooms are available for rent (depending on request). Private bathroom, free internet, furnished room, bed, mattress, chair, desk, and balcony are among the private amenities.

Students will have access to a shared kitchenette, a washing room, a living room, a studyroom, a GYM, a play area, an air conditioner, a security camera, and a swimming pool (not available in all areas) as well as bike parking lot. Dormitories are usually only a 10-minute walk away, saving you money on transportation. As a result, avoid hustle to get to class on time by getting up early in the morning and taking public transportation.

Cost: Some dorms will provide daily meal for student at $3-$6/day. You can rent a single furnished room with private kitchen at $30-$150 US Dollars/month 

Off campus (studio, private house, apartment)

Serviced and non-serviced amenities are available in private housing. For overseas students, off-campus living provides a more independent and private housing alternative. Students usually move out of the on-campus residence after getting to know the area and the local culture.

Your university’s housing service can also assist you in finding off-campus accommodations. Malaysia offers a variety of off-campus housing options, including studio, private apartments, and communal apartments for independent living. In Malaysia, there are regions designated as student zones. The majority of students live here because it is closer to their educational institutions.

Price: Off-campus housing cost approx. $55-$123/month. Utilities and other amentities like internet will be included in the total rent.

Off-campus housing is always a bit more expensive than on-campus. It is recommended that you should live with another housemate reduce the cost. Student is responsible for security and maintenance in an off-campus facility. The cost of renting will vary depending on its location, size, amentities and whether or not it is fully furnished. 

Is it possible to study and work in Malaysia? International students are generally permitted to work part-time. But only if you agree to the following terms and conditions:

  • Only allowed to work at a maximum of 20 hours per week, however, can increase the hours working during holidays. 
  • International students can only work in 4 areas: restaurant, small market, hotel or petrol station. 

Study in Malaysia and then transfer to America

Some international universities in Malaysia collaborate with institutions in the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, and other countries. As a result, transferring credits to study in the United States becomes much easier. tudents who study in Malaysia for the purpose of transferring to the United States can choose to study for two years at a Malaysian institution and two years at a US university. With this route, you will have more advantages and a smoother transition to study in America. 

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