Study in Malaysia: Know all about best universities
Updated on Sep 14, 2016 - 6:54 p.m. IST by Manashjyoti #Malaysia
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Top universities in Malaysia: Given a chance an international student would like to study in a top-tier country like the UK or USA, considering they host the maximum top-50 universities in the world. But what actually happens is the student is sometimes deterred by the extremely tough screening process and at times by the huge fees charged by these universities. If you plan to study in Malaysia then it is not a bad choice at all. 

To begin with, it isn’t the costliest destination around. Going by an HSBC report; it costs a fraction, $12,941 annually, of what it costs in major study-abroad destinations, which is more than $30,000. Also, some of the top universities in Malaysia figure prominently in the top rankings. For example, Universiti Malaya is ranked at the respectable 133rd position in QS rankings 2016/17. Then there are four other universities in the top 400, which give you enough options to pick from.

 

Top universities in Malaysia

University

QS World University Rankings 2016/17

Universiti Malaya (UM)

133

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)

270

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)

288

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)

302

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

330

Here we bring you a brief description of each of these top universities along with information like application timeline and the application process.

 

Universiti MalayaUniversiti Malaya (UM)

Founded in 1905, Universiti Malaya is a leading multidisciplinary Research University (RU) in Malaysia and its top ranked university -- ranked 133rd in the QS World University Rankings 2016/17. Students from 80 different countries make up the international community at UM, which has a total student strength of around 27,000, reflecting its global appeal. The academic staff comprises around 1,700 personnel, and there are 17 facilities and research centers touching the entire spectrum of higher study including Humanities, Arts and Sciences.

 

In addition to offering its own degrees, UM also offers joint PhD degrees with international partner universities like University of Sydney, University of Melbourne, University of Nottingham and the Consortium of Presidents of Universities (CPU) in France.

 

When to apply:

Level

Application deadline

Undergraduate

February intake- 2 months prior to date of intake

September intake- 2 months prior to date of intake

Postgraduate

February intake- 2 months prior to date of intake

September intake- 2 months prior to date of intake

How to apply:

Level

Application procedure

Undergraduate

Apply online directly to the university

Postgraduate

Online application

Exams accepted:

English Proficiency*

A band 6 for IELTS; 550 TOEFL (PBT), 213 TOEFL (CBT), 80 TOEFL (iBT)

*Certain programs like Master of English Language Studies programme by the Faculty of languages and Linguistics have different entry requirements, so the candidate is requested to get in touch with their perspective departments to get a clear picture.

Universiti Putra MalaysiaUniversiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)

Located in Serdang, bordering Malaysia’s administrative capital city, UPM is one of the top universities in Malaysia and a leading research university. It has the distinction of featuring in the “QS Top 50 under 50” for 2015/16 session, coming in at 38thin the world. In QS 2016/17, it is ranked 270th in the world, making it the second-highest ranked university in Malaysia. Total student enrolment at the university is around 24,000, of which nearly 5,000 are international students. At the undergraduate level, UPM offers programmes at Bachelor, Diploma and Foundation Studies levels. Postgraduate students, meanwhile, have a choice of over 400 fields of study to choose from.

 

When to apply:

Level

Application deadline

Undergraduate

February intake – NA

September intake –May-End

Postgraduate

Application is open throughout the year for both February and September intake

How to apply:

Level

Application procedure

Undergraduate

Online application

Postgraduate

Online application

Exams accepted:

English Proficiency

TOEFL, IELTS

Universiti Teknologi MalaysiaUniversiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)

The Universiti Teknologi Malaysia sits at the crossroads of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, and Johor Bahru, a vibrant city in Iskandar Malaysia. UTM is an innovation-driven Research University, and is among the top universities in Malaysia, and is ranked 288th in QS world rankings. Total student strength of UTM is around 18,000, out of which 2,500 are from overseas. The university offers a number of popular programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including Bachelor of Science (Mathematics Industry), Bachelor of Chemistry Bioprocess Engineering, Bachelor of System Electronic Engineering and Master of Science (Materials Engineering).

When to apply:

Level

Application deadline

Undergraduate

February intake- Oct-End

September intake- June

Postgraduate

February intake- November-End

September intake- June-End

How to apply:

Level

Application procedure

Undergraduate

Online application

Postgraduate

Online application

Exams accepted:

English Proficiency

IELTS (6.0); 550 TOEFL (PBT), 79 TOEFL (iBT)

Universiti Kebangsaan MalaysiaUniversiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)

One of the top universities in Malaysia, UKM is ranked 302nd in QS World University Rankings 2016/17. It came into existence on 18th May 1970, with its main campus in Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) area. UKM is a recipient of Prime Minister’s Quality Award 2006, which is awarded in recognition of services in the academic and management fields. UKM offers a number of traditional and emerging courses at all the levels of higher studies: Undergraduates, Graduates and Doctor of Philosophy. It has fourteen faculties, including the Faculty of Science and Technology, Faculty of Economics and Management and Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment.

 

When to apply:

Level

Application deadline

Undergraduate

NA (Online application opens in January every year)

Postgraduate

February intake- October and November

September intake- April and May

How to apply:

Level

Application procedure

Undergraduate

Online application

Postgraduate

Online application

Exams accepted:

English Proficiency

TOEFL, IELTS

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

Founded in 1969, USM is the second-oldest university in Malaysia with its main campus located in the island of Penang. The total enrollment at the university is around 30,000 students, and it has 26 academic schools, including 17 at the main campus. Popular academic schools include School of Management, School of Industrial Technology and School of Chemical Engineering. In addition to traditional courses, USM also offers fast-track programmes. One of the top universities in Malaysia, it is ranked 330 in QS rankings and a popular destination among international students. In 2007, the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MOHE) recognised USM as a Research Intensive University.

When to apply:

Level

Application deadline

Undergraduate

April

Postgraduate

February intake- Mid-October

September intake- Mid-June

How to apply:

Level

Application procedure

Undergraduate

Online application

Postgraduate

Online application

Exams accepted:

English Proficiency*

80 TOEFL(Internet-Based); IELTS Band 6.0

*These scores are indicative only and aren’t inclusive of all programmes

Stay tuned to www.studyabroad.careers360.com for more news and updates on Malaysia

 

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My kid is doing A levels in Malaysia with Biology Chemistry & Maths only. No Physics. Is she eligible to apply for NEET 2020. It is compulsory to attempt NEET exam to get eligibility cert. to do MBBS from abroad. Is physics needed... as UK accepts Maths OR Physics for MBBS admission.

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 30th Oct, 2019

Dear Sandeep, you haven't mentioned your kid's Nationality. If your kid has Indian Citizenship but is in Malaysia only to study but plans on appearing for NEET as an Indian National, then yes NEET is mandatory either to study in India or abroad. For beibg eligible for NEET, he/she should have completed 10+2 or equivalent with Biology, Chemistry and Physics as his/her core subjects. Physics is a mandatory exam for NEET. There cannot be any exception to that whether the country your kid chooses to study needs Physics or Mathematics. Physics, Chemistry and Biology are the mandatory subjects to appear for NEET. This rule applies to NRIs, OCI, and PIOs who want to study MBBS in India. But if your kid is a NRI/OCI/PIO then he/she doesn't need NEET to study in another country.

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