Why study in Malaysia
: Until not so long ago, studying abroad for international students generally meant studying in destinations like the USAUK, and Australia. Countries like China and Russia did crop up in discussions, but were mostly relegated as an afterthought, and they were deemed destinations that were in the race for their lower tuition fees than for academic reasons. In recent times, though, there have been some dramatic changes in the academic landscape, what with countries like Malaysia emerging as viable alternatives and proving to be more than a match for the heavyweights.

Further, Malaysia as a study destination has a lot going in its favor apart from being a cheap option. The country has a number of world-class universities and a very stable political environment conducive for higher studies.


Top Universities to study in Malaysia: QS World University Rankings 2015/16


QS Ranking

Universiti Malaya (UM) 


Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)


Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)


Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)


Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)


International Islamic University Malaysia


Universiti Teknologi MARA – UiTM


Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM)


Universities in Malaysia are globally recognized and are flexible

In the QS World University Rankings 2015/16, as many as five Malaysian universities were ranked in the top 500, while a couple others made it to the top 800. While these universities are an obvious reason why students are increasingly choosing to study in Malaysia, another key driving force is the country’s policy of allowing universities based in other countries to open their campuses in Malaysia. What it has done is it has presented students a larger pool of academic programs to choose from and the scope to interact with students and faculty of other universities. At present, University of Nottingham, UK, and Monash University, Australia, are running their campuses in the country.

Among the local universities, Universiti Malaya (UM) is the highest placed in the QS list at 146th and has a substantial population of international postgraduate students, around 3,000. Some of the most sought-after courses at the university include computer science, engineering and education.


Another reason for students to study in Malaysia is most private universities in the country offer ‘twinning’ or ‘2+1’ degree option. A twinning program gives students the leverage to complete part of their degree in Malaysia and the other part in a partner institution in some other country. Using this option, students can even get a degree accredited by top academic institutions in the UK, USA and Germany, which is why the program remains very popular. Twining programs also help keep costs low, like a UK engineering degree (3 years) in Malaysia can be earned for as little as RM51, 000 (USD16, 000) through a franchised degree program, when the same degree would cost around RM144, 000 (USD45, 000) at the host university.


Here are some more reasons why you should study in Malaysia:


Tuition fee and cost of living is lower than in countries like the USA and Australia: Studying abroad was never cheap. High tuition fee charging programmes like an MBA at Stanford can cost you as much as $103,419 - $125,415- to living costs (around $1,000 per month in the USA), there is a lot of money involved. Then there is health insurance cover –which is mandatory of admission in most top academic destinations, including Malaysia. Contrast this with MBA fee at IIUM Graduate School of Management, Malaysia, which stands at RM 28,870 per year. While comparing universities isn’t a good idea, university fee in Malaysia is on the lower side, which might prompt students to study in Malaysia.


When studying in Malaysia, you will be spending on stuff like accommodation, public transport and laundry, which together make up the cost of living. The average cost of living in Malaysia comes to around $5,000 which is lower than those in the USA, where living expenses on average tops $1,000 per month. The biggest chunk of living expenses will go towards accommodation. Mostly universities help students find accommodation. Put aside RM300 (USD94) to RM450 (USD141) per month for accommodation (costs will vary depending on geography and also whether you are living on-campus or off-campus accommodation).


There are many places of tourist interest: If you want to top off your study in Malaysia with some memorable moments, consider visiting the famous tourist spots in the country. And it doesn’t matter whether you are a battled hardened traveller or an amateur trying to learn the ropes of travelling, as you will have your hand full –stunning beaches, uniquely designed highland resorts, theme parks, nature and adventure tours, world-heritage sites,  Malaysia has it all. While studying in Malaysia, you will also get to experience some colonial charm at Penang. Regarded as the ‘gateway to Asia,’ Malaysia will help you explore the many facets of your personality and improve them.


It is the place where your palate will run wild

Malaysia prides itself of two things these days –its emerging academic scene and wide array of mouth-watering delicacies. So, when you are studying in Malaysia, you must perish the thought that you will go hungry for lack of good and familiar food. Almost all the big and not-so-big cities have restaurants serving the best in Malay, Indian and Chinese. In addition, you can also easily find Western, Continental and European food. If you are into fast-food like hot dogs, pizzas, fried chicken and burgers, there are numerous international chains as well to gratify your taste buds.


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IS GMAT must to get into MBA in Malaysia

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 7th Mar, 2020


gmat stands for graduate management aptitude test, and it score is accepted in many abroad and overseas countries mba colleges for admission in different management related program , however there is many colleges in malayasia which admission is based on your academic score, where gmat is not necessary, however I suggest you to check the placement , infrastructure information before take admission in any college.


Hello, I am an Indian citizen currently in my 10th semester of MBBS in Malaysia. I am expected to finish in August 2020, would you recommend for me to sit for the December exam? And if yes, when does the registration start? Is there any official website that I can have a look at. Thanks.

Animesh Vats Student Expert 8th Mar, 2020


Well you can give the December exam if you are well prepared. The registration will begin in the month of October for the December exam. And then exam will be in December. The website link is attached below. You can visit the website once to know more.


I hope my answer helps.

All the best.


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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