Study in Malaysia

Why study in Malaysia?

“Malaysia is currently ranked as the world’s 11th most preferred study destination by UNESCO”


Quality Education
Malaysia has:
  • More than 30 years of experience in international education
  • 2% of the international student population around the world

Malaysian government is committed to its vision of turning the country into a high quality education destination for students from all over the globe. The country’s Ministry of Higher Education monitors all institutions to ensure they adhere to the highest standards.

As a result, many reputable foreign universities from countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand have been inspired to come to Malaysia, either to set up branch campuses or to enter into collaboration with Malaysian institutions.

Malaysia offers:
  • A wide range of courses ranging from English Language programmes and Diplomas to Degrees and Post-graduate studies
  • A variety of study options in private higher educational institutions, foreign university branch campuses and public universities
  • Flexible external Degree Programmes that cater to different budgets and academic needs
  • Excellent internationally-recognised qualifications

If you opt to study in Malaysia, you can get the best of two worlds – a Degree from a highly recognised international university, but at a much more affordable cost.

There are three ways to do this:

  • Study at a Malaysian Private University and earn a Bachelor’s Degree or Postgraduate Degree that is recognised worldwide
  • Study at a Foreign University Branch Campus in Malaysia at a lower cost and get a Degree issued by the parent university
  • Study at a Private College under a Split Degree programme or 3+0 Degree programme
Affordable Tuition Fees

One of the main attractions Malaysia holds for foreign students is the affordability factor. The major cost considerations when it comes to a foreign education are course fees and living expenses. Once they calculate the cost of education and living in Malaysia, many international students discover that studying in Malaysia offers them real value for money. The affordable cost of quality tertiary education is one of many good reasons why international students choose Malaysia.

For example, you can acquire a UK engineering degree (3 years) in Malaysia through a franchised degree programme at an estimated RM51,000 (USD16,000), whereas the tuition fee of the same degree programme at the host university in the UK is about RM144,000 (USD45,000).

Education System

The Malaysian education system is largely modelled on the British education system. Most public higher education institutions use the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) system whilst others use the grade system. Below are some of the assessment methods available.


Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)
Marks in % Grade Our Equivalent Quality Point
85 – 100 A High Distinction 4.0
80 – 84 A- Distinction 3.7
75 – 79 B+ 3.3
70 – 74 B Credit 3.0
65 – 69 B- 2.7
60 – 64 C+ Pass 2.3
55 – 59 C 2.0
50 – 54 C- 1.7
45 – 49 D+ Not Pass 1.3
40 – 44 D 1.0
0 – 39 E 0.0
Academic year

The academic year differs from one institution to another. Each university has its own timetable, but generally, the year is split into three semesters/trimesters of 12 weeks each, with a two-week break during the semester, and a longer six-week break in the middle of the year.

The university year generally begins in late February or early March and ends in October. Most courses are ‘full year’ courses, but some courses can be completed in just one semester. It is sometimes possible to start university in July. Classes are held from Monday to Friday, with libraries and some other support services open on weekends. Examinations are sometimes conducted on a Saturday.

Various universities also offer weekend classes for those who are working. Some conduct ‘summer school’ courses from November to February, allowing students to complete their degrees within a shorter time.