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Malaysia: Destination For International Degrees

Students from around the world are increasingly interested in studying in Malaysia. A number of its educational institutes are among the top 200 universities in the world. More than 100,000 international students study in Malaysia, representing 150 different nations.

Malaysia’s education standards are closely monitored by the Ministry of Higher Education, which aims to make the country a regional hub for excellence in higher education.

As one of the top tourist destinations in the world, Malaysia has long held the tagline 'Truly Asia'.
Aside from UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Mount Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu National Park, Malacca City and pristine marine parks, Malaysia is also a top economic hub in Southeast Asia, making it an ideal place to achieve your educational and career goals. For decades, Malaysia has led the way in industrial growth and political stability, and it is one of the top destinations for individuals who want to pursue international education. With highly ranked universities, the Ministry of Education strives to keep Malaysia's education sector in line with what is expected of education in the Asia-Pacific region.

Through public and private tertiary level education, as well as accredited skill centres, the government grooms top talents, which has resulted in the country becoming a global leader in key industries.
Along with providing top-of-the-line education, its affordable, cosmopolitan cities provide rich cultural immersion and lifelong memories. Kuala Lumpur's position as one of the most affordable student cities and the capital city in Malaysia has certainly contributed to this. Experiencing Malaysia, making lasting friendships, and taking advantage of the opportunities are plentiful. Malaysia's education can help you build a successful future.

Having been for decades a leader in industrial growth and political stability, Malaysia is also one of the top destinations for those seeking internationally-recognised education.


The government grooms top talent through public and private tertiary education institutions as well as professional bodies and accredited skill centres, resulting in the country being a global leader in key industries.


By maintaining high standards in keeping with the region’s education sectors and key industries, Malaysian universities rank highly in global university ranking tables. The oldest and premier university, the University of Malaya, is placed 13th on the QS World University Rankings 2020: Asia as a testament to our standards.

The quality of educational institutions in Malaysia is monitored by the Malaysian government enforcement of legislation such as The Education Act, the Private Higher Educational Institutions and The Malaysian Qualifications Agency.
The Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) provides guidelines and constant monitoring to ensure colleges and universities meet the highest standards in education and are internationally recognized. Institutions of higher learning in Malaysia provide professional, career-focused education offering courses that are up-to-date and market relevant. Graduates from Malaysia have no problems finding employment back in their home country.
International students can also get an accredited degree from many choices of world-renowned universities from UK, USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand through their twinning programs or branch campuses in Malaysia.
  • More than 30 years of experience in international education
  • Close to 100,000 international students

Kuala Lumpur has been named the world’s second most affordable student city by QS Best Student Cities 2018.


The costs of living and tuition fees are at least half if not two-thirds cheaper compared to countries like Australia, UK, Singapore and Canada.


Annual tuitions fees in Malaysia are from USD 4,000 – 6,000, whilst living expenses would be circa USD 400 – 700 per month. 


Only in Malaysia can you strike that balance between uncompromised quality and unmatched affordability – receiving a world-class education and living in comfort yet without the hefty price tag.

As one of the global leaders in engineering and manufacturing, companies in these industries produce Malaysian industry leaders and attract talents from around the globe.


Given industrial advancements over the years, knowledge and best practices have been integrated into relevant courses and are continuously updated.


Malaysia is also a leader in tourism, medical technology, optical equipment and agriculture. These sectors contribute to Malaysia’s thriving economy and are an integral facet for the global economy.


Doors to many high-flying careers are available to students in and outside Malaysia. With plentiful opportunities and a progressive and modern working environment, choosing to work here after your studies can help to take your career to the next level.

Made up of ethnic Malay, Chinese, Indian, and other indigenous ‘Bumiputera’ groups, Malaysia is also known for is diverse, multicultural society.


In fact, in the Bornean states of Sabah and Sarawak, there is a myriad of indigenous ethnic groups with their own unique language, culture and heritage. Interacting with the different ethnic groups of Malaysia can expose you to a wide range of lifestyles, religions and communities. This melting pot leads to students gaining invaluable experience unique to Malaysia, and possibly learning life skills such as picking up a new language, or cultivating new friendships.


Students also gain a global perspective on working, interacting and living with people from different cultures. This perspective helps inculcates values like hard work, resilience and tolerance, ultimately creating individuals who are able to adapt to any environment and contribute their vast experience to any organisation they join.


English is widely spoken

Although Bahasa Malaysia is an official language of this country, English is widely spoken in Malaysia as a second language. Most courses at universities are taught in English and it is possible to live in urban areas of Malaysia by speaking only English.


Communicating inside and outside the campus is easy, especially once you have also picked up the Malaysian English habits like ending you sentence with ‘lah’!

Known for its tagline ‘Truly Asia’, Malaysia has long cemented its reputation as one of the world’s top tourist destinations. An ecotourism hotspot, the country is home to an estimated 20% of the world’s animal species as well as four UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Amongst them, Kinabalu National Park boasts one of the highest mountains in Southeast Asia. If you are into hiking or simply enjoy looking at the Milky Way in the quiet of the night, this place is for you.


The Malaysian landscape (link to page things to do) is as varied with pristine beaches lining its coast and its biodiversity-rich rainforest offer many adventures to those who seek them. If you are a scuba junkie, islands like Sipadan is perfect for swimming around some of the most colourful coral reefs, fishes and other rare marine inhabitants.

Malaysia is ranked the third most peaceful country in the world by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) in their 2018 Global Peace Index. It boasts being one of Southeast Asia’s most vibrant economies, which is the fruit of decades of industrial growth and political stability. The government has, over the years, successfully implemented a successful development and industrialisation of the nation. Today, Malaysia is a confident and vibrant entity that is stable, secure, increasingly prosperous at home and at peace with its neighbours, all of which are strong foundations to becoming a high-income, innovation-based society.


Strategic Location


Malaysia is strategically located as the tourist hotspot in Asia. During semester breaks, you can travel with ease locally (link to things to do) like Langkawi and Redang, or regionally to places like Bali, Phuket, Krabi and Hanoi. Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Bali take only 3 hours, whereby to Krabi take merely 1 hour 30 minutes.


You can travel to further reaches of the world quickly and rather cheaply. A 5-day trip to Korea including Seoul can be as low as USD 750. A return trip with 3-night stay to Tokyo from USD 350. Visiting your Indonesian friend’s family while enjoying Bali’s beaches? It can be as low as USD30 for a return trip!