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Study in Malaysia

Ashwin Sriram

Posted by Ashwin Sriram | 20 Oct 2014

Malaysia is well known for being home to branch campuses of foreign institutions like Monash University, Curtin University of Technology and University of Nottingham.

Malaysia is a country of diversity that thrives on multiculturalism. It is home to numerous ethnic groups, races, and religions. Its geographical location is almost as diverse as its culture. Malaysia, known as the gateway to Asia, has just about the right balance of city life and nature. From Kuala Lumpur's Petronas Twin Towers to rainforests, Malaysia has a bit of everything. Living there allows you to explore rugged mountains, mangroves and sandy beaches.

It is a country located amidst the South China Sea and is split into two parts, Peninsular and East Malaysia. The Peninsular Malaysia is made up of 1 state and 2 federal territories; and East Malaysia, separated from the Peninsular Malaysia by the South China Sea, consists of 2 states and a third federal territory.

More than Just a Holiday Destination

Not only is Malaysia a top holiday destination, it is also turning out to be a popular study destination. Malaysia has been ranked the 11th most preferred study destination in the world by UNESCO. The country also accounts for two per cent of the world's total international student population.

Cost of Living

One of the most popular reasons why international students choose Malaysia is its low cost of living and its affordable tuition fees. Students will also find that the accommodation options are quite affordable. The average monthly rent for a room could range anywhere between USD 100 to USD 150, depending on the chosen accommodation. Students can even contain their food bill for a month to USD 150 and have their laundry for the month done for USD 20!


Malaysian colleges and Universities offer a wide variety of courses ranging from the pre-university to the postgraduate levels. Undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are offered in various fields including pharmacy, medicine, engineering, law, business, economics, commerce, information technology, and education.

Here's a look at the top five Malaysian Universities as per the QS Asian Rankings 2013:

1.    Universiti Malaya - 33rd position internationally
2.    Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia - 57th position internationally
3.    Universiti Sains Malaysia - 61st position internationally
4.    Universiti Teknologi Malaysia - 68th position internationally
5.    Universiti Putra Malaysia - 72nd position internationally

Malaysia is also well known for being home to branch campuses of foreign institutions at affordable tuition rates. Examples of such universities are Monash University, Swinburne University of Technology, Curtin University of Technology, University of Nottingham, Raffles Design Institute and SAE Institute.

Outside of the classroom, there's a world of activities you can explore. You can explore the islands of Penang, Langkawi, Pangkor and Tioman and experience a nice beach holiday, or have a look at the colourful stages of Malay history in Penang. You can also head down to the famous Batu caves, a 400 million year old limestone hill with a series of awe inspiring caves and cave temples. Student life in Malaysia is filled with such opportunities for adventure.

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