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Mahesh Ramani

Mahesh Ramani is a senior content editor for the Hotcourses India- an IDP company.


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FAQs on Studying in Malaysia

How about considering a study destination that offers true value for money? Read this article for answers to your queries on studying in Malaysia.

17 Aug 2015 862 Book icon 3 mins Share
Mahesh Ramani

Mahesh Ramani is a senior content editor for the Hotcourses India- an IDP company.


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FAQs on Studying in Malaysia

Did you know that Malaysia is currently ranked as the world's 11th most preferred study destination by UNESCO?

Malaysia is home to over 100,000 international students from around the world.


Why Choose Malaysia?

  • Strong educational system with the medium of instruction being English
  • Technology, engineering, science, bio-technology and medicine are traditional areas of strength
  • Warm and friendly people welcome international students
  • Strong community of expatriate Indians, a lot of migrants of South India have settled down in Malaysia
  • Cost of living and fees is lesser when compared to the USA, UK or Australia
  • Significant investments have been made in creating EduCity@Iskandar - a world-class educational hub
  • Kuala Lumpur is well-connected by flights to most Indian cities
  • Malaysia is the “Gateway to Asia” and offers many quick tourist getaways.

Studying in Malaysia as an international student has been simplified with the establishment of “Education Malaysia Global Services”. Popularly known as EMGS, it is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Ministry of Education of Malaysia. EMGS manages student applications which are forwarded by universities and colleges to EMGS and EMGS examines all applications and grants visas and the all-important Student Pass.

In this article, we look at some commonly asked questions that Indian students have about studying in Malaysia. Let us look at the questions and answers now!


What are the top-ranked universities in Malaysia?

Malaysia has a number of public universities and a selection of private engineering institutions and universities. Additionally, the EduCity@Iskandar Project has seen leading international institutions from the UK, Australia and Singapore setting up campuses in Malaysia. Some of the top-ranked institutions in Malaysia are - Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Malaya, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Universiti Putra Malaysia. 


How much will it cost to study in Malaysia?

The cost varies as per the course and the university. A public university is likely to charge considerably lesser than a private university. For an idea of average costs, a four-year undergraduate engineering degree will cost around US$12,900 to US$14,300 at a private university in Malaysia. Prospective students are advised to visit the “Education Malaysia” website for more information on fees and cost of living in Malaysia.


Am I eligible for scholarships?

Scholarships for international students are limited and vary from institution to institution. Students should contact their university for more information on scholarships.


What are the English language requirements?

This varies based on course and level of study. An IELTS score of 6.0 for undergraduate programmes and 6.5 to 7.0 is usually considered sufficient for postgraduate programmes.  Students are advised to contact the university where they plan to study for more information regarding English language requirements.


Can I study two degrees simultaneously?

No, Malaysian laws forbid international students from studying two degrees at the same time.


Am I supposed to undergo a health check-up in Malaysia?

Yes, as per Malaysian laws, within seven days of arrival in Malaysia, international students are supposed to undergo a detailed health check up at a pre-designated medical care centre. Students who join a public university can get this procedure done at the medical clinic located within their respective campuses. Students who do not complete this mandatory health check-up will have their Student Pass revoked.


Will I get medical insurance coverage?

All international students are required to opt for a comprehensive medical insurance plan. Most universities have partnerships with private insurance companies and offer students attractive medical insurance packages.


Can I open a local bank account?

Yes, you are advised to open a local bank account as soon as possible once you land in Malaysia. It is safe, simple and convenient. Your International Student Support Team at your university will help you with opening a bank account and signing up for medical insurance.


What is the iKad?

The “iKad” is a government-issued identity card designed specifically for international students.              

Each iKad contains the following information:

  • Student Photograph
  • Passport Number
  • Nationality of the student
  • Institution Name where the student is studying
  • Duration of the Student Pass

A charge of RM50 is collected for issuing the iKad.


What are my accommodation options?

All leading universities offer accommodation options for their students either within the campus or at a close distance to the main university campus. Students are advised to apply well in advance to ensure that they secure university accommodation. Off-campus accommodation in the form of private student hostels and apartments are also available. There is something for every budget. Students choosing to live off campus are advised to secure accommodation that allows them to reach their university with ease.


Can I work while studying in Malaysia?

Yes, you are permitted to work for up to 20 hours a week during classes. International students cannot work as a cashier or in the entertainment industry. Specific job-roles as singers, dancers and masseurs in hotels and resorts are also not permitted.


Can I find a job in Malaysia after my studies?

The opportunities are extremely limited and in very specific roles and industries. More opportunities are available in research and development in pharmaceutical sciences and biotechnology.


 You can speak to our dedicated study abroad counselors on 1-800-103-2581 for more information on studying in Malaysia. Call us today for free study abroad guidance!



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