Study in Malaysia for International Students

This page contains guides and relevant links to resource articles for study in Malaysia for international students. This study in Malaysia series will cover various topics and new topics will be added on a regular basis. 
study in malaysia for international students

The process of applying to enter Malaysia as a student is simple. The 80,000 international students from more than 100 countries studying in Malaysia is testimony that Malaysia is a friendly place for international students.

Students are advised to consult the student counsellors or relevant representatives of the institution on the type of programmes offered and its entry requirements. Also, find the budget that best fits your needs. Malaysian institutions offer many options that will meet most students' requirements. Assistance for the application for Student Passes and Visas to 
enter Malaysia is usually provided by the institutions that a student has enrolled at.

Cost of Living in Malaysia

Aside from affordable tuition fees, another great reason to study in Malaysia is the relatively low cost of living. Kuala Lumpur has been ranked one of the least expensive cities in the world to live in. Whether you choose to live on or off campus, you will find that it is quite possible to live very comfortably within a budget of USD5,000 per year.

To give you an indication, here’s a breakdown of living costs for students in Malaysia:

Your average monthly rental for a single room on a twin-sharing basis could be between USD100 and USD150, depending on the area, the type of accommodation and the facilities available.

You can have an immensely satisfying meal at a shop for just USD1.50, while three square meals can be enjoyed for under USD5 per day. So, if you’re prudent, your food bill for a month can be contained within USD150.

The cost of washing and ironing your clothes can be from as low as USD20 per month if you lead a normal student lifestyle.

Telecommunication/Mobile Phone Bills and Utilities
Your costs in this area would depend on your usage charges and could be anything from USD10 onwards.

Public Transport
Students who stay on or near campus may not incur any travel costs going to and from classes. However, other travel costs could come up to USD15 per month

Medical Insurance
Be prepared to allocate an average of at least USD15 per month to cover medical and hospitalisation insurance as well as for outpatient treatment at a private clinic in case you are taken ill.

Personal Expenses
This would very much depend on your personal lifestyle. Your cost for toiletries, grooming, clothes and other necessities can start from as low as USD35 per month. Add another USD 20 for the occasional movie or social outing, and you can lead a decent student lifestyle.

Adding all of the above up, you have a figure of USD410 per month, or just short of USD5,000 per year in living expenses if you are prudent.

Read more: Cost of Living in Malaysia for International Students 2018.

Price index of general Items

Prices in
US Dollar
Combo meal at McDonald’s or similar 
3.60 USD
Meal at an inexpensive restaurant
3.40 USD
Rent for a Room in City Centre (per month)
274 USD
Rent for a Room outside of City Centre (per month)
182 USD
One-way Ticket (Local Transport)
0.60 USD
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)
0.90 USD
Gasoline (1 litre)
0.57 USD
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment               
45 USD
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)
45 USD

Malaysia Student Visa Requirements include the following:

  1. Acceptance Letter from the Institution the student applied for.
  2. Full Copy of the Student’s Passport.
  3. Certified True Copy of Grades in clear copy.
  4. Passport Picture in blue background*.
  5. Pre - Medical Form and Results before and after arriving in Malaysia**.
  6. TOEFL / IELTS Results (if applicable)
  7. No Objection Certificate (NOC) or the Letter of Eligibility (LoE) for Sub - Saharan Countries.***
  8. Single Entry Visa (if applicable).****
*For students that are wearing glasses, it is important you remove your spectacles for the picture. Otherwise, you will be asked to take another photo for your application.

**It is necessary to perform a medical check-up before going to Malaysia to obtain a Single Entry Visa and another medical check - up within 7 days of arrival in Malaysia to process your Student Pass or Student Visa. The clinics and hospitals must be accredited by the Malaysian government. You may refer to the Malaysian embassy in your country as to which clinics and hospitals are accredited.

***Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cote d’ Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equitorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea - Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Togo, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

****Countries that need to secure a Single Entry Visa upon arrival in Malaysia to study: Algeria, Argentina, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia - Herzegovina, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chile, China, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Guinea Republic, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Lienchestien, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia Montenegro, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Marino, Sweden, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, U.A.E., United Nations, United States, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Western Samoa and Yemen.

Read more:

Cheapest Universities in Malaysia for International Students

#1 International University of Malaya-Wales (IUMW) - Kuala Lumpur

Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons):
USD 12,000 (3 years, tuition fees whole program)


#2 Universiti Malaya (UM) - Kuala Lumpur

Bachelor of Business Administration:

USD 15,534 (3.5 years, tuition fees whole program)


Note: Universiti Malaya is the highest ranked university in Malaysia.

#3 Universiti Malaysia Perlis - Perlis

Bachelor of Business (Honours):

USD 5,000 (3 years, tuition fees whole program)

#4 University Teknikal Malaysia Melaka - Melaka

Bachelor of Technopreneurship Program:
USD 14,000 (3.5 years, tuition fees whole program)


#5 Universiti of Science, Malaysia - Penang

Bachelor of Management (Honours):
USD 21,360 (4 years, tuition fees for whole program)

Read more: Cheapest Universities in Malaysia for International Students 2018

Working Part-Time While Studying in Malaysia

International Students studying in Malaysia are allowed to work part time with the following conditions:
  • Maximum 20 hours of work per week. 
  • Students can only work during holiday breaks of more than 7 days. 
  • Students are allowed to work in mini markets, restaurants and cafes, hotels and petrol stations but not as a cashier, singer, masseur, musician, GRO and other work seen as morally wrong. 
  • Request to work must be made through the private institution or university you are studying at.
Note: The private institution or university that you will be studying at will be required to submit your class attendance report and performance to the Immigration Department every 3 months.

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