study in Malaysia





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Malaysia is a politically sound and geographically safe country, free from natural disasters. With its modern infrastructure and efficient transportation system, Malaysia makes a safe and comfortable place to live and study.

The quality of educational institutions in Malaysia is monitored by the Malaysian government enforcement of legislation such as The Education Act, 1996, the Private Higher Educational Institutions Act, 1996 and The Malaysian Qualifications Agency Act 2007. 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 the UK, USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand through their twinning programs or branch campuses in Malaysia. 

Added to this is the fact that, thanks to the country’s strategic location, there are many great-travel places within your reach while studying in Malaysia.

Malaysia’s law allows holders of student pass or permit to work while studying. This enables students to supplement their living and earn extra pocket money for travelling and leisure activities. Students are allowed to work part-time for a maximum of 20 hours per week.

International students should not have any problems studying in Malaysia, as English is the primary medium of instruction for all courses and study programs conducted at the private higher educational institutions. For those less proficient in the language, there are numerous schools and institutions offering basic English courses.

Students studying in Malaysia will get to experience living in a plural and multicultural society. The ethnic diversities of Malaysia expose students to a value-added life, global outlook and better understanding of different cultures, ethnic groups and traditions throughout the world. There are three major races in Malaysia namely the Malays, Chinese and Indians together with other ethnic minorities. Apart from mixing with Malaysian students, international students are also exposed to other students from different nationalities.

Malaysia is an increasingly popular place to get tertiary education with more than 40,000 international students from over 100 countries studying in Malaysia. It is the center of academic and higher education excellence in the region.

Why study in Malaysia?

  • Courses ranked among the top 100 in the world for Computer Science & Engineering
  • Ranked 16th among the world’s Safest Countries
  • Modern Campuses with Agile Infrastructure and Strong Digital Infrastructure
  • Recognizes Chinese Education, Tamil Education, Methodist Education, English education and Islamic Education as part of mainstream education.
  • 20 hours per week Part-time Work permitted.
  • Asia-Pacific Headquarters of Companies such as CIMB Holdings, Maybank, Genting Group, Petronas
  • Part-time Work Opportunities during Studies

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Top Courses in Malaysia

    Top Courses in MalaysiaPrice Range
    Information Technology16,500 -29,000
    Business Management23,000 - 55,000
    Financial Services14,000 - 42,000
    Engineering16,000 - 32,000
    Accounting19,000 - 40,000
    Communications18,000 - 45,000

Industry and Economic Outlook


Malaysia is considered an Asian Powerhouse for the export of hi-tech products.

In Demand Job Sectors

  • Finance & Accounting
  • Human Resources
  • IT (Cyber Security)
  • Computer Science;
  • Education
  • Multimedia Design
  • Culinary arts

Skill Shortages

  • Banking
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Market Development

Market Status

One of Asia’s advanced economies with one of the most developed infrastructure, Malaysia is a large exporter and a regional leader in manufacturing high tech products & natural oils.

Quick facts


Avg Living costs / per year



Avg Tuition fee per year

7,000 to 25,000


Indian Students



International students



Average graduate incomes/ year

1,00,000 to 2,10,000


Migration possibility ( yes or no )




April, June and November


Scholarships available


Global Ed Process

Malaysia FAQ

To obtain a Malaysian student visa, a student first needs to apply for a Student Pass via the Education Malaysia Global Services. Once they have an approved provisional Student Pass, they will be issued a student visa upon the point of entry into Malaysia. They will receive a full Student Pass once in the country. It usually takes 7-8 weeks for the student pass to be processed in Malaysia.

In order to study in Malaysia, there are a few eligibility requirements which need to be met by the applicant:

  • International students must have completed at least 12 years of education.
  • Students must have undergone a national or international examination recognized by the respective Ministry of Education in order to be applicable for a Malaysia student visa.
  • In the situation that the student visa applicant has completed his or her prior education in an English-speaking country, scores for exams such as SAT, GRE, GMAT etc. are not required.

Apart from this, the candidate must meet the individual Malaysian institution eligibility requirements in order to be applicable for a Malaysia student visa.

A student seeking admission to a Malaysian institution can easily apply for a student visa for Malaysia online through the official Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) online. The various Malaysia student visa fees for the student visa application differ in accordance to the type of course and the type of institution for which the student is seeking to pursue education in Malaysia for. Additionally, medical insurance is a compulsory aspect of any student visa application for a Malaysia student visa. In addition to the visa, a student seeking to study in Malaysian institutions are required to obtain an I-Kad which is an official Malaysian identity card. The average processing duration for a student visa for Malaysia is around 5-6 days. This student visa application processing time may vary slightly for different situations and application center locations.

Our Visa team is fully equipped and experienced to guide you through the process. Please connect with our Relationships team and our Visa team, should you need any assistance with your student Visa.

Malaysian Universities have major intake in September and February. Students need to fill the application form along with the required documents which would be emailed to the university of choice along with the academic qualifications. The university will then release the offer letter upon receiving all the relevant documents.

The students can apply for the Student Pass as soon as they receive the unconditional offer letter.

You can reach out to our Relationships team for more information on the application process for Malaysian Universities.

Candidate should possess a state-recognized certificate or a foreign certificate recognized as being equivalent. Consult the list of recognized certificates by country established by the Malaysian Embassy to find out whether acquired qualifications are acceptable for the purpose of further studies in Malaysia. Malaysian Universities accept GRE, GMAT and TOEFL/IELTS scores to verify the academic merit of international students.

Our Relationship management team can assist in each step of this application process.

  • Generally, part-time job opportunities are not readily available for international students while pursuing their degree or diploma. However, exceptions are limited and case-specific. Non-Malaysian students are allowed to work on a part-time basis during semester breaks, festive holidays or more than seven days of holiday for a maximum of 20 hours a week. All students aspiring to work part-time must have a valid ‘Student Pass’. the scenario is not that great for international students to find a job within Malaysia after their studies. International students who are lucky to land a job in Malaysia on completing their studies; need to secure an ‘Employment Pass’ before they can start working.

  • International students must have at least twelve (12) years of education and have undergone a national/international examination recognized by the Ministry of Education for the purpose of admission to a diploma or degree programs. Apart from this, the candidate must meet the individual Malaysian institution eligibility requirements in order to be applicable for a Malaysia student visa. It is important to note that if a student has completed his previous studies from an English-speaking country then the student does not have to appear for tests like GRE, SAT, TOEFL, and IELTS. If the student belongs to a non-English speaking country, then he or she should take a test for English. In order to pursue an education in Malaysia, a candidate must have an IELTS score of at least 6.0. However, at times, GRE, GMAT might be a prerequisite for certain courses depending on the university.

  • The students can only stay back in Malaysia if they have been offered a job by a company. In this scenario, students cannot apply directly to their employment pass. Instead, the process should be initiated by the company/organization. Post-study work is a big deal for most international students today, as they look to self-finance their studies or at times even survive the high expenses of studying abroad. While Malaysia is not anywhere near to being the most expensive study-abroad destination, yet being in a foreign land, more often than not would cost more to study in Malaysia than studying in your native country. So, post-study work in Malaysia is a tempting option for many. The not-so-rosy fact about post-study work in Malaysia is that job opportunities in the country are limited compared to other countries. There are government policies in place that mandate Malaysian citizens be given first preference for job vacancies. This is in addition to restrictions on what sector the international student can work in. All these can make your life a little difficult, but you must not lose hope as certain jobs and sectors are open for you, provided you have an employment pass.

  • In Malaysia, primary education is compulsory for all children aged 7 to 12 years. The school system is structured on a 6+3+2+2 model, with six years of compulsory primary education beginning at age seven, followed by three years of lower secondary education, two years of upper secondary, and two years of pre-university senior secondary study.
    Higher Education: Malaysia hosts more than 100 institutions – both public and private – including foreign branches of reputable universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Ireland. In fact, five universities have been granted ‘research university’ status so far in Malaysia namely, Universiti Malaya, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

    Malaysia comprises 11 states and two federal territories and is a constitutional monarchy. The country is a melting pot of different cultures with a mix of Indian Chinese, Japanese and European influence. The country offers a varied landscape with a mix of forests, mountains, pristine beaches and modern cities with towering sky-scrapers. The cost of living is lesser when compared to Singapore and the country has a strong public transport network. Islam is the primary religion in the country though it offers a secular atmosphere with Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries co-existing with mosques and churches. Malaysia welcomes international students for all levels of education. Since the mid-1990s, international students have been coming to Malaysia to pursue their tertiary education at Malaysia's higher educational institutions. Today, Malaysia is ranked the 11th most popular destination in the world for international education at tertiary level.

    The basis for higher education in Malaysia has the critical aspects of Staff mobility, student mobility, Research and development, Academic programs, Community Development, and Social integration in mind. It provides positive experiences, social facilities, flexible and innovative programs. The education standard is comparable to the developed western academies. The multi-cultural environment makes the transition smooth and easy. The education system encourages students to think critically and work solo or in teams.

    In Malaysia, three types of institutes offering higher education. There are public Universities, private Universities and University colleges. The Malaysian government ensures the quality of its institutes through accreditation with the National Accreditation Board. As a result, universities and university colleges in Malaysia have world class academic standards with qualified lecturers and professors who use innovative teaching methods in the classrooms. Ample research grants given by the government ensure that Malaysian universities maintain their academic excellence and high rankings. Teacher and student ratio is very high and this is another reason to study in Malaysia. Foreign students are attracted by positive academic experience, social facilities, flexible and innovative programs.

  • New technologies, digitization, and automation are having a profound impact on the demand for workers across the world. New types of work are emerging, expectations of workers’ skills are changing, and some jobs are disappearing. In this environment, policymakers need to be a bit like football managers in the off season: identifying where last year’s team came up short and working to fill the gaps through training and new hires. 

    Labor market shortages can disrupt economic growth, reduce output, and undermine productivity growth. If shortages persist in the long run, countries can become less competitive because businesses lack the talent to innovate. Identifying labor market shortages as they arise and developing strategies to fill them is therefore important to maintain productivity and competitiveness. Many countries around the world experience labor shortages, and Malaysia is no exception. Surveys found that the most difficult professionals to recruit are senior management candidates in sales, accountancy and finance, engineering, marketing, operations and human resources

    Malaysia has skill shortages in a variety of fields listed below.

    • Quality control manager
    • Market research manager
    • Communication Manager
    • Chemist
    • Geophysicist
    • Data Analyst
    • Data scientist
    • Big Data engineer etc.
  • Malaysia aspires to be a developed nation by 2025. The Government of Malaysia identified key digital areas to drive the ICT sector: cloud, internet of things (IoT), data analytics, cyber-security, data center, e-commerce and artificial intelligence (AI) being the principal drivers for Industry 4.0 and Smart City development. The banking and finance industry has always been top of the list and now it is even more popular as digital technology plays a huge role in the industry. As a result, there are more demands for skilled people, not only with a banking and finance background but also of those with IT knowledge. Also, the requirement for more control and regulation resulted in growing demand in compliance and audit roles in this industry. Media outlets have, in an effort to digitize themselves, have changed the way they deliver news and information to the people. They are incorporating IT into their daily routine so that they stay relevant in this business environment. Those having the relevant knowledge will be high in demand and this makes working in the media a very attractive option. Media outlets have, in an effort to digitize themselves, have changed the way they deliver news and information to the people. They are incorporating IT into their daily routine so that they stay relevant in this business environment. Those having the relevant knowledge will be high in demand and this makes working in the media a very attractive option. The property industry in Malaysia very competitive. Property companies are on the lookout for those with exceptional skills and talent to help them capture their envisioned audience to help drive sales. The thriving property industry is being represented by Gamuda, IJM, Mah Sing, and UEM to mention a few. 

  • Malaysia is an emerging Asian economy aspiring to move towards a technology-driven and high-tech production-based pattern of development. ICT has been identified as the key growth sector in the country that grows at an Annual Average Growth Rate (AAGR) 9.0 percent over a period of 7 years. Malaysia has always been a popular destination for the United States for its global market expansion. Some of the significant U.S. companies that are well established in Malaysia are IBM, HP, Intel, Google, Amazon, Cisco to name a few. the Malaysian government has embarked on a slew of initiatives to spur the digital economy, such as promoting technology adoption among businesses and encouraging digital entrepreneurship. Malaysia is one of most digitally connected societies in the world. The leading social media in use in the country are Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube. t is worth noting that Malaysia aims to become the preferred destination for high-tech investment by 2025. The government has taken a number of initiatives to achieve that goal as well. They are incorporating IT into their daily routine so that they stay relevant in this business environment. However, many employers in Malaysia are concerned with the shortage of locally skilled talents to work and face the demands and challenges of the booming transformation of digital technology.

  • Malaysia has a multi-cultural society. The central ethnic groups are the native Malays as well as a large population of Chinese, and Indians. The majority of the Malaysians are followers of Islam followed by Christianity, Buddhism, Hindu communities. Interestingly, the multicultural ethos in Malaysia is reflected through its three most prominent cuisines which are Chinese, Indian, and Malay. Though divisions exist, communal harmony is a great feature of the country. Malaysia is ethnically diverse and has a rich cultural life. People lead a much more affluent lifestyle compared to their counterparts in many upper-middle income countries. The major factors contributing to this affluent lifestyle are low national income tax, almost free health care system, social welfare system, and a low cost of local food, fuel, and household products. It is also worth noting that the government limits freedom of speech by directly and indirectly controlling almost all the media. Malaysia is famous for its Nyonya Cuisine which is a mix of Chinese-Malay dishes including rice, noodles, and fresh herbs which are its main ingredients. It’s famous for being spicy and flavorful!

    Malaysia’s social economy has had recent renewed government support in ecosystem building efforts to promote innovation and social entrepreneurship. With a majority of Malaysians believing in Islam, as well as prominent Buddhist, Christian and Hindu communities, religiously-motivated charitable giving is especially strong. Malaysia’s prominence in Islamic finance, notable through its issuance of green sukuks, makes it the second-largest socially responsible investing market in Asia. Corporates are also becoming more engaged with social impact by deepening their engagement with sustainability.

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