Why should you study in Malaysia:

According to the latest reports, Malaysia has captured the 11th spot for being the most preferred study abroad destination globally. In the last ten years, the education sector in Malaysia has seen phenomenal growth which has led to Malaysia being a hub of educational excellence in South East Asia. Approximately 2% of the international student market has been captured by Malaysia with almost 80,000 overseas students enrolled into Malaysian institutions from over a 100 different countries.

Foreign investment in the Malaysian education sector has also risen steadily over the past few years. A number of renowned institutions have chosen to open campuses in Malaysia’s dedicated education cities like Iskandar in Nusajaya, Johor and also in the Kuala Lumpur Education City or KLEC.

Malaysia is a preferred study abroad destination for Indian students because the country offers a very safe and secure environment to study and to live. The lifestyle is comfortable with universities having world-class infrastructures, recreational facilities, sports arenas and 21st century amenities. Healthcare facilities offered to international students are also state-of the-art. The cost of education in Malaysia is highly affordable in comparison to its western counterparts. With students from over a 100 nationalities, the international student community offers diversity and cultural exchange possibilities.

Top Universities in Malaysia:

Universities in Malaysia offer a wide range of programs to their international students that include both short and long term courses. Malaysian colleges are independent entities as they have not been given a university status. The colleges in Malaysia act as bridge for those who wish to go for a higher degree. On the other hand, the universities offer undergraduate, post-graduate and research degrees. Both the colleges and the universities are controlled by the Ministry of Education in Malaysia.

A number of foreign institutions have chosen to open campuses in Malaysia. Here are some of the top ones:

  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • Monash University
  • Curtin University of Technology
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Reading
  • Raffles Design Institute
  • SAE Institute
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • University of Southampton

However, the domestic institutions are also not too far behind. Some of the best rates ones are:

  • Universiti Malaya (UM) 
  • Universiti Putra Malaya (UPM)
  • Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
  • Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
  • Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)

Top Courses in Malaysia:

Malaysian institutions have multiple disciplines to offer to their international students. As your dedicated study abroad consultants for Malaysia, Mayfair Global Education has come up with the top 5 most popular courses that international students enrol into:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Business and Accountancy
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Architecture/Built Environment
  • Chemistry

Other courses which also attract a significant number of foreign students are:

  • Agriculture
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Healthcare

Cost of Studying in Malaysia:

The cost of studying in Malaysia depends largely on whether you have chosen a public or a private institution. Again, foreign universities who have set up campuses in Malaysia will have a slightly variable fee structure. Typically, undergraduate programs in Business and Engineering in a branch campus of a foreign university will cost your between RM 48,000 to RM 102,000 on a yearly basis.

A postgraduate course at a public university will cost you around RM 21,000 –RM 26,000 for the entire duration whereas in the private university, you may budget around RM 25,000 – RM 36,000 for the total course duration.

Malaysia is fast becoming a top study abroad destination for Indian students because of its affordable living. As an international student, the average outlay towards living expenses in Malaysia is approximately RM 1,800 per month if you are living in the vicinity of a city. Let’s do a complete breakdown of the living expenses:

  • Accommodation: On a monthly basis, you should budget for RM 300 – RM 600 towards your accommodation expenditures. Depending on where you are located, the estimate may vary slightly. The cost will also depend on the type of housing that you have opted for. If it is an on-campus hall of residence, or you have chosen to live off-campus in a rental apartment, condominium or a house along with the facilities are on offer, for example, a swimming pool, gym area, etc will determine your expenses. The third factor that will govern the cost of accommodation is if you are living alone or have chosen to share the accommodation with other students.
  • Food and Housekeeping: You may estimate around RM 600 – RM 900 per month towards food and housekeeping expenses. On a daily basis, averaging 3 full meals a day, you may spend around RM 20 – RM 30. If you choose to cook, the expenses will go down further.
  • Clothing and Laundry: Budget for RM 60 per month towards clothing expenditures such as laundry, ironing and dry-cleaning.
  • Public Transport: If you have chosen to live in an accommodation on-campus, then your transportation costs will be much lower. However, you need to budget around RM 80 – RM 150 per month, if you have to travel to attend university every day.
  • Mobile Phone and Utilities: The average monthly expenditure on mobile phones should not be more than RM 30 – RM 50. However, remember to check the best rates that are on offer by the mobile networks in Malaysia.
  • Books and Stationery: You may account for RM 150 – RM 200 per month towards expenses on books and stationary. However, this will also depend on what course you have enrolled into and the number of projects and assignments that are given to you.
  • Medical Insurance: A typical medical insurance will cost you around RM 500 on an annual basis. You may additionally put aside RM 50 for medicines per month.
  • Personal Expenses: This will greatly depend on the lifestyle that you choose to live as a student in Malaysia. Ideally budget for RM 100 – RM 200 per month.

This is an indicative expense structure for an international student in Malaysia. Actual costs will vary from case to case basis.

Scholarship Information:

Public universities in Malaysia have intakes in September whereas private universities have intakes in February, July and September. If you wish to apply for a scholarship, then you should ideally check the application deadlines and put forward an entry as soon as possible. At Mayfair Global Education, we recommend you start the process at least 8 – 10 months in advance as competition for these scholarships are fierce.

There are scholarships offered to international students by the Government of Malaysia:

  • Malaysian Technical Cooperation Program (MTCP) Scholarship
  • Malaysian International Scholarship (MIS)
  • Malaysian Commonwealth Scholarship

International students can also apply for scholarships that may also be available at the private university levels. Find out the requirements as early as you can and we will help you through the paperwork process.

Standardised Tests:

Universities in Malaysia will request an international student to appear for standardised tests like the IELTS or TOEFL for both undergraduate and post-graduate studies. The test scores demonstrate your proficiency in the English Language.

In addition to the English test, some universities may also request for your SAT scores, if you are applying at the undergraduate level. For post-graduate studies, you may have to submit scores for GRE and for MBA you may be additionally asked to appear for the GMAT.

At Mayfair Global Education, we believe that we can hand-hold you through the entire process of appearing for the standardised tests. We have the appropriate coaching available with trained professionals who will be able to guide you and in turn maximise your scores on your first attempt.

Admission process:

Mayfair Global Education has been operating as overseas education consultants for Malaysia for the past two decades. We believe in giving our students, unbiased guidance. To start the process, you need to Register with Mayfair Global Education, in person or via our online form available here. Post registration, we will ask you to share with us your updated resume along with you academic qualifications, till date. This will help us to create your Profile.

The next stage will include your Standardised Tests. If you have not appeared for them, then we can help you register for the tests. If you already have your test results, then we will evaluate the same. You should then book a one-to-one session with our in-house counsellor and discuss your interests, options in terms of studying abroad. During this session, we will work towards shortlisting your course and university options too.

We will review your SOPs, Letters of Recommendation, Resume, Portfolio and edit the documents wherever necessary. Once you have filled in the application form, we will review the same with you prior to submission. Some universities may require you to appear for a personal interview either in person of via video call. We will prepare you for such interview through a series of mock sessions.

Visa Counselling:

You will benefit greatly by attending a Visa Counselling session with Mayfair Global Education. During the session we will hand over an updated documents checklist that you need to follow in order to prepare your Malaysia student visa application file. If you are called for an interview at the Malaysian embassy, we will help you to prepare for it as well.

Once you have received the visa, we will ask you attend a pre-departure briefing at our office. During the briefing, we will go over a number of aspects of being an international student in Malaysia. This information will help you integrate with your new environment much faster.

Future Prospects:

Malaysia is aiming to becoming a developed nation by 2020. A particular sector that is on an expansion mode is Construction where there is an acute shortage of skilled labour. In addition to that, the Oil and Gas segment requires approximately 40,000 skilled workers. Demand of addition manpower is also needed in sectors like Engineering, Manufacturing, Telecommunications, Renewable Energy and Information Technology.