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Study in Malaysia

Why Malaysia?

Malaysia is a country of diversity. 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. 

Study options

Academic intakes vary from institution to institution. Most Malaysian universities have academic intakes in late February and in mid-July. Some universities (branch campuses) might have intakes in October or second or third round offer intakes.

The University of Malaya offers undergraduate or postgraduate in architecture, which usually has intakes from September. Some popular engineering courses are available at Malaysian universities, which mostly commence from February or June.

Education System in Malaysia

The higher education system is governed by the Malaysian Ministry of Education. There are two types of institutions: colleges and universities. 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. 

  1. Colleges: Colleges in Malaysia mostly function as independent institutions, and they do not have any university statuses. Colleges are meant for transiting into the university level of education. Hence, most Malaysian colleges offer undergraduate degrees or bridge courses for students.
  2. Universities: A number of universities in Malaysia offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. In addition, parent campuses of some of the top universities in countries like the UK, Australia and Ireland have established branch campuses in Malaysia. Branch campuses offer an equivalent degree to students, similar to what they offer at parent campuses, but at an affordable cost.


Benefits of studying in Malaysia

  1. A multicultural environment where students get to know various people from different religion and culture.  
  2. A politically stable country.
  3. International standard of education, with post-study work opportunities. Since Malaysia looks for skilled workers, the industries are in need of good graduates always.  
  4. A range of programmes is on offer for students, along with twinning programmes and programmes that are on offer by branch campuses.
  5. Straightforward immigration procedures that make it easier for students to transit to the country.
  6. Safe country for international students. As per the Global Peace Index, Malaysia ranks 29th on the list of most peaceful country in the world, out of a list of 163 countries.  
  7. Fantastic travel destination for travelholics!
  8. Malaysia is a food haven for those who can’t live without experiencing some incredible cuisines in the world.
  9. Students can receive degrees from countries like the UK, the USA and Australia.
  10. Last but not least, Malaysia is an affordable study destination for students.

What’s your reason behind studying in Malaysia? Now that you have a concrete list of information, why don’t you give a thought to study in this fantastic destination? If you have already shortlisted it, then let us know if we can be of any help. We would be glad to guide you and give detailed information at every step.  


Part-time working conditions for non-Malaysian students

International students are allowed to work part-time if they fulfil the following conditions:

  • If you have the will to work then you must have a valid ‘student pass'.
  • International students should file an application for approval of part-time work.
  • International students are allowed to work part-time during semester breaks, festive holidays or more than seven days of holiday for a maximum of 20 hours a week.
  • International students are also allowed to work in restaurants, petrol kiosks, mini markets and hotels except in the following positions: cashier, singer, masseur, musician, Guest Relations Officer or any activity deemed to be immoral.
  • International students looking to work part-time in Malaysia should submit a copy of their passport, address, contact number, and a letter from the prospective employer.

To be eligible for the part-time work, application for the same must be forwarded by the representative of the Educational Institution, in the presence of the student at the Immigration Department Headquarters Malaysia. The respective university should also provide a supporting letter allowing the Non-Malaysian student to work, and it should also include the dates of the semester break.