Why Malaysia?

  • Provides internationally recognised education system and qualifications
  • Multicultural, vibrant environment for international students from more than 150 countries
  • Comparitively low cost of living, affordable education, and good quality of life
  • Famous as one of the safest, most tolerant, easiest to manage countries in Asia
  • Beautiful country with scenic luxury showcasing forested mountains to white sand beaches

Location and Geography

Malaysia comprises of two regions – Peninsular Malaysia (11 states) and the Island of Borneo (which includes two states, Sabah and Sarawak). The South China Sea separates the two regions. To the north of Peninsular Malaysia is Thailand, and to the south is Singapore. Indonesia surrounds Sabah and Sarawak, and the latter shares borders with Brunei as well. The geography of Malaysia consists of the landscape that ranges from coastal plains to hills and mountains, as well as lovely sand beaches which is a pleasure to enjoy. The very nature friendly area of Malaysia consists of trees in most of its total area.

The capital city is Kuala Lumpur.


Located near the equator, Malaysia experiences a tropical climate. The temperature does not get extremely hot. It can get very humid (with monsoon seasons). The average temperatures are from 20° to 30°C.
Living Conditions and Cost of Living

The cost of living in Malaysia is exceptionally low for a newly industrialised country. Housing/renting, food, and eating out are very reasonable, and taxes are relatively low. The average Malaysian spends around 150 Euros every month on food.

The living standard in Kuala Lumpur (KL) is in general quite high. Malaysia has a good health care system, good hospitals, good international schools, excellent highways, and modern communication systems.

Education System

Education is a priority for the Malaysian government. The website Study Malaysia notes that:
Most private higher educational institutions teach courses in English. However, while most post- graduate courses at public universities are taught in English, most bachelor’s degrees at public universities are taught in Bahasa Malaysia.

Specific Information for International Students

To study in Malaysia, international students should apply directly to the institution they would like to attend after carefully assessing whether the institution chosen is licensed and approved by the relevant regulatory bodies of the Malaysian government.

An International student travelling to Malaysia should obtain a “student pass”. It can be obtained by applying and getting accepted to the institution where you have chosen to study. A student visa approval is then received after waiting for the application processing for three to five weeks. International students should check with the Malaysian High Commission/consulate in their home countries to confirm whether they need a visa to enter Malaysia along with the Student Pass approval letter. If they do, they should proceed to the nearest local Malaysian diplomatic mission (i.e., Malaysian High Commission Consulate) and show them the approval letter to obtain their single-entry visa. The student approval letter is usually valid for three months from the date of issuance.

Employment Options

International students can work part-time in Malaysia under strict guidelines whereby they can work only during semester breaks for a maximum of 20 hours a week. Only certain workplaces are permitted the information on which can be obtained from the nearest Malaysian immigration services. All applications to work must be approved through Malaysian Immigration.

Related Links for more information:

www.imi.gov.my/index.php/en/home Immigration Department Malaysia
www.internationaleducationmedia.com/Malaysia/aimst.htm Asian institute of Medical, Science and Technology Malaysia
www.tourism.gov.my Tourism Malaysia
www.malaysia.gov.my/EN/Pages/default.aspx Official Malaysian government website
www.studymalaysia.com/education A gateway to study in Malaysia