Study in Malaysia
In Malaysia the modern world mixes with the developing world. Malaysia has a cultural and historical blend that has made it something of a treasure in Southeast Asia. “historical blend”, in Southeast Asia, with such a combination can only mean one thing: delicious food to make you go wild.
Universities and colleges in Malaysia have lots of English-taught PHD, Master’s and Bachelor’s programs. Students come from everywhere to join in their classes, living long-term in a place that most people only dream of.
Our experienced education counselors will work with you to find and compare institutions and courses most suited to your goals and needs.
Having completed your high school education or being on the verge of completing it can bring a lot of confusion as you are constantly thinking of what’s out there for you. It’s not just about choosing what to study but it’s also about the country and the university that you decide on. The huge amounts of decisions to be made can be at times scary.
- The pursuit of an international education is no longer unachievable, Malaysia has always opened its doors to international students from primary to tertiary levels.
- The cost of an international and world class education is more affordable here in Malaysia than anywhere else in the world. You’ve got both the quality and affordability.
- In Malaysia you can find both local universities which are based in Malaysia and International colleges and universities which happen to have a branch in Malaysia; this gives the students a wide range of choices, let’s take a look at them one by one.
The average international student should be prepared to spend about RM1,800 (US$450) per month for living expenses in the vicinity of a city. The cost can be broken down as:
You should estimate about RM300 (US$75) to RM600 (US$150) for your accommodation per month. The rental will vary depending on the geographical area, the type of accommodation (on-campus living in a hall of residence; or off- campus living in an apartment, condominium, single-story house, double-story house, etc.), the facilities provided in the house (e.g. with or without air-conditioning) and of course, the number of people sharing the room (or the apartment or house).
Food / Housekeeping
Your food and housekeeping expenses are estimated to be around RM600-900 (US$150- 225). This is based on about RM20-30 (US$5- 7.50) for three meals per day. Naturally, if you cook and share the cooking expenses with your friends, it would be cheaper.
It’s possible to have a fast food meal for below RM10 (US$2.50) in Malaysia. For example, a McValue meal at McDonald’s starts at RM5.95. Meal sets at KFC start at RM6.90 and pizza deals for group meals from Domino’s are also below RM10 per pax.
Local food like rice and noodles at food stalls or coffee shops range from RM4-10 (US$1-2.50). At mid-range restaurants, you can expect to pay RM20-40 for a meal (US$5-10). A coffee from Starbucks costs an average of RM12-16 (US$3-4).
Clothing and laundry
Your clothing expenses like washing, ironing, dry-cleaning, etc. may cost around RM60 (US$15) per month.
Students who stay on campus or near campus may not incur any cost of travelling to and from classes. However, other travelling may cost approximately RM80-150 (US$20-37.5) per month.
Below are the procedures for visa / student pass applications and entering Malaysia to study :
- Procedure 1 : Applying for a Visa and Student Pass
- Procedure 2 : Arriving in Malaysia : At the Malaysia Immigration Check Point
- Procedure 3 : Affixing the Student Pass Sticker and Student Pass/Visa Fees
Visa Issued at Point of Entry
The Malaysian Government has introduced simplified and hassle-free entry procedures to welcome international students like YOU to study at Malaysian public and private higher educational institutions.
A visa is required but the procedure is simple i.e. You do NOT need to apply for a visa from the Malaysian Embassy in your home country in order to enter Malaysia to study, with the exception of students from the People’s Republic of China. The visa will be issued to you upon your arrival in Malaysia at the immigration check point provided you have valid travel documents and a letter of approval for a student pass by the Malaysian Immigration Department.
(Note: Students from the PRC are required to obtain their Entry Visas from the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing, Guangzhou or Shanghai prior to entering Malaysia.)
Applying for a Student Pass through an Institution Prior to Entering Malaysia
The process of applying for a student pass is simple. The Malaysian institution of higher education which has offered international students like YOU a place to study at their institution will apply for the student pass on your behalf, prior to your arrival in Malaysia.
Applications will be submitted by the respective higher educational institution to the Director of Pass & Permit Division, Malaysia Immigration Department Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur (e-Student Pass System). Students do not need to apply directly to the Immigration Department under this procedure.
Prospective students will be informed of their application status by the Immigration Department in Malaysia through their educational institutions within an estimated seven to 14 days after the application. A prospective international student must have an approved student pass before entering the country.
- Documents required for applying a student pass Malaysian educational institutions are required to submit the following documents to the Malaysian Immigration Department Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur in order to apply for student passes for students who intend to study at their respective institutions.
- An offer letter or letter of acceptance from the educational institution to the student
- Student Pass Application Form (Imm.14) in duplicate
- Two photocopies of the student’s passport / travel document (with a validity period of at least 12 months)
- Three passport-sized photographs of the student
- One photocopy of the student’s medical health examination report
- Evidence of student’s ability to finance their education cost in Malaysia
- The educational institution is required to sign a Personal Bond* prescribed under Regulation 18 of the Immigration Regulations 1963 together with payment
Upon approval, student passes are then granted to international students which will allow them direct entry into Malaysia with the exception of students from The People’s Republic of China who are required to obtain a Single-Entry Visa before they come to Malaysia.
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