Study in Malaysia

WHY MALAYSIA

Malaysia is a beautiful and diverse country with a lot to offer for students, tourists and expats alike. The country has developed enormously in the past 50 years. It is a politically stable country and it is geographically free from natural disasters.

The capital city, Kuala Lumpur, is swarmed with luxurious buildings, modern rail transit system and a fantastic culinary experience for all. Weather wise, Malaysia is a tropical destination with temperatures ranging between 25 and 35 throughout the year. The population of Malaysia comprises of Malays, Chinese, Indians and other ethnic groups. The ethnic diversities of Malaysia expose students to a value-added life, global outlook and a better understanding of different cultures. Malaysia also offers amazing islands as well as highland getaways.

Malaysia’s law allows holders of student pass to work while studying. This enables students to support their living and earn for travelling, living and leisure activities. Students are allowed to work part-time for a maximum of 20 hours per week. Tuition fees in Malaysia is affordable and highly reasonable. A student can live comfortably for USD 2000 per year. For students choosing to study in Malaysia, we ensure that we only work with education providers that offer a high standard of academic achievement.

Student support is offered constantly and feedback is taken on a regular basis. Malaysian institutes have strong partnerships with global industries and organisations. This helps students find good internship opportunities and suitable employment after graduation.

MALAYSIAN EDUCATION FACTS

According to UNESCO, Malaysia is in the top ten preferred study abroad destinations in the world.

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Our consultants are always available to guide you to select the best program and best university in Malaysia based on your requirements.

After receiving the offer letter from the desired university for a particular course, students need to apply for a student visa to enter Malaysia. IEC will file the student visa on behalf of the students. Malaysian institutes take the responsibility of issuing the student pass. All you need to do is focus on receiving a visa approval letter (VAL) from the institute where you send your application.

Applications are submitted online and it is a fairly straightforward process. Getting the visa documents ready in time is of utmost importance so that it becomes easy to apply for your chosen Malaysian university. The cost of the visa application fee varies from institution to institution.

The documents required for the visa are listed below. If any additional documents are needed we will make sure to give ample notice to arrange this:

  • Attested copies of mark sheets, inclusive of secondary and post-secondary qualifications.
  • English language proficiency certificate, such as IELTS.
  • A copy of the visa application form, filled in and signed by the applicant.
  • Offer letter from your chosen educational institution.
  • Proof of full-time course of study.
  • Photocopies of passport. [The passport must be valid for 1 year].
  • Passport-size photographs, as requested.
WHY Study In Malaysia?

Malaysia is a beautiful and diverse country with a lot to offer for students, tourists and expats alike. The country has developed enormously in the past 50 years. It is a politically stable country and it is geographically free from natural disasters.

The capital city, Kuala Lumpur, is swarmed with luxurious buildings, modern rail transit system and a fantastic culinary experience for all. Weather wise, Malaysia is a tropical destination with temperatures ranging between 25 and 35 throughout the year. The population of Malaysia comprises of Malays, Chinese, Indians and other ethnic groups. The ethnic diversities of Malaysia expose students to a value-added life, global outlook and a better understanding of different cultures. Malaysia also offers amazing islands as well as highland getaways.

Malaysia’s law allows holders of student pass to work while studying. This enables students to support their living and earn for travelling, living and leisure activities. Students are allowed to work part-time for a maximum of 20 hours per week. Tuition fees in Malaysia is affordable and highly reasonable. A student can live comfortably for USD 2000 per year. For students choosing to study in Malaysia, we ensure that we only work with education providers that offer a high standard of academic achievement.

Student support is offered constantly and feedback is taken on a regular basis. Malaysian institutes have strong partnerships with global industries and organisations. This helps students find good internship opportunities and suitable employment after graduation.

Study In Malaysia?

Malaysia is known for its tagline ‘Truly Asia’ and its reputation as one of the world’s top tourist destinations. Having been a leader in industrial growth and political stability for decades, Malaysia is also one of the top destinations for those seeking internationally recognised education. Boasting of highly-ranked universities, the Ministry of Education maintains Malaysia’s high standards in keeping up with education sectors around the world.

World Class Universities

The government grooms top talent through public and private tertiary education institutions as well as professional bodies and accredited skill centres, resulting in the country being a global leader in key industries. By maintaining high standards in keeping with the region’s education sectors and key industries, Malaysian universities rank highly in global university ranking tables. The government grooms top talent through public and private tertiary education institutions as well as professional bodies and accredited skill centres, resulting in the country being a global leader in key industries. Universities like Cyberjaya University Colleges of Medical Sciences provide a high-standard of learning experience and state of the art facilities.

Affordability

One of the main attractions Malaysia holds for foreign students is ‘affordability’. The major cost considerations when it comes to a foreign education are course fees and living expenses. Kuala Lumpur has been named the world’s second most affordable student city by QS Best Student Cities 2018. This is mainly because the cost of living and tuition fees in the local currency are at least half if not two-thirds cheaper compared to countries like Australia, United Kingdom, Singapore and Canada.

Multi-Cultural Society

Made up of ethnic Malay, Chinese, Indian, and other indigenous ‘Bumiputera’ groups, Malaysia is also known for its diverse, multicultural society.

In fact, in the Bornean states of Sabah and Sarawak, there is a myriad of indigenous ethnic groups with their own unique language, culture and heritage. Interacting with the different ethnic groups of Malaysia can expose you to a wide range of lifestyles, religions and communities.

Arrivals

Upon arrival in Malaysia, the students will be required to show their approved student pass and the letter received from the university. A visa will also be issued to the student at the entry point in the form of an endorsement on the students passport.

The University representative will be at the immigration checkpoint to receive and attend to the student. After the immigration clearance, the representative will be responsible to transfer the student to the university for reporting of attendance.

Cost Of Living

A major advantage for international students who choose to study in Malaysia is the relatively reasonable cost of living. The total expenditure for accommodation, either on-campus or off-campus, is very affordable.

While your actual cost of living will depend on the location of your accommodation and your personal lifestyle, students will be pleased to know that Kuala Lumpur has been ranked the most affordable city for students. For most students, a monthly budget of RM1,500 (US$469) will provide them with a rather comfortable living in Malaysia.

So what are the things you should include while planning your monthly expenditure?

Accommodation

You should estimate about RM300-600 (US$94-188) for your accommodation per month. The rental will vary depending on the geographical area, the type of accommodation, the facilities provided in the house and of course, the number of people sharing the room (or apartment or house).

Food and Housekeeping

Your food and housekeeping expenses are estimated to be around RM450-600 (approx. US$140-185). This is based on about RM15-20 (US$4.60-6.20) for three meals per day. Naturally, it would be cheaper if you cook and share the cooking expenses with your friends.

Public Transport

Students who stay on campus or near campus may not incur any cost of travelling to and fro from classes. However, other travelling may costs approximately RM30-50 (US$9-16) per month.

Medical and Hospitalization Insurance

Although you may not need to pay for medical expenses every month, if you put aside RM50 (US$16) per month, it would be sufficient for you in case you need outpatient treatment at a private clinic during the year. This estimate does not include the amount you will have to pay for your medical and hospitalisation insurance of about RM500 per year.

Work Opportunities

Malaysia, which hosts a large number of foreign professionals and undergraduates, has a diverse and vibrant workforce.

If you are an international student you are allowed to pursue part-time employment in Malaysia. Students can work for 20 hours with a student visa.

English Preparation

All courses in Malaysia are conducted in English. This is the primary medium of communication at all institutions. IELTS requirements by Malaysian institutions is usually a must for international students, yet an average score is sufficient.

Many universities will require students have to pass one or more additional tests before they can be considered for admission. These range from the standardised graduate and college admission tests such as GRE, GMAT and SAT to English Language tests, such as TOEFL and IELTS.

For those wanting to do a basic english course prior to studies there are also options of short english courses that are conducted.

Although Bahasa Malaysia is the official language of this country, English is widely spoken in Malaysia as a second language. Most courses are taught in English and it is possible to live in urban areas of Malaysia by speaking only English. Communicating inside and outside the campus is easy, especially once you have also picked up the Malaysian English habits like ending your sentence with ‘lah’!

IEC offers high quality test prep programmes. It offers students preparatory training on the full range of admissions tests that universities need. Contact IEC today for detailed information relating to the tests that may be needed for admission in Malaysia.

FAQ’S

Can I find a job in Malaysia after my studies?

There are many job opportunities especially in research and development in pharmaceutical sciences and biotechnology. So, one need not worry about job opportunities in Malaysia after pursuing education.

Can I open a local bank account?

Yes, you are advised to open a local bank account as soon as possible once you land in Malaysia. It is safe, simple, and convenient. Your International Student Support Team at your university will help you with opening a bank account and signing up for medical insurance.

Am I eligible for scholarships?

Scholarships for international students are limited and vary from institution to institution. Students should contact their university for more information on scholarships.

Can I work while studying in Malaysia?

Yes, you are permitted to work for up to 20 hours a week during classes. International students cannot work as a cashier or in the entertainment industry. Specific job-roles as singers, dancers and masseurs in hotels and resorts are also not permitted.

Will I get medical insurance coverage?

All international students are required to opt for a comprehensive medical insurance plan. Most universities have partnerships with private insurance companies and offer students attractive medical insurance packages.

What are my accommodation options?

All leading universities offer accommodation options for their students either within the campus or at a close distance to the main university campus. Students are advised to apply well in advance to ensure that they secure university accommodation. Off-campus accommodation in the form of private student hostels and apartments are also available. There is something for every budget. Students choosing to live off campus are advised to secure accommodation that allows them to reach their university with ease.

Am I supposed to undergo a health check-up in Malaysia?

Yes, as per Malaysian laws, within seven days of arrival in Malaysia, international students are supposed to undergo a detailed health check-up at a pre-designated medical care center. Students who join a public university can get this procedure done at the medical clinic located within their respective campuses. Students who do not complete this mandatory health check-up will have their Student Pass revoked.

Why Choose Malaysia?
  • A strong educational system with the medium of instruction is English.
  • Technology, engineering, science, biotechnology, and medicine are traditional areas of strength.
  • Warm and friendly people welcome international students.
  • A strong community of expatriate Indians. A lot of migrants in South India have settled down in Malaysia.
  • The cost of living and fees is lesser when compared to the USA, UK, or Australia.
  • Significant investments have been made in creating EduCity@Iskandar – a world-class educational hub.
  • Kuala Lumpur is well-connected by flights to most Indian cities.
  • Malaysia is the “Gateway to Asia” and offers many quick tourist getaways.

Studying in Malaysia as an international student has been simplified with the establishment of “Education Malaysia Global Services”. Popularly known as EMGS, it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Ministry of Education of Malaysia. EMGS manages student applications that are forwarded by universities and colleges to EMGS and EMGS examines all applications and grants visas and the all-important Student Pass.

The cost varies as per the course and the university. A public university is likely to charge considerably lesser than a private university. For an idea of average costs, a four-year undergraduate engineering degree will cost around US$12,900 to US$14,300 at a private university in Malaysia. Prospective students are advised to visit the “Education Malaysia” website for more information on fees and cost of living in Malaysia.

 

What is the iKad?

The “iKad” is a government-issued identity card designed specifically for international students.  

Each iKad contains the following information:

  • Student Photograph
  • Passport Number
  • Nationality of the student
  • Institution Name where the student is studying
  • Duration of the Student Pass

A charge of RM50 is collected for issuing the iKad.

What are the English language requirements?

This varies based on course and level of study. An IELTS score of 6.0 for undergraduate programs and 6.5 to 7.0 is usually considered sufficient for postgraduate programs. Students are advised to contact the university where they plan to study for more information regarding English language requirements.

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