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Why study in Malaysia

Malaysia’s capital city is ranked 44th in the inaugural QS Best Student Cities Rankings 2012.

With a unique international flavour, low crime rates, Malaysia is becoming an increasingly popular study abroad destination.

An important result of Malaysia's carefully managed modernization is a steadily improving education system that has poured millions into research and development, and to encouraging international students into the country.

Malaysia is a rapidly emerging competitor in the recruitment of international students. The country hosts approximately 80,000 international students from over 100 countries, which are attracted by its first-rate higher education, relatively low tuition fees, its harmonious multicultural society, political stability and the widespread use of English.71) Since the government’s previous target of having 80,000 international students by 2010 was reached, a new target was set to attract 150,000 international students by 2015, focusing on postgraduate and sponsored international students in particular.

Cost of Studying and Living in Malaysia

The affordable cost of tertiary quality education is one of the good reasons why international students should choose Malaysia to study in. Your education cost is made up of course fees which include tuition fees and other study fees payable to the institution, depending on what you are studying and the duration of your course/study programme, and other components like the living expenses which will depend on which location you are staying in, your type of accommodation and your lifestyle.

Part time Jobs

Beginning 15 February 2005, International students are allowed to work part-time, subject to the terms and conditions. Students are allowed to work on a part-time basis during semester breaks, festive holidays or more than seven days of holiday for a maximum of 20 hours a week. International students are permitted 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. Students wishing to work must have a valid "Student Pass"


The Malaysia International Scholarship (MIS) for International Students is an initiative by the Malaysian Government to attract the best brains from around the world to pursue advanced academic studies in Malaysia. This scholarship aims to support Malaysian Government’s effort to attract, motivate and retain talented human capital from abroad. Talented international students with excellent academic records and outstanding co-curricular backgrounds are welcomed to apply for this scholarship and further their studies in any selected and well-established Malaysian public and private universities.

Scholarship value/inclusions : Each scholarship consists of :

  • Air tickets from recipient’s capital city to Malaysia
  • An approved tuition fees
  • Monthly maintenance allowance
  • Annual grant for books and internal travel
  • Medical / Health Insurance
  • Installation and Termination grant
  • Thesis allowance (will be paid at the beginning of research (after proposal defense) and the balance will be paid only upon submission of the thesis) – For PhD and Post-Doctoral only
  • A conference travel grant and journal publication grant (PhD and Post-Doctoral only)

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