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Now that you have completed (or are about to complete) your secondary schooling, you probably want to know what higher education options there are out there. The process of deciding on the right higher education options can be full of overwhelming decisions. Along with what to study, you will need to consider which country and institution to choose, and think about the type of qualification you would like to acquire.

Why Choose Malaysia?

Studying abroad doesn’t have to be just a dream anymore. Malaysia welcomes all international students from primary to tertiary levels, offering quality education that is more affordable than you may have thought. Besides home-grown schools and universities, Malaysia has world renowned international schools and universities setting up branch campuses in the country to provide world-class education opportunities to bot Malaysian and international students.

The Malaysian government has placed every effort in ensuring that the quality of education in Malaysia, offered both by higher educational institutions and international schools, are of global standards. Our well-structured higher education system offers you the opportunity to pursue an international qualification that is recognized, reputable and affordable.

In addition, the multicultural community of Malaysia supports the institutions’ aim to make its students global citizens. International students are exposed to multiple languages, cultures and traditions as well as a wide variety of culinary treats and places of interest to explore. There are not many countries in this world can offer the type of learning environment that Malaysia offers to international students.

Malaysia is ranked the world’s 11th most preferred education destination in the world among international students by UNESCO. This shows that Malaysia has definitely won the confidence of international students for its quality education and enriching student experience. Here are some key reasons why you should choose Malaysia when deciding to study abroad.

  1. Malaysia offers a wide range of internationally recognized qualifications such as:
    • Home-grown international qualifications –international standardsaffordable fees
    • “2+1” twinning degree programs – a value-for-money “cross-border” experience
    • “3+0” foreign bachelor’s degree in Malaysia – an affordable international qualification
    • Foreign university branch campuses in Malaysia – get the best of the east and west
  2. Low cost of living and affordable tuition fees
    opening opportunities to study abroad to more students
  3. Simple visa and student pass application process
  4. Malaysia’s advantage:
    • A multi-ethnic population – living and learning in harmony
    • Safe, stable and peace of mind
    • Vibrant and open economy
    • Quality education – assured by legislation
    • A food haven – your gastronomic adventure begins here
    • Friendly and hospitable Malaysians of whom many can speak English

Another reason why Malaysia is an excellent choice as a study destination is that it has had years of experience with international students.

For those who wish to know more about what study opportunities Malaysia has to offer, please visit our Course Search Function.

Academic Qualifications in Malaysia

For those of you who have chosen to come to Malaysia to study and have decided on your career choice, figuring out your next step in education could be quite easy.

Once you have narrowed down your options for a particular subject, field of study or type of program in Malaysia, check the website of institutions that offer this program to get a better picture of the course structure. A good list of information to find out would be the required entry qualifications, study duration, modules offered, methods of study (e.g. lectures, workshops, work placements, projects, etc.) and study mode, i.e. part-time or full-time study, or even distance learning.

Applying to Study in Malaysia

As an international student, you can apply through MARIF to the educational institution of your choice. You are advised to apply only to institutions that have been given the approval by the relevant authorities to accept international students.

For courses at public universities – bachelor degree and postgraduate programs – international students can apply for full-time mode programs only.

For courses at private higher educational institutions e.g. pre-university studies, diploma, bachelor degree and postgraduate studies, students can apply to the institution of their choice, which must have the approval of the Ministry of Home Affairs Malaysia to enroll international students. International students are only allowed to study for full-time programs.

To facilitate the entry of international students coming to study in Malaysia, the government has set up a one-stop agency known as Education Malaysia Global Services to assist in expediting the issuance of a Student Pass to international students as well as preparation of I-Card for international students, and to provide other services that ease their transition to live in this country.

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