Affordable tuition fees, a majority of English-taught programs, and a burgeoning reputation for higher education all combine to make Malaysia an extremely popular international study destination.

Malaysia’s vast and varied territory encompasses two distinct regions separated by the South China Sea: Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia. If you do a business degree in Malaysia, you’re more likely to find yourself in the developed Peninsular Malaysia, which contains the capital Kuala Lumpur and most of the biggest cities in the country. East Malaysia is located on the island of Borneo and is more sparsely populated with a greater portion of green spaces. Since gaining independence from British colonial rule, Malaysia has enjoyed consistent economic growth to transform itself into one of Asia’s most modern, prosperous, and forward-thinking nations.

Affordable tuition fees, a majority of English-taught programs, and a burgeoning reputation for higher education all combine to make Malaysia an extremely popular international study destination. Just under 130,000 international students chose to study in Malaysia in 2019, and the national government is targeting 250,000 international students by 2025. The oldest and most prestigious university in the country is Universiti Malaya (UM), which has risen from #114 in the QS World University Rankings in 2018 to #65 in the 2022 rankings. The growing prestige of Malaysia is evidenced in the fact that MIT, one of the top universities in the world, recently helped to establish the Asia School of Business in Kuala Lumpur.

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FAQ about studying in Malaysia

In general, the cost of living in Malaysia is much lower than in Europe, North America, and some of Asia. The cost of an MBA in Malaysia is also markedly cheaper than in leading countries for higher education. They can range from EUR€5,000 to €15,000, although foreign universities with a campus in Malaysia may charge more. While actual costs of living will depend on several factors including lifestyle choice, you can live in relative comfort for RM2,000 (US$450) per month.

All international students must apply for a student visa at the Malaysian Embassy or Consulate in their country, before arriving in Malaysia. Applying for a Malaysian student visa is quick and easy. The whole process from application to receiving your visa usually takes between four and six weeks. The visa is valid for 12 months and must be renewed if you plan to study for longer than a year. Visa applications cost RM60 (US$13.70).

The top-ranked university in the country is Universiti Malaya, which has climbed the QS World University Rankings in recent years. Other notable universities in Malaysia include the National University of Malaya and Universiti Putra Malaysia. In addition, the likes of Heriot-Watt University, the University of Nottingham. and MIT all have campuses in Malaysia.

Malaysian companies are obliged to employ a certain number of Malaysian employees, with limits on the number of foreign nationals they are allowed to employ. While this may seem disheartening, it’s worth knowing that Malaysia publishes an annual Critical Occupations List, which highlights the country’s skill shortages that you could target. Those who wish to pursue an MBA in Malaysia may be interested to learn of the various management positions that feature in the top 10 such as Managing Director, Finance Manager, Business Service Manager, and Marketing Manager.

In 2019, Malaysia was home to just under 130,000 international students, with optimistic government targets for 250,000 by 2025. The quality of education is high, the cost of living is low, and the country’s universities have a strong global reputation, so all in all Malaysia makes for a fantastic international study destination.

Malaysia-page (Petronas Twin Towers at Kuala Lumpur)

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