International Students

The Many Higher Education Options In Malaysia

by on June 5, 2017 | The National Education System, Top Stories

The many higher education options in Malaysia -

Your Course of Study Options in Malaysia

After O level or Year 11

  • UK A levels, Australian and Canadian pre-university programmes and International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Pre-university and university foundation programmes offered by private higher educational institutions
  • Skills certificates
  • Diploma programmes
  • Semi-professional qualification programmes
  • American degree transfer programme

After A levels or Year 12 or its equivalent

  • Diploma programmes
  • Semi-professional qualification programmes
  • Year 1 of a bachelor degree programme
  • Transnational education degree qualification
  • Professional qualifications such as ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA, etc.

After a bachelor’s degree

  • Postgraduate certificate or diploma
  • Master’s degree
  • PhD degree

Note: International students can enrol in full-time programmes only


Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Martinus Yudhistira Soegiono | Indonesia 2nd Year, BSc Actuarial Science | 3 years

I chose Heriot-Watt University after extensive research that proved to me what an outstanding university it is. As an Indonesian from a middleincome family, studying in the UK seemed like quite the impossible dream for me. But when I heard that a new campus was to open in Malaysia, it suddenly made a lot of sense for me to study here. It was a fantastic opportunity. The standards here are exactly the same as in the UK, but with a fee structure that is far more affordable in Ringgit Malaysia. I cannot think of a better place to go and have enjoyed every bit of my student experience here.


Help University | Le Huynh Bo Minh | Vietnam | Psychology | 2 years

I feel that HELP University is one of the best universities, especially in psychology. The programmes are designed to balance the academic and practical knowledge to give the very best education for its students. We are given broad options for graduate studies, and assistance with getting a job right after graduation. Overall, I believe HELP University has been a dream come true for me. I would recommend HELP University to anyone who really wants to achieve the best for themselves in the pathway to success.


The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus | Darshika Chaturvedi | India | BA (Honours) International Business Management | 3 Years

Studying at The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) was the best decision I have ever made. I had always wanted to study in an environment that was multicultural and could give me the best in academics - UNMC had been just that and more. The diverse cultural background of students enabled me to become more flexible and adapting. The most exciting part was that I obtained a British degree while paying fees in Ringgit, without compromising on the quality of my academic experience.


Curtin Sarawak | Do Thi Hoang Mai | Vietnam |Master of Philosophy in Marketing | 2 years

After I graduated from RMIT, I decided to pursue an MPhil degree at Curtin Sarawak because of the high quality of Curtin's postgraduate programmes. Its campus is beautiful and its staff friendly and accommodating. Studying a master by research is quite tough but I'm glad I have a lot of support from my supervisors and fellow students from around the world. Curtin Sarawak is not only helping me fulfil my dreams but is also giving me an unforgettable student experience.


Monash University Malaysia | Vinodh Raj Rajagopal Muthu | India | Bachelor of Engineering | 4 years

Cost and location were some of the factors which influenced my decision to study at Monash. Apart from giving me a world-class education, Monash has also allowed me to meet people from different backgrounds and schools. Being a student here has forced me out of my cocoon and immersed me in an academic experience that has been beyond my expectations. The student life here encourages teamwork and extracurricular activities.

Your Institution Options

You can choose to study at:

  1. Private colleges
  2. Skills training providers
  3. Language centres
  4. Private universities and university colleges
  5. Foreign university branch campuses
  6. Polytechnics
  7. Public universities

Note: Only institutions that are approved by Ministry of Higher Education and licensed by the Ministry of Home Affairs (KDN) are allowed to recruit international students. Student visa are for those study full-time only.

Study in Malaysia Handbook 10th Ed.Source: Study in Malaysia Handbook 10th Ed.

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