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Study in Malaysia - Requirements, Universities, Cost

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Why study in Malaysia?

Studying in Malaysia is an experience for life and an investment for those who choose to study in a Southeast Asian country known for its natural beauty, its people’s kindness and innovation growth.

Malaysia in the latest years has been welcoming thousands of international students, and has invested in education in order to make the country a popular study and career destination. For that, there are many English language programs, which offer additional English courses to practice the language and learn the terminology of each field.

The cost of living for an undergraduate or graduate student is on average 500-800€/month (excluding accommodation costs) and their currency is Malaysian Ringgit (MYR). Malaysia is a safe country with rich history and biodiversity, and is worth visiting for study and career opportunities.

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Bachelor’s in Malaysia

Bachelors in Malaysia cover all key sectors of the global economy and you will find programs that offer high-quality training, thorough scientific research and modern teaching methods.

The cost of studying in Malaysia varies depending on the university, field of study and duration of study. For example, bachelors start from 1100€/year and may reach over 9000€.



Master’s in Malaysia

English-language master’s degrees in Malaysia are aimed at all international students who want to start their careers in a modern hub of entrepreneurship such as Malaysian universities.

Their cost also depends here on the sector and the institution, but indicatively they can start from €500/year up to €3000.



Requirements for studying in Malaysia

Requirements for studying in Malaysia include English language certificates, such as IELTS or TOEFL, copy of passport, copy of high school diploma for undergraduates and copy of degree for postgraduates and student visa for residence permit in the country.

Individual documents such as transcripts and personal statements may be requested for master’s programs in Malaysia, as with all master’s applications in the world.



The IELTS certification is one of the most popular for studying abroad, but also for work. The year of acquisition and the score are two equally important factors for your admission to universities abroad.



The TOEFL test is an English language certification that is accepted in almost all English-speaking universities and together with IELTS are the two most popular certificates for studying abroad.

Student Visa


The student visa is the most important document you must have if you want to study abroad. Some countries, however, do not require a student visa, such as European Union member countries if you are a European citizen.



The passport is a necessary document that you must have for studying abroad. Although in most countries of the European Union only your national identity card is sufficient - if you are a European citizen - we recommend having a passport for easier movements and less paperwork.

Copy of your degree


For master's studies abroad it is necessary to have a copy of your degree translated into English or the language required by each university. The required score varies from country to country, institution to institution or even school to school. Consult the specifications of the program of your interest to see the exact ratings.

Copy of high school diploma


For bachelor's studies abroad it is necessary to have a high school diploma translated into English or the language required by each university. The required degree score varies from country to country, institution to institution or even school to school. Consult the specifications of the program you are interested in to be sure.



Scholarships in Malaysia

There are ways to reduce the cost of your studies by searching for a scholarship to study in Malaysia. For example you can search, for student financial aid programs at the institution you have been accepted to. Some universities give financial aid to students who meet certain criteria.

Then you can search official government websites and find out about scholarships in Malaysia for international students. Finally, you can search for scholarships to study abroad in various organizations in Greece and, of course, apply for your studies through Brive, claiming one of our scholarships.

Brive Scholarships


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Universities Scholarships


Most universities internationally provide scholarships for studying abroad, covering either all or part of the tuition fees. You can claim your own scholarship, as long as you start your search early to get ahead.

Government Scholarships


Most countries that have invested significant funds in the development and evolution of their education system to make it attractive to international students offer government scholarships to help young talent thrive academically at their universities. Are you one of them?



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What are the best cities to study in Malaysia?


The best cities to study in Malaysia are Kuala Lumpur, Georgetown Penang, Johor Bahru, Malaysian Borneo and Selangor.

What is the average cost of living for students in Malaysia?


The average cost of living for students in Malaysia is estimated at around €450/month. The cost of accommodation is proportional to the type that everyone chooses, for example, a room in a hostel can start from €60, while an apartment costs around €400-500.

In what languages are bachelor's and master's degrees offered in Malaysia?


The languages in which bachelor's and master's degrees are offered in Malaysia are Malay (Malay or Bahasa Melayu or Malay language) - the official language of the state - and English. In fact, many of them are entirely in English and are aimed at international students.

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