Study in Malaysia

There are a thousand reasons we can give to promote study abroad to one's country. However, for studying in Malaysia, it will be a whole new eye opener for international students to consider.

Malaysia is known as a melting pot of cultures and religion which is blessed with a geographical landscape of natural beauty. It is a multiracial, multicultural, and multilingual society. With the geographical advantage, Malaysia is the strategic hub for business, education and leisure, as well as a place with rich diversity in culture from the West, Islam, Chinese, Indian and ASEAN.

Capital City
Kuala Lumpur

Approximately 30 million

National Language
Malay Language
, but English, Chinese and Tamil have been widely used

Average daily temperature 32 degree Celsius

Official Religion

Monetary Unit
Ringgit (MYR) 
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Malay, Chinese, Indian and other ethnic groups

Multiracial culture   

Malaysia is fast becoming known as a centre of education excellence in Southeast Asia. More than 80,000 international students from over 150 countries have been chosen Malaysia as their study destination.

Here are some reasons for choosing Malaysia as your study destination:

  • Multicultural societies, all living in peace and harmony
  • Variety and high standards of education provision
  • Good quality assurance of the programmes offered
  • English is widely used as the medium of communication
  • Affordable tuition fees and cost of living
  • Safe and stable environment
  • Summer all year round
  • Competitive economy

"Malaysia is currently ranked as the world's 11th most preferred study destination by UNESCO"

Apart from obtaining a quality and recognised tertiary education, one great reason of studying in Malaysia is the affordable course fees and economical cost of living. Once they calculate the cost of education and living in Malysia, many international students eventually found that studying here offers a real value for money.

For example, you can acquire a professional engineering degree offered by UTAR for about RM56,600-63,500 (4 years). The degree is accredited by the professional engineering body not only in Malaysia but other countries under the Washington Accord.  The Washington Accord is an international accreditation agreement for professional engineering academic degrees, between the bodies responsible for accreditation in its singnatory countries. 

For living cost, whether you are studying at city campus or suburban campus, you will be live comfortably within a budget of RM8,000 to RM21,000, depending on your lifestyle. To give you an indication, here is breakdown of living cost for students in Malaysia.

Here are a few reasons why students should consider study in UTAR: 

Diversity in Learning Environment

UTAR is an ideal university for students who are looking for international exposure, experience and friendship. Malaysia is a unique country with rich diversity in culture and people interact with cultures from the West, Chinese, Islam, Africans, Indians and Asians. Given this advantage, UTAR incoporates such multi-cultural dimensions into all aspects of learning, teaching, research and collaboration. The vibrant UTAR community now consists of international students and staff from 39 economies.

Recognized/Accredited Programmes

All UTAR programmes have been approved by the Ministry of Education (MOE) Malaysia. The programmes due for accreditation have already achieved the Full Accreditation status by the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA). UTAR continually seeks accreditation and recognition for its programmes from professional bodies of its repsective fields of studies. Such accreditation or recognition by professional bodies provides its programmes with international recognition, and a benchmark against the global standards in the respective fields.

To check the MOE/MOA approvals and accreditations, please click here.

To check the professional/country recognition, please click here.

Industry-Focused Approach in Education

UTAR has made the industrial training as part of student exposure to work environment and early career preparation for its undergraduate students. This industrial training provides students practical opportunities to network and be integrate with the industry, which all these providing them confidence for employment. Since 2005, we produce more than 45,000 graduates; and over 97% of them employed within 6 months after graduation.

Also through the university network and collaboration with industry partners, we invite industry leaders, successful entrepreneurs, technopreneurs, business founders, corporate high-flyers and researchers to share their inspiration and their success stories with our studeents. The University builds a community of motivated students with a strong culture promoting discovery learning, leadership and entrepreneurship - this is what the industries looking for.  

International Collaboration Networks

UTAR is constantly developing the students’ global mindset while broadening horizons for their growth in knowledge and skills through various collaborations with universities across the world. The University is now collaborating with more than 110 university partners ranging from Australia, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Myanmar, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, United Kingdom, United State of America and Vietnam. This collaboration has given birth to active student exchanges, study tours, research and training, conferences, seminars and talks, and scholarships. Through these meaningful activities, we see a convergence of thought, of idea and of cultures among students within campus. Students with international experience are better prepared for careers in an increasingly globalized economy.

Learning and Teaching Facilities

  • The UTAR Library comprises 5 libraries; a main library and 4 faculty libraries, all linked by an integrated library system. The Library is well stocked with more than 230,000 volumes of publications and numerous online resources.
  • ICT facilities consists of 66 computer laboratories and 3 Macintosh laboratories, with more than 2,000 computers including 75 units of Macintoshs.
  • Students will benefit from adequate laboratory equipment and workshop for learning and research.
  • Wireless internet access is available in all of its campuses. Students can access the internet anytime within the campus. 
  • Students will have access to the Web-based Learning Environment (WBLE) which is the online discussion platform among students and lecturers for exchange of ideas. Through WBLE, students will be able to access a wealth of study materials and supports. 
  • Convenient online application for payment of fees, enquiries and supports are available. 

UTAR is commited in providing better learning and teaching experience for our university community. We are presently expanding and transforming our Sg. Long campus in Klang Valley into UTAR City Campus. More information about City campus, please click here.

Student Support Services

UTAR has established relevant departments to provide a range of student support services.

Department of International Student Services (DISS)

This is a one-stop service centre for international students. The Department assists students on the visa application and renewal, airport pick-up, accommodation sourcing, international student orientation, counselling and monitor the progress/attendance.[Read More].

Department of Alumni Relations and Placement (DARP)

The Department has good industry links and trained personnel to assist and counsel students for job placements. It provides student industrial training placements where relevant, organises career fairs and offers information on postgraduate studies and financial aid. It links students with the alma mater and fellow alumni on graduation. [Read More]

Department of Soft Skills Competency (DSSC)

Working closely with industry partners, we understand what employers are looking for among fresh graduates, and helps students to acquire necessary skills to succeed in life. This Department is responsible to organise activities such as study tours, competitions, Speakers' Corner, New Village surveys, training sessions and various student exchange activities to equip students with the necessary soft and lif skills. [Read More]

Departmet of Student Affairs (DSA)

This Department arranges a series of student activities which are held within the university and at inter-university levels such as sports, competitions and also student clubs and societies.The Department also has a team of qualified counsellors to provide counselling services to students and arrange the campus adjustment talks, peer mentoring/helping programmes and many others. [Read More]

Medium of Instruction

Most of the programmes are conducted in English Language except for programmes like Chinese Studies, Journalism in Chinese Media, and Chinese Medicine which are taught in Chinese and English languages. Students have the opportunities to learn foreign languages such as French, German, Thai, Japanese, Korea or many others as part of the programme requirment.

Language Learning Support

Students who need to enhance their level of English language proficiency can attend English language courses offered by the UTAR's Centre for Extension Education (CEE). Among the programmes offered are English Enhancement Programme (EEP), English for Tertiary Programme and the Malaysian University English Test (MUET) Preparatory Course. UTAR is the one of the authorised MUET examination centres in Malaysia and hence our students will be able to sit for the examination at the familiar and comfortable campus setting.

Other languages such as Korean, Spanish, French, Thai, German and many others are also available at the CEE. 

Student Pass

Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS), under the Ministry of Education Malaysia, is the only authorised One-Stop Centre for handling the application, processing and issuing of Student Pass. It is mandatory for you to hold a valid student pass in order to study in Malaysia.

Typically, you need to apply to the University for the Course Admission first. We will issue an Offer of Admission letter to you if you are qualified. Once you have accepted the offer letter and pay the prescribed fees including visa processing fees, medical insurance, medical screening and immigration charges, we will help you to apply for a Visa Approval Letter (VAL) for you to get the entry visa and later student pass.

Documents Requirements

Documents that you are submitting must be clear and certified in accordance with the University and EMGS certification requirements. Any unclear or uncertified copies will delay the issuance of Offer Letter by the University and Visa Approval Letter (VAL) by EMGS.

Medical Examination Requirement

The immigration rules of Malaysia also require a medical screening to be done within 7 days of entering Malaysia. The screening can be done at the panel clinic appointed by EMGS.

Medical and Health Insurance Requirement

Medical and health insurance is mandatory and must be procured through EMGS for student pass application. As an international student, you are required to purchase one of the three insurance packages offered, i.e. Silver, Gold and Plantinum. More information is available to download here.