Study in Malaysia


Malaysia is fast becoming one of the hottest study destinations in Asia where international students can pursue their undergraduate and postgraduate studies. One of the reasons why students from all over the world go to Malaysia is the rising number of educational institutions offering high-quality education. In fact, many of Malaysia’s higher education institutions (HEIs) are already part of the top 200 universities in the world.


Malaysia is fast becoming one of the hottest study destinations in Asia where international students can pursue their undergraduate and postgraduate studies. One of the reasons why students from all over the world go to Malaysia is the rising number of educational institutions offering high-quality education. In fact, many of Malaysia’s higher education institutions (HEIs) are already part of the top 200 universities in the world.

Aside from world-class education, Malaysia is an ethnically diverse country that embraces other cultures from different countries. International students find it easy to adjust and enjoy their entire stay in Malaysia as their second home. Malaysia is located in Southeast Asia, which lies mostly on the Malay Peninsula. The country is north of the equator and is divided into two regions, Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur is the capital of the country while Putrajaya is referred to as the administrative centre. On the northern part of Peninsular Malaysia, its main border is Thailand, while on the southern part, the country is connected to Singapore by a causeway. East Malaysia is found on the island of Borneo with Sarawak and Sabah, the two largest states in the country.

Climate and Weather

One of the things international students love about Malaysia is its year-round tropical weather. Students coming from the northern part of the world who barely experience warm weather definitely love Malaysia. Malaysia usually experiences a monsoon season, and its proximity to bodies of water makes it prone to high humidity. Monsoon season runs from May to September and there can be a high amount of rainfall in the months of November to March. But after the monsoon season, Malaysia has quite pleasant weather with warm days and cool nights.

Why Study in Malaysia?

What is it about Malaysia that attracts students? Here are the top five reasons to study in Malaysia.

Good Quality of Life

Malaysia is a developing country and its economy is on an upward trajectory, which is one of the contributors to a good quality of life. Malaysia has a high score in Numbeo’s Quality of Life Index, making it a good choice for international students considering Southeast Asia as their study destination. The cost of living is low and the country offers easy access to most social amenities, especially in cities like Kuala Lumpur.

High Literacy Rate

According to UNESCO, Malaysia has an adult literacy rate of 94.85%. Citizens age 15 and older are able to read and write and also perform simple arithmetic equations. Most of the people have successfully finished school and many continue onward to higher education. International students will find Malaysia to be a conducive and stimulating learning environment, no matter their programme of study.

Academic Excellence

Malaysia is one of the best countries in Asia in terms of higher education, as evidenced by the number of Malaysian HEIs in the top 200 best universities in the world. Malaysia offers world-class education that international students can excel in and use to secure their careers. Malaysia also invests in technology to enhance students’ learning experience and make studying more engaging.

Safety and Security

Malaysia is one of the most peaceful countries in the world. It takes the 20th spot in the Global Peace Index for 2020, which ranked 163 countries. It is the third-safest country in Asia, following Singapore and Japan. International students are safe and secure when they come to the country for their studies. Top-notch security systems are also installed in institutions, police officers are friendly and prepared to help students in need.

Cultural Diversity

Malaysia is a multicultural country, and many of its citizens have roots in countries such as India and China. The citizens are very open to embracing other cultures and traditions, making it very easy for international students to study and live in Malaysia. The country’s official religion is Islam, but other religions such as Buddhism and Christianity are also practised in peace and harmony. Malay is the official language, which is spoken by the majority. English is the second official language, and this is another reason why international students find higher education in Malaysia desirable. English is the medium of instruction in most HEIs. International students will also find it easy and enjoyable to learn the Malay language, which can help them understand and appreciate the Malaysian culture more. International students can socialise with ease and make the most of their stay in the country.

Fast Facts

Below are fast facts about Ireland’s educational institutions:

World ranked institutions in Malaysia

Top 10 Malaysian Universities

  1. Universiti Malaya
  2. Universiti Putra Malaysia
  3. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
  4. Universiti Sains Malaysia
  5. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  6. Taylor’s University
  7. UCSI University
  8. Universiti Teknologi Petronas
  9. Universiti Utara Malaysia
  10. Management and Science University
The top five institutions in this list are all in the top 200 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2021, with Universiti Malaya in 59th place.

Top postgraduate courses in Malaysia

  1. Business Management
  2. Engineering
  3. Medicine
  4. Mass Communications
  5. Accounting and Finance
  6. Hospitality and Tourism
  7. Art and Design
Top jobs by demand in Malaysia
  1. Engineering
  2. Computer Science
  3. Business
  4. Agriculture
  5. Actuarial Science
  6. Chemistry
  7. Occupational Safety and Health
  8. Graphic and Multimedia Design
  9. Medicine
  10. Logistics and Supply Chain
Top earning jobs in Malaysia
  1. C-Suite roles
  2. Managing Director
  3. Head of Shared Services
  4. Head of Finance
  5. Sales/Marketing Director
  6. Senior Product Manager
  7. Operations Director
  8. Quality Director
  9. Corporate Banking Head
  10. Engineering Director in Health Care
Top industries in Malaysia
  1. Banking and Finance
  2. Digital Technology
  3. Media
  4. Manufacturing
  5. Electrical and Electronics Industry
  6. Food Delivery Providers
  7. Property

Unique Student Experience

Ireland’s picturesque landmarks, history, rich culture, fun-loving people, and high-quality education make it an attractive choice for international students.

That and the fact that students are also allowed the opportunity to work while studying. But lest you think it’s all work and study, Ireland has a wealth of leisure activities to choose from.

Working Part-time as a Student

International students can get employed if they meet the following criteria:

  1. Registered with Ireland’s national police service. the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB)
  2. Enrolled in a programme leading to a qualification certified by the Minister of Education and Skills
  3. Attending a full-time programme of education (NFQ Level 7 or above)
  4. Studying for a minimum of 15 hours a day
  5. Studying for at least a one-year programme
  6. Attending 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. class per week or a minimum of 25 weeks per year

Aside from the above criteria, there are some requirements and conditions that differ between students from the European Economic Areas (EEA) and students from outside the EEA.

 Non-EEA StudentEEA Student
RequirementsIrish Residence Permit CardPersonal Public Services (PPS) Number
PPS Number
EligibilityCan take on jobs only if their course is included in the government’s Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP)All nationals from the EEA are free to take on full-time or part-time jobs in Ireland without any work permit
Can work for only 20 hours per week

Can work for 40 hours per week only during these periods:

  • December 15 to January 15, and
  • June 1 to September 30.

Students who want to work in Ireland are also advised to open an Irish bank account because most companies will pay them through their bank accounts.


Students who will undergo internships and are enrolled on Degree Programme courses are subjected to the following rules:

  1. The internship should not exceed 50% of the duration of the student’s chosen programme
  2. Educational facilities should ensure the work placements befit the student’s programme
  3. Work placement should be necessary for the programme’s completion


Leisure and Recreation

Many people find making friends and assimilating into the Irish culture is much easier compared to other countries in Europe because of the friendly nature of the Irish. They also love music and Ireland hosts a multitude of music festivals that visiting students will enjoy.

The Irish are also huge fans of sport, especially of Gaelic football and rugby. Students will have plenty of chances to participate or to watch in the many sports stadiums across the country.

For nature lovers, there are trails, parks, and beaches where people can trek, hike, cycle, or swim. There are also castles, museums, and galleries.

Application Process

The application process in Ireland differs between EU students and non-EU students. EEA students can directly apply to study in Ireland through the Central Applications Office (CAO). On the other hand, non-EU students have to contact the international office where they are applying.


Academic Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for students also differ depending on their country of origin, EU or non-EU status, and the educational institution where they are applying to. However, at the minimum, the following should be submitted by the student:

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma if applicable
  • English Language Proficiency Certificate

Study Visa Application

Students who will study and stay in Ireland for more than three months should apply for a study visa. Below are the steps:

  1. Apply for a study visa online through the AVATS Online Application Facility.
  2. Follow the instructions in the summary application form including information on where to submit the supporting documentation.
  3. Print and sign the summary application form.
  4. Submit the signed summary application form along with the supporting documents.
  5. If needed, provide your biometrics information to an Irish Visa Application Centre (VAC).
  6. Pay visa fees if needed.

Additional Information

Tuition Fees

Below are the average tuition fees for the following courses and degrees:

Business€9,850 – €19,500€9950 – €34,500
Engineering€9,850 – €25,500€9950 – €25,000
Science and Technology€9,850 – €25,500€9950 – €27,000
Arts and Humanities€9,850 – €19,500€9950 – €19,000
Medicine and Health Sciences€39,500-€55,000€18,000 – €32,000

Other Expenses

The cost of living in Ireland depends on the location and the type of accommodation the student chooses. On average, students are expected to spend around €7,000 to €12,000 a year.

The following are the estimated amount of common expenses:

Type of ExpenseAverage Cost

Climate and Weather

Ireland’s weather is quite mild. However, it might seem harsher to students who come from warmer countries. Students are advised to bring warm clothes they can layer, such as shirts, jackets, sweaters, and overcoats.

Students are also advised to bring raincoats, especially those who will study in the western part of the country, where rain is more frequent.

Scholarships and Funding

Ireland offers several scholarships and funding assistance for international students who are planning to study in the country. Scholarships and grants are offered by the government, educational institutions, and non-government education. Below are some prominent scholarship offered to international students:

  1. Erasmus+
  2. Government of Ireland International Education Scholarships Programme
  3. Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRHSS)
  4. Fulbright Scholarships

In addition to this, be sure to also check out the scholarships and financial assistance offered by the school you are applying to.