Malaysia has many types of education institutions. They include:
- Public universities
Offers postgraduate studies and limited places for bachelor’s degree program to international students. They are funded by government and these universities recruit international students for full-time undergraduate and postgraduate studies.
- Private universities and colleges
- Foreign university branch campuses
Primary and secondary education
- International schools
- Expatriate schools
- Private schools
Steps to follow when applying to study in Malaysia
Important notice when applying as an international student is that the students can apply directly to the educational institution of choice. The institutions should be approved by the relevant authorities to accept international students.
Know what you want to study and where
When making educational progress it is hard to determine what is really good for you. Students firstly should consider their academic needs, career goals and budget. Determine the academic qualifications and English proficiency to fit in the institution. This is a platform for you to decide on the level and type of study you aspire to have as well as the course duration.
Application is simple and clear to all students. Required by the students is a dully filled
international student application form accompanied with the following documents and fees:
- Photocopy of identity card and international passport all pages
- Most recent passport sized color photograph
- Personal medical health report
- A completed accommodation form if required
- Certified copies of all relevant examination results and academic certificates(copies
- translated in English if documents are in another language)
- Application fees ranging from $160 to $250 non-refundable
Application form is available online from the institutions website or from the institutions
oversees representative in home country.
Getting an offer from the institution
Upon receiving the application, Institutions will take 5 to 7 days to process student
application. When accepted, the institution issues an offer to place letter and is delivered to the student. This letter confirms the full-time course details, commencement dates and an invoice for the tuition fees, miscellaneous and accommodation fees. Students are advised to make payments via bank transfer, credit card or by opening a local bank account which allows the family transfer money for payment when in school already instead of bringing large amount of cash for fee payment.
Application of student pass
The institution will apply for an approval for a student pass from the Malaysian immigration department on behalf of the student. This process takes 7 days provided all documents are in order. The institution proceeds to notify the student regarding the status of the application. With the approval status, students receive the approval receipt through the institution and from there the journey to study in Malaysia begins.
A research in advance for students who are applying to study in Malaysia can access information via websites or obtain information from institution representatives in home country. Other study options in Malaysia include:
- Type of institutions ranging from Malaysian universities and higher education colleges.
- Types of qualifications
- Modes of study i.e. distance learning, external degree, transfer credits.
- Type of course disciplines
With so many options you will be able to find the right one.
Search for oversee education in Malaysia –important things to note.
- Write in for a prospect from the institution or download from the website if available. This enables you to have a better understanding of course objective, course modules, subjects taught, assessment methods, entry requirement and English proficiency requirement.
- Choose a course relevant to the future career to pursue and the qualification required by employers in your own country.
- Consider factors such as course fee, availability of learning facilities and international student support services, size and location of institution, living expenses, academic and research facilities.
- Legality and quality-check if the institution has been approved by the relevant
- government authority and if the course chosen has obtained the accreditation status from relevant agency.
- If you are a self-sponsored student check out the education cost for the entire duration to see if it fits your budget.