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The Affordable Destination For Tertiary Education
The affordable cost of tertiary quality education is one of the good reasons why International Students should choose Malaysia to study in. Your education cost is made up of:

Course fees which include tuition fees and other study fees payable to the institution, depending on what you are studying and the duration of your course/study programme, and Other components like the living expenses which will depend on which location you are staying in, your type of accommodation and your lifestyle

Cost of Education in Malaysia
Course Fees
Your course fees will consist of your tuition fees plus other related direct study expenses. Below are some or even all of the components that you may incur during your course of study:
  • Registration Fee
  • Tuition Fee
  • Deposit
  • Computer/Science Laboratory Fee
  • Health & Hospitalisation Insurance Premium
  • Library fee
  • Other Incidental Costs
A. Pre-University Programmes
Private Higher Educational Institutions (PHEIs) in Malaysia offer 2 types of pre-university qualification for SPM or GCSE 'O' leavers to pursue :

B. English Course
Malaysia is a multi-racial and multi-lingual country with most Malaysians communicating in English. Thus, this makes Malaysia an ideal place for non-native spea kers to practise the language. To help those who need to improve theirEnglish, many highly-experienced educational institutions and language centres in Malaysia offer language preparatory courses, especially to prepare International Students to sit for internationally-accepted English qualifications such as TOEFL and IELTS.

C. Bachelor's Degree Programmes

Malaysia offers you many study pathways to complete an entire 3-year bachelor's degree programme at a very competitive cost if you have GCE A-Levels / SAM or other equivalent pre-university qualifications.

D. Professional Qualification Programmes
If you choose to obtain a professional qualification, there are private educational institutions in Malaysia that prepare students to sit for external professional examinations, set by the various international examination bodies / professional boards, which will award the qualifications upon the student's examination success.

E. Postgraduate Studies
The public universities as well as the private higher educational institutions (PHEIs) in Malaysia offer International Students, the MBA and other Master's Degrees as well as Post-Graduate programmes at relatively competitive tuition fees combined with international standards of education

F. Twining Degree Arrangement
Malaysian private institutions have made arrangements with overseas collaborative universities whereby students can enrol locally into programmes of "2+1" Twinning Degree. In a twinning programme, students can complete the identical curriculum for either 1 year; 1" years or 2 years or 2" years in Malaysia, out of the 3-year degree programme before going overseas, to the twinning partner university, to complete the remaining duration of their degree. One of the outstanding feature for twinning degree programme is the students registers with both the local private education institutions and the foreign university (dual registration), and upon successful completion of the local segment he/she is guaranteed admission to the next level in the campus of the twinning-partner university, in the UK, USA, Australia and various other countries.

The table displayed below provides an indication of the estimated total course fees for the entire "2+1" twinning programme, where the first two years of studies will be pursued at institutions in Malaysia while the final year will be completed at the twinning partner university in a foreign country such as Australia or UK.
Education in Malaysia
Education is an essential part of human capital development and is the top priority of the Government. Annually, the government has set aside more than 20% of the nation’s budget for education and human resource development.

Malaysia has achieved a high score of 0.811 on the United Nations Human Development Index (HDI) according to the Human Development Index Rankings 2007/2008 based on data in 2005. Malaysia is ranked in the 61st position in the HDI out of 177 countries, putting it at the same level as many developed nations. The HDI measures life expectancy, adult literacy rate, student enrolment ratio and GDP per capital for a broader definition of the nation’s well-being. UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) categorises Malaysia as a high human development country.

Malaysia’s international education sector has grown tremendously during the past decade and is fast becoming a centre of educational excellence in the region. Malaysia currently houses more than 50,000 international students from more than 100 countries. Malaysia is proud to be the choice of study destination that offers quality international education at affordable cost. Many students choose to study in Malaysia because they recognize Malaysia as an ideal gateway to develop their Asian network and relationship as well as to learn from Malaysia’s great diversity, rapid economic development and people living in peace and harmony. The country has drawn up a National Higher Education Strategic Plan 2007-2020 which charts the path for higher education excellence and establishing world-class institutions.

The country is set to welcome 80,000 international students to study in Malaysia by the year 2010. Currently, the higher education opportunities in Malaysia are provided by 20 public universities, 24 polytechnics, 37 community colleges, 36 private universities, 4 foreign university branch campuses, about 450 private colleges, as well as various other higher institutions from UK, US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany and New Zealand, which offer twinning and franchised degree programmes through partnerships with Malaysian colleges and universities. The 38 international schools (American, Australian, Canadian and British-styled) and 12 expatriate schools which include French, German, Japanese and Taiwanese schools have facilities for students from pre-school to upper secondary levels. They provide parents with many options of pre-tertiary international education at affordable fees.


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