One of the main attractions Malaysia holds for foreign students is the affordability factor. The major cost considerations when it comes to a foreign education are course fees and living expenses.

Once they calculate the cost of education and living in Malaysia, many international students discover that studying here offers them real value for money. The affordable cost of quality tertiary education is one of many good reasons why international students choose Malaysia.

For example, you can acquire a UK engineering degree (3 years) in Malaysia through a franchised degree programme at an estimated RM51,000 (USD16,000), whereas the tuition fee of the same degree programme at the host university in the UK is about RM144,000 (USD45,000).

Estimated Cost of Education In Malaysia

1. Preparatory Courses for English Proficiency Tests

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

129 –229

2 months

Test of English as  a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

143 –229

2 months


2. Pre-University Programmes

GCE ‘A’ level, UK

3,100 – 4,800

18 months

 

Western Australian Matriculation

2,600 – 3,100

1 year

 

South Australian Matriculation

2,600 – 3,900

1 year

 

Canadian Pre-University

3,400 – 4,400

1 year

 

International Baccalaureate Diploma

8,000 - 16,400

2 years

 

Malaysian Pre-University

2,300 – 3,200

I year


3. Bachelor’s Degree Programmes

Cost in USD for Private College 3+0 Foreign Degree Programme (3 years)

Business : 11,100 –14,300

Engineering : 13,000 – 15,000 (3 yrs, UK; 4yrs, Aust)

IT : 9,700 – 12,900

Hospitality & Tourism :13,700 – 18,600

Cost in USD for Foreign Branch Campus University Degree Programme (3 years)

Business :13,700 – 24,000

Engineering : 21,100 – 40,000 (3 yrs, UK; 4yrs, Aust)

IT : 13,400 – 25,100

Medicine : 114,300 (5 yrs)

Cost in USD for Malaysian Private University Degree Programme (3 years)

Business : 8,600 – 11,400

Engineering : 12,900 – 14,300 (4 yrs)

IT : 9,400 -12,300

Hospitality & Tourism :12,000 -14,300

Medicine : 62,900 -108,600

4. Preparation for External Professional Examinations

Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA)

3,300 - 4,300

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

3,700 – 4,500

Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administration (ICSA)

2,900 – 3,400

*All figures are estimates