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Malaysia has its origins in the Malay Kingdoms present in the area which, from the 18th century, became subject to the British Empire. The first British territories were known as the Straits Settlements, whose establishment was followed by the Malay kingdoms becoming British protectorates. The territories on Peninsular Malaysia were first unified as the Malayan Union in 1946. Malaya was restructured as theFederation of Malaya in 1948, and achieved independence on 31 August 1957. Malaya united with Sabah, Sarawak, and Singapore on 16 September 1963, with si being added to give the new country the name Malaysia. However, less than two years later in 1965, Singapore was expelled from the federation. Since independence, Malaysia has had one of the best economic records in Asia, with GDP growing an average 6.5% for almost 50 years. The economy has traditionally been fuelled by its natural resources, but is expanding in the sectors of science, tourism, commerce and medical tourism.


In recent years Malaysia has increasingly become a popular study place for many international students. Currently there are 50,000 international students from more than 100 countries studying here in Malaysia, which testifies to the world-wide acceptance of Malaysia as a favoured destination for further study.

Some of the common reasons of choosing Malaysia as a study destination are:

High Quality Education

All educational institutions in Malaysia are closely monitored by the Malaysian Education Ministry through their quality control authorities and appropriate legislation such as The Education Act, 1996, The Private Higher Educational Institutions Act, 1996 and The Malaysian Qualifications Agency Act 2007. Many students upon completion of their basic degree in Malaysia, who decide to go further in their studies, are easily accepted into post-graduate programmes from top universities in the world.

Competitive course fees& Low Cost of Living

The course fees of studying in Malaysia’s colleges and universities are among the lowest in the region making Malaysia an ideal destination for good quality education at a very affordable price. Living expenses in Malaysia is very affordable. With just RM12,000.00 (USD3,750) per year, students can live a comfortable life.

Extensive selection of popular courses

There are hundreds of universities and colleges in Malaysia to choose from. These universities and colleges offer a wide range of courses, programmes and other study options.

Some popular study options include Double degrees & 3+0 degree programmes conducted in Malaysia, which offer a cost-effective route for quality education and qualifications from universities in the United Kingdom, USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and France.

Then there is the option of Foreign Branch Campus Universities operating in Malaysia, which enable students to acquire their prestigious university qualifications in a country that has lower living expenses

Classes in English & English Speaking Environment

The common teaching mode of private colleges and some government universities is English. For those less proficient in the language, most colleges also offer English Proficiency classes. Furthermore, English is commonly spoken among Malaysians, therefore, students living here in Malaysia have no communication problems in their everyday living.

Multicultural Environment offer Rich Experience

Malaysia offers another crucial aspect of a student’s education – living and interacting in a multicultural society. This experience, no doubt, will serve to enrich and broaden then students world view that ultimately will serve them better in the globalization era

Easy & Hassle Free Entry Into Malaysia

Hassle-free immigration procedures, enable foreign students to have easy entry into Malaysian higher educational institutions without hassle.

Stable and Safe Environment

Malaysia is an economically sound and socially safe country with a stable government and a low crime rate. Situated in a geographically safe zone, Malaysia is free from most natural disasters.

Convenient Living

Malaysia has an excellent transportation system, which allows for easy mobility. It also has many interesting places to visit during your stay there. Many students find that Malaysia is a food paradise which has a huge variety of cuisines available including vegetarian, halal, ethnic and western.