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Malaysia

Malaysia

Quick Facts & Figures

  • capital

    Kuala Lumpur
  • language

    Malay (official), English, Chinese dialects,
  • currency

    RM (Malaysian Ringgit)
  • government

    Constitutional Monarchy
  • religion

    Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism
  • weather

    Equatorial
  • timezone

    GMT + 8
  • internet domain

    .my

Study in Malaysia

Malaysia is country comprised of multiple nations. It is country where people can find the different cultures, religions, cuisines and traditions of Asian countries. 

Malaysia is a multiracial and multicultural nation, with three ethnic groups - Malays, Chinese, Indians - living together in one country. The Malays, who comprise half of Malaysia’s population, are the largest ethnic group in the country. They are followed by the Chinese (23%) and then the Indians (7%). The indigenous people make up around 12% of the population while the rest are comprised of small communities and other non-citizens.

With a  partner school in Kuala Lumpur, Filipino international students have a choice in pursuing their international studies.

We have 1 Malaysian school and university on our website that you can search and apply from!

Why study in Malaysia?

Malaysia is a great destination for Filipino international students thanks to its top-ranking universities and liveable cities. There are a handful of reasons why Filipinos should study in Malaysia.

  • Established High-Quality Education
  • 2nd Most Affordable City for Students in 2018
  • Transnational Degree Programs (UK, US, NZ, AUS)

Schools in Malaysia

Malaysia's well-established education system is ranked 25th in the QS Higher Education System Strength Rankings 2018.

Life and Culture in Malaysia

Studying and living in Malaysia can be a fulfilling adventure for Filipinos looking to study in another Southeast Asian country. Like the Philippines, Malaysia has so much to offer in terms of culture.

Study and work opportunities in Malaysia for Filipinos

Filipino international students with a valid student pass are allowed to work part time for a maximum of 20 hours per week during semester breaks or holidays of more than 7 days in specific industries.

Scholarships in Malaysia

To provide financial aid to Filipino students in pursuit of higher education, there are numerous scholarships available. Scholarships for Filipino international students to study in Malaysia are offered by private organizations and Malaysian universities.

Studying in Malaysia

Do I need a visa? How do I get it?
Philippine passport holders will not need a visa if they are planning to stay in Malaysia for only one month or 30 days. The passport should still be valid. There will be a need for a visa if the planned stay is more than 30 days but less than 59 days. Application for this visa is free of charge. Planning to stay in Malaysia for more than 60 days will also need a visa but they have to get a visa with reference (VWR) before their planned travel to Malaysia. Their contacts or host in Malaysia should secure a letter of authorization or approval for VWR from the Malaysian Department of Immigration. The original letter of approval will be included in the visa application.

Visa application requirements
  1. Philippine passport (valid for not less than 6 months, original and 2 photocopies)
  2. Fully accomplished visa application form (2 copies)
  3. 2 passport sized photograph
  4. Roundtrip airline tickets (original and 2 photocopies)
  5. Letter of approval Malaysian Department of Immigration (original copy)
  6. Visa (VWR) fee: RM36.00 (paid in Philippine Peso)
Are there scholarships available? How can I finance my studies?
There are many scholarships offered by both the Malaysian government and the schools themselves. Visit the Edukasyon profiles of the schools you are interested in to check if they are offering any scholarships.

There are also some international student loans available from different loan giving bodies. University representatives usually work in tandem with their financial aid department that focuses on helping students find options to finance their education. Explore our partner schools here, and click "Send Inquiry" to get connected with your university representative.
What are the requirements for studying at a school in the ‘country’?

Generally, schools in Malaysia request the ff:
  • Certified copies of all relevant examination results and academic certificates (preferably with copies translated in English if your documents are in another language)
  • English proficiency certificate
  • A completed accommodation form (if accommodation is required)
  • Photocopy of valid international passport (valid for at least 12 months from the expected date of entry to Malaysia) - all pages
  • Photocopy of identity card
  • Most recent passport-size colour photograph (4 to 6 copies)
  • Personal medical examination report
What are the required languages for studying in the ‘country’?
Their official native tongue is Malay but some Chinese dialects are also used. English is used as the primary medium of instruction for all courses at private higher education institutions.
Why should I study in the ‘country’?
Studying in Malaysia does not require you to study its native language as English is used as the primary medium of instruction for all courses at private higher education institutions. Malaysia also has more than 170 000 international students across private and international schools, higher educational institutions, etc.

Schools in Malaysia are improving as educational institutions. In the latest rankings of various world university rankings, some universities in Malaysia have been ranked in the top 200. Studying in Malaysia will also expose its students to a curriculum that offers world education. Students will be learning from Malaysian schools that spend a major part of their investments in forming partnerships with universities from the United States, United Kingdom (UK), and Australia.

Lastly, studying in Malaysia is very affordable. In the 2016 QS Top Universities “Most Affordable Cities for Students”, Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur gained a near perfect score for affordability. Students will then have the opportunity to study in a top school/university at a reduced cost.
How do I choose a school in the ‘country?
There are an endless array of schools and programs available to Filipino students looking to pursue their studies in Malaysia. After deciding (1) What your career goals are and (2) What academic programs can help you achieve those goals, it's time to do some research on which school is best for you! There are schools in Malaysia that are looking for Filipino students just like you!

Living in Malaysia

How much is the cost of living in the ‘country’?
Groceries from Malaysia have a fair price but it would still depend on where you will be buying. For average prices, a loaf of bread costs RM3, a litre of milk costs about RM6, and about RM60 to RM95 for a kilogram of premium imported steak. For restaurants, you can have a full meal for RM10. Average cost of a rent per month for an apartment is RM1740 and utilities per month will be about RM180.
What is the lifestyle like in the ‘country’?
Malaysia is a multi-racial and multi-cultural country with three major ethnic groups living in harmony. The largest ethnic group in the country are the Malays, followed by the Chinese, and the third are the Indians. Although Malays are required to adhere to Islam, other Malaysians are free to practice their religion, with Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism, Hinduism, and Animism, all being practiced in the country.

Food is an important part of the Malaysian culture. Malaysians themselves might say that eating is the country’s national sport. It is not unusual for them to travel far and wait in long lines just to have a “char kuay teow” (fried flat noodle dish) or a “nasi lemak (coconut rice dish). Many Malaysians pride themselves in knowing where to find good food.
Are there Filipinos living in the ‘country’?
About 500 000 Filipinos are living in the Malaysian state of Sabah, working mostly in fishing, construction and plantation. Outside of Sabah, there are still about 100 000 Filipinos in Malaysia.

Working in Malaysia

Can I work while I’m studying in the ‘country’?
International students are allowed to work part-time, provided that they have a valid student pass. They can work for a maximum of 20 hours per week during semester breaks or holidays of more than 7 days in specific sectors.
What are the benefits of graduating from a school in the ‘country’?
With Malaysia’s partnerships with other universities from other countries, these universities have branch campuses in Malaysia. University of Nottingham, for example, is a UK-based university that has a campus in Malaysia. A student that studies in the Malaysian campus of this university can earn a degree from UK.

Graduating from a school in Malaysia also gives students excellent job opportunities. With the country’s developing economy, industries in Malaysia are developing as well. This has created a need for skilled graduates who are willing to work in these industries.