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University and education systems abroad often show serious differences to Germany. Find out more about the types of universities, admission requirements and tuition fees.



Malaysia has because the public institutions cannot cope with the rush of students.

Some of the private start-ups come from large Malaysian companies, which in this way provide for the next generation of managers. In other cases there are so-called twinning programs with Australian, British and American universities. In the latter case, part of the course or the examination is taken in the “sister university” in some cases, but the study programs are increasingly being carried out entirely in Malaysia.

Teacher training takes place in teacher training colleges.

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Study system

The education and study system is based on the British model. The university course is divided into:

  • Bachelor courses,
    which are usually designed for a period of four years.
  • Master’s degree programs,
    which build on the bachelor's degree and are completed within two years.
  • PhD courses,
    which can last between two and four years.

The academic year at the state universities is divided into 2 semesters. The first semester starts at the beginning of February and ends at the end of May / beginning of June. The second semester starts at the beginning of September and ends in January. Private universities can have a different scheme.

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Information on questions about the recognition of academic achievements, degrees and academic degrees can be found in our tips in advance.


The basic requirement for admission to a bachelor's degree is a secondary school diploma. The German general higher education entrance qualification is recognized. Questions regarding further admission requirements must be clarified with the respective or the.

tuition fee

Tuition fees are generally charged. The level of fees depends on the different subject areas and is not set uniformly. Tuition fees at private universities are higher than at state universities.

For a bachelor's degree course, the tuition fees at a state university are around EUR 700 per academic year, for a master's degree between EUR 400 and EUR 1,500 per academic year, and for doctoral students around EUR 800 per year.

A bachelor's program at a private college costs between EUR 5,000 and EUR 10,000 and more per year. The amount of the tuition fees must be requested from the respective.

Language requirements

The language of instruction is usually the national language Bahasa Malaysia. The only exceptions in state institutions are medical faculties and special study programs at private universities that cooperate with universities in English-speaking countries - English-language programs are also offered here.

The language skills must therefore be so good before the start of the course that a sufficient vocabulary of technical terms enables effortless participation in the courses.

Visa, work permit, looking for accommodation, cost of living - all of this should be well researched before going abroad. The following information will help you prepare.


Residence permit and work permit

German citizens can travel to Malaysia for up to 90 days without a visa (as can Malaysian citizens to Germany).

Visits to congresses or short research stays etc. are therefore uncomplicated in terms of visa technology. Potential interns can find useful information and contact other interns on the facebook page “KL interns / KL trainees”.

Students need a student visa and have to be admitted to the university. You still have to apply for both from Germany. This can be time-consuming and time-consuming, especially the medical examination associated with the visa application. There have been delays in the visa application process in recent years.

Students do not receive a work permit. The visa application is made through the university and the service facility "" (EMGS) after approval.

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Please also think of a foreign health insurance (see). One possible alternative is that. Also (vaccinations) must be taken.

Cost of living

If the demands are not too high, the monthly costs for accommodation, food, books and free time are around EUR 500. You can find a small one in the “Student Guide to study in Malaysia”. (1 EUR = MYR 4.60312; as of March 2019).

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International students can choose from various accommodation options. The private housing options are hardly more expensive than the student residences, which are either on or near the campus.

The universities help with the placement. The average costs are EUR 65 to EUR 200 per month (but you can sometimes get rooms for EUR 30). In the case of private accommodation, a deposit of three months' rent usually has to be paid.