Population 31.19 Million (44th) (UN 2018)
Capital Kuala Lumpur
Largest city Kuala Lumpur
National language Malay
Major religion Islam, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu
Export goods Semiconductor & electronic products, palm oil, liquefied natural gas, petroleum, chemicals, machinery, vehicles, optical & scientific equipment, manufactures of metal, rubber, wood and wood products
Import goods Electronics, Semiconductor, Microchips, Integrated circuit, Rubber, Oleochemicals, Automobile, Optical devices, Pharmaceuticals, Medical equipment, Smelting, Timber, Wood pulp, Islamic finance, Petroleum, Liquified natural gas, Petrochemicals
Main industries Financial and insurance services Construction, Healthcare and social assistance, Mining
Professional, scientific and technical services, Manufacturing
Life expectancy 71.1 years (men), 76.7 years (women) (UN)
Currency Ringgit (RM) (MYR)
Area 330,803 km2 (127,724 sq mi) (66th)
International dialing code +60

Why study in Malaysia?

Malaysia has swiftly become a preferred destination for quality tertiary education. Malaysia offers a variety of globally recognised programmes that include value added professional and specialised skill courses tailored to meet today’s industry requirements.

Malaysia has a large number of universities, private university colleges, and branch campuses of prestigious foreign universities. Twinning degree programmes conducted in Malaysia offer cost-effective routes to foreign qualifications from universities in the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Germany, and France. Competitive course fees, extensive selection of popular courses, an innovative range of study options and numerous universities and colleges to choose from are the many reasons behind Malaysia becoming home to over 70,000 students from 150 countries worldwide.

Hassle-free immigration procedures, affordable living expenses, student-friendly laws that allow foreign students comparatively higher part-time working hours, excellent transportation and telecommunications systems, and an extensive network of banks, post offices, shopping centres, restaurants and entertainment outlets are among the key reasons that make Malaysia a popular choice for foreign students.

Following are the degrees and courses Malaysian universities are known for:

  • Actuarial Science
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Medicine (Doctor)
  • Aircraft Maintenance
  • Biomedical Science
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Psychology
  • Accounting
  • Automotive Engineering

Time of Malaysia


Manipal International University


SEGi University


Mahsa University Malaysia


University of Kuala Lumpur


Berjaya University College of Hospitality