Cheapest Universities in Malaysia and South Korea and How to Apply


Several International students have  found studying degree programs in Malaysia a rewarding experience. There are many benefits that are associated with studying in Malaysia and I’m am going to use this article to discuss some of these as well as the living cost and fee requirements.

Benefits of studying in Malaysia

  • Access to top quality education
  • Low and affordable tuition fees
  • A wide range of academic programs to select from.

University education in Malaysia is cheap and affordable! That explains why a great number of international students choose to pursue their undergraduate/postgraduate studies in Malaysia. You can undertake a UK engineering degree in Malaysia through a 3+0 franchised programme at an estimated USD6000, whereas tuition fee for the same 3years degree programme at the host university in the UK is pegged at $45000 or GBP30,000.

Living cost

Cost of living is super low in Malaysia. The total cost for accommodation, food, transportation is pegged at $375.

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Breakdown of living cost in Malaysia

Accommodation – You should estimate between $94 to $140 per month. Note that the rental will vary depending on the area, type of accommodation, facilities provided and of course, the number of people sharing the room.

Food – Food expenses is estimated at $4.2 for three meals per day, but if you should cook and share cooking expenses with friends, it would be cheaper.

Clothing – clothing expenses like ironing, washing, may cost up to $19 per month.

Transportation – $13 per month

Mobile phone bills – $17 per month

Books and other stationery – 24 per month

Medical – $16 per month

Tuition fees for Bachelor’s degree programme

Programme                      Tuiton fees                          programme duration

Engineering                    $15,600-$18,700           4 years

Business                          $10,300-14,000              3 years

IT                                      $11,000-$15,600           3 years

Hospitality and Tourism   $11,000-18,700             3 years

Pharmacy                         $31,200-$43,700           4 years

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Tuition fees for Master of Business Administration

Private universities $6,560-$9,375 [1-2 years]

Public universities    $4,060-$7,810 [1-2 years]

Note that all the figures here are estimated and serve only as a guide.


South Korea

South Korea has become a popular and powerful Asian country after its split from North Korea in 1948. South Korea  achieved its many successes by investing in the fields of technology, education and tourism, to name but a few of its strengths.By embracing both tradition and modernity, this beautiful Asian super house has several opportunities  to offer international students.

South Korea greatly values education and research and is investing heavily in these fields. Little wonder that South Korea  has grown to become the world’s 13th largest economy and the third largest economy within Asia. It’s this investment and growth in innovation and technology that has meant the country is known as one of the four ‘Asian Tiger’ economies, alongside Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.

Application Requirements

The admission requirements to study in South Korea differ from school to school but generally international students would be required to apply directly to their chosen university via post or online method. It is advantageous to have either limited or full proficiency in the Korean language . The good news is  25% of courses at Korean universities are taught in English. This, along with the fact that English proficiency is growing nationwide, helps to break down the language barrier for international students. However, a desire to learn the basics of the Korean language will certainly be helpful, paving the way for fuller integration into Korean society and culture. In either case, foreign students must prove their proficiency in the language their course will be conducted in.

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The South Korean academic year typically begins in March, but many universities admit new students twice a year – in March and September. Deadlines for March applications are set between September and November, while for September entry, deadlines are often between May to June. Most universities in South Korea have just two semesers, with a summer break from July to August and a winter break from December to February.

Tuition fees

One great thing about studying in a South Korean university is that tuition fees are the same for both  domestic and international students-this is as part of the national plan to attract more international students to the country. These fees will vary depending on the course and university.

An undergraduate course at a public university costs from US$2,000 to US$4,500 per semester (with humanities subjects at the lower end and medicine at the top). At a South Korean private university, fees are estimated between US$3,000 and US$6,000 per semester. Average annual tuition fees at the 16 internationally ranked universities in Seoul are US$6,800. To calculate the total cost, bear in mind that there are two semesters in each academic year, and South Korean undergraduate programs typically last four years (or six years for subjects like medicine and dentistry).

List of Universities

-Korea University

-Sungkyunkwan University

-Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)

-Yonsei University

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