How to Study on Cheap Tuition in Malaysia and Cost Living

International students who have trooped to study in Malaysia and have found studying in Malaysia a rewarding experience. There are several reasons  why you should study in Malaysia and I’m going to discuss some of these as well as the living cost and fee requirements.

Benefits of studying in Malaysia

  • Access to top quality education at cheap tuition
  • Low and affordable tuition fees
  • A wide range of courses to select from.

Higher education is cheap and affordable in Malaysia! That explains why a multitude of international students choose to pursue their study in Malaysia. You can acquire 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 low and affordable in Malaysia. For accommodation, food, transportation, a student should budget $375.

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


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.


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