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One of the several reasons why international students zero in on Malaysia to pursue their higher education is because of its cost-effective and yet high-quality education. For instance, you can secure a 3- year UK engineering degree (3 years) in Malaysia for an estimated RM68,000 (US$17,000), whereas if you do the same 3-year degree programme at the same university in the UK, the cost is about £36,000 (or RM217,000 or US$54,250). So, you can already see how huge the difference is.

In fact, Kuala Lumpur is known for a near-perfect place to stay and study for affordability, with a combination of low living costs and relatively low tuition fees.


Your course fees will comprise of your tuition fees along with other related study expenses. Below mentioned are the types of fees that you may need to incur during your course of study:

  1. Academic Fees:
  • Registration fee
  • Tuition fee
  • Deposit
  • Computer/Science laboratory fee
  • Health & hospitalization insurance premium
  • Library fee
  • Other incidental costs such as examination fees
  1. Non-academic Fees:
  • Student visa fees
  • Medical check-up
  • Health and hospitalization insurance premium

Under graduate Tuition Fees

While fees vary between institutions and locations, undergraduate tuition fees across the nation are comparatively low. Again, under graduate courses from foreign branch campus universities will usually be the most expensive. Fees are generally the lowest in public universities. On average, courses at foreign branch universities will cost around the following, by subject area:

Engineering: RM 82,000-RM 102,000 (US $21,033 – US $26,164)

Medicine: RM 325,000 (US$ 83,365)

IT: RM 52,800-RM 84,000 (US $13,543 – US $21,546)

Business: RM 48,000-RM 84,000 (US $12,312 – US $21,546)

Bachelors Degree for Private Colleges

Business – RM 39,000-RM 52,000 (US$ 10,540-US$ 14,050)

Engineering – RM 45,000-RM 47,000 (US$ 12,160-US$ 12,700)

IT – RM 33,000-RM 40,000 (US$ 8,920-US$ 10,810)

Hospitality and Tourism – RM 45,000-RM 48,500 (US$ 12,160-US$ 13,110)

Music – RM 54,000 (US$ 14,600)

Post Graduate for Private Universities

MBA – RM 21,000 – RM 30,000 (US $5,386 – US $7,695)

Post Graduate for Public Universities

MBA – RM 13,000 – RM 25,000 (US $3,334 – US $6,412)

Non-Medical – RM 1,800-RM 6,000 (US $460 – US $1,540) per year

For most international students, tuition fees are the biggest matter of concern. And if that is sorted out and relatively affordable, there will be no dearth of courses that one might want to take up.