Study in Malaysia – 8 Best Universities in Malaysia

If you are looking for more information and consider to further your study in Malaysia, I would say, you are at the right site. I may able to assist you by giving some insights on Universities in Malaysia.

As education is one of the biggest investments that one could make in life, choosing the right universities is undoubtedly one of the biggest decisions that one ought to make.

My experience as international applicant

I understand the feeling. You want to do the right decision.

I remember back in the days when I have to fill in my UCAS application to further my study in the United Kingdom. It took me almost one year to finally reach my decision. I was tossed back and forth between having the best ranking universities, with the most suitable lifestyle, and for me, at that time my priority was finding the easiest place to find halal food!! (I know…we were all used to be young and innocent)

I know, my priority seems skewed a little bit, but what can you say, happy tummy means happy life isn’t it? After a lot of counsels, universities promotions, self-readings and other research, I have shortlisted five universities for my UCAS application;

  1. Oxford Universities – Managed to get an interview call by St Hilda Colleague, but I am not able to attend the interview in the UK..but still hey! almost made it! : )
  2. Bristol University
  3. Imperial Colleague London – Finally became my Firm Option
  4. University if Manchester – My insurance option (2nd choice)
  5. Cardiff University.

Long story short, I got B for my physics (A-Level), and only short by 2 marks (imagine the pain for knowing the mark), therefore I missed the chance to enrol to Imperial Colleague London I finally settle down in Manchester instead for 4 years.

Blessing in disguise

However, it was a blessing in disguise! You know, sometimes, we never know what is best for us until we finally go through it. By the time I was in the UK, having live there for quite sometimes and especially after visited London, I am truly grateful that I missed my physics mark by 2 points.

I will never be built to live in London. I dislike London as a place to live. It is a very interesting place to visit and have your city vacation. It is a really nice place, but, those beautiful parks will never redeem the fact that it is a very big bustling city with so many crowds. I will never fit in this cosmopolitan. The rent is expensive, the cost of transportation is hefty and if you ever know about that cliché; Londoners do not talk to strangers in the tube. So, I think, the people are less friendly.

Unlike my beautiful, charming and peaceful Manchester. It is still a big city, but you will never feel lost in the sea of people. The northern charm of the people and the accent, and don’t let me start about the foods. It was perfect for me. That is what I meant by the blessing in disguise. I might end up living in a city that I don’t like if I got A in my physics’ A-Level.

8 Best Universities in Malaysia

Enough about me.

The most important thing before you start choosing your university is to make sure what you really want. It is because some rankings available worldwide will not reflect the overall package and what best for others does not always means best for you!

Go through these 5 important questions;

1) Is the course fees concerns you? A public university will have lower fees than Private University.

2) Are you really into the big city scene?

3) Do you want campus style of city style university?

4) Do accommodation and living cost concerns you?

5) Is the university you chose good enough in your major? What is its niche?

So here, I will list 8 Best Universities based on the criteria above.
Note that this list is not based on the official ranks.

 

1) Multimedia University, CyberjayaBest Universities in Malaysia

  • Private university
  • The main campus is situated in Cyberjaya (an aspiring silicon valley of Malaysia)
  • Campus Style university
  • Accommodation and Living cost $$$$ (out of 5)
  • Niche – Multimedia, Graphics and Technology Studies

 

2) University Teknologi Malaysia, SkudaiBest Universities in Malaysia

  • Public University
  • The main campus is situated in Skudai, Johor (southern state of Malaysia)
  • Campus Style university
  • Accommodation and Living cost $$
  • Niche – Engineering and Postgraduate research.

 

3) University Malaya, Kuala LumpurBest Universities in Malaysia

  • Public University
  • The main campus is situated in the heart of KL (capital of Malaysia)
  • Campus Style university
  • Accommodation and Living cost $$$$$
  • Niche – Social Science courses and Medicine

 

4) University Sains Malaysia, PenangBest Universities in Malaysia

  • Public University
  • The main campus is situated in Penang (food heaven)
  • Campus Style university
  • Accommodation and Living cost $$$$$
  • Niche – Engineering and Science Courses

 

5) Lim Kok Wing University, Cyberjaya

  • Private UniversityBest Universities in Malaysia
  • The main campus is situated in Cyberjaya (an aspiring silicon valley of Malaysia)
  • Campus Style university
  • Accommodation and Living cost $$$$
  • Niche – Fashion and creative studies

 

6) Universiti Tenaga Nasional, UNITEN, Kajang

  • Private UniversityBest Universities in Malaysia
  • The main campus is situated in Kajang (Selangor)
  • Campus Style university
  • Accommodation and Living cost $$$
  • Niche – Engineering (Electrical Power) – The name itself can literally be translated as University of Power (Electricity), owned by the Malaysian’s utility powerhouse (Tenaga Nasional)

Best Universities in Malaysia

 

7) Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP), Tronoh

  • Private University
  • The main campus is situated in Tronoh, Perak (Northern state of Malaysia)
  • Campus Style university
  • Accommodation and Living cost $
  • Niche – Petroleum Engineering (owned by Malaysian Petroleum Company)

 

8) International Islamic University (IIUM), GombakBest Universities in Malaysia

  • Public University
  • The main campus is situated in Gombak (Kuala Lumpur)
  • Campus Style university
  • Accommodation and Living cost $$$
  • Niche – Islamic Studies, Islamic Banking

 

Remember that choosing the right university is important. For me personally, it is better to make sure the niche of the university is the right fit for you first, and then you should consider what lifestyle suits you the most.

Hope this helps.
In case you feel like reading in details about the cities of each university, I recommend you to continue the read in Tripadvisor Forums to gain more insights for each city.

Good Luck and all the best!

Posted in Miscellaneous, Travel Malaysia Guide.

15 Comments

  1. My wide and I are planning a trip to Malaysia soon. During our research we discovered that purchasing electronics in Malaysia is amongst the cheapest in the world. Maybe thats another bonus for prospective learners looking to study abroad.
    I personally am not in the market for universities but after reading your review I can imagine many students will consider this option seriously.
    Well written

  2. It’s interesting reading your story because I was once in a similar predicament. All I wanted was to study acting at NIDA in Sydney, Australia. However, I was short of the mark I needed and was unable to enrol. I was heartbroken, but this was a blessing in disguise because it gave me the motivation to save my money to attend one of the best acting schools in New York. It also allowed me to find a university that worked for me.

    I think that’s the most important thing when looking for a college that their curriculum fits you and that it provides the right training for what you want to do with the rest of your life. Because it’s a massive financial investment and in the end, you want to make a choice that makes you happy.

    • True indeed, everything that happens in our life is always what is best for that moment.
      Have a good day!

  3. Very interesting take on Londoners. I have never been. It sounds like Malaysia is a very affordable place. I would love to visit some day. If it’s affordable to live and get an education, it sounds like a great place to be. Anyway, it sounds like there are some great options for universities in Malaysia.

    I wish you the best.

  4. Thanks for the great reviews for the Malaysia Universities! I love the nice table that clearly lays out the costs, niche, and location of the schools! It really helped me sort out my options. I hadn’t even thought about the questions that you mentioned in your post about what university niche was I was just focusing on whether the university had my major. This definitely helped me realize which university was right for me. Thanks so much!

  5. This was such an informative post – I totally agree, making a decision about which university to attend is never an easy choice and often you really don’t know what it is going to be like until you are there! I can imagine it must be even more difficult if you are an international student, I found it hard enough in my own country of the UK!

    The 5 important questions you list are perfect for helping students to decide what is important and thus narrow down their choice.

    I’m very pleased you are happy in Manchester – I too live in Manchester and agree with everything you have said – its a great city!

  6. I am looking at doing a transfer year in Malaysia or Singapore next year so this is really going to help. I am studying civil engineering. Which university would you recommend in Malaysia would be best suited for my degree. One thing that is pushing me towards Malaysia over Singapore price of living in Malaysia, would you agree is much less as a student?
    Many Thanks

  7. Hey there,
    This is some great information for me because I plan on travelling to Malaysia very soon. I am interested in attending a university there. Have you attended any universities there? Can I expect them to be similar to colleges in the United States? I am going there to learn about medicine.

    • Hi, I attended pre-university @ A-level in Malaysian university, I did my undergraduate study in UK.
      May somewhat differ in culture but system wise it follow the us@international standard / cgpa based not like the system in uk.

  8. I am intrigued by your story of studying in the UK but I have to admit, I would’ve preferred to be studying in the big city. What was your major in the end and where exactly were you applying from?
    And would an english speaking person adapt well to the living there?

    • i finally decided to study mechanical engineering in Manchester.

      It was my best years of my entire life!

      As far as English speaking person adapting in Malaysia, there should be no problem at all, most people speak English as the 2nd or maybe 3rd language here

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