University Fees in Malaysia: What is the Estimated Cost?

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So you’ve completed your SPM/O-Level. What should you do next?

Party? Travel? Work?

How about choosing a private university in Malaysia to continue your studies, then begin your career in the field of your choice?

When trying to decide on the next step, do you look at the ranking of the university first?

Many students that we have interviewed do.

Some students though focus on industrial partnerships and job opportunities after graduation. For many students it’s all about cost.

So how much does it cost to study in a private university in Malaysia?

We’ve got a tool, Pathway Match, that can help you calculate university fees that easily.

Before that, let’s look at the cost of universities that you should know.

What Are the Costs to Study in University?

The fee for a one-year Foundation course range from RM7,000 to RM26,000 at local institutions.

International pre-u courses such as A-Levels, South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), American Degree Program (ADP) and Canadian International Matriculation Program (CIMP), range from RM14,000 to RM64,000.

Degree courses cost different based on the field of study.

For those who want to study Business, degree courses at private universities range from RM31,000 to RM245,000.

The number one cost to study in a university is tuition fees.

Not all universities and courses have the same charges, though they can be similar.

Some of the standard fees include tuition, lab, registration, library, and exam.

For example, to study for an ACCA degree at Taylor’s University, the main costs are tuition and registration fees.

Other costs to be covered are registration and annual subscription fees for ACCA, plus external exam fees.

Example of university fees in Malaysia

Although not directly related to university fees, you also need to take into account living expenses.

It costs more when you are living away from home, and in the big city.

Transportation is another item that can increase your cost.

It Depends on Your Choice

What you choose determines how much you have to pay for your university studies.

There are 3 main factors that affect your cost: university, course, and location.

  1. University

When you choose a local private university in Malaysia, your university fees will cost less than a foreign university in Malaysia.

At the same time, a lesser known or lower ranked institution will be cheaper than a top university.

  1. Course

The next big thing that could affect your cost is the course that you choose.

A Foundation course costs cheaper than an international pre-university course.

However, do note that you have better options for your degree if you choose an international pre-u course.

  1. Location

Universities with a campus in Kuala Lumpur might have higher fees compared with the campus in other locations.

For instance, the fees for a Foundation in Arts course at the main Shah Alam campus of UOW Malaysia KDU University College are not the same at its Batu Kawan campus.

How to Save on University Fees?

There are multiple ways to save on university fees.

The main thing is to find the option that best suits your needs.

A common way to save on costs is by applying for scholarships.

Most scholarships cover tuition fees and do not require you to attend an interview.

Some scholarships even cover your living expenses, so you don’t have to worry about those costs as well.

You can learn more about scholarships here.

Another option to explore is rebates and discounts.

Some universities, like UOW Malaysia KDU, offer special discounts for alumni and their children to study there.

Rebates for students from a specific location also are offered, like the APU East Malaysia Community Rebate for students from Sabah and Sarawak.

Free Tool to Check on University Estimated Cost

Our Pathway Match tool will help you easily find the estimated cost for the university and course of your choice.

All you need to do is key in your results and preference for course, university, and location.

You will receive the results instantly and our counselors will guide you to make a decision.

This free tool is available 24/7 and gives you a plethora of information on the course and university of your choice.

Come check it out today!