Why Malaysia? – Affordable Tuition Fees

One of the main attractions Malaysia holds for foreign students is ‘affordability’. The major cost considerations when it comes to a foreign education are course fees and living expenses.

Once they calculate the cost of education and living in Malaysia, many international students discover that studying in Malaysia offers them real value for money. The affordable cost of quality tertiary education is one of many good reasons why international students choose Malaysia.

For example, you can acquire a UK engineering degree (3 years) in Malaysia through a franchised degree programme at an estimated RM51,000 (USD16,000), whereas the tuition fee of the same degree programme at the host university in the UK is about RM144,000 (USD45,000).


Estimated Cost of Education in Malaysia

1. Preparatory Courses for English Proficiency Tests

Type of Programme Estimated Tuition Fees in USD Duration

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

129 –229

2 months

Test of English as  a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

143 –229

2 months


2. Pre-University Programmes

Type of Programme Estimated Tuition Fees in USD Duration
GCE ‘A’ level, UK 3,100 – 4,800 18 months
Western Australian Matriculation 2,600 – 3,100 1 year
South Australian Matriculation 2,600 – 3,900 1 year
Canadian Pre-University 3,400 – 4,400 1 year
International Baccalaureate Diploma 8,000 – 16,400 2 years
Malaysian Pre-University 2,300 – 3,200 I year


3. Bachelor’s Degree Programmes

Area of Study

Paths of Study

Cost in USD for Private College 3+0 Foreign Degree Programme (3 years) Cost in USD for Foreign Branch Campus University Degree Programme (3 years) Cost in USD for Malaysian Private University Degree Programme (3 years)
Business 11,100 –14,300 13,700 – 24,000 8,600 – 11,400
Engineering 13,000 – 15,000
(3 yrs., UK; 4yrs., Aust)
21,100 – 40,000
(3 yrs., UK; 4yrs., Aust)
12,900 – 14,300
(4 yrs.)
IT 9,700 – 12,900 13,400 – 25,100 9,400 -12,300
Hospitality & Tourism 13,700 – 18,600

12,000 -14,300
Medicine 114,300 (5 yrs.) 62,900 -108,600


4. Preparation for External Professional Examinations

Type of Programme Estimated Tuition Fees in USD
Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA) 3,300 – 4,300
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) 3,700 – 4,500
Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administration (ICSA) 2,900 – 3,400
  1. I am a student. I would like to enroll segi college kl diploma of hotel management but I don’t know how much tuition fee please reply me.

    • Ifedayo 7 years ago

      The tuition fees changes, because Segi usually change their fees without notices. Be expecting around rm40-45k for the 2 1/2 years. If you need any help with your application. I can help.

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