Scholarships At the University Of Malaya For International Students

scholarships in University of malaya

The University of Malaya is currently awarding scholarships to international students who wish to study in Malaysia. The university is located in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city. Renowned for its standard of education at the international level, UM offers courses that gain recognition and places its students in a place of opportunity. The University has partnered with various institutions all over the world, collaborating with them to foster the academic goals of the University.

The University is ranked among the top 10 institutes in Asia, currently holding first place in the list of Malaysian Universities due to its record of academic excellence. It is also ranked 59th in the global space been the oldest institution in the nation.

The number of international students enrolled in the University comes in through the Undergraduate and graduate programs at the University, placing priority over students and the diversity that they bring to the campus.

International students are aided with support systems that are available to incoming students. Moral support and career advice are also included in the program, requiring them to receive health and counseling benefits.


Undergraduate fees range from $1,200 to $15,000 per semester depending on the course of study for a period of 3 to 4 years. A graduate program fee varies, depending on the level of education and program selected. These fees do not cover other expenses like insurance, feeding, check-ups, visa applications, and accommodation so applicants are advised to begin the application as soon as possible.

The application fee is $70


The University of Malaya does not award scholarships to international students who are applying to the University as first-year students. However, the undergraduate programs grant financial awards to International students or to Malaysians who are junior or senior undergraduates. There are external scholarships, funding, and loans that are offered which are;

  • The PTPTN Education Loan Scheme
  • Malaysian Public Service Department Scholarship
  • Maybank education financing
  • Organic Bunny Academy Scholarship
  • Master Builders Association Malaysia education fund scholarship
  • Biasiswa Tunku Abdul Rahman
  • Panasonic Scholarship
  • The ASEAN-Maybank Scholarship Programme
  • Ken foundation Scholarship


The following programs are available to International Students

  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Creative Arts
  • Islamic Studies
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Engineering
  • Business and Accounting
  • Computer Science
  • Dentistry
  • Science
  • Malay Studies
  • Pharmacy
  • Education
  • Economics and Administration
  • Built Environment
  • Built Environment

And faculties in;

  • Advanced studies
  • Arts and Social Sciences
  • Asia-Europe Institutes
  • Creative Arts
  • Engineering
  • Pharmacy
  • Science
  • Medicine
  • Language and Linguistics Islamic studies
  • Education
  • Business and economics
  • Dentistry
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Law
  • Sport and exercise sciences

These programs are split into sections like Foundation studies, International Undergraduate and International Postgraduate.

Student Financial Aid Awards 2022-2023

The University of Malaya is awarding this scholarship to candidates who wish to apply for a Post Graduate degree for the year. This scholarship is open to both domestic and international students who are undergoing a Master’s or Doctoral Programme.

Successful applicants receive an allowance that covers living expenses and are free to study any course of choice.

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must be solely independent, not sponsored by any organization or statutory body, and must be free from any outstanding fee or debt.

Malaysia International Scholarship (MIS) 2022

This scholarship is awarded by the Government of Malaysia, attracting academically excellent candidates to pursue a postgraduate degree in the country. It aims to brew and explore talents from around the world.

Applicants are encouraged to apply to public universities and selected private institutes for a postgraduate degree.

This scholarship is open to all nationalities who wish to undergo a Ph.D. level and Master’s level degree. This grants a living allowance of about RM 1,500 per month.

To be eligible, applicants must not be more than 40 and 45 years old for a Master’s and Ph.D. program respectively and must obtain a second class upper and a 3.5 CGPA at the masters and Ph.D. level.

Monash internationals Merit Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students based on their academic performance, opening 31 spots every year for applicants who are interested in studying in Malaysia. Fresh or already enrolled students are eligible for this Scholarship as an allowance of $10,000 is given to cover tuition and accommodation which is valid until the final year of your degree. To benefit from this, students are encouraged to maintain an academic performance of 70% every semester and participate in promotional activities.

Malaysia Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan

For applicants who wish to continue their postgraduate studies in Malaysia, this Scholarship program is initiated by the Government to help students from member states of the commonwealth. The award is given according to the course of study. E.g The master’s degree award runs for a year or two while Ph.D. programs run for three years.

This scholarship runs full time and is open to candidates who meet the eligibility criteria of a GPA of 3.5 and the age limit of 45 at the time of application.

International Graduate Students Scholarship

This scholarship is openly awarded to students with a financial crisis. Through the IGSS, Malaysia offers financial assistance to students from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, covering about a third of the tuition fee for the first six semesters of the student’s academic duration.

Eligibility Criteria For Scholarship

To be eligible for a Scholarship at the University of Malaya, candidates must fulfill the following:

  • Submit their degrees for master’s or Ph.D. courses
  • Have a record score of 3.00 in relevant qualifications
  • A language Proficiency score or certificate
  • Provide other documents necessary for admission
  • Can be from any nationality

Documents Required

  • A copy of the passport
  • Transcripts (if necessary)
  • CV
  • One recommended letter
  • Academic achievement

How to get a Malaysia Student Visa

With a geographical and diversely rich culture, Malaysia accepts over 200,000 international students who apply for a course. However, to live and study abroad, one needs a student Visa. The categories of students’ Visas are Foreigner at Private Higher education Institutions/ Training centers, Foreigner at Public Higher education Institutions, Foreigner in Government/ Private schools, Foreigner in language centers, and Holder of dependent pass.

Documents needed for a student Visa Registration

  • To apply for a Student Visa, here are the following documents needed;
  • A 35mm by 35mm passport size photocopy with white background
  • A copy of the student’s passport including the data page and all pages of the Visa information
  • A copy of your offer letter or acceptance letter from your previous educational institution
  • Copies of all academic certificates and transcripts
  • A health declaration form
  • Proof of English language Proficiency
  • A signed personal bond by the school
  • Letter of Eligibility

Steps to applying for a Student Visa

Before applying for a Student Visa, candidates must have been accepted into their school of choice or received an admission letter. The following are steps to completing the process;

  • Apply for a Malaysian student visa approval letter
  • Send the necessary documents
  • Pay the visa processing fees
  • Wait for the letter of approval for the student pass to be released
  • Get a student pass sticker
  • Inform your school about your travel plans if necessary

To apply for a scholarship;

How to apply

Candidates must register on the portal after logging in.

Candidates are required to select their choice degree according to the field of interest

Candidates are also required to upload their documents during the application

Fill out the application form correctly

Submit transcripts and a copy of the passport

Submit CV, language test score, and proposal

Benefits of Studying at University of Malaya

  • Financial aid
  • Students’ aid
  • Unique and Diverse Culture
  • There are no language barriers
  • Lower costs of Studying and living
  • Job opportunities
  • Internship opportunities

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