Eligibility conditions for studying at Malaysia

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Rahul Singha
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Updated on Apr 8, 2020 16:28 IST

Education has become one of the topmost priorities of the Federal Government of Malaysia in the last decade. It is committed to providing quality education to all students. In Malaysia, the admission process and eligibility requirements vary from institute to institute.

Three intakes in a year

In Malaysian universities and colleges, there are three intakes in a year. To apply for a particular program, send your applications at least three months prior to the commencement of the course.

  1. For April session, send in your applications by February
  2. For June session, send in your applications by April
  3. For the November session, send in your applications by September

General eligibility conditions

Should be a pass in Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) examination with a distinction in Bahasa Melayu/Bahasa Malaysia paper or a distinction in Bahasa Melayu/Bahasa Malaysia July paper

In case, if you have completed your studies from an English speaking country, then you don't need to take the entrance tests like SAT, GRE, IELTS, TOEFL. If a student is from a non-English speaking nation then the college or institution may take a test for the English language. But this also differs from institution to institution.

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Eligibility for Undergraduate programs

To be eligible for an undergraduate program in Malaysia, one must have completed:

  • UEC (Unified Examination Certificate) Senior Middle level - with overall marks of at least 75 per cent
  • STPM (Sijil Tinggi Persekolhan Malaysia - Malaysia Higher School Certificate) - principal level passes
  • Matriculation Certificate (Matrikulasi)
  • Polytechnic Certificate

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For the Post-graduate program

One must have completed:

  • Bachelor's degree (from a recognized public university)
  • Bachelor's degree (from a recognized private university)
  • Successful completion of a recognized pre-master's course

Level of English required

To be eligible for admission to Malaysian colleges, all the applicants should have an internationally recognized English language qualification such as IELTS or TOEFL. The minimum score that is accepted for entry is IELTS 6 or TOEFL Paper Based 550 or TOEFL Computer-based 213. It is mandatory for those who apply for Bachelor of English language and literature.

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sathira shajan

a year ago

Hii, iam sathira shajan from india.
I have one backlog in second semester (bca).
I wish to study in Malaysia.can i take admission for mca from Malaysia Should i need ielts?
Advise me please

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

a year ago

Hello Sathira. Appearing for your IELTS exam is entirely subjective to your university admission guidelines. You can check out popular universities in Malaysia here: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/malaysia or get in touch with our study abroad counsellors here: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/apply

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Umaru Sampati

2 years ago

Hi! I am from Nigeria and holds a master in public administration at 61% average and wish to pursue a PhD in same discipline in any of the top ranking universities in Malaysia precisely Kuala Lumpur. Advise please

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Umaru Sampati

2 years ago

Hi! I'm from Nigeria with a masters in public administration at 61% average and wish to enroll for a PhD in same discipline with any of the top ranking universities in Malaysia precisely Kuala Lumpur. Advise as appropriate please

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Aquillin Antony

3 years ago

Hey, I am from india, I have done b.tech in 2019 and want to do MBA from Malaysia...for getting admission in good colleges, only IELTS is needed right?

Reply to Aquillin Antony

You may give IELTS and if you do not want to appear in IELTS then you can submit a certificate from your last attended college that your medium of instruction is in English.So on that basis, you can also get admission to Malaysia university (University of Malaya)https://aasc.um.edu.my/entry-requi...You may give IELTS and if you do not want to appear in IELTS then you can submit a certificate from your last attended college that your medium of instruction is in English.
So on that basis, you can also get admission to Malaysia university (University of Malaya)
https://aasc.um.edu.my/entry-requirements-master check it out here

Hi Aquillin, yes IELTS is mostly accepted in Malaysian universities. You may confirm the university requirements from their website, if you have selected your universities. Thanks!

3 years ago

Here they are mentioning just bachelors degree, whether bachelors degree with 3 year is acceptable (Bca) .

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Swameeka Medhi

3 years ago

Hi Shamil, yes 3 year degree is accepted in Malaysia and rest of Asia.

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