Bachelor Degrees in Malaysia come in variety of options for international students. Students can choose to study for a Sciences or an Arts Major at a Malaysian University. In fact, Malaysian universities are highly-ranked and sought at some majors; such as: Engineering, IT and Software Development. Kuala Lumpur is one of the top destinations for engineering students, especially for those majoring in Architecture, as the city in considered the industrial design hub for the Asian continent, whereby international students can see the examples and work of world’s top renowned architects spreading all over the city of Kuala Lumpur.
The course length of a Bachelor Degree in Malaysia usually varies from 3-5 years depending on the major of study, as Sciences majors like Engineering and Medicine usually takes longer to complete.
Bachelor degrees options in Malaysia are:
Bachelor Honors Degrees (Hons), whereby the student would need to study for an additional year to achieve the Honors degree. The student would need to achieve high grades in order to achieve the Honors Degree.
Dual-Award Degree Certifications, in which the Malaysian University may be associated with a foreign university (Usually in Europe and the US), where students can get the chance to get a recognized degree by both the Malaysian University and the foreign one as well, hence increasing the power of their graduation certificates and boosting their chances of getting noticed by top employers. At universities with Dual-Degree Accreditation, students can either choose to spend a study-abroad semester at the affiliated university, or else study their whole Bachelor Degree at the university in Malaysia, which in either ways will account towards the students' dual-certified degrees.
Bachelor Degrees in Malaysia are available in English at many universities. Bachelor degrees in Malaysia start on late February or early March and usually end in November. However in the recent past few years, Universities in Malaysia have started adapting more of the western universities’ academic calendar, in order to match their educational standard worldwide and to cater for wider segments of international students. Since then, some universities start their academic year in September and end in June. The academic year is divided over two semesters, where there is a semester break included between each semesters.
The required documents for applying to a Bachelor Degree at a university in Malaysia are:
- High school certificate and Transcripts translated in English and stamped by the Higher Education Authority and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country to which the degree has been previously issued
- Copy of Passport
- Proof of proficiency in English Language, ex.: Academic IELTS with a minimum score of 5.5 overall and at each subject, or either a high score at the English exam run by the university
- Filled-in university’s application form
- Full Medical Report of the student
The academic requirements for studying for a Bachelor Degree in Malaysia vary according to the University of Choice, desired major of study and the student’s previous education system. Overall, the requirements for direct entry in a Bachelor Degree are higher than that of a Foundation’s. For example, IGCSE students are required to have 2 A Levels in subjects related to their major, to qualify for a direct entry at a Malaysian university.
Overall, students have to fulfil both academic requirements and non-academic documents demanded by the university as part of their university’s application. Once the student is accepted, he/she will receive the acceptance letter from the university that he/she can use to apply then for the visa and to obtain the student pass for studying in Malaysia.
At BESA, we share strong connections and have an extensive list of partner universities at Malaysia, whether public or private, in which we can help and guide you throughout the whole university and visa application process.