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Study in Malaysia

Universiti Putra Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Study abroad in Malaysia, in one of the best universities in the country in the exciting capital city of Kuala Lumpur.


Kuala Lumpur City View
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Universiti Putra Malaysia [back to top]

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) is one of the leading research universities in Malaysia and internationally acknowledged among the top 400 universities in the world (QS World Ranking, place 368). UPM is a public university and was founded in 1931 and now has 16 faculties and approximately 32 000 students. The university is located in the capital of Kuala Lumpur and is among the elite institutions in the city.

The teaching language throughout the university is English and the faculties have, in addition to an impressive array of courses to choose from, research institutions and research stations that provide students a comprehensive and engaging studying environment. 

The UPM campus is located approximately 25 km from the city center and has very student friendly facilities, from cafeterias, to in-campus transportation, sports, health care services and bank and post brances. 

More information on the university here.


University's contact information:

Universiti Putra Malaysia
International Division
Bangunan C12, Lorong Pongamia 1
43400 UPM Serdang
Selangor Darul Ehsan

University's website.


Universiti Putra Malaysia and Asia Exchange welcome you to study in Malaysia!


Universiti Putra Malaysia logo

University Putra Malaysia gateUniversiti Putri Malaysia

Studies, semesters and application deadlines [back to top]

Since the main teaching language at UPM is English, degree students, both Malay and international, and other exchange students attend the same courses.

You can apply all year around. Please apply before the application deadline to the semester of your choice.

Available semesters:

Semester 1 (autumn), 2014
September 8, 2014 - January 11, 2015
Application deadline: May 15, 2014
Semester 2 (spring), 2015
February - June
Application deadline: October 15, 2014

UPM reserves the rights to change the semester dates. Semester 2, 2014: Feb 3, 2013 - June 30, 2014.

Semesters start with an orientation day that will be confirmed before the semester starts.

We recommend students to arrive in Malaysia before the last week of August (semester 1) or before the last week of January (semester 2). This allows you to take part in the orientation and discuss your course choices and practical matters with the host university. Arriving early will also allow you to look for suitable housing.


Available faculties and courses

Asia Exchange students can choose 2-6 courses per semester (max. total ~30 ECTS). All the courses are included in the official curriculum of the university.

Students ought to choose courses from only one faculty. Their study background should suit the courses taken abroad, i.e. they should choose courses that complement their major.

The available courses for study abroad students are listed below; they are all Bachelor's level courses taught in English. Check that the course is organized during the semester you wish to partake in.

In the beginning of the semester, after arriving to the destination, you can make some changes to your course plan if needed. UPM reserves rights to changes in the course offering.


Courses available (Bachelor)

For more information, please visit the faculties' own homepages. If you can't find the course information you need, please contact us by email.

Please select your courses carefully. Your application will be evaluated by the faculty of your choice. This process takes about a month.

One completed course is worth 3 credits, which is most often converted to 5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) study credits or 3 US credit points. Read more under study credits.

To whom is the program intended for? [back to top]

Universiti Putra Malaysia and the thrilling metropolitan of KL offer a great environment for a study abroad semester that is both academically vigorous and culturally rich and engaging. By studying in Malaysia students will learn to understand Asia's importance in today's globalized world. The program is especially suitable for students who wish to experience a challenging semester in one of Asia's most important business hubs. 

The courses reflect the internation standards of an education system based on the Oxbrige (Oxford and Cambridge) model of teaching, and many of the lecturers are foreign or have international experience. The typical participants are students of business, technology, humanities, social sciences, political science and tourism. Students study together with both local and international students. 

The study abroad period will be seen as an asset when entering the job market and competing for jobs. Ask your home institution about transferring the study credits into your degree.

University Putra Malaysia fakulti perubatan


Accommodation [back to top]

On campus: Students live at the International Residential College. The residence has kitchenettes, TV rooms, study and meeting rooms, activity areas, computing class, a cafe and laundry facilities. There are both private and shared rooms available. Monthly rent is RM 540-600 (single room) or RM 270-300 (shared room). International students can also stay at the International Transit House where the rent is RM 1000/month. If you wish to live on-campus, you need to apply for the room before arriving in Malaysia.

Off campus: You can live e.g. at Tasam Desaminium Apartment that is located 15 minutes from the university campus. The rent is RM 500-650 a month. A bus drives to campus every half an hour. More information on student dormitories here.

Most international students from Western countries live in apartments rented from the private market and located off campus. If you want to live off campus, there are many affordable options near the university.

Read more about accommodation here.




Fees [back to top]

A study abroad program at UPM costs 1190 EUR. The application fee is 50 EUR.

In addition to the study place, you will get AE's services, AE Guide, AE Student Card and an Orientation Day at the destination. The study materials are either provided free-of-charge or can be acquired very affordably.

In the destination students need to pay small fees for, for example, the library services, a health inspection and a bus pass (approx. 90 EUR in total).

Unlike other free movers, non-native English speakers going abroad via AE are not required to take a TOEFL English language proficiency test which costs approximately 185 $. Please also take into account that the costs of living in Asia are very low.

Online application [back to top]

UPM will make the decision of the study abroad placement. The decisions are made approximately three months before the semester starts. UPM expects students to have at least average grades. Study abroad placements are limited so they will fill up according to the order the applications have been sent in.

Apply online and send us the required attachments:

1) An official transcript of records in English (stamped by your home institution)

2) A copy of the identification page of your passport (please note that your passport must be valid for at least 12 months after arriving in Malaysia)

3) UPM Application Form

4) Credit Transfer Form

Add a clear and new passport photo to the UPM Application Form. You will also need 4 passport photos in the destination, e.g. for UPM student card.

Please send all the attachments together with your application. Please scan the required documents clearly and upload them in pdf format. Take care of the documents as they need to be handed in to UPM after arriving in Malaysia.

Sending the application

1) Scan all the required documents to your computer.

2) Fill in the application form electronically and attach all the documents here.

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You will also need to go through a thorough medical check done by a doctor. The medical check should not be done more than a month before the start of the semester. You can find the health check form here. Only UPM health check form can be approved. You can either do the medical check in your home country or at the destination for the price of 200 MYR (approx. 50 EUR). Please send it to us and bring it with you to Malaysia, as well. If the student is not completely healthy, UPM has the right to cancel the study abroad placement.

We will send you the official acceptance letter before the study abroad program and the transcript of records from University of Malaya when you have finished your studies in Asia. Please write down a permanent address where you wish to receive the documents. 

You will be asked to pay a application fee (50 €) after handing in your application. If UPM doesn't approve you in the program, you can apply to one of our other host universities outside of Malaysia without a second registration fee and get approved within a week. The registration fee is nonrefundable. We will send the invoice of the program fee (1190 €) around 1,5 months before the start of the semester. It's advised to apply as soon as possible. Please read through our terms and conditions.

Extra information [back to top]

On our website you can find beneficial extra information for arrangements before, during and after your study abroad program. 

- When considering studying abroad you should take a look at the destination guides on KL, testimonials from students and general tips for organizing accommodation

- While organizing your study abroad semester, read through information on traveling, scholarships, credits, visa and hints and tips from former Asia Exchange students, as well as the Frequently asked questions. Also discuss with your home institution about the studies and possible scholarships. 

When the application round has ended we will send the new exchange students an Asia Exchange Guide that includes information on studying, accommodation, traveling, health care, leisure time, dealing with money etc. 

You can contact us by email or by telephone. You can find our contact details here.


Watch UPM's presentation video here.