Study Abroad Programs
University of Malaya - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Asian Top University
Study abroad in Kuala Lumpur! Asia Exchange brings the exciting metropolis of Kuala Lumpur and university studies to your reach. The application round for autumn 2014 is open.
Only students with good grades can be accepted to UM. Applicant will get a final confirmation of the study abroad placement approximately 2 months prior the start of the semester. The application process therefore differs from AE’s other programs in which the study place is confirmed within a week. In order to secure your study abroad placement in Asia we recommend applying to an alternative Asia Exchange program in addition to UM.
University of Malaya
Studies, semesters and application deadlines [back to top]
University of Malaya's main language of teaching is English, apart from the courses in the Faculty of Arts in which many of the courses are provided in Malaysian. All courses available for the exchange students are a part of the official degree curriculum of the university. Asia Exchange students attend the same courses with the local and international degree students as well as other exchange students.
You can apply all year round. Please apply before the application deadline for the semester of your choice.
|Semester 1 (autumn), 2014
September - January, 2014
Application deadline: April 30, 2014
University of Malaya reserves the rights to change the semester dates.
Semester 1, 2013: September 3, 2013 - January 20, 2014. Semester 2 (spring), 2014: February 17 - June 27, 2014.
Semesters start with an orientation week. Orientation days are included in the semester dates. Lectures begin a few days after the orientation. We recommend arriving to Kuala Lumpur about a week before the start of the semester. Thus you have time to visit the International Student Centre (ISC) to discuss the course selections and practical arrangements. Early arrival also facilitates finding long-term accommodation.
Check the detailed semester dates of acamemic year of 2013-2014 here.
Available faculties and courses
Asia Exchange students can choose courses worth max. 20 Malaysian credits (approx. 6 courses and 30 ECTS). Students should choose courses only from one faculty corresponding to their educational background in their home institute. This increases your chances to be selected in the program. Only a certain number of students can be selected to each faculty. Regarding business related courses, there are more available places in the Faculty of Economics than in the Faculty of Business.
At the moment it's not possible to take courses in Medicine, Dentistry or Pharmacy. One course in UM equals to 3 Malaysian credits which typically converts to 5 ECTS.
Courses (undergraduate) offered in English to study abroad students are listed below per faculty. The links indicate whether the courses will tentatively be organized in the the first or second semester.
Courses available (Bachelor)
For more detailed information on the courses, please visit the faculties' own homepages.
UM reserves the rights to changes in courses. Please select your courses carefully as it might not be possible to change the courses in the destination. You should add your course plan to the UM Application Form, which is a mandatory attachment. The plan will then be reviewed in the faculty of your choice. The course selections are binding, but the organizing of all courses is not guaranteed. Normally it's possible to drop courses in the first two weeks but it’s hard to add new courses. If the course you have selected is not organized, you can select a similar course instead.
"The best university in Malaysia! KL as a city is a perfect location for international students."
To whom is the program intended for? [back to top]
University of Malaya and thrilling Kuala Lumpur offer a great environment for a study abroad semester. The goal of the program is to increase the students' knowledge of Malaysia and Asia in an international and inspiring environment. Students will get to know the local culture and people as well as other international students. Experienced lecturers challenge students to learn new things each day.
Accommodation [back to top]
Cheapest option is to rent a room from the university's student housing. There are 13 student dormitories on campus that can accommodate up to 12,000 students. The Residential Halls do not only provide students with accommodation but also facilities such as game courts, reading rooms, grocery shops, cyber cafes and computer labs. More information student housing on campus is available here.
Tun Ahmad Zaidi Residential College is recommended for exchange students. Students can normally stay there during orientation for free. From thereon accommodation in a shared room costs approximately 115 EUR per month. You can find more information about it here.
If you want to live off campus, there are many affordable options near the university. For example just next to the campus there are 30-storey apartment buildings in which you can rent a three bedroom condo for even less than 500 euros.
Rents vary according to the size of the apartment and the location. We however recommend staying near the university and at campus in the beginning even if you wish to search for accommodation from the private market later on.
Due to low price level there are several quality hotels available on cheap rate in Kuala Lumpur. Some of these hotels are the best in Asia. It's recommended to get to know different prices also for hotel rooms.
Read more about accommodation here.
Fees [back to top]
The program fee in 2014 is 1190 EUR. The invoice for the program fee will be sent once the placement in the program has been confirmed by UM around 2 months before the start of the semester. The registration fee is 50 EUR (this registration fee allows you to apply to an alternative AE program as well).
In addition to the study place the fee includes AE's services, AE Guide, AE Student Card and Orientation Days at the destination. The study materials are either provided free-of-charge or can be acquired very affordably. Unlike most other free movers, non-native English speakers going via AE are not required to take a TOEFL English language proficiency test which costs approximately 200 $. Please also take into account that costs of living are very low in Asia.
Online application [back to top]
The application round for spring 2014 opened in July 2013. The selected students will get final approval by December 2013. UM will make the final decision of the study abroad placement based on grades and the amount of study abroad placements reserved for international students in the faculties. The student selections are made approximately 2 months before the start of the semester. The application form can be filled and sent on our website. UM requires exchange students to have good grades.
The study places for exchange students in University of Malaya are limited per faculty. The places are primarily reserved for local degree students, and the open placements are shared between exchange students arriving via different agents and channels. Although students applying via Asia Exchange have precedence we strongly encourage applying to our other programs as well. The other destinations are Indonesia, China and Thailand. Applying to these programs is very easy and you will get a confirmation of the study abroad placement within a week. We will not charge the registration fee of 50 EUR again of the second application.
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 six months after arriving in Malaysia)
3) A letter of recommendation from a member of staff in your institute (e.g. a teacher or a professor). Here's an example of a letter of recommendation. The letter is informal and can be different from the example.
4) A document stating your sufficient level of English (inquire this document from your professor, language center, person responsible for language certificates in your faculty etc.)
6) UM Application Form (this is needed as an attachment even though similar questions are asked in the online application form)
7) Motivation letter (Reasons for studying abroad at University of Malaya)
Please send the application with all the necessary attachments. You can send proof of your insurance later once you have been accepted. Please scan the required documents clearly and upload them in pdf format.
We recommend applying to an alternative AE program as well in order to secure your study abroad placement in Asia!
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.
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.
After receiving the acceptance letter you should present a study plan to your home institution and apply for scholarships from different sources. You will be asked to pay an application fee (50 €) after handing in your application. If UM doesn't approve you in the program, you can apply to our other host universities outside of Malaysia without a second registration fee and get approved within a week. Registration fee is nonrefundable. We will send the invoice of the program fee once the study abroad placement has been confirmed. Please also read 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.
- While organizing your study abroad semester, read through information on traveling, scholarships, credits, visa and hints and tips from former Asia Exchange students. Also discuss with your home institution about the studies and possible scholarships.
When the application has ended we will send the new exchange students an Asia Exchange Guide that includes information on studying, accommodation, traveling, healthcare, leisure time, dealing with money etc.
You can contact us by email or by telephone. You can find our contact details here.
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