Study abroad in Kuala Lumpur


Study abroad in Malaysia, in one of the best universities in the country, in the exciting capital city of Kuala Lumpur. Universiti Putra Malaysia and the thrilling metropolitan area of Kuala Lumpur offer a great environment for a study abroad semester or two that is both academically vigorous and culturally engaging.


1. Studies in Kuala Lumpur, one of Asia’s most important business hubs, will give you a better understanding on Asia’s growing importance in today’s globalized world.
2. Universiti Putra Malaysia is one of the leading research universities in Malaysia and ranks well internationally. There are hundreds of courses available from various different faculties every semester.
3. English is widely spoken in Malaysia. This gives you a great opportunity to improve your English skills.
4. Kuala Lumpur is the melting pot of cultures, religions – and food!
5. There’s plenty of things to see in Malaysia. From KLIA airport you can reach numerous beautiful destinations in Southeast Asia after the semester has ended.


University Putra Malaysia – Study in Malaysia - Asia Exchange

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in Kuala Lumpur is ranked as the second best university in Malaysia (Times Higher Education 2016) and acknowledged among the top 400 universities in the world (QS World Ranking, place 376). UPM is a public university, founded in 1931. It 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.

>> Read more about Universiti Putra Malaysia here


The available courses for study abroad students are listed under the faculties below. You can choose courses from several faculties. Most courses are Bachelor’s level courses taught in English.

The courses which have number 4 as the first number in the course code are Master’s level courses, for example the course code MGM4149 indicates that it is a Master’s level course.

More detailed course descriptions are not available in English at the moment. Check that the course is organized during the semester you wish to partake (see an example). Please note that autumn semester is semester 1 (September intake) and spring semester is semester 2  (February intake).  Please note that elective courses are not organized every semester.  The list of elective courses is finalized a couple of months before the semester by the university. Pick some extra courses when making your initial course selection, in case one of your choices isn’t available. You can make changes to your course selections at the beginning of the semester.

Students’ study background should suit the courses taken abroad, i.e. they should choose courses that complement their major.

>> Read more about studies at Universiti Putra Malaysia here


A study abroad program at UPM costs 1440 EUR. This is less expensive than for regular free mover students, who pay around 2000 EUR on average. You can check the prices from the UPM’s website. The application fee is 75 EUR.

Non-European students: check the fees here.

When participating in two semesters at UPM, students will be given a 100 EUR discount on the tuition fee of the second semester. The tuition for both semesters is paid before the start of the study abroad program.

In addition to the study place, you will benefit from our services, receive an Asia Exchange Guide, a 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 us are not required to take a TOEFL English language proficiency test which costs approximately 185 $.


Applying to Universiti Putra Malaysia is easy and you will receive a confirmation within a week of sending your application.



The courses reflect the international 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 natural sciences. Students study together with both local and international students.

Studies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, one of Asia’s most important business hubs, will equip students with a better understanding on Asia’s growing importance in today’s globalized world.

The study abroad period will be seen as an asset when entering the job market and competing for jobs. Studying abroad will develop creative thinking skills and intercultural competence, which are highly valued by employers in today’s globalized world. Ask your home institution about transferring the study credits into your degree.

We also recommend checking out the blogs below, updated by exchange students in Kuala Lumpur.

Janni-Maria ja Assi Malesiassa
Janni and Assi are Hospitality Management students from Karelia university of Applied Sciences. On their second study year they wanted to do something different and study abroad in Malaysia.


Semesters & application periods


4 months
Max. Credits:
Tuition Fee:
1440 EUR
Autumn 2017
Semester dates:
September 11 – January 14
September 6 or 7–8
Application deadline:
April 30, 2017
Spring 2018
Semester dates (tentative):
February 12 – June 17
February 15 – 16
Application deadline:
September 30, 2017
Autumn 2018
Semester dates (tentative):
September 3 – January 6
September 1
Application deadline:
April 30, 2018

Students testimonials

”Asia Exchange was very interested in its customers and was quick to offer comprehensive assistance whenever we required it. It was especially great to have AE’s Tuomas and Harri visit us personally in Kuala Lumpur at the university and for dinner. They told us about their own experiences, gave tips concerning the culture and other matters and hung out with us during the evening. We were very satisfied with AE’s performance and the exchange studies themselves in Malaysia. It truly was as great an experience as it was said to be. We will surely recommend AE to other students as well; perhaps we’ll even do another study abroad semester ourselves! Thanks once again for everything!”
- Antti and Sara,
University of Oulu


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