Study abroad in Kuala Lumpur at Universiti Putra Malaysia

Find out more about studies, semester dates, fees and application deadlines at Universiti Putra Malaysia as well as information on how to apply to study abroad at Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Semester dates and application deadlines


Semester 2 (Spring) Semester 1 (Autumn)*
Semester dates February 12 – June 17  September 10 – January 13
Orientation February 9 – 11  within 2 weeks before the semester starts
Application period ended September 30, 2017 open now until April 30, 2018

*All dates still tentative

2019 (all dates still tentative)

Semester 2 (Spring) Semester 1 (Autumn)
Semester dates February 11 – June 23  September 9 – January 12
Orientation within 2 weeks before the semester starts  within 2 weeks before the semester starts
Application period open now until September 30, 2018 open now until April 30, 2019

Key facts about Universiti Putra Malaysia

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. Find out more about Universiti Putra Malaysia.


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Universiti Putra Malaysia
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Studying abroad at Universiti Putra Malaysia

You need to be enrolled at a home university when applying to Universiti Putra Malaysia. There are hundreds of courses available every semester. Most of the courses are Bachelor’s level courses taught in English. Asia Exchange students can choose courses from various different faculties.

  • Studies


    Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences
    Faculty of Agriculture
    Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences
    Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology
    Faculty of Design and Architecture
    Faculty of Economics and Management
    Faculty of Educational Studies
    Faculty of Engineering
    Faculty of Environmental Studies
    Faculty of Food Science and Technology
    Faculty of Forestry
    Faculty of Human Ecology
    Faculty of Science
    Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

    Most of the courses are Bachelor’s level courses. The courses which have number 4 as the first number in the course code are 4000-level courses (MGM4149, for example). These courses  can be acknowledged as Master’s level courses depending on your home university.

    Faculty of Economics and Management
    Faculty of Engineering
    Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology

    Teaching language

    All the courses are included in the official curriculum of the university and are held in English. Since the main teaching language at the university is English, degree students, both Malay and international, and other exchange students attend the same courses.

    How to choose the courses

    You can choose 2–6 courses per semester from several faculties. Please note that your study background should suit the courses you choose. Hence, please choose courses that complement your major. Please select your courses carefully.

    Please note that UPM reserves rights to changes in the course offering. Since UPM offers no tailor made exchange program with specific courses, students should be prepared for possible course changes. Pick some extra courses when making your initial course selection, in case one of your choices isn’t available. In the beginning of the semester, after arriving to the destination, you can still make some changes to your course plan if needed.

    When are the courses organized?

    Check that the courses you would like to take are organized during the semester you wish to partake. Please note that autumn semester is semester 1 (September intake) and spring semester is semester 2 (February intake). See an example.

    Elective courses

    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.

    Course descriptions

    For more information, please visit the faculties’ own homepages. More detailed course descriptions are not available in English at the moment.

    Course requirements

    There is a 80 % obligatory attendance. Failure to adhere to this requirement may lead to failing the course. Please note that the activities and excursions organized by your faculty or the international office are mandatory and may take place on weekends.

  • Credits

    Asia Exchange students can choose 2–6 courses per semester (max. a total of ~30 ECTS) when studying in Kuala Lumpur. 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.

  • Activities outside class

    The university has extensive sporting facilities. There is, for example, a fully equipped gym, sports hall, outdoor swimming pool, under soil drainage football pitch, Astroturf pitch for hockey, and an excellent floodlit athletics and football stadium. UPM features also an Olympic-sized swimming pool located in the Swimming Complex and international-standard tennis courts in the Tennis Complex. Some of the best grass pitches in the country, including an 18-hole professional golf course, are also located on campus. Golf for free as much as you want!

  • Student visa

    All students studying abroad in Malaysia are required to apply for a student visa. Studying as a tourist is not possible. Applying for a Malaysian student visa is more difficult than applying for the student visa of many other countries. Please note that the visa application process and the list of the required documents may change at any time. Applying for a student visa for Malaysia may be very difficult and expensive for students who come from countries other than United Kingdom, Japan, USA, Australia, South Korea, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey due to a relatively complicated pre-arrival medical check-up. Read more about the Malaysia student visa.

  • Universiti Putra Malaysia accreditation
    • International Association of Universities (IAU)
    • Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA); follows MQA’s quality assurance practices, including the Code of Practice for Programme Accreditation (COPPA) and Malaysia Qualifications Framework (MQF)
    • Belongs to the top 5 universities in Malaysia
    • Research University (RU)
    • Universiti Autonomi
    • Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM)
    • The Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL)
    • ASEAN University Network (AUN)
    • Asean-European University Network (ASEA UNINET)
    • EU-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce & Industry (EUMCCI)
    • Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
    • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • Accommodation

    Most international students from Western countries live in apartments rented from the private market and located off campus.

    In the Asian business culture, it’s common to do business face-to-face and arranging accommodation in advance by email or phone may be difficult. This is nothing to worry about, though, because taking care of housing arrangements once you are at the destination is straightforward. This is also when the details of the rental agreement and the final price are agreed upon.

    It’s recommended to stay at a hostel/hotel for a few days after arriving in Malaysia and to compare different housing options. This also allows you to meet the fellow students and find roommates.

    Read more about accommodation in Kuala Lumpur

  • Fees

    Tuition fee: 1990 EUR / semester

    Application fee: 75 EUR.

    See what’s included in the fees.

    Are you from outside of Europe? Find out more about fees.

    There are some additional fees which become payable upon arriving in Malaysia, such as Visa Approval Letter process fee and registration, orientation, cocurricular and service fees  (approx. 770 MYR in total). Please note that these fees are subject to change.

    In addition, there are some academic expenses (such as books) for 200 MYR. Students are also required to purchase an EMGS insurance in Malaysia. Usually students purchase AIA or AXA insurance. Please find more information about the insurances on the EMGS website.

    The student visa costs about 1100 MYR. Read more about the visa.

    Benefits when applying via Asia Exchange

    • Confirmation within one week
    • Asia Exchange Guide with lots of information about studies, visas, accommodation and other tips
    • Orientation days
    • No English proficiency test required
    • 100 EUR discount when applying for two semesters.

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Student Experiences of Studying in Malaysia

Ask Former Students

Ask our former students for practical hints and tips about living abroad and travel arrangements, what the everyday life at the study destination was like.


“Hi all! I had a time of my life studying at UPM in Kuala Lumpur. I know it sounds cliche but it’s true. If you have any questions I am happy to answer you.”

Assi, Finland (


Student testimonials

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"If someone had told me I would be studying in Asia, I wouldn't have believed them"

Soon our time here has come to the end and I have to admit it has been pretty awesome to study and live in Malaysia. All the people we have met and places we have visited have made this such a unique experience. If someone had told me when I started my studies that I would be studying in Asia, I wouldn’t have believed them. I'm so glad I had this opportunity and that I had the chance to come here with my good friend, it could have been more difficult alone. I'm sure we will both miss this place and all our new friends here.

Janni, Finland

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"It truly was as great an experience as it was said to be"

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 Asia Exchange 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 Asia Exchange’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 Asia Exchange to other students as well; perhaps we’ll even do another study abroad semester ourselves! Thanks once again for everything!

Antti & Sara, Finland

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Blogs from Kuala Lumpur

urban & beyond

Luca is a student at Cologne University of Applied Sciences in Germany. This blog is all about the things he loves the most: traveling, urban landscapes and photography.

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From France to Malaysia

Victoire is an engineering student from ISEN, Toulon, France.

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To Asia & back

Sarah and Olivier are engineering students from France spending a gap year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Far East Finnish

Pilvi and Arttu are environmental engineering students from Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Finland. In Autumn 2017 they are on exchange in Universiti Putra Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. Follow their adventures on Instagram!

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Study abroad in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia - malaysialife student blog

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.

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Do you want to write a blog during your study abroad semester? We’re always on the lookout for good bloggers. If you’d like to write a blog and have us link to it from this page, let us know! Check out our hints and tips for bloggers.

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Applying to study abroad at Universiti Putra Malaysia

  • Applying to study abroad at Universiti Putra Malaysia is easy. You only have to fill out and submit the online application form below with a few attachments.
  • If you wish, you can also apply for two semesters right away. You can study for two semesters at either Universiti Putra Malaysia or combine any two destinations, as long as the semesters don’t overlap. When you apply for two semesters, you get a 100 EUR / 120 USD discount on the tuition fee of the second semester.
  • If you are thinking of applying for two semesters at UPM, you should apply for both semesters at once, so that you can apply for the 1-year student visa.
  • You’ll get a confirmation of your study placement already within a week. After this you can already start planning your semester abroad.
  • You’ll also get to download a comprehensive Asia Exchange Guide for your destination. This Guide contains lots of useful information and helpful tips for your study abroad semester.
  • We’ll later invite you to a pre-departure webinar, where you’ll get further guidance and tips from our experienced staff. The university will also organize an orientation event in the beginning of the semester.

You can find detailed application instructions below, including information about fees and cancellation. Below you can also find the link to the application form. Please read the instructions carefully before you apply. We ask you to pay close attention especially to the section about the Malaysian student visa.

  • Who can apply

    Minimum requirements

    • A minimum age of 18 years
    • You have to be currently enrolled at an institution of higher education (university, university of applied sciences or similar)
    • Sufficient English skills (B2 level). You’re not required to take an official language test, however.

    See the additional requirements.

  • Required documents

    The original documents must be presented to the host university upon arrival, so please keep them with yourself.

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

  • Application instructions

    Uploading and submitting the attachments

    • Fill out the required attachments
    • Scan all the required attachments to your computer in PDF format
    • Fill out the online application form below and submit it with the required attachments.

    Uploading and submitting the attachments

    • Please upload the attachments in PDF format.
    • If possible, please submit all the attachments together with the application. If you’re missing some attachment(s) when you first apply, you can send the missing document(s) later.  However, please note that we won’t process applications without any attachments whatsoever.
    • All attachments must be sent to us within 30 days of submitting the application or by the application deadline at the very latest.
    • You can submit all the documents electronically. Please don’t send anything via regular mail.
    • There is a late application fee for applications or attachments submitted after the application deadline.

    Confirmation and official acceptance letter

    You’ll get a confirmation of your study placement in 1 week. You’ll receive the official acceptance letter about 2–3 months before the semester starts. We’ll send it to the street address you have provided in your application. Please let us know if this address changes at any point


    The application fee invoice will be sent to you soon after the initial acceptance letter. This fee will be due within 10 days of receiving your confirmation. The application fee is non-refundable even if you decide to cancel (see below). You’ll receive the invoice for the tuition fee about 2.5 months before the semester starts.

    The cost of the Malaysian student visa is around 1100 MYR (click here to convert). Find out more about the student visa below.

    There are some additional fees at the destination related to university services. These include registration fee, library fee, health fee and transportation fee (approx. 100 EUR in total). You may also need to purchase some academic material like books for around 200 MYR (click here to convert).

    All the above fees are subject to change.


    If you’re unable to participate in the study abroad semester, you have the right to cancel your participation up to 1 month before the semester starts with no extra cost (the application fee will not be refunded, however). Let us know about your cancellation by writing us an email at info[at] Cancellations notified via phone, SMS or by any other means will not be considered. For more detailed information on our cancellation policy, please see terms and conditions for cancellation.

    We also reserve the right to cancel your participation if  your application fee or tuition fee become overdue. For more information, please see our terms and conditions.

    Student visa and medical check up

    All students wishing to study abroad in Malaysia must apply for a student visa. Please note that applying for a student visa to Malaysia is relatively difficult compared to  our other destination countries. The visa application process and the list of the required documents may change at any time. Please take this into account when choosing your study abroad destination.

    Before you can apply for the student visa you have to apply for a Visa Approval Letter. Please follow the instructions carefully and prepare the required documents early enough.

    All students are required to attend a medical screening upon arrival in Malaysia. If the student is not in excellent health, Universiti Putra Malaysia has the right to cancel the study abroad placement.

    Applying for the student visa may be very difficult and expensive for students who come from countries other than United Kingdom, Japan, USA, Australia, South Korea, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey due to a relatively complicated pre-arrival medical check-up.

Universiti Putra Malaysia Application Form

Note! After submitting the form, you will be redirected to a confirmation page and will receive a confirmation email. Check your inbox for the mail and if you don’t find it there, check your spam folder. If you haven’t received a confirmation email, please contact us immediately.

Quick facts

4 months

Max. Credits:

Tuition fee:
1990 EUR / semester

Application fee:
75 EUR

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Reasons to choose Universiti Putra Malaysia

Universiti Putra Malaysia is ranked as the second best university in Malaysia. It is one of the leading research universities in Malaysia and ranks well internationally.

There are hundreds of courses available in English from various different faculties every semester.

Malaysia is the 12th most popular study abroad destination in the world.

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