Learn about Universiti Putra Malaysia and apply

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

Semester dates and application deadlines


Semester 2 (Spring) Semester 1 (Autumn)
Semester dates  –  September 11 – January 14
Orientation  –  September 4 & 5
Application deadline  –  April 30, 2017


Semester 2 (Spring) Semester 1 (Autumn)*
Semester dates February 12 – June 17  September 3 – January 6
Orientation February 15 – 16  September 1
Application deadline September 30, 2017  April 30, 2018

*All dates still tentative

2019 (all dates still tentative)

Semester 2 (Spring) Semester 1 (Autumn)
Semester dates February 11 – June 16  TBA
Orientation February 14 – 15  TBA
Application deadline September 30, 2018  TBA

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. See what you can study at Universiti Putra Malaysia.


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Universiti Putra Malaysia
43400 UPM Serdang
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Studying 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

    Bachelor’s level courses

    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

    Master’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 are from the Bachelor and Advanced Degree Programme and 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 the 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)

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Applying to Universiti Putra Malaysia

Applying to Universiti Putra Malaysia is easy. We handle the bureaucratic issues on our behalf with our partner universities. The application and acceptance procedure is standardized and simple.

Please read the application instructions carefully.

  • Who can apply

    Minimum requirements

    • A minimum age of 18 years
    • Applicants are required to be currently enrolled at an institution of higher education (university, university of applied sciences or similar)
    • All applicants are expected to have sufficient knowledge of English (B2 level). No language test is required.

    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 in the destination, e.g. for the UPM student card.

  • Application form & 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 and submit it with the required attachments.

    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.

    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 are missing some attachment(s) at the time of applying, you may send the attachment(s) later. Applications missing all the attachments will not be processed.
    • All attachments must be sent to us within 30 days of submitting the application or by the application deadline at the very latest.
    • For applications or attachments submitted after the application deadline we are obliged to charge an additional fee of 100 EUR (120 USD) as per our terms and conditions.

    Confirmation and official acceptance letter

    You will receive a confirmation of your study placement in 1 week. You will receive the official acceptance letter about 3 months before the semester starts. In your application, please indicate a permanent address so that the document can find you.

    Payment and cancellation

    Together with the initial confirmation you will receive an invoice for the application fee which must be paid within 10 days.

    The invoice for the tuition fee will be sent about 2.5 months before the semester starts.

    If you decide to cancel your participation in the program, you must send us a notification via email. Cancellations by other means (e.g. by phone or text) will not be taken into account. The application fee will not be refunded if you decide to cancel. For more information, see the terms and conditions for cancellation.

    Should you fail to pay the application fee or the tuition fee on time, we reserve the right to cancel your participation in the program. For more information, please see the terms and conditions.

    In the destination students need to pay some additional fees such as registration fee, library fee, health fee and transportation fee (approx. 100 EUR in total). In addition there are also some Academic Expenses (such as books) for approx. 200 MYR. The student visa costs about 1100 MYR. Please note that these fees are subject to change.

    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 applying for a student visa 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 being eligible for applying for the student visa, students must apply for a Visa Approval Letter. Please follow the instructions carefully and prepare the required documents early enough.

    All students will be required to attend a medical screening once they have arrived 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.


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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