Best Universities in Malaysia for Bangladeshi Students

Malaysia is one of the top choices for anyone planning to study abroad from Bangladesh. Out of the 590+ higher education institutions present in the country, 25 of them have been able to secure a rank in the QS World University Rankings 2023. Besides being home to a solid Bangladeshi community, Malaysia offers a wide range of study choices for international students to pursue. But perhaps the biggest advantage to studying in this country is getting to live a high-quality standard life at a very low cost of living.

It is not an easy choice to choose the right institution for your higher studies among the almost 600 universities present all over Malaysia. In this blog, we will try to make that decision a bit easier by introducing the best universities in Malaysia for Bangladeshi students while analyzing a range of related factors.


Why choose Malaysia for higher studies?


Malaysia is no doubt becoming the up-and-coming study destination for thousands of students around the globe, currently the #12 popular study destination worldwide according to UNESCO figures.

Its rising reputation in global rankings for higher education institutions is due to the sole focus on offering a well-regarded educational system to its students. From popular options like Medicine or Nursing, Engineering, Business, and Science or IT, to some rare preferences like hospitality, performing arts, theology, and eastern medicine, there are institutions in Malaysia to study for almost every other course.

The programs are designed to give in-depth theoretical knowledge and enhanced business management understanding by practical learning through internships and industry engagements.

The financial aspect is a big issue, especially for Bangladeshi students wanting to pursue their education abroad. In such a context, studying in Malaysia is an extremely affordable option compared to most other countries for international students due to its relatively cheaper tuition fee and living cost. However, a lower living cost does not insinuate a lower living standard in this economically ever-flourishing country.

Another reason why living in Malaysia, particularly as a Bangladeshi student, can be a great experience is because of the cultural similarities. Starting from food habits and culinary to the year-round warm and sunny weather, Bangladeshi students fit there with the minimal effort possible. Besides, despite the country’s official language being Bahasa Malaysia, English is just as widely spoken while an abundance of other languages and dialects, including Mandarin, Cantonese, and Tamil. Thus, eliminating language as a barrier.


Documentation for Student pass


Basic documents required for a student pass for Bangladeshi students:

  •  Passport photocopy

  •  Recent passport-size picture

  •  Letter of acceptance

  •  Academic transcripts and certificates

  •  Health examination certification prior to arrival

  •  Insurance documentation

  •  Documents demonstrating funds to cover tuition fees and living expenses.

  •  In the event of a course lasting longer than 12 months, renewal of the student pass is mandatory.

At PFEC Global, we ensure a smooth visa experience as well by sharing our professional knowledge with the students willing to study in Malaysia.


Best Universities in Malaysia for Bangladeshi Students


Curtin University, Malaysia

Curtin University, Malaysia

Ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (according to Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022), Curtin University is a truly global university, with campuses all around the world including Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and Mauritius. Curtin University, Malaysia was however established in 1999 while having the largest international campus located amongst the serenity of a remote southern city, Sarawak.

The biggest advantage of Curtin University, Malaysia is perhaps its huge global network that includes an international student body consisting of a major percentage of the overall student body. Its partnerships with multiple governments, industry and community further enrich the learning experience of students and ensure their skills and expertise are aligned with the changing demands of today’s world.


UCSI University

UCSI University

Established in the year 1986, UCSI is Malaysia's one of the largest private universities which is situated in the center of Kuala Lumpur, one of the QS Best Student Cities in the world.

This highest-ranking Malaysian higher education institution has an overall enrollment of around 10000+ students at a time, around a majority of them being international Bangladeshi students.  Having multiple locations across the nation - the buzzing capital of limitless opportunities, Kuala Lumpur or the serenity of a remote southern city, Kuching, they are further launching a UCSI University Bangladesh campus soon.


Mahsa University

Mahsa University

Mahsa University is the leading private medical university of Malaysia located in the Petaling Jaya region of the country. It was established in 2005 and was upgraded to university status in the year 2009. Currently ranked 126st in Malaysia according to AD Scientific Index 2023, Mahsa university offers health courses in conjunction with Northumbria University, England.

The academic programs of the university are specially designed to provide a broad spectrum of academic knowledge and intellectual skills in all areas but not limited to only health sciences starting from health sciences, dentistry, and pharmacy to engineering, business, and pre-university studies. Thus, Mahsa University can be a really viable option for Bangladeshi students who already have the clarity to be on a certain career path related to medical sciences.


Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU)

Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU)

Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation or in short APU is one of the leading innovation-driven entrepreneurial research universities in Malaysia ranked at number #52 in the South Eastern Asia and #240 in all of Asia in the QS World University Ranking 2023.

With an overall enrollment of around 13000+ students in a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, specializations in engineering and technology, sciences, biosciences and medical engineering, management and human resources fields are available for anyone including the international students to pursue. However, the most popular programs belong to the engineering and technology fields with most of them being placed in the last QS World University Ranking by Subject. Due to the deeply rooted engineering culture in our society, APU is preferred to most Bangladeshi students over most other higher education institutions in Malaysia.


INTI International University & Colleges TM

INTI International University & CollegesTM

Originally established in 1986, INTI International University & Colleges are private university colleges located in a wide range of locations all over Malaysia. Initially known as INTI University College, the College was upgraded to university status in 2010 by the Higher Education Ministry of Malaysia. Thus, this fairly young university with a relatively small student body of 5000+ students is actually preferred among international students for its ability to emphasize on their students over anything else.

INTI  is mostly famous for their signature programs including the American Degree Transfer Program, INTI English Language Programs, and INTI Programs for Working Professionals. These programs help the students a lot, specifically the American Degree Transfer Program which helps the students to further their studies at highly-rated academic institutions while broadening their perspective of the world.


Swinburne University of Technology, Malaysia

Swinburne University of Technology, Malaysia

Swinburne University of Technology is one of the young private universities in Malaysia established in 2000. The university is a foreign branch campus of Swinburne University of Technology, Australia and offers a large selection of industry-focused engineering, science and technology programs at all study levels, facilities, employability and internationalization.

The most popular programs among the programs being offered by the university include Engineering & Technology and Social Sciences & Management. In fact, in the broad subject areas ranking, Engineering & Technology has ranked the highest in the QS World University rankings by subject 2019. With a large international student body and access to an even larger global network, a sense of community is developed among international students, something much preferred among Bangladeshi students wanting to pursue their education abroad.


University of Cyberjaya (UoC)

University of Cyberjaya (UoC)

University of Cyberjaya or in short known as UoC is a rated 5-Star Excellent university in Malaysia specializing in healthcare programs. Formerly known as Cyberjaya University College of Medical Science, the university derives its name from its location Cyberjaya, a town located in the Selangor region of Malaysia. With an overall enrollment of 3500+ students, the medical university offers 30 programmes ranging from degree to postgraduate research courses. UoC  is mostly famous for offering lesser specialized majors in the area of health sciences such as medicine, pharmaceutical sciences, psychology, homeopathic medical sciences, physiotherapy, occupational safety and health, biomedical engineering technology, paramedical sciences, business administration and more.

Despite the fact that the university is privately funded, students have numerous opportunities to apply for scholarships. This works as a great incentive for Bangladeshi students along with the university's relatively cheaper tuition fee and living costs.


Taylor’s University

Taylor’s University

Taylor's University is a leading private university located in Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. It is often regarded as Malaysia's top private university based on the university rankings - ranked as the #1 private university in Southeast Asia for 3 years in a row now and #284 in the QS World University Rankings 2023.

Taylor's University offers a wide range of courses in tertiary education, diploma, degree, post-graduate and professional programs to both local and international students. The main attraction of Taylor University besides its exceptional ranking is that students can choose to enroll in the university courses encompassing non-traditional fields such as Architecture & Construction Technology, Food Studies & Gastronomy, Interactive Spatial Design, and Tourism & Events.


List of Scholarships Available for Bangladeshi Students


Experts at PFEC Global help you at every stage of your educational journey and guide you toward a prosperous future. If you aspire to study in Malaysia, our education counselors help you better understand the process– furthermore, provide the necessary help to avail of scholarships as well. Studying abroad ensures a comprehensive formation of broader knowledge about the culture and essence of the foreign land– thus, it enables you to have an improved career prospects as well.

Please reach out to us at 01730785457 or 096 09 800 300 for more details.  

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Which degree is in demand in Malaysia?


Answer: Engineering, Medicine, Mass Communication, Accounting and Finance Courses are the most in demand degrees in Malaysia.


Can I study in Malaysia without IELTS?


Answer: If you have completed your education in an English-speaking nation, you do not need to take any entrance exams such as the SAT, GRE, IELTS, or TOEFL. Otherwise, you may be required to sit for an English Language test as part of your admission process for a degree in Malaysia..


Which career is best in Malaysia?


Answer: Chemical Engineers, Human Resource Managers, Marketing Communications (MarComm) or Public Relations Manager, Logistics & Supply Chain Managers, Sales & Marketing, Game Developers or Game Designers, Animation and Multimedia Designers are great career opportunities for fresh graduates in Malaysia.


What part-time job pays the most in Malaysia?

Answer: Daycare Teacher, Tutor, Rideshare Driver, Pet Sitter, Nanny/Babysitter, Cafe Barista, Warehouse Assistant, Delivery Driver are the most paying part-time jobs in Malaysia.

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