The University of Malaya, a public research university in Kuala Lumpur, is Malaysia’s oldest university, founded in 1905. The predecessor of the university, King Edward VII College of Medicine, The growth of the University was very rapid during the first decade of its establishment and this resulted in the setting up of two autonomous Divisions in 1959, one located in Singapore and the other in Kuala Lumpur  in Malaysia, the University of Malaya is categorized into 13 faculties, 3 centers, and 2 academies.

 These include Faculty of Science, Faculty of Dentistry, Faculty of Economics and Administration, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Business and Accountancy, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Built Environment, Faculty of Education, Centre for Foundation Studies, Cultural Centre, Sports Centre, Academy of Islamic Studies and Academy of Malay Studies. It provides great opportunities for students studying at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 

Today, University of Malaya has 2,260 Staff members. There are around 19.000 students including undergraduateand graduate students at the University. Divided by 15,796 students and 3,213 international students.


  • It is one of the top 100 universities in the world. It is also the oldest university in Malaysia and is the highest ranking Malaysian institution of higher education according to several international ranking agencies

  • Best Global Universities Rankings

  • In QS World University Rankings 2020, UM ranked 70th in the world, 13th in Asia, 3rd in Southeast Asia and the highest ranked learning institution in Malaysia. 

  • Ranked #232


Facilities in the campus include:

  • Library – with over 1.million materials, the library is able to provide comprehensive information for students.

  • Postal services – the postal service can deliver any package or letter or postcard.

  • ATMs and bank outlets are easily accessible for the staff and students.

  • Bookshop – offering services from the university bookshop to a computer outlet for the students.

  • Health services

  • Perdanasiswa Complex – fully equipped auditoriums and meeting rooms

  • Food court and catering services

  • Transportation and travel

  • UM Press

  • Recreational and sporting facilities

  • Rumah Universiti – a convenient accommodation option open to everyone


Average tuition fees per year &living costs per year

Tuition fees:

a)-Undergraduate: RM 68,019
b)-Postgraduate: RM41,120
Application fees: USD 50 / RM200
Living costs: MYR 8,400
Accommodation costs: MYR 1,920



Types of Program

Minimum TOEFL Score

Minimum IELTS Score

Bachelor Programs

  • Paper Based: 550
  • Internet-Based: 80
  • Computer Based: 213

6 Academic

Master Programs

  • Paper Based: 550
  • Internet-Based: 80
  • Computer Based: 213


6  Academic

PhD Programs

NOTE: However, for the Faculty of Law, the minimum English requirement is a band 7 for IELTS or a score of 600 for TOEFL.


Academic Requirement for admission in University of Malaya (UM)


National Higher School Certificate (or an Advanced Level or the equivalent of 12 years of basic education) with the grade 80% and above. 


A Diploma from recognised Institutions with at least a CGPA of 3.00.

Note: Some programmes are required applicant to undergo an interview session before being accepted


  • A Bachelor’s degree with minimum CGPA of 3 out of 4 or equivalent, in a related field  


  • A Master’s degree with minimum CGPA of 3 out of 4 or equivalent, in a related field.


  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with minimum CGPA 3 out of 4, in a related field.


University Malaya provides both on and off campus accommodation.


There are 13 residential colleges which provide on campus accommodation to UM students including international students under UM Student Exchange Programme. These residential colleges can accommodate more than 11,000 students. Some residential colleges provide food and accommodation for students at RM4.50 to RM12 per student per day. The others offer only accommodation at RM150 to RM360 per student per month. It depends on the halls chosen by students.


  • Game courts,

  • Reading rooms,

  • Grocery shops,

  • Cyber cafes,

  • Computer labs

Off-campus accommodation

  • Students can choose either international house (for international students) or private house for rent.

  • Rental rate: RM800 – RM3000 per month.

  • International house – located 2 km away from University Malaya main campus and there is a shuttle bus provided by the university. 

  • Private house for rent