University Science Malaysia (USM)


University Sains Malaysia (known as USM) is a university in Malaysia. Founded 1969 as the second university to be established in the country  and one of Malaysia’s leading science universities. With a total of  35,000 students including 28,000 undergraduates and 15% International Students. it is also one of the country’s largest In Malaysia. It has three campuses: a main campus on the island of Penang and There are two other USM campuses: one at Kubang Kerian in Kelantan, known as the Health campus, and the other at Seri Ampangan, Nibong Tebal in Penang, known as the Engineering campus.

The former houses the School of Medical Sciences, the School of Health Sciences and the School of Dental Sciences, while the latter houses the six engineering schools USM plans to open a Global Campus (Kuala Lumpur Campus)

Why Choose University Sains Malaysia ( Usm )


Universiti Sains Malaysia is ranked 165 in QS World University Rankings by Top Universities and 37 Asian University ranking with 14 top 50 under 50


In 2020, however, the University placed 601-800th in the World University rankings. It also placed 49th in University Impact Rankings and 151 – 200th in the Young University Rankings


USM has a number of 35,000 students including 28,000 undergraduates and 15% International Students.


USM is the only Accelerated Programs for Excellence (APEX) government-funded autonomous university in Malaysia.

University Facilities

  • Cafeteria

  • Art Gallery

  • Lecture theatre and halls

  • Bookshop

  • pharmacy

  • A post office

  • Retail Outlet

  • Library

  • Sports Centre

  • Students’ residences

  • Banks

Tuition Fees

Average Tuition Fees Per Year & Living Costs Per Year

Tuition fees

a) Undergraduate:


b) Postgraduate:


Application fees

USD 50 / RM200

Living costs

MYR 17,733

Accommodation cost

MYR 5,375

Entry Requirement

English Requirements

Types of Program Minimum TOEFL Score Minimum IELTS Score
Bachelor Programs
  • Paper Based: 550
  • Internet-Based: 80
6 Academic
Master Programs
  • Paper Based: 550
  • Internet-Based: 80
6 Academic
PhD Programs


General Requirements

Bachelor Programs 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 recognized Institutions with at least a CGPA of 3.00.

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

Master Programs
  • A Bachelor’s degree with minimum CGPA of 2.75 out of 4 or equivalent, in a related field
  • A Bachelor’s degree with minimum CGPA of 2.5 out of 4 or equivalent, in a related field with one of the following:
    1. Research experience – 1 year; or,
    2. Professional experience in related field- 1 year; or,
    3. Two (2) academic publications (journals, not proceeding(s) in related field; or,
    4. Grade B for major/ elective courses; or,
    5. Grade B+ for final year project;
PHD programs
  • 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 2.75 out of 4 , in a related field.

Accommodation & Facilities

Student Can Opt for on-campus Accommodation or Off-campus Accommodation

On-Campus Accommodation

is equipped with a single room or a twin-sharing room, common bathroom, cafeteria, laundry room, sport facility, study room, pantry and groceries store. Rental for on-campus accommodation is from USD30 – USD75 per month (not inclusive of meals). For more information regarding our hostels, please click on this link :

Off-Campus Accommodation

Is the rental of private accommodation within walking distance and also available within 3km in radius. Most of the condominium/apartments are equipped with 3 bedrooms, air-conditioned, groceries store, gymnasium, swimming pool, tennis/badminton court and laundry shop.

Rental for off-campus accommodation is from USD200 – USD400 per month (not including utility bills).

Scholarships for International Students: Available

Latest News

University Location

Media and Public Relations Centre

Level 1, Building E42, Chancellory II
Universiti Sains Malaysia
11800 USM Penang, Malaysia