University of Malaya

University of Malaya

Location

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

Availability

Available university-wide 


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    University of Malaya has its roots in Singapore with the establishment of King Edward VII College of Medicine in 1905. In 1949 University of Malaya was formed with the amalgamation of King Edward VII College of Medicine and Raffles College in Singapore.  University of Malaya Kuala Lumpur officially established in 1962. 
     
    The University is internationally recognised as the highest ranked higher education institution in Malaysia. In the 2020 QS World Ranking, the University ranked at 70th in the world, 19th in Asia, 3rd in Southeast Asia. The Faculty of Business is double crowned by AACBS and AMBA.  
     
    UM has also made great strides in institutionalising university-community projects addressing local community needs and societal problems leveraging on technology developed through research and expertise within the campus community for possible solutions. 
    Although the student population at UM is 90% domestic, the institution is a melting pot of cultures due to Malaysia’s multi-cultural mix.  
     
    UM is home to vibrant, colourful, vivid and exciting student activities whether organised by the International Student Centre (ISC). The centre hosts a list of on and off campus activities including community engagement programmes, non-academic cultural exposure programmes, student society activities and many more. 

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    Kuala Lumpur, or KL as it is informally known, is Malaysia’s capital and largest city. It is also the cultural, financial and economic centre of the country and home to the Parliament of Malaysia. The city skyline is best recognised by the iconic PETRONAS Twin Towers located in the heart of the central business district.

    Kuala Lumpur is a magnet for tourists, with an estimated 8.6 million visiting annually. Tourism is driven by the city’s cultural diversity, relatively low costs and wide selection of cuisine available. KL is also a shopping haven with over 66 malls located in the city.

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    • Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) 
    • Petronas Twin Towers 
    • Central Market 
    • Batu Caves 
    • Mah Meri Cultural Village
    • Historic City of Malacca 
    • Sultan Abdul Samad Building  
    • Kellie’s Castle 
    • Bukit Gasing Forest Park
    • Genting Highlands
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    Malaysia is a country in Southeast Asia, bordering Thailand, Brunei and Indonesia. It consists of 13 states and three federal territories separated by the South China Sea – Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia, which is situated on the island of Borneo. The country is home to approximately 32 million people, of which just under 1.8 million live in Kuala Lumpur, the capital and largest city.

    The official language of Malaysia is Bahasa Malaysia, however English is widely spoken, as well as other languages including Mandarin, Cantonese and Tamil. This diversity of languages is a reflection of the multi-ethnic and multicultural population which is largely Malay (approximately 70%), with minority Chinese, Indian, Portuguese and indigenous peoples making up the balance.

    This cultural melting pot provides plenty of opportunity to experience delicious food, develop multiple language skills, see the influences of various religions within close proximity of each other and enjoy festivals and celebrations from a wide range of cultures.

    The country is not only diverse in its population, but in flora and fauna as well. Malaysia has some of the world’s oldest tropical rainforests, which at 130 million years old pre-dates the Amazon rainforest. Hike through primary jungle, across mountain trails, under waterfalls and into caves, and you will see tapirs, wild boar, deer, monkeys, bats and more. If you visit East Malaysia, you may even see elephants, tigers, rhinoceroses and orangutans. If you are a trained diver or are passionate about ocean life, Malaysia has some of the most beautiful beaches and top dive sites in the world. You will also find four UNESCO-designated World Heritage Sites in Malaysia: Gunung Mulu National Park, Kinabalu Park, historic cities Melaka and George Town and the archaeological heritage site of the Lenggong Valley.

    Did you know?

    The largest cave chamber in the world by area is the Sarawak Chamber in Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak. It is often claimed that the corridor of Deer Cave, a 1-mile-/1.6-km-long passage of the caves, could house five rows of eight Boeing 747 jetliners parked nose to tail.

    Malaysia’s national drink is teh tarik (“pulled tea”). The tea is poured across a distance of about 3 feet from one cup to another, with no spillage. The idea is to cool it for customers, but it has become a Malaysian art form.

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University of Malaya Factsheet

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UniSA exchange deadline

August 1st to go on exchange in SP2

January 11th to go on exchange in SP5

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Semester One (SP5)
September to January

Semester Two (SP2)
February to June


University of Malaya Factsheet

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UniSA exchange deadline

August 1st to go on exchange in SP2

January 11th to go on exchange in SP5

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Weather
20°c to 30°c 

Currency
RM Ringgit Malaysia

Local language/s
Malay | English | Mandarin | Tamil


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    University of Malaya offers airport pick up from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) or KLIA2. Please contact the Information Student Centre (ISC) to organise pick up.  
     
    Other transportation method to the campus are also available and can be found here

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    University of Malays offers a variety of on-campus accommodation. Students will need to arrange on-campus accommodation separately.  Please see here for more information on on-campus accommodation pricing and options. 
     
    Off-campus accommodation are also available, please see here for more information.  

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    As an exchange partner with the University of South Australia, you do not have to pay tuition fees to University of Malaya, instead you will pay tuition as you would normally at UniSA. Travel and living expenses are at your own cost. The table below gives an indication of costs you will incur: 

    Items Approximate Cost (AUD)
    Return flights from Adelaide $1000
    UoM Administration Fee (approx RM 650) = $230 per semester
    Health Insurance from $12 per month
    Accommodation $740 per semester
    Meals/Groceries $500 per month
    Miscellaneous (Transportation, books etc.)  $800 per month

    More information can be found here.

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    UniSA offers a generous travel grant of up to $2500 for a full semester exchange. You may also be eligible to receive an OS-HELP loan of up to $8000. For more information please see funding and scholarships website

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    UniSA offers travel insurance as part of your exchange for up to 270 days (can be extended up to 365 days). For more information please see travel insurance website.  
     
    Please click here to read the travel insurance policy. 
     
    A list of Frequently Asked Questions can be found here
     
    If you have any further questions about travel insurance, please contact the UniSA Insurance Office on 08 8302 1678. 

    As an exchange student at University of Malaya, you must purchase compulsory additional health insurance. See here for more information. 

    After arrival in Malaysia, you will need to undertake a compulsory Post-Arrival Medical Screening within 7 days of arrival. The medical screening must be done at the EMGS appointed panel clinic. More information will be provided by University of Malaya.  

University of Malaya Factsheet

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UniSA exchange deadline

August 1st to go on exchange in SP2

January 11th to go on exchange in SP5

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Visa information

It is your responsibility to apply for your visa for your overseas study experience. You can refer to the relevant consulate regarding a specific countries visa requirement. UniSA is legally unable to provide visa advise. Please see below links for more information.   
 
Australian Government DFAT brief on Malaysia is available here
 
Malaysia consulate website can be found here
 
University of Malaya student visa FAQ is available here

Register your travel

To participate in an exchange experience, you must register your travel with International SOS (iSOS). We will provide instructions on how to do this throughout the process. 
 
UniSA has partnered with iSOS to offer our students medical, safety and security advice, referrals, emotional support and routine and emergency assistance when travelling or living abroad. 
 
For more information please visit the Travel Health and Safety Webpage
 
Before your departure, we strongly encourage you to visit the Smartraveller website
 
The website contains important information you need to know about travel documents, up to date travel advisories on destinations you may be travelling to on behalf of the University, travel tips and more. 

University of Malaya Factsheet

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UniSA exchange deadline

August 1st to go on exchange in SP2

January 11th to go on exchange in SP5

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How to apply

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No available summer/winter school

University of Malaya is not an exchange partner for a Summer/WInter School. To see other current short-term opportunities, please click here

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