Study Abroad opportunities allow you to live
in a new city, enhance your career prospects, provide the opportunity
for personal development, experience a different culture and meet new
people without interrupting your studies or your career path.
A study abroad experience is more than an opportunity to study in
another country. It is your chance to explore a new landscape, discover
another culture, learn more about yourself and all that you are capable
of, and make lifelong friends in the process.
You can spend a semester or a whole year at Universiti Sains Malaysia
and earn credit towards a degree in your own country.
Selamat Datang to USM!!!
Universiti Sains Malaysia
(USM) operates through three campuses. The main campus is in Penang
Island, the Engineering Campus is in Seberang Perai and the Health
Campus is in Kota Bharu, Kelantan.
The University was established in 1969 and is currently a research
intensive university with 24 Schools, 14 Centres and 7 Units. The
academic programmes are cross-disciplined that allow students to combine
subjects from different schools.
The main campus, well-known as the
University in the Garden, is set in luxuriant foliage of trees and
kaleidoscope of colourful flowering plants and vegetations. USM has
aptly taken the cue from the treasures of its natural surroundings to
gain momentum in positioning itself as a research intensive university
in the global arena. Like nature which flourishes and survives by
optimising each separate ecological entity, USM has built an
academic-cum-research ecosystem of excellence by synergizing its
academic expertise, solid research environment, managerial aptitude and
infrastructural resources into a framework that epitomizes the essence
At the international level, the University has been identified as one of
the Regional Centre of Expertise for Education for Sustainable
Development, has for three consecutive terms been elected as
representative of Asia in Commonwealth Universities for Study Abroad
Consortium (CUSAC) and houses a number of research centres that receives
Penang Island, also known as the Pearl of the Orient, needs little
introduction to many visitors to Malaysia, having long been known as one
of Southeast Asia's finest destinations. Penang's outstanding beaches
and exotic sights have made it one of the most popular destinations in
Offering a multitude of fascinating attractions, your stay in Penang
will leave you with many memorable moments. Apart from just Penang,
Malaysia is endowed with luxuriant rainforests, clear blue seas and
marine parks filled with a wealth of plant and animal life unique to
this part of the world.
Programmes for you to enjoy!
i. Study Abroad Scheme
ii. Short-term / Tailor-Made Programme
Tropical Field School Programme
English Summer Programmes
Malaysian Study Programme.
Intensive English Programme
Sustainable Education Exposure Programme
University of Hong Kong
Ritsumeikan Study Tour
Student Exchange Programme
Hundreds of exchange
students from our partner institutions come to study courses conducted
in English at USM each year. Most of them stay from July to November or
December to April or the whole academic year.
Student exchange is an exciting way to see the world, to get to know
what happens outside your everyday life, and to broaden your
perspectives. At USM you will definitely get to experience the Malaysia
Truly Asia ambience in a traditional yet modern Asian society. You will
get to know a lot more - about Malaysians while studying and living in a
The student exchange programme is based on agreements between USM and
its partner institutions. Therefore, if you are interested in coming to
USM as an exchange student, please contact the relevant office of your
home institution for further information. Your home institution’s
exchange office will determine your eligibility.
Non-Exchange Programme is
offered to the interested individuals to experience one or two semesters
by taking courses in USM. Students who are interested to do research
attachment with any faculty members of USM are also welcomed.
The tuition fee structure for one semester of study is as listed:
What you need to know?
The USM International is responsible for the
management of the student exchange and non-exchange programme.
Please contact the staff of USM International for
any matters related to the administrative aspect of your stay in USM.
Other services include visa formalities, electronic mail access and
international student activities.
International students will be greeted and welcomed
by Student Assistants (local students) upon their arrival at
the Penang International Airport.
An Orientation Programme is conducted by USM
International each semester, including familiarization tour of
The Wellness Centre provides outpatient
consultations and minor medical care for staff and students of the
University. For consultation please contact the registration desk at
USM is a safe and friendly campus but students are
advised to exercise caution within the campus and especially outside
the campus. The University has security personnel who are on duty
round the clock. For any assistance regarding security and safety
matters, please refer to the Security Post located at various
entrances to the University.
USM has excellent library facilities for students.
The library has great access to online journals and reference
materials that are updated and useful for studies.
The tuition fee structure for one semester of study
is as listed:
Living costs (not inclusive of accommodation) is
estimated USD 750 per month with the following breakdown:
Estimated Costs (USD) / month
There is no better way to be a part of the
University life than to live within the University grounds. On-campus
accommodation is provided for interested students. USM encourages
international students to stay on campus for a more enriching cultural
assimilation and experience. Placements are based on a
On-campus accommodation fee ranges from USD 150 to
USD 250 per person. Rooms are only available on a twin-sharing basis.
ii. Off Campus
Information on private residences for rent is
available through the Students Affairs and Development Division and the
local newspapers. Nearly all accommodation is made-up of three bedrooms
and the master bedroom usually has attached bathroom. Rental for off
campus accommodation ranges from USD 450 to USD 700 per month, depending
on location, facilities and furnishing.
I'm interested...What's next?
Students should submit
their application form through the International Office of their
respective universities. Download
For further inquiries, please do not
hesitate to contact:
Study Abroad Officer
Division of Academic and International Affairs
Universiti Sains Malaysia
Tel: +604–653 2778/2771
Fax: +604–653 2781