University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur

The university was first established in 1905, and was known as King Edward VII College of Medicine. It was separated into two in 1959 with locations in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. A legislation was passed in 1961, and the University of Malaya was established in January 1962. In 2012 it was given autonomy by the Ministry of higher Education. It is the oldest and highest-ranking Malaysian Institution of Higher Education according to two international ranking agencies. 

University at a Glance:

Established: Founded in 1905

University Type: Public University

Number of International Students: 1% of student body

Hostel Type: University Hostel 

Climate: Hot and Humid throughout the year

Yearly Tuition Fee: MYR 7,708.22

Eligibility: IELTS + TOEFL 

ECFMG Approval: Not Approved

Last Date to Apply: 17th November

University Introduction:

The university has more than 2,500 faculty members. The business school has received two international accreditations from Associate to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and Association of MBAs. The university is divided into 13 faculties, two academies, 6 academic centers and 5 institutes.


The campus has various faculties and academies. The faculties are Faculty of Education, Faculty of Dentistry, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Arts and Social and Sciences, Faculty of Business and accountancy, Faculty of Economics and Administration, Faculty of Language and Linguistics, Faculty of Built Environment, Faculty of Pharmacy and Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology. The two academies are Academy of Islamic Studies and Academy of Malay studies.

Campus Life:

The various centers in the school include Cultural center, sports and exercise sciences center, Center for foundation studies, Center for civilization dialogue and Halal Research center. The university has a student body that is elected by the students. It represents them in policies and matters relating to student affairs. The school has a university teaching hospital.


The university has 12 residential colleges. 11 of these are in-campus while 1 is off-campus. Amenities available include Olympic sized swimming pool, Botanical Gardens, Museums of different fields, sports facilities, and an UM Arena which has a full course running track. 

Why Should I Study at University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur?

  • The school has been consistently ranked as number 1 university in Malaysia and among top 3 universities in South East Asia.
  • 3 prime ministers of Malaysia and other political, cultural and business figures of prominence are part of the alumni.
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