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University Malaya (UM)

Kuala Lumpur, WP Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 32 2014 QS University Rankings: Asia
  • 151 QS World University Rankings 2014
  • 167 QS World University Rankings 2013
  • 146 QS World University Rankings 2015
  • 114 QS World University Rankings 2018
  • 24 QS University Rankings: Asia 2018
Campus setting Urban
Living cost US$ 480 per month
Student population Large (More than 10,000)
International students 1%
Institution type Public

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About University Malaya (UM)

University Malaya (UM) was founded in 1949 as a public-funded tertiary institution. Today, it has more than 2,500 faculty members. In 2012, UM was granted autonomy status by the Ministry of Higher Education.

Today, the University is divided into 12 faculties, 2 academies and 3 Centres, namely: Faculty of Law, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Dentistry, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Built Environment, Faculty of Economics and Administration, Faculty of Business and Accountancy, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, Academy of Malay Studies, Academy of Islamic Studies, Cultural Centre, Sports Centre and Centre for Foundation Studies (University of Malaya).

Campus information

Some 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.
  • Financial banking and services - 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

UM's campus is located in Kuala Lumpur and it is easily accessible by public transport. Universiti Malaya, or UM, Malaysia's oldest university, is situated on a 750 acre (309 hectare) campus in the southwest of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia.


University Malaya provides both on and off campus accommodation.

  • On campus accommodation, there are 12 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 RM10 to RM20 per student per day. The others offer only accommodation at RM150 to RM360 per student per month.
  • Off campus accommodation, students can choose either international house (for international students) or private house for rent.
  • International house - located 2 km away from University Malaya main campus and there is shuttle bus provided by the university. Rental rate (fully furnished with AC, 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom): RM 1500/ month excluding water and electricity bill
  • Private house for rent

Courses available 11

Accounting and Finance 2 Applied and Pure Sciences 2 Business and Management 1 Computer Science and IT 2 Engineering 3 English Language 1 Mass Communication & Media 1



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