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Borderless Higher Education: Foreign University Branch Campuses in Malaysia


Foreign University Branch Campuses in Malaysia

There may be many of us out there who have always dreamt of studying for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at a renowned university abroad, but may be prevented due to financial constraints or other commitments that stop us from leaving home. Well, with the steady increase of foreign university branch campuses right here in Malaysia, your dreams may just be a little closer to coming true.


So what are FUBCs?

Foreign university branch campuses (FUBCs) are universities that have been invited by the Malaysian government to establish their off-shore campus in Malaysia. These universities are entirely a part of their parent establishment. They follow quality and instruction guidelines as per the parent university.

There are currently 12 FUBCs in Malaysia that originate from host campuses in Australia, China, Singapore, the United Kingdom and Ireland. FUBCs award their own degree (undergraduate and postgraduate), diploma and foundation studies qualifications. The qualifications are identical to that of the host universities, and yet branch campuses are usually quite affordable in comparison with the parent university. Students can save tuition costs while learning at the same standards.


Why make studying at a FUBC your choice?

One of the main advantages of studying at a FUBC is that you’ll be paying lower tuition fees compared to studying abroad. Besides the lower tuition fees, you’ll also enjoy a much lower cost of living in Malaysia.

Next, and more importantly, you will be awarded the same qualifications as students studying at the main campus abroad.

Perhaps you’re not convinced yet as you’re still longing for a study abroad experience. You’re in luck because most FUBCs offer its students the opportunity to study for one or more semesters at the main campus overseas. The icing on the cake is that you need to pay only the fees of the Malaysian branch campus for the said semesters, but you’ll need to pay for your own room and board.


12 Foreign University Branch Campuses in Malaysia

No. Name of branch campus Year established Location in Malaysia Country of origin
1. Monash University Malaysia 1998 Selangor Australia
2. Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia 1999 Sarawak Australia
3. The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus 2000 Kuala Lumpur/ Selangor The UK
4. Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus 2004 Sarawak Australia
5. Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia 2007 Johor The UK
6. University of Southampton, Malaysia Campus 2011 Johor The UK
7. Manipal International University 2011 Nilai India
8. Heriot-Watt University Malaysia 2012 Putrajaya The UK
9. Raffles University 2012 Johor Singapore
10. University of Reading Malaysia 2013 Johor The UK
11. Xiamen University Malaysia Campus 2015 Sepang, Selangor China
12. Royal College of Surgeons In Ireland And University College Dublin Malaysia Campus 2018 Penang Ireland

Read more: 10 International Schools in Malaysia Worth Considering


In short, foreign university branch campuses build you a route to get a degree from leading universities from the United Kingdom, Australia or Ireland, while studying in Malaysia at a fraction of the cost. Are you interested in finding out more about top-rated universities in Malaysia? Leave us a question below, and we are here to help!


Source: Study Malaysia

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