International Student Support

About Malaysia
Malaysia is rich in culture and a haven for food. It comes as no surprise that our country is well known for its variety of cuisine. From gourmet to hawker food, these are all easily available at affordable prices. Here, one can experience a wealth of cultural and racial diversity that is both colourful and unique.

Situated in the heart of Southeast Asia, Malaysia enjoys a tropical climate with no natural calamities. It is sunny all year round with occasional rain and temperatures ranging from 28°C to 36°C at night. Lightweight clothing is advised. The time zone here is 8 hours ahead of GMT.

The national language is Bahasa Melayu, but English is widely spoken and understood, and taught as a second language. AT KDU, the subjects are taught in English. The people of Malaysia also converse in a range of Chinese and Indian dialects.

Diverse cuisine from gourmet to hawker food is easily available at affordable prices. The unique and authentic cooking styles and flavours of Malay, Chinese, Indian and the other ethnic communities is a very fulfilling experience. Apart from local cuisine, Western, Japanese, Middle-Eastern, Korean and many others can also be easily obtained.
Living away from home is your first step towards independence. Our staff from Accommodation Services will be on hand to assure that you have a pleasant and comfortable stay while studying in Malaysia.
All international students are required to stay at the accommodation provided by KDU for one term.
KDU has some accommodation choices including our off-campus hostel as well as off-campus housing alternatives.


The Inteenational Student Service section caters to special needs of international students. This section is under Student Service Department (SSD) and responsible for the general welfare of all international students and to help students integrate better into life as an undergraduate.

For more information, please contact

1. Miss Joey Phuah (Tel: 04-2386230, Email:

2. Mr Sadhis Kumar (Tel: 04-2386233, Email:


Quality Education Programmes
With more than 135,000 international students in our midst, universities and colleges in Malaysia have proven to produce quality and highly employable graduates.

Affordable Cost of Living and Tuition Fees
Aside from affordable tuition fees catering to students from all walks of life, another great reason to study in Malaysia is the relatively low cost of living. Whether students choose to live on or off campus, they will find that it is quite possible to live very comfortably within a budget of USD5, 000 per year. With many different forms of public transportations available travelling is convenient.

English As Mode of Delivery
Despite Bahasa Malaysia being the national language, English is heavily emphasised in Malaysia. Universities and colleges utilise English as the mode of delivery for its programmes, ensuring quality and relevance to the fast-changing and evolving industries out there.

Multi-Ethnic Population
A multi-ethnic country, Malaysia comprises of three main ethnic groups; Malays, Chinese and Indians followed by many other ethnic groups rich with heritage and culture spread across the Peninsular and East Malaysia.

Food Haven
If there is one thing this country is famous for, aside from education and heritage, it’s food. With wide selections of cuisines available, the Malaysian gourmet landscape has transformed with influences from different parts of the world.

Safe and Comfortable
In Malaysia, the majority of universities and colleges are located in prime areas that are surrounded by facilities to ensure comfortable living for students. In all major cities, students will find the vital amenities necessary to their well-being in every corner.