One of the popular course in Malaysia is Computer Science and Information Technology. A UK and Australian Degree takes three years while an American Transfer Degree Program takes four years to complete.
Some Degree in Information Technology and Computer Science offers specializations such as:
- Business Information System
- Mobile Computing
- Network Technology
- Digital Media
- Games Development
- Internet and Multimedia
- System Security
- Forensic Computing
- Software Engineering
Types of Programs Available
3 + 0 Program where students complete the entire degree course in Malaysia
2 + 1 Program where students do 2 years in Malaysia and the final year in UK or Australia
1 + 2 Program where students just spend 1 year in Malaysia and the remaining 2 years in UK or Australia
American Transfer Degree Program 2 + 2 : 2 years in Malaysia and the remaining 2 years in US.
Student can enroll into the Computer Science Degree using:
- A-levels or Equivalent (Generally with 2 Passes is sufficient)
- Diploma (may be able to get Year 1 exemption)
Cost of a Computer Science or IT Degree in Malaysia
For UK 3+0 Prgram – Yearly fees are around RM15,000 – RM25,000 per year.
Australian 3+0 Degree is more expensive. Yearly fees are in the range of RM20,000 – RM30,000 per year.
In UK and Australia most universities yearly fees are around 10,000 pounds or AUD20,000.
Accommodation and Living Expenses
Staying in Malaysia is relatively very cheap. Room, food and other miscellaneous cost is around RM1,500 per month. In UK and Australia, living expenses are around £700 and AU$1500 a month respectively.
Registration & EMGS Cost
Most universities charge around RM3000 – RM5000 for Registration and EMGS cost. EMGS cost refers to Visa and Medical Checkup (to be done in Malaysia).
Pre-university or Diploma
If your highest academic achievement is O-levels or equivalent, then you need to complete 1 year of Pre-university studies or do a diploma first. Pathways are as follow:
- O-levels or Equivalent – Foundation (1 year) – Computer Science Degree (3 years), OR
- O-levels or Equivalent – A-Levels (1.5 years) – Computer Science Degree (3 years), OR
- O-levels or Equivalent – Diploma (2.5 years) – Computer Science Degree (Year 1 exempted) (2 years)