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Monash University (Malaysia)

As an exchange student, there are a few things you need to know about going to Monash University. Learn more about the location, the courses and student life! 

Visit their website for more information about studying abroad at Monash University!


Three options are available for this programme:

  • Spend a year at Monash Australian Campus
  • Spend a year at Monash Malaysian Campus
  • Spend the first semester at Monash Australian Campus and the second semester at Monash Malaysian Campus, or vice versa.

Note: if you wish to apply to spend the first semester in Australia and the second semester in Malaysia, you will need to submit two separate applications for these destinations on Mobility-Online; please consult guidance on the QMplus page for how to do this. 


Bordering Thailand in the north, Singapore to the south, Indonesia to the south-east, Malaysia is located at the crossroads of Southeast Asia. As a result, the country’s mix of Malays, Chinese, Indians and Indigenous people has produced a society that is rich in traditional and modern influences, reflected in its many languages, religions and food options. You will find no shortage of tempting gastronomical choices and colourful festivals to experience.

Monash University in Malaysia is located in Sunway City, Kuala Lumpur, a safe and well-connected township where you’ll have everything you need within reach using the elevated pedestrian walkway or public transportation.

Level of competitiveness

Less competitive *

The level of competitiveness (Less competitive * / Competitive ** / Very competitive ***) refers to one's chances of being allocated an exchange space at this partner. This is an approximation determined by the number of applications received for this destination during the last academic year versus the total number of exchange spaces available to Queen Mary students. 

Application process

Before you apply to come to Monash on exchange or study abroad, you should check that you meet the following entry requirements. You must:

  • have completed at least one full year at your home university;
  • have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.0 or 60 per cent or equivalent;
  • meet our English language requirements.

Successful students who have already been nominated may visit their website for more information on how to apply.

Academic Calendar

The academic year runs from the end of February to the middle of November and is divided into two semesters, each with a mid-semester break:

  • Semester 1: late February to June
  • Semester 2: late July to November

Each semester has 12 weeks of classes and the majority of classes have three to four contact hours per week per unit. These are followed by a three week exam period.

For more information, visit Monash University’s semester dates.


Check out the Monash Handbook to learn more about the thousands of units (subjects) Monash University offers across their Australian campuses. Some units have restrictions that apply to exchange and study abroad students. We highly recommend consulting the information on Monash’s academic considerations when selecting units for your study plan.

Make sure you also check:

  • Study Abroad Specialisations are packages of units organised into engaging interdisciplinary themes for study during the semester.
  • Back for Summer is a package of Semester one units which offer flexibility in returning home for summer in the northern hemisphere.
  • Pre-approved units are a collection of Monash units which have been pre-approved for study abroad and exchange students to stud.

If you’re looking for some more advice on the academic side of studying at Monash, consult the information provided at their Academic advising page.

In Malaysia: popular localised units that are offered at Monash Malaysia include, for example, the Malaysian Studies, Contemporary Feminisms in Asia as well as Genders, sexualities and religions in Southeast Asia from the School of Arts and Social Sciences. Other interesting units include Environmental Science: A Southeast Asian Perspective offered at the School of Science as well as Leadership in Asia, Business in Asia and Islamic Business offered at the School of Business.


A normal full-time study load at Monash is 24 credit points (four units/subjects). Most units are worth six credit points.

Find out more about credit transfer and grade conversions.


Exchange students can apply for on-campus accommodation at Monash Malaysia.

For more information, visit their page on accommodation options.

Monash International students talk about on-campus and off-campus accommodation.

Cost of Living

Malaysia is an exciting and affordable place to live. On a reasonable budget, you can cover your living and entertainment costs and have money spare to travel. RM (ringgit Malaysia) is the Malaysian currency. 1 MR is around 0,18 Pound sterling. 

  • Street-stall food: 6-12 RM
  • Restaurant: 15-50 RM
  • Groceries: 30-80 RM
  • Other monthly costs: from 400 RM

You can learn more about the cost of living in Malaysia to help you prepare a budget.

Support Services

Everyone at Monash can take advantage of an extensive range of services:

On all campuses:

Visit their website for more information about their support services for inbound students and services for students.

Social Media

Monash University Malaysia: 

Monash Abroad Office: 


Your guide to study abroad at Monash University [PDF 6,454KB]

Study Abroad and Exchange Guide at Monash – Malaysia