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Universiti Sains Malaysia

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

Visit their website for more information about studying abroad at the Universiti Sains Malaysia!


University Sains Malaysia, Penang is among the oldest institutes of higher education in Malaysia. The university's main campus on the island of Penang has over 28,000 students. Courses are offered in a number of scientific disciplines, including natural sciences, medical sciences, and building sciences and technology, along with courses in arts, humanities and education.


The state of Penang on Malaysia’s Northwest Coast lies at the crossroad of Asia’s major civilisations and has sparked visitors' imaginations for centuries. From awe-inspiring architecture, non-stop shopping, and mouth-watering cuisine, Penang is a place with an authentic taste of the real Asia.

Penang has it all: rich history, fun beaches, beautiful resorts, diverse culture and delicious food. It is also a very cosmopolitan city, perhaps the second busiest in the country after Kuala Lumpur.

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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 for successful students

There are no minimum requirements for GPA.

Academic Calendar

  • Semester 1: from October to February
  • Semester 2: from March to August

For more information, visit the Universiti Sains Malaysia's academic calendar


Check the USM Academic handbook page to see what courses are available to you.


Required courses enrollment are from 9 to 21 credit units.

Find out more about credit transfer and grade conversions.


On-Campus Housing:

  • From RM4 a day (for Partner Universities in Main Campus only)
  • Subject to availability
  • There is no fixed meal plan provided.
  • Cafeterias are available in each hostel and various food outlets are located in the vicinity.

Off-Campus Housing:

  • Approximately from RM1200/month
  • Exchange students may opt to rent private apartments off-campus, located within walking distance from USM.
  • Contacts of off-campus housing are available upon request.

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.

  • Food and meals: RM900/month
  • Local transportation: RM80/month
  • Academic expenses: RM350
  • Personal expenses: RM400-600/month

Campus Life

USM provides sporting facilities such as archery range, cricket, football field, badminton courts, tennis courts, hockey courts, rugby field, softball, squash courts, and basketball courts. Other activities include cultural activities, leadership programmes, community service programme and excellence programme with the cooperation of the Student Advisory and Development Unit, the Sports Unit, the Arts and Cultural Development Unit and Hostel Management.

Social Media

Universiti Sains Malaysia: 

USM International mobility Instagram account: @usm.imcc


USM Mobility information factsheet