University Malaya (UM)

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

University Detail

Rankings :

According to the QS Asian University Rankings 2020, UM performed amongst the Top 3%, landing an overall rank of 13. The institution notably improved its performance from 2019 by moving up to 6 places.

  • 32 2014 QS University Rankings: Asia
  • 151 QS World University Rankings 2014
  • 167 QS World University Rankings 2013
  • 146 QS World University Rankings 2015
  • 114 QS World University Rankings 2018
  • 24 QS University Rankings: Asia 201


Campus setting Urban
Living cost USD 396 per month
Student population Large (More than 10,000)
International students 1%
Institution type Public

About Campus

About University of Malaya

The University of Malaya is Malaysia’s oldest university. Fun fact: it originated with Singaporean roots. It was founded in 1949 as the King Edward VII College of Medicine, before merging with King Edward VII College of Medicine and Raffles College in 1949. They became two autonomous national universities, with one located in Singapore (National University of Singapore) and the other in Kuala Lumpur (University of Malaya).


Named after the country’s current title (Malaya) at the time, the university was founded upon the objective to provide a centre where different races, religions, and economic interest could come together and mingle in a joint endeavour to pursue quality education in Malaysia.


Campus Information

In 2012, UM was granted autonomy status by the Ministry of Higher Education.​​ The university also runs a faculty programme, which brings in top CEO’s to share their knowledge and experience with UM students to improve graduate employability and enhancing student-learning experiences.

The university is divided into 12 faculties, 2 academies and 3 centers, namely:​

  • Faculty of Law, Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Built Environment
  • Faculty of Economics and Administration
  • Faculty of Business and Accountancy
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Languages and Linguistics
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology
  • ​Academy of Malay Studies
  • Academy of Islamic Studies
  • Cultural Centre
  • Sports Centre​ and Centre for Foundation Studies


University Malaya provides both on and off-campus accommodation.


  • There are 13 residential colleges which are provided on-campus accommodation to UM students, which includes international students under the UM Student Exchange Programme.
  • These residential colleges can accommodate more than 11,000 students.
  • Some residential colleges offer food and accommodation to students at RM4.50 to RM12 per student per day.
  • The others solely offer accommodation at RM150 to RM360 per student per month.


  • Students can choose either international house (for international students) or private house for rent.
  • Rental rate: RM800 – RM3000 per month.
  • International house – Located 2km away from University Malaya’s main campus with a shuttle bus provided by the university.


For more information please contact:​
Email: [email protected]