University Sains Malaysia (USM)

Penang, Malaysia

University Detail

Universiti Sains Malaysia was ranked 142 in the QS World University Rankings 2021.

Campus setting Urban
Living cost USD 288/Month
Student population Large (More than 10,000)
International students N/A
Institution type Public

About Campus

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) was first known as Universiti Pulau Pinang in 1969 and is one of Malaysia’s leading science universities. The university offers courses centered around scientific disciplines, including natural sciences, medical sciences, and building sciences and technology, along with courses in arts, humanities and education.


​Since the beginning, the university has adopted the school system rather than the traditional faculty system to ensure that its students are multi-disciplined from their exposure to other study areas. The students of USM are encouraged to be active in extra-curricular activities, given the myriad of available clubs and societies.


The University also has research centres dedicated to a variety of specialisations, including archaeology, policy research and international studies. USM is also the premium Research Intensive University in the country, thus they offer research and innovation opportunities to prospective researchers with a variety of subjects such as medicine and dentistry, molecular medicine, science and technology, Islamic studies and management, and policy and more.

Campus Information

USM has 4 campuses, with the main campus located on Penang Island. The Health Campus is in Kubang Kerian, located in the east coast state of Kelantan, and focuses on health and medical studies. The Engineering Campus offers various engineering courses while the Advanced Medical and Dental Institute offers services and researches in Medical and Dental Sciences.


Courses offered at USM range from natural sciences, applied sciences, medical and health sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, construction sciences and technology, social sciences, humanities, and education. There are 17 academic schools on the main Penang Island campus with approximately 30,000 students and approximately 30,000 students, 6 schools on the Nibong Tebal Engineering Campus, 3 schools on the Kubang Kerian Health Campus, Kelantan.​


USM accommodation for male and female students have a safe and comfortable atmosphere. There are single and shared rooms available. Some blocks are equipped with facilities for disabled students in the hostel. ​The rent varies from as low as RM 70 per student to RM 390 per month.


Facilities: ​

  • WiFi ​
  • TV room ​
  • Pantry ​
  • Washing machine ​


For more information, please contact [email protected].