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University of Sains Malaysia

QS World University Rankings:
Times Higher Education World University Rankings:


  • 57 2014 QS University Rankings: Asia
  • 309 QS World University Rankings 2014
  • 355 QS World University Rankings 2013
  • 289 QS World University Rankings 2015
Campus setting Urban
Living cost RM 1,200 per month
Student population Large (More than 10,000)
International students 10%
Institution type Public

About Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) was established in 1969 as the second university in the country. USM offers a wide range of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels to 30,000 students:

  • 17 Academic schools on the main campus (island of Penang)
  • 6 schools at Engineering campus (Nibong Tebal)
  • 3 schools at Health campus (Kubang Kerian)

USM offers excellent opportunities for research, innovation and education to both local and foreign undergraduates and postgraduates. The University has 17 research centres for a wide range of specialisations. The university offers research and educational oppurtunities to students and its staff. 

USM also has 10 service centres, 8 units (research/advisory/development.

USM has made a limited number of places available to non-Malaysian citizens to undertake courses on a full-time basis. It is one of the biggest universities in terms of enrollment in Malaysia.


Campus Information

USM has 3 campuses, with the main campus located in the tropical island of Penang. The other two campuses are the Engineering campus and Health campus.

USM also has 17 dedicated research centres for a wide range of specialisations which includes:

  • Archaeology, 
  • Medicine & Dentistry, 
  • Molecular Medicine, 
  • Science & Technology, 
  • Islamic Development & Management Studies,
  • Policy Research & International Studies.

In addition, USM provides services for its students such as:

  • Soccer fields
  • Olympic-sized swimming pool
  • Astroturf hockey
  • Synthetic running track
  • Cultural evens

Getting to Penang is possible with different transportations:

  • By Air
  • By Road
  • By Ferry


USM provides male and female hostels to accommodate students in a safe and comfortable environment. There are single and shared rooms available. Some blocks in hostels are equipped with facilities for handicapped students.


  • Wifi
  • TV room
  • Pantry
  • Washing machine

Rent varies from as low as RM 70 per month per student to RM 390.

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