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Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

Gelugor, Penang, Malaysia
  • 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 USD 288 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.


Courses available 10

Applied, Pure Sciences 3 Architecture, Building 2 Computer Science, IT 1 Engineering 1 English Language 2 Humanities & Social Sciences 2


Reviews 8

How is the academic life at this university/college? It's great! Majority of the lecturers are dedicated to teaching the students. What are the students like? Besides having local students, USM also has quite a number of international students. They are all friendly once you get to know them. …
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What do students do when not studying? Tell us about the social and sports life. We love to participate in programs conducting by official clubs such as Earth Hour Run, Run For Life and involved with society activities. Most of us like to have a healthy lifestyle. What is your overall opinion …
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