General information 

‘To know Malaysia is to love Malaysia - a bubbling, bustling melting-pot of races and religions where Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other ethnic groups live together in peace and harmony. Multiculturalism has made Malaysia a gastronomical paradise and home to hundreds of colourful festivals.

One of Malaysia's key attractions is its extreme contrasts which further add to this theme of ‘diversity’. Towering skyscrapers look down upon wooden houses built on stilts while five-star hotels sit just metres away from ancient reefs. Rugged mountains reach dramatically for the sky while their rainforest-clad slopes sweep down to floodplains teeming with forest life. Cool highland hideaways roll down to warm, sandy beaches and rich, humid mangroves.’

(Source: Visit Malaysia)

Malaysia's Markets 
  Partner universities
Semenyih, The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) 

 UNMC Website 

Fast facts

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of students enrolled: approx 4,550
  • Number of campuses: 1
  • Academic year: September-June
  • Faculties: Arts & Social Sciences, Engineering, Science


The University of Nottingham campus is located on a 101 acre site, 45-60 minutes by taxi from Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia.

Occupying a scenic position overlooking a palm plantation, the Malaysia campus is located close to the town of Semenyih. The University provides
free shuttle buses from the campus to Semenyih where there is a local Tescos, Kajang KTM (train station) which has regular trains to Kuala Lumpur and KLTC near the centre of Kuala Lumpur.

Travel opportunities

Malaysia is situated in the heart of SE Asia, offering unparalleled travel opportunities to neighbouring countries, including Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, China and Indonesia. Beautiful Malaysian islands including Langkawi, Penang and Tioman, offer stunning beaches within hours of Kuala Lumpur. You can also visit the northwest coastal region of Borneo, famous for its orangutans. Kuala Lumpur, one of SE Asia’s leading centres, is a lively and cosmopolitan city of 1.4 million people.

The spectacular Twin Towers dominate the skyline, above beautiful parks and fountains. The prestigious Golden Triangle district is famed for its nightlife, offering exceptional bars, clubs and cafes. Kuala Lumpur is also well known for its wide range of eating opportunities, including numerous hawker and noodle stalls, offering tasty and inexpensive meals.

Campus facilities

The campus was built in 2000 and offers state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities. There is a bookshop, cafés, a multi-level library and two convenience stores as well as the Students' Association building. The Sports Complex provides sports facilities free of charge including an outdoor swimming pool.


Malaysia offers summer all year round. The annual average temperature is between 25°C and 28°C and seldom falls below 22°C. Days are generally sunny and warm, humidity averaging 80%. Nights are usually cool and comfortable.

Finance 2018/19

Bursaries from the University of Nottingham are available for those who are accepted to study abroad at the Malaysia Campus:

  • Vice Chancellor’s Award for International Travel: £750 (automatic for all students).
  • Means tested Global Travel Bursary of £750 dependent on household income for students starting their studies in 2016 or after. Students who started their studies before 2016 should see the finance webpage, as the award criteria differs (available to students classed as Home Students for fees purposes and accepted to study abroad as part of the University-wide or inter-campus exchange programme)

Approximate living costs per semester:

  • Return flight from UK: £500-700
  • Immigration (student pass): .1500 RM
  • University accommodation: £388-830
  • Books, photocopying, stationery: £50-150 (course dependent)

Approximate living costs compiled from external sources and Malaysia Campus website.

The estimated monthly food bill for is £90-110. A meal in the cafeteria or food court costs around £2. The cost of living in Semenyih is also low compared to most other cities in Malaysia.

More about living costs


Exchange students are normally successful in being allocated to university accommodation in residential non-catered halls on campus. Students can choose from a range of room types from en-suite through to shared rooms. Air-conditioning is available in some rooms.

Private accommodation close to the campus is a secondary option.

Further information

More about study abroad and exchanges at UMNC



International Office

C Floor, YANG Fujia Building
Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB, UK

t: +44 (0) 115 951 5247
f: +44 (0) 115 951 5155
e: Email the Study Abroad team


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