Universiti Sains Malaysia (Penang)


Universiti Sains Malaysia is a universitywide partner in Penang, Malaysia.

Student experiences

Download the student experiences


General information for exchange students

List of Courses Offered

Social media



USM Corporate (YouTube)

Experience Penang: Meet the Universiti Sains Malaysia Exchange Students (Youtube)

Academic calendar

Semester I: 3rd week of October - last week of February
Semester II:  last week of March - 1st week of August

Orientation generally commences the 2nd week of October for Semester I and the 3rd week of March for Semester II.

Exams take place in February for Semester I and mid July until early August for Semester II.


GPA (Average Grade)

There is no GPA requirement for this destination.

Language Requirement

Students need a Language Proficiency Form signed by a teacher or professor to show their English proficiency.

Areas of study open to exchange students

All except for Medicine and Dentistry.

Courses at Master’s level

Yes, especially MBA programs

Language of instruction


Housing assistance


USM provides on-campus accommodation to about 70% of its students in six students' hostel called DESASISWA. Costs are 25 RM/5 EUR a day. 


Information on private residences for rent is available through the Students Affairs Department and the local newspapers. Nearly all accommodation are made-up of three bedrooms and the master bedroom is usually with attached bathroom.  Rental for off-campus accommodation ranges from EUR 250 to EUR 450 per month. 

Estimated living costs per month

Average living costs for a student living on campus are around 1700 RM per month. This is around 400 EUR. (Estimate from 2022)

You can find a more detailed breakdown of expenses in the Fact Sheet.


You can find information on this university’s credits in the credit conversion table

Number of places available

4 places per year.


Selection was necessary in the past few years.

You are advised not to place this exchange destination as a second or third choice.


If you have any questions about this universitywide partner university, contact the universitywide International Office:

Asia, Latin America & Middle East

Name: Ms. Clim Gorissen
E-mail: region1@uu.nl

North America & UK

Name: Ms. Cathelijne van Weelden
E-mail: region2@uu.nl

Australia, New Zealand, South Africa & Spain*

Name: Ms. Tessel Arendsen
E-mail: region3@uu.nl

* Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Universitat de Barcelona


Name: Ms. Mandy van den Houten
E-mail: region4@uu.nl

photo of Patrick Chan

General exchange questions

Name: Patrick Chan
Email: exchange@uu.nl

Erasmus+ grant questions

The International Office can only help you with questions related to the content of your Learning Agreement and with signing documents on behalf of the Sending Institution.

For all other Erasmus+ grant related questions, please refer to the Erasmus+ grants for Studies page (scroll down to “Contact the Erasmus Office” to make an appointment) or send an e-mail to erasmus@uu.nl

For questions about faculty programmes and internships, contact the Faculty International Offices.

Phone availability

Phone: +31 (0)30-2531224
Office hours for calling: Monday and Thursday, 13:30-15:00 - NOT AVAILABLE: 15 July – 15 August 2024

Make an appointment via Teams

We are available for appointments via Teams. If you have a question, use the calendar below to make an appointment.

If you are unable to make it to your appointment, please do not forget to cancel.