Universiti Sains Malaysia (Penang)


Universitywide / Faculty


This means this destination is available to all students of Utrecht University

Student experiences

Download the student experiences


General information for exchange students

Course information

Social media



USM Corporate (YouTube)

Experience Penang: Meet the Universiti Sains Malaysia Exchange Students

Academic calendar

Semester I: September - January

Semester II:  February – June


No specific requirements

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

Estimated living costs (RM)

On-campus Accommodation 750.00 (25 a day, 3 meals)
Food / meals 900.00 (30.00 a day, 3 meals)
Local transportation 80.00 per month (public bus)
Academic expenses 350.00 (books, stationeries, etc.)
Personal expenses 400.00 – 600.00 per month


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.


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.