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

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.


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 USD300 to USD500 per month.

Estimated living costs per month

Living costs depend on the type of accommodation and if your family is staying with you. It is generally recommended that international students allow between USD 5,200.00 to USD 6,400.00 a year for living (food, clothing, books, transport and entertainment) and accommodation costs. 


Normal study load per term

in credits: full course load is 21 units (min. is 12)


Grading system: A - F

Minimum pass: C

Number of places available

4 places per year. Selection was necessary in the past few years.

More information

More information about studying abroad: in Dutch and in English.


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