International Schools in Malaysia

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You will find below a list of the most popular international and bilingual schools for expats in Malaysia with fee information. The list includes nursery schools, primary and secondary (high) schools for you to find the right school to prepare for the International Baccalaureate and other accreditation in Malaysia. Schools may follow the American, Canadian or British curriculums with English speaking program while others run under the French, Japanese, German or Dutch language and system.

Education in Malaysia

Basic education in Malaysia is overseen by the Ministry of Education (Kementerian Pelajaran or KPM). Education is the responsibility of the federal government, but each state has an Education Department to coordinate educational matters in its territory.

Education is provided free to all Malaysians. Primary education is compulsory with public primary schools divided into two categories based on the medium of instruction:

  • Malay-medium National Schools (Sekolah Kebangsaan, SK)
  • Non-Malay-medium National-type Schools (Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan, SJK) - divided into Chinese (Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan or SJK) and Tamil (Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan or SJK)

The teaching of the Chinese language is compulsory in SJK(C), and Tamil language is compulsory in SJK(T).

At the end of Form 3, the Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) is taken by students. Based on these results, students are placed into the Science stream or Arts stream starting in Form 4. The Science stream is considered more desirable. At the end of Form 5, students are required to take the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) or Malaysian Certificate of Education examination, before graduating from secondary school.

International Schools

International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Malaysia. International schools provide similar standards of schooling around the globe, providing for an easy transition between schools whether they are in France or Vietnam.

There is usually local population, as well as an international student body. Schools may follow a curriculum model from the US, UK, France, etc. Primary instruction may be any language (and multiple languages are usually taught), but it is usually in English. Schools also provide internationally accepted accreditation such as the international baccalaureate.

Admission and enrollment procedures vary from school to school. Space is often limited and preference may be given to students based on nationality. Tuition tends to be expensive based on local standards, but offers high standards of learning, boast smaller class sizes, first-rate facilities, and extracurricular. Boarding facilities are available at some schools, but most only provide day classes.

Accreditation & Membership

International Schools in Kuala Lumpur

Alice Smith School
Primary Address: 2 Jalan Bellamy, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Primary Tel: 603 9543 3688
Secondary Address: 3 Jalan Equine, Taman Equine, 43300 Sri Kembangan, Selangor, Malaysia
Secondary Tel: 603 9543 3688
Tuition Rates: 10,000 RM per year

The school offers a British curriculum working towards (I)GCSEs and A level. All students up to Year 11 must wear the school uniform and there is a dress code for Years 12 and 13. The school is a member of the CoIS and FOBISIA.

Australian International School Malaysia (AISM)
Address: 22 Jalan Anggerik, The MINES Resort City
43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Tel: 603 8949 5000
Tuition Rates: 7,191 - 21,157 RM per term

AISM is registered and accredited to deliver the Australian, New South Wales Board of Studies curriculum. Students start their formal education at the age of 5 and enter Foundation or Kindergarten. This represents the entry point for thirteen years of schooling culminating with award of the Higher School Certificate (HSC) at the end of Year 12 (age 18).

British School of Kuala Lumpur (BSKL)
Address: No 1, Changkat Bukit Utama
Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, 47800 Malaysia
Tel: 6 03 7727 7775
Tuition Rates: 28,159 - 65,685 RM per year

In Years 10 and 11 students follow the UK Cambridge University International Examinations Board (CIE) and UK EdExcel Examinations Board IGCSE programme. In Years 12 and 13, students study A-Levels. Uniforms are required.

Help International School
Address: BZ-2 Pusat Bandar Damansara
Subang Bestari 50490 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 6017 390 8351
Tuition Rates: 18,000 - 50,000 RM per year

Students from early years to Year 9 which mainly uses the UK National Curriculum. Uniforms are required.

Cempaka International School
Address: Taman Cheras Permata Dua
43200 Cheras, Selangor
Tel: 603-9076-8400
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Students from Year 7 - 11 follow the British National Curriculum and students in Y10 and Y11, they follow the IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) from the University of Cambridge.

R.E.A.L. Schools Malaysia
Address: Lot 217, Batu 13, Jalan Hulu Langat
43100 Hulu Langat, Selangor, Malaysia
Tel: 603 9021 3601
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

There are 3 campuses in Malaysia offering British education based on the UK national curriculum from Primary to Secondary level, followed by the Cambridge International Examination (CIE).

ELC International School
Address: Jalan Sierramas Barat
Sierramas, Sungai Buloh, 47000 Selangor, Malaysia
Tel: 603-6156 5001 / 2
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

With a curriculum modelled on the National Curriculum for England, students in years 10 & 11 are prepared for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education.

Fairview International School
Address: 4178 Jalan 1/27D
Section 6, Wangsa Maju 53300 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 603 4142 0888
Tuition Rates: 6,750 - 23,100 RM per year

Fairview International School has 5 campuses around Malaysia from primary to diploma level that uses English as its medium of instruction. It has an international curriculum with aspects of Malaysian syllabus. It has full authorization from the International Baccalaureate Organisation.

Mon't Kiara International School (M'KIS)
Address: 22 Jalan Kiara, Mont'Kiara, 50480
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: 60 3 2093 8604
Tuition Rates: 50,969 - 98,839 RM per year

An American international school with classes from K-12. It offers North American curriculum and is fully accredited by the WASC and provides the International Baccalaureate.

Global Indian International School (GIIS)
Address: 55 Jalan Thamby Abdullah
Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpu
Tel: 60 3-2273 7255
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

English language instruction from kindergarten to year 12 including International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, International General Certificate of Secondary Education, Central Board of Secondary Education, and Global Montessori Plus programme.

International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL)
Address: No. 2, Lorong Kelab Polo Di Raja,
55000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: 60 3 4813 5000
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

A nonprofit, parent-owned and parent-governed international school. It has three divisions: elementary school, middle school and high school. ISKL has school uniforms. It is accredited by WASC and CoIS.

International Islamic School Malaysia (IIS)
Address: Jalan Kg. Sg. Pusu
68100 Selangor, Malaysia
Tel: 60 3-6188 4400
Tuition Rates: 6,600 - 7,425 RM per semester

English is the medium of instruction and the school adopts the University of Cambridge International Examinations Curriculum. Being Islamic, means Arabic Language and the Qur’an are equally or even more important.

Methodist Boys' School Kuala Lumpur (MBSKL)
Address: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia
Tel: 60 3-2078 2293
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

One of the oldest schools in Malaysia, students prepare for the placement exam for IGCSE. Language of instruction is English. Uniforms are required.

MITstem International School
Address: No. 26, Jalan Anggerik Vanilla Y 31/Y, Kota Kemuning,
40460 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
Tel: 60 03-51220701 / 03-51220703
Tuition Rates: RM-22000

Global Technology Training Institution and STEM International School providing education and career advancement creating experts for the future.
Note : STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Garden International School (GIS)
Address: 16 Jalan Kiara 3, off Jalan Bukit Kiara
50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: (603) 6209 6888
Tuition Rates: Academic year 2017/18 RM41,490 - RM90,630

A coeducational day international school offering British-based education for students from 3 to 18 years of age. GIS offers education for four major age groups: foundation years, primary education, secondary education and A Levels. There are over 2,000 students from 70 nationalities.

Nexus International School
Address: No.1, Jalan Diplomatik 3/6, Presint 15
62050 Putrajaya, Malaysia
Tel: 603 8889 3868
Tuition Rates: 10,399 - 19,080 RM per term

The school accepts accept students from ages 3 (Nursery Level) to 18 (International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme-IBDP) and provides boarding. The Primary school follows the acclaimed International Primary Curriculum (IPC). For Literacy and Numeracy the British National Curriculum is used. The Secondary school follows a British based syllabus with cross curricular links that prepares learners for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and General Certificate of Education (GCSE) examinations in Year 10 and 11, and the IBDP in Years 12 and 13. It is a member of CoIS, ABSA and BSA.

Maz International School
Address: No.1 MAZ House
Jalan 20/19, Paramount Gardens, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Tel: 603-78742930 / 603-78748515
Tuition Rates: 3,000 - 12,000 RM per term

A full boarding and day international school from pre-school to secondary. It National British Curriculum with the Secondary School providing classes from Year 7 (Form 1) to Year 11 (Form 5) leading to the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations from the University of Cambridge International Examinations Syndicate and Edexcel.

Mutiara International Grammar School
Address: Lot 707, Jalan Kerja Ayer Lama
Ampang Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia 68000
Tel: 603-4252 1452 / 4257 8678
Tuition Rates: 9,533 - 28,532 RM per year

Mutiara International Grammar Senior School is an English language medium school which follows the British National Curriculum leading to the IGCSE. The syllabus is therefore structured to ensure success in the University of Cambridge and Edexcel IGCSE external examinations. Further more all pupils are monitored every year using the University of Durham CEM online baseline testing system.

Regent International Schools
Klang Headquarters
Jalan Kopi
41200 Klang, Selangor
Tel: 603-3373 7771

Klang Campus
Wisma Lourdes
114, Jalan Tengku Kelana, 41000 Klang, Selangor
Tel: 603-3371 3888

Sungai Petani Campus
Persiaran Cempaka, Bandar Amanjaya
08000 Sungai Petani, Kedah
Tel: 604-442 5300

Puchong Campus
Jalan TPP 1/4 & Jalan TPP 1/6
47100 Puchong, Selangor
Tel: 603-8052 2007

Tuition Rates: 12,000 - 18,000 RM per year

Regent International Schools offer one of the most affordable fees for quality international education. They deliver the UK national curriculum leading to Cambridge IGCSE.

Rocklin International School
Address: D-6-01, Kompleks Permaisuri, 6 Jalan Seri Permaisuri
56000 Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +6 03-5033-2711 | H/P: +6 01-2221-7852
Tuition Rates: PreK/Kindergarten RM23,100
Elementary RM27,100
Middle School RM29,600
High School RM32,200

Rocklin International School provides quality affordable K12 education for students ages 5 to 18. They are conveniently located in Bandar Sri Permaisuri, Kuala Lumpur, approximately 10 minutes’ drive from Mid-Valley and 15 minutes from KL city center. Their teachers are qualified expats from English speaking countries. Their students are from 25 nations.  

Spectrum International Islamic School
Address: Lot 69 (No.7), Seksyen 71, Lorong Tun Ismail, KENNY Hill,
Wilayah Persekutuan, Kuala Lumpur. 50480 Malaysia
Tel: +60321100764
Tuition Rates: KG: RM11,000; Grade1-3: RM12,000; Grade4-6: RM13,000; per year

Spectrum International Islamic School seeks to foster and sustain the development of balanced and positive Muslim children through the profound combination of Islamic, academic, cultural, psychological, social, health, and physical qualifications.

Sayfol International School
Address: No. 261, Jalan Ampang
50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: (603) 4256 8781
Tuition Rates: 2,800 - 7,800 RM per term

Sayfol is an institution of learning where children from 60 different countries of the world. It offers the IGCSE and ‘A’ Level examinations.

Sri KDU International School
Address: No. 3, Jalan Teknologi 2/1
Kota Damansara 47810 Daerah Petaling, Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: 03-6145 3888
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

A private co-educational Smart School offering the Malaysian Curriculum at Primary and Secondary levels. It is also an IB World School offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

Sri Utama International School KL
Address: Lot 27, Jalan Usahawan 5
Kawasan Perindustrian Ringan Setapak, 53200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: 603 - 4021 2490
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

An international school system that is approved and recognised by the Ministry of Education. Classes range from Kindergarten to Upper Secondary levels in both English and Bahasa Malaysia. There are three campuses in Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, and Terengganu. Uniforms are required.

Sunway International School
Address: No. 3, Jalan Universiti
Bandar Sunway, 47500 Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Tel: 6 03 7491 8070
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

This is the only international school in Malaysia offering the Ontario (Canada) Secondary School curriculum from Grades 7 to 11. All courses are taught by Canadian-certified professionals licensed by the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT). Boarding is available.

The International School at Park City
Address: No.1 Jalan Intisari
Desa ParkCity, 52200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: 603 6280 8880
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

The programme throughout the Secondary School is a natural progression from the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) followed in the earlier years, and is broadly based on the UK National Curriculum.

Tanarata International School (TiS)
Address: 3 1/2 miles Kajang Serdang Road
43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia
Tel: 60 3-8737 7366
Tuition Rates: 3,000 - 5,000 RM per term

This international school caters to students of both sexes aged 5 to 18 years. 18 subjects for GCE British Education Course Program leading up to the GCE O & A Levels (instructed in English), including 4 non-English languages (Bahasa-Malaysia, Mandarin, Hindi, Spanish / French).

UCSI International School Kuala Lumpur
Address Lot 12734, Jalan Choo Lip Kung, Taman Taynton View,
56000 Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +603 9101 8880
Tuition Rates: RM30,000-45,000 (annual)

UCSI KL is a new school in Cheras, providing a world-class holistic education to prepare students for the future. The school offers a British curriculum and a range of co-curricular activities, placing a strong emphasis on technology and 21st century skills as well as character education.

Dutch International School in Kuala Lumpur

De Bontekoe
Address: 16 Jalan Kiara 3, Off Jalan Bukit Kiara
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

The Bontekoe currently provides education for children from four to fourteen years in the Dutch language.

French International School in Kuala Lumpur

Lycée français de Kuala Lumpur (LFKL)
Address: 34 Jalan Dutamas Raya
Taman Segambut Sppk, 52100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 60 3-2693 3850
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

French language international school that has students from Ecole maternelle to Baccalauréat. The curriculum is approved by the L'Agence pour l'enseignement du français à l'étranger (AEFE).

German International School in Kuala Lumpur

Deutsche Schule Kuala Lumpur (DSKL)
Address: Lot 5 Lorong Utara (B), Seksyen 52
Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Tel: 006-03-7956 6557
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

A non-profit private institution run by the Society Persatuan Sekolah Jerman Malaysia (Deutscher Schulverein Malaysia). It provides education for students from Kindergarten to Secondary School, leading to the German University Entrance Qualification "DIAP" (Deutsches Internationales Abitur). DSKL offers three leaving school certificates: German University Entrance Qualification (DIAP), Year 10 Exam (Realschulabschluss, Mittlere Reife), Year 9 Exam (Hauptschulabschluss). The school is recognized by the Conference of the Ministers of Culture of the 16 States of the Federal Republic of Germany and is supported by Zentralstelle für Auslandsschulwesen.

Japanese International School in Kuala Lumpur

Japanese School of Kuala Lumpur (JSKL)
Address: Saujana Resort Seksyen U2
40150 Shah Alam, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Tel: 60 (0)3-78465939
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Japanese language and curriculum for children from Kindergaten to Secondary.

International Schools in Johor

Raffles American School
Address: Lot 1- 4, Anjung Neighborhood Center, 5 Persiaran Ledang Heights
79250 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia
Tel: 6 (07) 510 2668/ 2868
Tuition Rates: 46,500 RM per year

Raffles American School follows an American style high school levels and curriculum from pre-K to Grade 12. Students may earn the RAS USA High School Diploma.

Marlborough College Malaysia
Address: Jalan Marlborough 79250
Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia
Tel: 607 5602244
Tuition Rates: 20,055 - 150,000 RM per year

A coeducational, independent boarding and day school. The boarding and day Senior School is for pupils aged thirteen to eighteen. There is also a day Preparatory School for pupils aged between four and twelve, with the option of boarding from the age of nine. Marlborough College Malaysia's curriculum broadly follows and extends the English National Curriculum with the IB program offered.

International School in Kelantan

Wadi Sofia International School (WaSIS)
Address: Binjai, Kubang Kerian
16150 Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia
Tel: 609-7641724
Tuition Rates: 2,250 - 4,500 per term

This school has an international stream which is registered with the Ministry of Education Malaysia. From kindergarten to secondary school, there is also a boarding option.

International School in Kuantan

International School of Kuantan (ISK)
Address: A-33, Jalan Tanjung Api, Padang Lalang
25050 Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia
Tel: 609-5152895
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

A small co-educational school that provides English Language to students of foreign nationalities residing in Malaysia and qualified Malaysian students. It is legally registered with the Registrar of Schools and Teachers in the Pahang State Department of Education, is a full member of EARCOS, and is accredited by WASC.

International School in Melaka

Melaka International School
Address: Lot 363, Jalan Siantan, Taman Siatan
Kampung Lapan, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia
Tel: 60-6-3368781/4/5
Tuition Rates: 2,284 - 8,800 RM per term

English language instruction from the kindergarten to IGCSE (O Level) and A Level.

EtonHouse International Pre-School Melaka
Address: 7-01, Terminal Pahlawan, Jalan Merdeka,
Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka
Tel: 0126691162
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

EtonHouse International Pre-School Melaka started its operation in mid 2016, welcoming children from 18 months to 6 years of age. It is the first pre-school in Melaka to offer the renowned Inquire Think Learn programme, inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach from Northern Italy, hailed as one of the best in the world.

International School in Negeri Sembilan

Kolej Tuanku Ja'afar
Address: 71700 Mantin, Seremban
Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
Tel: 60 6-758 2561
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

British-style, co-educational international boarding school. They cater to children aged 3 to 11 with instruction in English.

International Schools in Penang

Tenby International School (TIS)
Address: No. 2, Lintang Lembah Permai 1,
Tanjung Bungah, 11200 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Tel: 60 4-229 1227
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Rapidly expanding group of international and Malaysian private schools in Malaysia. Established by British expatriates, there are plans to introduce the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma for its Sixth Form in the near future.

International School of Penang (Uplands)
Address: Jalan Sungai Satu
Batu Feringgi 11100, Penang, Malaysia
Tel: (604) 881 9777
Tuition Rates: 13,800 - 20,700 per semester

The International School Of Penang (Uplands), commonly known as Uplands School, is a non-profit, co-educational Primary and Secondary School (Year 1 to Year 13) with boarding facilities. It is one of the leading International Schools in Malaysia, offering the IB PYP, IB Diploma and IGCSE qualifications.

St. Christopher's International Primary School (SCIPS)
Address: No. 10 Nunn Road
10350 Penang, Malaysia
Tel: 604 226 3589 / 228 0752
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

A non-denominational, not-for-profit, fully International Primary School. The school's curriculum is organised along the lines of the British Education System, and uses English as the medium of instruction.

Dalat International School
Address: Tanjung Bunga
11200 Penang, Malaysia
Tel: 60 4 899 2105
Tuition Rates: 8,640 - 39,480 RM per year (+ 34,400 for boarding)

Founded in 1929 as a private Christian boarding school, providing a North American elementary and high school education for children of missionaries in Indo-China, the school became an international school in 2002. Uniforms are required and boarding is available. It is accredited by WASC and ACSI.

Highlands International Boarding School
Address: 10KM Genting Highlands
69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia
Tel: 60-3- 6100 1688
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Also known as Sekolah Menengah (Swasta) Saleha Genting Highlands (SMS Saleha), the school offers English, Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese instruction. Boarding is available.

Regent International Schools
Kuantan Campus
Jalan Gambut
25000 Kuantan, Pahang
Tel: 609-514 3016
Tuition Rates: 12,000 - 18,000 RM per year

Regent International Schools offer one of the most affordable fees for quality international education. They deliver the UK national curriculum leading to Cambridge IGCSE.

International School in Sabah

Kinabalu International School
Address: P.O Box 12080
88822 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Tel: 60 88 224526 / 248097 / 245325
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

This is Sabah's oldest International School and follows the National Curriculum Programme of Study for England and Wales. It is accredited by CoIS, is a certified centre for IGCSE and A-Level Cambridge International Examinations and is a member of FOBISSEA.

International Schools in Sarawak

Tunku Putra International School (TPS)
Address: Jalan Stadium, Petra Jaya
93050 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Tel: 60 82 313 900
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Kindergarten, National Primary, International Primary, National Secondary and International Secondary are available. Boarding is available with houses on one campus. In Years 10 and 11 students follow the Cambridge IGCSE syllabus.

Lodge School
Address: Lorong Keranji 4E, Jalan Keranji 4, Tabuan Desa
93350 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Tel: 6082-363554
Tuition Rates: RM 750 - 3,000 per term

Private school that caters to children of British expatriates. It is now a premier school for children from ages 4 to 18 years, providing the Malaysian National Education Curriculum (from Kindergarten to Form 5), and the British Curriculum (from Year 2 to International General Cambridge Secondary Examination (IGCSE) and Cambridge A Level Examination).