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Located in South East Asia, Malaysia actually consists of two landmasses, the Malay Penisula and Borneo, meaning double the adventure and double the last-a-lifetime memories. With pristine sandy beaches, rainforests full of exotic wildlife and an education system that's recently received significant investment, it's clear to see why this country is becoming one of the top destinations for international students looking to broaden their horizons. Read on to discover how our student shipping service can help simplify transporting your personal effects overseas.
Helping Malaysian students return home for over 25 years
At Seven Seas Worldwide, we understand that students need to be cramming for exams, not cramming their personal effects into suitcases and dragging them through countless airports on their way home after finishing their studies. Fortunately, our international student shipping service makes transporting your goods from Australia back to Malaysia stress-free, efficient and affordable.
It's effortless — simply pack up your items in the purpose-built, chemically-hardened boxes we'll send you (along with plenty of free packing supplies with our MoveCube® orders) and fill in our online documentation, including a detailed inventory listing precisely what you're sending and a baggage declaration form. Our experienced team of international shippers will handle the rest.
To ensure your personal goods are imported duty and tax-free, you must have owned them for at least six months before sending them. Also, returning Malaysian citizens must be present in the country when their goods arrive, as customs officials may ask to see your passport and a copy of your identity card.
Student shipping in 5 easy steps
Free online quick quote
Our instant quote tool provides a clear, itemised cost with no hidden fees or nasty surprises.
Pick your dates
When placing your order, choose the materials delivery and shipment collection dates that suit you.
Securely pack your items
We deliver your empty shipping boxes or MoveCube®, ready for you to fill.
We collect and ship
Complete the online documentation. Then we'll transport your shipment to its destination.
Delivered to your address
Our team will clear your goods through customs and deliver them safely to your new home.
International student shipping: shipping from Australia to Malaysia
While textbooks and study materials are essential for acing your degree, bringing tokens from home such as bedding, favourite items of clothing or art to decorate your dorm walls makes settling into university much easier, especially when you're moving overseas. However, the thought of travelling on planes, trains and taxis with a mountain of bags and for an exorbitant cost can be very offputting. Instead, take the worry out of shipping boxes and excess luggage with our door-to-door shipping service to Malaysia.
Once you've got your free instant quote, chosen suitable collection and delivery dates and placed your order using our easy online booking tool, we'll send you however many of our purpose-built shipping boxes you require, along with plenty of free packing supplies, including bubble wrap, tape, a packing knife and a marker pen (only available with our MoveCube®). Next, fill in the following online documentation:
- Inventory for you to record the contents of your shipment.
- Optional insurance to protect your possessions in case a mishap occurs.
- Customs forms to ensure clearance of your goods into Malaysia from Australia.
Lastly, sit back and relax — your goods are in safe and experienced hands. Below we've answered a few common questions students ask us when shipping to Malaysia from Australia, but don't hesitate to contact us if you have any other queries.
Frequently asked shipping questions
The most important thing to keep in mind when shipping to Malaysia is that you must be in the country when your goods arrive as customs officials may decide to inspect your container. However, we'll deliver your personal items to new university dorms once cleared.
When shipping from Australia to Malaysia, you can send your belongings either by sea or air. Sea freight is the most affordable option, perfect for students on a tight budget, but it will take 65 days for your shipment to reach its destination country. We suggest opting for air freight which only takes eight days to arrive if you're moving in a rush and have little more to spend.
Covering all areas of Malaysia, including George Town, Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Ipoh and Johor Bahru, our student baggage shipping service doesn't end with delivery. We understand students are often moving, whether changing accommodation or travelling during the holidays, which is why we also provide cost-effective storage solutions. We even offer two weeks of free storage on either side of your initial move to give you enough time to say your goodbyes and arrive safely in your new home.
The best way to get the most accurate price for shipping to Malaysia is to fill out our free instant shipping quote form. It's quick and easy to submit and will give you a clear breakdown of the costs involved, so rest assured, you won't be hit with any nasty surprises once you've placed your order. Also, rather than asking our customers to pay one lump sum in advance of collection, we allow you to pay in three affordable instalments.
Good news! No matter if you're a Malaysian citizen or international student, you can import your personal belongings into the country duty and tax-free as long as you've owned the goods for at least six months before arriving.
Keep in mind, though — customs officials may ask to see your passport, international student visa and university approval letter, so have these documents on hand when you arrive.
As with any country, there are certain restrictions on what you can bring into Malaysia from Australia. A few noteworthy prohibited items include:
- CBD (cannabidiol) and cannabis-derived products
- E-cigarettes, vape pens, vapour cigarettes
- Food items and drinks
- Counterfeit or pirated goods
- Weapons, replica weapons
Our Prohibited Goods page contains a comprehensive list of all the items you can't send along with specific service-based restrictions.
How long does shipping to Malaysia from Australia take?*
*estimated timings dependent on global shipping circumstances
Why study in Malaysia?
Aside from riding a rollercoaster in a shopping mall, crossing the Petronas Towers' vertigo-inducing Skybridge and possibly catching a glimpse of a pigmy elephant, there are countless other reasons why Malaysia makes an incredible study destination. Here are just four of the country's most significant benefits to convince you.
Get a top-quality education without the hefty price tag:
Offering uncompromised quality and unmatched affordability, the cost of food, transportation, and accommodation is much cheaper in Malaysia than in the UK, US and Australia, along with their tuition fees which cost roughly 30,000 MYR (10,068 AUD) depending on the degree. Plus, if you would like to earn a few extra pennies in your free time, laws allow international students to work part-time for 20 hours per week.
Step off the beaten track exploring Malaysia's many natural wonders:
Whether you decide to find your own private paradise on one of the country's countless hidden islands, discover exotic flora and fauna trekking through its miles of jungle trails, or go for a breath-taking climb high up in its stunning mountain ranges — Malaysia certainly has plenty of natural gems to offer lovers of the great outdoors.
Make friends with people from a variety of amazing cultures:
With such an abundance of different cultures and nationalities residing in Malaysia, including native Malays and people with Indian, Chinese and Middle Eastern backgrounds, you're sure to be greeted with beaming smiles and open doors no matter your race, religion or ethnicity. Plus, you'll get to taste a bounty of mouth-watering delicacies, take part in hundreds of festivities and possibly pick up a new language to boot.
Quickly and affordably hop between other exciting Asian countries:
As Malaysia sits in the heart of Asia, it's amazingly easy for students to hop on a flight during their semester breaks and travel to places like Bali, Phuket, Hanoi and plenty of other popular tourist destinations in just a few hours and often for well under a hundred dollars.
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Appreciate the assistance in relocating from Australia to Malaysia. As I left everything to the last minute, the ease of being able to chat 24/7 and transact online made the process easy. Boxes arrived intact and all within the agreed time frame.Caroline
Best international universities in Malaysia
Similar to most western countries, achieving a degree in Malaysia typically takes between three and five years to complete and involves a combination of tutorials, lectures, essays and exams, along with opportunities for work placements. Also, although Bahasa Malaysia is the country's official language (and one of the easiest Asian dialects to learn!), most universities teach their courses in English — another reason Malaysia is so popular with Australian students.
University of Malaya
Founded in 1905 to cover a shortage of doctors in Singapore and Penang, the University of Malaya is the country's oldest institution of higher education. Today, it still maintains its position as a leading medical school while also offering hundreds of other courses in topics ranging from art to science.
Plus, if all this learning builds up an appetite, its mammoth campus (based in Kula Lumpur) regularly hosts vast food markets, serving students all sorts of tasty treats from across the world.
World University Rankings: 301–350th
Percentage of international students: 18%
Undergraduate and graduate programs: there are over 200 graduate and postgrad courses available at UoM, covering humanities, engineering, science, maths, languages and much more.
Student societies: this university is full of excellent facilities, including an Olympic sized swimming pool, state-of-the-art research labs and an enormous library, and in your spare time, there are hundreds of student-run clubs and organisations to keep you busy.
Universiti Teknologi Petronas
Although only established in 1997, the privately-owned Universiti Teknologi Petronas has already earned a reputation for its cutting-edge research in the oil, gas and energy sectors.
Its largely self-sufficient campus is located in Seri Iskandar, a town in the west of the country close to the Thai border and the dark blue, forested peaks of the Cameron Highlands, where students can hike along stunning trails and pick fresh strawberries!
World University Rankings: 501–600th
Percentage of international students: 16%
Undergraduate programs: there are thirteen core degrees at UTP, all of which can be tailored to your specific passion, covering engineering, computing, business management and science.
Graduate programs: For those who wish to continue their studies, there are nine topics for you to choose from, including CO2 management, nanotechnology, green technology and sustainable resources.
Student societies: there're over fifty clubs and associations to join, from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to chess, perfect for helping you build friendships and learn new skills.