TESL Scholarships in Malaysia

1) What is TESL?

TESL is a teaching qualification that you enables you to teach English in countries that use English as a medium of communication, apart from their native languages. In Malaysia, a TESL qualification grants you the eligibility to teach English, as a second language after Bahasa Malaysia, in both private and government schools.

TESL degrees are usually approximately 3-4 years long, or just 2 to 2.5 years if you took the Diploma route.

TESL courses typically grant you with a list of essential skills which are well sought after in various fields. Some examples of skills that you will acquire through a TESL programme are communication, interpersonal, leadership, project planning, organisational, creative problem solving and even decision making skills.

2) What You Need To Know About TESL Scholarships

  • Scholarships are usually offered by institutions providing the course
  • Most are merit-based with no interview required

3) List of Institutions & Scholarships for TESL

Here is a comprehensive list of all the available TESL scholarships offered by institutions, companies, GLCs and associations in Malaysia, and how you can apply for them.

TESL scholarships are usually provided by the institution and many companies provide scholarship for this course as well. Companies that offer the scholarship usually include a bond period which you must serve after you graduate.

Name of ScholarshipKey HighlightsDeadline
Khazanah Global Scholarship Programme - Open to students have a minimum of 8As in SPM
- Interview required
- Students will be bonded to the organisation upon graduation
31-Mar-17
HELP CEO Scholarship - Open to students who have actively participated in sports and extracurricular activities
Always Open
HELP Distinction Award - Open to newly enrolled studentsAlways Open
HELP Merit Award - Open to all students who resume their 2nd/3rd year in HELPAlways Open
HELP STEM Scholarship - Open to students who excel in Math, English and Science subjects
- Up to RM4,000 tuition fee waiver
Always Open
HELP-Chinese Independent Schools Scholarship - Open to students who sat for UEC in 2015
Always Open
KDU High Achievers Scholarship - Open to Malaysian citizens only
- Up to 50% tuition fee waiver
30-Apr-17
KDU High Achiever Tertiary Scholarship - Open to Malaysian citizens only
- Up to 50% tuition fee waiver
30-Apr-17
KDU Pre-University Scholarship - Open to students with outstanding sports achievements
- Up to 50% tuition fee waiver
30-Apr-17
KDU Teo Soo Pin Scholarship - Open to all KDU students based in KL
- Up to 100% tuition fee waiver
30-Apr-17
Kuok Foundation Berhad Scholarship - Up to RM27,000 study grant per annum
- Interview required
31-Mar-17
Nilai University Enrichment For Life Scholarship - Open to students who held leadership positions in clubs and societies
- Up to 15% tuition fee waiver
Always Open
Nilai University Extra-Curriculum Excellence Award - Open to students who participate in state or national level sporting events
- Up to 100% tuition fee waiver
Always Open
Nilai University High Achiever Scholarship - Up to 100% tuition fee waiver
- Interview required
Always Open
Nilai University Merit Scholarship - Up to 25% tuition fee waiver and 255 accommodation fee waiver
- Merit scholarship with no interview required
Always Open
Biasiswa Sarawak Tunku Abdul Rahman- Priority given to Sarawakians
Always Open
Tunku Abdul Rahman Scholarship - Interview required
- Minimum CGPA 3.50 to apply
17-Apr-17
UTAR Tan Sri Dr Lim Goh Tong Scholarship - Minimum of 4As for A-Level / STPM or 5As for Australian Matriculation
- For students with financial need only
Always Open

Interested in TESL but not too sure on how it works? Check out our comprehensive guide to studying TESL in Malaysia!